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You may recognize the style of the 2009 CarmelFest image, even if the painting is new. That’s because Julie Houck, the artist behind the painting, was responsible for last year’s image, too. The style of the painting is the same as last year’s, HOUCK which makes the two a complimentary set for those who also bought last year’s print. She doesn’t anticipate being the artist for a third year, so if the style of the image suits you, make sure you get your hands on a print this year.

Because Houck knew at last year’s CarmelFest that she would also be doing the painting for this year’s celebration, she did some research and took a lot of photos during her breaks from the booth. “I just went round with my camera and searched for the heart of CarmelFest,” Houck says. “I sort of approached it in a little different way than I did last year . . . I talked to the vendors, I talked to the people who came out to enjoy CarmelFest, and I got a real good feel for what was going on with CarmelFest and the spirit of it.”

Stop by the CarmelFest/Rotary booth for a print of the 2009 CarmelFest image. Like last year, the prints run $20 each. If you would like the set, show up first thing on Friday: The few remaining prints from last year will be available this year. Because not all the prints sold last year, though, fewer were made this year. Houck warns that they will sell all the prints this year, so the earlier you get yours, the better. Also the same as last year, The Great Frame-Up will be offering a special on framing the images: $125 gets your print matted and framed in a limited selection of frames available at the shop. An example of the framing will be displayed at the CarmelFest booth.



ABOUT Numerous new events and activities for 2009 CarmelFest, include a Civil War Reenactors’ Campground just east of City Hall on the east side of Veteran’s Way. The festival itself will be longer because of extended hours on Friday, and new events such as CarmelFest has Talent and the kid-centered acts on the South Stage are also new for 2009. Also new this year, Net Heads will have 12 gaming stations available at no charge for playing a variety of video games, including several racing games and Guitar Hero. There will also be racing and GH competitions, with the GH winner possibly taking the North Stage for a “performance”!


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FOOD AND MARKETPLACE VENDORS St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Parade


p.m.) until 10 p.m. on July 3, and 10 a.m. until 10:45 p.m. on July 4.

Getting home from the fireworks may also be easier this year with a new post-exit traffic pattern and live helicopter updates on B105.7 FM.

The number and type of food vendors haven’t changed much for 2009, says Frey, but the number of marketplace vendors has grown. Co-chair of the Marketplace Kay Thompson says that several of the vendors will be interactive, too: “We have a potter who is going to offer to let people throw their own clay pot on a wheel,” she says. “And then we have a chainsaw carver who is going to do demonstrations periodically throughout the day.” The Hamilton County Humane Society and Love of Labs Rescue are bringing animals available for adoption. There will also be health screenings available at various booths. What is a festival without a parade? The St. Vincent Heart Center Parade will follow its traditional route starting on AAA Way, following East Carmel Drive to Range Line Road, then heading north to Main Street, and ending up at Carmel High School. The number of entries has remained roughly the same, and seven high school bands will be marching. And with any luck at all, this year it will be sunny and warm.

The biggest change this year in the Kids’ Zone is the addition of the South Stage performances. The South Stage will be located at Kids’ Zone with acts targeted to younger audiences. The acts will include magicians, a juggler, storytellers, animals, a ventriloquist, and various other kid-friendly shows. And as usual, there will also be rides and activities geared for children. 2008 ticket sales: just over 57,000 2009 anticipated ticket sales: 60,000+ (because of extended hours)

VOlunteer crew

CarmelFest extended hours: NOON (instead of 4

The cost of the fireworks display is up this year to $30,000 because of vendor increases Spark buttons are available at various retailers as well as the Farmer’s Market, which will be Wednesday, July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. instead of Saturday morning.

Spark Buttons, as usual, are $3 each. They come with a variety of coupons for local stores and eateries, and the raffle prizes will be cash rather than gifts from local businesses. “It was a nightmare to get all the prizes together (last year), and we had lots of people who never claimed their prizes,” Frey explains. “So this year in our weekly drawing, we’re going to do a $50 cash prize.” The Fireworks display will start at 9:45 p.m. on July 4, lasting about 25 minutes. It will also be accompanied by music provided by B105.7, one of the two major financial sponsors of the fireworks (the other is Firestone). Tune in to 105.7 FM during the fireworks for a “choreographed music program where every piece of music is coordinated with every firework that’s going up,” explains Frey.


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(up from 91 last year)

The start of the parade at 10:30 a.m. will be marked by a flyover of two F-16 fighter jets, a new addition to the event.

South Stage Hours: Friday, July 3: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4: Noon to 9:45 p.m.

Keeping a festival like CarmelFest running like clockwork takes an army of volunteers. Frey says that at the least, 250 volunteers are needed to make the festival work. “Most of the CarmelFest committee – there’s about 25 of us – will be on-site 24/7,” Frey says. Most volunteers, though, are only needed for a few hours at a time. “CarmelFest is a community event, and we really want as many people as possible to participate,” says Frey. “It’s a fun experience for those who volunteer.” There will be three stages again this year. “The primary difference this year is that the North Stage is not a Teen Stage,” Frey says. “We will have a couple of younger acts up there, but it’s going to be more of a general audience stage.” For a complete schedule of all three stages, visit or see Page 7 of the special section in the center of this edition.)

47 Marketplace vendors: 110 Food vendors:

Get involved!

There is still a great need for volunteers at CarmelFest. Visit to sign up to volunteer.

Main Stage (Gazebo) Hours:

Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:45 p.m.

The preliminary auditions for CarmelFest Has Talent are over, but the semifinals and finals are part of the entertainment lineup on the Main Stage on both days. There are three age groups: 12 and younger, 13 to 17, and 18 and older. As of now, there are 10 semifinalists in each category. “The three winners (one from each age group) will each perform their winning numbers (Saturday) evening before the Carmel Symphony Orchestra plays,” Frey says.

North Stage Hours:

Friday from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.


July 3 from noon until 3:30 p.m. on the Main Stage


July 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Main Stage

OUR TAKES In lieu of the recent deaths of two Hamilton County teenage girls, it is our position that it is again time to remind young drivers of the need to wear seat belts. In a matter of hours recently, our community suffered an unbearable loss. Parents’ hopes and dreams were shattered. The rules of the road were written for a reason - to save lives. Not only are seat belts required by Indiana law, wearing them increases the chance of surviving a crash by a minimum of 60 percent, often at slow speeds. Along with many wonderful qualities, youth carries with it an overly optimistic

view of its own mortality. With age comes the wisdom that the future is far from certain and little can be taken for granted. We are lucky… to have what we have… to know what and who we know… and to be alive. When such horrific events remind us of our own fallibility, it is time to take inventory. Let us all remind drivers, new and experienced, to fasten their seat belts and put away the cell phones. Ask who and how many are traveling with and watch the speed. In memory of these two, maybe our reminders will help save the lives of others.

COMMIT TO STATE OF FITNESS It is our opinion that our community has to step-up its efforts to get our youth involved in activities that don’t include hours in front of video games or other handheld devices. Certainly, we parents should take initiative this summer to motivate our offspring into taking advantage of the sunshine through being active in sport or simply exploring the outdoors. Americans – especially Hoosiers – it seems - continue to get fatter and less healthy. For years and for an array of often compelling reasons, kids have been reducing active participation in sport in favor of characters of video games – as if the exer-

cise of thumbs burned more calories! Clearly, television, the Internet, and video games needn’t be unilaterally forbidden. Who doesn’t like to unwind and relax with a good movie or a game? And let’s face it, while the kids are occupied, parents are free to enjoy the priceless concept known as “quiet time.” But, reversing a cultural trend away from exercise takes effort. Put daily or weekly limitations on TV or computer time, and, more important, create accountability. They may not thank you now, but their bodies will thank you later. The parks are open. The trails are open. Find a way to take advantage.


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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! CarmelFest 2009 is all but upon us. This year’s running gets under way at noon Friday and ends at 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Chairman Gary Frey and his crew of tireless committee leaders and their subordinates have worked diligently to see to it that this year’s edition is the best thus far. We have no doubt that will be the case, which is why we continue to allocate major resources to help promote the happening, the signature event of the year in Carmel. We’re beyond happy to play a role in helping make CarmelFest happen each year, and as long as there is a CarmelFest our commitment to it will grow with each turn of the calendar page. It just keeps getting bigger and better. So, if you attend and happen to run into Frey or any of the dozens of volunteers, do us a favor and offer a heartfelt “thank you.” Many temporarily have shelved day jobs to make this happen. Your recognition is payment enough. TOO MUCH TO BE BELIEVED - The Conrad Indianapolis hotel sent word recently that since schools are out for summer and Fourth of July is right around the corner, it has invited all government


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THEATRE CAMP FROM THE REP – Carmel Repertory Theatre will be hosting theatre day camps July 28 and 29 and August 4 and 5. The camp is titled, The Great American Musical Theatre Songbook. Each day will cover two or more decades of musical theatre in America. The camps are geared for teenagers. For more information, pricing, and to register, contact Joyce Click at (317) 439-0112.


our kids to get jobs and take out loans y husband just called to tell to help pay their way. If we can support me about his meeting with them in the first year or two, great; but our financial planner, and after that, we believe they can and should it’s official: We’re totally handle the rest. If forced to screwed. choose between funding our reFour-year tuition for four tirement and underwriting our kids at in-state colleges beginchildren’s college experiences, ning in 2017 will run us about we’ll choose AARP. Sallie Mae, $465,000. To come even close after all, doesn’t offer loans to to that amount, we would need retirees. to start saving about 20 grand a On that front, however, there year, stat. was some good news. At our Umm, what can I get for five current rate, we will be able to grand, Johnny? Well, Soccer retire at age 65 with a respectMom, at the incredibly low rate able income. No boats in the of only $4,999.99 a year, you’ll Caribbean or second homes receive two years of college for in Hawaii, but we ain’t gonna each child. But wait, there’s Danielle starve none either. And that more! If you act now, you’ll Wilson prediction doesn’t even include also receive an express ticket to the enormous 401K I’ll earn Bankruptcy AND be eligible for once I return to teaching. (That’s being a third and fourth mortgage when your sarcastic, you see, because teachers make daughters get married! (Offer not valid if dixie.) said children have grand plans to leave the The real financial issue for us, then, is mother state and/or elect to attend a private university.) Is 10 too early to push for not college funds or retirement, but rather short-term and mid-term savings. That’s soccer and calculus scholarships? because we have no short-term or midTo prepare for our impending descent term savings. I know you’re supposed to into the debt abyss, we will be opening have three to four months’ salary under 529 accounts and finding places to cut the mattress, so to speak, but we just back so that we can begin stocking their don’t operate that way—never have—and funds. But in all honesty, we aren’t that now, in the midst of a recession, I can’t concerned over the college bit. We expect

even begin to fathom how we would start saving that kind of money. Sorry, that’s a lie. I know exactly how we could save the money. No more vacations. No more soccer for the kids. Cancel birthday and Kentucky Derby parties. Ixnay Terminix, ChemLawn and Merry Maids. Grow potatoes and squash and weave our own cloth. I’m slightly exaggerating, but the fact is, we would have to make significant lifestyle changes. And you know what? We simply aren’t willing to make it. We already eat most meals at home, drive cheapo cars (Big Red is still alive!), and limit expensive activities. We don’t want to give up the few pleasures we do have. Bottom line—we’d rather spend the money we make than save it. And while that may come back to bite us, it’s how we roll. We chose to have a large family knowing we would never make millions (unless we hit Powerball; come on, baby!) and must now face the financial consequences of that decision. So how do I sleep at night? Credit cards and this credo: “Deficit spending fuels the world!” Would someone please get our financial planner his nitroglycerin? Peace out.


FARMERS MARKET DATE CHANGE – Because CarmelFest will be in full swing on Saturday, this week’s Farmer’s Market will be tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. in its regular location. Blair and Company will be playing the Wednesday night concert at the Gazebo, so there will be plenty to do.

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How Carmel compares property taxes is lesson in real-life government By Margie Thomas For Current in Carmel

It’s not Déjà vu. You have seen the three houses shown elsewhere on this page. In fact, these three homes are the key to Carmel’s demonstration to taxpayers that they are paying less than their neighbors. The idea behind the homes and a yearly tracking of assessed values and property taxes in the surrounding communities was hatched by Mayor Jim Brainard in 1997. “I wanted to bring the property tax issue down to a simple comparison that everyone would be able to understand,” he said. “Most people have heard me say that Carmel has the lowest property tax rate in the state of any city its size or larger, but it makes a lot of sense to see three similar houses coupled with their respective community’s tax bills to make a comparison.” The houses were selected after looking at pictures of homes in real estate books and conferring with home builders to find similar styles, square footage and features. The Carmel home, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, two-story structure with an attached garage looks almost exactly like the homes picked from Noblesville and Fishers. In 1998, the assessed value of the homes ranged from $101,910 for the Noblesville home to $104,910 for the Fishers home. However,


13447 Dunes Drive Parcel# 16-09-26-00-04-027.000 82% Assessed Value Increase Total 1998 Assessed Value $104,220 Total 2009 Assessed Value $190,200 Net Property Taxes – 1988: $2,124 Net Property Taxes – 2008: $1,654 Net Property Taxes – 2009: $1,481


6348 Creekview Lane Parcel# 15-14-10-02-03-066.000 81% Assessed Value Increase Total 1998 Assessed Value $104,910 Total 2009 Assessed Value $190,000 Net Property Taxes – 1988: $2,555 Net Property Taxes – 2008: $1,777 Net Property Taxes – 2009: $1,645


17948 Village Way Parcel# 11-06-33-00-05-003.000 71% Assessed Value Increase Total 1998 Assessed Value $101,910 Total 2009 Assessed Value $174,700 Net Property Taxes – 1988: $2,427 Net Property Taxes – 2008: $1,987 Net Property Taxes – 2009: $1,883

Data from Official Public Information available on County Treasurer website: Chart elements from cities’ publications.

over the past decade, assessed values have increased dramatically, 82 percent in Carmel, jumping from $104,220 in 1998 to $190,200 in 2009.

Our lower taxes edge out Fishers and Noblesville

“We wanted taxpayers to see the bottom line as it relates to property taxes,” Brainard said. “That’s why we started in 1998 to track the net property tax bill including all the items that are paid for out of residential property taxes. We saw that the Carmel

house was consistently the lowest tax bill of the three, and in 2009, it was significantly lower.” Carmel’s example was $1,481 compared with the Noblesville home at $1,883, a difference of 21 percent. Brainard also said residential property taxes do not pay for improvements in the downtown area, such as the Performing Arts Center, which is funded by the new businesses who have chosen to locate or expand in the area because of the city’s initiative. “Even though property values have

increased consistently in Carmel over the past decade, changes in state laws have allowed us to keep our taxes lower than our neighbors,” Brainard said. “This year has been especially complicated and hard to explain since the tax rate for the city has gone up, but because of changes in the state deduction, residential property taxes have actually gone down.” What’s next: How the city of Carmel manages growth without growing its budget. (July 7 in Current in Carmel.)

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Performing Arts Center dance students dance to “3-6-9”.

Photo courtesy of Debby Brust


Community pulls together for final dance recital Editor’s note: This story first was reported June 16. We have re-reported it here to correct vagueness of some of the elements. By Andrea Zeek Current in Carmel

Uniting for students’ final recital

So, Brust, who had run the dance program at the Performing Arts Center for 14 years prior to when Williamson took it over last year, came out of retirement

Moving forward

For now, Brust said she is enjoying the summer in Colorado and is glad to be the landlord of a beautiful building in Carmel. “Everything has moved on since she [Williamson] walked away from the business,” Brust said. “The shows were fun, her Zumba classes have been taken over and make-up classes honored by other teachers.” Brust said she is looking to lease the dance studio’s former space to another tenant. The Performing Arts Center’s current businesses include: Starting Line Pre School, CWI Gymnastics, Blair Clark Vocal Performance, jazzercise and community theater. “I’m going to just see what happens,” she said. “I’m going to rent out the building and just be a landlord and not have to actively run a business in it.”

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Indy Latin Dance, LLC owner Claudia Williamson told Current in Carmel she was “kicked out” of the Performing Arts Center of Carmel, where she was renting space for her dance studio, after her business went under. Theresa Brust, the building’s owner, said she disagreed. “I was hurt by her misinformation,” she said. Brust said Williamson was behind on Indy Latin Dance’s payments, including rent and utilities, and notified Brust that she had been advised to walk away from the business. “Instead of working with people to try and make it all work out or to get through it, she (Williamson) just kind of cut everyone off and left everyone high and dry,” Brust said. Williamson told Brust she would no longer be doing business in the Performing Arts Center, but was never locked out of the building, Brust said. “Her choice left the teachers without jobs and students without classes and everyone without an end-of-the-year show that parents already had made a financial commitment to participate [in],” she said.

to help the dancers, parents and teachers finish their final recital. Brust said the recital, which was June 13, was a success. “It was great because everyone pulled together,” she said. “It was wonderful to get calls from other dance teachers and businesses offering costumes, trophies and whatever was needed for the show.” Williamson said she is sorry and feels bad that the parents and children did not get the costumes they originally ordered for the recital, but Indy Latin Dance had no money left to pay for them. “I’m not trying to look either good or bad,” Williamson said. “I can put my head on the pillow and sleep every night. I worked like a mule in that place.”



rotarians make local, global impacts


local, national and international causes. very member of the Rotary Club You can find the fingerprints of Rotarians of Carmel is, you might say, literon several Carmel amenities around town. ally obsessed with our country’s For example, Rotary Plaza serves as an founding, as exemplified from oasis during hot Monon Trail walks by the start to finish of CarmelFest. offering a place to sit and rest. The Freedom Ball 2009 offiTo tell the time, just look up cially kicked off CarmelFest on towards the Rotary Clock on June 27; and one week later at Main Street. Or walk the trails 10:07 p.m. on July 4, the last and quench your thirst 24/7 at shell of the B105.7 fireworks the Flowing Well Park, which is at CarmelFest launched by partially funded by Rotarians. Firestone will be snaking its way The local club also funds sevinto the air, exploding into a eral worthy causes around the ball of color. world, with support for water Without Carmel Rotarians, purification projects in Mexico two F-16 fighter jets would not and Africa currently underway, roar in the sky above Range as just one example. Line Road to signal the start CarmelFest is certainly a gift of the CarmelFest Parade; our Jeff to the community and probfireworks show would not be ably the most visible Rotary synchronized to B105.7’s music; Worrell project. But once July 5 arrives, the trash would not get picked up, the tables and chairs set up and torn Rotarians are busy working, organizing down; and 50,000 people would not and supporting many other meaningful peruse easily in and out of Civic Square. projects that help to make the world a Without the RCC, there might not be a better place to live. CarmelFest. Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He Rotary Club President Michael Warren recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with oversees dozens of committees devoted Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at to the club motto, “Service Above Self.” Although CarmelFest is just one of those committees, the club supports many other


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By Jennifer Pignolet Current in Carmel

Project K.I.D. co-founder Lenore Ealy and her team of volunteers are making it a little easier to lend a hand in disasterstricken communies. The Carmel-based, non-profit organization develops PlayCare response teams, which look after the children of firstresponders during disasters. Police officers, fire fighters and other emergency personnel are able to leave their children with the PlayCare volunteers, who facilitate an environment where kids can be kids. The group participated in a disaster preparedness drill at Shamrock Springs Elementary School in Westfield on June 24. The project began in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when a friend of Ealy’s from Alabama told her of the lack of resources to aid workers and volunteers who want to help with relief efforts. The two friends ran nine locations in Mississippi for six months following the hurricane. Now, the group sells its kits, which can be set up indoors or outdoors and include tents, tables, chairs, cots, fencing, toys, and volunteer training. So far, PlayCare has sold seven kits in central Indiana, including three to the Hamilton County Health Department. “Our goal is to build a network of communities with these capabilities,” Ealy said.

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Retired Carmel police officer Kimberly Pratt is the chief contact person for Hamilton County in the event of a disaster, which may include a fire, tornado or medical issue. Pratt said PlayCare is designed for the children of first responders, but can accommodate children who are found at a disaster site and need to be left with an adult. “A lot of times, emergency personnel may not respond because they have no one to take care of their family,” Pratt said. The basic site can accommodate up to 25 kids, but Pratt said additional sizes are available. One volunteer, 15-year-old Brandon Baldwin, made Project K.I.D. his Eagle Scout project. Baldwin said he got involved because he felt “the need is not really being addressed at all.” The group is looking for volunteers, who can attend a training session in September. Those interested can call 877846-PLAY, extension 104.

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At 37, Dawn’s heart stopped. But it just so happens, we saved two lives that day.

First came CPR. Then shock paddles. After having gone into cardiac arrest, Dawn was alive. For now. Next came the really scary part. Signing over custody of her 10-year old daughter… “just in case.” What followed was the choreography of physicians, nurses and specialists. It wasn’t about awards. Or hospital bragging rights. It was about saving a woman’s life. The airlift to The Indiana Heart Hospital was urgent. ER talked to the flight paramedics. The flight paramedics talked to the cardiologist. And the cardiologist then talked to the critical care specialist, the surgeon and the neurologist. Finally, when she opened her eyes, Dawn talked to her daughter. There is no medical marvel to report here. No scientific breakthrough. Only a chain of highly coordinated care that let doctors stay connected to doctors. And let a little girl stay connected to her mother.



TO GET HAPPY, JUST MOVE Question: My wife and I want to feel healthier and happier. Where do we start? With regular activity, of course! New research shows that happiness is linked to fitness, and the growing evidence shows that a better quality of life can be achieved from regular exercise. As shown in the 2009 summer edition of IHRSA’s Get Active magazine, three recent research studies concluded that regular exercise enhances all areas of mental well-being, reduces chronic diseases, and improves brain function. Enhances well-being: An Archives of Internal Medicine study showed that life enhancement increases in all areas for those who exercise. Specifically, participants who exercised felt better in the areas of mental health, emotional well-being, physical agility and functioning in social situations. Less chronic illness: A Columbia University study showed that by adopting a fitness lifestyle, you’ll suffer fewer chronic diseases and for shorter periods of time. Better brain power: A British Journal of Sports Medicine study showed that exercise invigorates the aging brain. Specifically, this study found that “an active lifestyle with moderate amounts of aerobic exercise will likely improve brain function, and reverse the neural decline frequently observed in older adults.”

RILEY AMONG BEST - Riley Hospital for Children ranked among the best in U.S. News Media Group’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Seven specialty programs at Riley Hospital for Children ranked among the top 30 children’s hospitals in the nation, including urology which ranked third. The report is published online at and featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands starting July 21.

While we receive more evidence from research about the benefits of activity, the missing link in this equation is having the motivation to get started and to stick with it. Finding the motivation needed on this “quest to be your best” is the key. Whether it’s taking a hike, working out at the gym, or gardening - find an activity that you enjoy. So what’s the bottom line? These studies provide more concrete evidence that daily activity is the closest thing we have to a “happiness serum.” Enjoy it daily. Kirk and Nancy Lawrence are the club owners and certified personal trainers at Anytime Fitness in Westfield. To submit a question for future articles, please contact Kirk and Nancy at

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Victory! I had silenced the almighty often find myself playing defense in gatekeeper, if only for a moment. my interactions. As I think about Think about your day. Note how many it, my guess is that many of you do times you find yourself playing defense, as well. One of the best examples I answering questions in rapidcan think of is the way fire fashion for someone who we allow ourselves to be interhas no authority over you. Get rogated on a daily basis, such as a grip, people! Fight back! when we make a phone call: Personally, I am tired of play“Hello, XYZ Corporation.” ing defense. I’m starting to ask “Yes, John Doe, please.” questions of my own, and one “Can I tell John who is of my new favorites is to reply calling?” with a question of my own: “Kent Burns.” “Why is that important to “What company are you you?” It’s awesome. These queswith?” tion-askers aren’t accustomed “ABC Company.” to having the tables turned on “May I tell him what this is them. It’s kind of a grown-up in regard to?” version of saying, “I know you Perhaps I should have said: Kent Burns are, but what am I?” “Tell him it’s his proctologist On Success Stop playing defense. Start calling.” (I’ve always wanted to playing offense. The media has say that.) I know receptionists convinced us that we must answer every are just doing what they are told to do… question put out in front of us. Baloney. but during one of these exchanges the It’s time we put these self-righteous quesother day, I had my fill. About halfway tion-askers in their place. through this interrogation, I simply said, “Ok, that’s enough. You’ve got all the inKent Burns is a Carmel resident, investor and coformation you need, now please transfer founder of CrossConfirm. He is also a professional the call.” speaker and author of What’s Your Why? He can Silence. be reached at

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I’m a big fan of the Toy Story movies. For one thing, they’re brilliantly crafted and written, and I always admire cartoons – especially those of movie length – that contain content for both kids and adults. This is the reason I have never, ever enjoyed any Rugrats shows or films. Well, that and the kids are drawn in a way that makes them all appear lumpy. It gives me the creeps. I digress. The Toy Story films, by my standards, are a real treat, but I have to admit a bit of my grammarian geekiness (as if titling my column The Grammar Guru wasn’t geeky enough): Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase, “To Infinity and beyond!” always makes me think of infinitives. It’s not an infinitive, mind you, but it kind of sounds like one. Yes, I am a grammar geek. Infinitives, in case you’ve lost that particular definition since you last studied them in high school, are the base form of the verb preceded by to. For example, to dance, to sashay, to wallop, to enumerate, to undermine, and to theorize are all examples of infinitives. There’s a reasonably common error that occurs with infinitive verbs, though. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and I’m almost equally convinced that at some point you’ve made the error yourself. I know for certain

you’ve heard the error used in the opening sequence of the original Star Trek episodes (we’ve already established my geekiness; there’s no reason to hide it any further): “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Do you see the infinitive? Do you see the word scootched in the center of it? That, my friends, is a fine example of the split infinitive, nemesis of English teachers everywhere. The great thing about split infinitives is that they’re easy to spot and easy to fix. Is there a word – usually an adverb – between to and the verb? If there is, simply move the offending word out of its sandwiched position and to a more appropriate location, most often following the infinitive. The crew of Enterprise should have wanted to go boldly where no man had gone before, but their narrator just wouldn’t let them. Of course, if Captain Kirk had asked Dr. McCoy about the issue, he’d have gotten a curt, “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a grammarian!” Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher who developed a mastery-learning system of teaching grammar to high school seniors. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at

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from our own. Our parenting effectiveyoung father recently apness will always be based on sticking to proached me to ask how to our own family values. Rather than deny handle the parents of kids the child from going to a sleepover, host a whose value systems differ sleepover of your own for your child and from his and his wife’s. He observe the behavior of the gave the example of neighbors kids who spend the night. Kids who allow their 8-year-old to mirror their parents. You’ll be have sleepovers and then let the in a better position to deterchildren run around outside at mine which family you want, 10:30 p.m. or do not want, your child to Sleepovers are but one exspend the night with. ample of different family value Before giving your child persystems. We want our kids to mission to participate in various be liked by their peers; but do invitations (i.e. shopping at the we want our kids to be liked at mall, going to the movies, boythe expense of our own values? girl parties, sleepovers, etc.), When we go along with stanlearn what the parents’ involvedards that might be against ment will be. Find parents who our own to keep our kids from Becky Kapsalis share your values. Role model being ostracized, we are comAsk YiaYia your family values to your child promising our family values. and avoid succumbing to paWe are teaching our children rental pressures from those whose values to compromise their own values. Often, you do not share. when our kids are asked to participate in “Doing what’s popular is not always something, we really don’t have concrete right and doing what’s right is not always reasons to deny them other than with the popular. “ reason that we’re uncomfortable with it. - Anonymous That being the case, build relationships Hugs! with the parents of your kids’ friends who share your same core values before having Have a parenting topic or question? Submit to decide. it to Ask Yiayia, aka Becky Kapsalis, Certified Our kids will be exposed to a variety of Parent Coach, at parenting/authoritative styles that differ

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MONKEY SEE – Curious George visited Katherine Gallaway, 4, at Riley Hospital for Children at Clarian North on June 25. Katherine’s parents are Greg and Teresa Gallaway, of Carmel. The popular PBS KIDS television character interacted with patients and helped spread anticipation for WFYI Public Broadcasting’s Let’s Meet PBS KIDS in the Park family festival that took place June 27. The event was co-presented by Riley.

“JAZZ ON THE MONON” – Celebrate summer with local artists as the Arts & Design District premieres its free Sunday afternoon series, “Jazz on the Monon.” Every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., musicians will take the stage on grassy area on the southwest corner of Main Street and the Monon Greenway. Upcoming local performers scheduled to appear include: July 5: Cocktail Sax Band July 12: The Uptown Quartet July 19: Monika Herzig July 26: Blair Clark Aug. 2: Wendy Reed Aug. 9: Heather Ramsey

A number of Hamilton County artists have picked up impressive awards and/ or been accepted into juried competitions recently. Indiana Heritage Arts

category. Jerry Smith of Crawfordsville took home the Best of Show award for his oil painting, and Ron Mack of Indianapolis was awarded the Gathering Award for an oil painting. Additional awards were granted in oil painting, acrylics, watercolors and pastels, with four honorable mentions to local artists. For example, Pam Newell of Fishers took the first place prize for pastels, continuing to build awareness about her chosen medium.

Denise Frazier Pettee took the gold medal at the Indiana Heritage Arts exhibition on June 12. Each year, IHA sponsors a juried fine arts exhibition to nurture the arts heritage of Brown County. Denise Frazier Pettee of Carmel won first prize for her oil Competing against 400 painting, “Pastoral Scene,” at the Indiana Heritage Arts other entries in the 31st exhibition June 12. annual exhibition, Frazier International Pettee’s oil painting “Pastoral Association for the Study of Dreams Scene” won first prize. In the Sofiya Inger took part in a juried exhibition of dreamprocess, the Carmel artist established an event record as the first inspired art at the 26th annual conferences of the International person ever to win back-to-back gold medals in the exhibition. Association for the Study of Dreams at the Wyndham O’Hare Last year, Frazier Pettee’s “Lotus Pond” was also awarded best Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois on June 27-30. Inger submitted “It in show. Because different judges are chosen from out of state is all in your head,” a work connected to the conference theme, each year, this year’s judge, Jeff C. Legg of Estes Park, Colorado, “Earth Dreaming.” didn’t learn of the artist’s 2008 win until after he picked “Pastoral Winners of the 2009 Nancy Richter Brzeski Dream Art Awards Scene” as his gold medal choice. were announced at a reception on June 28. (Winners not availFrazier Pettee is also pleased to report that this year’s winning able at press time.) work sold a day after the awards ceremony. First Annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters

At the first Midwest-invitation plein air paint-out hosted by the Hamilton County Artists’ Association on June 4-6 in Noblesville, Francois Webb of Carmel took third prize in the Oil Painting

What: Madcap Puppets presents “Aesop’s Classic Fables” When: 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., June 30 Where: Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 Fourth Avenue S.E., Carmel Cost: Free Details: Join Cincinnati-based Madcap’s cast of puppets as they retell some of the best-loved stories of the Greek storyteller Aesop. Favorites of those young and old include “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and more! For families with children ages 5 and older. Info: (317) 844-3363, www.carmel.lib.


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Nutrition & Breast Health - Facts: • Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. • Breast cancer is the leading cancer among Caucasian and African American women. • Breast cancer incidence in women has increased form one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. The American cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity. What you eat can either hurt you or help you and, given the plethora of choices facing us today in the supermarket, we need to become an educated consumer. It is important to eat your vegetables because scientific evidence demonstrates that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables such as kale and Brussels sprouts, which contain phytochemicals such as indole-3 carbinol, helps to protect against colon, breast, prostate, thyroid, cervical, and other cancers. -Dr. Carolyn Berghuis of Joy of Raphael,(

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Julia Bonnett NYC debut on YouTube– When Carmel resident Julia Bonnett won the first Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook High School Competition and Showcase in May, Bonnett got to perform alongside Michael Feinstein at his New York City club on June 11. Watch Bonnett’s debut on YouTube under user WFYIProduction.




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s you read this, the summer solstice will have come and gone. Although we equate it with the start of summer, it actually determined the changing of the guard from the Oak King, to his twin, the Holly King, according to our ancient ancestors. During the Holly King’s months of rule (from the summer solstice to the winter solstice), we see abundance in all produce and animals; fruit and vegetables are at Chef Michael peak ripeness and Vlasich all animals have Culinary Explorer aged to be slaughtered, or consumed. The days grow longer during the Oak King’s months, encouraging the winter thaw; the seeds are planted, encouraging growth and animals are born. Before refrigeration, grocery stores, and the conveniences of modern life, now would have been the time to consume or preserve the abundance of foods. While all food was abundant, the preparedness was essential to survive the remaining rule of the Holly King, along with the beginning of the Oak King’s dominance.

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For kids now, the extent of knowledge when it comes to Earth’s seasons changing means the start of school or sports changing from baseball to football. At the dinner table during the next few weeks, discuss the stories behind the seasons. Explain what life patterns and survival really mean as the seasons change. Here is a summertime salad that goes great with barbeque. It’s fast and simple but delightful and is a form of pickling, which extends its shelf life. Chef Michael R. Vlasich, CEC, AAC, is a Carmel resident and the executive chef at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. You may e-mail him at

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• 2 oz. grenadine • 1 orange wheel Directions: 1. Add in a pitcher Myers’s Original Dark Rum, Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, Grand Marnier, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and grenadine. 2. Pour into shaker and add ice. 3. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. 4. Garnish with orange wheel.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi Ingredients (marinade): • 5 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) coarsely ground, roasted macadamia nuts • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour • 1/4 cup butter, melted • Vegetable oil, for brushing foil • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets • Kosher salt and pepper • 2 tbsp. coconut milk Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2. In a medium bowl, stir together the nuts, panko, flour and butter. Set aside. 3. Place a piece of aluminum foil on a

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baking sheet and brush it liberally with vegetable oil. Place the mahi mahi on the foil and sprinkle each fillet with salt and pepper on both sides. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush each fillet with the coconut milk. Divide the nut mixture among the tops of the 4 fillets, patting the mixture to spread and adhere to the fillets. Return to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.

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At the Conrad Hotel 40 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-423-8790 Hours: Breakfast, Monday - Sunday 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. , Lunch, Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dinner, Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Bar, Daily 11:30 a.m. to close Rich African mahogany paneling and warm lighting from one-of-a-kind art deco chandeliers set the tone for a comfortable, elegant evening at The Capital Grille. For a lively, social atmosphere, the restaurant’s bar might be your destination. When it comes to wine, The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine list bolsters more than 350 wines. You’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed their “Achievement of Excellence Award” on The Capital Grille. The menu items range from Lobster Bisque and Porcini Rubbed Delmonico to dry aged steaks and fresh seafood.



Nothing rings in the first few days of summer more than a day spent at the park (shown here on June 24). Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Central Park is vast, with more than 161 acres of nature and recreation ranging from natural wetlands to a waterpark. 1. The lazy river at the Outdoor Aqua Park quickly fills up with inner tubes shortly after the gates open. 2. The Monon Trail runs right next to the Monon Center and connects with the park’s four miles of trails. 3. The main building at the Monon Center welcomes visitors. 4. Thomas Alvarez loves the friendly skating scene in Carmel. Skateboarders enjoy free admission to the Monon Center’s 10,000-square-foot skate park.



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By Catherine O’Flynn Kate founded her detective agency Falcon Investigations with the help of the children’s book “How to Be a Detective,” given to her by her father. She and her toy Mickey the Monkey monitor the neighborhood and the Green Acres shopping center looking for suspicious activities and possible cases. But one day she disappears and the prime suspect is a young man from the neighborhood who was last seen with her. Nearly 20 years later, a security employee at Green Acres sees a young girl from a surveillance camera, late at night, in an area of the building off-limits to the public. With the help of a woman who works at the shopping center, he tries to find the young girl. Unsure of whether the girl was real or a ghost, the two employees uncover secrets and recognize personal losses as they search for the identity of the girl on the camera. O’Flynn takes a heart-breaking subject - the disappearance of a child - and crafts a sensitive, imaginative story with moments of humor and a wallop of an ending. Using an inventive style and bittersweet tone, she captures different kinds of loss and the manifestations of grief.

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Aug.1 through Aug. 26

Learn about watercolor painting as Carmel artist Linda M. Bachofner paints and shows her artwork at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery (40 W. Main St.). Bachofner, whose artwork has been accepted by the Indiana Watercolor Society and the Hoosier Salon, is also a past president of the Carmel Arts Council. She incorporates her 28 years of watercolor studies into her Carmel studio. Call 317844-6033 for more information.

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Rodney Reveal will exhibit his watercolor and oil artwork at the Carmel Clay Public Library (55 4th Ave., SE.) during scheduled library opening hours. Call 317984-4531 for more information. For listing in the Carmel Arts Calendar, e-mail Doreen Squire Ficara, executive director of the Carmel Arts Council, at by the 18th of the prior month.

What’s a Great Library Worth to You? 10 f o r 10 C a m p a i g n

The Carmel Clay Public Library is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in the current building, located at 55 Fourth Avenue SE. As the Library Foundation joins in this celebration and looks ahead to the next 10 years (and beyond), we have asked the community to help us ensure that your Library serves you and your fellow residents now and into the future. The Foundation greatly appreciates the donations made by the following donors June 10-16: Jean Alexander William V. Anderson Lawrence & Ruth Arany Mary J. Baker Elizabeth Berhane Vincent Bournique Mimi & Terry Brookie E. Joan Burt Marjorie C. Camp Bill & Linda

Campagna Jamie Campbell The Campbell Family Pattie & Andy Chester Donna Christoff Barbara A. Clifton Mr. & Mrs. Christian Conville Alice Curnow John & Harriet Darcy Lorrie DaVega

Linda Davis & Bruce Braden Dorothy B. DeVilbiss Gene & Dorinda Dick Myrna L. Dowden In Memory of Leann Flynn Mike & Sharen Edwards Jack & Nancy Engledow Alan & Carole Erickson Joseph & Lyda Fiedoral

Nancy Foerster Judy Ford Michael T. Gale Julie Gearing James & Terry Goggan The Gohmann Family Tom & Jo Dee Grau Hilda Hadley Joseph Hammons Don & Sherry Hanlin David & Patricia Haskett Ryan & Michelle Haught Laurie Huckstep Dr. & Mrs. Michael Kellams John W. Kirk Eleanor Kraus Dr. & Mrs. Robert Kravitz Michele S. Lassaux Nancy Lawhorn

Howard Levitin Elizabeth L. Lindner Li Ma Connie May Joyce A. McComiskey Elizabeth McKee Timothy McMeekan Larry & Verda Moran T.G. Morgan Peter & Margaret Murphy Mr. William F. Murphy Roxanne Murray Teresa Noice Shirley Osborne Jim & Kathy Patterson Ruth Peters Gretchen Peterson Kirk & Monica Prosser Jane Rhodes Wanda Robbins Anne Rudy

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“ANNIE” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s live production of “Annie” is down to its last few performances, playing through July 3. “Annie” is a seven-time recipient of the Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Harold Gray’s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” the longtime favorite musical’s message is clear: Never give up hope. Starring in the show is Kara Oates, 10, a student at Our Lady of Greenwood. Kara was one of 200 girls to audition for Beef & Boards’ production of “Annie,” and won after viewers voted on-line for their favorite finalist as part of a live televised sing-off. Kara’s little sister, Molly, accompanies her onstage as her orphan namesake while Ty Stover of Indianapolis is Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Beef & Board’s production is directed by Eddie Curry with choreography by Ron Morgan; Kristy

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Think about all those Christmas card K, quick show of hands. photos your Dad made you pose for when Who, besides me, has had it you were a kid. Was that reality? Did you up to here with “Jon & Kate really wear elf pajamas in July? Were you Plus 8”? Or, as the tabloids at known to stand in front of the fireplace, the store checkout line say: straight as a ramrod, with a “Jon & Kate Plus 8 Plus Two sickening grin pasted on your Teams Of Divorce Lawyers”? face? It seems to me that their 15 Oh. minutes of fame are long gone. Well, congratulations. Your And I’m talking 15 minutes for childhood was even weirder every member of the family, than mine. including pets. Which gets us back to Jon I bring this up for a couple of and Kate and their herd. A reasons: brood that size isn’t going to Number one, I just got back have anything resembling a from the grocery store and all “normal” kidhood to begin of those headlines (“Jon & Kate with. Do you think turning Affairs!” “Jon & Kate Custody them into a spectacle for milBattle Looms!” “Jon & Kate Are Mike Redmond lions of video voyeurs is going Really Aliens From the Same Humor to help? Planet as Elvis & Marilyn!”) “Reality” shows succeed because they’re remain fresh in my mind. cheap to produce – see above under “no Number Two, this morning I read a need for props” – and because they offer sad story about one of Hollywood’s biga no-consequences way for us to poke our gest prop shops closing because the trend noses into other people’s business. Never toward “reality” TV means there’s no mind that the shows frequently make no need for props, as needed in sitcoms and sense (“Flavor of Love,” anyone?) or that dramas. the so-called “real people” are playing roles Notice I put quotation marks around the world “reality.” That’s because I believe (“Tune into “American Chopper” to watch the Teutuls yell and throw wrenches!”) just “reality” TV to be one of the bigger lies as surely as the cast of a classic sitcom. perpetrated by a medium that has pulled Which is what I’d rather be watching – off some whoppers in its day. something funny and diverting that isn’t No, I am not talking about the 1969 real and doesn’t pretend to be, seeing as moon landing. I know some people out how it’s in black and white. Except the there are convinced the whole thing was channel that carries them, TV Land, has a fraud pulled off by NASA and The Walt started withdrawing them from evening Disney Company. Oh please. Have you schedule. Why? Among other reasons, to ever seen the footage of Neil Armstrong run “reality” shows. coming down the ladder? It’s grainy and Unreal, isn’t it? blurry. Therefore, it has to be real. Disney has MUCH higher production values. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, Unless you’re viewing a security video or something from a hidden camera, there humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ or P.O. Box 44385, is no such thing as “reality” TV. Once you Indianapolis, IN 46244. For information on introduce a camera into a group of people speaking fees and availability, visit www.spotaware of its presence, reality flies out the window, and it doesn’t even have to be a TV camera.

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champagne and picnicked in the park.” “That doesn’t sound remotely familiar, Mary Ellen.” “Sorry, maybe that wasn’t you in ’89; I think it was Gary in ’79.” “Hey, I remember ’88. That was when we rented a video, bought some popcorn, curled up on the couch and waited for the ball to drop.”

“That was New Year’s Eve, Dick. And you fell asleep.” “I don’t know why they can’t do that falling ball thing around 8:45.” All this reminiscing made Mary Ellen even unhappier. I explained that we didn’t forget when our anniversary was. We simply forgot when June 14 was. My impeccable logic seemed to soothe

her. We know our relationship is strong and we both still believe our memories are as clear as ever. We do have one question, though: Who the heck are the Applebaums? Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at

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ny mail?” My wife called from upstairs when she heard the front door close behind me. “Just bills. Oh, wait—here’s a card from the Applebaums.” “What does it say?” “It says ‘Happy Anniversary.’” “How thoughtful, but why are they sending it to us? Our anniversary isn’t until June 14.” She came downstairs and we looked at each other in amazement. “What’s today?” I Dick Wolfsie asked Mary Ellen. Humor “I don’t know. June something.” “Can’t be. Wasn’t it June something, yesterday?” I dashed to my desk and opened my appointment book. I knew it was Saturday, but which Saturday? I looked at Friday’s page and it said GOLF in bold black letters. No help—I play golf every Friday. I looked at Thursday and it was blank. No help—I do nothing every Thursday. Wednesday was my best clue, and it said dental appointment/tooth extraction. I searched the back of my mouth with my tongue, and knew I had the right week. To be sure, I ran downstairs and grabbed a newspaper. Huh? It said June 6. But wait; maybe that was last week’s paper. Then I looked at the date on my watch. Even I knew January 4 wasn’t right. It’s been January 4 for seven years. Finally, I opened my trusty cell phone and clicked a button. Yup, June 13. And I think I took a photo of myself by mistake to boot. That was the good news. The bad news was that June 14 was the next day…our anniversary “Dick, we both forgot a very special day. This is unforgivable.” “Well, it wasn’t what you’d call a big anniversary—just the 28th.” “The 29th, actually. Now, I’m really depressed.” To make sure we weren’t losing it, Mary Ellen and I sat down to try to remember what we had done on each anniversary since we married in 1980. It was an exercise to see if we were still just as sharp as we were in the old days. We went backwards from 2008 and were doing pretty well until we hit the early ’90s. “What did we do for our anniversary in ’91, Dick? I can’t remember.” “Wasn’t that the year your sister came to stay with us for the week?” “I don’t have a sister. I thought that was your sister. How about ’89, Dick? Now that was the year we just got a bottle of


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28 New Kitchen Remodel with Mudroom INITIAL SITUATION: This home in the Avian Glen neighborhood in Carmel was built in the mid 90’s and included the builder’s original kitchen with white thermo foil cabinets. The original cabinetry starting to fall apart and the homeowner needed more storage space. The final issue involved the desire to expand and create a new mudroom coming in off the garage.

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out over six weeks.

FINAL PRODUCT: The existing pantry closet was replaced with new custom cabinetry. The perimeter cabinets were full overlay custom cabinets in closed grain hardwood with antique white base paint with brown highlighting, while the island cabinets included a full overlay door style in black-painted, rubbedthrough finish over an umber stain. The DESIGN PHASE: The design phase foperimeter and island cabinets had a distressed cused on the best way to add more storage look that simulated wearing and distressto the kitchen given the existing island and ing. The new dishwasher, warming drawer kitchen table locations. The owner wanted and under-counter refrigerator included to upgrade to custom cabinets that would new matching cabinet front panels. The last longer and included nicer finishes. upper cabinets above the bar area included Since enlarging the footprint of the kitchdecorative glass doors. Matching range hood en was not feasible, it was decided to close Larry cabinetry was installed over the new cook top in the dining room door allowing more Greene to cover the 30-inch exhaust fan hood liner. room for cabinetry. The island was left as Finally, special wainscoting panels were inthe same size but the door to the laundry stalled on the back of the island and the new cabinetry room hallway was slightly widened. The new design received new oil-rubbed bronze knobs and pulls. included recessed storage lockers in the hallway creating a new mudroom area that was missing before. PROJECT SCHEDULE: The design phase for the kitchen remodel included selection of appliances and lasted four weeks while the construction phase spread


Have a remodeling question? Ask Larry Greene, owner of Case Handyman & Remodeling. You may e-mail him at or call 846-2600. Visit for more information.

Planting Fruits You’ll find fruit trees, berry bushes and vines sold three different ways, depending on the time of year and where you shop. Bare-root plants are typically available in late winter or early spring and are purchased while they’re dormant and leafless. They’re usually the least expensive way to purchase plants because they don’t have the cost of soil or containers associated with them. Balled-and-burlapped fruit trees and shrubs, often simply referred to as b-&-b, are available from spring to fall. They feature a rootball that’s wrapped in a sheet of burlap or a similar material. Balled-andburlapped plants are usually the largest

specimens your nursery offers. Container-grown fruits are most commonly available and easiest to plant. Liked balled-and-burlapped plants, they’re available throughout the year. However, they come in a wide range of sizes. No matter which method you use to plant your fruit trees, berry bushes, or vines, water them well after planting. Spread a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer of mulch over the soil around the plant; this helps the soil maintain moisture longer so you have to water less. It also helps to control weed growth. -Better Homes and Gardens (


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Ruth Ermel, 90, of Carmel, passed away June 14. She was born on July 16, 1918 in Benton Ridge, OH, the only child of Harley and Edna Yake.  Survivors include her son, Stephen Ermel; daughter, Linda (Don) Miller, both of Carmel; grandchildren, Marty (Angela) Miller, Adam (Nicola) Miller, Aaron (Jeanette) Ermel and Ryan (Christine) Ermel; great grandchildren, Brandon (Meg) Miller and Brittany Miller. Shelby Leigh Evans, 21, passed away June 7.  Shelby was born April 29, 1988 to Lisa and Carl Evans in Carmel. Survivors include her parents Lisa (Emmert) and Carleton Evans; sister, Lizzie Evans; maternal grandparents, Amor and Mary Emmert; paternal grandparents, James and Rosemary Evans. John Barton Griffin, Jr., 68, of Carmel, passed away June 24. Born May 30, 1941 to the late John Barton & Margaret Mary (Quinn) Griffin of Indianapolis, John attended Holy Cross & St.

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Ferris E. Miller, 79 of Carmel, passed away June 11. In addition to his parents, Ferris was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Miller; daughter, Candace Hart and grandson, Aaron Leadens. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Miller Dick and husband, David; grandchildren, Lynn Mikels and husband, Eric, Jacob and Benjamin Hart; great grandchildren, Sophia De-La-Rosa, Aaron and Clayton Mikels and Alexis Hart; nephew, Steve Cook and wife, Joaine.  Lisa Finch was his trusted and loved care giver for more than 15 years.  Constance Ann Moran, 79, Carmel, passed away June 8. She was born on March 8, 1930 in Connersville, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Lorene F. Scholl (Mitts) and Joseph A. Scholl also of Connersville.  She was married April 18, 1947, to the late Michael F. Moran II. Constance was preceded by her husband who passed away in August 2008.  She is survived by her four sons, Michael F. Moran III and wife Sandra, Mark Patrick Moran, Anthony John Moran, Joseph Robert Moran and wife Kimberly and her beloved granddaughter Lisa Lorene Moran.


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10933 LAkeview Dr $549,900 MLS# 2920999

Totally re-done by custom bldr 4BR+den+fin bsmt w/BA, FP & bar. On lake Woodland. Super kitchen w/granite & stainless applcs. All of the extras! MAriLyn hArbiSOn, 299-1120

5788 berry gLen cT MLS# 2927816 $254,900

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12620 TrOupe ST $454,900 MLS# 2915053

Village of West Clay ! Former model home with lovely amenities! 5BR/3.5BA. Home theater w/pool table that stays. Best value in VWC! Jené ArbuckLe, 696-2020

1525 Spruce cT $229,900 MLS# 2928848

2 sty w/4 bdrms and bsmt! Cul-de-sac location on Lake. Newer roof, gutters, siding, windows and furnace. Huge laundry, screened porch! brAD DOnALDSOn, 432-1775

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Helen Craig Cook, 69, of Carmel, passed away June 6. She was born on May 9, 1940 in Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom to the late Henry and Helen Craig Law. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Norman J. Cook in July 2003.  Survivors include her children; Rhonda Cook and Craig (Kathie) Cook; grandchildren, James, Madalyn and Jackson Cook and her brother, George H. Law

Joan of Arc grade schools, Cathedral High School and St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer. Survivors include John’s wife of 41 years, Carolyn Emge Griffin, formerly of Evansville, IN, his children and their spouses; John Barton (Molly) Griffin III, Amy (Matthew) Henninger, and Erin (Brian) Sullivan. John’s sister; Margaret Mary “Mardi” Clemens and brother; Kevin (Dorina) Griffin also survive. His seven grandchildren include John “Jack” Barton IV and Mary Carolyn Griffin, Lillian Susanne and John Ambrose Henninger, Grace Carolyn, Clare Marie and Quinn Brian Sullivan.

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Lula Bernice Barrickman Stumm, 95, of Carmel, passed away on June 5. She was born on March 4, 1914 in Boone County to the late John A. and Anna May Helms Brickmann. Lula was preceded in death by her sons; Frederich and Ronald Stumm; daughter, Lulabelle Stumm; one grandson; one granddaughter; three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include sons; William Jr. (Wanetta), Curtis “Skip” (Marcia) and Albert (Omeda) Stumm; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. 

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June 19 Boys- Keefer, Sean and Gabriela; Hart, Lance and Morgan June 22 Boys- Dasbach, Garrick and Stephanie; Willett, Jason and Leslie Girls- Williams, Eric and Teri; Schum, Bradley and Cindy; Miles, John and MaiLia June 23 Boys- Haught, Ryan and Michelle Girls- Proctor, Robert and Linda; Andrews, Nathan and Katherine  June 24 Boys- Hull, John III and Sharon Girls- Fort, Michael and Mindy   June 25 Boys- Aguayo, Leonel and Paloma; Thompson, Scott and Jacqueline Girls- Russell, Kyle and Hill, Sarah; Wang, Xianzhong and Bao, Xiaoqiu; Inman, Eric and Ashley 


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June 19 1:39:57 a.m., disturbance, 10580 N. Meridian St. 2:15:04 a.m., disturbance, 1424 W. Carmel Drive 7:51:32 a.m., investigation, East 126th St. / Keystone Avenue North 8:05:49 a.m., alarm burglar, 13642 N. Meridian St.

8:48:14 a.m., alarm burglar, 582 Dorset Blvd. 8:42:18 a.m., abandoned auto, 14350 Clay Terrace Blvd. 7:51:32 a.m., investigation, East 126th St. / Keystone Avenue North 9:04:23 a.m., criminal mischief, Pecos Court / Pecos Drive 9:38:53 a.m., animal complaint, 328

Heather Drive 10:07:40 a.m., battery, 1010 Clubhouse Court 10:21:42 a.m., alarm burglar, 1177 Clay Spring Drive 10:25:01 a.m., domestic, 53 Granite Drive 10:32:41 a.m., investigation, 4575 E. 116th St.

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10:37:34 a.m., alarm burglar, 13500 Six Points Road 10:39:24 a.m., accident property damage, 2290 W. 136th St. 10:42:09 a.m., alarm burglar, 12044 Auburn Creek Xing 10:44:58 a.m., alarm burglar, 1292 Hemlock St. 10:46:18 a.m., theft, 14557 Dublin Drive 11:08:50 a.m., criminal mischief, 941 Indian Trail 11:26:13 a.m., alarm burglar, 670 Carson Court 12:32:11 p.m., investigation, 6001 E. 86th St. 1:25:20 p.m., alarm burglar, 2000 E. 116th St. 2:42:48 p.m., alarm burglar, 974 Oscar Lane 2:43:09 p.m., accident property damage, 1118 W. Main St. 3:35:33 p.m., alarm burglar, 759 Greenford Trail N. 3:42:04 p.m., accident property damage, East 116th St. / Pennsylvania Street 4:13:29 p.m., alarm burglar, 620 Mayfair Lane 5:03:51 p.m., harassment, 1303 Woodgate Drive 5:14:09 p.m., alarm burglar, 11535 Applewood Circle 5:11:12 p.m., accident property damage, 12198 Crestwood Drive


Leonard L. Parrish, 85, of Carmel, passed away June 22. He was born on Feb. 6, 1924 in Gratis, Ohio, to the late Berleigh and Edith Welbaum Parrish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Best; sisters, Eleanor Wunn and Marjorie Swain. Survivors include his devoted wife of 66 years, Alta Bishop Parrish; daughter, Karen (Jerry) Maier; granddaughters, Mallorie Parrish, Katherine (Brian) Howenstein and Abby Maier. 

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Planning a family can be overwhelming. Clarian North Medical Center is here to help. We offer a variety of educational classes to walk you through preconception, pregnancy and beyond: Back to Work & Breastfeeding This class allows mom to bring baby and learn about numerous topics including breast pumps and supplies, milk storage and pumping, preparing your employer and daycare provider, baby and mommy transition, and best tips for success! This 90 minute, one-time class is taught by a registered nurse certified as a lactation counselor or consultant. $25 per couple

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