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MARCHING TO GLORY Carmel resident Dave Arland shares his experiences as a parent of a member of the acclaimed Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds

By Dave Arland Current in Carmel Friday night lights at Carmel Stadium only show a few minutes of their dedication. Throughout the week, they file in before the sun comes up to fill the high school halls with music. And after school, they hit the field until dinnertime to learn what it means to exude excellence – the perfect blend of athletic intensity, artistry and inspiration. Nearly 200 members strong, Carmel’s Marching Greyhound band is now running full bore in its competitive season. Scores of band boosters have spent the year organizing dozens of fundraisers, following the band like groupies and cheering on the amazing and talented team of musicians, dancers, teachers and volunteers. On Oct. 23, everyone in Carmel is invited to a free exhibition of this year’s award-winning show at Carmel Stadium. The Carmel Marching Band Community Night starts at 6:30 p.m. For 28 years, the Greyhounds have marched under the direction of Richard Saucedo.  “I think this is one of the strongest shows we’ve ever put on the field and quite possibly the best group of musicians I have had the privilege to direct in my entire career,” said Saucedo, who is nationally known for his outstanding arrangements and attention to detail. “But the outcome of our competitions is not what we focus on. Our kids understand that it is possible to give a C performance and still win, just as it is possible to give an A+ performance and still lose. Our goal is simply to instill confidence and to always feel confident that we gave an A+ performance.  Where we finish, as long as we feel we gave it our best, is not what is important – even though it is always nice to win a competition.”   In early October, Carmel’s marching band swept virtually every trophy from the Bands of America regional competition in Ohio. Carmel outscored 21 other bands for the top trophy and brought home awards for overall outstanding music, outstanding visual and outstanding  general effect. Finalists in the prestigious Bands of America national competition since 1996 (and Grand National Champions in 2005), the Greyhounds hope for another top title at November’s Lucas Oil Stadium event in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the director and his team have crafted a showcase dedicated to the virtuoso musician.  A talented cellist takes the field first, followed by a world class piano player and then a superb student flute player – all accompanied by the brass, woodwinds, percussion and the vibrant color guard.

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What: A free performance of this year’s award-winning show Who: Open to the general public When: Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. Where: Carmel Stadium, 520 E. Main St.

The soloists set the mood as the band progresses through the four distinct movements of the twelve-minute show themed to represent the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. During the show – titled VIRTUE-osity – the strains of Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto waft from the fingers of the pianist, who is suspended and moving on a giant fulcrum as dancers react to his flourishes on the keyboard. The cellist draws her bow to the melody of one of Bach’s cello suites and the flautist performs to Debussy’s familiar prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun.” The show reaches a finale crescendo with a riff on the concerto grosso-type form consisting of the virtuoso players and the band playing and answering each other. The fourth movement is original music composed by Mr. Saucedo, incorporating phrases from the other three pieces, and is the most technically difficult piece of music played in the history of the Marching Greyhounds.

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(Top) For 28 years, Richard Saucedo has led the award-winning Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds. (Above left) Front row: freshman Maddy Jones and senior Hannah Varnau. Second row: seniors Angela Nichols and Hannah Barrick with freshman Vivian Pong and sophomore Chris Guion. Third row: senior Dereck Miller. Back row: freshman Mary Pat Stemnock, senior Ben Lease and sophomore Erin Tankersley. (Above) The Carmel Marching Greyhounds Color Guard prepares for another drill.

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A roundabout solution Founded Oct. 24, 2006, at Carmel, IN Vol. III, No. 52 Copyright 2009. Current Publishing, LLC All Rights Reserved. 1 South Range Line Road, Suite 220 Carmel, IN 46032

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It is our opinion that Carmel residents should advance the greater good through know-how and navigation of roundabouts. It is all too clear that visitors from far and near to our fair community have little experience with the circular traffic devices and even less with how use them. Aren’t we responsible to lead others unfamiliar with these innovations in congestion management to show the uninitiated how it’s done?  While entering and exiting a roundabout can be a bit intimidating at first (even for us locals), here are some basics: Vehicles in the roundabout always have the right of way, but the entire circle does not have to be clear for entry. When entering a two-lane roundabout, always follow the posted lane markers. If none are available, this general rule applies: If the first exit is the destination, enter the roundabout positioned in the outside lane. If the destination is on the other side of the roundabout, enter in the left lane, and move into the outside lane upon approaching the exit. Yes, we must use turn signals to exit the circle, and the posted speed limits are different than the streets connecting (usually 15 MPH). Let’s follow the rules and lead by example. 

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It is our position that our federal government is going too far. Even while garage-sale signs dot the Carmel landscape like fireflies on a hot summer night, the Consumer Product Safety Commission implemented new regulations on the stuff we sell for nickels on our driveways. Moreover, the government expects fine revenue for “contraband” to exceed $15 million.  What?! Included in the ban is anything with lead paint, perhaps a worthy goal, and yet how will we know if Junior’s old toy is so-coated. And how will we be policed? The Department of Yard Sales? A garage-sale czar? Here’s the model: Citizen “A” has excess. Citizen “B” needs what “A” has. After a brief negotiation, A earns a little cash and B gets a bargain. Does A need to know the latest standards on the allowed distance between bars on a baby crib? Our government says yes. But is a wide-bar baby crib safer than no crib at all? And should the burden of knowledge lie with B? Caveat Emptor. Is this an appropriate bureaucratic function? Our government’s skepticism about, distrust in, and general belief that we are incapable of thoughtful decision-making continues its expansion into many market segments, including banking, healthcare, energy, automobile, etc.  Do Americans really need Mary Poppins?

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Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each week, we’ll share one with you. In Alaska, while it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is strictly prohibited. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)

Every week, we will print an portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the Indiana Constitution.. (History: As Amended November 6, 1984). Section 9. Freedom of thought and speech Section 9. No law shall be passed, restraining the free interchange of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever: but for the abuse of that right, every person shall be responsible.

Section 10. Libal, truth as defense Section 10. In all prosecutions for libel, the truth of the matters alleged to be libellous, may be given in justification. Section 11. Search and seizure Section 11. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search or seizure, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.

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Having a hard time COMMENTARY By Terry Anker “Why is everything so hard?” my four-yearold nephew asked as we were putting together the truly impossible toy he had received from the fast-food drive thru a few hours earlier. His grandmother had saved the assembly task for me – first, because these little trinkets are a giant pain to put together; and second, because she knows I most enjoy such interactions to savor the humor and insight that only seems to come from a young mind. “I don’t know why things seem so hard,” I responded to the query. “But sometimes, they sure are.” This past week found me in route to the City of Angels for business and then a little fun with friends. Unfortunately, business lived at one end of the compass and friends at the other. For those uninitiated, Los Angeles traffic is not for the faint of heart. The hotel arranged a car and suggested that I allow more than two hours for the 30-mile drive. At first, such a suggestion seemed zealous, but the trip would soon prove the advice valuable. “Why is this so hard?” I thought.  On the plane back to Indiana, wonderful Indiana, I settled into my seat, put on a headset, and closed my eyes. Are things really “so hard,” or do we simply imagine them to be? Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright used a

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convention in his building of forcing entrants to his grand spaces through small, dark and often cramped ones before the larger would be revealed. He believed that it was only through spending time in the tight room that we could recognize the freedom of the bigger. That’s what I told my nephew. Things are hard so that it is so much fun when they are not. The key may be to think of the fun and not the rest.    Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

From the backshop The systems, they are a-changin’ As Current Publishing continues to grow and we approach our third birthday, we have taken the opportunity to sit back and have a closer look at many of our internal systems. We want to make the reading experience even better for you. As such, we’re about to detonate our Web site and debut a new version that plays more to what readers and advertisers want. From our landing page,, you’ll be able to navigate to Web sites for Current in Carmel, Current in Noblesville, Current in Westfield and the Carmel Business Leader. It all is scheduled to unfold in November, and we’ll alert you when it does. Needless to say, we’re excited about its pending arrival. ••• Another system we’ve decided to revise centers on editorial content. Bryan Unruh, who has been our managing editor, will move into the new position of content editor. He will be responsible for all the stories, columns and photos that make it into our editions or onto our Web sites. The task of working with our reporters, correspondents and contributors on Oct. 19 will belong to newcomer Kevin Kane. His assignments will provide you with more of what you’ve come to expect from your news-

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Editor: Thanks to Terry Anker for helping dumb down our country by coining a silly new nonword (“Does the time call for a ‘celebrident?’” Sept. 29). Perhaps Terry is longing for the good old days when we had a president who could not speak intelligently, lied us into a disastrous war, disposed of a surplus and left us in debt, bungled

Katrina, etc. I’m thankful that President Obama (notice the use of his title) left the White House to appear in person on David Letterman. If those who would hold back progress would stop encouraging lying instead of civil discourse, this kind of appearance might not be necessary.  Donna Peak Carmel

I know what the fox feels like Editor: Poor thing, the fox (“Foxy critter in Carmel,” Sept. 29). Disoriented, chased off, stalked, labeled. Now you know what it’s like to be a liberal in Carmel. Or is the FOX some sort of subliminal plant by Rupert Murdock? The FOX has been

spotted in my neighborhood, and if I see him, I am going to call out Glenn Beck and see how he reacts. Since we have the LIBERAL arts coming in droves to Carmel, the scales could tip one day. Randy Chapman Carmel

Let the fox live quietly Editor: I am writing about the fox many people are seeing in this area (“Foxy critter in Carmel,” Sept. 29). He has actually been in this area for about two years. He has a mate, and she is grey with a touch of red in her fur. Neighbors have told me they have also seen what might be their pups.

My concern is that this quiet creature and its family are not harmed. I have watched both walk down the sidewalk, crossing over to the other side if someone is coming the other way. My hope is that others will watch out for them too and leave them live quietly. Linda Naab, Carmel

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DISPATCHES » Indiana’s healthiest employers – Community Health Network has been recognized as one of the 2009 Healthiest Employers of Indiana, an awards program presented by the Indianapolis Business Journal and Mavum Consulting. Five employers from Indiana were honored as winners of the inaugural awards program, held in Indianapolis in September. Healthiest Employers is an innovative awards program that recognizes organizations that proactively shape the health of their employees. These companies have made a commitment to impact the health of their workplace – and their bottom line. » Franklin University comes to Indy – Franklin University will host a grand opening celebration for its new Indianapolis location Oct. 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. The new location is at 8415 Allison Pointe Blvd., Suite 400 in Indianapolis. RSVP at » Clarian receives national accreditation – Clarian North Medical Center’s Breast Care program in Carmel has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Clarian North is the first hospital in Indiana to receive this accreditation. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care. To qualify for the designation, the breast care program and its staff undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Family is the most important thing Commentary By Danielle Wilson I have to give major kudos to my family. They have reached far out of their comfort zone to confront a growing problem that was well on its way towards becoming a huge family disaster. Here’s the lowdown. For years now, there have been snide remarks, hurt feelings, and general cattiness among the Wilson siblings concerning one of my husband’s brothers and his wife. Without getting into the messy details, most of this “corrosive attitude” stems from pure jealousy, at least on our end. My husband is one of six kids, so you can imagine the kind of “How come he got that?” and “Why does he always get this?” discussions that have arisen as they have gotten older. Throw in four strong-willed, highly-opinionated wives and two non-confrontational parents, and you have a recipe for a Jerry Springer dysfunction-rama. That’s where we were headed up until a month ago, when my in-laws basically said, “That’s ENOUGH. We want a meeting, and we want it now!” Initially, they had hoped to sit all of us down together, minus the couple in question, and get to the bottom of our frustration and resentment. But after everyone thought it over, we decided it would be best to meet as individual couples. And guess who was up first? I was so nervous I couldn’t sleep for three nights before our “meeting.” (This is because I am also extremely non-confrontational; I would much rather complain about someone behind her back than actually tell her why I am peeved.) I even typed up all the points I wanted to make just so I wouldn’t forget anything or get caught up in the emotion and veer off course. My husband thought I was nuts, but I really wanted this discussion to be productive, and I know myself well enough to admit that I don’t think well off the cuff. Anyhoo, they came over one Monday evening and we sat out on

our back deck. My husband shared his assessment of the problem, and then I shared mine. Then we listened to his parents’ perspective and tried to come up with suggestions for improving the situation and preventing it from happening again. Did we solve our problem? No. Was there any real resolution to our issues? Not really, although I felt 100 percent better afterward, having gotten some things off my chest that had been stewing for a while. Interestingly, my husband experienced the opposite effect and ended up going to work at 3 a.m. the next morning because he was so anxious! Regardless of the outcome, though, it was the first step in coming together as a family to make sure we didn’t end up like my grandmother and her twin sister (who didn’t talk to each for years over a matter of $30) or my mother-in-law and her sisters (whose relationship only improved when one of them passed away last spring). Bottom line? Family is family, and it’s sometimes all we can count on. We can’t let petty grievances or old grudges keep us from enjoying the friendships, support, and love of brothers and sisters, moms and dads, cousins and crazy aunts. So I’m proud of my in-law family for taking a stand against apathy, and I’m especially proud of my mother and father-in-law for caring so much about their children and our relationships with each other that they initiated and followed through with several extremely difficult conversations. We still have a ways to go, but I’m confident we are on the right path. Good luck with your own family dramas. Peace out.

Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@

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Carmel’s newest playhouse opens this week By Jordan Fischer Current in Carmel The Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace opens Oct. 15 with the premiere of “Rabbit Hole,” directed by Ken Klingenmeier. The 4,500-square-foot facil- Klingenmeier ity will be the new home for the Carmel Community Players, and will feature an expanded 135-seat black-box style theater. “What people will find in the Carmel Community Playhouse is an absolutely beautiful facility,” said Brian Koning, director Koning of marketing and sales for the playhouse. “Our old theater in downtown Carmel has about 65 seats in it. It was very, very tiny. Now people can park their car, they can shop, they can go eat supper, and then they can see a show.” In addition to the new facility, the players are adopting a new economy-conscious attitude. The playhouse will offer special savings, including both a student and senior night, as well as a “pay what you can night.” “We want to give back to the community,” Koning said. “If you’re in an economic situation, we don’t want to stop you from coming to the theater and enjoying the arts.” The season’s first performance, “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire, is a Pulitzer Prize-

winning drama, which ran for 77 performances on Broadway. It kicks off CCP’s “Pulitzer PrizeWinning Season,” which will also feature “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “How I Learned to Drive,” and the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” “Rabbit Hole” is about a family whose young son is struck and killed by a driver eight months prior to the events in the play. According to the director, Ken Klingenmeier, the play follows the family’s struggles, as well as those of the driver, himself very young. “It’s gut-wrenching at times, but never maudlin,” Klingenmeier said. “I think the power of the play is the empathy that the audience has for the people. They suffer along with them.” Klingenmeier had nothing but praise for the playhouse or its players. “I’ve lived all over the country, and did theater everywhere, but I’ve never seen a place that had such quality community theater,” he said. “The community here is extraordinary.” In addition to plays, the playhouse hopes that local organizations, schools and businesses will rent out the facility for meetings and workshops. That, according to Koning, is how the Carmel Community Players receive a large part of their funding. Ticket information is available at, or through the box office at 317-8159387. Information regarding can be found at

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Clearing up the confusion on Monon right-of-way By Arika Herron Current in Carmel Pedesterians do not have the right of way when crossing the Monon Trail. Trail users should stop at all intersections and wait for traffic to clear before crossing. Rules for crossing the Monon at traffic intersections have been laid out in city ordinance, but it seems many people do not know the rules of the road. Ron Carter, executive director of the Greenways Foundation, said the confusion concerning right of way comes from people not knowing the rules and the city not enforcing them. Carter All trail intersections are marked with stop signs for crossing pedestrians, but cars often face flashing lights and caution signs as well. The cars often forfeit their right of way to let pedestrians cross, creating potentially dangerous situations for pedestrians who could get hit and cars that could be rear-ended. While no trail user has been hit by a car yet, Carter said it is just a matter of time. “My biggest fear is that we will have someone who has stopped their car for a trail user to come across and a car coming up behind them doesn’t realize they’ve stopped, hits them and pushes them into the people crossing,” Carter said. Over- and underpasses have been constructed

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Rules for crossing the Monon at traffic intersections have been laid out in city ordinance, but it seems many people do not know the rules of the road.

at the busiest intersections, but there are still many traffic crossings and trail users must stop. Carter said similar bicycle-friendly communities have taken steps to increase awareness and enforcement of the rules. Carmel may be following suit, enforcing stop signs for bicyclists and pedestrians as it does motorists. While no plans are in the works, this eventually could mean writing tickets to trail users who do not stop and traffic intersections. “It’s on the books,” Carter said, “so we probably need to start enforcing it.”

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Beloved Carmel resident passes away Clark was the head coach of OBITUARY the Carmel men’s basketball 1977 For Current in Carmel IHSAA State Championship Team. Eric Clark, 74, passed away Oct. 7 He was the Indiana Coach of the Year surrounded by his wife, children and in ’76-’77 and coached the Indiana grandchildren. He lived in Carmel for All-Stars in ’78. He served on the nearly 70 years. board of directors of the Carmel Clay Clark was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Education Foundation. He was a past Indianapolis to the late Dr. Cyrus J president of the Hamilton County and Mrs. Edith L. Clark. He attended Clark Retired Teachers Association. the first grade at Carmel Elementary, He was a member of the Carmel High School and would remain in Carmel schools his entire Athletic Hall of Fame, CHS Alumni Hall of life. He graduated from Carmel High School Fame, Hamilton County Basketball Hall of in 1953. That same year, he married his highFame, Earlham Athletic Hall of Fame and school sweetheart, Betty Linebarger. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of Earlham College in Clark was awarded the Sagamore of the Richmond, Ind. At Earlham, he earned 12 varWabash by Gov. Frank O’Bannon in 1997. sity athletic letters in football, basketball, track He was awarded the Rotary Club of Carmel and volleyball. While at Earlham, he earned the Outstanding Service Award in 2000.  The George Van Dyke Award as the Outstanding Carmel High School athletic facilities were Male Athlete.  Clark went to Butler University, named the Eric Clark Activity Center upon where he earned a masters degree. his retirement in 1997.  Eric was a member of He was an educator in the Carmel Clay Carmel Friends Church.    School System for 39 years, during which time Eric is survived by his wife, Betty, his he was a teacher, counselor and assistant prindaughter Debbie Gangstad (Jack), son Doug cipal. He served as the head coach for football, (Brenda), son David (Sue), his grandchilbasketball and track while at CHS. dren Sarah Gangstad, Taylor (Margot), Betsy In retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, Gangstad, Courtney, Drew, Matt, and Molly splitting wood, and watching sports, especially and his great-grandson, Caden. He was preButler basketball and the Indianapolis Colts. ceded in death by his father, Dr. Cyrus J. Clark Clark attended nearly every Carmel High II, his mother, Edith L. Clark, his brother Cyrus School basketball and football game, home or J. “Skip” Clark III, and his sister, Patty Clark. away, throughout his retirement.

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Bring on city-wide trash and recycling Dairy Queen.   But the location doesn’t bother nearly as much as the hours. They are open only from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday – in other words, during work hours. How much more convenient it would be for us to take them our recyclables on the weekends.  And forget about dropping them off on the way to or from work. I’ve been there at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and in both cases, the gate was closed. So I guess the posted hours are what we might call “target hours” of operation. And the sign clearly states not to simply leave recyclables at the gate. So I make special trips during my work days, but I long for the day when Carmel will pick them up at my curbside – with my trash.  Andrew Ray is a Carmel resident. You may write him at andy46032@ or visit his blog at http://

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COMMENTARY By Andy Ray I see in the latest “news from the city of Carmel” mailing that, “The city of Carmel is investigating the feasibility of a city-wide trash and recycling contract for residents.” And I wonder why on Earth Carmel hasn’t investigated this feasibility before. When I lived in Indianapolis, we had city trash pick-up as far back as the mid-1980s.   Surely, trash pick-up is one function of government that we can live with here in the land of private enterprise. For one thing, it would be nice to see all trash cans in any given neighborhood at the street all on the same day.  And a good, quality recycling effort by the city would bring us into the 21st century. My family recycles paper, plastic, metal, glass and aluminum, but our options are limited. Rather than pay extra for our trash hauler to take our recyclables, I take them to what passes for Carmel’s recycling facility. If you’ve never been there, it’s somewhat inconveniently located north of town on Range Line Road, near the

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Defacement of Carmel history a disgrace COMMENTARY By Jeff Worrell I did a double take to my left, driving by, and at first glance, my mind couldn’t process what my eyes were seeing. Malicious white streaks of spray paint spoiling one of the newest Seward Johnson statues – the one on the Monon Trail imitating a Carmel police officer doing what tradition and Norman Rockwell might envision. With arm outstretched in a protective stance as though helping pedestrians across the street, the statue could easily be titled Officer Friendly. Located at the Monon Trail on Main Street in the Carmel Arts and Design District, it became an instant photo opportunity for passersby with a camera and craving for a piece of Americana suitable for framing. Immediately following the dedication of the 11th addition to the city’s collection during the recent Artomobilia Festival, crowds of people could be scene posing with the lifelike police officer. Prior to being defiled, and upon close inspection you could note a name badge on the bronze sculpture. William Carey was an actual Carmel police officer, tragically shot in the line of duty. As the only Carmel policeman to lose his life protecting the city, organizers decided to honor him by using his name. Now a white, disrespectful smiley face is on the front of the bronze masterpiece for all to see (Editor’s note:

The graffiti has since been removed). Those darn kids. Juvenile, insolent behavior from juveniles. Who else would do such a thing but immature, selfish pranksters? Or have I concluded incorrectly because of an egotistical bias of my own? As of press time, video from strategically placed cameras in the A&D District designed to protect the art collection was being examined. My source tells me the video does not show young teenagers, but sadly, a middle-aged white male. It is very depressing to believe an adult taxpayer and member of our society would take some kind of sick joy in ruining an asset owned by all of us. Even if this person does not live in Carmel, it is hard to consider this activity consumes the energy of any grown-up. It would be easier for me to accept had it been a teenager. I could have written it off to a lack of understanding and immaturity. But an adult – and I use that term loosely – seems just too much to comprehend. Shame on me for thinking for even a second our Carmel teens would stoop to the level of a sick, deranged, small-minded, selfish middle aged white male.

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A is for action

By Brandie Bohney Do you remember the old Sesame Street song that Cookie Monster sang: “C is for Cookie”? “C is for cookie; that’s good enough for me.” I loved that song. Oh, who am I kidding? I still love that song. One of the great things about the song is its ability to teach kids the letter C by relating the letter to one of almost every kid’s favorite things: cookies. It’s a memory device, and it works. Even well enough for grown-ups.  If you ever have difficulty with accept and except or affect and effect, the Cookie Monster technique is for you. In each pair of soundssimilar words, there is one word that functions almost always as a verb and one word that doesn’t. And in both cases, those words that function as verbs most of the time are the ones that start with a.  So what does that have to do with Cookie Monster? It’s easy: affect and accept are both actions.  They all start with a. A is for action; that’s good enough for me.  If that’s not enough to help you remember, I also think that the x in except makes it easy to remember its definition (and therefore use). If

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you can remember that except means that something is being excluded (there’s that x again), think about crossing that something out with an X. X is for except; that’s good enough for me.  On much shakier ground is my memory device for effect. Because it is most often used as a noun, as in cause and effect, I have suggested that remembering that the fact that cause ends in e and effect starts with e could be an effective way to remember the meaning and spelling of effect. I’m just not sure how effective that device is. Maybe it would work better if Cookie Monster were here to eat a giant E-shaped foam cookie.  On an side note, I would like to thank the fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students at The Sycamore School for their excellent attention when I came to speak to them about grammar.  Thanks for a great morning, all! Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at

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Children learn what they live COMMENTARY By Becky Kapsalis • If a child lives with criticism, he/she learns to condemn. • If a child lives with hostility, he/she learns to fight. • If a child lives with ridicule, he/she learns to be shy. • If a child lives with shame, he/she learns to be feel guilty. But… • When a child lives with tolerance, he/she learns to be patient. • When a child lives with encouragement, he/she learns to be confident. • When a child lives with praise, he/she learns to appreciate. • When a child lives with fairness, he/she learns justice. • When a child lives with security, he/she learns to have faith. • When a child lives with approval, he/she learns acceptance. • When a child lives with respect, he/she learns to find love in the world. I venture to guess that most of us are in the category of the “whens,” however, I also venture to guess that we sometimes fall into the trap of

the “ifs.” The difference in the “if ’” and “whens” is in awareness. Falling into the “if’s” category presents a challenge to us that necessitates taking stock in our approach to what we want our children to learn. Given that all bePhoto Illustration haviors are learned behaviors and that all behaviors are need driven, it is in the best interest of all family members to focus our parental energies on the “whens” leaving no room for our children to learn to live with the “if’s.” The behavioral accountability factor lies with us. Next time we choose to criticize, be hostile, ridicule or shame our children, we must take full responsibility for teaching our children to condemn, fight, be shy, or feel guilty. Conversely, next time we choose to teach tolerance, encouragement, praise, fairness, security, approval and respect be prepared to witness patience, confidence, appreciation, justice, faith, acceptance and love. The “whens” have it. Do you agree? Hugs! Becky Kapsalis. aka YiaYia (pronounced Ya-Ya.) is a certified parenting advocate and child behavior coach. You may reach her at 317-848-7979 or e-mail becky@

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» Colored hair, cheaper – Hair color makes you look younger, brighter, and sexier, but it can also be costly and timeconsuming. Here are a few tips to help keep you color better longer. • Wash with a clarifying shampoo the day before coloring. • Choose fade-resistant shades like blonde or brunette. • Highlights buy you the most time, as their fade is less noticeable. • Wait 48 hours to shampoo, and use a shampoo formulated for colored hair. • Install a showerhead with a water purifier. • Use an ionic blow-dryer.

Is fast food OK while dieting? By Kirk and Nancy Lawrence Yes, but as always, there are a few important points to keep in mind. We all know fast food isn’t necessarily the healthiest meal in town, but setting realistic goals is an important component of any successful weight-loss program. Our experience has taught us that the $1 meals often offer the needed calories and nutrition without gong overboard on the fancy, bigger “value” meals. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to completely deprive yourself of fast food, especially if it’s appropriate for your specific situation. In other words, if you’re crunched for time (and who isn’t?), fast food may be the only reasonable option. That said, if an occasional trip turns into daily trips, your weight loss, waist-line and health goals will likely suffer as a result. If you are always in a hurry and never plan for any healthy eating, who are you kidding? Not the mirror, that’s for sure! Instead, the key is to become a savvy shopper and watch out for calorie-laden foods with added sugars, sodium, and fat. Look for a Nutrition Facts pamphlet in local restaurants, and educate yourself on their menus. For example, Wendy’s in Westfield has its nutritional menu posted right by the counter, and you can peruse it as you stand in line. If you make the effort, you’ll be able to find a sensible meal no matter where you go. Balance, variety,

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Motivation for running Need help in the motivation department? Sign up for a 5K or 10K. Suddenly, your exercise routine becomes “training” and every workout has a purpose. Plus, your competitive spirit is bound to keep you fired up and help you push past what you thought was impossible. Here’s how to ace the race.

Sugary surprises Treadmill therapy Running hard on a treadmill might make you smarter, reports Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times Magazine (9/20/09). Reynolds is citing the results of research at National Cheng Kung University, in which scientists observed two groups of mice -- one group that simply ran inside their rodent wheels and another that was forced “to push harder on mini-treadmills at a speed and duration controlled by the scientists.” The two groups were then tested for “learning skills and memory,” and only the huffing and puffing treadmill runners did better with “the avoidance task, a skill that, according to brain scientists , demands a more complicated cognitive response.”

One gram of sugar serves up to four calories, according to the American Dietetic Association. With math like that, it’s not surprising that the average American rings up an average of 22.2 teaspoons, or 355 calories per day, of added sugars. Here are 11 sneaky dietary sources that are surprisingly high in added sugars: • Fortune cookies • Flavored booze • Baked beans • Dried, sweetened cranberries • Ketchup • Cream substitutes • BBQ sauce • “Reduced” salad dressings • Lemonade • Flavored popcorn • Granola bars

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DISPATCHES » What successful CEOs know – In every business, critical issues surface. Somerset CPAs will discuss those issues in its presentation of “The 7 Critical Things Successful CEOs Know” Oct. 14 from 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the Somerset Conference Center, 3925 River Crossing Parkway in Indianapolis. The Somerset CEO Series is designed to address those issues and much more. It will provide a general overview of the program and its benefits to you and your organization. » Cottages at Carmel open - The Cottages at Carmel, 531 S. Guilford Road, opened last week, featuring paired cottage bungalows in a low-maintenance community in the heart of Carmel. In addition to minimal maintenance, The Cottages homes feature main-floor living with kitchen, living area and a main-floor master suite option all on the first floor. Model hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12-6 p.m. More information can be found at  » Fall festival - On Oct. 17 from 12-3 p.m., Ameriana Bank will host a Fall Festival at its S.R. 32 and Carey Road location.Throughout the day, Ameriana will donate $5 to WHS athletics for each person who attends. The Ameriana Fall Festival will feature free food, including a chili cookoff among local restaurants, and kids activities, including full face painting, a caricature artist, kids crafts and more. Call 317-867-7740 or visit for more information.

Less is more, more or less COMMENTARY By David Cain Imagine you are cooking a meal. You’re in the kitchen gathering ingredients, getting stuff together, and pulling out all the right gear. Things are moving along smoothly. But what if there were four of you in the kitchen? You’re all trying to assemble the same meal. Are you still as productive? Creating a simple meal can take twice as long the more individuals you have prepping the same dinner. Think back to the most recent meeting you attended. How many people were in the room? How many were actively participating? Was it productive? Sometimes the simplest of problems can take the most time to solve when too many individuals are adding ingredients. Finding the right mix, how many people, who are the cooks, can be a constant struggle for organizations. Next time you are in a meeting, look around the room and see

if someone else in the room has the same role as you. In your next meeting, guess if the attendees could eat more than one large pizza. If you’ve got more eaters than a large pizza would handle or there are people that overlap, it might be time to excuse yourself and get back to work. Too many cooks in the kitchen can create a problem. Too many cooks can make dinner take twice as long. If you are running a restaurant, that’s probably not the best outcome. Take a look around and make sure your kitchen is appropriately staffed before the dinner bell rings. If not, you might end up serving your costly meal at midnight.

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Everybody’s got stuff COMMENTARY By Kent Burns I recently was part of a team that facilitated a men’s retreat at our church. It wasn’t the first time I have done this; however, it was the first time I had done it in a few years. This 72-hour retreat, called the Great Banquet, has been described as “Christianity 101.” One doesn’t need to be a Bible scholar to attend. One doesn’t even need to be a Christian. All that is required is an open mind, and hopefully an open heart. God always seems to take care of the rest. Over that three-day period, I laughed, cried and marveled at what I observed. The timing was interesting for me, given my recent flurry of conversations with people who are searching for meaning in their lives. Coincidence? I think not. There are few things more amazing than seeing the hearts of men changed before your very eyes. At one point during the weekend, one of my teammates asked me, “What do you think?” I paused briefly, looked at him and said, “This is what really matters.”  I witnessed men commit to being better husbands, better fathers, better friends, better leaders and better followers. I listened to them share their struggles with doubt, anger, control, fear of failure and lust. Inside each of them there is a deep desire to do better, to be better. Thirty


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MONEY MATTERS Do you think the changing weather affects people’s spending habits? “I can’t say mine changes. Our spending is the same throughout the entire year.” Sheree Powell Carmel

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Inflatable family fun is opening in Carmel at the end of this week. Bouncertown owner Andrew Hendricks hopes to open his second location, aimed at safe, clean fun for kids, Oct. 15 or 16 in the old Circuit City building in Clay Terrace Mall. The Clay Terrace location is larger than the original Greenwood store and will feature even more family fun and dining. “We’re thrilled to be in this environment,” Hendricks said. “It’s a step in the right direction for our company.” Bouncertown specializes in inHENDRICKS flatable slides, bounce houses and obstacles courses, but Hendricks said the games and quality madeto-order food are what really keeps families coming back. “(Kids) come in and their eyes light up,” Hendricks said. “They’d stay here all day if they could. It’s just a matter of getting their parents to stay all day.” Bouncertown also specializes in private themed birthday parties, with more than 40 themes to chose from. Owner: Andrew Hendricks Location: Clay Terrace Mall | 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd. Carmel, IN 46032 Phone: 317-571-TOWN (8696) | Web:



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How long is that fabric in the window? COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley More than one husband has arrived home after we have successfully installed a fabulous custom window treatment, only to ask, “When are they going to hem them?” If I could replicate a sound effect in this column, you would hear my ego going “THUD.” As the fur went up on my back in defense of those textile beauties – complete with the perfect amount of puddling – I had to remember they were being challenged by the practical gender. In reality, I can’t blame those who find puddling a curiosity. Although I relish a deep puddling drapery effect, it really is a bit of a puzzle. After all, why on Earth would anyone want drapery that is deliberately too long? This indulgence of the world of window treatments relates to a time in history when silks were precious and treated as a treasured commodity. In those days, only the wealthiest could afford them. One visible way to express one’s wealth was to spill this precious commodity all over the floor! Drapery puddling creates an opulent, romantic effect and has a strong following with designers and confident homeowners. A certain elegance and fullness is achieved only by puddling. The same

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Celebrities have it made-they have someone to dress them, do their hair, make-up, and even help selecting their meals. So, here are some quick easy tips on how to get sexy thick curls that will make you feel like a celeb! Take small sections of your hair, twist it up and pin it in place. Repeat this step all over your head, then spray on some light hold hair spray (such as Aquage Finishing Spray sold at Salon01) and leave your hair in place till morning. On the next morning, take the rolls down and run your fingers through your hair. Apply a polishing product, such as Salon01’s Shine & Define Hair Polish, to make the curls individually defined for a completed look! Once you are done, your curls will look red carpet ready!

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DISPATCHES » Calling all HC artists – Anyone age 16 or older  in Hamilton County can submit a piece of art to be exhibited at the Hamilton County Art Center, 195 S. Fifth St., during Hamilton County Artist Associations’s first. Community Creates event. The pieces, which will be judged, will hang from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 to Nov. 27. Prizes will be awarded. The pieces (limit two) must be no larger than 36 inches by 36 inches, applicable to all media. All 2-D artwork must be framed and ready to hang with flat hangers and wire. No saw-tooth hangers are allowed.  All 2-D and 3-D art will be accepted.  Small quilts, ready to hang, also will be accepted. Artwork may be dropped off during gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The drop-off deadline is noon, Oct. 31.

» Apple storage – Traditionally, apples were stored in root cellars for keeping over the winter and into the spring. With few homes that have root cellars anymore, here’s a modern approach to storing apples: • Apples keep well for about six months at temperatures between freezing and 45°F. • A Styrofoam chest or a double cardboard box in a cool mudroom or cellar can. • approximate root cellar conditions. » Wine & chili weekend – Pair great Indiana wines with unique chili recipes on the Indy Wine Trail’s Wine & Chili Weekend. Visit each of the seven Trail wineries and enjoy wine tasting, a variety of chili recipes, and a glass of wine at each winery. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 during the event weekend (includes tax) and are available at any Indy Wine Trail winery (check out for locations). Your ticket is good both Saturday and Sunday, and includes chili and a glass of wine at each winery. Enjoy unique chili recipes, and they’ll handle all the cooking!

CRT, Carmel residents go ‘Barefoot in the Park’ By Arika Herron Current in Carmel The Carmel Repertory Theatre doesn’t need fancy sets or huge casts to keep audiences glued to their seats. The company’s latest production, “Barefoot in the Park,” features a cast of six and opens with a nearly empty stage, save for a ladder and bucket. “The star of the show is really Neil Simon’s writCREVISTON ing,” said Larry Creviston, chairman of the CRT board of directors. “It’s witty dialogue, and we know people are looking for a reason to laugh right now.” Heralded as one of Neil Simon’s greatest hits, “Barefoot in the Park” opens with the newlyweds moving into their new Manhattan apartment. Six flights of stairs later, their new digs aren’t quite what they expected. The apartment gets a little too cozy as Corie’s free spirit clashes with Paul conservative side. Locals Tom Corbett (Paul Bratter), Lisa Cotton and Rachel Sharp (Corie Bratter), Patricia Dorwin (Mrs. Ethyl Banks) and Rick Sharp (Victor Velasco) are the four lead roles in the cast made entirely of local residents. “These are community people,” Creviston said. “We want to give area residents their shot on stage.” That doesn’t mean the quality is anything less than top notch, though. So many people tried out the theater had to stage two extra callbacks. Director Nathan Gober said all the actors in the show are talented and easy to work with. “The actors are off the charts,” Gober said. “We got the pick of the crop.” Barefoot in the Park opens Oct. 16 at the Performing Arts Center, 575 W. Carmel Drive. The partnership between the performing Arts Center and Carmel Repertory Theater is fairly recent, but producer Patricia Bigham said it has been invaluable for them. “We get to use their facilities for our shows,” Bigham said, “not to mention the freedom to work with the stage beforehand and build our sets.” The show will play every Friday, Saturday and

Sunday from Oct. 16 through Nov. 1. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children, students and seniors. To reserve tickets call 317-767-3973. “You can sit at home and watch TV,” Dorwin said. “Or you can be here enjoying yourself.”

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Turn-ip your nose at these? By Chef Michael Vlasich If you were to ask my kids about their least favorite food, they would probably pick a vegetable that has been cultivated for nearly 4,000 years and that originated somewhere in central Asia, but has been a staple in Europe and South America for centuries. Turnips are cultivated for use for livestock and human consumption, going back to an experiment in 1730. Charles Townshend imported them from Dutch farms to see if his livestock could survive the winter on solely on a turnip diet. In those days, it was extremely costly to grow and store hay all winter long. Being a shrewd businessman, Townshend looked for ways to cut his expenses. Needless to say, his plan worked brilliantly. Today, turnips are grown to consume the root


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• 2 each medium to large size turnips peeled and cut into chunks • 1 heaping tbsp. butter • 1/3 cup heavy cream • 1/3 cup light brown sugar • 2 medium eggs beaten well • 1 tsp. baking powder • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg • Salt and pepper • For the topping: • 2/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs • 1/3 cup ground pecans • 2 tbsp. melted butter Prepare the turnips for mashing, using the method above to remove bitterness. While warm, add the butter and cream, mix well, mix the eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, and seasonings, then fold into the turnip mix. Pour into a lightly greased baking dish. Mix topping ingredients well, sprinkle all over the top. Place in 350-degree oven for 25 minutes until topping is golden brown.

and greens, although throughout history they were considered food for the poor. In Europe, they are eaten in various ways, and in Latin cultures, the greens are a base food for all meals. The greens contain more nutrition than the root. Both are low in calories and great sources of vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium. The greens, because of the high nutritional values, have been deemed highly beneficial in the treatments of atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. If you do not desire the bitter flavor, here is a trick: Either par boil the root or greens, then drain off the water. If you are boiling the root for puree, half way through, drain the water and finish with new water. This method removes a considerable amount of bitterness, but beware, because it also removes a sizeable amount of the nutritional content. Included is a nice turnip side dish that makes four servings. 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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FESTIVALS Sunny side of Louisville

‘The Casket Girls’

The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (6701 Zionsville Road) presents “The Casket Girls” Oct. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. This moderngothic-alternative-vampire ballet debuts this Halloween season, but be aware, this is NOT your grandmother’s version of ballet. Think of it more like Moulin Rouge with dancing vampires, nuns, romance, love, murder – all set to music that blends styles from Mozart to Nine Inch Nails. For more tickets or more information, call 317-216-5455 or visit www.

Haunted trails

Back again this year for all your haunted pleasures, the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department’s Haunted Tails will be howling in the night Oct. 27-29 from 7-10 p.m. at Cool Creek Park, 2000 East 151st St in Westfield. On Oct. 27, an appearance by Indy radio station 99.5, WZPL, will be at the event from 7-9 p.m. p.m. There is also a scarefree option for those visitors that have little ghosts and goblins. Admission to the trail is $5 per person. For more information, contact the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department at 317-770-4400 or www.

Flying pumpkin festival

Every weekend in October (Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) experience the 31-Foot High Trebuchet Pumpkin Launcher at Venckus Nursery and Garden Center, 519 E. 750 N. (across from Cool Creek golf course). Also enjoy the Giant Slingshot (win prizes), kid's games, straw maze, hay rides, our one of a kind mini-zoo (featuring our friendly wallabies, Barbie and Ken, and Sherbert, our funny coatimundi!), food and pumpkins/fall decorations.  $5, $4 ages 3-12, free under 3 yrs. For more information, call 765-325-1111 or visit www.venckusgarden. com. 

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Spend an unforgettable weekend on the Sunny Side of Louisville in Southern Indiana this weekend with a bountiful harvest of festivals. Clarksville will commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition departure of 1803. The quaint river village of Bethlehem will host its annual festival. Starlight will have plenty of fall fun with pumpkin picking, country cooking and a winery. Plan your Sunny Side trip at www.sunnysidetourism. com or call 800-552-3842 to enjoy the festivities with some of the state’s best fall foliage.   

Heartland Film Festival

Indianapolis will once again play host to filmmakers from around the world during the 18th annual Heartland Film Festival Oct. 15-24. The renowned festival offers moviegoers a rare glimpse at independent, international short and feature-length films – plus a host of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, to purchase tickets, or view the complete Festival lineup of special events and films, visit

ART New artists at Blue Egg

The Blue Egg Gallery (111 W. Main St. in Carmel) will host three new artists Oct. 16 from 5-10 p.m. during the Carmel Arts & Design District gallery walk. Lidia Stecher, abstract painter, will be on hand to welcome visitors and display her inspiring work for sale. Paintings of Pamela Couch will be available for the first time to Blue Egg Art Gallery visitors.

THEATRE ‘Rabbit Hole’

The Carmel Community Players will present “Rabbit Hole” Oct. 15-18 and 22-25. Times are 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors/ students). The Carmel Community Playhouse is located at 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 140 in Carmel. For more information, call 317-815-9387 or visit

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Ingredients: • One large orange • 1-2 tbsp. orange liqueur • 3 tbsp. lemon curd • 1/4 cup whipped cream • 1 tbsp. crushed shortbread cookies (optional) Directions: 1. Peel and segment the orange with a paring knife, removing the membranes and white pith. Chop the segments and toss with the orange liqueur in a bowl; set aside for about 10 minutes. 2. Spoon the lemon curd into a small liqueur glass or brandy snifter in an even layer. Top with a thin layer of whipped cream, then pile on the oranges and dollop with the remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle with crushed shortbread cookies, if desired.

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Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald is summoned to Windsor Castle by Queen Victoria on the night her husband Prince Albert lies dying. Fitzgerald is accompanied by his ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead. The Queen tries to force Fitzgerald to sign a document stating that he had fabricated information obtained 20 years earlier when he had been involved in an investigation surrounding an attempt on her life. He refuses, and when leaving Windsor Castle, he and Georgiana are attacked and nearly killed when their coach is overturned. After another attempt on their lives, they are forced to flee London, still ignorant of the reason they are being pursued. Is it because of Fitzgerald’s involvement in the investigation long ago, or is it because Georgiana’s late foster father, Dr. John Snow, a friend of Prince Albert and physician to the Queen, may have learned of a secret that threatens the royal succession. Stephanie Barron combines the dark, atmospheric tone of a gothic romance with the psychological tension and intrigue of a suspense novel. In alternating chapters, Patrick Fitzgerald and Queen Victoria reveal their thoughts and motivations until the layers of the mystery are peeled away to reveal the secret that ties everything together. Reviewed by Nina Kennedy CCPL Readers’ Advisory Librarian Visit the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Web site at for more book reviews.

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Thankfully, alert reader Dr. T.F. Foust of Carmel caught a mistake I made a couple weeks ago. Descartes’ famous philosophical phrase, “I think, therefore I am,” in Latin is “Cogito ergo sum.” I bone-headedly wrote “Cognito ergo sum” in the Sept. 22 column about Pascal and Indy’s recent secular convention. Kudos to Dr. Foust for his keen recognition. I looked it up. “Cogito” means “I think.” “Cognito”

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isn’t anything, just a misspelling; what my great aunt Marian would call “an illiterate mistake.” FYI, “cognoscere” means “to learn, to know.” Ergo, now I think I know my error, and have since been cogitating on my lack of cognition. Mea culpa. And a Bill Sept. 29 I wrote that Thomas Jefferson had “almost nothing to do” with the writing of the U.S. Constitution. That’s mostly right. He was in France while the document he dreaded took shape, yet was in constant correspondence with his best friend James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Upon his return, Jefferson still wasn’t crazy about the charter, and championed the addition of the Bill of Rights.



Mary Jane English was a remarkable woman. The longtime principal at Heritage Christian Elementary School retired in 2004, ending 37 years of service building Indiana’s largest private elementary school. Mrs. English died Sept. 16 after battling colon cancer for many months. Not surprisingly, her memorial service Oct. 3 at East 91st Street Christian Church was also remarkable, displaying love, grace, public affection, music and God’s Word, celebrating a life dedicated to the Lord, to her family, and to her profession. The hundreds in attendance included several dozen of the teachers Mrs. English hired over nearly four decades. Those teachers influenced thousands of young students throughout the north and northeast Indianapolis Metro area. See for a wonderful tribute.

As her son Bill noted at the service, “She never once doubted she was doing what God wanted her to do … she never doubted her destination, and was fully confident she had an inheritance that would never perish, spoil, or fade. … At the end she had a sense of accomplishment, a sense of finish and was ready to go on and be with God. … She showed us all the right way to live, and the right way to die.” Enter thou into the joy of the Lord, Mrs. English.


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DISPATCHES » Cables, unkotted – If you’re confused by which cable does what and what they’re all called, you’re not alone. Even the folks at, the gadget blog, were impressed with a slideshow presented by the New York Times online that unknots all the confusion. To see the slideshow, go to and search the past twelve months under the keywords cables unknotted. Then click on the see more photos link for the slideshow. You’ll know your cable types in no time.

» Digital cookbook – You know, back in our day, we would’ve imagined a digital cookbook being some virtual, possibly animated version of... you know, a book with recipes in it. These days kids and their fancy rock and roll cooking shows have taken over, and Belling’s new Media Chef digital cookbook -- which looks like a glorified digital photo frame -- actually houses 48 cooking instructional videos from chef Brian Turner for playback on its 8-inch screen. Brian can be harnessed with an included compact remote control, and the unit can also act as a general media player, calendar and photo frame. It retails for £170ish (about $271 US) but we’re not sure when.

Is Microsoft’s new anti-virus tool good enough? By Gary Hubbard The need for good protection software against the thousands of malicious software attacks is critical, especially since the level and cleverness of the attacks is on the rise. Fake security alerts are among the most common ways to fool users into allowing malware to be installed on their computers, and it’s natural to assume that only novice computer users fall for these types of attacks, but the data suggests something quite different.  A recent survey of a wide range of computer users by Webroot found some surprising key findings:  • Advanced users clicked on suspicious messages at a greater rate than less experienced users. • 20 percent of respondents strongly trust the first page of search results – a common target for fraudulent links. • Nearly one-fifth reported varying levels of financial or data loss following infection. • More than half experienced infections consistent with those of fake alert-related malware.  The sophistication of your protection software is critically important, no matter how seasoned you are, because the authors of malware are constantly figuring out ways to get around protection software, especially those that look for specific lines of code (signature based detection).  Microsoft’s latest attempt to provide protec-

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tion is called Microsoft Security Essentials, and it replaces their last attempt, called Windows Live OneCare. While Microsoft’s efforts to provide free protection are noble and worthy of our recognition, it isn’t quite getting the stellar reviews in its first iteration. Let’s face it, their track record for this type of software isn’t the greatest.  While the interface is clean and simple to understand, the specific tests that both PCMag. com and independent testing lab conducted when it came to detection and removal was less than stellar.  It seems to be on par with other free offerings from companies like AVG and Avast but has the same hole in the protection provided by all the free options: detecting malware based on behavior instead of a signature.  At the end of the day, MSE 1.0 is certainly much better than no protection at all, and if you are going to opt for free anti-virus, it seems to be as good of a choice as any of the others.  My biggest concern about having Microsoft as your protection software is that it will be easier to be fooled when Microsoft imitators try to get you to click on them.

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As winter nears, ‘nesting’ begins

By Randy Sorrell Shedding leaves and falling temperatures prompt most to begin moving our everyday living and entertaining to the indoors. We desperately squeeze every opportunity for grilling, sitting on the patio and cranking up the fire pit, resisting the inevitable. Finally, though, we make the annual basement migration. And once there, remember the awesome memories that come with daylight savings time and feeling enveloped in a safe, warm, secluded space. Endless Wii competitions, Colts games and our favorite shows on the big screen. “Nesting,” it’s called. Where do you spend your time in the winter? Do you have a special place or room that holds your attention more from December through February? Likely it’s a toasty sunroom with uplifting colors and overstuffed furniture, or a fashionable lower level with a gaming area, exercise room and, of course, some sort of a media room and mini-bar. The pictured mini-refreshment area includes a brushed nickel bar sink, compact refrigerator and recessed microwave and is perfect for movie night, housing all the favorite goodies. “Rich” describes the chocolate mocha cabinets and dark granite counter. The aqua bright tile offers a striking contrast and makes it feel urban edgy – kind of like a Marriott room in Chicago. It’s all about convenience, which is why the half-bath is positioned adjacent.  This basement remodeling project lasted for a few months, although the mini-bar area just a few days. The great times will last all winter.


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Safe & sound while you are away By Randy Sorrell

Who better to watch your home while away than a seasoned group of professionals experienced in home improvement? That’s why we launched HomeWatchers, a natural extension of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+.

“SNOWBIRDING”: –verb The art of disappearing...a newly created verb much like cocooning or nesting. It is the art of disappearing from any Hamilton County zip code for extended periods during winter’s long dreary months. Several friends remind us of the lovely couple in the picture…happy, successful, at peace and who love vacationing. Often they encourage their friends, neighbors or children to check out their house while

resorting in Florida or Arizona. But, that’s getting a little… old, isn’t it?

So, welcome to HomeWatchers, our newly created vision whose mission is to offer you peace of mind while you are away. A long term, security-cleared staff member will regularly visit your home and perform a 25-point inspection designed to reduce the risk of damage and theft. No more worrying about busted pipes, random mail or another critter squirreling his way in through the chimney or soffit. After all, you are on vacation!

Whether you are home or away, SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+ would love to remodel your basement, build a patio, or create other incredible living spaces for you.


A lower-level project It was just your typical sterile basement before. Both a storage vessel and some sort of rec space for a few kids still at home. But Allison had a bigger vision. She saw a formal media area with a flat screen TV surrounded by cozy overstuffed furniture and a mini-bar, to house favorite goodies for family movie night. She saw a billiards room with natural light filtering in for inspiration. A separate half bathroom for convenience would be nice and let’s organize the valuable clutter into a determined storage area. After all…DREAM BIG!


Her talent for decorating and willingness to bring in a professional for color direction resulted in a very warm space that has exceeded all expectations. What’s your vision? Call SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+ at 575-0482 with your ideas.

What are current home trends? It seems everyone wants to know what the latest trends are in home improvement, particularly as Christmas approaches and 2010’s new Home and Flower Show at Lucas Oil Stadium gets anticipated (oh, you haven’t heard?). The obvious answers would be advanced material selection, fade resistant patio stone, “green”-friendly products and ambitious flowering shrubs that promise it all…short of making your coffee in the morning.

I believe the greatest trend, or reality, is one of prudence. We are being wiser consumers, adhering to pre-set project budgets, phasing in over a period of bonuses/seasons and even participating in part of the installation. Nevertheless, Carmel residents are still hungry to create these very cool spaces to enjoy. A place to escape when we are desperate for a break from reality and where our children can hang out and connect.

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DISPATCHES » Coloring to help HSHC – The Humane Society of Hamilton County is holding a coloring contest for Hamilton County students in grades K-5. The entry fee is $5, and all money goes toward helping the animals at the HSHC. Winners will be chosen for prettiest, most creative, and scariest pumpkins. To enter, go to www.hamiltonhumane. com, click on the pumpkin link, and follow the directions. Entries will be accepted until October 28, and winners will be chosen and notified on October 30. » Head halters - "Whoa, Rover, whoa!" Sound familiar? If that's what it's like when you take your dog for a walk, you may want to consider getting a head halter. A head halter is a special kind of collar designed for dogs who like to pull their people when they walk. The head halter is a very humane method of restraint because it doesn't cause any pain. It works much better to stop a dog from pulling than a choke chain or prong collar. » Want to have your pet featured in Current in Carmel? Send us photos of your best friend dressed up for Halloween. We will run our favorites. Please send all submissions to”

Wading through the numerous pet food options By Dr. Mary Marcotte One of the most common questions I receive as a veterinarian is, “What diet do you recommend?” I am constantly bombarded by representatives from food companies telling me their product is the best. If I, as a medical professional, am confused by the variety of information, I would imagine the average consumer is equally, if not more, overwhelmed. I spoke with Dr. Tony Buffington, a veterinarian and professor from Ohio State University, who is board certified in animal nutrition. Buffington asked me, “Of all the animals you see at your office, do YOU see a difference in the overall health in pets fed one diet verses another?” My honest answer is NO. I have seen clients who feed their pets the cheapest food they can find, others who feed “premium quality” diets, and others who make their own pet’s food. The truth is, I cannot honestly say I see a difference in the overall health of an animal based upon their diet. So what does this mean for pet owners? • Look past the hype. The idea that fillers, gluten or corn are “bad” is probably more of a marketing ploy and propaganda rather than fact. I have yet to see conclusive data to prove otherwise. • Just like people, the results of what you feed are more important than the label instructions. Dr. Buffington points out

that most pets are “urban animals” and do not need the same caloric requirement as animals engaged in constant activity. • Just because it doesn’t make “humane grade” does not mean it is bad for your dog. Some companies will use this as a marketing tool to tell you why their competitor is inferior. I specifically asked Dr. Buffington about this and his response was, “Most of what animals would eat in the wild would not be fit for human consumption – that does not mean it is bad.” • Raw meat and home cooked diets should only be administered under the supervision of your veterinarian. The veterinary profession has seen a dramatic decline in nutritional-related illnesses due the improvement of quality pet food. Anytime you attempt to “create” a diet for your pet you run the risk of over, or under supplementing essential nutrients which can lead to disease. • Release your guilt! If what you can afford is generic, then that is what is best for your pet. Just a reminder: There are more than 15,000 dogs euthanized per year in the state of Indiana alone. If you can afford minimum for one of these animals, then YOU have saved a life! Dr. Mary Marcotte is a Carmel veterinarian. You may reach her at

PETS OF THE WEEK King would love to come live in your castle. King is 1 ½ years old and is a terrier/pit bull mix. He has a mostly white body with very cute chocolate brown markings on his face, ears and rear end. He gets along really well with other dogs and does not respond to growling or nipping by other dogs. He really should have a fenced-in yard because he loves to play outside with his doggie friends. He is extremely friendly with people and adapts easily to unfamiliar situations. Barnaby is a 3-year-old, neutered, gorgeous white and tabby cat. He’s almost a Turkish Van, except for the occasional spot on his body. He is somewhat puzzled about reentering the shelter life, because he was so happy being a house cat. He is an easy-going guy who enjoys people. He got along just fine with the children of the family. He is an avid bird watcher and finds sitting in a window with his little binoculars most rewarding. For more information on these and other animals at the Humane Society, call 317-773-4974 or go to

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No bones about my left knee

COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie I’ve never had a good relationship with my left knee. Our problems together started back in college with a traumatic football injury. I was watching the homecoming game, and my entire leg became wedged in the bleachers when I was trying to get a better look at one of the cheerleaders. Things have not been the same since. Over the years, I have managed to remain relatively active, but I knew that my knee was planning to retire way before the rest of me. For the last several months, I have felt like there was an entire family living inside my kneecap. I can hear a party going on inside, with lots of activity, clatter and a crackling fire. My wife asks me if it’s the pain that keeps me awake at night. No, it’s the noise. After limping through our last vacation, I realized it was time to take some action, so I made an appointment with an orthopedist. When I reached his office, I was greeted by an entire waiting room of people there to make a trade.

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Everyone sitting near me was having something replaced – a knee, a shoulder, an elbow. One guy confused his metatarsal with his Taurus and thought he was at a Cash for Clunkers rally. During my appointment, the doctor fumbled around with my leg, contorting it in several directions, and then asking me if it hurt … which is pretty funny, because when I’m just lounging on the sofa watching “Dancing with the Stars,” I’m in agony, so you can imagine how my calf felt when it was twisted into a pretzel. The doctor told me that he needed to get

some “pictures” of my knees, which was embarrassing since all I had handy were three snapshots of me in a pair of ugly green Bermuda shorts. I went to an imaging center for an MRI. The receptionist showed me a stick outline of a guy and asked me to put an X over the knee that was troubling me. This was difficult because I was looking at a figure looking at me, so his right was my left. It was way too complicated, so I simply pulled down my pants and drew an X on my own knee. The nurse said not to do this because doctors are never sure if X marks the spot to operate or not to operate. I was also still in the waiting room. When I left, the nurse handed me a huge envelope of images to bring back to my doctor – about 64 of them, more pictures than I took of my entire family during the two weeks we spent in Europe. That night I glanced at the radiologist’s report. It was the scariest thing I ever read in my life. Within the intercondylar notch region poste-

riorly…there is an irregular structure…consistent with a loose body. OK, I’m no doctor, but that sounds like they’re saying I have something wrong with my butt. And this: There is a tearing of the anterior horn and the posterior horn, near the meniscal root. I think this is what happened in my high school parking lot 45 years ago, after the bus ran over the band equipment. When I went back to the doctor, he said that my bad knee was 62 years old and that was the simplest explanation he could give me. I told him my good knee was also 62 years old. Just for future reference, it’s tough to make an orthopedist laugh.

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Single and looking? Try online dating COMMENTARY By Rachel Noble Do you remember when online dating was taboo? Thank goodness we singles live in an age in which the subject is becoming more openly talked about and widely accepted. At one time, people thought dating online meant that you were desperate or socially awkward. Many looked at it as unsafe and sometimes even morally wrong. For those of you who may not understand this world yet, let me fill you in on some facts. Once a person hits their 30s and above, our chances of finding a mate grow slimmer each year. Although we love hanging out with our same-sex friends or married friends, it sometimes gets depressing spending weekend after weekend without a date. “So get a date,” you might say. Well, it’s easier said than done. I once went two years without being asked out on a date. This is what prompted me to try dating online. You can’t imagine how relieved I was to know there were actually single men out there, and they felt more apt to ask me out online in the privacy of their homes. More and more singles are resorting to dating online, because there are so few venues for singles to hang out together. I do dating and

relationship coaching, and one thing I find interesting is the shock many people go through right after a divorce. Everything they thought about single life while they were married goes out the door when reality hits that being single is at times extremely lonely and getting a date is a lot harder than you would think. Many come to the conclusion that perhaps dating online isn’t so bad. After all, one can see things on an online profile right up front, such whether an interested party has children and would date a single parent, and you also find out about their religious beliefs, smoking and drinking preferences and so much more. Singles, you don’t have to live the rest of your lives alone. These days, there are many great candidates online. And if you need help building a profile or learning how to strike up a conversation online, send me an e-mail. All sessions are confidential, and together we’ll set up a practical way to help maximize your dating potential. So give it a try! Happy dating, everyone!

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High school relationships are overrated COMMENTARY By Maddi Bourgerie In high school, relationships play a big part of our lives. Looking through the halls of Carmel High School, most people have their friend group, and then maybe a relationship or a fling with the opposite sex.   Friendships can either last a lifetime or a week in high school. The tides turn quickly, and the best of friends just decide you’re not worth a minute of their time any longer. It varies between girls and boys of course – boys’ friendships are simple, while girls are vicious, and the relationships between the sexes are comical. I am jealous of the way guy friendships are just simple. Sure they fight, but the confrontation is over as soon as it’s out of their systems. Most of the time, everyone gets along, and there is no drama. Everyone just tells it like it is. Unlike boys, friendships in high school are usually pretty fake when it comes to girls. The movie “Mean Girls” was supposed to be a comical take on “girl drama.” But it many ways it portrays life very well. The fake attitudes towards other girls, the trash talking and the back stabbing are very much real attributes. Girls are witches (for lack of a better word). It is like entertainment for girls is to gossip, and the en-

tertainment just keeps on coming. It’s literally sick what girls say about each other; I honestly despise the constant trash talk. But no relationship is more ironic in high school then trying to have one of those “serious” relationships with the opposite sex. We all have raging hormones, constantly changing, and whoever told us we are compatible with the opposite sex in our teen years was very mistaken. Boys and girls just have different things on their minds, and that’s where things get complicated. Saying that “he is the one” and then breaking up with that person two days later is somewhat an exaggeration. But many teens actually believe it when they say it. Relationships are overrated in high school. My advice is to stay focused on the real reason you’re there: school. Many forget that detail, but to survive high school, with all honesty the social life is crucial. That’s why I hope the efforts I put into keep my friends close will allow at least a few long-lasting friendships.

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