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s a community newspaper, Current in Carmel is deeply invested in our city. Not only do we care about the day-to-day happenings in Carmel, but we care deeply about the quality of life that is the accumulation of our schools, our merchants, our neighborhoods and our local government. Normally, primary elections are party Brainard affairs and the media doesn't involve itself. But in Carmel, the primary election is, in fact, THE election, since the Democratic Party does not have enough adherents to mount any reasonable challenge. For that matter, neither does the Libertarian Party. So, the election on May 8 very much DOES matter. The nominee of the Republican Party essentially will be elected to office, and unless there are political upheavals of tsunaKirby mi status, we will know our leadership for the next four years one week from tonight. We believe that the best interests of Carmel citizens are served by the re-nomination of Mayor Jim Brainard and at-large Carmel City Council candidates Ron Carter and Kevin "Woody" Rider. Our decision is based on the record of the Brainard administration. Since 1995, Brainard has been driven by a commitment to keep the tax rate stable and has been able to cut taxes in 10 of the past 11 years. We were intrigued with the mayor's announcement that he would petition the state to cut the tax rate by 22 percent, a plan that has been approved by the state's Local Government Finance agency. There is no other mayor in the state who has demonstrated such an innovative knowledge of tax law or as bold an approach to cutting taxes. Too, we strongly believe Brainard deserves credit for managing the unprecedented growth in Carmel. While the city has doubled in population during the past four years, and through annexation increased its land size by 100 percent, it is encouraging that the city has been able to manage its budget with a reasonable increase. While Brainard's chief opponent, John Koven, has made the increase in budget one of his campaign issues, we believe that his protest fails the test of truth since he once chaired the Annexation Committee of the city council that increased the size of the city so dramatically. In considering this endorsement, Current in Carmel looked beyond the obvious signs of the Brainard administration, the roundabouts and the Monon Trail. Instead, we looked at the way the mayor works with the other institutions and governmental units in our community, county and state. We very much like what we see in the mayor's active participation in our public schools, his dynamic communication with

the mayor in his past term as a councilman, and he voted for a provision over Brainard's objection that ended up raising municipal property taxes in Carmel by more than 10 percent. That, coupled with votes that diminished the city's ability to communicate with citizens through its cable television channel and its Web site, lead us to conclude that Wilson represents a philosophy and time of government that long since has passed in our city. We have serious questions, if not reservations, about Wilson's vote against Clay Carter Rider Sharp Terrace while at the same time accepting a major contribution from the popular shopping center's major competitor. Carter is an outspoken and often overly candid (which we appreciate) member of our city council, who has shown his commitment to service on the Carmel Redevelopment Commission and as the guiding force behind our Farmers' Market. Carter impresses us with his conservative-but-principled approach to government. Rider, a newcomer to politics but a long-time busiGriffiths Mayo Piebes ness owner in our community, has amazed and enthused us with his commitment to youth, his drive to involve small business in community affairs, and his OPINION: OUR ENDORSEMENTS determination to see the Brainard administration's plans move forward. the school board and administrators. We've also found that he We wholeheartedly support and endorse Carter and Rider. is a strong advocate for our city in his daily negotiations and The former will continue to be and the latter will become dealings with county government and state government, where exceptional stewards of our city, your trust and your pockethe is respected for his innovation and vision. books. We believe you should add to that list city council Our office is in Arts & Design District, at the southeast corincumbents Rick Sharp, Kevin Kirby, Joe Griffiths and Brian ner of East Main Street and South Range Line Road. We've real- Mayo, because each has distinguished himself as a positive ly come to know our merchants and neighbors, and when they contributor to the city's move forward. We also believe Cherie tell us that Koven has visited their businesses and threatened Piebes will make a fine addition to council, and we urge your to stop the redevelopment of the old downtown and fire city consideration of her business, executive leadership and comhall (claims he denies), you have to wonder if his campaign is munication qualities. rational and represents progress or is simply a vendetta against While newspapers with a wider area focus likely will turn his longtime political adversary, Brainard. their attention to races such as those for the presidency and We are endorsing Carter and Kevin "Woody" Rider for difCongress, we are by, for and about Carmel. That is why we are ferent, but we believe equally significant, reasons. The negative endorsing here. That is a commitment we plan to keep in the campaign of incumbent Mark Rattermann, who is running future and a commitment we share with our readers to do our for one of the two at-large seats, seems to be entirely focused part in a community in which we all can take pride. on the city's debt; it doesn't add up when you consider the facts. Rattermann's campaign literature conveniently has left out key facts related to the payment of the debt related to the Performing Arts Center, and he ignores the administration's fiscal plan that shows debt payments without tax increases. Brian Kelly, publisher What's more, his 2003 campaign literature contained his pledge to support parks and trails, yet within one week of taking office and then consistently through his term, Rattermann voted against parks and trail projects. Wayne Wilson, the other candidate for the at-large seat, we believe, doesn't offer the level of leadership that this city needs Steve Greenberg, executive editor to move forward. Wilson decided to end regular meetings with

OUR TAKES OK, here’s the way we roll around here: No vote, no complaints. The primary election is but a week away. In effect, the course our city will take for the next four years will be decided then. Do you care? We know many of you do. Do you vote? We know many of you don’t. Look, there’s no Bush running for office, so maybe this isn’t the sexiest ballot you’ve ever seen. The blather on the nightly news has nothing to do with Koven vs. Brainard (home team always listed second). Perhaps you haven’t been reading the local paper, this one, which has profiled all the council races.

Still, there’s plenty of time to become educated AND motivated enough to get out from behind the desk or off the sofa and go vote. The state graciously gives us from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to exercise our right to cast a ballot. Twelve hours, people, and at most it will take one hour of your day – transportation included. A great voter turnout for any election is a wonderful statement. Carmel should lead this state in such. And if you choose to not vote, please also choose to keep quiet about what transpires beyond Inauguration Day.

Blow Your House Down It is our position that C.J.’s Law, recently signed into effect by our own governor, Mitch Daniels, is one government intrusion into our lives that we can support. In effect, House Enrolled Act 1033 requires that all mobile homes installed after June 30th of this year are required to be equipped with severe weather radios. These handy and inexpensive devices provide folks with the advanced warning required to take cover in the event of an imminent tornado. This action came on the heels of a 2005 storm system that took the lives of 25 Hoosiers. Not unlike laws on the books to require the installation and maintenance of affordable smoke detection alarms

in Indiana households, this simple measure will, doubtless, prevent the




unnecessary loss of life in the years to come. As you read this, the editors at your local newspaper encourage all of us to check the batteries and operating condition of the devices in all our homes and offices designed to protect the lives of us, our families, our coworkers, and the safety personnel who must put themselves at risk to save those not responsible enough to take steps to protect irresponsible others.

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No-child plan: wrong

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4 By Bruce Braden

In the April 17 “Our Takes”, you contend that Carmel should “expect nearly 100 per cent of its graduates to purse (pursue) an accredited four-year college degree.” I disagree. College is not for everyone. Instead, America needs more vocational education classes in high schools and more vo-tech colleges. America needs skilled and educated plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, computer programmers, etc. Look around Carmel. Look at all the construction past and present. We need people who can build enduring and efficient residential and business structures. Too often, I have heard of, or read about, new homes, businesses, or other newly built structures, which have had immediate problems. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library comes to mind. We need service technicians in many areas. Without all these aforementioned nonacademic degree contributors to society, our so-called professionals cannot work. Professionals require structures to work in, tools to work with, and skilled people to keep them in business, whether they be medicine, law, education, politics, media, etc. No Child Left Behind is a terrible concept! It rests on the premise that all children can learn the same things at the same pace. In the age of inclusionary education, this completely ignores the special needs students and their mental, emotional, and behavioral issues that inhibit and/or slow their learning processes. But, non-inclusionary children do not learn at the same pace either. No Child Left Behind ignores the fact that many children begin kindergarten or first grade intellectually years behind their peers because not all parents educate their children at home in reading and math fundamentals. In fact, many parents, repeating a process begun when they were preschool children, are uneducated themselves and/or unable or unwilling to teach their own children. Throw in language barriers, like those experienced at Carmel Elementary, and the prospects for failing to meet the irrational No Child goals are likely. It is irrational, then, to blame teachers and schools for failing to catch these kids up fast enough to meet test criteria. Start testing kids as early as ages 2, 3, 4, and 5. Test results will soon reveal that the learning problems of many children exist long before the schools and teachers get a chance to help. I submit that for many children, first grade is too late to salvage them. Teachers and schools, try as they might are not to blame in these cases. I favor a complete reformation of high school core curricula and expectations. Since my own high school and college days

1964-1972, I have maintained that students should have sole choice over their own “core curriculum.” Life, even if one lives to age 70, is short. Many students of high school age have enthusiasm and aptitude for certain subjects or careers. High schools and colleges with their core curriculums seem designed to stifle and eradicate enthusiasm rather than nurture it. Even if a student focused solely on history, or psychology, or mythology, or religion, or law, or medicine, said student could not learn everything about the subject in a lifetime. But, our so-called educational system imprisons talent for eight years telling students what’s best for their futures. Yes, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. But, core curriculums guarantee just that......and boredom. Sure, I have had ineffective teachers. But, at times I have been an ineffective student in classes I had no interest in, nor aptitude in. It is time that education pay more heed to the “gifts differing” of each student, rather than focusing on regimentation of robots made “ready” for four years of academic college. Bruce Braden is a Carmel resident. He holds a master’s degree in personality theory and religion.

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Wanna write us a letter? You can do it a couple ways. The easiest is to e-mail it to The old-fashioned way is to snail mail it to Current in Carmel, 1 South Range LIKES BRAINARD’S VISION Editor: Mayor Jim Brainard is to be thanked for having the vision for Carmel and the courage to act upon that vision. We moved from a lovely home in Marion County to live in Carmel. It’s a move we have not regretted. Mayor Brainard has helped to make Carmel a most desirable place to live. We feel very fortunate to have you as our mayor. All one has to do is look around at all the improvements that have been made. I feel that is why Carmel is growing and property values have grown also.

- Peggy Owen 46032 DIGS OUR SOCCER MOM Editor: I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your newspaper. I look forward to it each Tuesday, especially the articles from one of your newer contributors, Danielle Wilson. I find her “soccer mom” humor refreshing.

Line Road, Carmel, IN 46032. Keep letters to 100 words max (we may make exceptions), and be sure to include your home zip code and a daytime number for verification. Oddly enough, some newspapers have been hoaxed. Can you believe it? Each week, I can’t wait to see what she has been working on. It’s been great to read what most of us fellow soccer moms are thinking! In the world that we currently live in, she is a gift, being able to bring humor to an otherwise ordinary Tuesday! - Tina Uhland 46032 FUND THE PAC NOW Editor: I have read Current in Carmel since its inception. Thank you for being “local.” As I read, though, I am disappointed and frustrated at the citizens and business owners in Carmel. On Page 11 of the April 10, 2007, issue I see Mayor ( Jim) Brainard begging for money for the Performing Arts Center. C’mon people! If the mayor needed money for a soccer stadium or a football stadium, it would have been paid for by now!

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Leadership …

“The ability to lead, including inspiring others in a shared vision.”

Through this shared vision we have also accomplished providing the best city services with a tax rate that is nearly the lowest in the state. The upcoming election is about whether Carmel continues to need and want effective leaders … those who share your vision of keeping Carmel the best place for families to grow and prosper. That is why I ask you to vote for me in this year’s Republican primary for City Council, At-Large

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Vote for “Woody” • 18 year Carmel resident • Local Small Business Owner (Woody’s Library Restaurant in Old Town) • 9 year member of Chamber of Commerce • Member/Life Group Leader Northview Christian Life Church • Volunteer Children’s Ministry • Continue building a first class park system, adding to our network of trails and bike lanes • To forge a stronger alliance with our local businesses and their owners • To ensure safe neighborhoods through well-trained and equipped public safety departments • To act with fiscal responsibility to protect our property values and keep our taxes low

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Over the past few years I believe I helped inspire you … my neighbors and friends … to share in a vision that is right for Carmel. That vision has included building the Monon Trail, establishing the Farmers Market, revitalizing Old Town Carmel, increasing our park land from forty acres to six hundred including development of the Monon Center and Central Park, and making it possible for our performing arts groups to have a home.


CARMELFEST THEME CHOSEN: “We the People” is the theme for the 19th annual Carmelfest. The 2007 Carmelfest Committee says it’s “why we celebrate the Fourth of July and America’s independence.” The festivities begin in earnest on July 3. From 4 to 10 p.m., booths with games, food, arts and crafts, and information on community organizations will fill Carmel Civic Square. At 7 p.m., the Wright Brothers will take to the stage at the Gazebo. On July 4, the Mayor’s breakfast from 8-10 a.m. kicks off an event-filled day. The annual parade begins at 10:30 and the booths will be open at Civic Square from noon until 11 p.m. The Carmelfest Symphony Orchestra will begin its concert at the Gazebo at 7:45 and the Carmelfest fireworks will begin at 9:45. For more information go to or call 571.2464.





VOTING DOs AND DON’Ts The primary election is Tuesday, May 8

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Voters must show a form of government-issued identification to the poll inspector or judge. Acceptable forms of identification include:  Driver’s license  Passport  Military ID Forgetting your ID will nto prohibit you from exercising your democratic right to vote. No ID means you may vote on a provisional ballot, which will nto count until you can carry a form of ID to the Hamilton County Elections Office. Provisional ballots and the ID law were in effect last general election. Absentee ballots are due by May 7.

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For the handicapped voter, there are voting machines that read the ballot at each polling place. By law, you must “put away” all campaign materials, because such materials are forbidden within 50 feet of the polling place. Of course, this includes buttons and pamphlets, and don’t wear the “Vote for So and So T-shirt. Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections

0201 Briar Creek - Forest Dale Elementary School, 10721 Lakeshore Drive W, gymnasium 0202 Brookshire 01- Mohawk Trails Elementary School, 4242 E 126th St., Community Room 0203 Carmel Meadows - Carmel Elementary School, 101 4th Ave. SE, Lunch Room 0204 Clay Center 1 - The Meeting House at the Village of West Clay, 2000 N New Market St. 0207 Cool Creek North - Smokey Row Road Swim & Tennis Club, 583 Ironwood Drive 0208 Daniel Warren - Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S Range Line Rd., Front Hall 0209 Eden Brook 01 - First Baptist Church, 1010 E. 126th St., gym 0210 Greensprings - Woodbrook Elementary School, 4311 E 116th Street, gymnasium 0211 Guilford 1 - Friends Church of Carmel, 651 W Main St., Main Hall 0212 Holaday 01 - Hope CMA Church, 2500 E 98th St. Indianapolis, Fellowship Hall 0213 Hunters Trace - Manor House Carmel Care Center, 118 Medical Dr., Sterling Dining Room 0214 Keystone - Forest Dale Elementary School, 10721 Lakeshore Dr. W, gymnasium 0216 Mohawk Hills - Mohawk Hills Clubhouse, 945 Mohawk Hills Drive, Meeting Room 0217 Mt Carmel 01 - Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th Street, Gym/Rec Room 0220 Rangeline - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 41, 2 Carmel Civic Square, Training Room 0221 Richland - Old City Meeting Hall, 15 1st Avenue NE, Main Room 0223 White Chapel - Woodbrook Elementary School, 4311 116th Street, gymnasium 0224 Brookfield Crossing - Northview Christian Life Church, 5535 E 131st St., Main Lobby 0225 Woodland - Carmel Clay Fire Station #43, 3242 E 106th St. 0226 Cool Creek South - First Baptist Church, 1010 E 126th Street , gymnasi-

um 0227 Lakewood - Forest Dale Elementary School, 10721 Lakeshore Drive W, gymnasium 0229 Johnson Acres - Carmel High School football stadium, 136th St and Keystone Ave., stadium hospitality room 0230 Eden Brook 02 - First Baptist Church, 1010 E. 126th St., gym 0231 Guilford 2 - Friends Church of Carmel, 651 W. Main St., Main Hall 0232 Stonehedge - Carmel Assembly of God Church, 1017 West Main St., Main Sanctuary 0233 Clay Northwest - City of Carmel Street Dept., 3400 W 131st St., Westfield Break Room 0234 Brookshire North - St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th St.,Room G/H 0235 Avian - Cherry Tree Elementary School, 13989 Hazel Dell Parkway. 0236 Clay Northeast - Prairie Trace Elementary, 14200 N River Rd. 0237 Arbors - Summer Trace, 12999 N Pennsylvania, Private Dining Room 0238 Blue Creek - Forest Dale Elementary School, 10721 Lakeshore Drive W, gym 0239 Brentwood - Smokey Row Road Swim & Tennis Club, 583 Ironwood Drive, Club House 0240 Holaday 02 - Hope CMA Church, 2500 E 98th St., Indianapolis, Fellowship Hall 0241 Hunters Creek - Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th St., Fellowship Hall 0242 Kingswood 01 - Woodbrook Elementary School, 4311 E 116th St., gymnasium 0243 Lexington - Carmel Middle School, 300 S Guilford, Auditorium Lobby 0244 Mt Carmel 02 - Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th Street, Gym/Rec Room 0246 Thistlewood - Central Christian Church, 1242 W 136th Street, Fellowship Hall 0247 Waterford - First Baptist Church, 1010 E 126th St., gym 0248 Woodfield - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 44, 5032 E Main St., fire truck bay 0249 Woodgate - Carmel High School

football stadium, Smokey Row Road, Home Side, North End, Gate 3, Hospitality Room 0250 Brookshire 02 - Mohawk Trails Elementary School, 4242 E 126th St.,Adult Dining Room 0251 Kingswood 02 - St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd., Social Hall 0252 Springmill Ponds - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 46, 540 W 136th St., fire truck bay 0253 Copperwood - Christ Community Church, 4770 E 131st St.,Narthex 0254 Meridian - The Retreat Clubhouse, 1661 Sierra Springs Dr., Indianapolis, clubhouse 0255 Hazel Dell - Northview Christian Life Church, 5535 E 131st St., lobby 0257 Clay Center 2 - The Meeting House at the Village of West Clay, 2000 N New Market St. 0258 Bay Hill - St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd., Social Hall 0259 Cherry Tree - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 44, 5032 E Main St., fire truck bay 0260 Stonewick - St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd., Social Hall 0262 Cheswick - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 46, 540 W 136th St., fire truck bay 0263 Saddle Creek - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 46, 540 W 136th St., fire truck bay 0264 Spring Farms - Carmel Clay Fire Station No. 46, 540 W 136th St., fire truck bay 0265 Prairie View - Northview Christian Life Church, 5535 E 131st St., Main Lobby 0266 Clay Center 3 - The Meeting House at the Village of West Clay, 2000 N Market St. 0267 Pleasant Grove 2 - Clay Township Government Center, 10701 N College Ave., Indianapolis Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections

CARMEL’S CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION (i = incumbent. D = Democrat. R = Republican.)


CARMEL MAYOR D - Henry Winckler R - Jim Brainard (i) R - John R. Koven

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 1 D - Sarann Klain Warner R - Rick Sharp (i)


CARMEL CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 2 D - Julie Fernatt R - Kevin Kirby (i) R- Eric Seidensticker R - Drew Williams

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 3 D - Robyn Pauker R - John Accetturo R - Richard Leirer R - Brian D. Mayo (i) CARMEL CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 4 R - Thomas L. Brooks R - Joe Griffiths (i) R - Martha Roan

CARMEL CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 5 D - Mary Carter R - Cherie Piebes R - Lucy Snyder CITY COUNCIL - AT-LARGE - ELECT 2 D - Edward Chu D - John Sullivan R - Ron Carter (i) R - Mark Rattermann (i) R - Kevin "Woody" Rider R - Wayne Wilson


POLICE EVENT RAISES FUNDS: If you are in the mood for a ball and can’t wait for Carmelfest, be sure to check out the 2007 Policeman’s Ball. It will be from 5 to 11 p.m. this Saturday at the Oak Hill Mansion, 5801 E. 116th St.

In the fourth of a series of reports on the May 8 primary election, Current in Carmel reporter Vicki Duncan Gardner caught up with the candidates for city council seats, asking them a series of questions to give the community a sense of where they stand on various issues and topics. Her report:

THE CANDIDATES Cherie Piebes (R) District 5

Luci Snyder (R) District 5

What do you think Carmel should look like in 20 years?

What is the biggest issue facing Carmel, and what would you do about it?

Carmel will continue to be on the forefront of any city its size in the U.S. Given the well planned and proactive vision of our current city officials, Carmel will continue to enjoy an outstanding school system, low crime rate, wonderful amenities, premier health care facilities, and a comparatively low and stable tax rate fostered by diverse economic development.

Managing Carmel’s growth. To meet the challenge of steady growth we need to carefully manage debt and spending. We should focus on our public safety system, public services and the increasing infrastructure and traffic management issues needed to support this growth while maintaining our high quality of life.

In 50 years Carmel will be completely built out but because of over 80 years of progressive municipal planning and active citizens willing to work for a better community, we will have excellent schools, attractive neighborhoods, parks/ bikeways and shopping areas that have the added tax support of progressive businesses in both the Meridian Corridor and our attractive business parks. Our excellent design requirements begun in the 1970’s insured that we were a leader in attractive, progressive and livable communities.

As we move toward build-out and a slowing in the growth of assessed valuation, that means flat tax revenues. We must put in place now the infrastructure for an attractive and functioning community. Efficient fiscal planning is critical to ensure that we build what we will need and have enough revenue to pay the debt. A fiscal plan for capital expenditures that covers the needs of each district and insures that monetary resources can be budgeted must be put in place with input from citizens .I agree with Gov. Daniels that in order to move forward, you don’t raise taxes…you cut out wasteful spending first.


FREEDOM BALL KICKS IT OFF: The Carmel Rotary Club will begin celebrating a few days early. On Saturday, June 30, the Rotary Club will host the annual Freedom Ball. The evening gala boasts a martini bar and wine with dinner, a silent auction with locally donated gifts worth thousands of dollars, and dance featuring the music of the Cool City Swing Band. The ball begins at 6 p.m. at the Ritz Charles, and tickets cost $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Be sure to get the tickets early because reservations for the black-tieoptional event are limited to the first 400 requests. A portion of the proceeds go to local service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club. Last year the silent auction raised $16,000. For more information, go to and click on “Freedom Ball.”

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’m thinking of the Virginia used to learn — Christ, crucifixTech murderer. ion, resurrection — real. We are each of us, It makes the inadequacy of our every human being, made secular-dominated society real. in God’s image (Genesis It’s sad to think that our 1:27). We are inherently good. individual destiny is determined We are also each of us, thanks by our capacity for evil, or that to Adam and Eve, possessed of a our striving for goodness can be heart that is “desperately wicked” defeated so easily by the evil of (Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9). We a gunman bursting into a busy are inherently evil. classroom. Modern psychology describes Current national statistics complex social and behavioral patindicate 90 percent of American Bob Walters terns, externalizing our individual teenagers are “unchurched.” That Spirituality behavior and removing blame is frightening because they are from our actions. Secular psycholmissing exposure to immensely ogy endeavors to locate blame either in the important concepts like, “do unto others as past, outside of the self, or both; the media you would have them to unto you,” “love your searches for blame where psychology leads it. neighbor” and — critically, a Bible exclusive The Bible describes good and evil in abso- — “love your enemies.” lute personal terms, locates Good in God and Mankind’s great capacity for goodness is Evil in our hearts, and makes us personally revealed when we use our freedom to seek accountable to God and to each other for our God. Our wickedness and evil is when we social and behavioral manifestations. use our freedom to define ourselves as God Pull God out of the equation and psycho(Genesis 3:5). logical description melts into a stew of nonSeek God, or Be God? Which do you think absolutes. Psychology doesn’t like the E-word. was in Seung-Hui Cho’s heart that day? Neither does the mass media. Evil is a hard word to say. It makes Satan Bob Walters (, a Carmel resireal. It makes God real. It gives voice to the dent, grieves for the unspeakable loss of young truth of the Bible and the truth of our hearts. lives at Virginia Tech, and cries for their parents. It makes that church stuff nearly everyone His views do not represent this newspaper’s.

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Family Members: Labib, Ragia, Ramez, Patrick Ayoub Residence: Robinbrook Dr. Members of: St. Mary and St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Carmel Why: We belong to the traditional Coptic Church which is based on the teaching of Saint Mark the apostle ,the writer of the second Gospel, who brought Christianity to Egypt and established the Church of Alexandria in about 55 AD. St. Mark structured the church worship, ordained one Bishop and seven Deacons, St. Mark established the famous school of Alexandria and was martyred by the

Romans in 68 AD. As a conservative church the Coptic Church has carefully presented the orthodox Christian Faith in its earliest and purest form handing it down from generation to generation, unaltered and true to the Apsotolic doctrine and patterns of worship. Believing in the Holy Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit (being one God) and believing that our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ , the true Son of God was incarnate ,born of the virgin Saint Mary died for us on the cross that he may grant us Salvation. Location: 800 E. 110th St. Indianapolis Phone: 848-1791

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

CARMEL FIRE FIGHTERS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE PRIMARY ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS Carmel Professional Fire Fighters, Local 4444 have voted to support several incumbents and new candidates in the upcoming Primary Election. All candidates were invited to participate in interviews with Local 4444. The focus of those interviews was public safety and community issues. Local 4444 had a good series of interviews, which were good opportunities to share ideas and get to know the candidates better. The results of the interviews led to the following endorsements:

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Mayor: James Brainard City Council at Large: Ron Carter and Woody Rider City Council District 1: Rick Sharp City Council District 2: Kevin Kirby City Council District 3: Brian Mayo City Council District 4: Joe Griffiths City Council District 5: Cherie Piebes

Local 4444 is enthusiastic about these candidates and believes that they offer the right ideas for the future of our city and support of our firefighters and fire department. The city has made significant commitments to training and equipment that have the city fire department in the best condition it has ever been in to provide fire protection. For the very first time in the history of the city, our fire department is now fully staffed which has made a big difference in our ability to respond to the citizens of Carmel. Paid for by the Carmel Professional Fire Fighters Political Action Committee


CARMEL HIGH GRADUATES JUNE 3: Carmel High School has confirmed the schedule for graduation for the class of 2007. Ceremonies will take place June 3 at 2 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Music Center, according to Amy Skeens-Benton, one of the school’s administrative assistants. This date and time had been listed as tentative, but Verizon Wireless Music Center officials have confirmed the graduation schedule, Skeens-Benton said. As of April 10, 940 seniors are candidates for graduation.


ulie Criswell would fully completed the 2nd annual like you to take a American Cancer Society Relay For walk. A walk that Life in Carmel. will not deliver you It seems like a long time until to any particular 10 a.m. on June 9, but now is the destination but will keep you walktime to start planning and organizing in a circle. ing your team to raise enough For 24 hours, she will ask you money to conquer the dreaded and 8 to 15 of your friends to keep enemy of the body, cancer. The turning left, each team member oval encircling the football field taking turns heel-and-toeing it, at Carmel High School will be one lap at a time. Julie will make packed with your friends and famsure that you are entertained with ily walking, running, skipping, and Jeff Worrell celebrities, bands and other entermaybe even hopping if they feel so CarmelCan! tainment during each of the 1,440 inclined. The walkers are focused minutes of your circular excursion. on the goal, some are thinking And when the hands of the clock move from about loved ones, but everyone wants to beat 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to the the enemy. magic 86,400th second, you will have successThree of the more than 50 volunteers are

Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on Cable Channel 16. Contact him at jworrell@

Early auto in front of L. J. Small mercantile emporium, NE corner Range Line Rd. and Main St. Photos and information provided by the Carmel Clay Historical Society. To contact the Carmel Clay Historical Society, go to or call 317-846-7117. The Monon Depot Museum., at 211 First Street SW (one block south of Main Street on the Monon Trail) is open all year every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-12, and 1-5. From March through November, it is also open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. Open at other times by special appointments.


Mommy’s a Potty Mouth word you’re trying to avoid, and that would not be good. So what’s a frazzled mom strung-out on bad language to do? Admitting your problem is of course the first step on your road to recovery. “Hi. My name is Mommy, and I am a Potty Mouth.” Being aware of your addiction will help immensely in reducing the number of times you actually cuss. Enlist the help of family and friends and ask them to tell you when your mouth starts to go down hill. Have them suggest alternative words that are just as strong but not technically “swearing.” Crap is my all-time favorite because apart from being four-letters, it has bite, and can’t get any of my children a detention should they say it in the cafeteria. As a final resort, don’t let your children leave your side. Your sanity might suffer but your mouth will definitely stay clean. The road to good language recovery is long and hard, my fellow moms, but it is a journey we must take for the sake of our children. Just watch out for those f------ potholes; they’re a b----. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@

ack before I Problem had kids, I is, once I get going, I can’t stop. never used foul Suddenly four-letter words are peplanguage. Oh pering my sentences like commas, sure, maybe and I’m putting NFL players and the occasionally s--- escaped my long-time truckers to shame. And prudish lips if I dropped a large I’m not talkin’ the mild-mannered ceramic bowl on my toes or say, I four-letter words, but the monarchy slammed a non-minivan car door of trash, Queen “C” and King “F”. on my hand, but in general, my Even my sister, who lives in L.A. and mouth was as clean as a pipe in can hold her own with the likes of the Clorox factory. So why did my Howard Stern and Eddie Murphy, words go to hell in a diaperbag as is appalled by my downward spiral Danielle soon as my children were born? into Potty-ville. Help! I’m addicted Wilson I mean, shouldn’t I be the model to swear words and I can’t stop! of G-rated speech now that all At least I’m four of my precious angels can understand not alone. I recently read a Rick Reilly article and regurgitate every single syllable escaping in Sport Illustrated about universities and colmy mouth? leges across the country trying to limit the pro But that’s just it. All day long I censor fanity used at sporting events. One professor’s myself because I am around impressionable advice is to use words that sound bad, but children. I say shoot and darn it and tartar really are meaningless. Like “sock-cucker” for sauce (a shout-out to SpongeBob) instead example. It sounds terribly offensive, but upon of using my grown-up vocab because I don’t closer inspection, it doesn’t refer to anything want my 2-year old repeating a------ at Sunday but a sock being cucked. The only problem school. By the time my husband gets home I with this technique is that if your children do can’t hold it in any longer. I must vent, and if try and mimic one of your made-up swear I really want to feel like an adult again, said word, their memory and articulation may be venting must involve juicy, colorful profanity. just immature enough to actually say the exact

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

HELP WOMEN WITH CANCER: The Indiana Women in Need Foundation Flower Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 11592 Range Line Road in Carmel and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7425 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis. A variety of hanging baskets and potted plants will be available for $25 each. I.W.I.N. works to improve the quality of life of women with breast cancer by relieving some of the stresses and demands of everyday life.



BUREAU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to help it host the 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships May 15-18 at The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club

in Fishers and Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. This event will feature 35 teams from across the country, in addition to five individual golfers in a 72-hole tournament format. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and wear the provided championship logo uniform. To become a volunteer, go to

Brooke Weekes, Mary Harshbarger and Annie Lukes. They help promote the event by getting people from their schools to log some laps. Last year they had 30 teams of relayers, and this year the goal jumps by 10. In her eighth season volunteering to make Relay For Life happen, Julie Criswell got started when her dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. During the first ever Carmel event last year, it rained….and rained….and rained and yet the walkers (imitating ducks) presented the event officials with a giant sized check depicting a giant sized sum of $48,000. WOW! So join in the circle that gives life…..and relay the message to your friends.


CHAMBER SCHEDULES MAY EVENTS: The Carmel Chamber of Commerce will meet for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 9 at the new Monon Center at Central Park. Reservations are required for this event, which costs $15 for members and $20 for guests. Call 846.1049 or register online at

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Melanie Heck, a 16-year-old sophomore at Carmel High School, recently received a gold medal for her focus-on-children project, “Driving Toward Literacy,” at the state Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America state conference. More than 700 FCCLA members participated at this year’s event. During the FCCLA state conference, Heck had to present her display describing the book-drive project and deliver a speech that detailed the project, the implementation and its anticipated impact. She organized a book drive through the FCCLA club at Carmel High School to benefit the library at Head Start of Hamilton County ( To date, the number of items collected total 1,200, but more are still coming in. As part of the effort, Melanie volunteered her time after school to work with the children at the facility and get to know them and their needs better. The library at the facility has few quality books or videos. Those that they have are older and in poor condition. Because literacy is so important in early education, Heck said she believed the project would be one that would have a positive impact on the students there.

“ It was a really great experience to organize this project and have that amount of responsibility and know we were really making a difference in our community,” said Heck, the daughter of Richard and Nancy Heck. She created flyers describing the book drive to distribute to the classes at CHS, the Carmel Clay Public Library and Carmel City Hall. Messages were created for the morning announcements at the high school and a contest was held between the student resource time classes with a pizza party going to the group collecting the most books. Melanie got the local Papa John’s to donate the pizzas. The project also was awarded a Hamilton County Youth as Resources grant for $525 late last month at the Judicial Center in Noblesville. Heck and the other students in the FCCLA club who assisted her in this project went to Noblesville to accept the grant money. YAR is an agency of the United Way. The money will be used to buy more new books, music CDs and videos for the Head Start Library. Barnes and Noble also has agreed to donate books to the effort, although it wasn’t able to specify the quantity. The FCCLA club ( sponsor at CHS is Brooke Weeks.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Carmel City Council District 1

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PLANS 5K: Creekside Middle School will sponsor its fourth annual 5K run and walk through the Village of West Clay at 8:30 a.m. on May 19. The entry fee, which includes a Tshirt, is $15. An entire family may participate for $45. A registration form may be downloaded from Main.htm by clicking on the “2007 Cat Race Brochure” link. Registrations must be received by May 11 to secure a shirt. For more information, contact Bryce Stewart at 733.6420, ext. 6021, or bstewart@

Becky Kapsalis, aka “Ask Yiayia,” is a certified parenting coach, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, speaker and Current In Carmel columnist. She can be reached at 810.9358 or


n editorial in this publication two weeks ago correctly concluded that “failure is not an option” regarding the Carmel Clay Schools. I agree. The “failure” to which the editorial referenced involved Carmel Elementary School “failing” to achieve No Child Left Behind status this year. With more background and research, I am hopeful the editorial writer would have provided readers with a much different conclusion. What exactly was Carmel Elementary School’s failure? Its special education students did not score well enough on the language arts portion of the state exam, commonly referred to as ISTEP. In the other 17 categories that apply to Carmel Elementary, the school met criteria in 16. No Child Left Behind is a somewhat complicated system that requires students in sub groups (white, black, Hispanic, special education, those who quality for free lunch and textbooks, among others) to meet specific academic standards that increase in each school annually. Within a few years, all student subgroups will have to achieve at the 100 percent level for schools not to be considered NCLB failures. No educator who I know disputes these goals. Certainly, no child ever should be left behind. But to define one group of students who, with the help of their teachers and parents, worked very hard to pass ISTEP as failures is, in my opinion, inaccurate. The editorial failed to mention that all the other eligible Carmel schools met the No Child Left Behind standards for every sub group. As a matter of fact, of the 252 NCLB categories that apply to the Carmel Clay Schools, 251 were met.


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Rather than focusing on Carmel schools achieving 251 of 252 goals – a success rate of 99.6 percent – the Current in Carmel editorial emphasized the one category in which a small group of students was not yet successful. The Tony Willis dedicated, profesOn Schools sional principal, faculty and staff at Carmel Elementary deserved better. Carmel Elementary students and their parents know that their school actually far surpasses state and national academic averages. Readers who would like to know more about No Child Left Behind and how this federal legislation really affects their schools and their children might consider checking out

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

STUDENTS CAN GET VACCINATED: Carmel High School will host a meningococcal vaccine clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 15 in the high school’s community room, which is located in the commons near the South 7 entrance. Visiting Nurse Service will offer vaccines to those who have registered by May 11. Information and registration forms have been mailed home in the high school newsletter. They also are posted on the high school Web site at form.pdf. The cost of the vaccine is $130. For more information, contact Elaine Martin at 722.8299, ext. 120.


ouble standard! Those words have been bantered about tsince the Don Imus incident. Are we living a double standard of life with our children? Do we expect them to “do as I say, not as I do”? Do we have different sets of behavioral rules for us than for our children? I think I can truthfully say Yes to both of these scenarios. This is where being a Yiayia helps. Looking back on my childraising years, some of my double standards were: I smoked cigarettes but told Becky Kapsalis the children not to. I had Ask YiaYia wine when I was out for dinner and drove home, but told my children not to drink and drive. What disturbs me about double standards, aside from our excusing them, is that we justify them. A serious double standard exists as it pertains to prescribed drugs for our children. Take for instance Dr. David Stein’s opening remarks at a conference in San Francisco on amphetamines as it relates to ADD/ADHD (IA/HM). He states, among other things: “We’re careful about the foods we put in the bodies of our children and then we give them amphetamines (stimulants).” Dr. Stein suggests there are only “two reasons for using amphetamines in children: when well designed non-drug behavioral treatments fail, or when parents don’t want to take the time or effort to learn how to work with their child.” If you’re taking this writing to heart, my hunch is you’re not part of the latter group. Post on Fridge: One Family – One Standard For All!

A dissenting viewpoint


YES, CARA IS A WINNER: Cara Magnabosco of Carmel was awarded a $2,000 college scholarship in the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition, one of the nation’s most prestigious and influential high school science competitions. Cara was among 60 high school students selected out of more than 700 entrants nationwide to compete in the finals held in Washington, D.C.. The YES Competition, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and administered by the College Board, is designed to spur students’ interest in the field of public health, specifically epidemiology. Cara attends Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.

Double standard?

2007 Mayoral Scorecard “When it comes to fiscal responsibility, Mayor Jim Brainard has delivered strong Republican leadership that is creating positive results.” Here are the facts: ;Carmel has the lowest tax rate of any city in Indiana of our size or larger and the fifth lowest tax rate of the 116 cities in our

state. ;Carmel’s mayor has consistently stated that he is committed to stable property taxes in our city and the facts are that he has consistently cut taxes in the past eleven years. This past month, he was successful in petitioning the state to allow an 18 percent tax rate reduction in our city to offset the increase in property assessments. ;Carmel has an A+ rating by nationally recognized, Standard and Poor’s independent rating agency, one of the highest rates available to a city the size of Carmel. ;Every penny of our debt is part of a fiscal plan that has been in place since 1996 and clearly shows that there will be no tax increases needed to pay the existing debt and operate the city. ;Carmel is one of only a few cities in the state that has fully funded its police and fire pension funds. ;Our water bills are about half of those of our IWC neighbors to the south. ;Our sewer bills were rolled back to 1991 levels and are lower than the day Mayor Brainard took office in spite of inflation. ;We have built a city where businesses come to create high tech, high paying jobs. This has helped establish one of the nation’s healthiest and most diverse tax bases on which to maintain low residential property tax rates. That is no accident. It is the result of sound fiscal planning and management. ;We place value in the quality of life amenities such as excellent parks, trails and our arts programs. We know and accept that these public assets are worthy of our support and nurture. We also know these investments play a vital role in attracting the corporate relocations that bring new jobs to Carmel. ;Carmel’s fiscal management is so respected that it is studied and copied by local governments throughout the state and nation.

The fiscal strength of our city has never been

more solid. I am proud of our record of financial management with consistent tax rate cuts and a plan that will pay for all the improvements that are necessary in our fast growing community without raising taxes. The discussion in this campaign regarding our city debt should focus on the fact that we have had a highly managed fiscal plan in place since 1996 that predicts our revenue and expenses. We have been very careful in keeping our debt tied to property taxes at levels that allow us to keep our tax rate under control and our taxes stable. Our debt as a percentage of assessed valuation, which is the most logical and accurate view of our debt, compares favorably to our neighboring fast-growing communities. Other arguments being made about our city debt are biased and inaccurate. It is important that the city keeps its promise to our new citizens to fix their roads and deliver city services. It is vital that we do so without creating a burden on our entire city. Our plan accomplishes that commitment and ensures a great future for Carmel.

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Mayor James Brainard CARMEL, INDIANA

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Dear Friends: I made a pledge to conduct a positive campaign of ideas and thoughtful discussion of Carmel’s future when I decided to run for reelection as your mayor. My opponent, in contrast, has made a number of emotional, inflammatory charges against me and my administration that have some voters questioning how they should vote. Even more troubling to me is the reality that some voters are so upset with my opponent’s attacks that they are planning to stay home on Election Day. That would be a tragic mistake in my opinion. I have decided to answer the charges made by my opponent in order to set the record straight. Here is what you should know. 1. Charges that YOU have paid for the arches in the Arts and Design District are simply not true. The arches that seem to be the focus of my opponent’s campaign are paid for by the businesses that have invested in the District and have built their shops, galleries and restaurants there. My opponent also inflated the cost by over 40% and that is hopefully just a case of not getting his facts straight. 2. You may have received a mailing that attacks the redevelopment effort in the Arts District, specifically the construction of the Lurie Art Gallery. Again, my opponent ignores the fact that the land and building are owned by a division of Stenz Construction who assumes the risk for the development. In addition, the first and second floors plus one of the condominium units have already been sold. The funds for infrastructure improvements are an investment that will actually make a profit for the city from the redevelopment of the area. This is a complicated transaction that has been thoroughly examined and approved by our legal advisors. I encourage everyone to remember the “ghost town” that was Main Street prior to redevelopment. This project is about economic redevelopment, creation of jobs, and how the city working in partnership with the private sector can improve a rundown area and create a new economic engine. 3. My opponent charges that we increased our budget by 45% and that is correct. What he doesn’t tell you is that the city increased in size by over 120% and our population has almost doubled as a result of annexation. You might think that the budget could have doubled, but it didn’t. Not only are we not raising city taxes to pay for the increased service area, but we have realized some economies of scale that are helping to keep our taxes low. Providing full city services to these new areas costs more, but we have revenue from these areas to pay for the services. Because of strong fiscal management, we have limited the growth of the budget. 4. Finally, my opponent focuses on the increase in city debt. You need to know that most of the debt tied to property taxes is used to pay for new roads and improvements in the newly annexed areas of the city. In fact, this accounts for 70 percent of the property tax linked debt which is being paid for by the increased revenue from these newly annexed areas. These funds pay for the promises that were made to the new residents of our city. These promises were made by members of the Council, including my opponent and me. It is important that these commitments be kept. For all of you who have expressed concern over the charges made by my opponent, I trust that my comments will help you understand the facts. If not, I urge you to contact me at my office at 571-2401 or through my campaign email at I want to help you clear up any concerns you may have or answer any questions that this campaign has created. It is a privilege and honor to serve you. I have one more thing to ask of you and that is to make sure that you cast a vote on May 8 to help us keep our city moving forward in a positive and productive direction. Very truly yours,

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how to be consistent


love Roselli’s pizza. I focus on that. Commit to tell your love it so much that I kids something once, and that if eat there more than they don’t comply, you’ll invoke once a week. Why? The a consequence. Let’s them know pizza is consistently good. the program, and then go for it. No screw-ups, no unpleasant Make a consequence jar, and fill surprises. Whatever they are doing it with slips of paper that have a back there in the kitchen produces consequence written on them. a consistent pizza. (This also removes pressure from As I was munching down on you to think up consequences on the lunch buffet last week, it got the fly.) me thinking, “How can I be more • COURAGE: This isn’t easy, so consistent?” That’s what most of us be tough. If you fall short, shrug Kent Burns strive for in our lives, I think. But it off and get back on your horse. On Success it sure is hard sometimes. So, here There’s another opportunity to are some tips to help you be more be consistent coming at you right consistent. away. • COMMITMENT: If you want to be known as • CELEBRATION: When you are successful a consistent person, the first thing you must in staying true to your course, celebrate. You do is DECIDE to be consistent. As soon as you deserve it. do, you’ll be amazed at the circumstances that For most people, being referred to as “conarise to confront your decision. It’s almost like sistent” is a real compliment. Pick something the universe is saying, “Consistent? You? Yeah, important to you and be consistent to it. You’ll right.” You’ll be tested. I guarantee it. feel better. • CLARIT Y: Be very clear about what you are committing to. You’ll do nothing but Kent Burns is a Carmel resident and partner frustrate yourself (and others) if you aren’t. at MRINETWORK. He is also a professional Perhaps you want to be more consistent in speaker and author of “What’s Your Why?” His disciplining your kids. That’s a great goal, but blog is and he can be it lacks clarity. Try selecting one element. If reached at you struggle with getting your kids to do what they are told, make that your mission and

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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RICHARD Carmel City Council District 3 Richard will go to “bat” for the citizens of Carmel. Carmel Resident since 1989. Local business owner for 15 years, technology consulting. Boy Scout Leader for 7 years. ay M Carmel Rotary. TE Active member Carmel Lutheran Church. O V Ten Years US Army – two tours in Vietnam. Carmel Dads’ Club volunteer for 15 years, Board Member, Commissioner, and Coach. Ethical, hard-working and a caring neighbor.


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MONEY MATTERS If you won the lottery or came into a large sum of money, what would you do with it?

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Semi-Important.” So here’s what I have to do. I have to go through these Papers Misc. with an eye toward what is really important. All that stuff above? It can

go. It’s rubbish, except maybe for the newspaper clippings and the Herman Hoglebogle buttons. And that leaves one category I absolutely must hang on to: 10. Letters. I’ve saved a ton of them, even the ones that call me a chucklehead, or worse. They’re not in any particular order, but that’s OK. I kind of like them that way. Makes it fun just to dip in and read a handful every once in a while. To think that people actually took the time to pick up a pen and wrote to me — well, that’s my idea of Papers Important, especially in this age of instant communication and text messages on the phone. That makes an actual on-paper letter all the more special to me, and worth saving. Although I do wish they’d cut down on the whoopee. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis 46244. For information on speaking fees and availability, visit




he cold weather a equivalent to seeing the first robin couple of weeks or going to opening day at Victory ago did more Field. than kill tulips I always bring my winter and mangle rose clothes down to the basement bushes; it totally messed up my on March 29. I know that I might life, which up until 10 days ago have to endure a few more chilly had been a perfect cacophony of days, but I like to start spring with order and organization. crisply laundered golf shirts, not I was just finishing my a closet lined with itchy woolen income taxes over the April 14-15 sweaters. weekend when I saw the snow I also promise myself that I and the hail coming down. I didn’t will first dry-clean everything that Dick Wolfsie think it was possible to get any requires such attention, wash the Humor more depressed than I already remaining garments and then was. But a thin sheet of snow carefully fold each piece before and ice on my car the same morning I was putting them away in anticipation of a foursupposed to play 18 holes of golf was more month hibernation. That way, when winter disheartening than the lousy $17 refund check rears its icy head, I hit the ground running I was going to get from the IRS. — or slipping. Whatever. I have a certain routine that I follow each Instead, the winter coat, sweaters, scarves year as winter creeps into spring. On the and turtlenecks are all thrown over my 26th of March, for example, I always try to shoulder, hauled downstairs and stuffed into start the lawnmower in the garage. Then I an old chest of drawers while much of the pile curse myself for having left it sitting for three is still on wire hangers. months without giving it the slightest tug. I It’s not a pretty sight, but it is on March 29. am reminded of the famous Robert Klein skit Always. where the car engine taunts him as he turns In the fall, when I retrieve the clothing, it the key: Please don’t try and start me, Please all smells of cat urine, even though our last cat don’t try and start me, Please don’t try and died five years ago. start me. Everything I have mentioned above Until a few years ago, every March 27th was completed once again this year on the I stored our two snow shovels in my son’s appointed date, just as they have been every old tree house. But as I started to get older, year for the past three decades. climbing up the ladder became more of a But this spring played a trick on all of cardiac risk than actually moving the white us. Just when we were getting geared up to stuff, so lately I’ve just leaned the shovels battle global warming by buying hybrid cars, behind a tree in the woods. I’m glad we only installing sun panels and enduring Al Gore’s got a flurry in April because once I hide them, movie, temperatures hit record lows for April. it takes me nine months to find them again. By the time you read this, spring will be I am a very moderate social drinker, but here. Unless we have an early fall. March 28 means a transition from Coors Light Dick Wolfsie is a columnist, author and to gin and tonic — a rite of spring for me speaker. Contact him at

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Well, the bottom line is if I don’t do something about this Paper Population Explosion, and soon, there won’t be room for the other boxes — the ones marked “Papers, Semi-Important, Misc.” So what’s in all these Papers that is so Important, Misc.? Here’s the short list: 1. Twenty-year-old memos from my old job, some of which I intend to read someday. 2. Statements from credit cards I long ago cut into pieces. 3. Paycheck stubs in chronological order from the 1970s, when my weekly net was approximately what a baby sitter makes now. 4. Checks from banks that no longer exist. Which is another way of saying “local.” 5. A box of Christmas cards with my name printed on them. The year I got them, I sent one to my mother. No signature, just “Mike Redmond” printed on the inside. She didn’t think it was funny. 6. An envelope full of Herman Hoglebogle pins from the olden days at The Indianapolis News, The (Late) Great Hoosier Daily.

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7. About 72 bushels of newspaper clippings. 8. Phone bills from two and three area codes ago. 9. A real stinkburger of a novel I wrote when I was 21 and thought I knew everything. It’s about a 21-year-old novelist who knows everything. Now, given a list like this, you are perfectly justified in having the same thought I did: “If this is Papers Important, Misc., I’d hate to see the



he other day I found myself in the attic over the garage, taking inventory. Like many people, I’m a bit of a packrat, so I find it’s a good idea to wander up there every once in a while, just to check on things. I think somewhere deep inside, I’m hoping that elves came during the night and straightened up the place so I can turn it into an office, as I’ve been promising myself I am going to do since I moved into this place eight years ago. Nope. No elves. In fact, I was astonished to see that the contents of the attic had somehow multiplied while I wasn’t looking. I’m not kidding. When I moved into this place, I had six boxes marked “Papers, Important, Misc.”, which as we all know means “Junk From My Desk That I Haven’t Had Time To Sort Through.” Now I have 18, and I’ll be darned if I know where the other 12 boxes came from. All I can figure is there is a little Papers Important Misc. Whoopee going on up there.



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Ivy Comfort, 85, Carmel, passed away April 23, 2007. She was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Hopkinsville, Ky., to Henry H. and Beulah Johnson. Mrs. Comfort was a real estate agent with AHM Graves Realtors for 32 years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of Carmel United Methodist Church. Funeral services were April 26 at Carmel United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter Delora Comfort; brother Milton Johnson; eight nieces and four nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James Comfort, who died in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lee Peters. The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Indianapolis Humane Society. Janis “John” A. Saksons, 90, Noblesville, passed away April 20, 2007. He was born on May 28, 1916, in Latvia and came to the U.S. in 1950. Mr. Saksons worked as a tool and die maker for Standard

Locknut for 35 years. He was a member of the YMCA, where he won boxing’s Golden Gloves Award. In Latvia, Mr. Saksons served in the Navy. He also enjoyed camping and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Helen McClintock Saksons; children Ray (Sheryl) Saksons, Hugo (Leslie) Saksons, Eddy (Debbie) Saksons, Harold Saksons, Velta Houk, Michael (Teresa) Cotton, Douglas (Kathryn) Cotton, Joe Cotton, Chris (Andrea) Cotton; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren and his dog and best friend, Abby. Mr. Saksons was honored at a Celebration of Life Service on April 25 in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, St. Vincent Hospice or Harbor Lights. Leanne Serrano Paulsen was born Nov. 17, 1967, in Birmingham, Ala., to Raoul (Ralph) L. and Suzanne Gant Serrano. She was a 1985 graduate of Carmel High School, where she was homecoming queen, and a 1989 graduate of Indiana University, where she was an honor student, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a member and captain of the Red Stepper Dance Team. She was active in Indianapolis Civic Theatre and American Cabaret Theatre. She was a member of the Broadway tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “South Pacific.” She was a regular cast member of “Yuletide Celebration” in Indianapolis and the New York City Rockette’s Christmas Special. A funeral mass was held April 26 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, of


Mr. and Mrs. Gary Havercamp of Carmel announce the engagement of their daughter, Shauna Leigh, to Andrew Dugandzic, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dugandzic of Sicklerville, NJ. Both Andrew and Shauna will graduate from the University of Richmond in May and will reside in the Chicago area after their October wedding. Shauna is a Park Tudor School graduate and plans to work in the marketing industry. Andrew is a CFA candidate and will be working for a financial services firm.

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N. Meridian St. 4:48 p.m.: Accident with property damage, Pennsylvania St. / E. 106th St. 5:11 p.m.: Accident with property damage, S. Range Line Rd. / E. Carmel Dr. 7:42 p.m.: Accident with property damage, E. 96th St / Monon Trl. 10:27 p.m.: Theft, 1032 N. Range Line Rd. April 20 7:49 a.m.: Accident with property damage, W. 136th St. / Springmill Rd. 8:05 a.m.: Accident with property damage, 5100 E. 116th St. 8:40 a.m.: Juvenile complaint, 520 E. Main St. 11:25 a.m.: Juvenile complaint, 520 E. Main St. 11:32 a.m.: Accident with property damage, I 465 E. /N. Meridian St 12:16 p.m.: Disturbance, 697 Pro Med Ln. 12:21 p.m.: Harassment, 1168 Golfview Dr. 1:20 p.m.: Theft, 10485 Pennsylvania St. 1:54 p.m.: Accident with property damage, W. 106th St. / N Meridian St. 2:18 p.m.: Accident with personal injury, W. 146th St. / Clay Terrace Blvd. 1:59 p.m.: Theft, 13501 Shakamac Dr. 4:44 p.m.: Accident with property damage, S. Range Line Rd. / E. Carmel Dr. 5:10 p.m.: Harassment, 10495 Lakeshore Pl. 5:51 p.m.: Accident with property damage, E. 106th St. / N. Meridian St. 8:52 p.m.: Missing Person, 5201 Sherwood Ct. 9:13 p.m.: Domestic, 11582 Perkins St.

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rom childhood on, it’s prudent to evaluate everything we place into our eagerly awaiting, often indiscriminate, drooling mouths. Sounds logical, considering the behavior affects our health. The universe brought into being, our perfectly constructed earth suits, on constant alert, prepared to defend us from billions and billions of invading pathogens nibbling at the crispy edges of our health. Our immune system leans on us for proper, balanced nutrition in order to have the wherewith-all to defend us against unwelcome invaders that make Wendall Fowler us ache, sneeze, Nutritionist wheeze, shiver and hurl. When I was a wee, gullible lad, my mother told us we got sick because someone left the window open and “in-flu-enza”. Or grandchildren wrap their clean hands around the handle of a grocery cart then rub their eyes with bacterial frappe’. Pathogenic bacterial microbes are here to stay,

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STYLE STUFF EVERY GUY SHOULD KNOW: The greatest contributions of the United States to the world of style, in no particular order: The chino, the sneaker, the Tshirt, the biker jacket, blue jeans, the sweatshirt, the baseball cap. By the way guys, things from your closet that do not go together: Jeans and cuff links; socks and sandals; a matching tie and pocket square; boots and suit pants; dress jackets and shorts (unless you’re in Bermuda). —

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HDTV: If you’re going to spend all that time vegging out on the sofa (and admit it, you are), you might as well have something pretty to look at. It’s the year of the LCD TV, when you can actually witness a 120-pound woman singlehandedly lift a 37-inch model clear over her head. Not that we advise that: While prices are down, your TV will probably still remain the most expensive piece of equipment in your home. If you’re on a tight budget, check out one of the new “thin” CRTs instead.

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STILL HOT: Five months after its launch, Nintendo’s Wii is still one of the most sought-after products on the planet. Lines form around the block when Best Buy or Toys R Us advertise the perpetually sold-out game system in the Sunday paper. Last month, Nintendo moved 250,000 Wiis, easily outselling Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. SUPER MARIO: Speaking of gaming, ever lament that Mario, eternally stuck in two dimensions, can’t just walk around all those evil mushrooms and turtles instead of having to jump over them? In Super Paper Mario, he can: One press of a button, and the 2-D universe “flips” into three dimensions, revealing a whole new world of hidden secrets. Add a story and graphic design that are as wacky as the gameplay concept, and you’ve got the Wii’s latest must-have game. LIVING ROOM ON THE ROAD: BMW is taking the TV out of the living room and onto the road with a new multimedia entertainment system that combines all the elements of a TiVo crossed with an Apple TV, a satellite box and a multimedia cell phone. Equipped with a 20-GB hard drive mounted behind the dashboard, the entertainment system can sync movies and TV shows from a home computer while the car is parked in the garage. On the road, content can be downloaded or recorded for later viewing (or listening) via a satellite link or a cell-phone network, just like a mobile TiVo, or a phone that can buy songs or ring tones wirelessly

Erasing Data from your old computer By Gary Hubbard

When it comes to disposing of an old computer, your choices are to sell, donate or recycle it. (Never throw an old computer in a Dumpster, because the machine contains hazardous waste that should not be in our landfills!) Identity theft through electronic means has become such a focus of cybercriminals that disposing of your old computer without taking steps to “scrub” the personal or business data first could be risky. Here are a few options ranging from very simple to somewhat technical that will aid you in cleaning your data off the drive. Option #1 - Scrub the individual data files off the drive with a secure deletion program, such as Eraser; a free utility available for download at Then run the “Disk Defragmenter” utility built into Windows for an added layer of protection. This option is best for anyone that wants to make sure the programs still work when they give the computer to the next party. Option #2 - Securely wipe out the entire hard drive with a program such as the free

Kill Disk utility ( ), which does a much more thorough job than simply reformatting the hard drive. Kill Disk conforms to Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standards and makes it nearly impossible for anyone to get anything of value off of the drive. This procedure is much more comprehensive but requires some technical experience (making a boot disk) in order to use it. Option #3 - Remove the hard drive from the system before disposing of it so you can deal with the sensitive data at a later date. If you are not comfortable running either of the utilities listed above, take your computer to a trusted disposal site that will ensure your data is deleted. Gary Hubbard is owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - Data Doctors is a drop center for electronic donations and recycling. Have a technology question? Send it to

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or column, or a limestone insert from a window sill is seen in the patio, too. The possibilities are endless. Interestingly some of the most stunning projects we’ve created are more rectilinear than curvilinear, but often a blending of the two will touch on the formality of a home while paying homage to the relaxed atmosphere of the Great Outdoors. Surrounding ourselves with repetition of flowering trees/shrubs/perennials and architectural significance provides a sense of tranquility and causes guests to naturally migrate to this retreat that’s been carefully crafted to ignite memories. Another important awakening in suburban outdoor living is the remembrance of landings versus a meager step system. Landings must take on a design of their

own to help this forgotten transition area flow and have purpose. They can become an intentional space for a new grill, colorful flowering pots of fragrant annuals or a rescued iron bench drenched in patina. Better, generous treads on a step become the kids’ favorite place to hang out and play a board game. Nevertheless, landings are very cool and can separate your space from the masses. Randy Sorrel is president of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel design, landscape and remodeling firm. He may be reached at 679.2565, randy@ or



rick patios are a primary component of the thriving “Outdoor Room” lifestyle. And while there are alternatives, such as stone-tile, flagstone, bluestone, stamped concrete, crushed stone, etc., brick is still the material most consumers prefer. The trend is away from the traditional clean (mission) brick paver and toward a “tumbled” brick appearance that immediately feels warm, lived in and very European. Patios and decks also have escaped their boxy heritage and have smartly assumed characteristics that complement the architecture and details of the home, both from the inside and out. Perhaps an interior arch

DISPATCHES THE BEST OF THE BUSHES: Shrubs combine the year-round presence of trees with the seasonal color appeal of many herbaceous plants, and they do it at eye level, where their efforts to please can be appreciated. They give us the background, foreground, and framework for an ornamental landscape, and the best ones do so gracefully. When you plan your next landscape renovation, or the new landscape for your just-completed dream home, take a closer look at this list of great shrubs. Many of them are North American natives and are widely adaptable throughout the country for yearround appeal. One or more will surely fit into your soil conditions, climate, and garden design. One just might become the focal point of your yard.

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WHERE RESTAURANT OWNERS DINE Chris Tincher Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A at Castleton Square Mall Where do you eat? Texas Roadhouse Why? They are very family-friendly and have great customer service. What’s your favorite dish? The baby-back ribs, house salad and awesome dinner rolls


Texas Roadhouse 9111 Michigan Road, Indianapolis 876.5480 Hours: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

Jim Thompson opened Daddy Jack’s more than a decade ago with a commitment to honoring his father’s “finely tuned appetite for excellent food and generous drinks.” The restaurant has since become a favorite of Indianapolis’ Northside. The menu offers an array of appetizers, salads, pasta dishes, chicken and hand-cut steaks, most named after a Thompson family member. Sandwiched between Après Jack’s and Kona Jack’s, Daddy Jack’s is a great

place to watch a game at the bar or enjoy a romantic dinner for two. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight MonThurs; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fri and Sat; closed Sunday.

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Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery - Milton, Del. Type: India pale ale / fruit beer Pros: Beautiful copper color, fluffy head. Very hoppy flavor Made with fresh apricots, but the fruit flavor was quite subtle

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TAKE MOM OUT FOR HER DAY: The Mansion at Oak Hill will present its fifth annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13. The price, including sales tax and service charge, is $27.50 for adults and $18.50 for children. The Mother’s Day buffet will serve from noon to 2:45 p.m. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling The Mansion at 843.9850. The Mansion at Oak Hill is located at 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway.

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niece of Thomas Russell, or the multi-roomed “museum within a museum” created by volunteer Marilyn Schaeffer. You can almost smell the tiny pie emerging from the scaleddown oven in a “kitchen in a bread box” created by Landshof. One of the museum’s treasures is a glassbacked bar room created by Narcissa Thorne.

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Mrs. James Ward Thorne was a Chicago art patron, born in Vincennes, Ind., who married the son of one of the founders of Montgomery Ward and Company. She showed her first set of miniature rooms at the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago, and 68 of her historically accurate miniature rooms are on permanent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. About half of the museum’s holdings are on view at any one time; exhibits change three times a year so there’s always something new to see. This Saturday, combine a visit with the museum’s third annual Attic Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carmel Lions Club, 141 E. Main St., where you will find a large selection of pre-assembled doll houses, craft supplies, miniature items, magazines and some fullsized household items for sale. For hours and admission information, call 575.9466 or visit www.

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PEERING INTO A PRESIDENT’S EYES: “The Faces of Lincoln” rotating exhibition continues to showcase items from the Indiana Historical Society’s extensive Lincoln collections with its latest incarnation, “Lincoln and the Printed Image/Myth.” The exhibition will be featured now through Aug. 24 on the fourth floor of the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call 232.1882 or go to www.

You’ll feel like Gulliver in Lilliput among the doll houses and period rooms at the Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, located at 111 E. Main St., Carmel. In a place where nearly everything on display is reproduced at 1:12 or 1:24 scale, squinting through the windows into someone’s fantasy world like a giant peeping Tom is part of the fun! The rest is scratching your head and wondering, “How’d they do that?” The museum, opened in 1993 by three women who shared a passion for the miniature point of view, offers a full range of scale miniature vignettes and doll houses, including replicas of actual homes, historic tableaux, fantasy spaces and petite decorator show homes. Aficionados, one-third of whom are men, love to show off their ability to create tiny versions of everything from famous paintings to historic barns. “We don’t like to call them ‘cute,’ ” says Suzanne Landshof, one of the co-founders. “The more you look at the pieces, the more

you come to appreciate the ingenuity and craftsmanship involved in creating these works.” Among the “fine arts in miniature” laid out in six themed rooms, look for the oldest doll house on display, built in 1861 for the

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LIBRARY DISPLAYS ARTIST’S WORK: The artwork of Sheila Isham will be on display from Wednesday through May 15 in the Program Room and on the Art Wall. A special evening reception with the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Isham’s primarily abstract art has been shown in more than 50 one-person exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. The pieces on exhibit at the library will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. Call the Foundation office at 814.3905 for more information.

By Barbara E. Cohen


BELLES OF BROADWAY: Actors Theatre of Indiana and the Mansion at Oak Hill presents “Broadway Brass,” a tribute to the great ladies of Broadway, at 6 p.m. May 2 and 3. Join Cynthia Collins and Judy Fitzgerald of Actors Theatre of Indiana as they recapture the music of Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Julie Andrews and the rest of the women who made Broadway grand. The cost is $45 per person, which includes a full buffet. Make reservations by calling The Mansion at 843.9850. The Mansion at Oak Hill is located at 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway.

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Guys and Dolls

Dates: Through May 13. Location: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Times: Various. Price: $32.50-$52.50. Phone: 872.9664. Web: www.beefandboards. com.

And Her Hair Went With Her

Dates: Through May 13. Location: Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Avenue, Indianapolis. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Price: $15 to $29. Phone: 635.7529. Web: www.

The Unexpected Guest

Dates: Through Sunday. Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Time: Various times Thursday through Sunday. Price: $24 to $49. Phone: 635.5252. Web:

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Cinderella Unscripted: An Adult Fairytale — Patrons may make written suggestions, which performers will incor-

porate into the show. Date: Friday. Location: 721 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis. Time: Doors open 9:30 p.m., performance begins at 10 p.m. Price: $12. Restriction: 17 years and older. Phone: 951.8499. Web:

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The Museum of Miniature Houses. Location: 141 E. Main St., Carmel. Date: Saturday. Price: Free. Phone: 575.9466.

Dance Indy Dancers Dances


Mark Sweeney Dates: Wednesday. Location: Crackers, 6281 N. College Ave., Indianapolis. Time: 8:30 p.m. Price: $8 regular, $10 preferred. Restrictions: 18 and older. Phone: (317) 255-4211.

Exhibit María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Everything Is Separated by Water

An exhibit containing 34 paintings, sculptures, photographs and new media installations from the Afro-Cuban artist. Date: Through June 3. Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Price: Adults $12, seniors $10, college students w/valid I.D. $6, children ages 7-17 $6, children ages 6 and under free. Phone: 920.2660. Web:

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• Date: Saturday. Location: Starlite Ballroom, 5720 Guion Road, Indianapolis. Time: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Dance a variety of social dances to DJ music. Price: Members $8, nonmembers $13. Includes lesson 6:45-7:30 and cold-cuts buffet. Singles welcome. • Date: May 8. Location: 8 Seconds Saloon, 111 N. Lynhurst Ave., Indianapolis. Time: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Dance a variety of social dances to DJ music. Price: Members $5, nonmembers $10. Phone: 767.5665. Web:

Local Gigs Majors Sports Café With “IKE” (classic rock). Date: Saturday. Time: 8 p.m. to midnight. Phone: 566.8482. (2293 E. 116th St.)

SEVEN-LAYER SALAD Ingredients: • 6 cups bite-size pieces assorted salad greens • 2 medium stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup) • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes • 5 medium green onions, sliced (5 tablespoons) • 12 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled • 10 ounces frozen green peas, thawed • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese Preparation: • Place salad greens in large glass bowl. Layer celery, radishes, onions, bacon and peas on salad greens. • Spread mayonnaise over peas, covering top completely and sealing to edge of bowl. Sprinkle with cheese. • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors. Toss before serving if desired.


Answers to ALPHABETICALLY SPEAKING: 1) REIGN; 2) SCORPION; 3) SEESAW; 4) VALLEY; 5)WHARF; 6) WINCH Answers to HOOSIER HODGEPODGE: Shows : Extra, Heroes, Jeopardy, Lost, Nova, Sopranos; Pets : Cat, Dog, Goldfish, Hamster, Parakeet; Beatles : George, John, Paul, Ringo; Mascots : Cardinals, Hoosiers, Sycamores; Coffee Houses : Johnny Java, Starbucks; Oprah Home : Rolling PrairieCat, Dog, Goldfish, Hamster, Parakeet; Beatles : George, John, Paul, Ringo; Answers to CARMEL WORDSMITH CHALLENGE: Among the common words in “Carmel” are: calmer,camel, clear, cream, lacer, lamer, macer, realm, acme, acre, alec, calm, came, care, clam, cram, earl,lace, lame, lear, mace, male, mare, meal, race, rale, real, ream, ace, ale, arc, are, arm, cam, car, ear, elm,ear, lam, lea, mac, mar, ram


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