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Town manager to see a 28-percent salary increase in 2013 By Dan Domsic •

should have been asked when the budget was being discussed, which happened earlier in the fall. After two town council meetings, one Town councilor Michael Colby said raisjust before Christmas, the Fishers Town Council approved a salary ordinance, post- es impacted the previous posted maximum ing the minimum and maximum biweekly salaries and positions were being added as a result of the ordinance. salaries for town employees. Fishers shrank when the recesWith the salary ordinance sion hit in 2008 and 2009, but approved, the town manager it saved money and is at a point and director of community it now can give raises, town development could make up councilor David George said. to $5,384.62 biweekly, or The salary ordinance passed $140,000.12 annually. four to one, with Cox being the Realistically, Town Manager only dissenting vote. After the Scott Fadness is set to make Fadness vote, Cox explained her stance. $125,000 in 2013 – a $27,350, “I guess I find it appalling, or 28-percent, increase from and I have felt threatened during this whole 2012, according to information provided process,” Cox said. “When we came off the by Maura Leon-Barber, Town of Fishers election in November and were being told, ‘I director of public relations. In 2011, the might leave because my job may not be here salary was capped at $93,000. The vote for the salary caps came at a spe- in three years because we’re going to have an cial meeting of the council on Dec. 21, held elected mayor and department heads may leave as well.’ So, the feeling of you’ve got after the council failed to vote on the ordito incentivize me to stay and incentivize my nance at its scheduled meeting on Dec. 17. department heads to stay I think is less beBy law, the town had to pass the ordicoming of leaders in this community.” nance by the end of the year. First, second She then began listing figures she reand third readings were to be held at the Dec. 17 meeting. To hold all three readings searched on her own – stating Fadness’ and vote on the ordinance, the council had salaries in the past three years, including 2013. She said she received some of the to unanimously vote to suspend the rules. information from Indianapolis. The rules were not suspended, so the secPeterson interrupted her to get legal ond and third readings had to be reschedcounsel’s view on discussing job perforuled for the later meeting. mance in a public forum. Town Councilor Renee Cox requested Counsel jumped back and forth with the actual salaries for the town manager, the councilors, saying that discussing job director of community development and clerk-treasurer at the Monday meeting, but performance in the forum could open the town to litigation. the figures were not available. Colby, who was presiding over the counAt the Friday morning meeting, the cil, said some of Cox’s initial statements council, with president Scott Faultless about an individual making a threat were and councilor Stuart Easley absent, suspended the rules and held second and third opinion. He said he would “referee” the discussion readings. if legal problems were arising. As part of the second reading, public “We sat upstairs in executive session as comment was invited. a group and discussed the performances of Doug Allman, the chair of the City the employee and employees and we agreed Yes political action committee, asked the upon a salary,” Colby said. “ … You (Cox) council what the financial impact of raises included. Now, when we’ve come out of a would be on the town. meeting, you’ve taken a different position. Allman was not given a specific figure. Fadness referred him to the town’s Web site If you changed your mind, you changed your mind.” for specific numbers, but town councilor She listed Fadness’ salaries for 2011, Pete Peterson said questions like Allman’s

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2013 Salary levels • Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear – $110,302 • Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard – Potential salary max (based on biweekly salary) - $119,626 • Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness – $125,000 2012 and 2013, with the only inconsistency from earlier stated figures being she stated Fadness’ pay was $112,000 in 2012. Peterson listed salary ranges for other council-manager bodies across the United States, pointing out that the town manager's pay falls into some of the averages out there. She said she was wondering if employees pushing snow were receiving the same level of pay raise. “Transparency and trust – people and residents deserve that and nothing less,” Cox said. Cox said the council talked about making part-time employees full-time and cost of living increases but did not discuss the new pay grades that Fadness, director of community development Tom Dickey and clerk-treasurer Gaye Cordell all now belong in. She said the documents were not provided until 4 p.m. on Dec. 17 – three hours before the meeting at which the salary ordinance was originally to be voted on. Offers that were made elsewhere to town employees and the elimination of positions were used as leverage, she said. She later specified the town manager was the employee in question. “I don’t think it’s government’s job to secure and ensure someone’s position when they threaten you like that,” Cox said. “That’s not becoming of a manager of this community as far as I’m concerned, and the residents deserve better than that.” When asked about the raise being an incentive to remain with the town even though the town manager position may be eliminated when the town transitions to a city as well as a general comment on salary increases, Fadness said in an email that the questions “are more directed to the council.” Senior Sales Executive – Dennis O’Malia / 370.0749 Sales Executive – Hollie Gossett / 372.8088 Office Manager – Heather Grey / 489.4444 ext. 203 Publisher – Brian Kelly / 489.4444 ext. 201 General Manager – Steve Greenberg / 489.4444 ext. 200

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More from the Fishers Arts Council – Head online to to get an expanded version of this week’s story on the Fishers Arts Council. Clear the way – With winter weather finally hitting Hamilton County, the Town of Fishers has 50 snow-plows ready to go, in addition to 9,000 tons of salt. For road updates from the town, follow @DriveFishers on Twitter Parks & Recreation sends out Fun Guide – The Fishers Parks & Recreation Winter 2013 Fun Guide was distributed early this month. It lists programming and more going on in town. Pick an extra one up at the Fishers Train Station Welcome Center, 11601 Municipal Dr. or visit www. for more information. HSE Schools’ junior highs place in Knowledge Master competition – Early in December, all three of the junior high schools in Fishers participated in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition. The Riverside Junior High Academic Team placed second in the state. For more on the competition, visit

Fall Creek Intermediate delivers more than 5,000 food items to Good Samaritan Network – Students from Fall Creek Intermediate collected 5,500 food items for Good Samaritan Network. Some of the teachers competed against each other during the drive. Mr. Royal competition – Hamilton Southeastern High School's Mr. Royal 2013 competition will be held on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the competition go to the National Honor Society's major project, Adopt a Family. FJH students create winning banner for Big Ten Banners in Schools Program – The Fishers Junior High Fitness Council, comprised of Matthew Wolff, Izzy Skinner, Gabby Puccinelli, Noah Milliman, Maddie Keerns, Claire Baney, Ashley Justice and Josie Bowles, were recognized for creating the No. 1 banner for the Big Ten Banners in Schools Program at the Big Ten Fan Fest held the last weekend of November.

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In 2013, the Hamilton Southeastern School District will embark upon multiple initiatives that have the potential to change education’s landscape for Fishers students. The initiatives: senior academies and HSE 21. Supt. Dr. Brian Smith said a referendum that would decide the fate of funding for two senior academies – one at Fishers High School and one at Hamilton Southeastern High School – was scheduled for May 7. The new expansions, plus maintenance mainly for HSE, have a price tag of $95 million. Smith HSE School District CFO Mike Reuter said if the voters approved the academies, it would mean an increase in the tax rate. The increase will fluctuate as bonds pay off and roll off, he said. At its maximum, the rate increase will be 13.5 cents, at its minimum 3.6 cents. “The question (on the referendum) will be a bit confusing because it will read purely as a tax increase, but there were will also be some bonds rolling off at that time that will offset much of that,” he said. Reuter said additional maintenance amounts to three-quarters of a cent on the rate, and that the district would have to take on those costs no matter what. The maintenance costs are already included in the rate change. According to Smith, building the academies is cheaper than building a new school, and if a new school was built, it would require students to be pulled out of their current schools. “… Nobody likes to be redistricted,” Smith said. The second project rolling forward in 2013 is the HSE 21 initiative. HSE 21 has multiple facets, including project-based learning, common core curriculum and getting a computer to every student at HSE. It will take multiple years to get computers to students, according to Smith and Reuter, but it will start with professional development for teachers. The district’s goal is to replace textbooks with digital content created by teachers, Smith said. By adopting the common core, the biggest change will be in the way the schools teach, as the focus shifts to critical thinking skills, real world applications and project-based learning, Smith said.

The Fishers Arts Council, the group behind such art projects in Fishers as I Am. Piano Play Me, and Art in Town Hall, is already planning for this year’s initiatives Fishers Arts Council President Jocelyn Vare said both of those projects were slated to return to Fishers in the New Year. “As a Fishers resident for 15 years, what’s important to me is that Fishers is this amazing place to live, and work, raise a family, retire,” Vare said, “And I know that arts and culture has to be part of that fabric of the Vare community.” She said the scope of Art in Town Hall would be expanded while working with other organizations. One event the council is looking at is a display of the annual Fishers Freedom Festival T-shirt design contest finalists. Last year was the first year for the Nickel Plate Music Fest. Vare said the event was being considered for the fall but was not sure if it’ll return. One event that is slated to come back later this year is Art in the Park. The Fishers Arts Council will work with Nickel Plate Arts in 2013, as well. Vare said the main focus for 2013 was to focus on partnerships, reaching out into the community to better connections with various groups.


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Fishers residents Neil and Sara Lou Lantz in their home with a picture of the new members of the jazz band "Four Freshmen." Neil is president of the board of directors for the Four Freshmen Society. (Photo by Nancy Edwards)

Fishers resident keeps 64-year-old jazz group alive By Nancy Edwards • Today, One Direction tops the charts as one of America’s favorite boy bands. More than 60 years ago, there were the Four Freshmen. Famous for hits including “Graduation Day,” “It’s a Blue World,” and “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” the Grammy-nominated jazz quartet began in 1948 by four college freshmen who were attending Butler University’s Jordan Conservatory of Music: Brothers Don and Ross Barbour of Columbus, Ind., in addition to their cousin, lead singer Bob Flanigan of Greencastle and their friend Hal Kratzsch of Warsaw. Originally a barbershop quartet calling themselves the Toppers, the band quickly became inspired by jazz vocal, changing their name again to the Freshmen Four before settling on the Four Freshmen. “I developed an interest (in the band) in high school,” Fishers resident Neil Lantz, said, who has recently been elected president of the volunteer board of directors of the Four Freshmen Society. “I graduated when they were at the top of the charts.” Discovered in 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, at the Esquire Lounge by jazz band leader Stan Kenton, the Four Freshmen signed up with Capitol Records. “That’s when they stopped being students,” Lantz said. Their climb to success even led to appearing in the 1951 movie starring Jane Powell called “Rich, Young and Pretty.” The band sung “How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning?” In 1952, each member of the group received $41 each for their first royalty check. The original four members of the group toured together for six years; the band transitioned as old members left and new members joined. Flanigan, however, continued with the band until the early ‘90s. The band, in its 22nd group, has had a total of just 23 members over the past 64 years. “That,” Lantz said, “tells you 8 | January 1, 2013

about its success and staying power.” Since its inception, the Four Freshmen have released nearly 50 albums/CDs, have been nominated for six Grammys and achieved top recognition by Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines. Current members of the musical group, performing together for 11 years now, are Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson and Bob Ferriera. The quartet also has recently released a CD titled “Love Songs,” which features a 20-piece string orchestra from the Czech Republic. In October 1987, the Four Freshmen Society began as a way to honor and remember the group. A friend told Lantz and his wife, Sara Lou, about the 3,000-member international fan club in 2000. Since then, the Lantz’s have attended annual conventions all around the country that draws fans from as far away as England, Japan and Scotland. “We’ve met some really neat people,” Sara Lou said. As president of the board of directors, Lantz responds to inquiries, helps to improve the organization, consults for conventions and is a state representative to assist the band during concerts held in Indiana. “It’s a fun hobby for us,” Lantz said. “It meets our musical preferences and brings back memories.” Next year will mark the 65th anniversary of the musical group. The Four Freshmen Society will celebrate during its annual convention Sept. 5-7 at the Grand Wayne Convention in Ft. Wayne. Coincidentally, the convention center is built on the exact site of the original 113 Club, where the Four Freshmen had their first professional engagement in September 1948. For more information on the musical group and/or society or to purchase merchandise, please go to, or contact Neil Lantz at 849-7443 or Current in Fishers


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Economic development a major focus in 2013 for town staff, elected officials

“The tough thing about economic development is so much of the work is done behind the scenes until the final announcement,” Fadness said. He said the staff, including himself and Tom Dickey, director of community development, could work on deals for months that ultimately won't come to fruition. “We really feel like we’re putting together a toolbox that addresses the whole continuum of businesses that we’re trying to attract here,” Fadness said. Fishers Town Councilor Pete Peterson also completed his first year serving the town. He said Launch Fishers could be huge for the town if it was executed the right way.

By Dan Domsic • After the tumultuous process of voting on November’s referenda items, a slew of economic development announcements and road projects, the Town of Fishers is focusing on three areas in 2013. Town Manager Scott Fadness said the staff was focusing on efficient and effective delivery of services, increasing the sense of community and robust economic development Fadness programs. “If we can accomplish those three things, and we continue to push those three things forward, ultimately, we’re going to achieve what we’re all after, which is a healthy and sustainable Fishers, so that’s really our focus,” Fadness said. He said the staff, however, would not see any leadership-department head roles added in the coming year as the staff focused on those three areas. Visible efforts are scheduled for 2013. Included in those are renovations to the senior center at Holland Park, connecting trails around town and more programming in the downtown area, such as a possible new Friday night concert series, according to Fadness and director of communications Maura Leon-Barber.

Focusing on economic development

Town councilor John Weingardt now has a year of Weingardt experience under his belt, and he said defining downtown as a place that served the community with input


A concept rendering of a mixed-use development in front of town hall. (Submitted Illustration)

from the community and taxpayers in mind N o v e m b e r 6, 2 0 1 2 was key. After her first year on the council, Fishers Town Councilor Renee Cox said she was most excited to bring groups, like Fishers Art Council, Conner Prairie and the RenaisCox sance Faire, into the fold, with the ultimate goal of keeping people in Fishers and spending their money. “I think there’s a lot of synergy that could be utilized and harnessed, and we could bring some economic development using those entities,” Cox said.

Fadness said economic development was the biggest goal for the staff, as it was a component that every department impacted. The performance of Fishers Fire Dept. and Fishers Police Dept. contribute, as fast responses to fires make a difference in insurance rates and a safe public sphere is attractive, according to Fadness. “You will continue to see us be as aggressive as possible in economic development,” he said. Last year saw announcements that included plans for a mixed-use development partially funded by the town in front of town hall, as well as a new interchange and exit for I-69 at 106th street.

Transitioning to a city

There are aspects of the transition to city government that residents will and won’t see. “They should still see the same level of services that they’ve come to expect in this community during the next three years,” he said. “Are their bureaucratic steps along the way to get ourselves in a position to transition? Yes, but in the meantime, the 400 people that work here are focused on the day-to-day task of moving this community forward and will continue to do so until Dec. 31 of 2015.” Cox said if the issue became a major focus, the town might lose steam. She said she hoped that the transition wass not difficult and that town employees would stay on board and continue working on projects like economic development. Peterson said it was possible to anticipate department head moves as time moves forward. “I think the town will survive either way,” he said. “I’ll improve on what I learned this year and continue to work with fellow councilors on projects going forward and make this the best community, because we are great,” Cox said.

“We really feel like we’re putting together a toolbox that addresses the whole continuum of businesses that we’re trying to attract here.”

- Scott Fadness

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A toast!

It is our position that 2012 will long be remembered as a significant year in the life of our community. We have seen the completion or advancement of dozens of actions, large and small, with impact unlikely to be fully realized until generations to come. US 31 construction began in earnest – after years of false-starts and empty promises, we are seeing signs that one of our most important arteries will lurch forward in a more efficient and safe way. Grand Park is rising and forming a new heart where only corn once grew. While still much is to be done, the Palladium has matured from start-up to institution. The full effect of the opening of 146th Street has blazed a route across the land bringing retail and family to Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers and Westfield – soon to Zionsville. And, Current has grown too. With a simple desire to make the communities we serve healthier, wealthier and wiser, this upstart hometown edition has managed to compete against giant corporations from far-away places. Maybe it is because while we don’t think it is perfect, we believe in our hometown. And, we are proud of the progress we’ve made. Cheers to a prosperous 2013!

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Fiscal cliff: More blame on GOP

Extreme balance

Commentary by Terry Anker

Instinct naturally tells us that more is better. If we have one dollar, wouldn’t two be better? If we can help one person in need, shouldn’t we push the limit to extend to supporting two, or three, or more? Even as many of us are feeling the hangover brought on by holiday spending, eating and revelry, we can’t shake the instinct that there is never too much. We transition from newscasters telling us how to prepare boundless, calorie-laden repast to those same folks admonishing us to get in shape and “lose those holiday pounds.” The sale of extreme workout DVD’s will skyrocket in the coming weeks. Certainly, we live a life of conflicting priorities. It is wonderful, even necessary, to gather with family and enjoy abundance by the hearth. And, it is wonderful, even necessary, to maintain an ideal weight to preserve and strengthen our bodies. But how do we find the balance between the two? Is moderation lost in a world of competitive priorities? Imagine this example. The cost of college edu-

cation, especially if on-going or extended, often drives graduates out of the market place rather than into it. Because universities have not kept costs in line with inflation, are kids “overbuilding” their skills for the market? If the market demand for traditional degrees is far exceeded by the quantity of new grads, is the effect a reduction in value (even as tuition and debt to the student and her family is ballooning)?  Certainly education is critically important, like housing, food and family. But isn’t creating a standard of university degree production that attempts to build an absolute egalitarian distribution where everyone pursues the same kind of training simply trapping kids, their families and our government into a thoughtless and costly spiral? If something is good, doesn’t it deserve to be unconstrained? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

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By the time you read this, we all could be careening off the fiscal cliff, which would be a shame. The inability of President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the House of Representatives, to get together on a smart resolution (unless it happened after we went off to an early press run as a result of the holiday) is pathetic. While there had been some give and take from both sides, we view the Republican Party as the more dominant culprit here. A majority in the House guarantees absolutely nothing for the GOP and its Tea Party members. We view their actions as divisive and obstructionist. Our take: This hasn’t been about true negotiating – which should have been the case all along – but more about digging in heels and casting blame. It’s really quite sad that the two sides couldn’t come up with a solution that makes sense. In the end, the real and appropriate blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the American voters, for they are the ones who put these intractable, so-called leaders in the position to drive all of us over the edge. When will the voting public learn? ••• As your tax dollars are at stake every time a buying decision is made by the many boards and councils that help to govern our municipalities, how often do you wince at choices that are made? Are your thoughts heard? We believe they should be, and so we urge you to gain knowledge of those panels and the people that serve on them. Hold feet to the fire where necessary and make sure every expense is an indispensible outlay. If you believe something is untoward, please let us know at, and we will do our best to get an answer for you and your fellow taxpayers. Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@

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Avoiding the flu

Commentary by Danielle Wilson The flu has hit our house, and hit it hard. I left for work this morning with victims Two and Three moaning on the couch running temperatures of 102 and 103, feebly sipping juice boxes for comfort. Patient Zero has made a full recovery, but I'm certain our remaining daughter will succumb shortly, followed, inevitably, by my Husband, Doo. Will I get it too? After all, this is the first year in more than 10 that I did not get vaccinated. The only thing keeping the worry at bay is knowing that Doo has to deal with it all, not I! Is that bad? Is it wrong that I took a tiny bit of joy literally washing my hands clean of the whole germy affair? Are the fates ready to punish me with the flu-to-end-all-flus because I'd rather spend time at the office? Perhaps, but I like control. I need control. At work, everything is neat and orderly, and I'm only in charge of myself. This is so not the case at our house, especially when said house has become an infirmary. Any mom can attest to this fact: Staying at home with healthy kids is tough, but throw in worrisome coughing, running noses, and multiple wake-up calls throughout the night, and the days become downright torturous. Now that Doo works from home, he's the one who

must deal with the hell of flu season, though he has a much better sense of humor about it than I ever did. His latest email reads <Captain's Log: 2012> The infected are everywhere! I have attempted to barricade myself in my living quarters but my need for sustenance continually drives me to the commissary where I am forced to engage the zombie hordes. Eyes red and puffy, pale chalky skin, and a blank stare that haunts my dreams. A subtle but continuous moan escaping their lips ‘daaaaaadddd…. DAAADDDD.’ There is nowhere left to run … no one left to call … and they just keep coming! So yes, while I felt sorry for my sick kiddos this morning, I was elated that I didn't have to stay and care for them. While I do experience a twinge of guilt when my youngest cries out, delirious with fever, "You weren't here to hug me!", I can honestly say I'm a better mom now that I'm able to part with some of my motherhood duties. I'll gladly suffer the flu for that opportunity. Peace out.

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Big issues continue to press Fishers Commentary by Dan Domsic In this week's issue, Current takes a look at the year ahead. I had the chance to talk to a few organizations about what they are planning for Fishers this year, and now more than ever, the community proves to have exciting news items for me to write about. What I'm witnessing, and I hope you agree, is a time of change for the town. There seems to be no slowing down for Fishers. Big-ticket items will quietly simmer on the back burner while different issues will push themselves to the fore. The big-ticket items quietly simmering? Downtown redevelopment, for starters. The nature of the beast makes it difficult to get extra information. Multiple town councilors have told me they can talk about certain projects and about others they cannot. That's how business deals go, but make no mistake, that's one of the projects on the minds of your elected officials. Then there's the issue of the transition from being a town to a city. I'm told there will be bureaucratic steps taken, but the next election is a long way off. The changes that you'll see boil over and happen sooner rather than later? The Hamilton Southeastern School District putting the future of education in the hands of

voters this May with a referendum. Supt. Dr. Brian Smith says that the new senior academies need to happen to accommodate a large crop of students working its way through the school system. They'll need the space by August 2015. Of course, that will depend on the outcome of a referendum in May. Funding for the academies lives and dies by the voting taxpayer. Will the people of Fishers accept an increase in taxes to make the academies a possibility? Time will tell. Look for the school district to start a big information push in the coming months. These academies could set a different tone for kids going through the system, as the structural updates to Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School are only mere components of the district's plans. They're also tip-toeing into their HSE 21 initiative that will eventually put an electronic device into the hands of each student districtwide. Big town means big news. Thank you for your continued readership, and I can't wait to get into the thick of these stories. Dan Domsic is the managing editor of Current in Fishers. You may contact him at dan@youarecurrent. com

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Fakin’ bacon

Commentary by Dick Wolfsie

Christmas morning was a big disappointment for me this year. Not one of my presents was bacon related. It’s hard to imagine how Mary Ellen could have perused the current merchandise catalogs thick with bacony items and not realize that there should have been something under the tree that had at least a whiff of this American food addiction. Everyone loves bacon. When it’s frying in the pan, one can almost hear a splattering of applause coming from the heavens. We wrap a $50 filet in a strip of bacon to make it even better. Nor would we even know what a water chestnut is, if it weren’t for bacon. To get a taste of their newest gift ideas, I went to one manufacturer’s website. Its premier item is bacon shaving cream. The company suggested ordering early to be sure customers have a festive pork-scented holiday, which, it maintains, is every man’s fantasy. The ad claims the shaving cream delivers “maximum bacon scent when you need it most.” When that is, I have no idea, but they had me worked into a lather just thinking about it. By the way, the company lightheartedly warns that while using this product, “you can be eaten by bears,” making some of the side effects of my Lipitor pale in comparison. The jar of Bacon Rub sounded intriguing. I was going to order some to give my wife a back mas-

sage with it – you know, to put a little sizzle in the marriage. But apparently, it’s for ribs and roasts and not people, and now I’m starting to worry that I’m coming up with goofier ideas than they are. How about a container of Bacon Infant Formula? The product was launched last spring accompanied by claims from the AAP (which I have a feeling is not the American Academy of Pediatrics but the American Academy of Pigs) that the fat in pork is very important in the development of a newborn’s brain. Now, it turns out this particular promotion was nothing but an April Fool’s Day joke by the manufacturers. Yes, everyone is laughing. Except the 450 people who fell for this and still wait by the mailbox every day. Finally, my favorite (and this one is real): The Bacon-Scented Oxygen Inhaler. You’ve had a long day at the office, or suffer from COPD (Chronic Overt Pork Deficiency). Pick up your mini-inhaler, hold the device up to your snout and breathe in. “No fat, no calories, no carbs,” says the label. But there’s also a warning attached: “For recreational purposes only.” Isn’t that what they say about marijuana?


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So much for the apocalypse Commentary by Mike Redmond Well, I don’t know about you, but for my money 12-21-12 was about the lamest apocalypse I’ve ever seen. Phooey. And so the Mayan Calendar myth goes onto the trash heap with all the other end of times Cassandragrams, and I’m not just talking about those emails you got before the election. How about that Harold Camping yahoo from a couple of years back, the guy who twice predicted the exact date and time of the Rapture: Once when he said it was going to happen, and then again when he said it was REALLY going to happen after his first prediction flopped. But that was the work of an apocalyptic nutball preacher in 2010. Nobody really took it seriously because there simply was no reason to. Unlike 2012, when the doomsday prediction was built on the solid foundations of an ancient race with a religion based on human sacrifice. In other words: Sheesh. Really, people? They closed schools in Michigan for this? The one thing you can say for the 12-21-12 nonsense is that it was a modestly amusing diversion from a stretch of pretty bleak news and nobody with a brain larger than a walnut took it seriously. This did not, however, stop a proliferation of theories as to what was supposed to happen on that fateful Friday because, as we all know, about a third of the people on this planet 12 | January 1, 2013

are Walnut Brains. Here are my favorites: 1. Earth was supposed to collide with an asteroid and Bruce Willis was not able to save us like he did in “Armageddon.” 2. A strange magnetic vibration was supposed to trigger the pineal glands of every human on earth – all 7 billion of us – to release a hallucinogen, causing a worldwide psychedelic trip. Which would have been groovy, man. 3. Atlantis was supposed to rise. Presumably bringing Aquaman (the lamest superhero ever) with it. 4. The planet was supposed to be consumed by fires or floods or both, which would have been a neat trick. 5. Aliens were supposed to return to pick up those of us who had been named a select few, and no, you were not among them. Or everything on the planet, from computers to can openers, would stop working, government and financial systems would collapse, and the Apocalypse would be upon us. In other words, the manure would strike the air conditioner. None of which, you’ll recall, seemed to happen. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.

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Season opens with killer comedy By Patricia Rettig •

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre opens its 2013 season with the famous killer comedy, “Arsenic & OldLace.” The classic comedy kicks off the theatre’s year-long 40th Anniversary celebration, and is on stage now through Feb. 3. Brewster sisters Martha andAbby are charming and innocent ladies who have taken it upon themselves to help lonely men. With a little arsenic, strychnine and just a pinch of cyanide in a glass of homemade elderberry wine, their guests are unburdened of their unhappy lives. Quietly the bodies of these socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers begin to populate their cellar, with the unwitting assistance of their loony brother Teddy, who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt digging locks for the Panama Canal. Their charity continues smoothly until being discovered by their nephew, Mortimer. A theatre critic who is preparing to marry, Mortimer is shocked to learn the truth – and he only becomes more frantic when his maniacal uncle Jonathan makes a surprise visit! Made popular by the 1941 Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant, “Arsenic & OldLace” proves things are not always what they seem. David Schmittou, last seen at Beef & Boards as Cornelius Hackl in “Hello, Dolly!,” returns in the role of Mortimer. Karen Pappas, popular with Beef & Boards audiences from her portrayal of the hilarious Mavis in the Church Basement Ladies series, plays Abby Brewster, while newcomer Gerri Weagraff plays her sister, Martha. Several more Beef & Boards favorites round out the cast with Douglas E. Stark in the role of loony Teddy Brewster, Jeff Stockberger as the sinister Jonathan Brewster andEddie Curry as Jonathan’s sidekick, Dr. Einstein. Another newcomer, Lisa Ermel plays the role of Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine Harper. There are 37 performances of “Arsenic & OldLace” scheduled in the intimate setting provided by Beef & Boards. Tickets range from $37.50 to $62.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit and salad bar, and select drinks. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free. For reservations, call the box office at 872-

Carmel: Stars of the Russian Ballet • The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, presents Stars of the Russian Ballet at 8 p.m. Saturday. Encompassing the technical virtuosity and influential artistry synonymous with the rich tradition of Russian ballet, the world’s greatest dancers perform excerpts from the world’s greatest ballets, including “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Le Corsaire” and “Paquita.” For more information, call 843-3800.

Abby Brewster (Karen Pappas), left, and her sister, Martha (Gerri Weagraff), are sweet spinsters who have taken it upon themselves to unburden men of their lonely lives with a very special cocktail of their own creation in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Arsenic & OldLace, on stage now through Feb. 3. (Photo provided by Patricia Rettig)

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Upcoming local performances • Aug. 2 through 11 – Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Kids,” directed by Connie Murello-Todd.

Belfry Theatre, 10690 GreenfieldAve., Noblesville ( • Feb. 1 through 17 – “They came from Mars and landed outside the Farndale AvWestfield Playhouse, 1836 Ind. 32, Westfield enue Church Hall in time for the Townswoman’s Guild’s Coffee Morning,” directed ( • Feb. 22 through March 10 – “Last Roby Ron Richards. mance,” directed by Jan Jamison. • April 5 through 21 – “Little Shop of Hor• May 24 through June 9 – “Monkey Busirors,” directed by Connie Murello-Todd & ness,” directed by Doug Davis. Christie Clinton. • July 25 through 27 – “Secret Garden” • June 7 through 23 – “The Spitfire Grill,” (youth production,) directed by Bobbi directed by Elaine Wagner.

Van Howe. • Aug. 30 through Sept. 15 – “Agnes of God,” directed by Brent Wooldridge. • Oct. 11 through 27 – “Mama Won’t Fly,” directed by Doug Davis. • Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 – “Nuncrackers” Carmel Community Players, 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel ( • Feb. 28 through March 10 – “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Robert Harling. • May 2-12 – “The Little Foxes,” directed by Brent Wooldridge. • July 11-21 – “Marvin’s Room,” directed by Jim LaMonte. Actors Theatre of Indiana, 160 W. Carmel Dr., Carmel ( • Feb. 1-24 – “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” • May 10 through June 9 – “My Fair Lady” *Performances are held at The Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts, 4 Center Green, Carmel.

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Fishers: Hearthstone holds open mic night • Open Mic Night with Keith Bliss at Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub (8235 E. 116th St.) – Head to Hearthstone on Thursday for open mic night. It’s a family friendly event, and there’s no cover charge. Each act has 10 minutes to perform. For more information, visit Noblesville: First Friday Open House • Looking to get out of the house and see interesting works from local artist? Visit the Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 S. Eighth St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for its First Friday Open House. Share your 2013 resolution with the Nickel Plate Arts Campus, and let the organization’s winter art show, “Settling In: Winter in Hamilton County,” inspire your goal setting. Admission is free. For more information, visit Westfield: Time for Kirsten • Come to the Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., for the American Girl Club. Make fun items for your doll and hear an American Girl short story. Kirsten will be in the spotlight at this free program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is not required. For more information, call 896-9391 or visit Zionsville: Zionsville Performing Arts Center presents New Year’s at the Movies • On Dec. 31, four movies in two theaters will be featured for this festive event held from 6 to 10 p.m. Movies include: Back to the Future, Cinderella, Hook, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for students and no charge for children 5 and under. Tickets are available on the ZPAC website or by calling 873-3355 ext 12345. Four adult tickets for the price on 3 with coupon code NYE2012. January 1, 2013 | 13


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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical adaptation of the well-known Biblical tale returns for the holidays! The trials and triumphs of Jacob’s favorite son are told entirely in song, blending 50’s Rockn-Roll, Country Western, Calypso, Pop and French Chanson. • 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday • Tarkington Theater, 3 Center Green, Carmel • $34-$44 • 843-3800 •


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First Friday Open House • Do you have a New Year’s resolution to explore the arts? Enjoy the winter-themed exhibit, Settling in: Winter in Hamilton County • 5 to 8 p.m. • Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 S. 8th St., Noblesville • Free • www.nickelplatearts. org

COTAM New Year’s Day • Explore some antiques; five new vendors have been added to Carmel Old Town Antique Mall. Snacks are available, as well as football on TV • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • 38 W. Main St., Carmel • 566-1908 • Reynolds Farm Equipment 20th Annual Lights Display • Take a drive after dinner to enjoy the holiday lights. • Free • 12501 Reynolds Dr., Fishers • 849-0810

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Stars of the Russian Ballet at the Palladium • Some of the best names in ballet will perform dances to a collection of classic and contemporary pieces, including “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Le Cosaire” and “Paquito.” • 8 p.m. • 1 Center Green, Carmel • Student tickets are $18; adults start at $38 • 843-3800 •


Gingerbread Village • Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man? Look for him while you stroll through this yummy gingerbread village created by both amateurs and professionals at Conner Prairie. Your whole family will be counting all the gumdrops, peppermints and colorful candies used to make these icing-covered masterpieces every Thursday through Sunday • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • Included with paid general admission • 776-6006 •


“Arsenic & Old Lace” • In this popular comedy from the 1940s, a man discovers that his sweet spinster aunts are poisoning old men to end their lonely suffering. Plays through Feb. 3 • 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday • 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday • Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis • Starting at $37.50 • 872-9664 • www. 14 | January 1, 2013

Hearthside Suppers by Candlelight • Enjoy an authentic 19th century meal featuring beef broth with rivels, potato eggs, squash pudding and Everlasting Syllabub. Entertainment and more to follow dinner. • 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday • Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • $60/person or $55/member • 776-6006 • www.connerprairie. org Blue Ribbon & Yellow Rose Carriage Tours • Take your sweetheart downtown and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. • Blue Ribbon Carriage Tour: 1 to 11 p.m., 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; Yellow Rose Carriage Tour: 4 to 11 p.m., 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday • Blue Ribbon picks up and drops off passengers at various downtown areas; Yellow Rose picks up and drops off passengers at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis • Pricing depends on length of tour • 631-4169 for Blue Ribbon; 634-3400 for Yellow Rose •; www.


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Jack Everly leads the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for this world premiere, as a star-studded Broadway cast tells the story of a young girl’s dream to make it big, without ever denting her `do. Featuring John Waters as the narrator.

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‘Looper’ • R, 119 minutes Commentary by Chris Lloyd Ambitious but not entirely successful, “Looper” is much more than your standard science fiction action flick. Writer/director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) has crafted a film that’s less concerned with the mechanics of time travel than with the ramifications it has on its characters. It also has one of the boldest casting movies of the year, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same man separated by 30 years in age. Joe is an assassin, or “looper,” living in Kansas City circa 2044. The loopers kill victims sent back in time by a crime syndicate that runs everything in the future. Their careers are prosperous but brief – retirement comes when the victim who shows up to be assassinated is actually

themselves, three decades into the future. Unfortunately for young Joe, old Joe has apparently been preparing carefully for this day and manages to escape. This sets off a nasty temporal snafu, as well as pitting the two of them against each other and the entire looper operation. “Looper” is bursting with originality, but the movie seems to spin sidewise from itself and lose focus. Eventually it all gets tied up in a satisfying way, even if the journey there isn’t always a smooth one. Movie: B Read more of Chris Lloyd’s review of current films and DVDs at www. or www.

Pinheads – 13825 Britton Park Road, Fishers – Friday – Louie’s Live Music Acoustic Fridays presents Chris Oaks Saturday – Louie’s Live Music featuring the Andrew Young Band Three Ds’ Pub & Café – 13644 North Meridian St., Carmel – New Year’s Eve – Dynomite ($10 cover) Friday – After Dark Saturday – Poparazzi Casler’s Kitchen & Bar – 11501 Pavilion Dr., Fishers – New Year’s Eve – Corey Cox (NYE Party) Moon Dog Tavern – 4825 E. 96th St., Indianapolis – New Year’s Eve – Aberdeen Project Hopwood Cellars Winery – 12 E. Cedar St., Zionsville – Friday – Jonathan England Cobblestone Grill – 160 S. Main St., Zionsville – New Year’s Eve – Scott Ballantine Mo’s Irish Pub – 13193 Levinson Lane, Suite 100, Noblesville – New Year’s Eve – NYE Bash with Through Being Cool Friday – The Endless Sumer Band Saturday – After Dark Detour: An American Grille – 110 W. Main St., Carmel – New Year’s Eve – Detour New Year’s Eve bash featuring the Carson Brothers

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First Friday Open House

January 4

Share your 2013 resolution with us, and let our winter art show, “Settling In: Winter in Hamilton County,” inspire your goal setting. Admission is free.

Judge Stone House 107 S. 8th Street, Noblesville


January 21

Nickel Plate Arts partners with Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Artists create artwork inspired by moments in Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

Int’l Belly Laugh Day

January 24

Learn the basics during an improv comedy workshop. Nickel Plate Arts partners and friends share jokes at their locations for the public to enjoy. Gawking is free and encouraged as the porch of the Stephenson House is transformed into a giant comic strip.

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Hamilton County Artists Association classes by Penny Roberson covers “values” in various mediums Jan. 10, 17 & 24 and J. Rodney Reveal’s watercolor & oil classes available Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2.

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January 19-March 1

Fishers Arts Council features group show: Gina Baird, Shakila Garugu, Mary Barg & Joan Overholser. Admission is free.

12/29 Corporate Rockers 12/31 Dynomite (Zanna, Doug, and Sour Mash) NYE party champagne toast and party favors $10 cover 1/4 After Dark 1/5 Poparazzi

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Matt the Miller's Tavern The Scoop: Try this: A great tavern with great food, a casual atmosphere, and great service. Sound good? If so, then Matt the Miller’s Tavern is just the place for you. For starters, you’ll want to check out one of Matt’s awesome appetizers. Next, you’ll find a list of entrees featuring burgers, seafood, chicken, and steaks. Soups and salads are also part of the many items awaiting your approval at Matt’s. Make sure to save some room for one of their tasty desserts. Of course, no trip to Matt’s is complete without taking a look at the extensive array of choice beers and wines. Type of food: Burgers, sandwiches Specialty: Burgers Price of Entrees: $13.99 to $19.99 Food recommendation: Baked Rigatoni Wine recommendation: Zinfandel, Cline Dress: Casual Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Location: 11 W. City Center Dr., Carmel Phone: 805-1860 Website:

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Bartender: Ruben Masta at Peterson’s, 7690 E. 96th Masta Street, Fishers Ingredients and directions: Pour 1 1/2 ounce Absolut Mandarin, 3/4 ounce Lemoncello and 1/2 ounce lemonade into an iced shaker. Shake the ingredients and pour into a glass. Add 1/4 ounce raspberry liquor last. It will sink to the bottom of the glass.


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New Year’s Hopping John Ingredients: 1 cup sliced celery, 1 medium onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 cups water, 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth, 16 ounces black-eyed peas, 1/2 pound cooked cubed ham, 1/4 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper, 3 bay leaves, 3 cups cooked long-grain rice Directions: Sauté first three ingredients in large Dutch oven in butter until tender. Add water and next five ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until peas are tender. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve over rice. -

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Women’s Health Alliance joins St.Vincent Carmel Hospital Women’s Health Alliance, a seven-physician obstetrics and gynecology practice, has moved to St.Vincent Carmel Hospital. The physicians are part of the St.Vincent Carmel Hospital’s medical staff and the greater St.Vincent Health entity. Before joining St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, WHA practiced at Indiana University Health North Hospital. “At St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, our goal is to provide area residents with the options and the resources for the highest level of care,” Michael D. Chittenden, president of St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, said. “We have always had great physicians supporting the needs of our community and that’s why we are delighted to welcome WHA where we can continually expand our services to our female patients.” The board certified obstetricians and gynecologists joining St.Vincent Carmel Hospital are doctors Beki Denman, Charles R. Echt, Stefanie A. Flora, Catherine Hilliker, Julie A. Hirsch, Amy L. Moon and Sara H. Murphy. WHA has been serving patients in the Indianapolis area for 29 years. The physicians

in obstetrics at WHA have expertise in preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes; gestational diabetes; gestational hypertension; preeclampsia; breech birth; previous shoulder dystocia (shoulder(s) of the baby are not entering the pelvis during the birth as they should); vaginal births after cesarean; multifetal gestation; intrauterine growth restriction (baby growing poorly during pregnancy); oligiohydramnios, polyhydramnios (too little or too much amniotic fluid); advanced maternal age (mother older than 35 years at delivery); grand multiparity (more than five pregnancies); maternal/fetal medical and surgical conditions often in collaboration with other specialists. WHA physicians in gynecology can perform laparoscopic and robotic surgeries for endometriosis, adhesions, fibroids and ovarian cysts. The physicians can also address pelvic floor disorders, perimenopause and menopause. St.Vincent Carmel Hospital recently completed a 28,000-square-foot renovation of the rooms and amenities in the 124-bed maternity program. The WHA office is located at 13400 N. Meridian St., Suite 300, Carmel, IN 46032. For more information, call 582-9500.

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Let’s say you want to build a new house. What’s your first step? Dig a hole? Before you send out a backhoe and start digging a hole, the first step is creating a plan or blueprint. Developing a plan defines what you want to build. If you didn’t set out a plan, how do you think the finished house would look? Like a shack or worse yet, something you couldn’t afford to finish? Regardless, it’s unlikely it would fulfill your needs or your vision. Like a poorly planned house, many organizations have good intentions but no plan and, worse yet, no planning. The result is a bunch of projects that don’t necessarily work together. They are fragmented. It’s the equivalent of people in a company that collectively do their jobs but don’t have a firm grasp of the direction of the company. They might do great work, but they are less effective than if they understood the vision and goals more fully. Solos in businesses and families cripple effectiveness. If you are looking to gain some speed in 2013, take a look at your planning process. While developing a plan might not be at the top of your priority list, there is real value in the planning process; the process of talking through what makes sense and how it will be accomplished, assigning that responsibility to people and revisiting and refining it throughout the year. In the words of Dwight Eisenhower, “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”

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You can’t afford not to have renter’s insurance Commentary by Jamie Ianigro Question from Christina A. from Carmel: I just graduated in December and am fortunate to have found a job that is going to allow me to move out of my family home. Is renter’s insurance something that I really need? Response from Jamie Ianigro: Congratulations on the new job! Now it’s time to protect that paycheck with a renter’s insurance policy. People like to make many excuses about why they neglect to purchase a renter’s insurance policy. “I cant’ afford it.” “I don’t have enough stuff to insure.” “Nothing is going to happen to my stuff.” The liability protection alone is really enough reason to buy, but let’s break it down. The first thing you need to know about renter’s insurance is that it’s pretty affordable. A typical policy can cost less than $200 per year. That’s less than $4 per week. It’s worth the sacrifice. You are also in for a nice bonus if you already have car insurance. Many insurance carriers will give you a multi-policy discount if you package your auto and renter’s policy together with the same company. The second thing you need to know is that your stuff is much more valuable than you realize. How much would it cost you to start over if you had a total loss? Apartments burn down and get robbed just like houses. Starting over after a loss like that is much easier when your independent insurance agent drops off a check to replace all of your things. The last thing you need to know is probably the most important. A renter’s policy protects your financial assets by providing liability coverage. Liability insurance covers you for injury you cause to others and for damage to property that belongs to others. There are many ways to trigger a liability claim, so I’ve got some examples for you. Claim scenario A: You decide to play in a recreational softball league. While batting, you hit a pitch back at the pitcher, hit him, and hospitalize him. The pitcher sues you, and your renter’s policy steps in to defend you and settle the suit. Claim scenario B: You have some friends over for dinner. Your floor is wet and one of the friends slips and falls and requires medical treatment. Your renter’s policy steps in to pay for the treatment. The risk of going without this simple insurance coverage is not worth the couple of dollars a week that you save by not having it. Jamie Ianigro is with Shepherd Insurance & Finanacial Services. Have an insurance question you need answered? Send it to asktheadvisor@shepherdins. com.

Lilly letdown – The SEC says that Eli Lilly will cough up $29 million to “settle charges that four of its international subsidiaries paid bribes to win business,” according to CNNMoney. The transgressions allegedly took place over multiple years in Russia, Brazil, Poland and China. – www.

Big pay – The highest paid female musician last year wasn’t Rihanna. Or Taylor Swift. It was noneother than veteran performer Britney Spears. – www.forbes. com

Play well with others – If you think you can sit in the cubicle all day and only concern yourself with your own work, think again. According to research from CEB, a “member-based advisory company,” more than 80 percent of people in today’s workplace work with 10 other employees on a daily basis. –

Billion-dollar industry – Leaders are needed in the work place. American businesses cough up $170 billion on “leadership-based curriculum” according to the American Society of Training and Development. That must be a lot of motivational speakers. –

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Showing your home in its best light Commentary by David Decker Functional, beautiful lighting can’t be created from a single light source. To achieve optimum lighting for your home, consider using layers of light in each room. To help you visualize this, try thinking of each light source as a layer in a cake. Each layer brings a different flavor to the cake, but they come together to make a single delicious dessert. Layering lighting works in the same way, by blending together multiple light sources to create a rich and ambient atmosphere. The bottom layer of the lighting cake is called the “overall” layer or “ambient” layer. This is the foundation of the room’s lighting design. Chandeliers, ceiling fixtures and wall sconces fall into this category, and are intended to create soft illumination for everyday use. The ambient layer will determine the general brightness of the room. Choose to lower the lights in bedrooms and dining rooms to generate a romantic atmosphere. Or use brighter ones in the kitchen to make the room feel vibrant and energetic. The next layer of lighting is the “task” lighting. This bright layer illuminates specific areas or surfaces to help with activities like cooking or reading. Because task lighting is more direct, using more of these lights instead of ambient lighting can help you save on energy bills. Accent lighting refers to the top layer of your lighting system. This lighting helps enhance the 20 | January 1, 2013

room and create visual interest. You can use accent lighting to illuminate art or architectural elements. Accent lights are usually adjustable so they can be used to produce a variety of styles for the room. Put the icing on the cake by implementing decorative lights. This layer doesn’t necessarily add functional light to the room; it’s mainly there to complete the look of the room. Make sure these lights are on the dim side so they don’t overpower the rest of your décor. Light layering techniques are especially relevant now around the holidays. String lights and candles are the perfect third or fourth layer for your home lighting scheme. Dim the ambient lights to make your Christmas tree and decorations really shine. A fireplace can also act as a cozy lighting source. Have fun decorating and happy holidays to you all! David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies, which include Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms and now Affordable Custom Flooring. They are based in Carmel (575-9540, E-mail home improvement questions to

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