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Johnson submits winning Freedom Festival shirt design By Jordan Fischer • Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School student Sally Johnson was announced last week as the winner of the 2012 Fishers Freedom Festival T-shirt design contest. Johnson, whose design features the historic Nickel Plate railroad and blue and green colors of the Town of Fishers, will have her design on the front of the Freedom Festival T-shirt. She will also receive a trophy and be featured in the festival’s main parade on June 24. Johnson Ten other winners were selected from 2,050 submitted entries to be featured in upcoming promotional Freedom Festival posters. Those winners were: Breanna Zook of Fall Creek Intermediate School; Ashley Cho, Madison Park and Stephen Vukovits of HSEJH; Sienna Borowicz, Sydney Myers and Kaiya Walker of New Britton Elementary; Ashley Buening of Riverside Intermediate School; and Carson Henley and Sierra Solis of Riverside Junior High School. Applicants were required to be HSE school district students. Submitted designs had to include this year’s festival theme “Celebrate Fishers Spirit,” the title “2012 Fishers Freedom Festival” and a maximum of four colors. No computer drawings were allowed. FCIS will receive $500 from the Fishers Arts Council and the

FPD makes arrest after CVS alcohol theft By Jordan Fischer • Fishers Police arrested an Indianapolis man April 13 after a CVS store employee reported a theft to 911 dispatchers. At approximately 1:10 p.m., an employee of the CVS store located at 13050 Publishers Dr. in Fishers Caldwell told a 911 dispatcher she observed a male suspect conceal three bottles of alcohol in his jacket, according to police. The employee reported the suspect walked out of the store without paying, and provided a detailed description of him to police. Fishers Police Dept. Community Service Officer Randy Kelly was in the area and responded to the scene. CSO Kelly observed the suspect exiting the store and detained him until other officers arrived. Officers located three bottles of alcohol in the suspect’s jacket. The suspect was identified as Samuel Caldwell, 56, of Indianapolis. He was arrested by FPD Officer Jeremy Lindauer on charges of theft, a Class D felony, and transported to the Hamilton County Jail.

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Hamilton County Legislative Breakfast Monday – The monthly Hamilton County Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee, which represents all six Hamilton County Chambers, has been rescheduled for Monday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel. Attendance is $15 for county chamber members, $20 for nonmembers. The month’s breakfast will be a candidates’ forum. Registration and more information are available online at www. Fishers Freedom Festival for having the most entries (933) submitted to the contest. The Festival T-Shirt will be available for purchase during the Fishers Freedom Festival, in the Fishers Freedom Festival office (8591 E.116th St.) and off the festival’s Web site at All sizes are $10. Proceeds benefit future Fishers Freedom Festivals.

The Center announces 2012-2013 season -Brooks School Road Sock Hop Sheryl Crow, Johnny Mathis, Menahem Pressler, BBC Concert Orchestra, LeAnn Rimes, Celtic Thunder and B.B. King highlight the 2012-2013 season at The Center for the Performing Arts – home of the Palladium, the Tarkington and the Studio Theater. B.B. King The 2012-2013 Season, presented by St.Vincent Health, will offer five subscription series: Classics, Songbook, Jazz and Blues, Country and Bluegrass and Dance. Additional performances, including Pop, Spotlight, Family and Holiday, will be included in the 2012-2013 season as single-ticket events. “I’m certain subscribers will be delighted with our lineup of iconic musicians and performers,” said Artistic Director Michael Feinstein. “The new season was conceived as a showcase for artistic beauty, and our guests fully embrace the Center’s focus on world-class performances. From the lyrical vocals of Johnny Mathis to the expressive footwork of Savion Glover, I can hardly wait to share the season ahead. Each series is composed of the best and brightest, backed by their impeccable artistic reputations.” Highlights include concerts by BBC Concert Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Thunder and B.B. King. The Country series brings Josh Turner, Martina McBride and the Oak Ridge Boys. Dance performances include Savion Glover and MOMIX. To subscribe, call the Center’s box office at 843-3800. The complete season lineup is available at

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Brooks School sock hop raises $2,000 for Make a Wish Foundation – A sock hop and mini hop recently sponsored by the Brooks School Elementary Student Council raised more than $2,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation in memory of third-grader Luke Butler. More than 250 children from preschool through fourth grade attended the events. Swim lessons start next Tuesday at FHS – Registration is now available for swim lessons at the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Swim School. The next session will start the first week of May. Lessons are taught at Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Rd., on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Most classes are 30 minutes. For more information, visit www. or call FAST Swim Lessons at 447-8607. Nickel Plate Arts looking for visual, performing or culinary artists – Nickel Plate Arts will host an information and social session Thursday for Hamilton County artists to network and learn about the new art initiative. The event will be held at the Red Bridge Community Center, 697 W. Jackson St., Cicero, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Changes in absentee voting – New this year for voters wishing to cast an absentee/early ballot in person must enter the Government and Judicial Center through the west doors of the building back by the plaza area. No longer can voters come in the front doors on Eighth Street for voting purposes. Absentee voting is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to May 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and May 5; and 8 a.m. to noon May 7.

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Mock crash at HSEHS shows real dangers of drinking, driving By Jordan Fischer • Emergency personnel from the Fishers Fire and Police departments held a mock crash April 13 at Hamilton Southeastern High School to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving. The demonstration, which featured an ap-

pearance by a LifeLine helicopter crew, was a joint effort between the town’s emergency service providers and drama students from the high school. HSEHS junior Trevor Peters played the part of a victim in the crash, while sophomore Ashley Straut performed the role of the intoxicated driver.

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County drug task Prevail welcomes newest team member force busts marijuana Prevail Inc., a Hamilton-County-based nonprofit advocating for victims of crime and grow in Carmel abuse, recently welcomed the organization’s By Jordan Fischer •

Members of the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force seized nearly 40 marijuana plants this month when officers busted a growing operation in Carmel, police said. Valued between $2,000 and $8,000, the seizure is the result of a six-month independent investigation by the task force, according to Maj. Aaron Dietz of the Carmel Police Dept. “This is fairly significant,” Dietz said. “Obviously, it can be very lucrative to grow your own (marijuana) and sell it. And with the indoor grows like these, unlike outside, you don’t have to depend on the weather. The average grow is a 90-day operation. So you can do that four times a year now, and we’re seeing it a lot more.” Police arrested Derek Hanson, 29, of Carmel, in connection with the case. Hanson was charged with felony cultivation of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Police said more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation, though would not comment as to a number or time frame for them. Residents who notice suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods are encouraged to contact law enforcement. According to Dietz, signs of a possible marijuana growing operation include home or garage windows covered with cardboard or otherwise blacked-out, constant lighting throughout the nighttime or at unusual hours and unusual venting. Residents who suspect drug-related activity can submit a tip to the drug task force through their local law enforcement agencies, or anonymously at 571-2545. Fishers Police open house on May 5 – The Fishers Police Dept. will host its first annual open house on May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. The open house will feature information stations and demonstrations on a variety of police services, including emergency response, K-9 units and police patrols. The open house will be held at the Fishers Police Dept., 4 Municipal Dr. For more information, contact Sgt. Randy McFarland at 595-3300.

first facility dog. Odle, a fully-trained Double Doodle, will assist victims of crime and abuse. Odle spent the first years of his life training at Indiana Canine Assistance Network before he was acquired by Prevail Inc. While there, he was trained as a facility dog. A facility dog earns a higher level of training than a therapy dog. His accreditation comes from Assistance Dogs International. Odle knows 30 to 40 commands, including bowing to meet new clients, crawl, hug and retrieve (for dropped items). Because of his breed, Odle is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed or produce dander. Brittany Winebar is Odle’s primary handler and trainer, but two other staff members are certified to handle him as well. While Odle will be principally assisting the children’s program, he will also be presented to judges and prosecutor’s offices to assist victims in court, and during legal proceedings. “We are pleased to have Odle as a part of the Prevail team,” said Prevail Executive Director Loretta Moore. “He has already begun to work his magic with our clients in just the three short weeks he’s been with us.” Described as a loving, social butterfly, Odle interacts with three to five clients daily. Many Hamilton County JDS Aktion Club to host fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club May 12 – The Hamilton County JDS Aktion Club will host a breakfast fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on May 12 at Janus Developmental Services, 1555 Westfield Rd., Noblesville. The Hamilton County JDS Aktion Club is a community service club created by adults with developmental disabilities and supported by Janus Developmental Services. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Janus Developmental Services and the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville. For more information, contact Shannon Smith at 773-8781, ext. 128.

Odle, a fully-trained Double Doodle, will assist victims of crime and abuse at Prevail Inc. (Photo provided by Prevail)

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Fishers Summer Concert Series receives $3,000 grant – The Fishers Parks Recreation Dept. announced recently it has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Legacy Fund to support the 2012 Fishers Summer Concert Series. Founded in 2003, the free concerts are open to the public and held on the lawn at Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr. The 2012 concert season will be between June 5 and July 17. Information about the season and scheduled performances are available online at summerconcerts. First annual Fishers Chamber Young Professionals golf outing Thursday – The Fishers Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group will host its first annual golf outing Thursday at Golf 365, located at 9625 E. 150th St., Noblesville. The event begins at 3 p.m. Participation is $30 per person, or $60 per team. To register, or for more information, visit www.fisherschamber. com.

NJ Gov. Christie stumps for Brooks in Fishers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited Fishers last Monday to lend his endorsement to the campaign of Susan Brooks, currently running for the Republican nomination in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Brooks will face a full slate of competitors in the Republican primary to replace outgoing Sen. Dan Burton on May 8: Jack Lugar, John McGoff, David McIntosh, Jason Anderson, Bill Salin, Matthew Mount and Wayne Seybold. (Submitted Photos)

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Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration to be held Friday – The Fishers Parks & Recreation Dept. will hold an Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooks School Park. A special guest, Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” will be in attendance. For more information, visit or call 595-3150.

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Graduation: May the odds be ever in your favor Education by Freedom Kolb Spring break is behind us and warm weather is just around the corner. Summer brings with it the most major of childhood milestones: high school graduation. Tassels will be moved, caps will be flung and cake will be cut. Yet after the celebrations wind down, what’s next? The answer for most area seniors is continuing education. In fact, the Hamilton Southeastern School District reports an astonishing 93.8 percent of its graduates are college-bound. College-bound. The phrase brings a tremendous amount of pride and joy to parents. Not so long ago, college-bound was enough. Advertisements featured students and parents anxiously awaiting an acceptance letter to appear in the mail. The admission letter itself was featured as the golden ticket to future prosperity and security. Now a new buzzword is at work: attainment. The change in focus is a good one because the reality of the post-secondary landscape is attainment doesn’t automatically follow access. Indeed, the odds of college completion are a bit startling. Only about one-fourth of the college population is the classic full-time, residential student. The remaining majority are commuting to classes while juggling work, families or a part-time schedule. Though these full-time students have the best odds of grasping that diploma, only about 40 percent actually do so in four years.

Those numbers only increase to 60 percent after six years. Simply put – despite extra time – four out of 10 students will never cross that commencement stage. Of those who do drop out, more than 75 percent will leave within the first year. Indiana is populated with more than 745,000 residents with some college, yet no degree. Part-time students fare even worse; in fact, they rarely graduate – less than 25 percent of these students will attain their degrees. Complete College America argues “time is the enemy of college completion.” Students are taking too much time and too many credits along the way. An average bachelor’s degree should require 120 credits; yet, the average bachelor’s graduate has earned 136.5. The time and credit gap not only deepens student debt, but also opens the door to life events that compete with completion. Fishers’ area seniors are well-poised to beat these odds. The preparation they have received from HSE schools, along with the support of an education-oriented community, will be critical for their continued success. Congratulations to our 2012 graduates – not on reaching the finish line, but on this incredible new beginning.

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The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is increasing its grant budget in celebration of 10 years of helping to fund teachers thinking out-of-the-box. By Erin Leonhard • The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary last July 31. To celebrate the occasion, HSSF doubled its grant budget and started promoting district-wide programs in order to affect even more students. HSSF gave its first grant in spring 2003. Now, grants are awarded in the fall and spring each year to teachers and staff members who hope to improve their teaching methods through the acquisition of new technology and application of fresh ideas to the classroom. “We want it to be creative and innovative, but also apply a new way of teaching things. We want to find new ways to apply the standards that have to be taught,” said Lisa Allen, HSSF executive director. The newest change to the grant process came this year through the foundation’s first districtwide grant. With contributions from the Geist Half Marathon, more funding has become available for health-related grants in particular, including the Fitnessgram that will eventually be used at every elementary, intermediate and junior high school in the school district. Hamilton Southeastern Junior High physical education teacher Karen Boyd received an HSSF grant two years ago to initiate a new program to evaluate wellness of the students at her school. This program, called the Fitnessgram, tracks each child’s progress in areas like body composition, flexibility, upper body strength and cardiorespiratory endurance from fourth grade through freshman year of high school. Each nine weeks, the child receives a report, similar to a telegram, of where he/she has done well and needs improvement. “The reports are friendly. It’s not a statement about you; it’s a statement about your fitness

HSEHS teacher Lisa Trinkle, right, used an HSSF grant to purchase robotic babies that simulate infant needs and behaviors for her child development course. HSEHS sophomore Paola Millano, left, “adopted” one of the babies last week. (Photo by Jordan Fischer)

level,” Boyd said. “The ranges are really big, so instead of a number, like a pass or fail, it’s like a zone, and the zone that’s like the F scale that “needs improvement” is very small, and the middle zone’s big.” The Fitnessgram not only changed the way fitness is measured, but also how it is taught. Now, the physical activities are more related to fitness, and the curriculum focuses more on realistic progress for each individual rather than the achievement of a specific body type. “We go through a whole goal-setting thing at the beginning of the year, like how to set goals and what are realistic goals. One of the things you worry about in testing body composition is

it is a very sensitive subject. You have to change their (students’) mindsets so it’s not sensitive anymore. This would be a good place to start that since eating disorders start at this age,” Boyd said. As a result of the success at the junior high school, donations from the Geist Half Marathon will be used to increase the scope of this program on a district-wide scale during the course of the next few years. Students in all of the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools will eventually carry their Fitnessgram with them between schools in order to see their progress during the years. Another HSSF grant enabled developmentally-disabled students to participate in physical activity as well, but in a way more comfortable for them. “I teach students who have mild disabilities, and for a lot of those kids, going to gym class or P.E. is way overstimulating,” said Chrissie Sturgill, Fishers High School teacher for developmentally-disabled students. “They (students) really need the physical part of P.E., but they can’t do it in a room with 100 other people where the noise is echoing off the walls.”

(Left) HSEHS senior Mitchell Shoemaker uses the high school’s laser cutter to engrave a sign for Current in Fishers. (Above) The finished product. (Photos by Jordan Fischer)

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The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation recently announced recipients of its spring grants, totaling close to $11,000. Each recipient, amount and project are listed below: • Abbey Browning and Lisa Brown, Fishers High School – $1,800 for Bringing Fine Art to the 21st Century. Purchase three DSLR cameras for a new digital photography class that teaches more than point-and-shoot so the students will learn to have control by using the manual functions. • Daniel Moosbrugger, Hamilton Southeastern High School – $970 for Ceramic Coiling Success for Beginners.  Purchase two clay extruders for the 3-D art and ceramics class.  The extruders give the students much more success in creating and executing their projects. • Kayla Holcomb, Durbin Elementary – $1,763 for Empowering Students with the iPad 2.  Purchase three iPad 2s, cases and iTunes gift cards for the Special Education students.  This will allow students with reading disabilities to independently study and complete assignments. • Mary Beth Riley, Durbin Elementary – $1,122 for Engineering is Elementary!  Purchase engineering based-curriculum kits for each grade level.  The storybooks in the kits integrate cultural understanding with different nations and nationalities represented within them. • Kara Hiatt and Leslie Hopper, Thorpe Creek Elementary – $2,190 for iPads for Publishing at Thorpe Creek Elementary.  Purchase two iPads and iTunes to aid students in publishing, which is the final step in the writing process. • Stacy Cook and Tanya Cooper, New Britton Elementary – $1,974 for Let Everyone Acquire Resources to support our Needs with Sensory input.  Purchase a Sensory Motor Kit and other equipment proven to aid students with moderate disabilities and help them with their academic learning. • Kevin Johnson and Jeff Johnson, Riverside Intermediate and Junior High – $1,970 for Riverside Natural Property Trails Development.  Purchase materials to make signs, distance markers and visual aids for the trails and boundaries of their adjacent 76-acre wooded property.  All classes will be able to use this property for educational purposes. For more information, contact HSSF Executive Director Lisa Allen at 594-4100.


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Continued from Page 8 To solve this problem, Sturgill requested a grant for some Wiis to be used in the classroom so the students could use them on their own schedule. Games like Wii Sports and Dance Party can be shared by the students and the peer tutors who come in throughout the day to work with them in areas in which they struggle. “We use those Wiis every day, almost all day. The children are all on them at different times and it’s just fantastic,” Sturgill said. In addition to various health grants, the HSSF grant committee has also been able to facilitate the integration of new technology into the classroom. One grant helped cover the cost of a laser cutter at Hamilton Southeastern High School for use by the engineering classes and robotics club members for their various projects. This machine allows students to create a design on the computer and send it to the laser cutter to be cut out of wood or any number of other materials. “It’s just a different approach. Instead of using woodshop equipment to create parts, you’re using the latest technology and your parts are precise and reproducible,” engineering teacher Jeff Wilkins said. Last year, Wilkins and his students created and sold name plates for teachers to hang outside their rooms at the high school, but the laser cutter has many other fundraising possibilities. It can engrave glass and coated metal, bleach fabric and even melt designs onto fleece. Most importantly, it is safer than most woodshop equipment and even helps students understand the class easier. “It allows students to take concepts that might be visually abstract and have a 3-D model in their hands, and allows us to prototype in an instant,” Wilkins said. For HSEHS teacher Elizabeth Trinkle, a HSSF grant enabled her to expand an assignment for her child develop-

ment class that allows students to experience the difficulties of raising an infant firsthand by taking home a RealCare infant, which is a baby doll that behaves like a human child. “It (RealCare infant) wakes up in the middle of the night it needs (to be) fed, it needs (to be) burped it needs (to be) rocked. This particular model is programmed by the computer. It records what happens to it (RealCare infant) and lets me know if it’s been abused, if it’s been neglected, if it’s been shaken,” Trinkle said. Although there is an alternate assignment for students who do not have time in their schedules to take care of a young child, most students look forward to taking home one of the infants as the highlight of the class, which led to difficulties when Trinkle taught three sections of the class last fall. Because of the HSSF grant, she was able to purchase four additional RealCare infants in order to speed up the assignment. “Most students want to do at least two days or a weekend rather than just overnight, so it allows a lot more students to be able to do that,” Trinkle said. Whether the need lies in a new vein of technology or in changing the way P.E. is taught, the HSSF grants have been offering teachers the opportunity to get their hands on materials above and beyond what is used in the average classroom. “There are a lot of teachers that don’t know about the grant process, and you have to get the word out there’s money there,” Boyd said. Although the yearlong celebration of the 10-year anniversary of HSSF will come to a close in July, the grant program will continue to develop in the future. “We’re growing and changing as time goes on. We’ll continue increasing our budget and we’d love to do other district-wide projects that would affect a lot of students,” Allen said.


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It is our position parents should be supportive of each other. Somewhere between June Cleaver and Gloria Steinem, women started burning their bras and abandoning their aprons for a briefcase and a paycheck. Alas, the glass ceiling was broken bringing with it better pay and equal opportunities for women. Among the broken glass and shrapnel, there is a philosophical war brewing between mothers who work outside of the home versus those who choose homemaking. At the root of the controversy seems to be a contest of martyrdom with the winner fetching the prize of who works the hardest. The men are also being dragged into the martyr wars with an increasing number of dads who choose to stay at home. Every family has its own unique structure and set of financial and/or moral circumstances from which it makes decisions on how and who runs its household. Whether a parent chooses to stay at home or chooses employment outside of the home, both roles have equal impact on the well-being of children. Stay-at-home parents should not have to validate their choice. Likewise, parents whose employment takes them outside of the home should not have to apologize for not being home as often as they would like.

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You can’t fit this … Commentary by Terry Anker Timing, as William Shakespeare is to have penned, is everything. It seems to enjoy more universal truth than many of the aphorisms on which we hang our daily lives. And like most simple veracities, it asserts itself in both the most humble and grand ways. Over the years, my closet has burgeoned with vestment that, with my limited sartorial saliency, seem to, if you will forgive the pun, suit me. Therefore, the acquisition of new attire has slowed a great deal from my younger days. To paraphrase an infamous American, if the suit fits, you must acquit. If we can get it buttoned, shouldn’t we wear it? Even as the answer to this question is roiling in one’s mind, know that I am routinely acknowledged for keeping some things a “little” too long. In fact, missing and lost artifacts of my dressing past often become laundry fatalities – defined as favorite (if frayed) shirt, pant, tie or jacket that disappears inexplicably from action. To be sure, the 1979 Alabama tour T-shirt did

not disappear by itself (granted, the worn-totranslucence fabric may have simply dissolved on its millennial washing), but gone it is. So in venturing out to purchase a new suit for the first time in some time, I’ve discovered men’s clothing is now designed to cling to the body. Gone are the days of MC Hammer’s giant drawers into which even the most robust ham hocks could have found refuge. Gone is the “big” shirt by Ralph Lauren whose very design took pride in its largess. It is replaced with “skinny” ties and suits to match. Why weren’t the suits skinny when I was and pleated as, well, I’ve filled out? Is it the caprice of timing? Given the choice, is it cheesecake or style that matters most?

We have to admit we’re overly disappointed to recently have learned about the $206-million programming mistake at the state level, which shortchanged local governments. This comes on the heels of a $320-million error back in December. While we’ve not agreed with everything Gov. Mitch Daniels has done through the years, such as his increase in our state income tax, overall, we had confidence in his fiscal stewardship of our fine state. This really cuts to the core of the governor’s fiscal “character,” if you will, and we don’t see how he lives this down. However, here’s a thought: With the discovery of all this money, we’d like to suggest something we’ve not heard discussed, and that is returning much of this money to taxpayers. Think about it. It’s your money and ours. Local governments already have made cuts, and they continue to operate just fine, as far as we can tell. So, our state’s chief executive should do the right thing and gives us all back the money rightfully ours. (Do they do direct deposit?) ••• And speaking of our governor, his name was mentioned at a business breakfast we attended last week. The notion of him being the Republican vice-presidential candidate was floated. We just don’t see it. He’s probably more cabinet timbre at this point … if President Barack Obama is unseated, which we also don’t see happening as of this writing. (Of course, one of us is a former gambler.) It needs to happen, and it could happen, but we don’t believe it will happen. Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@

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Winning the battle Laughs by Danielle Wilson

Can you take classes to learn how to fight with your spouse? I’m serious, because I suck at it, and though my husband and I rarely argue, when we do, I always lose. And I hate losing. Our most recent rumble is the perfect example. Quick background: Doo and I drove to New Orleans last minute to see the Louisville versus Kentucky game in the Final Four. Doo, an Indiana University alum, wore Wildcat blue basically to irritate me, since I’m a huge Cardinals fan. Sadly, Louisville lost, and post-game, Doo celebrated with gin and tonics while I succumbed to fatigue, hunger, disappointment, people-overload and hormone fluctuations. I’m not exactly sure how exactly our conversation headed south, but the row that followed will go down in the annals of Wilson history. Without going into details, I soon found myself bawling in the very busy valet lot of the Louisville basketball team’s hotel and shouting, “I’m not getting in the car with you!” Meanwhile, Doo taunted me with his chain-smoking. The yelling ceased only because our crappy minivan arrived and I had to drive us back to where we were staying. I cried myself to sleep while Doo drank the night away with our Katrina-surviving host. Despite the fact we were both laughing about our “disagreement” the next day, I hate that I

was such an unworthy opponent. As is typical, I allowed Doo to steamroll me into feeling both guilty and responsible, inevitably leading me to apologize for everything. How unhealthy is that? Because even though I was 50 percent to blame for the argument, my husband was equally guilty. And yet for some reason, when I get into an emotional confrontation with Doo, rational thought leaves me. All I want to do is finish the fight as quickly as possible and have him like me again. He’s not much better. Doo’s so stubborn he rarely admits he’s wrong, and never during a debate with me. And I’ve yet to hear him say “I’m sorry” in the midst of an argument. The apology usually comes a day or two later after he’s cooled down and had time to think everything through. So back to my original question: Where can I learn to fight more effectively with my husband? Do I need counseling, or is there a club I can join? A marital fight club, perhaps? Because I really don’t like losing, ever, and especially not to my spouse during some stupid spat. Peace out.

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Difficult to swallow

Laughs by Dick Wolfsie

I’ve had some weird things done to me: Acupuncture, aromatherapy, iridotherapy, colonic cleansing and foot detoxification among others. I’ve been probed, pierced, punctured and perfumed. I submitted to these procedures because I thought I could get an easy laugh on TV. I even tried maggot debridement therapy, an old Chinese technique that uses the little vermin to treat lesions. I was so scared I screamed the entire time. People still make fun of me to this day. Some wounds never heal. I usually shy away from anything alternative. I hate alternative music and I don’t read the alternative press, although I am warming up to alternative energy. The newest alternative fad is known as oil pulling. The treatment has been repopularized by a Ukrainian physician who believes swishing a tablespoon of vegetable oil through your teeth and over your tongue for 15 minutes each day will rid your system of the deadly toxins that end up in your saliva. This makes swallowing very dangerous, which is like finding out that blinking causes blindness. The doctor contends people who follow this procedure can live to be 150. So far, no living examples have hobbled forward. On, you are told not to ingest the white paste that develops in your mouth after performing this activity. If you do swallow by

accident, “nothing bad will happen to you,” the doctor claims. Then he cautions when you spit out the oil, always wash out your sink immediately because the yucky fluid has a corrosive effect on metal and it might clog the drain pipes. In his continuing efforts toward research, the doctor experimented with a number of other liquids. He even tried Jack Daniel’s whiskey, but in those experiments, he neglected to advise people not to ingest the booze after completing the therapy. The result was that while the patients with chronic disease were not cured, they did feel 100 percent better. That’s what happens when you don’t give a spit. There is a lot of misleading information circulating about this procedure – possibly the result of loose lips. That’s one of the side effects of gargling with Canola. Anyone pulling oil is going to have badly-slurred speech, so it’s no wonder they’re misunderstood. The whereabouts of the good doctor are unknown. Rumor has it he awoke one morning and carelessly dribbled most of his olive oil down the front of his pajamas. Later that day, he slipped quietly out of town.

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Allergy sufferers may benefit from functional rhinoplasty

Commentary by Dr. Taha Shipchandler

The warmer weather this spring has many benefits – unless you suffer from allergies. Many people who have trouble breathing through their nose, which often worsens during allergy season, may find some permanent relief through “functional rhinoplasty” – or nasal valve repair. This common procedure is particularly effective for people with conditions such as a deviated septum, self-collapsing nose or septum or a crooked nose. A study I conducted of patients in my practice treated with functional rhinoplasty shows that approximately 96 percent are able to breathe better than they ever thought possible – some say it’s like wearing glasses for the first time. Some also report improved senses of smell and taste, and many are less tired because they sleep better at night and have less effortful breathing during the day. For some allergy sufferers, functional rhinoplasty can reduce or eliminate the use of nasal allergy sprays as well. How do you know if you’re a candidate for functional rhinoplasty? Often, people who regularly use or rely on breathing strips to aid breathing can benefit from this procedure. Here’s a simple test: If pulling on one side of your cheek helps you breathe better, you may be a candidate

for functional rhinoplasty. A consultation with a doctor specializing in this field can determine if you can benefit from this procedure. During an initial exam, the doctor will isolate exactly where in the nose the breathing problem originates and make appropriate recommendations. It’s important to know functional rhinoplasty does not change the shape of the nose. However, if a patient wants to change its nose shape, this can be accomplished at the same time. Functional rhinoplasty is covered by most insurance policies. The 90- to 120-minute surgery is an outpatient procedure, with most patients returning to work and a normal routine within three to four days. Difficulty breathing through the nose – especially during allergy season – affects a substantial percentage of the population. Patients who have undergone functional rhinoplasty are often amazed with the results and how much better they feel. Dr. Taha Shipchandler, IU Health Physicians, specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology/ENT. He is a guest columnist located at IU Health Physicians – Springmill, 200 W. 103rd St., Suite 1500, Indianapolis. You may contact him at 948-3223, or visit his Web site at iuhealth. org/shipchandler.

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In memory of brother, artist presents ‘Color Inspires’ Edie Kellar Mahaney gallery at The Stratford in Carmel celebrates the abstract, artist’s brother, Chuck

By Jordan Fischer • Edie Kellar Mahaney’s art is a work in color and abstraction. The Zionsville artist, who works under the name Kellar Mahaney, will be featured in May at an exhibit at The Stratford, a retirement community located in Carmel. The exhibit, titled “Color Inspires,” is dedicated to the memory of Mahaney’s brother, Chuck Mahaney, himself an abstract artist and a former resident of an East Coast community owned by Senior Living Communities, the parent company of The Stratford. “Our residents are huge art lovers and involved in their local communities,” said Katie Huffstetler, chief communications officer for Senior Living Communities. “So this was a great opportunity to have a gallery out there for them with a local connection.” Mahaney is an award-winning contemporary painter who maintains a studio and the Kellar Mahaney Gallery, opened with her daughter, Lolly, in 2008 in Zionsville. She is the founding director of the Munce Art Center, and was honored by former Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon in 1998 with a Distinguished Hoosier Award. Mahaney is known for her enthusiastic use of color and her modern, abstract aesthetic, according to Huffstetler. “She enjoys freedom of thought and inspiration, and her artistic signature is characterized by large, brushy strokes on expansive canvasses,” Huffstetler said. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibit will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association, but Mahaney is also doing the gallery to increase awareness of the benefits of art therapy for people like Chuck who have Alzheimer’s disease, Huffstetler said. Huffstetler herself met Chuck while he was a resident at one of the communities she worked with. He was featured along with another artist in a 2010 article by Huffstetler. “His gregarious manner has spread to the staff members who care for him,” Huffstetler wrote. “When asked to describe his signature style, the artist speaks of colors.”

Artist Edie Kellar Mahaney and her daughter, Lolly, are the brains and talent behind the Kellar Mahaney Gallery in Zionsville. (Submitted Photo)

In the article, Chuck says his style features “strong, vibrant colors with muscle and strength. I don’t like anything to appear faded.” “I thought that was an interesting contrast with him,” Huffstetler said, “because his memory was faded. His painting encouraged him to draw a distinct line and be more precise.” Chuck used his art as a means of encouraging visibility for individuals like himself with Alzheimer’s disease. “That kind of motivation pushes me; it’s personal,” Chuck said in his interview with Huffstetler. “People underestimate our abilities, but it’s possible for me to blossom as an artist in my later years – I want people to see that.” The Stratford, located at 2460 Glebe St., Carmel, will host a reception in honor of the artist

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“We deliver more than 4,500 meals each month and the demand for our services increases almost daily. Beth’s experience in meeting social Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County has service needs and her understanding of our hired Beth Gehlhausen as executive director. broad service area – from 96th to 296th street Gehlhausen was appointed interim director in November, following the resignation of Marti and all points in between – made her an ideal candidate for the post.” Lindell in September. Limited access to food, also “I am thrilled to be a permaknown as food insecurity, is an nent part of such an important often overlooked problem among organization,” said Gehlhauthe senior population, explained sen. “I enjoy working with the Wack, a geriatric care manager. board, staff and volunteers.  There Even older residents who can afis such opportunity with the next ford groceries hesitate to tell famphase of Meals on Wheels’ life.  I ily and friends when they need am happy to be a small part of help preparing meals, fearing they seeing it through!” will be forced from their homes. Previously, Gehlhausen proGetting balanced meals each vided a variety of services to weekday also helps people avoid numerous social services orGehlhausen illness and long hospital stays. ganizations through her firm,  “Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is on Gehlhausen Consulting. She was the founder the cusp of change and growth in serving those of Prevail Inc., and executive director there for who need a little help in staying self-sufficient 18 years. She serves on the Hamilton County in their own home,” Gehlhausen added.  “I am Community Corrections Advisory Board, and honored to have been selected to take part in has been actively involved in the Fishers Redethis exciting time for the organization.” velopment Authority, the M&I Bank Hamilton Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County has County Advisory Board and the Fishers Center been delivering hot, nutritious meals for 37 Board of Advisors for the YMCA, among other years to county residents who cannot prepare organizations. food on their own due to age, illness or disabil“Beth brings a wealth of skills and knowlity. For more information, visit www.mealsonedge, as well as a wellspring of energy to Meals on Wheels,” said Susan Wack, board president.

Want to avoid a heart attack? Think positive – According to a study done by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, and published online last week in “Psychological Bulletin,” there may be a correlation between positive outlook and a reduced chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Individuals rated the “most optimistic” in the study had as much as a 50 percent reduced risk of heart attack or stroke than those with a less sunny disposition. More information is available online at (Source: Senior Journal)

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Keep moving to avoid Alzheimer’s – A study published today in the journal “Neurology” suggests seniors who keep moving are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than their more sedentary peers. According to the study, which looked at 716 people with an average age of 82, even everyday tasks that get seniors moving can have beneficial effects. (Source: Randy Dotinga via Health Day) Exercise to keep your balance, health – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these exercises to can help improve balance in seniors: practice Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art; walk backward, stepping to the side or walking heel to toe; practice standing on one foot and holding the position; take group exercise classes that focus on balance.

Walking not only improves your balance, it may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


Scams, Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation

The Senior Medicare Patrol is committed to teaching seniors how to detect, prevent and report fraud. Join the SMP’s S.A.F.E. seminar on Friday, June 15 to turn in expired medications to law enforcement, shred your old personal documents free of charge and hear from expert speakers on protecting yourself from fraud and scams targeting seniors. Where: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 West 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260

What: S.A.F.E. (Scams, Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation) When: June 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: Free RSVP:

*If you are a Marion County resident and need transportation to the event, please contact the IAAAA office at 317-205-9201 for more information.

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Savvy Social Security planning Commentary by Adam Cmejla There are many activities, services and programs to look forward to as one approaches retirement, and few, if any of them, are more important than understanding the Social Security system. However, I’ve found that most people are unaware of how social security works, the various ways to claim benefits and how to (legally) maximize the system for your benefit. With that, I’d like to offer some suggestions, tips and information. First, a large variable lies in when you decide to elect benefits. A key piece of information you’ll want to know is when you will reach full retirement age. This is calculated based off your date of birth. If you were born between the years 1943-1954, your FRA is 66. However, if you elect benefits at 62, you’ll face a 25-percent reduction in your benefits just for electing four years early. Imagine having your salary you were promised cut back by 25-percent ... what would that do to your household? Delaying benefits as long as possible up to (and beyond, if possible) your FRA translates into a much higher monthly benefit for you and your family during retirement. Also, keep in mind for every year you delay benefits past your FRA, the Social Security program will allow you to accumulate or delayed retirement credits. This translates into

an 8-percent increase in benefits every year from your FRA to age 70. If you are married, this brings into context an entirely different level of planning to determine when and how to elect benefits. Depending on your and your spouse’s age, earnings history and retirement plans, it may be beneficial to scrutinize your spousal benefit options and implement strategies such as “elect and suspend” and “earn now, earn more later.” It should be noted some of these strategies are not listed on the Social Security election form; they must be specifically asked for and written in the comments section when you elect your benefits. For those that have gone through a divorce, you may also be entitled to your ex-spouse’s spousal benefit, provided you had been married for more than 10 years and you have not remarried. (It does not, however, matter whether your ex-spouse has remarried). Clearly, there are many factors and options to consider when it comes down to Social Security planning. For more information, visit Adam Cmejla is president of Integrated Planning & Wealth Management, a comprehensive financial services firm. He can be reached at 853-6777 or adam@ integratedpwm.

2013 Boone County Grandparent Calendar search – Start taking and saving your favorite grandparent photos now for the 2012 Boone County Grandparent Calendar. The search committee will begin taking submissions on Aug. 1, and a public vote for the photos to be used in the calendar will go from Aug. 15-31. Ad space is still available for businesses or organizations interested in buying into the calendar. For more information, contact Sonya Shoup at sshoup@booneseniors. com or 765-482-5220. “Morning Call Network” available to seniors in Fishers – Senior citizens in Fishers who live alone or are disabled or homebound should be aware of the “Morning Call Network” telephone reassurance program offered by the Fishers Police Dept. The program is a telephone system designed to provide senior citizens with a daily phone call to let them know someone is checking on them and someone cares. Once seniors register, a volunteer will place a call to each person enrolled at a time and days of his or her choosing. When the telephone is answered, a volunteer will verify the well-being of the subscriber. If no answer is received, the emergency contact person will be called, and a police officer will be dispatched if no one is reachable. The program is free to all seniors living within the Town of Fishers. To enroll, call the FPD and speak with Sgt. Randy McFarland at 595-3300.

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Money Smart Week aims to educate seniors EEOC strengthens age discrimination rules Hoosiers in the Indianapolis area can turn to their local Indiana Area Agency on Aging to improve their financial literacy at events related to Money Smart Week, a series of free classes and activities helduntile Saturday and designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The Senior Medicare Patrol programs recruit and teach senior volunteers and professionals, such as doctors, nurses, accountants, investigators, law enforcement personnel and attorneys. MSW began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy, in 2002. Now, groups in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin host events. A program on “Extra Help with Medicare

Costs and Prescription Assistance Options” will be hosted tomorrow by the Central Indiana Council on Aging at the Indianapolis Senior Center, 708 E. Michigan St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Abigail Vivo at 803-6006. The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, founded in 1978, advocates for quality programs and services for older adults and all persons with disabilities. The IAAAA works with Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging. The AAAs were designated by state statute in 1973 to deliver services under the Older Americans Act. AAAs are nonprofit entities providing services to older adults and people with disabilities of any age and their caregivers. For more information about IAAAA, visit If you suspect someone is trying to coerce or steal your information, contact your local AAA at 800-986-3505.

Fostering age-friendly communities – The AARP this month announced a new initiative to educate, promote and recognize improvements that make cities more userfriendly for older residents. “Not only older people, but mothers with strollers and ex-joggers with knee problems will welcome crosswalks with countdown clocks and mid-crossing safe havens,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president. “You shouldn’t have to be a former Olympic sprinter to get across the street before the light changes.”

18 | April 24, 2012 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced new regulations clarifying age discrimination protections for workers older than 40. “Age discrimination is a serious and increasing problem,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of the AARP, in endorsing the regulations. “Workers and employers alike will benefit from the helpful guidance provided by the EEOC.” LeaMond said for workers, the practical outcome of the new guidelines is there is a better chance of preventing discrimination before it happens. But, if it does, older workers will have a meaningful chance to get their day in court and prove their case. What is at stake in the new regulations is a legal concept called “disparate impact,” which involves employment practices neutral on their face, but which have a discriminatory or disproportionate impact on a group protected by federal anti-discrimination law, in this case, older workers. Disparate impact contrasts with “disparate treatment” cases where intentional discriminatory treatment must be shown. With disparate treatment, a worker must prove an employer took an adverse action against he or she because of his or her age. The U.S. Supreme Court has held complaints about disparate impact are permitted under the Age Discrimination in

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Employment Act, in a manner similar to – but not the same as – how they are permitted for practices that adversely affect women, minorities and others under other federal laws, such as Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The high court has ruled policies or practices that have a greater adverse impact on older workers violate the ADEA, unless they can be justified by a “reasonable factor other than age.” However, the Court has not provided much guidance on which kinds of employer actions would meet the “reasonable factors other than age” defense. Now, the EEOC has defined what “reasonable” means: employers must be mindful of their responsibilities not to discriminate on the basis of age, and they must design and implement their decisions reasonably, to achieve a legitmate business purpose. The regulations list several considerations relevant to deciding whether the employer acted reasonably. If the action is based on reasonable factors other than age, it is lawful, even if it does have a disparate impact on older workers. LeaMond said for employers, the regulations will provide practical guidance on how to avoid problems and litigation. They will encourage employers to be more diligent at the front-end and to examine whether seemingly-neutral practices will have a discriminatory impact on older workers, just like they already do when they try to avoid unintentional discrimination against women, minorities and others.


May is Older Americans Month Commentary by Spencer Grimm

Annually since 1963, Older Americans Month has rallied communities across the nation in celebrating the contribution and achievements of American seniors. “Never Too Old to Play” is the theme of this May’s celebratory month honoring the experience, wisdom and understanding older adults pass on to other generations. According to the Administration on Aging, approximately 40 million senior adults – people 65 years or older – live in America, comprising 13 percent of the U.S. population. One of every eight Americans is a senior citizen, and this number is expected to reach 72.1 million older persons by 2030. This year’s Older Americans Month salutes the spirited endeavors of an increasing number of older people who volunteer and participate in community service groups, faith-based organizations, arts and recreational groups and online social networking. We should applaud the invaluable contributions older adults bring to our individual communities. Grandparents and elder adults help shape the values, achievements and life choices of our young people and lend inspiration and stability to our nation as a whole. As an increased number of older Americans are living longer and healthier lives, they continue to engage in social, creative and physical

activities. The proven health benefits of staying active include retaining mobility, muscle mass and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. As part of Older Americans Month, every person is encouraged to interact with at least one senior and enjoy more playful social interactions such as games, sports, contests and other forms of intergenerational engagement. Possible fun activities include board games, swimming, bowling, cooking, baking, going to movies, taking nature walks, volunteering with a community service group and reading to young children. Older Americans Month is a wonderful opportunity to show special appreciation for some of our most beloved citizens. To find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, contact your local Area Agency on Aging by visiting or calling 800- 677-1116.

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Protecting your teen driver Commentary by Dena Shepherd Page

Question from Michael M. from West Clay: My daughter will be getting her driver’s license this summer. How do I add her to my policy, and what can I do to make sure I don’t have to get a second job to afford it?      Response from Dena Shepherd Page: Issues Adding a teen to your insurance policy is not the thing to do if you’re looking to keep your insurance costs down. First, make sure your teen keeps her grades up. A good majority of carriers offer discounts for teens that maintain a B average or higher. Next, make sure your teen completes a Drivers Ed class. Lastly, make sure you pay attention to our claim prevention ideas and follow all the laws and regulations. Coverage recommendations Adding a new driver to your policy is as easy as giving your independent agent a phone call or an e-mail. We will need the new driver’s license number, name and the vehicle he or she will be driving. If you’re adding a new vehicle, we will also need the vehicle identification number for the new automobile.  The type of vehicle your teen drives is a major factor in the cost of coverage. It’s a pretty simple concept. The car you want he or she to drive (a four-door sedan) is going to cost a lot less to insure when compared to the car he or she wants

to drive (a coupe, convertible or sports car). Modifying your coverage limits is a subject you should mention to your independent agent. What I would recommend depends greatly on your own circumstances and risk tolerance. I will say the state minimum limits are inadequate and should only be used if financially necessary. Claim prevention The leading cause of death for U.S. teens is motor vehicle crashes. Teens are at risk because they are more likely to drive aggressively, to not wear seatbelts and to underestimate the dangers associated with hazardous driving situations. When we talk about claim prevention, we’re talking about minimizing the risk of those three things. The most straightforward approach to prevention is to just put it all the rules on paper and create a Teen-Parent Driving Contract. The contract will spell out your expectations on anything you feel like addressing, along with the punishment for breaking the contract. We recommend addressing issues like seat belts, cellphones, passengers and laws in your Teen-Parent Driving Contract. Dena Shepherd Page is with Shepherd Insurance & Finanacial Services. Have an insurance question you need answered? Send it to

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On my way to the airport, I’m running late and I began to feel uncomfortable about the speed of my travel. Just as soon as the feeling hit me, you could see the glisten of a motorcycle helmet on the side of the interstate. Sure enough, as I approached, he flicked on his lights and made a bold gesture indicating he’d like us (driver and any passengers with him) to stop. It’s ticket time! It was all over in a matter of minutes. No questions, no excuses, just a transaction. In case you are wondering, it was I-69. Soon, I was back on my way, only this time, the speed was 55 mph. Seconds later, people were passing on the right and left. It was crazy how slow it felt. I thought I could walk faster than the car was moving. It felt like it would be days to the airport. Speed is a funny thing. You get so used to going a certain speed you feel uncomfortable when

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When life gives you lemons … Landscaping by Randy Sorrell The outdoor space, ambitiously-designed and created prior to our involvement, suited the family well. However, there was just a little something missing. The exposed aggregate patio was generous enough to house the several kids and the fire feature was getting enough use. But the spaces didn’t feel connected and the mister of the house wanted to fuel his passion for grilling. This clever grill station, situated in the heart of the Villages of West Clay, seemed to be the answer, particularly after we connected the fire feature space more directly to the patio and the grill station area via a brick landing. It tastefully envelops the oversized, authentic blue-stone grill counter, and creates the perfect place for barheight stools. Suddenly, the exposed aggregate patio feels warm. Elegant. Inviting. Retro-fits Retro-fits really are all about lemons. Sometimes the lemons need a little more squeezing and bling to become really sweet. This one was normal. The two outside stone columns that supported the cedar pergola offered a perfect anchor for the grill station; we were confident matching the stone and marrying the surfaces could be accomplished. The surprise, and there are always a few, allowed us to “creatively” manage the columns, which were both out of square and not level. The fresh stone that didn’t quite match (different color run and a little fading on the original installation) offered another great “opportunity” to employ years of brilliance … meaning we borrowed a few ideas we witnessed elsewhere. Lemonade Lemons into lemonade … and who doesn’t like a wonderful glass of lemonade? Adam, our star operations manager, created smart trim de-

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tails to absorb some of these fun surprises. The trusting homeowners played along, confident our intentions were in their best interest. A few days after the completion of the project, Mr. Holland was thrilled with the updated space. The Weber grill performs stellar, like Webers do, and the stainless steel outdoor refrigerator was housed with all sorts of goodies! Kids and company had gathered more than once around the counter while fresh tuna steaks seared, asparagus roasted and hope for memories lived. I love making lemonade! Randy Sorrell is president of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel home improvement firm. He may be reached at 679-2565, or

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Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! appraisal of update priorities, and the latest information on styles, trends and technology. Of these … technology in all areas is the thing that has changed the most in the past few years. Touch-open cabinets, LED lighting, easy-access drawers and hideaway storage units are just a few items that can make a dramatic and positive difference in how a kitchen functions. Sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials are available for flooring, countertops and cabinet fronts. Appliance technology and appearance updates can make the same floor plan feel new. It may be time to think big regarding how best to improve convenience, appearance, livability and environmental friendliness. And the best way to stretch your home value may be to think small.

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RECEPTIONIST/OPTICAL SHOP Optical shop/front desk receptionist

North side optical shop seeks a full-time employee with healthcare experience who can manage front desk responsibilities including greeting and checking in patients; answering phones; updating patient demographic information such as insurance; verify/authorize vision insurance plans including VSP, Eyemed and Spectera; prepare charts for next day’s patients; schedule follow up appointments and collect co-pays. The candidate should be well-rounded in all optical shop and optometry needs including assisting a busy optometrist with preliminary patient exams and selecting, adjusting and dispensing eyewear. Must have demonstrated excellence in communication skills, good computer skills, strong attention to detail, the ability to work independently, multitask and remain calm under pressure. Previous health care experience required. Please send resume labeled OPTICAL SHOP and three professional references to or via fax to 317-274-5550

OPTICIAN Optician wanted for new optical shop opening in soon in Boone County. Experienced required. The optician candidate should be competent in selecting, dispensing and adjusting eyewear. Prefer experience with VSP, Eyemed and Spectera. Responsibilities also include frame purchasing and contact lens ordering, verification and instruction. Candidate should be able to order eyeglasses and contact lenses online and also should be able to assist with front desk operation duties that include updating patient demographic information, insurance details, and assisting with patient check in and check out. Please send resume labeled OPTICIAN and three professional references to pickett@iupui. edu or via fax to 317-274-5550

NOW HIRING Direct Support Professional Dependable, energetic and compassionate caregiver needed to provide personal care, meal prep, goal attainment and household assistance for female teenaged developmentally disabled individual primarily in their home, some community assistance is required. Must have reliable transportation, Valid Indiana Driver License, vehicle insurance; pass all criminal history, background and physical requirements. Experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, preferred. Hours needed: Mon 3pm to 8pm (during school year); 11am to 4pm (during summer break); Sun 10am to 6pm year round. PHONE: 317-387-1443 FAX: 317-356-6661


Kitchen Help and Waitstaff needed: Westfield area. 317-804-2081


Now Hiring Seasonal Laborers Work outside! Be part of maintaining Fishers’ streets, parks, and facilities. Approx. 30-35 hrs/wk. Some evening, weekend and holiday hours. For more information and to apply visit: A Noblesville business seeking a

part-time/seasonal driver

to make deliveries throughout Indiana. All trips will be day trips starting and ending in Noblesville.  The position does not require any driving experience, nor a CDL, but does require a person with a clean driving record and one who would be comfortable driving a one ton flatbed truck and pulling a trailer.  We will pay an hourly wage based on experience.To apply, send resume or cover letter to bboyer@

Respected local pet care company

Skip’s Auctions Gallery

489.4444 ext. 202

is looking for exceptional part-time adult dog walkers and pet sitters as we expand our business. Sitters must reside in zip codes 46074, 46032 or 46033 and requires work experience with dogs and cats.  Email for complete job description

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SportClips is Now Hiring for A NEW Store opening in Carmel at 126th & Meridian. We are hiring for all positions including Managers and Stylists. We offer great pay, commission and benefits. Love what you do, love where you work. Interested applicants should call Shea at 317-223-1210 or apply online at

Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

Hiring immediately for Office Manager. Accepting applications for summer part-time staff and camp counselors. Apply in person or send applications/ resumes to 1448 Conner St.


Full & part time positions available, Monday thru Friday, start time 5 p.m. Must have your own car, clean criminal background and a minimum of one year verifiable employment in the last 18 months. Please call 317-252-9795; leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible


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