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Teammates by his side, yelling encouragement, a participant drags “Rescue Randy” towards the finish line.

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During the Freestyle round a competitor gets in position for her dog to catch a Frisbee after jumping off of her leg.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge presented by IU Health Saxony Hospital held on Aug. 3 and 4 brought firefighters from around the state to Roy G. Holland Memorial Park to test their skills. Families gathered to the event and enjoyed other spectacles. For more photos visit currentinfishers.com. (Photos by Kourtnee Hamilton)

Bursting through the double doors Justin Anderson of Westfield Fire Department aims the high-pressure hose at the target during the first round of the relay on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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Water conservation order still in effect – Despite recent rainfall, the Town of Fishers is continuing its “Mandatory Conservation Order” due to the water emergency brought on by the dry summer. The order, which if broken, can result in a $500 fine, applies to Fishers residents that do not receive water from wells, rain barrels or retention ponds. “Although recent heavy rain is providing very significant benefits to area reservoir levels, it is likely to take several weeks of rainfall to restore water levels,” Sarah Holsapple, Citizens Energy Group Media Relations Coordinator, said in a press release. For a complete breakdown of the conservation order, head to fishers.in.us. Lightning strikes damage homes, cause fire – The storms that occurred early Thursday morning led to lightning strikes that damaged two homes, one of which caused a fire. The fire occurred at 12806 Barons Court. At approximately 5:20 a.m., the homeowner, Ryan Fleming, got home from work and was greeted with smoke and activated alarms. Firefighters discovered fire burning through the floor originating in the basement. The firefighters contained the fire to the area it originated in. Another strike was reported at approximately 4:40 a.m. on Stickney Court, damaging a home, but not starting a fire. Movies in the Park continues at Saxony – This week’s flick at Movies in the Park is “The Smurfs,” starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Grace. This week’s movie is at Saxony (13578 E. 131st St.). The show starts at dusk, but gates open up an hour beforehand. Pink Heals Truck Tour to stop in Fishers, honor Fishers police officer Aug. 19 – The Pink Heals Truck Tour, an organization that raises women’s cancer awareness, is coming to the Fishers Municipal Complex on Aug. 19. The organization utilizes pink fire trucks to raise awareness, and it visited, along with the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” movement in 2009. The visit happened shortly before FPD officer Leslie Hulse lost her fight to breast cancer. The Pink Heals crew was inspired by her courage and named one of their trucks after her. The Town of Fishers plans to honor Hulse at the dedication of the Pink Heals truck, “Leslie,” and the dedication will be followed up with dragon boat races, including Indy SurviveOars at Geist Marina. The following is a breakdown of the events: • 12 p.m. – Pink Heals Fire Trucks arrive at the municipal complex • 1:30 p.m. – Dedication of the pink “Leslie” fire truck • 2:30 p.m. – The trucks and dragon boat trailer leave for Geist Reservoir • 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – The Pink Fire Trucks and other displays are available at Geist Marina • 4 p.m. – Kickoff ceremony and dragon boat races

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Lieutenant Mike Johnson sees coaching football and wrestling as a way to be a positive role model outside of the class room. Johnson, a 19-year veteran at FPD, is a district-wide DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) coordinator. He started teaching the program in Hamilton Southeastern schools in 1995. “It was a perfect fit for me,” he said. Before choosing a career in law enforcement, Johnson originally planned to be a teacher. Since he started working with the program, he’s found a way to do both. He said over time the program evolved into what it is today – a course on making good life choices in general, as well as drug education. Coaching at Riverside for the past 10 years gives the officer the ability to reinforce the messages he gives in the classroom on the football field. His big message to students is to get involved with something – whether it’s sports or academic clubs. He said his job as role model was “amped up tenfold” when he started the coaching gig. Building connections is a major part of the experience for Johnson. He said simple situations like a student telling his or her parents about his classroom discussions are some of his

Johnson favorite experiences with the program. Johnson said an old student approached him at Roost one morning and told the officer he was responsible for saving his life. “Those are the experiences you can take with you,” he said. He said his roles as DARE coordinator and sports coach work in tandem, but demands at the police department sometimes require him to miss out on coaching. Seeing and helping kids who are making bad choices is not easy job, but Johnson said kids improve and become better because of it. He hopes the work he puts into coaching and the DARE program benefits the students and athletes he works with. “It’s a passion,” he said.

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Casterline readies for National Sweetheart competition By Dan Domsic • dan@youarecurrent.com For Audra Casterline, competing in the Miss Indiana Pageant and Miss America system is all about being a well-rounded woman and defeating stereotypes. Casterline, 22, was runner-up in this year’s Miss Indiana competition. As runner-up, she will represent the state at the National Sweetheart Pageant competition Labor Day weekend. Her pageant career began in 2006 with the teen Miss America competition. She entered the competitions because of two of her talents. “I liked to speak in public, and I like to sing,” she said. “It’s always cool to meet new people and stretch yourself, I think and so this allows you to do all that.” A love for public speaking, meeting new people and singing make the contest worth it for Casterline. Her big singing debut was in the basement of Fortville United Methodist Church. “It’s a big deal,” she said, sardonically. While in the teen circuit, her favorite aspect of the competitions was the personal interview. “It’s challenging and invigorating to have a team of intelligent people pick your brain for ten minutes,” she said. In the Miss Indiana competition, her favorite part of the competition is the swimsuit portion. She said the heart of the portion, which currently accounts for 15 percent of a participant’s score, is about dedication to physical fitness. “For health overall, it is important that you respect physical fitness,” she said. “I would not have started running and exercising on a regular basis if it was not for the Miss America Pageant.” As for breaking stereotypes, Casterline said some of the more touching moments of the experience involved the support she received from her competitors who didn’t make it as far as she did.

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She said the competition as whole is breaking the beauty contest image by awarding scholarships and making the competition more about being a well-rounded individual than anything else. “I know I’m better for it,” she said. Currently, Casterline is attending Anderson University and pursuing a theology major and Spanish minor. She began studying theology during freshman year before a transfer from Marian University – where first-year students were required to take an introductory religion class. Casterline, “geeked-out,” got an A-plus, found a new skill and realized it was something she loved. Casterline isn’t sure where her studies are going to lead her after graduation. She said, “God’s kind of leading me blind.” But if she had to guess, she believes preaching, mission-work and possibly even founding her own not-for-profit are in the cards. “It’s so fun to have her come out on stage and be strong in every area of competition,” Anita Casterline, Audra’s mother, said. “That’s why she has succeeded.”

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Philanthropy added to Mudsock Week editorial@youarecurrent.com Next week, Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School will compete in a traditional Mudsock Week showdown with new twists, leading up to the football game at HSE on August 24. The event, coordinated by the HSE Schools Foundation, features five varsity sporting events leading up to the football game on Friday night. In addition to the sporting events, both schools are hosting new or gently used sporting equipment drives for Geared for Health: Sports Equipment for Kids, a program that distributes the items to youth-serving organizations. For the second year in a row, the foundation is offering VIP tickets in the end zone at the football game. “People enjoyed the whole event,” Lisa Allen, executive director of the foundation, said. The VIP seating includes reserved seats, private concessions, and private restrooms. The cost is $35 – which includes a $30 charitable donation contributing to grants and scholar6 | August 14, 2012

ship programs. Tickets can be purchased at each school’s office or online at hsefoundation.org. Allen said previous patrons took advantage of the private seats – regular tickets do not guarantee a specific seat in the crowd. Even season-pass holders are not guaranteed a specific seat, unlike the VIP seating area. The end zone seating nearly sold out last year, according to Allen. Allen said the foundation recently broke the $1 million mark for funds distributed through grants and scholarships. The HSE Schools Foundation coordinated with several organizations to make special seating happen, including the athletic directors at both schools, the S.P.O.R.T.S. corporation and the respective parent-teacher organizations. Handling the logistics of several organizations coming together to make the single event possible has been a challenge, Allen said. She said the foundation utilizes its non-voting student members in spearheading Mudsock Week and the events involved. Current in Fishers

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Town’s on-site clinic here to stay By Dan Domsic • dan@youarecurrent.com

Campaign co-chair Murray Clark, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Susan Brooks and U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. (Submitted photo)

U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor visits Carmel By Jordan Fischer • jordan@youarecurrent.com Virginia Senator and U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) visited Carmel last week to offer his endorsement for Republican Congressional candidate Susan Brooks. Brooks, a Carmel resident, is currently running for Congress in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, which covers an area east and north of Indianapolis from Shelbyville to Huntington, including parts of Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers. Republican Dan Burton, who will retire at the end of this year, has represented the 5th District since 2000, when it was redistricted from the 6th District. Brooks is an executive at Ivy Tech Community

College, and was previously the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “During tough times, including after the 9/11 attacks and when unemployment exceeded 10 percent, Susan has demonstrated an ability to solve big problems,” Cantor said. “Her unique combination of experience and her priority of restoring the promise of America – the dream of a good education, a good job and a higher quality of life – to the next generation of Americans will make her an excellent representative in Congress for Hoosiers in the 5th district.” Brooks will face off against Democrat Scott Reske and Libertarian Chard Reid in the November General Election.

The Town of Fishers main healthcare option for employees and their dependents is here to stay, provided employees remain satisfied and is a value to the town. “It will be in place as long as it continues to provide value to the organization and to the employees,” Cici Hendrix, human relations director, said. In 2008 the Town of Fishers formed a committee, which included Hendrix, to review health care costs and forecast future insurance premiums. Hendrix said it was a frightening picture. Three on-site healthcare vendors presented clinic models to the committee. The town selected Novia Care Clinics to bring on-site healthcare to the employees and dependents that are on the plan. According to a press release from Novia Care Clinics, 76 percent of the town employees utilize the services, as well as 45 percent of their dependents. When the Town had Novia Care start providing health care in 2009, it paid a start-up fee. Kate Snedeker, a public relations representative for Novia Care, could not provide an exact start-up cost for a clinic similar to the one used by Fishers employees. However, she said in an email that costs

to start such a clinic depend on what type of facility is available, floor space, handicap access, distance to plumbing, number of available rooms and more. Town of Fishers employees currently pay a premium on their paychecks that fund the program. “The philosophy is if they’re paying into the health fund, which is paying into the clinic, they should be the ones to benefit,” Hendrix said. Employees not on the town’s plan do not utilize the services. Novia Care charges per town employee a per-month fee, as well as for how much work the doctors and staff at the clinic put in weekly. Hendrix said the clinic is open 18 hours per week and only accepts patients by appointment, making it a challenge for some town employees and dependents to get into the clinic. Others credit the medical staff for saving lives. Christy Orusa, wife of Fire and Emergency Services Chief Steve Orusa, said Dr. Leanne Fortner at the clinic saved the chief ’s life. Fortner diagnosed Orusa with prostate cancer in its early stages, and Christy credits her with saving his life. Christy said the couple sees Fortner as a hero.

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Getting schooled Commentary by Susan Bryant Another school year has begun signifying the next mile marker in our children’s lives. As my kids head out the door with their bulging backpacks and an over-the-shoulder “See ya” thrown my way, I feel the first wave of nostalgia hit. Could these really be the same kids in kindergarten not so long ago? So small and vulnerable that their names had to be pinned to the front of their shirts? Dropping them off that first day, I remember them quickly being engulfed by a sea of kids making their way to their teachers. The school seemed to swallow them up whole as I waved my last goodbye. They were fine. Me… Not so much. Would they make friends? Would they make friends that l liked? Would they get a good teacher? Would they find their way among the masses? The concerns I had on that first day of kindergarten are largely the same ones I have at the beginning of every school year, even years later. Despite my kids’ shoe sizes now rivaling my own, when I look in their faces I still see the eager six-year-olds trotting off to school with their cartoon lunch boxes. Even if I wanted to linger in the past, back to school shopping yanks me forward. The closet of clothes that fit last season all need to be replaced. Cuffs on sleeves have surreptitiously crept up arms. Ankles are exposed from jeans that are now floods. Feet can’t be crammed into

old tennis shoes. This quick and constant physical metamorphosis can’t be denied. If that weren’t enough, looming just ahead are the social and academic challenges that await them. Some days the thought of it is overwhelming. I have to remind myself that, although the specifics may change, we’ve actually been navigating this territory for awhile. Every year has had its ups and downs, and we’ve handled the job of growing up pretty steadily. While I may wistfully remember a school supply list that included glitter glue and safety scissors instead of flash drives and five subject notebooks, I don’t really want to go back. What’s ahead looks so interesting. So, with the beginning of each school year I have the same wish. I hope my kids get excited about learning something, find good friends to connect with, and come a little further on the path of knowing themselves. It’s a big job, and my role in it changes. While I literally held their hand on the journey before, more and more they will need to find their own way. Sometimes the urge to grab on tighter is strong, but my job is to let go gracefully – again and again. Susan Bryant is a freelance writer and mother of two in Fishers. You can reach her at susanbryant7@ gmail.com

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Two brothers endure major surgeries just weeks apart By Dan Domsic • dan@youarecurrent.com Walk over to a computer and grab the mouse. Now pick it up. It probably fits into the palm of your hand. Earlier this summer, Alex Krasnow, 10, underwent a surgery that removed a section of his brain, roughly the size of that computer mouse. The surgery implemented was meant to eliminate seizures caused by epilepsy originating in his frontal lobe. Two weeks prior to Alex’s surgery, his older brother, Noah, 13, found out that he, too, would be having surgery to alleviate major pressure because the space holding his cerebellar tonsils was too small, pushing them through the skull and blocking the flow of cerebro-spinal fluid – in medical speak, he had a Chiari I Malformation. Three years separates the brothers by age, but only three weeks separated the time that each had to spend undergoing intense brain surgery.

The long fight

David and Julie Krasnow, residents on Fishers’ west side, began their battle with severe brain conditions in 2008, and just now are seeing their sons triumph over two incredibly different surgeries. Their journey began in an airport on the way to a family vacation during spring break. “(Alex) would dart off laughing,” Julie Krasnow, Alex and Noah’s mother, said. “We thought he was excited.” The family was, getting ready to catch a flight to Florida, and unbeknownst to them, it witnessed a son’s first seizures. David Krasnow knew that his son’s episodes were seizures once they began waking Alex up during their stay at a hotel that night. They got to Florida and TREATMENT immediately Surgery may be advised for patients with moderate to severe symptoms or with a syrinx. checked Bone removal at the back of the skull widens for the into a loforamen magnum – the skull opening that allows for the flow cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF). The dura covering the brain is opened. A patch is sewn to expand the space, creating room for the tonsils and improving CSF flow. After surgery, symptoms should decrease as CSF flow normalizes.

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cal hospital, where doctors could not eliminate Alex’s seizures. A spring break trip had turned into a week-long hospital stay, followed by a flight home and another week in local hospitals. Eventually, doctors were able to stabilize his condition, leaving Alex mostly seizure-free for two years. But despite medication for the condition, the seizures returned last summer. Alex endured complex partial seizures – meaning that he was aware of what was happening and could predict when they would occur. An SEEG (Stereoelectroencephalography) at the Cleveland Clinic, a procedure during which several electrodes are inserted into the brain to locate the seizures’ focal point, taken in January, revealed that Alex’s frontal lobe was the source of 30 to 40 seizures daily. In November of last year, Noah went through an MRI, revealing the Chiari malformation in the back of his head. The 13 mm difference of where his cerebellar tonsils sat and where they should be caused major pressure headaches and other symptons, but the symptoms did not force Noah into surgery immediately. Instead, it only became a priority right as his little brother was preparing for brain resectioning, which would remove a large chunk of his frontal lobe.

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David and Julie both took substantial time off from work during the surgeries. Making sure that each child got to the right appointment was challenging. They hoped Alex would heal and regain enough stamina and independence after his June 13 surgery in the three weeks leading up to Noah’s surgery on July 6. Doctors told the Krasnows that Alex had a 20 percent chance of losing all speech. Julie said the 20 percent chance didn’t seem likely. “When it happened, that was tough,” she said. Since the surgery, Alex has physically healed, in the Current in Fishers

sense that his hair has mostly grown back Noah walks with his father, around the incisions David, 24 hours after on the top of his surgery head. After speech therapy, he can now talk and communicate what he needs correctly. Initially, Julie and David had to coax him into talking through simple, everyday activities. “Alex is one of the most creative people that I’ve ever known,” David said. Now, only his creative capacity needs to catch up to where it once was. Cognitively, the surgery left him with impulsive tendencies. David said Noah’s surgery was less about cognition and more about structure. “The first time they (the doctors) let me walk, I was fine,” Noah said. Now on his way to eighth grade, Noah cannot wait to start playing his favorite sport, soccer, again.

Gray matter, silver lining

Leading up to the surgeries, the Krasnows held a “good luck” party for Alex – just to remind him that he wasn’t alone while he was at the Cleveland Clinic for tests. Planning an event for friends and family helped Julie and David concentrate on something positive. David and Julie are trying to instill in the boys that they overcame a major roadblock. The parents saw families who weren’t so lucky at medical facilities like Riley Children’s Hospital. Julie said they felt fortunate that there were procedures to help improve the lives of her children. Another happy day for her and David will be Noah’s return to the soccer field. “We’re just trying to help them recognize that they’ve overcome something significant,” Julie said, “and if they can get through some of this stuff, they can get through other things that are tough.” August 14, 2012 | 9


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Opinion This did not have to happen

Fundraising It is our position that traditional fundraising tactics used by school, sports, church and youth groups are losing their effectiveness. We are growing tired of being guilted by well-meaning children and their adult counterparts into buying twenty-dollar magazine subscriptions, thirty-dollar bags of popcorn and overpriced wrapping paper. While the Girl Scouts are the clear victors in offering tasty cookies for an affordable $3.50 a box, consumers are getting less for their dollar due to the rising cost of production. Most members of the community are glad to donate a few dollars towards these causes. Lately, it seems that the real winners in the fundraising game are the manufacturers and publishers who also benefit from the sale of these items. Even though many school PTO’s have listened and are now offering a one-time donation option, it seems that we are still constantly solicited to buy goods, trade-in box tops, and buy raffle tickets, just to name a few. Fundraising is only going to grow and it will likely become more challenging for these groups to cash in during this weakened economy. If these organizations could just spare us the “stuff,” they may get more cash in return, which would benefit their cause more efficiently. 

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Let me count the ways Commentary by Terry Anker

How do I love Thee, let me count the ways. When Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned the (now famous) line, one could imagine that she was yet another romantic poet in a time of many romantic poets. But this particular phrase has held sway in the some 17 decades or so since it first found its way from creator to audience. Why? Certainly it resonates as we consider the ways in which we share our love with another. But doesn’t it also get at our innate desire to create lists? We list our top movie picks. We keep long lists of things to pick-up at the market. We create imaginary buckets into which to compile our lists of things to see and do before we die. We list our friends and our enemies. We list it all. But too often, doesn’t the list become the object in itself? The act of creating the list becomes a substitute for actually accomplishing anything on it.

Maybe list making is simply another mark of the over-achievement driven set among us. Once, I actually made a list of all the lists that I needed to make. But aren’t lists most effective when they are used as elemental tools – as simple pneumonics to keep us on track and prevent distraction? They are tidy devices to keep us from forgetting the point of our mission and to extend the limited powers of our own minds. Ultimately, lists are useful and authoritative mechanisms to get more done and to improve recall. Yet, they are not a substitute for doing. We are still accountable to ourselves (if not the list) to actually watch the movies, buy the groceries and jump out of an airplane.

Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@ youarecurrent.com.

Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmel.com.

"Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can." - Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton Current in Fishers

He was way too young, as were so many before him. He had everything going for him, as did so many before him. That Brett Finbloom, 19, of Carmel lost his life in an apparent binge-drinking incident makes us incredibly sad for his family, friends and all those in our communities who have lost loved ones and friends to similar tragic circumstances, so this isn’t about geography. The Web site, teenalcoholabuse.us, tells us approximately 5,000 teens die every year as a result of alcohol use, and we also learned that teens are more likely than adults to consume too much when they are in possession of alcohol, increasing the risk of accidents. The education, begun at home and in schools as early as elementaryschool age, is there. Evidence is there. It’s all very black and white. So it’s absolutely confounding when it happens. Look, we were imbibing youth once upon a time. We, as now with our own children and relatives, believed we were invincible. Loss. Devastation. Heartbreak. Why does this happen? Independence. Experimentation. A jointhe-party posture. Lose your cares. But, lose your life? Let’s hope and pray this young man did not die in vain as we keep his family and friends in our hearts and prayers. ••• As if you needed another reason to vote against President Barack Obama this November: On July 12 the Obama administration said it will issue waivers to the federal work requirement for welfare recipients. Thus, saying goodbye to Bill Clinton’s signature welfare-reform achievement.

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Ready for some football Commentary by Dan Domsic

I never really was much of a football guy. Sure, I liked to play pick-up games with my buddies and even enjoyed a brief stint on the offensive line with my middle school’s football team. I’ve even been to a couple Chicago Bears games. My first game at Soldier Field was Rex Grossman’s debut – for better or worse. Colts fans, go ahead and keep giggling. In the end, video games, student journalism and other nerdy things occupied my free time during high school. But, truth be told, I’m incredibly excited for Mudsock Week to start next Monday, and for the Hamilton Southeastern High School versus Fishers High School football game on August 24. I’m told the festivities are a bit of a tradition in Fishers. Being from a modestly sized town, football games were a common Friday night past-time. My school, Griffith High, was semi-infamous in the Region (Lake County), mostly due to our coach. He was of the classic, tough-as-nails variety. The local media referred to the team as “convicts” in one article previewing the showdown between us and our big rival at the time – Andrean High School.

It bugged some of us enough that when Griffith played Andrean at homecoming the following year, a few students dressed up as convicts for the game. I was told to ditch the costume by the school principal, which was the first time my free speech was chilled by anyone – ironic, considering I already spent two and a half years on the school’s newspaper staff. But the spirit was there, and that’s what matters. Being from a small town, football games got crowded – but not to the tune of 18,000 people, which I’m also told is the amount of people typically attending the HSE versus FHS football game. I hope to see what the spirit of Fishers is really like. Maybe 17,999 other people can help me figure that out. I’ll be available to chat about community news at the Starbucks off I-69 on 116th Street from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. today. The Starbucks is always hopping with folks, so I often have sit in the Old National Bank side of the building.

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Glad ‘summer’ is over Commentary by Danielle Wilson

School is upon us, my friends, and I, for one, am thrilled! Can I get a “Whoop, whoop!”? See, as much as I love summer vacation (and need a break from the grueling parenting demands of four not-always-so-well-organized children), I am usually ready for it to be over after approximately five weeks. ’Cause that’s the time it takes for my beautifully constructed summer plan to be ruined. Take the computer/Xbox restrictions. In June, my husband and I monitored our kids’ electronic playtime very closely to ensure minimum brain-cell damage and muscle atrophy. But as the heat set in and the novelty of swimming in our neighborhood pool wore off, our commitment to occasional Amish-style living bit the dust, much like my drought-stricken petunias. As for the chore list, it fared only somewhat better. Between a beach vacation and grandparent visits, sport camps and sleepovers, we weren’t here enough to make much of a mess, and frankly, I just stopped caring whose night it was for dishes. Let’s order pizza! We continued to have movie night approximately once a week, and were treated to some downright awful viewings. Doo and I, still slugging through the Top 100 Films of All Time, wasted more than four hours of our lives with "Raging Bull" and "Cabaret" (sans kids as both

are R-rated) and decided we’d rather participate in a marathon loop of our daughter’s choice, "Breaking Dawn," before ever seeing either of those again. Painful. That’s truly saying something if you’ve seen any of the "Twilight" movies! And the summer reading program I so boldly promoted? It never even got to committee. I completed my eight books and won an always-appreciated fine reduction coupon from the library, but I don’t think any of my kids finished one stinkin’ book. But, again, at some point around July 1, I couldn’t have cared less. They’re supposed to be on break, right? They’re supposed to be enjoying time away from schoolwork. It’s OK if they don’t want to read. [Yes, I actually convinced myself that I was helping rejuvenate my children’s abused minds through video games. Yikes.] So, I’m ready for school to begin. I’m ready for the structure and routine that only bus stops and math homework can provide. I’m ready to put away the stupid sunscreen, track down the moldy lunchboxes and get back to the controlled world of the academic calendar year. I’m ready to say farewell to Summer 2012. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@currentincarmel.com.

Commentary by Dick Wolfsie

I’m sure you remember when you first heard as a youngster that the average American family had one and a half cars and two and a half kids. At first, this seemed bizarre – that is, until the Volkswagen Beetle came out, and then that car number started to make a little sense. As for the “two and a half kids” thing, that was a head scratcher. I mean, you can’t have half a kid. Can you? But nowadays, with parents obsessed with their children’s athletic achievements and the availability of growth-stimulating hormones, it’s not unheard of to be the proud parent of a six-foot-nine eighth-grader. That would, in fact, be a kid and a half. Information on the average American family has traditionally been focused on a certain kind of statistics: TVs, microwaves, computers, and even handguns, have been painstakingly documented in the home. Some new research I came across has delved into a much more important set of data: how much crapola we have in our houses. And where we put it. In their book At Home in the 21st Century, UCLA archeologists went to 32 homes to carefully record how much junk people had. As George Carlin famously observed, “A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it.” In the course of their interview process, scientists tabulated results from closets where women

keep their shoes, chests where kids stockpile toys, and shelves where books pile up. The scientists were shocked at how much people accumulate and where they squirrel it away. In the course of their work, the researchers took more than 20,000 photographs. They printed them at home, stuffed most them into their kitchen drawers and stuck their favorites on the refrigerator doors. Those same researchers also wanted to know what kinds of food people had stored. They took out their notebooks, opened 32 refrigerator doors and just stared at what was inside. I’ve been doing this my whole life and I have no training in statistical research. The study included digging through people’s storage units, peering into basement crawl spaces, checking out attics and scrutinizing what had been shoved under beds. Apparently, the average household contains over 10,000 possessions. You might be interested to know that the average house has seven mirrors. Oh, you’re not interested? How about this: The typical guy has two DVDs of the movie Caddyshack. Okay, that’s not true; it was just my last desperate attempt to make this column amusing.

Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at wolfsie@aol.com.

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“The Expendables 2” – In theaters Friday, the Expendables are reunited for a new mission. When things go wrong, they search for revenge deep behind enemy lines in this action film starring Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more.

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Gallery owner Bill Niemeyer brings artists Dave Seeley and Jeremy Caniglia to Carmel By Christian Sorrell • christian@youarecurrent.com Since March, Bill Niemeyer, owner of Carmel’s Atlas Fantasy Art House, has been working to bring fantasy and science fiction artists to Central Indiana. The artists visit the gallery, meet the public and give a demonstration. These events have begun to slowly cement Central Indiana as a center for the art of the fantastic. “It’s kind of like an art movement,” said Niemeyer. “It’s all about bringing awareness to this kind of art in the Midwest. The artists are more Niemeyer than happy to come out and represent the art.” Dave Seeley, a digital artist and painter who has worked with Lucasfilm and Wizards of the Coast, appeared at Niemeyer’s event last Saturday at Shiraz Wine Experience & Art Café in Carmel. This appearance was the first of two Niemeyer has scheduled for the month of August.

“I was an architect for about a dozen years. When my wife and I found out she was pregnant, I decided I wanted to be a more active parent and made the jump to art,” said Seeley. “Art has been my main gig for almost 16 years now.” Seeley’s art is a unique blend of dramatic architecture, photorealistic characters and painterly images. The result is a blend of styles that is as visually striking as it is detailed. “Almost everything I do starts with photo collage. I have Seely a stylistic range with things that look more painted and things that look more photorealistic,” said Seeley. “I love chaos in images.” Jeremy Caniglia, a gothic painter, is the second artist appearing this month. Over the years, he has worked with Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and many other great fantasy authors. “Caniglia has a darker side to most of his art. It tends to be a darker type of realism. I wouldn’t even necessarily always call it fantasy

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art,” said Niemeyer. Caniglia’s style is considerably darker and more organic than that of Seeley. A number of his paintings emphasize life, death, and moments of extreme emotion, triumph and defeat. With these types of events, Niemeyer has created a community of art lovers that have come to embrace the world of fantasy and science fiction art. “You are seeing much more of this art today. More collectors are moving towards this kind of art. Most of it is now part of pop culture. These artists have done book covers, album art and film work that is very recognizable,” said Niemeyer.

Artist Jeremy Caniglia is giving a lecture on the history of the art of the fantastic at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Shiraz Wine Experience & Art Café (404 W. Main St., Carmel). Caniglia and Seeley’s art is currently on display at the Atlas Fantasy Art House (246 W. Main St., Carmel).

“Darksiders 2” – Available in stores today, Death, one of the legendary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, embarks on a quest to under Armageddon in this sequel to the well received Darksiders. Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC – $60. “Southern Air” by Yellowcard – In stores and available for download today, alternative rock band Yellowcard returns with its first studio album since early 2011 including the songs “Awakening” and “Surface of the Sun.” “ParaNorman” – In theaters Friday, this film from the makers of “Coraline” follows a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead and must save his town from a centuries-old curse. For a list of local events, see the Event Calendar on Page 14. Vol. I No. 27 Managing Editor – Christian Sorrell christian@youarecurrent.com / 489.4444 Advertising Executive – Dennis O'Malia dennis@youarecurrent.com

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Indiana State Fair • This year’s state fair features a wide array of entertainment, attractions, competitions and contests. • Tuesday to Thursday – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday – 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday – 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. • Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E 38 St., Indianapolis • $10 adults, Free children 5 & under • in.gov/statefair

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Westfield Farmers Market • Come and see what all of Westfield’s best farmers and artisans have to offer at featuring local music and weekly events. • 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. • North Union Street, one block north of Main Street by City Hall (130 Penn St.), Westfield • Free • dwna.org Saxony Market • The market features a number of central Indiana businesses and farmers while creating an outdoor forum for family and friends alike to gather, shop and share ideas. • 8 a.m. to noon • 131st Street and Olio Road, Fishers • Free • SaxonyIndiana.com

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Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina The Scoop: What is the best way to describe Friaco’s? Perhaps, “A taste of Mexico” would be most appropriate. When you enter Friaco’s, it is truly like stepping into Mexico. From the aroma emanating from the kitchen to authentic atmosphere, Friaco’s brings you all the best of Mexican cuisine. Chimichangas, enchiladas, and burritos are just a few of the many delicious items that are featured on the menu. So whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, Friaco’s is ready to serve you the best of Mexico. Type of food: Mexican cuisine Price of entrees: $7.99 to $14.99 Specialties: Chimichangas Reservations: Not accepted Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Address: 11680 Commercial Dr., Fishers Phone: 578-7511 Website: www.friacosrestaurant.com

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Treating a sign of summer: Swimmer’s ear Commentary by Jennifer Jones Summer’s string of scorching days makes swimming even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. This is medically referred to as otitis externa, but commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.� Unlike middle ear infections that occur behind the eardrum, otitis externa affects the outer parts of the ear. The ear canal and outer ear can become painful and inflamed, usually from irritants such as water, cotton swabs and other foreign objects, or from scratching too hard. With swimmer’s ear, the most common symptom is pain, although itching and redness may also occur. One way to tell if the pain is due to swimmer’s ear is to wiggle or pull on the ear. If this causes pain, it’s likely swimmer’s ear; if not, it could be a middle ear infection. If your child has swimmer’s ear, your doctor likely will prescribe ear drops with a steroid to be applied several times a day. The pain should subside quickly, but swimming is generally discouraged while using the drops. Some children and adults are more prone to

swimmer’s ear than others. Keeping the ears as dry as possible will help prevent the condition. Tilting the head and drying ears with a towel after swimming is a good way to avoid water being trapped in the ears. Drying ears with a hair dryer on the coolest setting also works. For children experiencing frequent cases of swimmer’s ear, a swim cap, ear plugs or over-the-counter ear drying drops are often helpful. For general ear care, refrain from clearing the ear wax from ears. Wax provides a natural protective barrier and helps prevent infection. Jennifer Jones, MD, is a guest columnist from IU Health Physicians Pediatrics, 1650 W. Oak St., Suite 210. She can be reached by calling the office at 873-8855.

Brain muscle – It's that time of the year again – back to school – and a new report suggests adding an extra step to your child's registration process: enrolling him or her in a sport. In a study of more than 1,000 fifth graders, those who had higher levels of physical activity typically scored better on math and reading tests. - www.children.webmd.com

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Hoosier health officials have now confirmed 113 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v), impacting 18 counties statewide – including Hamilton County – with more cases expected to be confirmed. The Indiana State Dept. of Health has set up a call center to answer the general public’s questions regarding variant influenza A. The call center is open 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011. Flu symptoms usually include fever and re-

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Wittmann 20/20 Family Eye Center adds lens finishing lab – Local optometrist, and owner of Wittmann 20/20 Family Eye Center, Dr. Tammy Wittmann has installed on premise an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art lens finishing laboratory. The highly advanced, fully computerized lens finishing system, from Santinelli International, is the first in the industry to fully comply with international R.O.H.S. (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards. In addition, the system utilizes a water filtration system which drastically reduces water consumption compared to other methods, while collecting particle debris into a filter allowing for routine recycling. By installing this top-of-the-line lens finishing equipment, Wittmann 20/20 will be able to produce the highest quality eyewear for their patients faster and “greener� with virtually no lens material by-product introduced into the environment. Wittmann 20/20 Family Eye Center is located at 2792 East 146th Street, Carmel. For more information call 843-2020 or visit wittmann2020.com. www.currentinfishers.com

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DOUGH Insurance / Business Finding the right balance of auto coverage and cost Commentary by Jamie Ianigro Question from Kortney P. from Noblesville: I have four vehicles and four people driving in my family. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to get the best price. Any tips? Response from Jamie Ianigro: The first thing you need to do is make sure you have an independent insurance agent helping you find the right coverage for you. Independent insurance agents have access to multiple carriers and will be able to find the right coverages at the best price by checking all of them. The key is finding the right balance of coverage and price. Your independent agent will be able to explain what you are sacrificing as you adjust coverages to get a lower price (unlike getting your insurance from the internet). There are also a couple of things to keep in mind if you have young drivers on your policy. Make sure that your young driver is assigned to the correct vehicle. The difference between a teenager being the primary driver on a Toyota Camry versus being the primary on a new Mercedes is significant. Make sure your agent knows if your child is a good student also. Many carriers give a discount for young drivers that stay on the honor roll. Sign the papers – It’s now cheaper to buy homes than rent in 98 of the top 100 metro areas in America, according to trulia.com. Even better? Becoming a landlord. You stand to see returns of five to 10 percent from rent over a five- to 10-year hold. - cnnmoney.com

You can also double check that your vehicles are listed properly on your insurance policy. Look over your policy to make sure you are receiving a credit if your vehicle has an alarm or security system. Make sure that your yearly driving estimates are still accurate. Changing the amount you drive each year can alter your premium. You should also make sure that your coverages reflect the value of the vehicle you are insuring. For example, it doesn’t make much sense to have full coverage insurance with a $1000 deductible on a vehicle that is only worth $2,000. A mistake like that adds unnecessary premium to your policy. The last thing you need to do is make sure you are maximizing your policy discounts. A multi-policy discount is probably the most valuable discount that people miss out on. You can qualify for this even if you don’t own a home. Pairing a renter’s insurance policy OR a homeowners insurance policy with your auto policy will qualify you for a great discount. Jamie Ianigro is with Shepherd Insurance & Finanacial Services. Have an insurance question you need answered? Send it to asktheadvisor@shepherdins.com.

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Small ship cruises: An experience like no other Commentary by Tracy Line If you’re looking for a unique vacation, why not try a small ship cruise? There are a variety of cruise lines with a wide offering of itineraries available. Explore the Americas, Europe, Tahiti, the Caribbean and more. Read on to learn about the advantages of a small ship cruise. Personal touch. Small ships typically hold anywhere from 36-96 passengers. Guests really get to know one another, the captain, crew and even the chef. Meals are informal with open seating, and entertainment and cuisine tend to be local. Itineraries can be flexible based on passenger preferences and area offerings. More inclusions. Most small ships have inclusions large ships don’t offer. Daily excursions, wine and spirits, use of kayaks or bicycles and sometimes even a massage are included in the price of your trip. Local guides can answer destination questions, and onboard experts often accompany you on your excursions. Unique excursions. Small ships have access to ports that can’t accommodate larger ships. This allows guests a very different experience. You may be able to get really close to watch a glacier calve, or paddle board in a remote cove that is otherwise inaccessible. In addition, excursions are exclusive; you may learn to play the steel drums in Honduras, or set anchor in the beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet and kayak to shore for a hike. Relaxed atmosphere. Small ships provide a

great mix of adventure, culture and relaxation. Dinners are informal, the atmosphere is laid back and the excursions are one of a kind. If you prefer to read a book instead of exploring the city, go for it. Service is typically top-notch, but exploring your destination is truly the focus of a small ship cruise. A small ship won’t have the bells and whistles of a large ocean liner, but it will give you a unique adventure and memorable vacation. Tracy Line is a travel writer and agent, and the owner of Noblesville Travel. Contact her at Tracy@ noblesvilletravel.com. For travel tips and information check out her blog at www.noblevilletravel.com.

Sensible watering during a drought Commentary by Holly Lindzy Who doesn’t relish in that little rainbow from the spray of the garden hose? It’s one of the simple joys of gardening. . . ’till the man says I gotta put the hose up due to drought. Dang it. Then my watering chores are all about priority. Firstly, my potted annuals get water since they’re the first to dry out in this weather. Save water and time by use a slow drip “aquaglobe” or similar device. Second, if I had some, would be veggies. Consistent moisture will be important for tomato growers while the peppers can stand a little heat – again, priorities. Trees and shrubs, especially as they are establishing that first and second season need at least an inch of water a week. To achieve this simply lay the hose on a slow stream at the base of the plant and walk away for 20 to 30 minutes. You’d be surprised how much water a plant doesn’t get by showering it with a water wand or sprinkler. And an evergreen need not be hit by repetitive 22 | August 14, 2012

sprinkling, anyway. Please. Perennials should be mulched up to two inches to keep moisture consistent. A little wilting here and there won’t hurt established perennials. And the money to replace them is not what it would be for our trees and shrubs. Slow drip irrigators such as the Treegator are great for establishing trees and shrubs and they make a low profile model to fit under evergreens or around shrubs. Simply fill with water and walk away. Check your local garden center, Salsbery Brothers in Carmel keeps them in stock. Until the man lifts the ban, I have to do my part to keep things in check and still enjoy gardening. The only thing left to do is grow cacti, I suppose. And somehow that just doesn’t seem like much fun.

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Creating shade almost seems like a bonus Commentary by Randy Sorrell Creating shade in outdoor living spaces is becoming more appropriate than ever. Recent extreme temperatures have prompted an impressive volume of public conversations regarding shade strategies. Fortunately, many solutions exist and it’s often a marriage of tactics that are most effective in helping us develop smart sun consumption habits.

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This Latin word, borrowed from the Italian term “pergola,” refers to a protective eave extending from a house. Initially, mid 1600s renditions consisted primarily of flexible willow shoots that were transformed into long, covered, arched walkways. When densely planted with vines, a completely shaded area impervious to rain was created. Willow shoots soon graduated to more formal structures with grand stone columns, often of massive scale.

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Cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. You can get stocked cabinets, custom cabinets and even semi-custom cabinets. In fact, depending on your space, needs, and budget, finding the right balance of function, quality, and price is just a matter of planning. When beginning to brainstorm your new or remodeled kitchen layout, you will probably come across a design principle called the “work triangle.� This is a concept that dictates that each working area, including the refrigerator, sink, and cooking appliances, should be at least four feet but no more than nine or 10 feet apart. Ideally, this will economize the cook’s traffic pattern while keeping others out of the triangle.

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Stock cabinets usually come in 3 inch width increments. The standard for base cabinets (the ones countertops go on) is 24 inches deep and 34.5 inches tall. Upper cabinets are usually 12 inches deep and either 30 or 42 inches tall. If your project can be designed to accommodate stock cabinets, you may be able to save a few dollars. Semi-custom cabinets are also pre-manufactured cabinets that provide a great value with more options than Stock cabinets. An expanded range of color finishes and accessories are available for Semi-custom cabinetry. Custom cabinets are, in general, more expensive, but you should not necessarily think of them as a luxury. For instance, elevating or raising a dishwasher within a custom cabinet would eliminate the need to bend all the way over to fill or empty it, which is ideal for those who suffer from joint pain, back pain, and, well, age.

• Semi-custom cabinets provide more options and are what we consider a better value than stock cabinets. • Custom Cabinets may come with a higher price tag, but they also afford you the most possibilities and options — and depending on your remodel values, they might be the right choice. The options can be endless and a bit overwhelming. You may find you aren’t sure which route to take as you may not know what is available. That’s why seeking out a good kitchen designer can be essential when searching for the right balance of design, quality, and price for projects of all budgets. David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies, which include Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms and now Affordable Custom Flooring. They are based in Carmel (575-9540, www.theaffordablecompanies.com). E-mail home improvement questions to david.decker@theaffordablecompanies.com. C H I C H E R O I M A M B M A N A O R A T P E G B S W A Y L I N E U N I S G E M B A N A L O R S V

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