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It is our position Carmel City Council members should not have passed a resolution entitling themselves to health and life insurance benefits. These elected officials (who are considered part-time employees and also hold other jobs outside of city government) cited an increased workload as one of the primary reasons for awarding themselves the additional tax-free perks, which will cost tax payers an estimated $120,000 a year. Is this the right message to be sending to their constituents in a weakened economy when most politicians are voluntarily ending their perks and stipends for the good of the community? The answer may be clear if the Council would do the right thing and place the issue on a ballot for the residents to decide. Politicians are elected on their promises and willingness to serve for public good and not personal gain. Thanks to the Internet, we are all open for business 24 hours a day. It’s the new normal. Perhaps the increased workload is a reflection of discourse surrounding poor spending decisions by those governing. The “drop-in-the-bucket” mentality is not an effective way to manage public funds for long-term success and survival of a community - neither is the service of self-awarding politicians.
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It is our position that lessons can be learned from the actions of two city governments in Hamilton County. With the threat of another recession looming, out of control deficit spending, 9.1 percent unemployment, poverty levels the highest since 1993, a drop in personal income, our elected officials need to “wake up and smell the coffee.” It isn’t business as usual anymore. Hamilton County may be faring better than other parts of the country, but it is not immune to the economic downturn. Recently, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission announced its approval of an installation of an $80,000 statue in the roundabout at 136th Street and Rangeline Road. The work was awarded to an out of state artist. By comparison, Westfield also erected a statue in a roundabout at 151st Street and Carey Road. The cost was $8,000 and the work was done by a local artist. Some may think these types of purchases are frivolous. However, if the money is going to be spent, wouldn’t it be prudent to show some amount of frugality and use homegrown talent to boost the local economy? It is time for our public servants to adapt to the new reality.
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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the Indiana Constitution. ARTICLE 15. Miscellaneous Section 3. Extension of office Whenever it is provided in this Constitution, or in any law which may be hereafter passed, that any officer, other than a member of the General Assembly, shall hold his office for any given term, the same shall be construed to mean, that such officer shall hold his office for such term, and until his successor shall have been elected and qualified.
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Section 4. Oath Every person elected or appointed to any office under this Constitution, shall, before entering on the duties thereof, take an oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution of this State, and of the United States, and also an oath of office. Section 5. State seal There shall be a Seal of State, kept by the Governor for official purposes, which shall be called the Seal of the State of Indiana. Section 6. Commissions All commissions shall issue in the name of the State, shall be signed by the Governor, sealed with the State Seal, and attested by the Secretary of State.
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endeavor – I find the allure of loading up the COMMENTARY saddlebags and giving it another go is just too By Jordan Fischer appealing. Every other year or so, I fancy myself a writer Maybe the idea this year is I finally have some and buy a new notebook, intending to fill its small species of writing habit – the Holy Grail bindings with one of those “novel” things we for young poets with more angst than discipline. used to read in lit class. Maybe the idea is since It’s an experience akin my reputation is on the to training for a marain front of 70,000 thon by simply starting I find the allure of loading line readers, some beautiful to run marathons, except in this case when you up the saddlebags and mixture of stubbornness and machismo will profall by the wayside at the giving it another go is just vide the catalyst to propel 3-mile mark, you get a me past the 25,000 word reassuring speech about too appealing. mark always seeming to how the journey is what’s be the end of my steam. important – very postAlthough, no one actually reads my columns, modernist – rather than scoffing looks from the do they? Maybe I’m just a masochist. other runners as your sweaty, beleaguered body At any rate, I have about a week to come up collapses to the asphalt. with an idea worth 50,000 words. I’ll even set Then again, I’ve never been one for up a profile on the website (http://www.nanowmarathons. rimo.org) for those who were already interested For those readers with the Internet, National in participating, or who just want to watch me Novel Writing Month is November; a wonderflounder. You can send me a message about how ful season where people with too much time on much further along you are than me. Meanie. their hands vomit words onto pages and try not to get too much on their self-image. We’re a sensitive bunch, we writers. Jordan Fischer is the managing I suppose this will be another “on” year for editor of Current in Fishers. me, since despite multiple breakdowns on the You may e-mail him at jordan@ road to 50,000 words in years past – 50,000 youarecurrent.com being the somewhat arbitrary word limit for the
It seems as though it were just yesterday that Current Publishing was launched, but our humble, little company actually is celebrating its fifth “birthday” this week. In other respects, it’s more like “time flies when you’re having fun” – and running this business for our readers and advertising partners is just that, fun! Current in Fishers has been a weekly part of the party for every household in the city since Jan. 25, and is every bit as important to us as our three other weekly editions for Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield and our monthly Carmel Business Leader. We’re five years down the road because of people. Good people, in fact. Were it not for our readers, who helped us craft our editorial plan through independent marketplace research, we’d be presenting you news we “think” you need rather than news you said you wanted. Around here, news still is and always shall be what our readers say it is. That approach has served us well and will continue to do so. “Good people” includes our advertising partners, all of which see Fishers as a fertile market in which to serve. And the goodness extends to our staff, led by our managing editor, Jordan Fischer, who has stood this newspaper in good stead since we introduced it to the community. So, as
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg we blow out the candles on our virtual cake, we’ll make a wish for continued growth and development in the city, which would signal an improving economy, and more businesses relocating here so our residential property taxes decrease. In effect, Happy Birthday to you, too! ••• Tough sledding, it was, in judging our first Halloween writing contest. The entries in all age divisions were strong, imaginative and, well, a little creepy. And that’s what we wanted. Elsewhere in these pages, we present the winners. Our thanks go to everyone who participated. We hope you enjoy the winners’ handiwork. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.
COMMENTARY By Terry Anker If someone is considering offering public service, it is certainly fair to consider why it is that one would want to serve. And, in fact, those are the kinds of topics the would-be civic leaders most want to discuss. Generally, they have some frustration (or, occasionally, even anger) regarding this topic or another. “Teachers are underappreciated!” says one. “Schools are bloated with tax dollars!” says another. And, others still are simply responding to a desire to give back, referring to a family member or mentor who inspired them to commit. “Mom worked tirelessly for the PTA and now that I have kids, it seems like the right thing to do.” All the answers are right from the perspective of the giver; and, we should be eager to support the instinct to service. But to me, there is a more important question: Does one have the temperament to sustain peer criticism (or even to be a part of the minority caucus)? In my experience, the critique is
most harsh closest to home. Indeed, familiarity breeds contempt. Neighborhood association officers have folks showing up on their doorsteps demanding intervention in the ongoing feud over the trash can placement. Next in line, school board members feel the heat of tight budgets and are ascribed all sorts of aspersions often based in frustration, not fact. Next in line are local government officials. We see these fine people at softball games and the town parade and are willing to “remind” them of our street care needs and tax burdens. Finally, in order are state and national representatives. They have staff to shield but must come back from D.C., at least to run for reelection. Accountability may not be as important as ideology. But if one wants to serve, isn’t it a big part of the equation?
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DISPATCHES » Annual police survey – The Fishers Police Dept. Annual Citizen Survey is now available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FISHERSPD2011Survey. The police dept. asks citizens respond to gather information about satisfaction with police services and safety in the community. For more information, visit www.fishers.in.us. » Chaucie’s Place fundraiser – HealthSource in Carmel will be offering a $10 30-minute massage and back evaluation until Nov. 30. All money raised goes to Chaucie’s Place, a non-profit dedicated to providing a safe environment for children of domestic abuse. For more information, contact HealthSource, 12413 Old Meridian St., Carmel, at 317-582-8251 or visit www.paynefamilychiro.com. » Reader’s Digest considers local writer – Linda Miller, of Fishers, is one of the authors of 150-word stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Miller’s story, “The Gift of Tissue,” is available for viewing online facebook.com/ReadersDigest. Locals can also show support by voting for Miller’s story or any others they like at facebook.com/ReadersDigest.
COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I am really angry right now. My daughter has been yelling, “Our trees have been cut down, Mommy!” She’s referring to some white pines my husband planted in the spring on the far side of a creek lining our property. I’ve just confirmed the attack: all eight have been mowed flat. I ask you, good citizens of central Indiana, who cuts down trees? Trees are not yours to cut down. Who could cut down young trees that could have grown to be mighty furs, reduced erosion and provided oxygen. Who does that? Murderers. Here’s what’s particularly frustrating: Although our neighborhood owns the property lining the creek, no one is allowed to plant trees or erect fences and sheds within that area. Were they serious? By that definition, half of our street is in violation. So we talked with a “very nice gentleman” from the surveyor’s office, who said the area is a non-enforced easement, which translates to “everything is cool.” He said he would double-check with his boss to be sure. Plus, we could always file a petition if it turned out to be a problem. We never heard back, so the six-foot saplings remained in the ground. Now, without warning, someone has bushwhacked eight thriving pines. I can see their
Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.
» Free prescription drug card – The Fishers Rx Card is being offered to all residents compliments of the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. The free drug card provides savings up to 75 percent on prescription drugs, and is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country. This program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out. Residents of Fishers can obtain one of these cards by visiting one of the following locations: Town Hall, Fishers Police Dept., Fishers Fire Dept. and the Fishers Train Station. More information is available online at http://www.indianadrugcard.com/index.php. IFAW Award – The International Fund for Animal Welfare is looking for nominations for unsung heroes—young, old and everywhere in between—who have done something outstanding for animals. Nomination letters should include addresses, numbers, and e-mail for both the nominator and the nominee and can be mailed to IFAW Animal Action Awards, Attn: Christine Jones, 290 Summer St., Yarmouth Port, MA 02675; faxed to (508) 744-2099. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31.
carcasses from my back deck. The perpetrator was not in the neighborhood association or our property management company. While I type this very column, the “very nice gentleman” is checking to see if his office might have, accidentally, ordered a contractor to hate on nature. I may have red hair and a rifle-totin’ husband, but normally, I’m a fairly even-keeled gal who avoids confrontation at all costs. Only two things cause me to go ballistic: Messing with my kids and treating me unfairly. I’m more worried about Doo’s reaction. Unlike me, he’s not afraid to go medieval on people when they deserve it. Plus, the trees were his idea when we moved in. He thought they could help reduce traffic noise and block an unsightly view of a busy round-about. There’s no telling what he’ll do if it turns out a hit was placed on our mini-forest. Turns out, the county did send out an assassin to obliterate our trees. It’s about to get ugly. I’ll be sharing every nasty detail with you, the voting and tax-paying public. Peace out.
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Parkside amendment passes despite resident, council objections By Jordan Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org A proposed senior living community near the intersection of State Road 37 and 126th Street can proceed after an amendment to the Parkside PUD was approved Oct. 17 by the Fishers Town Council. Clerk-Treasurer Linda Gaye Cordell cast the tie-breaking “aye” vote to approve the amendment after a 3-3 vote from the council. Town Council President Scott Faultless, and Councilmen Dan Henke and David George voted against the measure. Town Councilmen Stuart Easley, Mike Colby and Ed Offerman voted to support the measure. Councilwoman Eileen Pritchard was absent. The amendment was contested by several residents from the neighboring Middleton Place Homeowner’s Association, who expressed concerns about the destruction of trees and having what they felt amounted to a subsidized apartment complex next door. The proposed development would use federal tax-credits to reduce housing costs for residents. Resident Tim McHugh, who said he’s lived at Middleton Place for the past 11 years, was one
of the remonstrators at the council meeting. “I know what apartments are like,” McHugh said. “High noise levels, crime. I know it’s zoned commercial, and that’s what I always expected it to be. I didn’t expect apartments.” Several council members also voiced similar concerns. “While I give a lot of deference to developers and their right to develop their property as they see fit,” said Henke, “in all the time I’ve been here on the council, we’ve striven to encourage commercial development and those projects which would bring jobs to this community, and I’m still whole-heartedly committed to that.” Council members in support of the amendment said they sympathized with the Middleton Place residents, but reminded them that the current zoning would allow for all C-3 and I-1 uses – which would likely mean a clear-cutting of trees on the site anyway. “What the community is getting here is 30year locked in rent control set at 60 percent of the AMI (area median income) of the county,” Easley said. For an expanded version of this story, visit www. currentinfishers.com.
‘Hands on’ versus ‘Hands off’ COMMENTARY By Susan Bryant Have your parents questioned how you handle your own kids? I often think about how parenting styles have evolved, specifically the differences between how the previous generation parented versus how current moms and dads view the job. In a very general sense, it seems there are two distinct approaches – the “hands on” philosophy we see today and the “hands off” method of our own parents. Here are three areas I think illustrate the point and some thoughts on where we’ve either progressed or regressed: Communication Say you have a child acting out - misbehaving verbally or physically. My parents had mastered “the look” to deal with this situation. A nonverbal glare so effective I reconsidered my behavior immediately. No words were necessary to convey their disapproval. No words were expected from me either. My parents weren’t interested in a discussion or a debate. I think “the look” worked because there was an element of fear behind it. In contrast, parents now will usually give their child a voice in the same situation. Although bad behavior is still not tolerated, parents are interested in the “why” behind it. Today, children expect their opinion to matter, and I think this is a good thing. Although the outcome may be the same for them as it was for us, at least kids now feel like they’re being heard. And hopefully they’re learning listening to others is important in a conflict. Investment Parents have always been proud of their chil-
dren’s accomplishments; however, their level of investment in their children’s identities seems greater now. Maybe it’s a function of how much time parents personally have to devote to the endeavors of their children. The degree of commitment so many kids’ activities require, parents blur the line between what “belongs” to their child instead of them. On the plus side of being “hands on,” dads are much more involved in a positive way with their children’s activities than in previous generations. The old image of a removed father figure has been replaced by a much more engaged parent now. Problem-solving Do kids take “ownership” of their own problems today? Or do modern parents step in too quickly to resolve their issues for them? You’ve probably heard the term “helicopter parenting” to refer to parents who “hover” around children and are involved in every decision of their life. Another recent term is “lawn mower parents” who try to “mow” down any obstacles obstructing a child’s path to success, even after a “child” is an adult who has graduated from college. It’s hard to think of any similar terms used to describe our own parents. Each generation reacts to how it was parented and makes adjustments they think are an improvement when raising their own children. What will our kids value in reaction to how we’ve parented them? Susan Bryant is a freelance writer and mother of two in Fishers. You can reach her at email@example.com
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By David Heighway Hamilton County Historian Every community seems to have its share of legendary monsters, particularly to attract tourists. Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, the state of Washington has Bigfoot, and even Lake Manitou near Rochester, Ind., has a giant serpent. What about Hamilton County? Do we have a stray monster or two wandering about? Interestingly, we have more sightings than we have legends. Our “monster” doesn’t have a proper name, but the mysterious cat that is supposed to roam the banks of the White River has been a part of the local consciousness since the middle of the 20th Century. As near as anyone can tell, the first time an unusual sighting was reported was in January 1951 when a “black panther” was reported along the river. State police officers investigated and found nothing except vague animal tracks and some fur. However, this didn’t prevent carloads of hunters (mostly non-residents of the county), from arming themselves to the teeth and searching the underbrush. The greatest danger to any human was from getting shot by a trigger-happy hunter, but fortunately, no one was injured. Eventually, the hullabaloo faded. The next reported sighting was more precise, but still provided no answers. In October 1965, a “dark colored” and “cat-like” animal was seen to leap over the fence of the Home for Friendless Animals at Horseshoe Prairie, kill and eat a small dog, and then leap back out. This occurred at least seven other times. There were also reports of livestock attacks in the area. However, once again, nothing definite was found. The beast made several appearances in the mid-1970s. County residents who lived along the river heard its screaming cry and saw what they thought were paw prints. A security guard at Conner Prairie claimed he spotted a large cat prowling around the grounds of the museum. A local cattle breeder saw his herd of cows running in panic around their pasture. Some black, brown and white fur was found in places where the animal had been sighted. Regrettably, none of it was saved, because modern DNA testing would settle the matter very quickly. The naturalists who investigated the sightings felt fairly sure the animal was a large, stray dog. The witnesses felt otherwise. In the latter part of the 1990s, the beast really put on a show and gave the game wardens quite a headache. A large cat estimated at 60 to 100 pounds, was spotted near New Whiteland in June 1996. Although an effort was made to capture it, there were no reports of success. Then Noblesville had two mountain lion sightings in June 1997. One animal was seen behind the Kroger store on Logan Street and the other was seen on a farm at 206th Street. Investigators found nothing at the store and felt the animal at 206th Street was probably a coyote. The farmer disagreed and acrimonious letters were exchanged in the newspapers. In May 1998, a hog farm in Miami County had five pigs killed and mutilated by an animal that roared and left a distinctly catlike paw print. The DNR investigated and this time they believed it was a big cat. But they pointed out it probably wasn’t a “wild” cat because the hog carcasses had been left mostly uneaten. Usually, wild animals only kill to eat. An animal had been raised in captivity might know how to kill, but not what to do afterwards. Unfortunately, there are people who raise wild animals in secret as a kind of a pet. This is, of course, illegal and they often don’t know what to do with them when they are grown. These animals sometimes escape or are let loose, like the alligator found one year in an Indianapolis pond. Whatever was let loose in Miami
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County was apparently never captured. The beast made big headlines in 2001. A creature was spotted in Elkhart County in early September. Officials played this down until a horse was injured in late September on a farm near Lebanon in Boone County. A large paw print was found nearby. Sightings increased after this, but they may have been in reaction to the newspaper stories. There was debate between the witnesses and naturalists about the creature, as well as debate between the naturalists and other naturalists. In the end, almost everyone agreed there was some animal, but no one was sure exactly what it was. So, is there a real beast out there? If there is, it’s not the wild animal scientists call Puma concolor, and the rest of us call puma, cougar, catamount, or mountain lion. The primary reason is the mountain lion has been presumed to be extinct in Indiana for more than a century. The last lion in central Indiana was killed around 1851. The last lion in the state was thought to have been killed in 1868, although Benton County reported a “beast” killing cattle in 1874 and Spencer County had problems with a “lioness” in 1881. Could a family of lions have somehow survived to the present day? The biological facts won’t support this idea. A mountain lion could be described as a 150-pound killing machine. The animal’s body is almost pure muscle and has a very high metabolism that requires 6,000 calories a day. To get this, it eats on average about 13 pounds of meat a day. Biologists estimate it kills a deer every seven to 10 days and feeds on small animals in between major kills. This amount of food needed to survive increases when there are cubs to feed. The lion prefers fresh meat and it will not scavenge from garbage unless it is starving. When you multiply these factors by the numbers of animals needed for a healthy breeding stock, it suggests it would be impossible in an area as heavily populated as Hamilton County for this activity to go unnoticed. So what is it people have been seeing in Hamilton County for the past 50 years? Well, there is another kind of cat that definitely has lived in Hamilton County in the past and has had a much better chance of surviving. That is Lynx rufus, or the common bobcat, also known as the wildcat. William Conner was the first non-native known to have contact with these animals. He offered the Indians 50 to 67 cents for each cat skin, the same price he offered for fox skins. Heady Hollow, located near William Conner’s house, had its own population of wildcats, and their distinctive screaming could be heard until the early 1900s. An actual wildcat was caught in November 1927 near Cicero. It was a female with six kittens and she was three feet, nine inches long, 21 inches tall, and weighed 27 and a half pounds. This is somewhat larger than the average bobcat. It’s understandable how a bobcat might be confused with a cougar or black panther. They are twice as large as the average domestic cat, and a person’s mind can play tricks on them when confronted with an animal of that size. Although the coats are spotted, their fur can
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range in color from tawny to very dark. Although their tail is very short, it does exist. Most importantly, even though they are very rare in modern Indiana, they are not extinct. Whoever sees one is seeing an actual animal, even though a person’s mind might change it into a larger creature. Incidentally, it’s also possible to confuse the bobcat with its rare and slightly larger cousin, the Canadian Lynx. For example, a piece in the Nov. 8, 1890 edition of The Ledger said, “Tis said a wild and hungry lynx prowls around near Huntington. No one has been killed by it.” Of course, no one was likely to be killed by it since it rarely went near humans. Actually, by that time, the lynx had disappeared from Indiana. Today, the lynx has a very limited territory, mostly in the north of Canada. You would be just as likely to see a moose in Indiana as you would a lynx. Many naturalists refer to odd animal sightings as “UFO’s” or Unidentified Furry Objects. They wouldn’t deny a person saw something; they just want more proof before they decide what it is. In 1998, the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources began a program to track bobcats with sightings and radio collars to see if the population is on the increase. However, spotting a bobcat is very difficult, since it avoids humans as much as possible. Bobcats are much happier hunting birds and rodents in the deep forests. So keep your eyes open as you travel through the Hamilton County forests. You might see a rare bit of Indiana fauna run by. But, if there is some other animal on the banks of White River the biologists don’t know about – a Felis Rufus Hoosierensus – watch out! The Beast of White River might be on the prowl.
Halloween writing Contest Winner: Blacker than black By Judy Ong Current in Fishers Black. Blacker than black. There might have been a moon, but the darkness of late October clouds made that just a guess. The wailing wind carried first a speck of snow then a speck of rain. Just enough wet to bind clammy cloth to chilled skin. His feet made sucking noises in the mud of the path. He didn’t want to be here - this was not a plan that made any sense at all. “The Others” had taken his silence as acceptance, and that is the way it had happened. Sometimes he could not explain to them that an idea so new - so strange - should not happen. But, like it or not, the “Big Ones” always got what they wanted. They had even taken his clothes away. He wondered why. This scratchy, ill-fitting coverall they had given him to wear barely served to dispel the wind, and did nothing to protect his exposed parts from the icy moisture flickering down. To add to the insults already perpetrated, they had caked his skin, both face and hands, with a thick, bad tasting paste. A glimpse of his own befouled visage in some water on the path had showed him only frightened eyes peering back under the black hood of a thin cape. Behind him in the line of shrouded beings, he heard cries, shrieks, moans. The terror of this enforced march brought nothing but gleeful chuckles from Them. “You’ll see”, they whispered, “This is just the start. We have a long, long way to go before this night is over.” And, “I assure you, this is a night you’ll never forget.” Threat or promise? As ordered, he laboriously climbed the steep steps of a building, its size more sensed than seen in the whirling sweep of wet leaves. Suddenly, a leering face with eyes of flame appeared over the rise at the edge of the flat plateau beyond. A scream of terror escaped from his throat, but his quick leap to escape brought only more laughter - derisive and, to his ears, cruel. His heart pounded in fear as “The Big One” seized his hand and dragged him past the fearsome being. Thankfully, the creature appeared to be more interested in those behind him, and did not move from its sentinel position. Shifting his gaze from the fiery creature behind, speechlessly he beheld a truly grotesque apparition. It towered over the assembled horde; its body swathed in black. Above this, its hideous face shone blue, the leering grin never changing. Long, black, shaggy hair clung damply to its rubbery cheeks. Then, without even moving its mouth it shouted, “Hey, Frank, hurry! Come see - itty-bitty trick-or-treaters!”
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Hamilton County Halloween events » Haunted Trails at Cool Creek Park – Make your way through the “boo-tiful” woods of Cool Creek Park, 2000 E. 151st St., Westfield, during the annual Haunted Trails Halloween event from 7 to 10 p.m. today through Thursday. Ghouls and goblins are lurking at every turn and waiting for you to arrive. Trail not recommended for children under 12, but there will be plenty of fright-free activities available. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 770-4407 or visit www.myhamiltoncountyparks.com. » Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie – Time is running out to enjoy the annual fall event at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Gather family and friends close and prepare to jump and scream as the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides again. And when your racing heart begins to slow down, join in for night entertainment at the barn dance and enjoy fun activities that present the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Headless Horseman runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Presale tickets are $9-$13 and tickets purchased at the gate are $11-$15. For more information, call 776-6006 or visit www.connerprairie.org. » Mystery Café at The Mansion – The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel, pairs up with the Mystery Café of Indianapolis to present a spooktacular evening Friday at The Mansion with a five-course dinner and a Mystery Café show; Bats: The Non Musical. Tickets are $55 per person and include a five-course elegant dinner with hors d’oeuvres, soup, salad, prime rib and
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chicken dinner and dessert as well as the show. Dress in your favorite “cluesque” costume and enjoy the meal while trying to solve the “Who Done It” mystery. For reservations, call 843-9850. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. » Ghosts & Goblins 5K Run 2K Walk & Wellness Fair – To benefit the Carmel Education Foundation will host its Ghosts & Goblins 5K Run 2K Walk & Wellness Fair beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Safe costumes are welcomed. The event will include a costume contest, fun prizes and gift certificates. For more information, contact the Carmel Education Foundation at 844-9961 or visit www.carmelghostrun.com. » Halloween Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk – Unseen Press will host a ghost walk from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Monday at Asa Bales Park, 132 W. Main St., Westfield. The walking tour is filled with stories of ghosts of the Underground Railroad mixed with modern-day gangsters and spirits from Westfield’s haunted history. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 11 and younger. For more information, call 840-6456 or visit www.unseenpress.com.
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Election 2011: Letters from your candidates Daniel E. Henke on January 1, 2012. As the Town is in the (R) Candidate - Town Judge process of creating the Court, I have been atMy name is Daniel Henke, and I am the tending meetings with Town Staff and variRepublican Candidate for Fishers Town ous State agencies involved in this project. Court Judge. My wife Karen and I have Below is a partial list of my public and been residents of Fishers since 1987. Our community activities: Fishers Town Countwo sons, James and Aaron graduated cil 2000-present, Fishers Parks Advisory Henke from HSE High School and Fishers High Committee, Fishers Plan Commission, School respectively. Hamilton County Deputy & Chief Deputy ProsAs a practicing attorney over the past 25 years ecuting Attorney, Judge Pro Tem for Hamilton in Hamilton County, I have gained considerable County Courts, Hamilton Southeastern Youth experience in criminal and civil law. Most of my Baseball League Coach, Board Member and Umlegal career has been spent in the courtroom trypire, Adult Youth Leader, Fishers United Mething countless criminal, civil and traffic cases as odist Church, Fishers United Methodist Church prosecutor, defense counsel and as Judge Pro Tem. “Come to Me” Food Pantry Board, Police & Fire I also have administrative experience that is Pension Boards , Hamilton County Community necessary to oversee the operations of the Court. Corrections Advisory Board 1990-1998 As Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Hamilton My active involvement in public and community County Prosecutor’s Office, I was responsible for affairs has given me a good knowledge of the citizens the day to day operation of an office of 30 attorof the Town of Fishers, and in dealing with people. I neys and staff. I created and implemented office will rely on this experience in treating every person policies and procedures for the deputy prosecuwho appears before the Court with respect and will tors and their support staff. handle their cases with fairness and impartiality. The Fishers Town Court is an entirely new entity, You can visit my website at JudgeHenke4Fishers. and I am ready to oversee full operation of the Court com. I would appreciate your vote and support.
I feel the office is not being properly run. Joe Weingarten For example, if a citizen wants to pay a fee (D) Candidate - Clerk-Treasurer or tax they are limited in how they can I am a retired aerospace engineer, and pay to either check or exact change. We have worked on highly technical research should modernize the office by allowing and development projects for the U.S. Air credit cards, on line payment systems and Force and NASA and have been awarded 11 patents. I have been involved in manWeingarten the ability to make change; all of which will bring greater efficiency to that office and agement of very large organizations in the make it more consumer friendly. Air Force. In my last position I was the techniI believe in an open and transparent governcal assistant to the four star commander of an 85,000-person worldwide organization of research, ment, while today it is very closed. Just try and get an answer. Did you know today the incumbent development and logistics. I am also a small makes our police and firemen pay federal income business owner having owned one of the largest tax on the value of their uniforms? I will stop that Apple Computer dealerships and currently own and operate a manufacturing business supplying uncalled for practice. The clerk-treasurer was set up by the state as an the military, collectors and museums with sterling independent office to be your watchdog, I will be silver military insignia throughout the world. that watchdog. If the council has a tie vote, the Why do I bring up my background? Because clerk-treasurer is the tie beaker, an important conthe clerk-treasurer’s office is no longer one of just sideration for the new council that will be coming keeping the books, but rather a management position overseeing a complex budget for the Town. in this January. Isn’t it time we return this office to the real My extensive background in both government owners the people of Fishers and not the clique and private business provides me with unique that has been running the town for years? tools to manage this office. Linda Gaye Cordell Certificate of Achievement for Financial (R) Candidate - Clerk-Treasurer Reports award for 23 consecutive years. My name is Linda Gaye Cordell and I I was also honored to be the governor’s am seeking reelection for Fishers Clerkfirst appointment as the Indiana Town’s Treasurer on Nov. 8. Representative to the Build Indiana ComI have been a resident of Fishers since mission. I have a B.S. from IU with a math 1980 and became Clerk-Treasurer of Fishmajor and have earned the Indiana AcCordell ers in 1981 when the population was 2000. credited Municipal Clerk certificate and I have always maintained a very conservative dethe International Institute of Municipal Clerks partmental budget with a very lean, but talented, certification. staff. As Clerk-Treasurer, I dedicated my carer to Throughout the years, it has been a pleasure to ensure the taxpayer dollars are properly accountwork on many of the innovative ideas that have ed for in accordance with town, state and federal propelled Fishers to the award wining community laws and regulations. For this, I have received may it is today. I truly believe our conservative approach personal awards of which I am very proud. They is largely responsible for the success of Fishers today include the Indiana Association of Cities & Towns and its many national and state community awards. Excellence in Financial Management award and I ask for your vote on Nov. 8 and promis to conthe Government Financial Officers of America’s tinue to serve with sound financial management.
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Greg Purvis needs of the community. (D) Candidate - Council District 4 Unfortunately, the current town council My name is Greg Purvis, and I am a canhas obstructed and delayed a vote on the didate for Fishers Town Council. I am an referendum where the citizens can decide attorney with 34 years experience, and a if this is the change they want to make. community activist. A native Hoosier, I gradThe current council has proven over and uated from Ball State and Indiana University over that they do not listen to what the Purvis School of Law in Indianapolis. I am a charter citizens want. But if I am elected, they will member of the Geist Kiwanis Club. I have served for have no choice but to listen. I am not indebted to many years on the board of Sandstone Homeownany special interests, and cannot be bought nor ers Association, one of the largest in Fishers. I was a pressured. I would be a truly independent watchmember of the city-town study committee in 2009. dog for the citizens on the council. I also was the first chairperson of CityYes, a biI would also open up the so-called “work sessions” partisan organization which believes that the future that the council holds outside of public view. I would of Fishers is as a real city, with a mayor elected by ask that ALL meetings of the council be in the council the people. I have been advocating for this change chamber, webcast, and accessible to the citizens. I since January 2007, because I strongly believe that would also push for citizens to have the right to speak this is the best form of government for our comon any subject they want at meetings of the council, munity, and because I believe that it has numerous not just restricted to when it is legally required. advantages for economic development, commuFor more information, visit my website, www. nity leadership and vision for the future, and is the Purvis4Fishers.com, or email me. I hope I will have most democratic and responsive to the wants and your support on November 8.
in people’s lives. It has been my job to help Eric Benner (I) Candidate - Town Judge them resolve those problems. I am a certified civil family law mediator. This further I am running for the position of Fishers Town Court Judge to establish a court that allows me to assist people in resolving disputes in a more amicable forum than effectively serves the people of Fishers and in the courtroom. I have served regularly provides them with a court that they can as Judge ProTem in the courts of Hamilton respect. I have established a successful law Benner County. I have been very active in the practice based on achieving results and Fishers community and my church. The breadth efficiency. These are qualities that directly transof my personal and professional experience makes late to the successful operation of a court. I will me a superior choice. My opponent has spent establish a court in which people understand that the majority of his legal career as a prosecuting they will be treated with respect and dignity. I will attorney representing the “state”. He left the prosimpose appropriate consequences on those who ecutor’s office and his current practice involves come before me and be harsh when necessary with repeat offenders to motivate their compliprimarily handling public defender cases. On both a personal and professional level, I have always ance with the law in the future, but I will do so conducted myself with the highest level of ethics, in a fair and even-handed manner. I have been professionalism and integrity. That will continue a resident of Fishers and a litigation attorney in with my administration of the Fishers Town Court. Hamilton County for 22 years. In my law practice, I have handled all types of civil and criminal matI recommend that if you know someone active in ters. In contrast to my opponent, I have always the county legal community, ask them who they think you should vote for. Ask them why, and represented “people” and have developed a great then follow their advice in the voting booth. sensitivity to the issues and problems that occur John Weingardt Fishers—families, schools, streets and businesses. Proper funding and communication to (R) Candidate - Council District 4 these industries are of the utmost importance. My name is John Weingardt and I am I am honored to have received the endorsethe Republican candidate for Fishers Town Council in District 4. I have lived in Fishment of the Hamilton County Professional ers with my wife, Tina, and three children, Fire Fighters and I look forward to working with our emergency services to make Fishers Ashley, Abby and John, for the past 20 Weingardt not only a great place to live, but a safe one. years. I am a partner in the accounting firm The HSE school system is the real gem of of Peachin, Schwartz & Weingardt and have been a practicing CPA and financial advisor for our community and the primary reason my family over 20 years. My specialties include tax planning, moved to Fishers. As the treasurer of the HSE School mergers and acquisitions, as well as management and Foundation, I take great pride in the standard of the school’s education. The town council should help the consulting for entrepreneurial business. school district ensure each student has an opportuMy vision for Fishers is focused on three key isnity to achieve their maximum potential. sues—economic development, public safety and education. As your town councilman, I will create an open My financial and economic background will help and honest environment for public concerns and promise to take your beliefs and values into considerdevelop new businesses and jobs in our community. We should continue to promote having the lowation and to truly represent YOU. For more information, please visit my website at www.WeingardtForest municipal tax rate in our area along with sound incentives that make economic and fiscal sense for Fishers.com. business owners and the citizens of Fishers. I would be honored to receive your support on Our first responders affect every aspect of life in Nov. 8.
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George Bailey (Sean Patrick Hopkins), at back in center, is surrounded by his loving family as he realizes how much he has to live for in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life.
Two Fishers students star in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ By Jordan Fischer email@example.com Michael Bailey and Annie Cushman, both of Fishers, will be featured in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” playing now through Nov. 20. Bailey and Cushman play Tommy and Zuzu Bailey, respectively, in the stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic
tale of banker’s son George Bailey, who finds that although his life didn’t turn out as planned, he still has a lot to live for. Tickets range from $36 to $59, and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet. For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664. For more information, including complete show schedule, visit www. beefandboards.com.
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Riverside’s Hamm named ‘Teacher of the Month’ vide extra help to students like his By Jordan Fischer brother. firstname.lastname@example.org “I thought, what do I want to do?” Riverside Intermediate School Hamm said. “I wanted to go back to teacher Christian Hamm says he had school to become a teacher to find several careers before finding his way one or two students a year who might to teaching. have fallen through the cracks otherHamm was selected as the October wise, then I could make a difference.” Teacher of the Month, sponsored by Hamm’s first two years with HamMarco’s Pizza. Hamm ilton Southeastern Schools were spent “My undergraduate degree was in teaching sixth grade science and social studies at journalism, with a focus on corporate commuSand Creek Elementary. Since his student teachnications,” said Hamm, who worked in marketing was done at the second grade level, Hamm ing and communications before becoming a realtor. “Right when the market started to crash, said he was a little nervous about teaching older students. I thought I ought to find something a little “I was worried that these kids were going to steadier.” be just filled with attitude,” he said. “I found I Hamm decided to return to school, and so was wrong. It’s a great age. They’re kids at heart, went through Anderson University’s “Transibut yet you can have some really great adult tion to Teaching” program to receive his teachconversations as far as making a difference in the ing certificate. Although necessarily a natural world, helping them to get beyond themselves, transition from the business world, going into and that’s something I’m truly valuing.” education made sense, said Hamm, because of Hamm lives in Fishers with his wife Jennifer the impact his older brother’s difficulty in school and their two children, Noah and Emily. had on him. To nominate your teacher, or an educator “He was 30 when he got his GED after havyou think is deserving of recognition, send your ing dropped out of high school at 16,” Hamm name, address, phone number and a 100-word said. “He now has his associate’s (degree). summary of why you think your teacher should He just didn’t get the help he deserved havbe honored to email@example.com. The ing ADHD and dyslexia; he just kind of fell deadline for nominations for the November through the cracks.” Teacher of the Month is Nov. 11. Hamm said his goal in teaching was to pro-
Are you smarter than the common core? COMMENTARY By Freedom Kolb Quick, define vertices. How about attribute? If you find yourself stumbling over words, consider consulting your friendly neighborhood kindergartner. Both of these concepts and more are part of the new common core standards for K-12 education. Indiana, along with 45 other states, has adopted these math and language art standards designed to provide clear goals for student learning. Before I climb onto my soap box, I should freely admit to being on the let-kids-be-kids side of the education fence. I have long complained about initiatives contributing to academic push down without considering child development. That said, it cannot be denied the U.S. is lagging behind in the global mind market. But is a national set of standards the answer? In the yes column, it seems incredibly sensible what is important for a student to learn in Indiana is also important for a student in Hawaii or Maine. A universally-accepted set of expectations could, in time, contribute to an increase in college readiness. I also learned the concept behind the common core is to layer concepts over time – an approach has been shown to increase both comprehension and retention. Not so fast though, do our teachers and stu-
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dents really need more high-pressure standards or the inevitable assessments that will follow? The common core focus on math and English could squeeze out other disciplines and wellrounded curriculum. However, what worries me most is the impact these standards could have on young students, specifically K – 3. I worry in the race to cram little minds we risk corrupting kids’ natural curiosity and love of learning. This full-court press replaces child-directed, hands-on learning with didactic instruction and standardized testing. The outcome is likely not educational advancement, but academic burn out. Honestly, the jury is out for me, but I think it is worth monitoring if for no other reason than to increase empathy for our community teachers. It takes some serious talent, planning and patience to wedge sight words, pre-algebra and finger-paint in two hours and 45 minutes. And for the record, vertices are the points where sides of an angle intersect - thank you, Mrs. Pfeifer’s a.m. class. Freedom Kolb is a community volunteer and board member with the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation. To contact Freedom, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DISPATCHES » Wine 101 – Dr. Charles Thomas, founder and owner of Chateau Thomas Winey, Inc., and The Stratford will host a wine and food pairing class on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The tasting will take place in The Stratford clubhouse, 2460 Glebe St., and Thomas also will discuss the health benefits of wine for older adults. Confirm your attendance by calling 733-9560. » Parents Night Out – Clay Terrace invites parents out for Parents Night Out, a date night featuring dinner, dancing and drinks this Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is a great way for parents to take the night off and receive drinks from People’s Brew, dinner from Kincaid’s and enjoy music by Barometer Soup. Parents looking for a babysitter can arrange painting sessions with Color Me Mine for their children during the event for a minimal fee. For more information, visit www.simon.com. » Create your own costume – One clever and creative budget costume will remind everyone of a favorite pastime – movie and popcorn night at home. To create a Netflix envelope costume, buy two red poster boards and some string to create a sandwich
Now – Nov. 20 Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of the goodhearted but downtrodden George Bailey, who has spent his life making sacrifices for others. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this heartwarming family show, and rejoice as George realizes the tremendous impact his life has had on the world around him. Details: For tickets visit www.beefandboards. com or call 317-872-9664. Friday; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza Plus Express Departs from Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville 773-6000 http://itm.org/events/dinner_diner.htm
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Stone Creek The scoop: Get ready for a whole new experience when you visit Stone Creek. You will find class and elegance in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Located in the Hamilton Town Center, Stone Creek is a perfect respite after a day of shopping. The widelydiverse menu offers many choices for adventurous diners. Stone Creek is prepared to meet all dining needs for a large group, family occasion or an intimate dinner for two. A bar complete with a flat panel TV is perfect for catching the big game while enjoying the Stone Creek experience. Type of food: Steak, chicken, and seafood. Price of entrees: $13.99 to $24.99 Specialties: Steak and seafood Smoking: Not permitted
Melissa Lasup, manager, Firehouse Subs Where do you like to eat? Pizza King What do you eat there? “I love the Large Feast pizza, but it has to be thin crust.” What do you like about Pizza King? “I just love their food. I guess because I was raised on it.” Pizza king is located at 1225 S. 10th St., Noblesville. They can be reached at 7701738.
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Directions: 1. In a small bowl, combine the dry rub ingredients. Coat the pork evenly with dry rub, patting gently until the mixture adheres to the meat. 2. Build a charcoal fire for indirect cooking by situating the coals on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. If you are using gas, Baste: Ingredients: turn half the burners on low and the other leave off. • 1 bottle (12 ounce) dark beer • 1 bone-in pork butt (7-8 Add a small aluminum pan, under the cooking • 1 1/4 cup cider vinegar pounds) grate, to the void/off side of the grill and fill it • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar • 24 slider buns halfway with water. • 1 bottle your favorite Barbecue • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 3. Combine all of the baste ingredients in a medium • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce Sauce saucepan and mix well. Place over medium-low • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 2 lbs coleslaw heat and simmer until the butter melts. Keep on • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Rub: low heat until ready to use. • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar • 3 tablespoons chili powder 4. When the grill reaches 250 degrees F, place pork • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons salt butt on the void side of the grill over the water pan, • 1 tablespoon sugar • 1 tablespoon paprika close the lid, and cook over indirect heat for four • 2 teaspoons black pepper • 4 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 hours (an internal temp. of about 165 • 2 teaspoons dry mustard • 3 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt degrees) basting every 45 minutes. Pull the pork • 2 teaspoons paprika • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder from the bone while hot. To the pulled pork, add • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/4 teaspoon oregano just a touch of the rub as seasoning, and then sauce • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper the pulled pork while it’s still warm. Place pulled • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin pork on slider buns and top with a mound of • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper coleslaw.
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The Lost Cheeseburger Soup While I was compiling material for my book, “The Tailgater’s Handbook,” I visited Penn State University for a game against Iowa University. It was a joy to sample foods at the tailgate lot and share tailgate-food recipes with fellow tailgaters. The best of these tasty foods were added to my recipe section; you can see them on my Web site. Joyce Massetti’s cheeseburger soup, was so good Ingredients: • 2 lb. ground beef • 2 medium carrots • 2 medium onions • 4 cans Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup (condensed) • 2 cans tap water • Salt and pepper To Prepare: Brown ground beef, drain then add carrots and onion (chopped). Cook entire mixture until
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I had seconds. The problem was I never got the recipe or her name. In the handbook I wrote a whole chapter lauding this best-of-all soup, and lamented the lost recipe. After the book was published a relative of Joyce’s approached me with a copy of the recipe and a book to sign for Joyce. You’ll love this soup. It tastes like a country club cheeseburger. soft. Season the beef mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Add the soup and water and then heat. This soup is great for a substitute for the old favorite - chili. Serve with dill pickle chips and rolls for dipping.
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DISPATCHES » St.V receives top ranking – The St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana received the state’s top honor for cardiology services for the seventh consecutive year by HealthGrades, an independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. In addition, St.Vincent Health hospitals in Indianapolis, Anderson, Carmel and Winchester all received national recognition for specialty services. » Foods that lose weight for you – Want to lose weight? Try increasing your daily fiber intake in the form of nutrientrich high-fiber foods. Why fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the twoyear study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams for every 1,000 calories resulted in about 4 ½ pounds of weight lost. Try it for yourself. If you’re consuming 2,000 calories per day, aim to increase your fiber by 16 grams. -www.eatingwell.com » The impact of three hours – Three hours of vigorous exercise a week can reduce a man’s heart attack risk by 22 percent, a new Harvard study suggests. The Harvard School of Public Health researchers also found that about 38 percent of that decreased risk was due to the beneficial effects of exercise on a man’s levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. -www.healthday.com » Skip ‘healthy’ drinks? – Gatorade and Vitamin Water might sound healthy, but a 20-ounce bottle of either thirst quencher still exceeds your daily sugar allowance. Sports beverages like Vitamin Water pack 13 g of sugar per 8-ounce serving, or 33 g and 125 calories in a 20-ounce bottle. (One teaspoon equals 4 g, which means 33 g is 8.25 teaspoons of sugar.) But you don’t have to avoid sports drinks entirely—just look for the sugar-free and reduced-sugar versions. » Hair loss myth – Myth: If you want to hang onto your hair, stay away from gel and hairspray. No need to forgo the products—they don’t cause balding, and neither does shampoo, washing your hair frequently, or dandruff. But some men tease their hair and use curling irons, which could speed up the process. It’s the over-mechanical utilization of hair that can be problematic. -www.usnews.com
The making of Barbie COMMENTARY By Barry Eppley The pursuit of the idealized female appearance is not a realistic goal for any woman; regardless of what plastic surgery has to offer. Improving your own body through diet and exercise with a little plastic surgery, if desired, is the common sense approach. Women should only want to have a pleasing face and body proportions within their natural genetics. The Barbie doll, introduced in 1959 who celebrated her 50th birthday in 2009, has always been a controversial figure when it comes to body image. One of the most common criticisms for the doll is its unattainable body image for young women to emulate. Based on her 1/6 scale at a height of just under 12 inches, she would be the equivalent of 5’ 9” with a weight of 110 pounds. Technically at these dimensions she would have a body mass index of about 16, which would classify her as anorexic. Although looking like Barbie isn’t a look young women should admire, it is interesting to know what plastic surgery procedures one would have to go undergo to achieve it. In the October issue of O magazine, former model Katie Halchishick showed what she would have to do to achieve Barbie proportions. Posing for a photographer, she used her body to diagram what she would surgically have to do to change her features to emulate Barbie’s proportions and
shape. Based on this photographic diagraming, it was shown she would need facial plastic surgery consisting of a brow-lift, jawline reduction and thinning, nose reshaping, neck contouring and a chin augmentation. To attain Barbie’s body, she would need a breast lift, upper arm thinning by liposuction and a tummy tuck. Despite the former model already has an attractive face and body to begin. Although this is an entertaining and even humorous bit of photographic morphing, it has a serious message. Trying to have a so-called ideal body proportions such as Barbie, is not a healthy pursuit; even if plastic surgery could make it possible. On a more common request, trying to look like a certain model or entertainer is equally unrealistic. Plastic surgery should be used to enhance the face and body shape women already have, not a pursuit through excessive surgery to try and achieve what one isn’t meant to be. This is a healthy and psychologically-balanced approach to plastic surgery women would be advised to follow. Dr. Eppley is an Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon. Comments can be sent to info@ eppleyplasticsurgery.com
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Make sure your child is meeting important developmental milestones — and learn how to recognize the warning signs of developmental delay. During a child’s early years, it’s crucial that parents keep close tabs on motor skill development. Those skills fall under two categories: gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
Gross motor skills include big movements like climbing and jumping, and involve large muscle groups. Fine motor skills include smaller movements, like grasping, or following objects with eyes.
According to physical therapist Jessica Prothero, both fine and gross motor skills are equally important. “Parents tend to notice gross motor skills more,” she said. “But fine motor skills are just as critical because they indicate cognitive development.”
When asked how parents can encourage motor skill development in their infant children, Prothero responded with three words: supervised tummy time. “Remember, it’s ‘Back-to-sleep, tummy-to-play.’ Supervised tummy time is a crucial part of development in allowing children to learn to crawl, sit, creep and walk,” she said. “All of these stages are important in overall development. Tummy time also helps prevent neck-muscle tightness and the development of flatness on one side of the head.” Too much “container time” – time spent in strollers, bouncy seats, swings, etc. – is another developmental
limitation for infants and babies. The more time to move around freely in a safe space on the floor or being held in the arms of an adult are examples of ideal developmental circumstances.
When children begin walking, parents should pay close attention to their technique, Prothero said. Some children tend to walk on their tiptoes all the time even after walking independently for a few months — a habit known as idiopathic toe walking. “It’s a fairly common in toddlers,” she said. “And if it persists, it could cause calf muscle tightness and gross motor delay.”
Prothero also warns against “W-sitting”— when a child sits on his or her legs splayed out to the side, making a “W” shape. “It can negatively impact their knee and hip joint development, so we discourage it as much as we can.” Even if your child seems to be developing normally, Prothero recommends being proactive by encouraging a variety of activities in your children, from gymnastics to karate. And no matter what activity they choose, make sure they do it for at least 60 minutes a day. “Children need to move,” she said. “It’s the very best thing for a developing child.”
If you think your child needs help with a developmental issue, or just have a question about motor skill development call 317-415-9135 for more information. St.Vincent Pediatric Physical Therapy is located at St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast in Suite 309.
at st.Vincent are careful to prepare and nurture children and their caregivers before, during and after surgery. experienced pediatric surgeons collaborate with pediatricians and various specialists to provide the best comprehensive care for your child. Pediatric surgeon, thomas Rouse, md, is board certified in pediatric surgery and focuses on a family-centered approach to care. He received his medical degree from indiana University school of medicine, completed his surgical residency at medical college of Wisconsin in milwaukee, and went on to a pediatric surgery fellowship at children’s national medical center in Washington, d.c. dr. Rouse has more than 20 years of experience in the care of children. He is a member of Pediatric surgical associates, a nine-member group of pediatric surgeons that provides surgical care at Peyton manning children’s Hospital at st.Vincent. We are pleased to have dr. Rouse and his colleagues join Peyton manning children’s Hospital at st.Vincent. For more information, please call 317-338-8857.
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Your child is complaining of a headache — his or her third one this week. is this normal or could it be something more serious? almost two out of three children will experience a headache by age 15, and females are more likely to have headaches. tension headaches are described as a dull pressure or tightness on both sides of the forehead or down the neck. migraine headaches are more intense, and the american academy of Pediatrics reports that 7 to 10 percent of adolescents experience these. if you’re concerned about your child’s headaches, have him or her keep track of when the headaches occur so you can determine potential triggers. if headaches occur more than four times per month, consider asking your child’s physician for preventive medication. Using ibuprofen or acetaminophen daily is not safe and may contribute to drug rebound headaches. To get more free kids’ health tips like these, visit KidsHealthLine.com/CIF. If you need to speak with a registered nurse about your kids’health, call 317-338-KIDS, anytime day or night.
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The St.Vincent Physician Network Welcomes Aaron Shoemaker, MD. Dr. Shoemaker is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed his combined residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at the IU Medical Center. Dr. Shoemaker is uniquely qualified to care for patients of all ages.
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Showered with big ideas Skip the rants from raking COMMENTARY By David Decker After a master-bathroom shower developed a small leak our client, LuAnne, began to consider the big picture. “I knew if we just fixed the shower,” LuAnne remembers. “We’d never redo the entire bathroom. So we went big.” The 20-year-old house had a square master shower stall with a separate and corner-fitted whirlpool tub. “At first we were going to leave the tub because we were worried about cost,” LuAnne said. “But with the tub where it was we couldn’t expand the shower. The tub was a waste of space; we rarely used it.” After talking with our salesman, Joe Evans, LuAnne was concerned eliminating the tub in the master bath would hurt the overall value of the home. Joe explained it’s only important to have a tub somewhere in the home – mainly for kids’ baths – but a comfortable shower in a new master bathroom would enhance resale value. With their five grown-up daughters out of the home, the time was right for a custom master bathroom improvement. This was a very deliberate design job, and LuAnne was involved throughout. The tub
and shower were removed, and a much larger curved-wall, glass-block shower with no door was installed. Ceramic tile, granite highlights, a granite seat, a large shampoo and soap niche, and a mosaic tile pattern in the bathroom. The colors are brown tones, clear glass and blue. “I can’t believe how it came together!” LuAnne said. “It’s comfortable and my mother-in-law said it looks like an original design, not a renovation. Every morning my husband goes into the shower and says, ‘I love this bathroom!’” That’s a big compliment for a well-executed “big idea.” David Decker is president of Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms, based in Carmel (877-252-1420, www.affordablekandb.com). Have a home improvement question? E-mail David at david.decker@ affordablekandb.com, and he will answer in an upcoming column.
COMMENTARY By Randy Sorrell Although fall is a spectacular time of year with trips to the park, hiking trails and debating if “this is the best year ever for colorful leaves”…it does couple itself with one of the most distasteful homeowner chores. Leaf removal. Hamilton Counties’ tree canopy continues to mature and our green cities plant thousands annually in an effort to remain on the Tree City USA favored list, a responsibility growing more painful every year. One stately Oak tree, four messy Maples, an obese Riverbirch and a variety of knee surgeries have encouraged me to develop a leafremoval process you may appreciate knowing. As you read this, it’s “game on”. Blow, mow and work with a helper. Start with the beds, walks and drive and employ a powerful blower to encourage the leaves into the lawn while your bribed partner is mowing up the leaves. A mulch mower at the highest setting performs best and don’t even dream about using a bag on the mower to capture them. It’s not necessary and is more work. Did you know mulched leaves are 75 percent nitrogen and water? As these pulverized beauties decompose, your lawn receives a juicy bonus. Expect to make several passes with the
mower to adequately pulverize. Wait a few days and repeat. Repeat. Repeat. My favorite tool? Hungry teenagers and college students. Is there a better answer to leaf removal or any chore not requiring a caring attention span? A buck a bag is teenager-union standard. Delay bagging leaves as long as possible. The mowing strategy should resolve 90 percent of leaf removal. The final phase requires a serious clean-up and will prime your lawn and landscape beds for success next growing season. Adopt the above strategies and expect to bend, squat and stuff a lot of bags this time. The leaves are often too densely wet at this stage to adequately pulverize. No-No’s…like secretly blowing them in your neighbors’ yard is a gardening sin and should be completely avoided; unless your neighbor is out of town or he hasn’t returned your borrowed shovel. Have a colorful fall and a joyful leaf-removal experience. Randy Sorrell is president of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel home improvement firm. He may be reached at 317-679-2565, randy@ choosesurroundings.com or www. choosesurroundings.com.
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Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover’s new Fishers-based vein clinic seeks to help patients maintain their active lifestyles By Jordan Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org Whether you’re a 20-something with a job that keeps you on your feet all day, or a retiree looking to maintain an active lifestyle, vein disorders can present a serious impediment to everyday life. While varicose veins, or spider veins, are perhaps the most commonly visible vein disorder, conditions can range from venous leg ulcers to restless leg syndrome, and can be a sign of a more serious problem, said Dr. Jeffery Schoonover. “Ultimately, we know the arteries carry healthy blood to the tissues,” Schoonover said. “The veins carry the blood back into general circulation.” When this process is disrupted by vein disorders, blood can begin pooling in the legs, causing swelling and bruising, and hindering the legs from doing their job as a “second heart muscle,” according to Schoonover. “Your body depends upon your calf muscles to pump blood back up into your system against gravity,” he said. Schoonover is the owner and founder of Indiana Vein Specialists, which opened its doors this month at its new Fishers office, 11876 Olio Rd. The practice offers treatment of varicose and spider veins; treatments which have become drastically less invasive over the last five years, Schoonover said. His initial studies done in family medicine, Schoonover went to medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine on a health profession scholarship from the U.S. Air Force, with which he served as a major for four years. While serving with the Air Force, Schoonover was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement while assigned to a humanitarian mission in El Salvador. In 2008, Schoonover became a member of the first class of board-certified phlebologists, medical specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders. “Certainly the technology component (of phlebology) is extremely interesting,”
vein disorders Varicose Veins – Twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin that are commonly seen in the legs and ankles. They can pose a serious health risk, leading to a number of conditions, from bleeding, venous leg ulcers and phlebitis to lifethreatening blood clots. Risk Factors – Heredity, age, sex, pregnancy and standing for long periods of time. Spider Veins – Thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance. Risk Factors – Typically hormonallyinduced and associated with pregnancy and menstruation. Venous leg ulcer – An open wound caused by severe varicose veins. Can be found anywhere below the knee. Risk Factors – Presence of longstanding varicose veins, age, arthritis and immobility.
Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover and the staff at Indiana Vein Specialists Schoonover said, “but there are a lot of elements from family practice involved too. It’s extremely rewarding to offer these procedures with minimal invasiveness and see our patients improve.” Schoonover said, his patients come from all walks of life, everyone from the “weekend warrior to the triathlete.” And, with an aging population, and more than 80 million people already affected by varicose veins (80 percent of which are women), Schoonover said he sees a growing demand for these types of services. “With so many Baby Boomers aging and pursuing these healthy, active lifestyles, these treatments are right in line with their age group,” he said.
With his new practice, Schoonover says he hopes to merge a family medicine approach into the treatment of venous disorders. “Our guiding principle with this is compassion and listening to our patients,” he said. “As we take people from the check-in all the way through treatment, we’re going to support them through the process. We know this is a chronic illness, and we appreciate that continuity and trust from our patients.” For more information about venous disease, visit http://www.phlebology.org. For more information about Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover or the Indiana Vein Specialists, visit www.indyveins. com.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) – A common medical condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, especially later in the day and at night while sitting or lying down. Risk Factors – Pregnancy and varicose veins. Possibly connected with iron deficiency anemia, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, diabetes, kidney failure and emphysema. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome – A rare, congenital disorder in which patients usually have one enlarged leg, which as a port wine stain and large varicose veins that are typically on the laterer aspect of the leg. Risk Factors – Associated with lack of development of part of the deep venous system and other venous abnormalities.
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It’s Golden | Current Publishing Special Section | It’s Golden Holiday food drive – The Stratford, a retirement community in Carmel, will host a holiday food drive for the needy in Hamilton County in partnership with Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The retirement community will serve as a drop-off location from Nov. 9 through 12. On Nov. 12, donors are invited to attend a complimentary lunch and open house at The Stratford (2460 Glebe St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aspirin linked to vision loss – Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late-stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, according to a new study. The data does not show that aspirin causes vision loss. But the findings, published in Opthalmology, are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, given how many seniors take it daily for heart disease. Researchers collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. Of the 839 people who took aspirin each day, 36 had an advanced form of the disease called wet macular degeneration -- or about four out of every 100 daily aspirin users. In comparison, roughly two out of every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently had the same type of macular degeneration. -Reuters New Medicare enrollment dates – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is reminding seniors and their families that the open enrollment period moved up this year for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Seniors have until Dec. 7 — not New Year’s Eve as in the past — to join, drop or switch health care and drug plans for 2012. But they can start making their choices now, instead of waiting until mid-November as in previous years. The change will allow more time for processing. -Associated Press Death by dust – Diatomaceous earth, or DE for short, is a harmless white powder to humans, but it’s deadly to insects – like bedbugs. The flour-like powder works its way under the pest’s exoskeleton, terminating the bug by desiccating it from the inside. DE is commonly used in the garden to keep outdoor pests at bay, but more and more people are using it in the home to fend off nocturnal bloodsuckers. Although it is safe and natural, the bugs have to come into direct and prolonged contact with material for it to have an effect, so you have to spread it pretty extensively throughout the home. -www.foxnews.com
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Beyond the Sunset
WORLD TRAVEL By Leonid Plotkin People say that travel promotes understanding, but after a day in the small Bolivian town of Macha, watching Quechua Indians beating each other up for tradition’s sake, I wasn’t so sure. It was a scene at once shocking, revolting, fascinating, and utterly incomprehensible – one of the most bizarre things I’d ever seen. They call it the “Tinku,” which means “Encounter” in the local language. For one day, every May, people gather in Macha for a day of ritual combat. But after a few hours in the mayhem and confusion of this strangest of all events, little about it seemed ritualistic. I found myself amidst a chaotic, no-holds-barred general brawl in the town square. Men fighting with men. Women slapping, scratching and pulling each other’s hair. The young battling with the young. And a special area seemed reserved for grandpas spoiling for a fight. “Why do they fight?” I asked someone standing nearby. “It’s a kind of sacrifice, a blood offering to the earth,” he told me, “ . . . to have a good harvest next year.” “These people are the descendants of Inca warriors,” explained someone else. “They fight to keep alive their martial traditions.” Another person offered an alternate theory, “They fight to show that they’re tough. People here respect the hard, the brave and the
Public fighting is a tradition in the small Bolivian town of Macha. Photo by Leonid Plotkin
strong, and for a man to have a broken nose is a sign of status.” Someone else seemed puzzled by my question. “We fight ‘cause we’ve always fought,” the guy said matter-of-factly. Evening came, and for me the point of it all remained as impenetrable as the day I first heard that such a strange tradition exists.
Leonid Plotkin left his career as a lawyer to travel the world, and if he had to identify somewhere as “home,” he said it would be Carmel. Reach him via email at i@ leonidfotos.com.
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Ruth Reeve: 108 years of family, faith, fitness By Darla Kinney Scoles email@example.com As a young child, growing up in rural Nebraska, Ruth Jane Reeve had no idea what the future held for her, nor the challenges she would face. But it was there, in the west, that she was given the foundation that would support her for more than a century and bring her into a world she never imagined. Now living in Carmel near her daughter, Ila Badger, Ruth – who recently celebrated 108 years of life – credits three specific things with bringing her to where she is today. As the sweet-natured matriarch of a strong and connected family, Ruth says her family, faith and penchant for fitness have made all the difference along the way. Family Ruth’s father, Wilbur, was a farmer, milkman, postmaster, telephone operator, and barber – often doing more than one of these at any given time. Hard work was a family tradition, but one that drew them closer together. Married at 17, Ruth had two daughters of her own with husband, Pete Scott, before becoming a widow at age 32. She had a home and a car, but no job and no financial support system. Her own mother came to help with the children so Ruth could go to work bagging coffee. In time, she met Frank Reeve through friends and married again, adding another daughter to the family. That daughter, Ila, would eventually move to Indiana in 1968. Ruth and her husband followed in 1969. “The love of my life, is my family,” she said. “The foundation of my life is my faith.” Faith Even during the Great Depression, Ruth remembers many around them going without
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food, but they always had something to eat. Hard times such as this, being widowed at a young age and losing a grandchild to cancer were always met with the faith that all would be well. A lifelong member of the Methodist Church, Ruth, according to Ila, “has quietly served the Lord her entire life”. “Things were tough,” shared Ruth of her childhood, “but faith and hard work got us through.” Fitness Ruth worked hard at keeping fit, as well, and still maintains her slim figure and healthful glow. Whether it was roller skating, ice skating, kickball, croquet, bean bag tossing, or simply helping with family chores or businesses, Ruth the child was always moving. Ruth the adult is still moving today. Even at age 100, Ruth could often be found walking to the nearby Meijer store for groceries. Ruth remembers making daisy chains as a child, packing coffee as a young adult, canning everything one can possibly can, the first car she ever saw, eating war rations, and the joy of indoor plumbing and an electric washing machine. These days she enjoys exercising in the morning, playing bingo in the afternoon and walking throughout the day. She is a bit of a celebrity where she lives and even received a card from former President George W. Bush on her 100th birthday. Described as a very practical person, an avid non-fiction reader, a lifelong learner, a wonderful mother and homemaker and a woman who lived a life devoted to serving her family – never seeking recognition, Ruth says she simply always took care of her family. “Family was always first,” she said. Family, faith and fitness.
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Defeating dangerous infections COMMENTARY By Dr. Jugnoo Husain Recently, a friend developed unrelenting diarrhea, a fever and stomach cramps. My friend was diagnosed with a Clostridium Difficile infection. She had recently taken antibiotics and then visited a hospitalized relative who had CDI. She has recovered, but described the infection as a miserable and scary experience. CDI is a contagious, spore-forming bacteria causing symptoms such as mild-moderate diarrhea and life-threatening colonic inflammation. A significant risk factor for CDI is recent antibiotic use. These drugs alter the balance of “good” bacteria in the gut and allow CDI to grow when someone becomes infected. CDI incidence has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Elderly people and hospitalized or nursing home patients are the most at risk. These patients are also more likely to be immune-compromised and taking antibiotics. However, more aggressive and resistant infections are also increasing in the community, reportedly affecting younger people with no history of hospitalization or antibiotic use. CDI spores are shed in the stool of infected persons, contaminating their clothing, bedding and other surfaces. The spores can be transmitted to other patients via the hands of healthcare workers. Visitors can be at risk if they touch the contaminated surfaces and then touch their
mouths; studies show adults touch their faces 15.5 times per hour. Therefore, strict hospital infection-prevention is imperative, and the most important one is hand washing. Visitors should also wash their hands before and after their visits to prevent contracting the infection and spreading it to others. The same hygiene principles apply for infected people at home: Try to stay in a separate bedroom, wash your hands religiously with soap and water. Do not share the kitchen or other items with anyone. Have family members wash their hands after touching you. Clean surfaces and clothing with a chlorine-based disinfectant. Alcohol-based hand rubs are not effective against C-diff spores. Continue these precautions until the diarrhea has stopped for 48 hours. Treatment depends on disease severity, ranging from just stopping the offending antibiotic to (paradoxically) treating with another kind of antibiotic. Some severe cases may even require surgery. Certain probiotics, containing beneficial bacteria, may be added. The best strategy is to prevent C. diff in the first place, and good hand hygiene is the most important factor. Dr. Jugnoo Husain is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. She currently resides in Hamilton County. Dr. Husain can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMENTARY By David Sullivan An often overlooked problem among our senior population is how often they fall or nearly fall.There are plenty of treatments available for what happens after the fall, whether this is hip fracture repair, stroke treatment or physical therapy. But what about trying to prevent the fall as a primary concern? Millions of dollars are spent each year on these often quality-of-life-ending events. If more attention could be paid to this group that have a much higher chance of falling, then a lot of psychological, financial, and physical expense could be spared. Factors that contribute to falls include, but are not limited to: 1. Dizziness 2. History of falls or near falls 3. Being female 4. Compromised vision
5. Steadiness of gait (as observed and graded) 6. Ankle Strength and stability 7. Medications (many can affect balance) 8. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, a history of strokes or seizures, arthritis, diabetic or other neuropathy 9. Ability to get up out of a chair and ability to walk and talk (as observed and graded) If you see any of the above as a potential way for you or a loved one to suffer a fall, then schedule an evaluation. There are many options available from, physical therapy and gait-assistive devices to simple braces that are quite supportive and stabilizing while still being comfortable. You can e-mail me at drs@ westfieldfoot.com if you have any questions regarding this important issue. Dr. David Sullivan is with Westfield Foot and Ankle, 16411 Southpark Dr., Suite B. E-mail him at drs@ westfieldfoot.com.
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It’s time to Speak Up! Commentary By Marcia Wilson “Okay, now we’re going to check your cataracts.” That took a moment to register in my brain before I responded that, in fact, I don’t have cataracts and that’s not why I was there. “Of course you do” the technician insisted, and so it went as we argued back and forth until I was starting to wonder if I might have cataracts! She left me with “we’ll see if the doctor thinks you need surgery.” So now, blood pressure rising, I’m making a list of questions concerning cataracts when this stranger in a white coat walks in and asks how I’m doing. That was the last straw, and finally my brain remembered Speak Up. So why did I feel guilty when the doctor looked a little put out when I asked for my regular ophthalmologist, the one who knows my history – these are my eyes, this is about my health! Finally my doctor came in, and guess what? No cataracts, no surgery, everything looks good, and because she is part of my “team” I accepted her sincere apology about the mix-up. Isn’t it funny how most of us are willing to speak up about everything else in the world, but when it comes to our own health care we have a bad habit of just nodding, not asking questions, and withholding tidbits of information that might seem insignificant or embarrassing. We’re more likely to share T.M.I. (too much information) about health issues with our friends, neighbors, and strangers in line at the grocery than with our doctors, yet we expect the doctors
to have all the answers. In 2002 the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued this great (and underutilized) initiative to encourage us to be more active, involved and informed in our health care. As an acronym Speak Up is a little complicated to remember but worth carrying a copy right next to your insurance card: Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know. Pay attention to the care you get. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medicines. Don’t assume anything. Educate yourself about your illness. Ask a trusted friend or family member to be your advocate (advisor or supporter). Know what medicines you take and why you take them. Use a hospital, clinic, etc. that has been carefully checked out. Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of your health care team. That’s worth repeating: You are the center of your health care team. So “Go Team”, Speak Up, and keep moving! Marcia Wilson holds an M.A. in gerontology and teaches exercise courses for aging adults in Fishers. Wilson can be reached at email@example.com.
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It’s Golden It’s time to get your flu shot, say health experts, and this year two new forms of vaccine are available. Those 18 to 64 who are squeamish about shots can opt for a vaccine that uses a tiny needle to deliver immune-boosting vaccine into the skin, rather than into the muscle like the standard shot. Also, people 65 and older can get a high-dose version, which should give better protection against the flu. Influenza specialist Kristin Nichol, M.D., of the University of Minnesota Medical School, says both new flu shots may come to occupy a “special niche” in the arsenal against influenza. “It’s very exciting to have these new vaccines available,” she says. As for the nasal spray flu vaccine that was first introduced in 2003, it is a weakened live vaccine recommended only for those ages two to 49. Although an annual flu shot for older people has long been a mainstay of U.S. public health policy, the last several years have brought increasing debate among experts about just how effective the vaccine is in older people. Research has suggested that getting the shot decreases an older person’s chances of being hospitalized for flu or pneumonia, and of dying.
But studies also make clear the vaccine doesn’t always protect older men and women against the flu. That’s partly because the vaccine works by stimulating the body’s own immune reaction — and the aging immune system tends to mount a weaker protective response. High dose may give more protection Fluzone High-Dose, launched during last year’s flu season, is meant to address this problem. The vaccine contains four times the immune-triggering viral proteins as the regular shot. In early studies, it triggered a much stronger immune response in older people than the standard dose. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not recommended the highdose shot over the standard vaccine, preferring to wait for the results of research looking at whether greater antibody response translates into fewer people getting sick with the flu. But the higher dose is likely to impart stronger protection, says William Schaffner, M.D. It also poses no special safety concerns, although side effects like soreness at the injection site are more pronounced. “Given the choice,” he says, “of course I would recommend the high-dose version.”
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How can I protect expensive jewelry? INSURANCE Q&A By Andy Warren Question from Anonymous from Westfield: I’m getting ready to buy an expensive piece of jewelry for a special lady. What do I need to do to make sure it’s properly protected? Response from Andy Warren: Congratulations on your purchase! I hope your special lady likes it and whatever else you might have to say when you give it to her. As you know, jewelry is high-valued, easily lost or destroyed and vulnerable to theft. Jewelry is covered on a standard home policy, but usually has a special limit on the total amount of coverage (usually a few hundred dollars). It doesn’t sound like a few hundred dollars is going to cover your potential purchase. Luckily, there are a few options available to protect your jewelry. Adding an endorsement to your home policy is the easiest way to protect your jewelry, but you can also purchase a separate policy or roll the dice and leave it uninsured. When deciding which method you are going to go with, there are a few questions you should keep in mind: • Does the coverage consider jewelry values that increase over time? • Does it cover mysterious disappearance (it’s gone, but you don’t know when or how it disappeared)? • What causes of loss does the policy cover and exclude?
The next thing you need to figure out is what your piece of jewelry is worth. Since this item will be newly purchased, you have a store receipt or certificate from the jeweler. If you don’t have a receipt or the item has not been appraised recently, it’s time to seek out an expert and get an updated appraisal. Sometimes a jewelry store that you frequent will offer free appraisals, but usually you have to pay for an appraiser’s services. The American Society of Appraisers is a good resource if you’re looking for an appraiser. You can use the “Find an Appraiser” feature on their website, appraisers.org. It is common practice to have your appraisals updated every three to five years. In addition, there are a few other things you should consider doing: • Take photos of your jewelry from several angles. • Keep original receipts and appraisals. • Consider keeping your jewelry in a hidden safe or storage area Make sure you’re not being overprotective, though. Jewelry is bought to be worn and can’t be enjoyed sitting in a safe.
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Stabilizing markets same period in 2010. Noblesville sold just 19 LOCAL REAL ESTATE fewer homes last month compared to SeptemBy Jim Litten ber 2010. In Westfield, homes prices increased The housing market continues to stabilize by 9.6 percent over the same time last year. A across Central Indiana. In September, home total of 31 homes sold last month, compared sales climbed more than 5 percent, inventory to 41 in September 2010. tightened by 13.6 percent, and year-to-date As we approach the sales prices of homes end of the year, a slight inched up 1.8 perFishers is a leading example of the slowdown is possible cent to an average of gradual real estate turnaround in the housing market. $152,554, according to that is underway. In September, As the leaves turn and F.C. Tucker’s most reweather grows colder, the 31 homes sold in Fishers – an cent housing report Fishers is a leadincrease of 19.2 percent from the housing market naturally winds down. It’s a perfect ing example of the same time last year. time to attend to home gradual real estate maintenance. Make sure turnaround that is your heating system runs properly and consider underway. In September, 31 homes sold in an inspection by a qualified heating contractor. Fishers – an increase of 19.2 percent from Check for roof damage and loose or missing the same time last year, and inventory shrunk shingles, repairs of which could put off a larger, by 27.2 percent. The average sales price for more costly roof replacement in the future. A a home was $168,549. Twenty-nine homes little extra attention now in these areas will hopesold for $299,999 or less, and two sold in the fully head off any potential inspection issues $300,000 to $499,999 range. This kind of when it comes time to sell your home. affordability is just one of the attributes that makes Fishers attractive to many homebuyers. Neighboring Carmel also experienced a nice Jim Litten is the president of F.C. surge in sales with 97 homes sold – an increase Tucker. Comment on this article of 51.6 percent. Home prices, however, were by sending an email to editorial@ down 7.3 percent, while Noblesville’s home youarecurrent.com. prices were up 0.2 percent compared to the
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BATTERED STOCKS WORTH A LOOK Digital Realty Trust (DLR) – Digital Realty Trust is a REIT that owns datacenter locations throughout the country. Datacenters are in high demand right now, as new trends in cloud computing and internet-enabled mobile devices strain the abilities of the country’s current networks. That secular demand is one good reason why DLR isn’t subject to the typical ebb and flow of the real estate market; its niche properties are too specialized. Another reason (as with most REITs) is the firm’s use of long-term, triple-net leases with tenants. Those leases mean that DLR isn’t on the hook for any maintenance costs or property taxes -- the tenant pays for all of that, and pays DLR a set, consistent rent (with built-in inflation increases). Idexx Labs (IDXX) – Bringing new products to market quickly has been one of Idexx’s biggest benefits in recent years. By staying at the cutting edge, Idexx is better able to attract veterinary practices that are looking for medical products that provide faster results and better treatments.
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yougurtz Yogurtz bills itself as a different frozen yogurt place. The business, which opened recently in Carmel’s Arts & Design District, is run by business partners Randy Park and Jeff Biggs and strives to offer its customers a unique experience and product. After studying similar establishments in the area, Biggs said the two found that most yogurt shops tend to “corral” patrons into lines and a standard ordering process. “We have developed a concept that allows our customers to come into the store and mingle to different yogurt machines, drinks, and toppings bar,” he said. “In addition, this ‘line’ and ‘corral’ effect, in our opinion, seems to be alleviated by the fact that we have a double-sided topping bar, duplicating all of the toppings and allowing more access and ease of flow through the store.” A store that is larger than others in the industry, Biggs added, also allows for a more relaxed
atmosphere. But it’s not just the environment that is unique. Yogurtz claims to offer some of the finest yogurt products on the market. The frozen yogurt café offers 14 flavors of Live and Active Cultures Certified yogurt and more than 40 toppings. And their treats are good for you, too. “Ours do not have any additional ingredients added, and all of them are certified to be kosher and to have live and active cultures, demonstrating high levels of probiotics,” Biggs said. “This is becoming more popular in the food industry as people are seeking out alternatives that are healthy for their digestive, immune, and other organ systems.” Biggs said he hopes the company’s commitment to healthy, tasty products and an inviting atmosphere will make Yogurtz popular with customers from Carmel and surrounding areas. Yougurts is located at 12561 North Meridian Street in Carmel. You may call them at 853-6600.
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Dialing up disease
LAUGHS By Dick Wolfsie Some scary research about death rates has made its way to the U.S. from Australia. A well-respected magazine about coronary disease says watching too much TV, even if you are not overweight, can shorten your life. The original study did not get much attention because the publication has limited circulation. The periodical states watching TV for one hour can reduce your lifespan by about 22 minutes. The original study said 30 minutes, but the scientists all had TiVo so they didn’t have to count the commercials. I know the joke makes no sense, but remember you are still better off spending your time reading this silliness than watching re-runs of “Six Feet Under” on HBO. However, the show will give you some idea where your life is headed. The study followed 8,800 people over a threeyear period. All TV habits were monitored and deaths were carefully noted. Approximately 300 in the study died: 87 from heart disease, six from cancer, and four were hit by a truck while waddling across the street watching Iron Chef on their iPhone. We also learn from the journal vegging in front of the TV for half a day is as bad for you as smoking two cigarettes. Dr. Genevieve Healy from the University of Queensland in Melbourne said the findings are
of concern because Australians watch a great deal of TV. “I find this very perplexing,” said the doctor. “This is Australian television. There’s nothing on.” No similar studies were done with people who listen to radio. However, NPR in Australia once bored half the population to death. No distinctions were found between people with different professions, but it is interesting to note famous astronomers such as Copernicus and Galileo lived to ripe old ages for their time, proof you can stare into space for several hours each day and delay the grim reaper. I’m concerned, not because I’ve watched so much TV, but because I’ve been on so much TV—about 5,000 hours over 30 years. What I’ve done to my fellow citizens can only be compared to some of the more notorious serial killers of our time. This made me feel guilty, so I sprawled out on the couch, picked up the remote and decided to do the only noble thing in a case like this. I watched TV for two hours, enough to shorten my life by about 15 minutes.
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Views | Community | Cover Story | Education | Diversions | Anti-Aging | Inside & Out | Its Golden | Dough | Laughs | Puzzles | Classifieds Across 1. Centers of activity 5. Montana city 10. Hoosier National Forest tree juice 13. Be of one mind 15. Indianapolis Opera highlights 16. Pacer or Colt 17. Halloween riddle, part 1 (2 wds.) 19. Golf ball position at Brookshire 20. Number of points for a Fishers HS touchdown 21. Hamilton Southeastern HS pitcher’s pride 22. Former 23. Tom Wood Ford Explorer, e.g. 26. Katz, Sapper & Miller emp. 28. Indiana National Guard greetings 30. Noblesville to Muncie dir. 31. Shower square 33. Don Hinds product 34. Pound of verse 36. ___ Charles 38. Involuntary twitch 42. Riddle, part 2 (4 wds.) 45. Deliberately hurt 46. Yellow-striped ball at Dave & Buster’s 47. Redbox rental: “___ Brockovich” 48. Jim Davis comics cry 50. Lincoln’s coin 52. Mummy’s trio? 53. Big bash 57. Go kaput 58. David & Mary Salon, e.g. 59. Difficult 60. Feathery wrap at Broad Ripple Vintage 62. Fall Creek crew need 64. “Give it ___!” (2 wds.) 65. Riddle answer (2 wds.) 70. Use the Monon Center track 71. Money in Fifth Third Bank, say 72. Have a hankering 73. Mayor Brainard presentation 74. Butler sorority letter 75. Musher’s transport Down 1. “Hee ___” 2. “Yuck!” 3. Victoria’s Secret item 4. Westfield HS volleyball stats 5. Some UIndy degrees 6. Bear seen at Holcomb Observatory 7. Lucas Oil Stadium levels 8. Indianapolis International Airport area 9. Hamilton Co. winter hrs. 10. Water balloon sound 11. Get out of bed at Jameson Inn 12. Riley and Krapf, e.g. 14. Pronouncement 18. Run out, like an Indianapolis Monthly subscription 22. Guerin Catholic HS color 23. Bird feeder fill 24. Open, as a jacket 25. “Aida” composer 27. Straighten 29. In the cellar of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference 32. Set of values 35. Go to 37. Like most land in Carmel
AWD........................................$31,988 LIKE NEW!.................................$29,888
25k Miles.................................$46,995 LIKE NEW!.................................$33,888 P6497
2008 LEXUS LX570
23k Miles.................................$42,995 LIKE NEW!.................................$66,995 P6515
2006 LEXUS GS300
2008 LS460 Find the items in the puzzle going up, down, sideways or diagonally and list them. Each letter is used no more than once.
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4 Texas Cities
2008 LEXUS IS250
2010 LEXUS RX350
AWD........................................$67,995 WOW!.......................................$43,995 1218A P6507
2010 LEXUS RX350
3 Indiana Reservoirs
2007 TOYOTA RAV 4
2004 TOYOTA MATRIX XE
2009 ACURA TSX
2012 AUDI A3
2009 NISSAN MAXIMA
2007 LAND ROVER HSE
2007 INFINITI G35
2007 MERCEDES SLK280
2008 Chrysler 300 C
2008 TOYOTA SOLARA
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2008 MERCEDES C300
2 Indy Mayoral Candidates
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2008 TOYOTA YARIS
2008 BMW 335I
2010 HONDA ODYSSEY EX-L
2008 VOLVO S80
2007 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV
55. Often-missed humor 56. Gaggle member 61. Help Dillinger rob a bank 63. Shapiro’s Deli breads 65. Halloween decoration 66. Posting at IND 67. Chum 68. Intense anger 69. You’ve just reached it
2006 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 39. Buenos ___ 40. Cut corners 41. The brainy bunch 43. Pay attention to 44. 12th-grader at University HS 49. Put the ___ on (stop) 51. Visibly upset 53. “Jaws” menace 54. Fishers N-S road
2010 LEXUS ES350
38k Miles.................................$29,888 LIKE NEW!.................................$29,995 P6539
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Loaded....................................$46,988 LIKE NEW!.................................$36,995 LDR549
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5 Breakfast Foods
46k Miles.................................$45,888 WOW!.......................................$25,995 11985B
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Views | Community | Cover Story | Education | Diversions | Anti-Aging | Inside & Out | Its Golden | Dough | Laughs | Puzzles | Classifieds Interest Rates are at all time lows...
SO ACT NOW! If you are interested in refinancing or purchasing a home, the following rates apply:
Offer good thru October 31
For loans of $100,000 to $300,000* • 30 yr fixed 4.125%, APR. 4.25% • 15 yr fixed 3.375%, APR. 3.5% For loans of $300,000 to $417,000** • 30 yr fixed 3.99%, APR. 4.1% • 15 yr fixed 3.375%, APR. 3.45%
In home applications are available for your convenience. Contact us TODAY for a quick assessment to determine if you should refinance.
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“Finally Your Solution To A Spotless Home!” Call The CleanUp Company Now For A Free In-Home Estimate (317) 730-3691 www.indycleanup.com
PUZZLE ANSWERS H U Answers to HOOSIER A G HODGEPODGE: Blue: W H BLOOD, CHIP, CROSS, JAY, MAN GROUP, S U E N RIBBON; Foods: CEREAL, MUFFIN, OMELET, DE ZI PANCAKES, WAFFLES; S P Cities: DALLAS, EL PASO, HOUSTON, SAN ANTO- S H H A NIO; Reservoirs: EAGLE A G R U CREEK, GEIST, MORSE; K E Candidates: BALLARD, KENNEDY; Coach: CALDWELL
B S R E E A T D E S I X C P V T I E R A R D T H E I T E E E K I N D I B R D O B O A S N T H Y
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Pet & House Sitting Service Years Experience Experience 139Years
“The Safe and Reliable Alternative to Boarding” Insured/Bonded Serving Carmel & Westfield email@example.com References Available
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Guitar Lessons With Baker Scott
Beginners thru Advanced All styles Electric-Acoustic-Bass Private Lessons Parent-Child Lessons near Carey Road & 146th Carmel
for freelance writing, editing and tutoring. Custom poems for all occasions. Reasonable rates. References available upon request. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 317-220-4191.
Business for sale
Wth recording artist Duke Tumatoe Learn from professional and have fun All levels - in Carmel email@example.com or 317-201-5856
“A MAN FOR ODD JOBS”
Business For Sale: Noblesville Kumon Math & Reading franchise. Profitable. Owner retiring. 317-371-0634.
handyman , repairs hauling, yard work call Tom - 847-3753
Nails by Hilliary 317-730-2544
Updated Ranch Home 2 Bedroom & 2 Bath: Brookshire Village off of 126th street: 12545 Charing Cross , Carmel, In. $1,350 per month: call 317-815-5797 or 317-697-1794
To your door nail services. Great for moms, or anyone in a nursing or assisted living facilities. Buy a Spa pedicure get a manicure for FREE!! *Ask about my frequent customer discount *We do Spa parties for any occasion. “Let me take care of you”
PLUMBING BY GRANT
Master’s Degree Instructors SAT/ACT Test Prep, College Prep, Math, Reading, English, ENL (English as a New Language) for all grades through adult Call 317 776 7615 Golden Education Strategies, Inc
Chances are, you don’t have any Plumbing Problems now but if you ever need a Plumber, call me! My name is “Mike”. My Work includes Repair and New Install: I am 24 years in the Profession, Licensed, Bonded, and Insured, Sure like to hear from you; Call me anytime 317-485-5449 or 317-728-9698
Happy Pets In-Home Pet Care
A less stressful and economical alternative to boarding with loving care for your pets in the comfort of your home. Experience in Exotics. Insured/Bonded Member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC firstname.lastname@example.org 317-645-6043 References available
FOR SALE FOR SALE
Three prime burial plots in The Garden of Devotion at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Call 317-622-1717
Executive conference table. Nearly new. Mahogany with 8 matching leather swivel chairs. Too large for our new space. Value approx. $9,300. Will sell for $3,000 OBO. Call 847.5022.
Prepare and deliver sermons in church. Lead religious services. M. Div. degree reqd. Send resume to New Hope Baptist Church at 2240 106th Street Carmel ln. 46032
Current in Fishers
CAREGIVERS FOR THE ELDERLY Top ranked agency looking for mature, energetic adults to assist seniors in their homes
$11.00 per hour
FOR HIRE Book author and journalist available
489.4444 ext. 202
Carmel-Westfield Day Care Opening 1 year and above. 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 30 years experience, family setting, meals included. References available, Reasonable rates, call 844-0450 ask for Lea.
Senior Home Companions of Indiana, Inc. Helping Seniors Remain in their Homes Since 1996
We invite you to come by our office and fill out an application between the hours of 9-12 on Mondays and Thursdays mornings.
7164 Graham Road, Suite 170 • 317.841.0296 • Indianapolis, IN 46250
Carmel CPA office has an immediate opening for a top-notch individual with excellent communication, organizational and computer skills. Position involves answering the phone, filing and a variety of administrative duties. Some Saturday hours during February, March and April. Send resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, Slattery & Holman, P.C., 12900 North Meridian, Suite125, Carmel,Indiana 46032, or email to: email@example.com.
Part-time (18-22 hours/week) assistant in Podiatrist’s office. Duties include preparing exam rooms and small procedures, taking histories, electronic medical records, maintaining inventory, etc. Must be personable with patients and hard working. Salary is based on experience and credentials. Position starts ASAP. Send cover letter and resume to appt@ westfieldfoot.com”
Now hiring a part-time receptionist in a busy, upscale optometry office. Computer experience, high energy personality and phone presence a must. Please fax resume to 317-660-7438.
Customer Service/ Dispatch
Noblesville company looking for a full timecustomer service professional that can manage multiple duties at the same time in a small office atmosphere. Will be responsiblefor customer service, data entry, back up dispatching and other miscellaneous office duties. Must have great attitude, great customer service skills with excellent organizational skills. Full time position with full benefit package. $11-$12/hr. depending on experience. Email resume to michelle. firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 317773-2645
Donatello’s Italian Restaurant Kitchen and Dining Room Staff Good Pay: Part-Time Schedule Applicants send resumes to Donatellositalian@gmail.com
TOWN OF FISHERS
Now Hiring: LABORER - WASTEWATER SUPERINTENDANT – STREET Part Time Laborer – Building Maint. Also seeking SEASONAL ON-CALL SNOW PLOW DRIVERS For more information and to apply visit: www.fishers.in.us
Sales positions available in the Hamilton,Co. Territory paying $625 per week base pay plus bonuses and commission. Top Reps average over $2000 per week. Pay checks issued weekly. Seeking positive minded individuals with energetic personalities, professional appearance and great people skills. Sales experience is helpful but not required. Company training is provided. For immeidiate interview call 317-564-4957 Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
Head Start Now Hiring
Family Development Services Head Start preschool program has immediate openings for Classroom Assistant in the Westfield area. Responsibilities include assisting the Lead Teacher in planning and implementing appropriate activities for our Head Start children.Must have a High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 1 year experience working in a childcare setting. Apply now at www.fds.org
AUTO FOR SALE SATURN VUE 2004
$6,900 Contact via e-mail @ email@example.com
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On December 1st, top-ranked specialty care comes to Fishers. Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital is opening the doors to exceptional care focused on cardiovascular, orthopedics and spine care, plus emergency services. 2011 U.S.News & World Report rankings
Discover the strength at iuhealth.org/saxony
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