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It is our position the Indiana General Assembly got it right in adding online retailers to the list of businesses flourishing with the support of us good Hoosiers. If Amazon is growing and doing well, kudos to them. If Amazon is growing with the support of the citizens in Indiana, and yet only contributing to the good folks living in their home state of Washington, we cry foul. Retailers (and we customers) benefit from the infrastructure supported by the sales taxes, whether they are of the brick and mortar, or the more ethereal electronic variety. Many of us have benefitted from not paying sales tax on items purchased online. And, we are not generally big fans of any tax hike, but the move to require these retailers to collect and remit tax just like their competitors only seems to level the playing field. That said, the Noblesville state senator and head of the powerful Appropriations Committee is wisely discussing an off-setting reduction in other taxes to ensure any windfall from this new tax goes to we taxpayers, and not to the bureaucrats managing the system. We say, make it so, Luke, and stop tax creep.
It is our position Purdue, and others like it, are on the right track to offer calendar alternatives to motivate hardworking students to consider graduation in less than the traditional four years, thus helping to protect them from the soaring cost of college education. Kids academically advanced and mature enough to matriculate quicker – all the while freeing up financial and classroom resources for others – are to be commended and encouraged. Sadly, many institutions are not so forward-looking (even Purdue is delaying the implementation of this program for several years), ostensibly allowing for the lifestyle adjustments of faculty, staff, students and parents presently enjoying a 30-week work year. Many have benefited from the on-campus experience and might argue four years may not be enough time to mature, grow as a thinker and assimilate all this time has to offer. Good point. Yet with the cost of an old-fashioned degree outpacing the cost of living by a startling measure, don’t we owe it to our youth to rethink the system and find ways to make it more accessible? In balance, we believe saving money and creating opportunity for more access offsets other considerations.
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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 Baltimore, Md., it’s illegal to take a lion to the movies. Source: dumblaws.com
Every week, we will print a 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 U.S. Constitution. Article. I. Section. 9. Clause 3: No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. Clause 4: No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. (See Note 7) Clause 5: No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State. Clause 6: No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce
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clear, or pay Duties in another. Clause 7: No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. Clause 8: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
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FROM THE BACKSHOP Right to Work: A step closer to reality As we closed in on press time, we were waiting to learn whether the state Senate had passed Employees’ Right to Work legislation approved earlier by the state House of Representatives. We assume passage was at hand. All that would be left would be for Gov. Mitch Daniels to sign it into law, and that would mean this: FINALLY, no more closed shops in our state, which would be the 23rd such state to enact the law. You wouldn’t be forced to join (“financially support”) a union in order to work at a particular business. We’re all for that. Nobody, and we do mean nobody, should be able to dictate our liberties, regardless of category. We’re with House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), who called the House’s passage of the bill “a victory for Hoosiers.” We offer sincere kudos to Rep. Jerry Torr (R-39), who first sponsored – and loyally stuck with – the legislation in 2004. ••• We both tried to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address last week, but where Sominex failed, POTUS delivered. We were induced to snooze shortly after it began, so we turned to news and analysis in the aftermath for the high points. And, alternately, we shuddered and laughed.
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg The infancy of socialism is alive and well in these United States of America (it REALLY hurts to type that), and only YOU can do something about it, such as, oh, VOTE HIM OUT of office before this place becomes France on steroids. He talked at length about fairness and leveling the playing field, so we wonder exactly how fair it was to give $535 million of taxpayer money to Solyndra, the formerly politically connected and now-bankrupt solar company. One of Solyndra’s major investors, George Kaiser, raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama’s campaign in 2008. We’re awaiting Obama’s call for an explanation on that one. That oughta be good. Change. You betcha!
COMMENTARY By Terry Anker What kids say directly to their parents is often far less interesting than what they say to friends when the children don’t know Mom and Dad are listening. It is how one finds out what is really going on inside one of these developing human brains. Their thoughts are often unguarded and raw. They are not tempered by social pressure or maturity. They are not bound by a sense of the long-term value of patience and prudence. In the cavalcade of “buddies” that come to spend time with our boys at home, I have been privy to loads of off-handed remarks, pithy comments and just plain simple, laugh-outloud remarks from the youngsters. But there are common themes – feats of physical prowess, retelling of all manner of gross indiscretion and assertions of justice and fairness. The first two are easy to discern. Either one can shoot the most three-point shots, or not. Either one ate the garden worm, or not. It all seems simple to
figure out. But today, their conversations often turn to the final of these refrains. Is it fair Helen hit four shots and Hank only managed two? Assuming the rules were evenly applied and expressed, how can young Hank feel slighted by the prowess expressed by his female rival? Did Hank work as hard? Was he debilitated by physical impairment, or simply a lack of will to apply the talents that may have been within his ability to exploit? Parents of more than one child know of accusations of imbalance ringing between siblings, “Dad, Brother’s not playing fair!” Should we hold back an older and moretalented child so a less able one can keep up? Isn’t it better to urge the younger to work to find their own calling, rather than to accommodate their envy? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmel.com.
We asked, you answered. Here are the results from the recent online poll question: “What do you think about the recent agreement between the state and Amazon.com to charge sales tax?” Evens the playing field for local business – 46 percent (12 Votes); Disappointed items will cost more – 38 percent (10 Votes); I don’t shop online – 16 percent (4 Votes) To vote for the new online poll question – “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?” – visit www. currentinfishers.com.
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DISPATCHES » S.P.O.R.T.S. spring registration – Southeastern Program of Recreational Team Sports is registering for all spring sports.You must reside in the HSE school district to be eligible. Registration is available online at www.hsesports.org, in the S.P.O.R.T.S. office, 12690 Promise Rd., Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or through the mail. For more information, contact the S.P.O.R.T.S. office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-5582. » Free spring seminar series – As part of Living with Intention’s spring seminar series, Dr. Stephen P. Elliott will speak on Feb. 16 from 7-8 p.m. on “Defeating the Winter Blues: A Natural Approach to Overcoming Depression and Anxiety.” Living with Intention is located at 8495 Fishers Centre Dr. For more information, call 863-5888 or visit www.livingwithintention.biz. » Ham radio club - The Hamilton County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Club is inviting all Federal Communications-licensed amateur radio operators, as well as those who would like to obtain a license, to join and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow operators, great programs about current ham radio technologies and the latest news about activities in the area. HCARES meets the first Saturday of every month. Saturday’s meeting will be at Noblesville Fire Station No. 6, 16800 Hazel Dell Rd., at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Joe March, KJ9M, at 748-1926. » Arbor Day – The Fishers Parks & Recreation Dept. invites individuals, families, organizations and businesses to become part of its 2012 Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony at Brooks School Park by planting their own tree. This year, Arbor Day will be held on April 27. For more information about the ceremony, or how to plant your own tree, e-mail parks@ fishers.in.us or call 595-3150. » Fishers receives ‘Super Scarf’ – As a thank-you for participating in the Super Kids, Super Welcome cards program, two 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee co-chairs presented the Town of Fishers with a “Super Scarf” on Jan. 19. More than 5,300 Super Kids, Super Welcome cards were collected in Hamilton County – more than any other county in the state. The cards will be distributed throughout hotels in the Indianapolis area during Super Bowl XLVI.
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When one door opens COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I must be getting old if I can honestly say I just received the best birthday present ever … a door! Quite literally. I now have a glass and wood partition between our family room and basement. Sounds lame, but when I “opened” it, I squealed with delight and leapt into the arms of my amazing husband. So how could such an ordinary home improvement top my all-time awesome gift list? Read on, my friends. Read on. And see how context makes all the difference. I was about to turn 40, and to celebrate this monumental milestone, my parents flew my sisters and me to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a long weekend. (I have a twin, my dad had his 70th last month and my youngest sister hits 30 in February, so it wasn’t entirely about me, but close enough.) And despite the stress of preparing for my work and home absences, I enjoyed myself immensely. True, I witnessed a soon-to-be legendary South Beach cat fight between my middle sisters, and suffered through a vacant condo’s bass-thwamping alarm clock for 40 hours before maintenance shut it down, but I was able to sleep late, finally finish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and walk the beach without SWAT team surveillance for once. (By the way, vacations are only vacations sans little ones … when kids tag along, it’s called a trip.) Anyway, I departed refreshed, ready to face the rest of winter and my impend-
ing demise (now that I’m 40, I’m supposed to make macabre statements like that). As I navigated I-465 home from the airport, I steeled myself for what most likely awaited me − a messy house, an empty fridge and scores of voicemails about what activities my kids missed with Dad in charge. But I walked into a surprisingly clean home to find everyone’s limbs intact and bodies bathed. Following many a hug, I got “Now close your eyes, Mom!” and was led around the corner for the big door reveal. “Happy birthday!” they screamed while I nearly bowled Doo over. Now it’s not just the fact I’ve been angling for a basement barrier since we moved into this house, though certainly that plays a part in its No. 1 gift ranking. No, the main reason is the door represents the first time Doo and the kids really thought about what I wanted and actually followed through with their plan. They also understood having the house in order meant just as much as any purchase. Instead of the typical post-vacation, back-to-reality slap in the face I usually experience, I received the beautiful gift of 15-paned thoughtfulness. Best. Birthday. Present. Ever. Peace out! Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.
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Fishers’ B-Squared robotics team excels email@example.com A group of Fishers students, as part of the B-Squared team, completed their season last week in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League robotics competition. Coached by Bryan Bonahoom, the team competed at regionals, placing first in “robot performance” and ultimately being named
regional champions. The team went on to the state-level competition to win in “robot performance” and “mechanical design.” Team members include: (back row, left to right) Levi and Becka Cochard, Mason Swofford and Joey Riina, (front row, left to right) David and John Hasey, Josh Balch, Josh Cochard, Nick Riina and Hailey Ayers.
Call-outs open for next Ms. Wheelchair Indiana By Jordan Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org Hamilton County women who use a wheelchair: Do you have what it takes to become the next Ms. Wheelchair Indiana? The People on Wheels’ Ms. Wheelchair Indiana Pageant is now accepting entries for its 2012 program. The winner of Ms. Wheelchair Indiana will have the opportunity to help educate the public, advocating for people with disabilities through local news interviews and school, church and civic appearances. Her reign will conclude at the Ms. Wheelchair America 2013 Pageant, to be held in Providence, RI, Aug. 6-12. To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria: • Be a female between 21-60 years old.
• Use a wheelchair or scooter 100 percent of the time. • Be a U.S. citizen. • Have resided in Indiana for at least the last six months. • Communication skills and experience with advocacy for people with disabilities are especially valued. Candidates will be honored and a winner will be crowned at a special event on March 18 in the Eli Lilly Hall at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis. This year’s winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to assist with personal expenses. To request an entry form, interested applicants can e-mail editor@PeopleOnWheels.org or call with questions at 946-8115.
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Dillinger: County being fiscally sound lion in employee healthcare costs per By Robert Herrington year,” Dillinger said. email@example.com Dillinger said the county is foFinances and infrastructure were cused on three major roadway projthe main topics of Hamilton County ects – 146th Street, 206th Street and Commissioner Steve Dillinger’s State Ind. 37. of the County address to the NoblesThe 146th Street West (Springmill ville Chamber of Commerce Jan. 25 Road to the Boone County line) at The Mansion at Oak Hill. project is planned for bid letting County officials had to make $11 later this year, with construction million in budget cuts for 2012 – starting in 2013. approximately 9 percent of the Gen“The project is funded with 20 eral Fund, according to Dillinger. Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger percent local dollars and 80 percent He said the cuts were made possible gives his annual State of the County address. federal dollars,” said Dillinger. with “creative budgeting and creative Photo by Robert Herrington The county has completed premanagement.” liminary engineering on the 206th Street Corridor (Cumberland to “We’ve struggled, just like you have in your business or government Carrigan roads) project, and has purchased four homes along the agencies,” he said. “We asked department heads and elected officials to street. Dillinger said the next step is holding a public hearing this identify budget cuts they could make without affecting services.” summer. The intersection of Carrigan Road will be changed to a Other cost-cutting measures included reduced personnel costs roundabout. through attrition, consolidating the Juvenile Detention Center and re“This will help traffic immensely in that area,” Dillinger said. ducing the number of employees needed to safely operate the facility, in The final major roadway project is a study of the Indiana 37 Coraddition to using $3.2 million of the rainy day fund and cash balance ridor. Dillinger said similar to what Carmel did with U.S. 31, the (the county still maintains a balance of more than $28 million). study is being conducted by INDOT, Hamilton County, NoblesThe county also changed health insurance networks, which ville and Fishers. The study, which costs $250,000 and should be Dillinger said resulted in $1.8 million in savings. Like Noblesville completed in May, is examining the feasibility of converting the schools and the city, the county has developed a county employee at-grade intersections to grade separated interchanges. health clinic with Riverview Hospital, which will house two doc“This corridor is predicted to fail in the next 20 to 25 years if left tors and three nurse practitioners. Initiatives to promote healthier as is,” explained Dillinger. “You don’t address problems by waiting lifestyles and an agreement to provide prescription drugs offer an to the 18th year to address it. This is a study that very, very badly additional $800,000 in savings. needs to come to fruition.” “These management decisions have potential savings of $2.6 mil-
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Prevail Inc. celebrates 25 years, goes bowling By Jordan Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org After 25 years of serving Hamilton County and the surrounding area, Prevail Inc. is celebrating its longevity with its 11th annual Bowl-A-Thon Challenge. Founded in 1986, Prevail is an advocate for victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County and surrounding counties. Services are offered free of charge in a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment meant to empower, educate and strengthen those it serves. The Bowl-A-Thon Challenge is Prevail’s annual fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at Cooper’s Stardust Bowl, located at 845 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville. All proceeds benefit Prevail Inc. The 32 Bowl-A-Thon Challenge teams will be made of employees from Hamilton County government, the City of Noblesville and various corporate teams. This is the first year local businesses have been able to participate, and lanes are still available. Sponsorships start at $250 for a team of five, and can go up to $2,000. The organization hopes to exceed its 2010 donation amount with this year’s sponsorship goal of $30,000. Auction donations are needed to support this event. The deadline for sign-ups is Wednesday. Please contact Sue Nelson Hacker at 773-6942, or email@example.com to register. For more information on Prevail Inc., visit www.prevailinc.com.
‘BIGGEST SHOW ON EARTH’ Fishers resident and former NFL player Brandon Gorin talks about his Super Bowl victories and what the game could mean for Indy
By Jordan Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org At 6-foot-6-inches and 300 pounds playing weight, nothing about Brandon Gorin is small. Still, on the rare occasions the former Purdue standout brings out his Super Bowl rings – both won with the New England Patriots, the first in their victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII and the second against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX – it’s not Gorin’s size people notice. At 4.06 ounces, and sporting 124 diamonds, the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX ring is the heaviest champion’s ring ever produced. It broke the record previously held by the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVIII ring – 3.8 ounces and 104 diamonds. When Gorin wears them both, it’s an astonishing sight. Since his former team, and many former teammates, will be competing for a fourth ring at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis against the New York Giants, Gorin, owner of the Marco’s Pizza franchise in Fishers, sat down with Current to talk football, Super Bowl and what the Big Game’s presence could mean for the city. There’s a lot of hype about the Super Bowl coming to town, so much so that it makes you wonder if the event is being overinflated. You’ve been on both sides of the event as a player and spectator. What can we expect to see? Gorin: “It’s basically the biggest show on Earth when it comes here. Nothing gets the media coverage the Super Bowl does. It’s not just the game; it’s the whole week and a half. The game is just the pinnacle of it. There are people who come with no intention of going to the games. They just want to be around the energy of the Super Bowl.” Is it the same on the players’ end? Gorin: “I know when I was playing, we were pretty isolated. As the week starts, there are going to be curfews and practice and film that keeps them on a regular schedule. And they’re going to be secluded in the hotel. Everyone outside is there to party and have a good time … but the players are here to win a game. I do remember sitting in the hotel and turning on the TV, and everything was all day, every day, the Super Bowl.” You’ve gotten to block for two all-pro quarterbacks in your career: Drew Brees while you were both at Purdue, and Tom Brady with the Patriots. What was that like? Gorin: “As far as Brady, he’s an ultra-competitive guy. I think that’s the difference-maker in him. He’s obviously talented, but he’s willing to put in
meet brandon gorin Age: 33 Born: Muncie Alma Mater: Purdue University Wife: Julie Children: Cameron, 4, Nevaeh, 7 months Years Active: 2001-2009 Games Played: 42 About: Gorin started as right tackle for three years for the Purdue University Boilermakers before being shifted to offensive tackle, where he would play for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos. While with the Patriots, Gorin earned two Super Bowl rings.
the work too. There’s also a level of confidence he’s been able to bring throughout his career. They’re very similar as far as their competitiveness. They both had a very good shot of being here. My ultimate game would have been New Orleans and New England.” Having played in the NFL, not to mention winning two Super Bowls, can you even just simply watch a football game anymore? Gorin: “It’s hard for me to just watch the game for what it is. I find myself watching linemen, listening to the snap counts to see if I can
tell what play they called. A lot of those guys I played with or against. Part of me misses it. Part of me is glad I’m done, when I woke up, and I’m not sore.” Beyond the enormous rings, do you feel like there’s something different about players who’ve been in a Super Bowl, whether they won or lost? Do people look at you differently, are you more recognizable? Gorin: “There’s something special about it above just playing in the NFL. There’s a lot of people who may not have watched a game all year, but they’re sure going to watch the Super Bowl. But for players, I remember (Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick) said one time, and it sticks with me, ‘You know, people talk about defending the championship. Don’t let that come into your mind. We already won the championship. That banner is never coming down. Play like you haven’t won anything. It’s a whole new season.’”
More on the rings … After the Super Bowl, players and staff from the winning team work with a ring manufacturer to create a signature design for the ring. The NFL pays for up to 150 rings, at $5,000 per ring, for the winning team – though some recent rings, like the one created for Super Bowl XXXVI, have been valued at $15,000 or more. The largest ring ever made was for Chicago Bears player William “The Refrigerator” Perry, who ordered a size 25 for his Super Bowl XX ring. The ring was large enough to pass a half-dollar through. The heaviest ring ever made was the
Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX champion’s ring, weighing in at 4.06 ounces. Neal Dahlen, an administrator for the San Francisco 49ers and general manager of the Denver Broncos from 1999-2002, is the record-holder for most Super Bowl rings at seven. He tops only six individuals to ever earn six rings, among them “Mean Joe” Greene, Pittsburgh head coach Chuck Noll and Mike Woicik, a strength and conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.
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Tlaolli reinvents tamales, delivers to your door has a filling, but it’s wrapped in By Jordan Fischer high-quality corn dough and then email@example.com steamed in a corn husk to keep it Fishers resident Carlos Hutchinfresh. That also makes them very son recently opened Tlaolli, a easy to reheat, and they’re very tamales delivery and catering comgood with salsa.” pany serving Indianapolis and the Tlaolli is an unusual name. northside. Where did it come from? “Tlaolli Why did you decide to special(tlah-oh-lee) means corn. It’s a ize in salsa and tamales? “Tavery ancient word from the premales are a very popular Mexican Spanish natives of Mexico. In the food. They are made with different Hutchinson Bible, it says that man was made fillings like pork, chicken and from clay. The natives of Mexico thought man veggies. Tamales were eaten as far back as 1500 B.C. by the Aztecs. It was something they could was made from tlaolli, corn. It has existed in Mesoamerica since 5000 B.C.” transport that was very nutritional. When you combine that tradition with the knowledge of About tlaolli nutrition of modern chefs, you get an amazing combination.” What makes you different from your comOwner: Carlos Hutchinson petitors? “The tradition is to use pork lard to Location: 2442 N. Central Ave., Indianapolis prepare the mesa corn dough – and it’s delicious Phone: 410-9507 – but we decided to reinvent it. We use no lard, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and only oil with no cholesterol. We also use Web: www.facebook.com/tamalestlaolli high-quality, local ingredients and make everyHours: Delivery available anytime Monday thing fresh from scratch. We intend to upgrade through Saturday with 24-hour notice. (A special the quality of the tamale, make it healthier and exception will be made for Super Bowl Sunday.) a little more gourmet. This is a product that Prices: Tamales: $2.75; Dozen: $33.00; Red doesn’t exist in the market.” Salsa (8 oz.): $3.00; Green Salsa (8 oz.): $3.50; For the inexperienced, what are tamales? (Two dozen minimum for delivery, feeds six to “I’d compare it to a taco or burrito, where you eight adults) have a tortilla wrapped around a filling. This
HSE expands High Ability Program COMMENTARY By Beth Niedermeyer Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ vision to create learners who think critically, creatively and solve problems is continuing to move forward with its expansion of the high ability (REACH) program. HSE is moving to self-contained high ability classes for gifted learners at the first and second grade to align with programming currently in place in grades three to six. Student-learning opportunities are increased significantly, since gifted learners benefit from being with peers who will challenge them at high cognitive levels. High ability lessons and activities are similar to experiences offered for all students. However, the difference lies in the pace and depth of the material taught. Since gifted learners do not need the number of repetitions to master content that typical students require, the curriculum can be taught at an accelerated rate, covering more material than in a general education classroom. In addition, a more in-depth study can take place that enhances intellectual perseverance by delving into complexities of essential questions, varying perspectives and implications of different solutions. Some characteristics of gifted learners: • Poses unforeseen questions • Generates complex, abstract ideas • Knows without working hard
Parental rites of passage COMMENTARY By Susan Bryant It occurred to me recently that parenthood involves navigating through certain “rites of passage,” events universal to every parent, difficult in nature and designed to teach us something. While some of the more obvious rites of passage may include letting children go on their first date or seeing them off to college, most of us have to get through several grittier challenges prior to this. These might include: Having a child vomit in the worst possible place or at the worst possible time. My sister-in-law recently flew back home with her sons, ages 3 and 5, after spending a week with us. While on the plane, one son became ill and started to vomit. After that flight, their next connection was delayed three hours, which meant more vomiting in the airport bathrooms. Did I mention she was traveling alone? I’m sure many of you reading can even top that. Overreacting to a medical “emergency.” It’s all so overwhelming as a new parent, isn’t it? What could the baby possibly have eaten to produce a diaper like that? How can it be normal to see an infant’s heartbeat pulse in that vulnerable fontanelle? Pediatricians should really have punch cards for parents during the first year so they can get a free visit after coming in for so many unnecessary ones. I once placed a frantic call to the doctor to
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get in right away when my son broke out in inexplicable spots – head to toe. The doctor explained this was his particular (and unusual) way to respond to the common cold. I’m sure the 45 minutes we spent in the waiting room during the “sick hours” gave us some germs to really be concerned about. Saying goodbye to the Tooth Fairy, Santa, Easter Bunny, etc. Part of the fun of having kids is the “make believe” we get to relive with them. That is, until they get a little older and realize Santa’s handwriting on the gift tag is the same as yours – and he uses the same wrapping paper. Or, upon your daughter losing her first tooth, you realize too late you only have a $20 bill in your wallet. Now she and every subsequent child expect this windfall with every tooth they lose. It’s not as magical, but a lot more practical, to say goodbye to our fanciful friends. This column isn’t long enough to address the many other challenges we face on our path through parenthood. But since a rite of passage by definition “affirms community and solidarity, especially in times of change or crisis,” it’s good to know we’re in excellent company together.
• Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives • Needs only one to three repetitions to learn as opposed to the typical eight to 10 repetitions • Creates complex, abstract humor • Expert in abstracting beyond the field Identification: The district will administer a screening test and consider student achievement data to determine if he or she qualifies for further testing. Candidates who qualify will complete additional cognitive and achievement level tests. The qualification process will begin in February in each of our elementary and intermediate schools. Call 594-4100 for enrollment information or questions. Timeline for selection: • January: Parent communication • January/February: Screening tests • April: Second round of testing, testing completion and scoring • May: Selection committee reviews student data and identifies students; parents notified of selection
Beth Niedermeyer, Ph.D., is the assistant superintendent at Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
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DISPATCHES » Prices will reflect what you pay – Travelers shopping for air travel no longer have to read the fine print in newspaper ads to find out what their plane tickets truly cost. Beginning last week, the first price posted will have to include all taxes and mandatory fees. The rule is part of a larger package of passenger protections being rolled out by the Department of Transportation, but the advertising regulation will have the most impact on the greatest number of travelers. -www.overheadbin.msnbc.com » The relationship hitman –British 21-year-old Jonathan Kiekbusch is making a living ending other people’s relationships. The marketing professional feels so comfortable delivering this type of bad news that he’s turned pro, charging just 5 pounds plus expenses to send an unsuspecting significant other to Dumpsville. Kiekbusch says he ends five to six relationships a week and feels he is providing a much-needed relationship service. -www.thesun.co.uk » Easy airline miles – If you’re not getting bonus miles when you shop, you’re throw-
Big Game sales Now to Sunday Stop by 14 Districts 110 W. Main St. Suite 104, Carmel, for a super sale – 20 percent off all non-sale items and an additional 10 percent off already reduced items. This promotion includes all brands: Shoshanna, Pink Tartan, Yoana Baraschi, Three Dots, Love Quotes, Henry & Belle Ecru and more. 14 Districts is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 818-4585. Enjoy all that Clay Terrace Lifestyle Center has to offer in a fun, big-game themed way. Clay Terrace will be dressed and ready for the party with celebration banners and festive lights welcoming all visitors to shops and businesses. The outdoor mall at 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Discover the Historic Noblesville Square’s history and fun during Big Game Week in the
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ing good money away and failing to protect your frequent-flier account. More than 400 online merchants -- Walmart, Drugstore. com, PETCO, JCPenney, Ann Taylor, Nike, and on and on --participate in the airlines’ shopping mall programs. Even if you don’t use an airline credit card, you’ll get anywhere from 1 to 12 bonus miles for each dollar spent (sometimes more). And while it used to be that you had to shop online to get the miles, increasingly merchants such as Sunglass Hut are offering miles even for shopping in store or by phone. -www.frommers.com » New beer trend – Today’s innovative American craft brewers are pushing the boundaries of what beer usually tastes like by experimenting with puckerinducing wild yeasts and locally sourced ingredients. One new type of beer that’s gaining popularity is the black IPA, an alluring new style that mixes the intense hop hit of an India Pale Ale with the toasty malt-rich taste (and color) of a Guinness. One example is Deschutes’s Hop in the Dark. -www.foodandwine.com
Noblesville Historic District. The downtown square will be dressed and ready for the party with celebration banners and festive lights welcoming all visitors to shops and restaurants. Logan Village Mall will host a super sale-abration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. now to Saturday. The event includes mall-wide super sales and popcorn will be served daily. For more information, call 776-9999. Wednesday to Sunday Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, will host a new exhibit beginning Wednesday. The Science of Football explains how players make it all look so easy? The secret is. . . they’re masters of physics. Find out why a spiral throw is so important, how speed and weight affect how hard players get hit and how they keep their balance and direction while swerving through the air. information, call 770-9020. Friday –My Yellow Rickshaw Saturday – Sour Mash Moon Dog Tavern, 825 E 96th St., Indianapolis, 46240. Call 575-6364 for more information. Friday – Tastes Like Chicken Saturday – ADHD
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Lutz’s Steak House The Scoop: For more than two decades, Lutz’s Steak House has been one of the premiere restaurants of Noblesville. Elegance and sophistication combine to reward diners with a one of a kind dining experience. Customers will find a menu featuring steaks and seafood prepared in a variety of ways. Lutz’s also features live entertainment Thursday through Saturday. A full bar allows diners to enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner. A banquet room and catering are also available. Type of food: Steaks and seafood Price of entrees: $16.95 and up Specialties: Steaks Reservations: Accepted
Smoking: Smoking permitted in the bar, but not in the dining areas Dress: Casual Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday; and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Phone: 896-5002 Address: 3100 Westfield Rd., Noblesville Web site: www.lutzs-steakhouse.com
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Super Bowl Party Menu This time of year, local hosts and hostesses 1. Buffalo wings are by far the usually do their planning and preparation for biggest seller. Brown says they have scores of their annual Super Bowl party. So what are these calls for wing orders in excess of 100. Last year’s party givers to serve to those coming to watch largest order was 175 wings. the game, view commercials and eat good foods? 2. Pork back ribs (baby-back type). The New York Daily News published a survey 3. Dips - spinach artichoke dip is the most popuof their readers, and some online recipe sites, lar, and I’m told many customers add things like Allrecipes.com, keep records of how many that make this dip kind of “semi-homemade” recipes are downloaded each year at Super Bowl by adding ingredients like crème fraîche and time. These out-of-town sources gave me some crab meat. answers, but I really wanted to offer rankings 4. Bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) for applicable to this area. My search became local spreading on special bread slices and crackers. when I decided to query some local Super Bowl5. Party trays – from pinwheels to fruit and type food sellers. Fortunately, the people at Fresh cheese affairs. Market graciously responded. They are that up6. Brie in pastry – the latest take-and-bake craze. scale grocery store that specializes in many finer, If you’re hosting, you may want to plan from top-quality items. I went to their 146th Street this list. If you’re visiting a party, you can pick up store and found just about everything imaginable one of the above items to add to the feast. by the gourmand. Steve Brown, Fresh Market’s deli manager, Joe Drozda is a Carmel resident and made a list of the most popular items they sell an author about sports and food. You may contact him at drozda@ for Super Bowl parties. Remarkably, his list is tailgatershandbook.com or visit much like those of the Daily News and Allreciwww.tailgatershandbook.com. pes.com. The list includes:
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By Robert Herrington email@example.com Hamilton County is ready to roll out the red carpet to Super Bowl guests in our area. Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Myers Brenda Myers said the organization’s Web site is being updated “literally by the hour” with events and activities. Of the 3,000 hotel rooms in Hamilton County, Myers is anticipating more than 10,000 people coming to the community to stay, eat and shop. “The impact is widespread. It affects every aspect of it (tourism),” she said, adding the area hotels are all expected to be sold out. “It’s a great boost to the area.” Myers said the HCCVB has prepared hospitality packages for the county’s guests. She said most hotels rooms in our area have been rented by corporate blocks, and not NFL fans. “We have a really loyal market,” she said. “When people visit us, they tend to come back.” Seventy corporate jets will arrive at the Indianapolis Executive Airport just outside the county line in Boone County and the Hamilton County Alliance has created packets of information to provide our corporate guests. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the community,” said Myers. “I don’t think we could ask for a better fiscal impact at a better time.” Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville have all been designated as Super Celebration Sites. Super Celebration Sites are natural gathering places which provide opportunities for residents and visitors to get information about the many activities surrounding the Super Bowl. Each
site has housing for NFL guests and fans, a concentration of restaurants and other hospitality amenities and a collaborative group to plan and organize programming. “Having three sites was amazing,” Myers said, adding that orange and blue twinkle lights and feather flags will decorate the county and hotels in the Super Bowl spirit. “It’s a big party and I can’t think of a community better to host it.” Looking for a little more community pride? Be sure to watch the early coverage of the Super Bowl as the city flags of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield will be included during the opening ceremony Sunday. “What a neat, neat thing,” Myers said. Residents not attending events can bundle up, put on a pair of boots and charge the GPS unit for the “Cache the Big Game” geocaching series across Hamilton County. This free, family-friendly program offers modern-day treasure hunters an exciting, adventure-filled activity with a special challenge and reward. “Geocaching in Hamilton County is being featured on The Weather Channel,” Myers said. For those fans looking to attend the NFL experience or other activities downtown, Myers suggests they head south sooner rather than later, plan accordingly for traffic and parking conditions and be prepared to walk. “Hotels have four-night minimums,” she said. “Thursday is the big day everyone’s arriving.”
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A ‘super’ fundraiser for church firstname.lastname@example.org First Christian Church, 16377 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville, is taking orders for Super Bowl Subs as a means to raise funds for a mission trip to South Africa and Uganda by Ross Games. Games will be spending approximately eight weeks working with orphans whose parents have died from AIDS, or who also have the HIV/AIDS virus. The sandwiches cost $5 each and will be on 6-inch white buns with fresh ham, turkey, hard salami, Colby cheese and lettuce. Residents can
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Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Ingredients: 20 strips bacon (about 12 ounces), 20 medium-large shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 1 pound), 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 1/4 cup canola oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce,1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/4
Follow the English/Irish tradition and pour yourself (and your friends) a Shandy. A light beer infused with lemon flavor is a great option to offer guests looking to indulge in a drink, but not kill it with the calories. To further cut the fat, you may want to consider supplementing the lemon-lime soda with club soda and adding fresh lemon juice to the mix. Ingredients: 3-4 oz. cold lemon soda (or lemonlime if you prefer); 3-4 oz. cold light Lager or Pilsner beer; A lemon wedge Directions: Combine the beer and soda in a Collins or highball glass and garnish with the lemon. teaspoon cayenne pepper, Freshly ground pepper Directions: Soak 5 to 8 bamboo skewers in water for about 20 minutes to keep them from burning on the grill or under the broiler. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until halfway done, about 4 minutes. Drain and cool on paper towels. Wrap a piece of bacon around the middle of each shrimp; skewer with bamboo through the point where the bacon ends meet to keep it from unraveling. Thread 3 to 5 shrimp on each bamboo skewer. Puree the barbecue sauce, oil, lemon juice, mustard, chipotles, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper in a blender. Set aside half of the sauce for dipping. Preheat a grill, grill pan or broiler. Grill or broil shrimp (on a foil-lined baking sheet, if broiling) for 5 minutes, basting with the sauce once they begin to turn pink. Flip, baste again and grill or broil until just cooked through, about 4 more minutes. Serve with extra sauce.
Jalapeno Popper Dip Ingredients: 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened; 1 cup mayonnaise ; 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained; 4 oz. canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained; 1/2 cup shredded Mexican style cheese; 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese; 1 cup Panko bread crumbs; 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray an ovensafe serving dish with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Using an electric mixer, blend the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. 3. Stir in green chilies, jalapeno peppers and Mexican and mozzarella cheeses. Spoon this mixture into the prepared baking dish. 4. Mix together the Panko and parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the cream cheese mixture. 5. Spray the Panko and parmesan with a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray. 6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is lightly browned.
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the stress and anxiety a hearing can cause.
Once you have filed your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and your spouse has received notice that the divorce has been filed, it is often helpful for the parties to establish the “ground rules” which will govern certain aspects of their conduct during the pendency of the divorce. Issues that should be addressed are custody of the children, parenting time, possession of the marital residence, and payment of marital expenses. These issues are referred to as “provisional issues.”
In the event that you and your spouse cannot resolve the temporary issues, you will be required to attend the provisional hearing. This can be a particularly important part of the divorce proceeding. Parties would be well advised to use the preliminary hearing as a forum to position arguments that will be made at the final hearing. However, it is important to realize that due to the fact that the hearings are often very short, the parties are often the only witnesses and their testimony will be limited to basic matters. Therefore, discussing and preparing your requests with your attorney prior to the hearing is imperative. Following the provisional hearing, the judge will issue a provisional order that will typically remain in effect until your case is resolved. Often times, the order is provided at the conclusion of the hearing. At some point after the preliminary hearing, the parties will typically enter into negotiations on a final settlement, and if a settlement cannot be reached, prepare for the final hearing.
If you believe that such ground rules are needed, a provisional hearing (also referred to as a “preliminary hearing”) should be requested in your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Once you request the provisional hearing, the court will schedule the matter to be heard and notify each party (or their attorneys) of the hearing date. Typically provisional hearings are very short and can last anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes, though there are instances where a longer hearing is needed. Due to these time constraints, it is often beneficial for the parties to reach an agreement on all provisional issues. If an agreement can be reached, the terms are reduced to writing and submitted to the court for approval. There are a number of benefits to reaching an agreement rather than going to court, including: crafting terms of an agreement to meet your families’ needs; saving the expenses associated with preparing and attending a hearing; setting and/or maintaining an amicable relationship between the divorcing parties; and reducing
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Hamilton County has a big part of the Super 46 Sandwich contest. Make sure to do your part, and vote for your favorite after dining at one of the following local restaurants. Even if some of Hamilton County’s great sandwiches don’t make it to the finals, they will be available for you to do your own judging. Hamilton County Super 46 Sandwitches include: • The “Settle for Less Ugly Elk” Quarter Pound Bub’s Bugers & Ice Cream 210 W. Main St., Carmel • Beef Tongue Cheese Steak The Local Eatery and Pub 14655 N. Gray Rd., Westfield • Breaded Tenderloin Nickel Plate Bar and Grille 8654 E. 116th St., Fishers • Reuben Shapiro’s Delicatessen 918 South Range Line Rd., Carmel • Broken Yolk Sandwich Café Patachou 4733 126th St., Carmel
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Hamilton County ‘caching’ in on big game By Lindsay Eckert Lindsay@youarecurrent.com Adventurers of all ages are gearing up for Cache for the Big Game geocache series hosted by Noblesville, Fishers, Westfield and Washington Township parks and recreation departments. The high-tech hunt for caches is bringing the fun and competition of the Super Bowl to parts of Hamilton County as the departments offer a county-wide geocache competition to win specially-made Super Bowl geocache tags. Stephanie Fix, Westfield Parks and Recreation Dept. administrative assistant who introduced the idea, says she thinks the free geocache series is a unique family activity no matter what sport you like. “The great thing about your community hosting the Super Bowl is there are activities for everybody, and you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the Super Bowl,” Fix said. Amanda Jackson, Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. program coordinator, said the county-wide event is a way to show the amenities Hamilton County has to offer. “We wanted to give both Fishers residents and visitors to Hamilton County an opportunity to experience not only our parks, but those throughout the county during the exciting time in Indiana before the big game,” Jackson said. Coordinates for Cache the Big Game are posted on geocaching.com. Caches in Fishers are nestled into Roy G. Holland Memorial Park and Heritage Park at White River for residents
what is geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor treasurehunting game. Players search for hidden containers, called geocaches. Players use GPSenabled devices, and/or geocache applications downloaded to smartphones. Players can register for a free basic membership at geocaching.com. After completing the account, players can visit the “Hide and seek a cache” link on the page www.geocaching.com/seek, where they enter the zip code of the area they’d like to geocache in. Players are then able to view a list of coordinates for that area. Players enter the coordinates in a handheld GPS device (GPSs designed for cars will not work), or a downloaded app for smartphones.
and visitors to find. The challenge is to locate each of the eight caches using a handheld GPS, and you must have a GPS or smartphone app. Caches will include a logbook and a special code. After collecting the special code from each park, log your find on geocaching.com and email email@example.com with all eight codes, your name and your address. The first 100 people will receive a commemorative path tag. Log onto any of the Web sites for the Parks and Recreation agencies listed for more information. The series will continue for three months, or until the 100 path tags have been claimed.
Race in to see these Super Car locations firstname.lastname@example.org The Super Cars program will bring iconic cars to several locations across Hamilton County. The program takes iconic Indy cars and fuses them with NFL franchises to drive excitement and provide unique photo opportunities for fans of every team. Cars were showcased in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend, and will be relocated to Super Celebration Sites and other destinations Thursday to Sunday. Local Super Car locations include: • The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts – Jacksonville Jaguars | 355 City Center Dr., Carmel | Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. • Clay Terrace Mall – Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel | Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. • Hamilton Town Center Mall – Buffalo Bills | 13901 Town Center Blvd., Noblesville | Thursday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.;
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Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park – Chicago Bears | 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers | Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishers Train Station – Cincinnati Bengals | 11601 Municipal Dr., Fishers | Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indiana Design Center – San Francisco 49ers | 200 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel | Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fashion Mall at Keystone – Philadelphia Eagles | 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis | Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traders Point Creamery – Washington Redskins | 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville | Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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DISPATCHES » Nicotine patch affecting memory? – The nicotine in cigarettes may have some promise in treating mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. A new study on nonsmokers found six months of treatment with nicotine patches restored long-term memory performance to 46 percent of normal – while placebo patients experienced a 26-percent decline in recall during the same treatment period. -www.healthland.time.com » Worst breakfast cereals – A new study investigated 84 popular children’s cereal brands and found that three-fourths, under proposed federal guidelines, would not be nutritious enough to be marketed to kids. Here are the 10 worst offenders: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks: 55.6 percent sugar; Post Golden Crisp: 51.9 percent sugar; Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow: 48.3 percent sugar; Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries: 46.9 percent sugar; Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original: 44.4 percent sugar; Quaker Oats Oh!s: 44.4 percent sugar; Kellogg’s Smorz: 43.3 percent sugar; Kellogg’s Apple Jacks: 42.9 percent sugar; Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries: 42.3 percent sugar; Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original: 41.4 percent sugar. -www.prevention.com » Narcissism hurting men – New research suggests narcissism may be more physically damaging for men than it is for women. Researchers gave the students a 40-item narcissism questionnaire from which they got an unhealthy narcissism score by adding up the entitlement and exploitativeness subscales. They also generated a healthy narcissism score. They found higher unhealthy narcissism was associated with higher levels of cortisol in men to be problematic because the elevated cortisol levels indicate chronic activation of the body’s stress-response system, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular, as well as other problems. -www.livescience.com
Exercise: Setting and systems matter HEALTH By Steve Roberts According to a recent article in The New York Times, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” science writer William J. Broad quotes a long-time yoga teacher who “… has come to believe that ‘the vast majority of people’ should give up yoga altogether. It’s simply too likely to cause harm.” This flies in the face of common practice. I agree yoga can wreck your body, but so can Pilates, Zumba, spinning classes, exercise-ball classes, dance classes, gym participation and other pursuits. At the beginning of each class, even the leastqualified teacher should start with the admonition, “Only do what you are comfortable doing. Never go past what you’re comfortably able to do with your abilities right now.” Everyone acknowledges the advice and proceeds onward to likely doing more than he or she should, going past what is in his or her best interest. Why? Usually, it can be narrowed to two reasons – group settings and systems. A closer look: Group settings: When participating in a group, we tend to watch others around us and slightly push past what we normally would do on our own. When the person next to you, 30 years your senior, easily goes from exercise to exercise, pose to pose, it is difficult not to compare and push your limits. We compare and we become swept up in the group participation. Systems of fitness, better known as the square peg in the round hole: Even with the constant reminder to do “only what is comfortable for you,” it may be an exercise YOU shouldn’t perform. Everyone comes with a diverse history of trauma, orthopedic issues, decreased joint motion and flexibility restrictions. Someone 30 years your senior may be outstanding in one area where you have limitations. What most of these teachers are trying to get across is great advice. Here’s my advice: If you feel good doing it and feel good following the class, you may have found a system that works for you. If you don’t like the way a system makes you feel, move on to something else, or make up your own system.
Should I do a cleanse in 2012? ANTI-AGING By Laura Marenco Have you set your goals for this year? I bet some of them are to change your habits, eat better and exercise in order to see your waistline shrink! After all those Christmas cookies and New Year’s cocktails, I bet you are feeling a little bloated. An internal body cleanse is in order this time of year. But what is a cleanse? A cleanse is a health regimen designed to remove toxins from the body. A cleanse can be accomplished in a number of ways. The most common is a dietary change: most cleanses involve fasting and the ingestion of a lot of fluids along with an herbal supplement. Primarily, a cleanse involves targeting the primary elimination organs or channels through which our body gets rid of excess nutrients, toxins or other waste products. Why cleanse? Often, people experience increased energy, better digestion, weight loss and perhaps better sleep and mental clarity after doing a cleanse for a week to a month. So, if you’re feeling sluggish, tired, have slow digestion or even if you just feel like you have overindulged during the holidays and would
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like to start fresh, a cleanse can be a great way to begin 2012. So how do you get started on your cleanse? First of all, start by removing certain foods from your diet such as processed and packaged foods, along with fried foods, processed sugar, alcohol, all meat except coldwater fish, dairy, soy and eggs – all of which are more difficult to digest and are some of the most common sources of allergens. Eat only whole grains, some nuts and seeds, vegetables and some fruit. Use an herbal cleanse formula; there are certain formulas that provide total cleansing support during a period of 10 days. I like the 10-day formulas because they are easy to use (opposed to 30 days) and these formulas will rid your body of harmful toxins and backedup fats and foods, detoxify the colon and restore it to regularity. Best wishes in 2012! Hope you make healthy choices and start cleansing today!
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3D mammography improves resolution at IU Health By Darla Kinney Scoles firstname.lastname@example.org When IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers held an open house for the community, Nova and Edward Farrell toured the new facility, including the Women’s Imaging Services. Edward was so impressed with the 3D tomosynthesis mammograms offered there, that when it came time for Nova’s annual mammogram, he encouraged her to schedule it at Saxony. “Everything was new and I felt quite comfortable,” Nova said of the experience. “Even the procedure was somewhat less painful. There were no negatives at all. And it is a beautiful place.” Added Edward, “I felt this would be a better mammogram than she could get anywhere else and I want the best for my wife.” The same could perhaps be said of the technology behind the 3D breast tomosynthesis screening itself, in that questions often left by traditional mammograms are many times answered in the first round of 3D images. “Improved visualization gives the radiologist the ability to detect cancers that may not have been detected using standard 2D mammography technology,” said Dr. George Trilikis, radiologist at IU Health Saxony Hospital. “Another big improvement for the patient, and a clear advantage for tomosynthesis technology, is a decreased need for callbacks and additional images.” Trilikis is enthusiastic about the “closer to perfect” images and the fact that Saxony is the only place in central Indiana to offer the 3D technology for breast cancer screening. The 3D images allow a radiologist to see the breast in layers with nothing obscuring, allowing them to more often say definitively if an image presents cancer or not. Callbacks for further imaging are a source of anxiety for patients as they often assume they have cancer, when in fact they most likely do not. “We recently found a 7-millimeter tumor in a patient that, without this new imaging, might have been overlooked until the following year,” Trilikis said. “It certainly could not have been felt, but was also a very aggressive, invasive type of cancer. With this early detection, her survival rate is in the high 90 percentile.” During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, lowdose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of 1-millimeter thick slices that can
Dr. George Trilikis, radiologist at IU Health Saxony, shows images of a small tumor spotted clearly by 3D imaging. be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. For a woman with increased risk factors, dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer,
want to learn more? Annual mammogram screening is recommended for women beginning at age 40. A prescription is not required. To schedule a mammogram at IU health Saxony Hospital or ask questions about this new breast health procedure, contact IU Health Central Scheduling at 962-3580. IU Health Saxony Hospital is at 13000 136th St., Fishers.
the imaging can provide the earliest detection, though Trilikis says he has seen it make a difference in images from all types of breasts. The facility has already seen more than 100 women since opening Dec. 1. “By offering women the latest technology in mammography, IU Health Saxony Hospital hopes to improve its ability to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, which improves patient outcomes,” said Joy Davis, the hospital’s senior coordinator for marketing and public relations. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. I tell women this is the most important appointment they can make.”
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It’s Golden | Current Publishing Special Section | It’s Golden Stratford receives certification – The Stratford, a retirement community in Carmel, recently announced that the community’s Horn Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Services is now certified for Medicare Part A. The community is now accepting Members who need rehabilitation or full-time nursing care throughout the greater Indianapolis area. Private and semi-private suites are available. The Horn Center focuses on delivering personcentered care developed around individual needs and desires, not an institutionalized schedule. For more information, call 5127662. Cochlear implants for seniors – Though cochlear implants can provide a solution for hearing loss that ranges from severe to profound, they haven’t often been used for elderly patients because of concern about the risks involved with surgery. But researchers recently examined the medical charts of 70 NYU patients older than age 70 who received cochlear implants under general anesthesia between 1984 and 2007, dividing the patients into different levels of risk and examining which experienced the most complications. They found most patients tolerated the procedure well and had few, if any, complications related to the operation or to general anesthesia, and pre-existing conditions were more predictive of difficulty than age alone. Researchers said this study could demonstrate most can undergo the procedure without undue risk. -www.bottomlinepublications.com Virtual games can keep you sharp – A recent study shows virtual exercise games that simulate outdoor environments can help the elderly to improve their cognitive abilities. In a study of 102 elderly adults, researchers found those who were randomly assigned to ride a cybercycle, in which a stationary bike was equipped with a virtual reality screen that allowed the riders to “bike” through different environments, as well as interact with obstacles and other bikers, remained more mentally sharp than those riding a traditional stationary bike. In fact, the cybercylers lowered their risk of declining into mild cognitive impairment, a state in which some of their mental functions decline beyond that of normal aging, but not enough to impair their daily life, by 23 percent compared to those riding the traditional bikes. -www.healthland.time.com Travel myth – It’s one of the greatest travel myths: Mention Rule 240 and you will get immediate compensation if your flight is delayed or canceled. Rule 240 was created years ago by Civil Aeronautics Board as a way to protect passengers. Although the rule did state ticketholders would get placed on the next available plane, it is no longer in existence. However, citing Rule 240 at the airline counter when your scheduled flight is canceled or delayed might help you. Why? Some airlines still have a “Rule 240” in their contracts that offers a form of passenger protection in case of cancellations or delays. -www.independenttraveler.com
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COMMENTARY By Marcia Wilson We’ve got a million of them! Anyone who can get through a day without an excuse or a rationalization is probably not human, certainly not normal and, in general, annoying to the rest of us. It’s easy enough to start the year with good intentions – maybe hoping to improve our diet, exercise more, lose some weight, treat others better, etc., but by now, that enthusiasm is likely giving way to excuses. Take exercise, for example. Do we ever have excuses for not exercising? Here are some of the most common: • “I don’t have time.” There are 168 hours in a week. If you exercise 3 hours a week, you still have 165 hours left for everything else. And by exercising, you reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, depression, anxiety, obesity, falls, osteoporosis and joint pain. Wow, you don’t have time to NOT exercise! • “I’m too tired.” Exercise will give you more energy than a nap (although you can do both). • “I’m too old.” You’re too old to NOT exercise (whatever your age). The older we get, the more critical it is to keep moving. • “I get plenty of exercise in my day-to-day routine.” Maybe, but don’t mistake being busy for getting exercise.
• “I have _______ (fill in the blank).” Arthritis? Back pain? High blood pressure? The list goes on. Look it up. Exercise is recommended for almost every disease or condition. The body heals better (and feels better) if you are using it. • “It won’t make a difference.” At any age, exercise will strengthen your bones, help your circulation, digestion, breathing, flexibility, stability and overall sense of well-being. Hmm, chances are it will make a difference. • “I might embarrass myself.” More than having to wear a hospital gown that doesn’t close in the back? • “I don’t know where to start.” Fair enough, so find something you enjoy. Walk, take a class, do chair exercises, dance in your living room, hula-hoop – it doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing something. At the end of the day though, it’s really not about excuses. It’s about priorities. And all those priorities – the things in life you want to do, and the things you have to do – depend on keeping your mind and body strong. Feeling stronger and better beats a good excuse any day! Marcia Wilson holds an M.A. in gerontology and teache Body Recall courses for aging adults. Wilson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMENTARY By John Williams Social Security is as American as baseball and apple pie. Not everyone likes baseball games or apples, but almost every American who reaches retirement age will receive Social Security retirement benefits. In fact, 96 percent of Americans are covered by Social Security. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. You need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify for retirement benefits. The amount of your benefit, however, is determined by how long you work and how much you earn. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits. If you did not work or had low earnings in some years, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked or earned more. Also, your age when you retire makes a difference in your benefit amount. Full retirement age (the age at which full retirement benefits are payable) has been gradually increasing from age 65 to age 67. Full retirement age is 66 for people born in 1943 to 1954. You can retire as early as age 62, but if benefits start before you reach your full retirement age, your monthly payment is reduced. Find out what your full retirement age is by referring to the convenient chart in the “Retirement Benefits” publication at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10035.html.
Just as you can choose an early retirement and get a reduced payment, you also can choose to delay retirement beyond your full retirement age to take advantage of a larger payment. Your benefit will increase automatically by a certain percentage from the time you reach your full retirement age until you start receiving your benefits, or until you reach age 70. The decision of when to retire is an individual one and depends on a number of personal factors. To help you weigh the factors, we suggest you read the online fact sheet, “When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits,” available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10147.html. You may want to consider your options by using our retirement estimator to get instant, personalized estimates of future benefits. You can plug in different retirement ages and scenarios to help you make a more-informed retirement decision. Try it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. When you decide to retire, go to www. socialsecurity.gov, where you can apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, there are no forms to sign or documents to send; once you submit your electronic application, that’s it. John Williams is a public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration. To contact John, e-mail him at email@example.com.
Search on for state’s outstanding senior volunteers firstname.lastname@example.org Home Instead Senior Care has announced the Salute to Senior Service program to honor senior volunteers for the tireless contributions they make to their local communities. The program will include a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state and culminate with the selection of a national “Salute to Senior Service” winner during Older Americans Month in May. Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and volunteer at least 15 hours a month. Nominations will be accepted at www.salutetoseniorservice.com through March 15. Nomination forms also can be requested at ckoehler@ homeinsteadinc.com. State Senior Hero winners will receive plaques, and their stories will be posted on the program’s Web site. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s non-profit charity of choice. Some 52 percent of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service, according to a survey done by Home Instead Senior Care. Nearly 20 percent of seniors surveyed started volunteering when they reached the traditional age of retirement – 65 or older. Fur-
thermore, 20 percent of seniors who volunteer say their community service is the most important thing they do. “Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors,” said Jeff Sewell, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving northern Indianapolis, Fishers and Carmel. “And what a difference we have observed in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age.” Dr. Erwin Tan, director of the Senior Corps, a national organization that links more than 400,000 Americans 55 and older to service opportunities, agrees. “The one thing I hear constantly from the seniors in our programs is volunteering gives them a purpose in life – they say it’s the reason they get up in the morning,” Tan said. “In addition, it’s a great way for them to learn new things – whether a skill or just something about an issue in which they have an interest. Volunteering is just a great way to expand their horizons and feel like they’re still a valuable part of their community.” For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program or Home Instead Senior Care, please call 252-4472 or visit www.salutetoseniorservice.com.
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DISPATCHES » Super Refund Saturday – KeyBank will host Super Refund Saturday, a free tax preparation day for local residents filing a federal income tax return, Feb. 11 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John H. Boner Community Center, 2236 E. 10th St., Indianapolis. A person does not have to be a KeyBank customer or make an appointment to participate in the day. The event provides free income tax preparation to low- and moderate-income wage earners, and helps them discover if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which range anywhere from $2 up to $5,751, depending on income and family size. » Mining on the moon – Newt Gingrich’s idea for a massive federal program to mine the moon may not be totally insane after all. Billionaire Naveen Jain also agrees opportunity exists 238,855 miles away. One of the first Microsoft developers and founder of InfoSpace, Jain wants to dig up the helium-3 and platinum deposited in moon craters by metal-rich asteroids. His startup, Moon Express, is building a $20 million moon lander slated to launch in 2013. Jain says helium-3 could be a new non-radioactive energy source. -www.fortune.com » More foreclosures out west – In 2011, western states claimed 82 of the 100 worst-hit ZIP codes with 38 in California and another 28 in Nevada. That’s quite a departure from when CNNMoney first looked at the top foreclosure ZIP codes in June 2007. Back then, the auto industry’s ills had turned inner-city neighborhoods in Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis into foreclosure ground zero, with the three cities claiming 25 of the nation’s 100 hardest-hit neighborhoods. -CNNMoney » China more dependent on U.S. – The Chinese economy increased its dependence on the U.S. last year, according to recently released trade figures from Beijing and Washington. China’s overall trade surplus in 2011 was $155.1 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce. And how much of that surplus is related to America? The Commerce Dept. has not released the December trade number yet, and some are predicting China’s surplus against us will top $300 billion when all the figures are in. Even assuming that December’s surplus is 0, then 175.6 percent of China’s overall trade surplus last year related to sales to the U.S. -www.forbes.com
Limit on stolen goods INSURANCE Q&A By Andy Warren Question from Stanley G. of Fishers: My sister had her jewelry box stolen and didn’t find out until she filed a claim there was a set limit on how much she could claim in stolen jewelry. This limit is not adequate to replace what she lost. Is this common? Response from Andy Warren: I hate to hear about your sister’s claim. Unfortunately, that situation is VERY common. A standard homeowners insurance policy automatically restricts coverage on a variety of different types of property. The other problem that occurs is your personal property limit being used up by items not originally calculated for your policy to include in the first place. You can avoid these problems by meeting face to face with your independent insurance agent to create a scheduled personal-property endorsement and adding it to your home policy. The schedule can include anything you want to include, but some of the items below are typical. You have automatic coverage for newly-acquired property, but be sure to update your schedule to include any new property within 30 days. Some of the common property classes excluded or limited by your policy: • Jewelry, watches, furs and precious or semiprecious stones. The typical limit is $1500. Schedule these items • Musical instruments, cameras, silverware,
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Fulfillment and happiness SPIRITUALITY By Mike Colaw Well, we are quickly moving into 2012. As our list of New Year’s resolutions beckons us, the high demand of life has already stolen any free time. When I was working as a personal trainer, the month of January was crazy! The gym was full of people wandering around, looking very out of place, trying out random machines, hoping somehow they would end up in great shape. The other day I sat back in my chair, turned on my iPad and began to read a little N.T. Wright. As usual, this famous Oxford student said something that forced me to really wrestle with my thoughts on life’s purpose: Jesus “commands his hearers to give up their other dreams and to trust his instead. This, at its simplest, is what Jesus was all about.” When I read that, I was a little put off. I mean, what’s so wrong with my dreams? What’s wrong with me wanting stuff? I decided to list the things most of us want and what our New Year’s resolutions tend to revolve around: make more money, find love, get a job we like, pray our families would all get along and of course the infamous … lose weight and be healthier. Then I started thinking about people who have “made it” in life, who are most admired by others, like professional
athletes, CEOs and movie stars. From what I observe, I don’t see a lot of happiness and fulfillment in these people. As a personal trainer, I learned some of the most miserable people look awesome in the mirror. There doesn’t seem to be a formula that works every time, a fail-safe resolution that really will produce happiness. Not even fate seems to really work! Just what if Wright has found the formula? What if there is another plan, another New Year’s resolution that could produce a fulfillment none of these other things can? Do me a favor. Find a Bible and read Ecclesiastes 1 – it’s not that long, don’t worry. Then compare it to John 10:10, when Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Here is the true question to wrestle with: Will your resolutions, even if you achieved them, really produce fulfillment in life? Has anything you’ve strived for, when you achieved it, brought the happiness you expected? Maybe you need new dreams, just maybe. Mike Colaw is the director of ministries at Trinity Church. You may e-mail him at justthink@ luke117.com. Visit his Web sites www.trinitywesleyan.com or www. luke117.com
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Buzz over the Bowl LAUGHS By Mike Redmond The city where I hang my shingle, or would if I did something shingle-worthy, is all abuzz with excitement over the Super Duper Bowl, which is coming to town one of these days soon. I forget which. Anyway, I do not share in this abuzzment. Oh, I think the Super Duper Bowl is all right. The football games usually aren’t that good, and the halftime shows stink, but the commercials are entertaining. If they insist on having one, they might as well have it here so central Indiana businesses can make a pile of money. But that’s about the limit of my enthusiasm. I believe Super Duper Bowls are like tornados: best viewed from a distance. For one thing, it isn’t really our event. We’re just providing the location. Other than that, this is an NFL production all the way. It’s kind of like someone coming to your house and saying, “I’m going to throw a party here and you’re not invited, but could you be a dear and help park the cars and then clean up afterward?” I don’t swell with satisfaction over how well we can serve as a stage for someone else’s event. What strikes me funny is how the people who seem to be in charge of these things have
such inferiority complexes about central Indiana. Oh, they talk a good game about how great things are around here, and they’re right. This IS a pretty great place. It’s not perfect, but what place is? They do all this bragging, but then they turn around and tell us that whatever they’re concocting will be the thing that makes this a world-class city. Thing is, we always seem to be just one step from world-class citydom: If we build a new stadium, we’ll be a worldclass city. A new basketball arena is just what we need to be a world-class city. We’ll be a world-class city if we just get a downtown mall. Seems like we would have gotten there by now, doesn’t it? So, let me recap: Super Duper Bowl is good, as far as it goes, and I admit that can be pretty far. I believe the formula is every tourist dollar spent turns over seven times before it leaves town. Hey, if there are enough dollars, one or two might even turn up in my pocket. It wouldn’t be a world-class event, but it sure would generate some excitement. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.
LAUGHS By Dick Wolfsie I have been involved in a number of international relationships. Most have been friendly, even though at times, words have been exchanged. I don’t always know what these words mean, but that’s what happens when you play games online with people from all over the world. I begin by logging into a Web site called Lexulous. This is basically Scrabble, but that’s a copyrighted name, so the company had to create a new moniker. To further distinguish themselves, players are provided eight letters to work with instead of seven. Longtime aficionados said this was scandalous. However, they were advised by attorneys not to call it that, because Scandalous is already the name of a naughty word game. I don’t know anything about the people I am playing against – not even their gender. Everyone picks a “handle” and it’s hard to tell, for example, if FlirtyMonkey is a man or a woman. Competitors can also pick from a selection of clip art images to accompany their names. There are a handful of words I try to avoid if I think I am playing a lady. Unless it is FlirtyMonkey. Participants garner the most points by defeating a higher-ranked player. Losing to someone with a lower standing means a rapid descent to the bottom. That’s why very few are interested in connecting with me, because if I ended up
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NE side position, M-F, 5pm start time, 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hrs/ nightly.Starting salary $8.50+/hr. NW side position, M-F, 5pm start time, 8 to 9 hrs/nightly. Starting salary $8.50/hr. Must have a clean police record, have your own car and good work references. Call 317-252-9795, leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
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Orchard Park Presbyterian church Sundays, 8:30 am-12:30 pm References and background check required Minimum age: 25 years e-mail resume to email@example.com
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Experience top-ranked healthcare, now within arm’s reach. Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital brings nationally ranked care focused on cardiovascular, orthopedics, spine care and emergency services to your community. Conveniently located just off Exit 10 in Fishers. 2011 U.S.News & World Report rankings
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