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Volleyball scores big win – The Hamilton Southeastern Junior High eighth-grade volleyball secured another victory – this time against an unlikely opponent. Visit www. to find out who they played and what else was gained by the victory.

Patrons pack the FORUM Conference Center for the ball.

Crowds come out for WaterIsLife Charity Ball

HSEJH contributes big to Delaware Township Trustee’s Food Pantry – The HSEJH Student Council contributed 4,500 pounds of food to the Delaware Township Trustee’s Food Pantry. To find out more about the initiative and who the top students were, visit www.currentinfishers. com.

The Fishers Rotary Club held its first WaterIsLife Charity ball, a fundraiser for the project that provides the capital for fresh water wells in Sierra Leone. The event was held at the FORUM Conference Center (11313 USA Pkway.) on Dec. 1. (Photos by Rich Phelan) Fishers Farmers Agent Joe DelPrince and Beth Hodgin of Indiana Restoration & Cleaning Services deliver holiday baskets donated to Fishers Rotary as part of the WaterIsLife Holiday Charity Ball.

The Stardusters, a 16-piece jazz and swing orchestra, played for the patrons.

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DVD Review – Chris Lloyd reviews “The Bourne Legacy.” The Bourne superspy franchise returns for a fourth outing, but the amnesiac hero played by Matt Damon is nowhere to be found. Instead, it’s about a new agent named Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Like Bourne, he was an elite member of a CIA assassin squad that the bureaucrats have now decided is too dangerous to exist. For the full review, visit Tailgating – Traveling to a bowl game? These contests give a college fan one more chance to socialize, and don the school colors. It’s also a great chance to bask in the sun if you’re going to a warm weather bowl and may even be a chance for a family mini vacation. Joe Drozda provides a few tips for college fans and offers a recipe for a snack mix to enjoy while traveling. For the full column and recipe, visit Festival of Lights underway – Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Arthur M. Glick JCC (6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis). The remaining nights of Chanukah have a community candle-lighting at the Max and Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus outside of the JCC. For more information and a schedule, visit

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A lesson learned from exhaustion

Coutu hooked on volunteering

Commentary by Heather Kestian

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Editor’s note: Please welcome Fishers resident Heather Kestian as Current’s newest columnist. This column was submitted by Kestian during the application process earlier this fall. Sleeping in one-hour increments for any length of time is not good for anyone. My four-month-old had a rough two weeks of teething and an ear infection, which means no one was sleeping in our house. I was a bleary-eyed mess with dark circles and bags under my eyes. Good thing these events happened in October, so I could pretend I was preparing for my Halloween costume. Exhaustion was a way of life for those two weeks. Since I was breastfeeding, caffeine was not an option. I thought about knocking my husband’s coffee out of his hand each morning. Instead, I took the high road. I could barely function and I begged God not to let me fall asleep at the wheel on my commute and wrap my car around a pole. I have never sung so loudly to the radio in my life. Ridiculous does not begin to describe what my daily commute looked like to other drivers. I have no doubt someone called the police to report a singing zombie in the car next to them. I proclaimed on my Facebook page that exhaustion was being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our house. A witty friend noted that drowsiness was served as a midnight snack. Yes, it is! The real lesson from my exhaustion came in a private message. She said I should be thankful for my utter exhaustion. Excuse me? She taught me the lesson I needed to learn from my two-week slog through a lack of sleep - I have a reason to wake up in the middle of the night. I have a baby that needs me. She reminded me that not everyone has a baby to kiss, cuddle, and soothe. I am thankful for her reminder that my little person is a blessing despite eight middle-of-the-night feedings every night for two weeks. Lesson learned.

A group of local senior citizens will be enjoying a holiday dinner due to the work of volunteers at Saint Louis DeMontfort Catholic Church in Fishers. Jill Coutu is one of the volunteer workers in the “Senior Delivery” program. The volunteers provide regular food deliveries to a group of local senior citizens in need. Jill says the special Christmas food baskets provide “everything they need to make a nice holiday meal.” It’s a family affair at the Coutu household when it comes time for the monthly food delivery to the senior citizens. Her three children all are involved in the volunteer work. The Saint Louis DeMontfort volunteers working in the Senior Delivery program range in age from 4 to 83, with Jill’s daughter Katie being the youngest. Jill says the “wonderful group” of volunteers at the church have the work down to a regular routine. Jill and her family moved to Fishers 5 years ago and she has been involved with the Senior Delivery and food pantry programs at the church the past 18 months. It’s Jill’s firm belief that if you try volunteering just once, even for just an hour or so, you will be hooked. What hooked her were the responses from the senior citizens she helps. “To see the smiles on those people’s faces, it makes any challenge you may have in life seem minimal.”

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New startup for entrepreneurs and annual Tree Lighting Celebration draw hundreds of residents By Nancy Edwards • Fishers Town Municipal Complex attracted hundreds of residents celebrating the grand opening of a new entrepreneurial workspace, a brand-new amphitheater and the annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29. The evening kicked off at 5 p.m. in the basement of Hamilton East Library, where Launch Fishers is located and held their grand opening. Launch Fishers, founded by John Wechsler, is a new initiative for entrepreneurs looking for a temporary home to launch their businesses. The space offers 16,000 square feet and a coffee bar will be added within the next month. An annual fee of $300 and a one-time $99 badge and membership setup fee allow the member print/scan/copy facilities and a variety of work and meeting spaces, from lounge areas to larger team spaces and conference rooms. A dedicated workplace with a desk and chair also is available for the entrepreneur for $150 a month. “Anyone is welcome,” Wechsler said. Future goals for the start-up incubator include a student orientation outreach for those in grades K-12, which is perfect for students such as Aaron Gurin, a senior at Fishers High School. Gurin said he enjoyed dropping by Launch Fishers after school or on weekends to assist with web design and development, or work on troubleshooting

problems with iPhones and iPads. “This is a great collaboration,” he said, also noting that the environment is much more conducive than a busy coffee shop. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, some present at the event, along with many residents in the community, walked to the Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of the new Switch Amphitheater. The annual event, held from 6 to 8 p.m., began with Santa Claus riding up on his sleigh to light the 25-foot tree with help from a local child. Afterward, attendees were treated to music at the amphitheater by Fishers High School choirs and Fishers Sister Cities’ Dickens Carolers, as well as a small petting zoo, a photo with Santa, and hot cocoa provided by the Rotary Club of Fishers. Jamie Ekew, who attended the event with her sons Jonah and Jameson, said her family came out to support her son who sang in the choir at Fishers High School. “I love the new facility so we’re excited,” Ekew said. New Fishers residents Brian and Jennifer Harless, along with their 3-year-old daughter, Carly, said they enjoyed their first holiday event at the Municipal Complex. “This is very well put together,” Brian said. “We had a great time.” For more information about Launch Fishers, go to

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Town Council Recap

What happened: The council approved the consent agenda. What it means: Each meeting, the councilors vote on a consent agenda, which typically includes meeting memoranda for the previous executive, work and regular session. In addition, other items get added to the agenda. This week, two items were voted on. First, was a pair of contract change orders; one for the Bee Camp Creek Trail project and electrical services at Fire Station 96. The new contract for the former is $57,350, and the latter is now $325,288. A funds transfer was also approved in the consent agenda. The transfer amounted to $48,146 for station supplies, animal care supplies and the Holland Park Senior Center.

What happened: The Seasons Gardens PUD (planned-unit development) was approved after third reading. What it means: The applicant, Michael Aikins, has sought a text amendment for the site located at Cumberland Road and 126th Street. The site would bring on additional uses. Past criticism of the PUD included plans to put a kennel on one of the parcels. The petitioner amended the request so that the kennel would only be located on parcel “b.” A drug store will be permitted on parcel “a.” The councilors had no additional questions at the meeting, and passed the ordinance.


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What happened: A request for an open road cut permit at 10750 Brooks School Road was approved. What it means: Vectren Energy approached the town for the permit in order to make a cut and connect to a nearby main. Jeff Hill, director of engineering, was out of the country and Eric Pethtel, director of public works, stepped in to talk about the ordinance. The council had questions on how long Brooks School Road would close, as well as why no other alternatives were possible. Ultimately, Vectren was granted the request. Representatives from Vectren were also present.

What happened: A second reading and public hearing on annexing land at 10678 and 10748 E. 116th Street was held. What it means: No remonstrance or questions were held for the “voluntary annexation” at the two properties, Enlow and St. George Orthodox Church, respectively. It’s now ready for third reading.

What happened: First reading was held for a request to approve an amendment to the Pet Palace PUD. What it means: The petitioner, Andy Pierson, is asking for the ability to put a “boarding facility” in one of the areas in the PUD. The councilors commented little. Town Council President Scott Faultless recommended considering a setback for the facility.

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School Board Recap


What happened: The board approved the consent agenda including certified and support staff reports.

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What it means: The school system added or approved staff. Included in the hires are Lisa Lederach and Gary Zgunda. Lederach is replacing Stephane Bordelon as principle of Cumberland Road Elementary School. Zgunda was brought back into the system as assistant director of human resources and student services. He held the same position with the school system in the past before cuts were made, according to Superintendent Dr. Brian Smith.

What happened: Jerome McKibben, Ph.D., of McKibben Demographic Research, provided population and enrollment forecasts from 2013 to 2022. What it means: McKibben gave a presentation to the board on demographic forecasts for the next decade. His study is based on 16 assumptions about society based on economics and societal and district trends. If those assumptions hold true, his forecasts should hold water. In his presentation he outlined how turnover (mortality) and the exodus of young people are impacting enrollment numbers, as well as those that move to Fishers. Fertility rates also were considered in the study. Among his conclusions in his executive summary, McKibben found that when 2013 comes to a close, enrollment in the school district’s elementary schools “will begin a slow decline.” Between this school year and the 2017-2018 school year, McKibben’s forecast calls for total enrollment to increase by 1,026 students. The changing size of cohorts impacts enrollment. McKibben notes in his report, “Until the current bubble of students (now in grades 3 through 8) passes through the high school grades, there will be continued growth at the district’s high schools.” However, from the 2017-2018 school year to the 2022-2023 school year, “total enrollment will decline by 181 students.” For the full report, visit, click on school board/board docs and then go to meetings.


What happened: The board approved two policies. What it means: Two policies focusing on technology were presented to the school board. One of the policies, “Student Technology Usage,” saw changes and added provisions for the use of “web-based applications such as Google E-Mail” for curricular uses. “Test Security” focuses on professional development regarding state testing.

What happened: Smith delivered the superintendent’s report. What it means: Smith updated the board members on various interests in the school district. Smith discussed the referendum for the senior academies, including finding a person to chair a political action committee involved in that issue. Editor’s note: Visit for the meeting’s full agenda and other items.



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Town news Fishers Town Council denies increase in Freedom Festival funding COMMUNITY At the Dec. 3 Fishers Town Council meeting, the councilors amended a request for approval of this year’s Fishers Freedom Festival yearly contribution, denying increased funding for the event. On the table was a request for $100,000, a $15,000 increase from the typical monetary donation of $85,000. The council amended the request, keeping the donation at $85,000, the same amount that has been given for the past five years, as well as approximately $5,000 for running the Firefighter Combat Challenge this summer, according to Town Manager Scott Fadness. Five of the six councilors voted for the amended request, with Fishers Town Council President Scott Faultless as the only dissenting vote – citing the fact that this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary. According to a council action form completed by Deputy Town Manager Nathan George, the town donated $85,000 annually for the past five years. The festival requested an additional $15,000 this year alone. George’s report further shows that from 2008 to 2012, the town contributed more than $100,000 to the festival each year, once other contributions – such as personnel, services and more – are totaled. This year, the town kicked in

a total of $131,944. In addition, the request also had provisions for holding the Firefighter Combat Challenge during the festival for three years. Councilor Michael Colby delivered a statement on the matter, raising issues with the Fishers Freedom Festival concerning the council’s requests for more details, involvement for political candidates and the possible commitment to the combat challenge. Colby said the council wanted a line item budget detailing Freedom Festival and combat challenge expenditures. Fishers Freedom Festival Executive Director Jennifer Kehl said the council was giving the organization the opportunity to prepare a list of expenditures to be reviewed later to justify the extra money. Kehl said she planned to have a list of costs to justify the additional funds by the end of year into the council. She said the total donations from the town amount to 29 percent of the festival’s total cost. “We welcome opinions and suggestions from everyone so we can keep it fresh,” Kehl said. “If they (the council) want to give their opinions and suggestions, we’re more than happy to take a look at what they’d like us to do.” She said Fishers Freedom Festival can’t continue without the financial and moral support of the town.

Snapshot – The Liberty Plaza project is wrapping up. According to Maura Leon-Barber, Town of Fishers director of public relations, the majority of the project is completed. A ceremony was planned for Veterans Day in November, but it was bumped back to Memorial Day in 2013. Elements of the monument still require fundraising.

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Cover Story

Aboverleft: Shepard and Deb Wims dance the Christmas Waltz. Above right: Shepard hosts the show and chats with Santa. (Photos courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre)

Fishers resident Kenny Shepard puts in 19th consecutive year in ‘A Beef & Boards Christmas’ By Dan Domsic • Kenny Shepard changes 220 times per week. What is he changing? His costume. The Fishers resident hosts the Christmas revue “A Beef & Boards Christmas 2012.” When the show gets into full swing and the cast performs 10 times per week at the dinner theatre, costumes are constantly shuffled out and changed. He dons everything from a Santa suit to a bright white tuxedo, accented with blue elements. At one point in the show, which Shepard describes as a performance of every Christmas song a person can think of, he dons a costume underneath a costume. It’s like a variety show exclusively for Christmas. After 18 years of playing a role in the Beef & Boards Christmas show, changing is Shepard’s least favorite part of the experience. This year marks the 20th consecutive year the theatre has put on the show. It’ll be his 19th year performing in it in some capacity. His favorite aspect of the show? Dancing the Christmas Waltz with long-time friend Deb Wims. “That’s really special for the two of us. We love dancing together,” Shepard said. “Well, I can’t speak for her. I love dancing with her.” They’ve known each other for about 20 years, and he said they know each other so well they can rescue each other if they veer from the script. “There’s a lot of trust there between the two of us,” Shepard said. The Christmas Waltz with Shepard is one of her favorites, Wims said. Before Shepard met Wims, his career started after seeing an

About Kenny Shepard How long have you lived in Fishers? Seven years What is your profession? Adjunct professor at Butler University and Anderson University Favorite theatre show? “Cats” Favorite actor? Daniel Day Lewis Favorite venue? The Grand Palace in Branson or Disneyland

older sibling perform. The youngest child in the family, Shepard was dragged from performance to performance. He said after some time he realized he could perform. He started performing during his teen years with organizations like Footlite Musicals and the Civic Theatre. He eventually landed a gig at a theme park. He went to Butler University and picked up a degree in arts administration and dance. From there, his journey took him to cruise ships, off-Broadway shows and performances at Disneyland playing Belle’s prince in the “Beauty and the Beast” more than 1,000 times. Shepard said part of what makes shows like the Christmas revue special is that they run just the right amount of time, making things new. He said in his line of work new opportunities arise, and sometimes the year isn’t always completely planned. While the landscape and gigs may change from time to time, Shepard said the “A Beef & Boards Christmas” mostly remains constant, with new segments being added as the only change factor. Beef & Boards carved out a niche with a family friendly show that has a variety of acts, he said. This year, Alvin and the Chipmunks are a part of the show. “The producers do a great job of casting here in that they are very mindful of putting people together that will become a family,” Shepard said. “It sounds cliché, but it really is true … They’re really great about bringing some of us back year after year, so it’s really like a family reunion.” A Beef & Boards Christmas includes a holiday dinner buffet with the ticket. For more information on tickets and A Beef & Boards Christmas, visit this issue’s Night and Day Event Calendar at

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Pay dirt or dirt pay? It is our position that there is a disparity in the salary of the governor of the state of Indiana and Presidents of state run universities that deserves to be examined. As governor of the state of Indiana, Mitch Daniels earned a salary of $95,000 a year. His new role as president of Purdue University is expected to garner a salary of at least five times as much as he was paid to run the 15th most populous state out of 50 in the United States of America. Yet, it’s not a job in public servancy or academics that garners the top pay spot for the state of Indiana. Hoosiers love their basketball, and they are willing to pay for it as Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean garners the top spot as the highest paid public employee of the state with a salary and fringe benefits package totaling $2.3 million. While state government and state universities have very different revenue streams on which to base their budgets, the question becomes who is paid too little, who is paid too much, and are the salaries appropriate for the level of responsibility?

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A clever turn of the phrase holds great appeal. Since Og first managed to communicate with his fellow cave dwellers, twisting words to highlight an irony, incongruence or absurdity delivers both jocularity and resonance. Today, whole cultures evolved to use language as an indicator of inclusion (or exclusion). Perhaps it is a function of the over-abundance of media, but each cluster has taken to using its own contortion of the spoken word to establish its boundaries. Rap stars, perfectly able to speak in full and complete sentences, chose to perform songs comprised almost entirely of the jargon that belongs to a self-created audience. Government officials become wedded to the alphabet soup of acronyms and ubiquitous form-speak that at once obscures and obfuscates direct messages intended for the citizens they are pledged to serve. But in a desire to be clever, pithy or simply to come up with an expression that can be trademarked and printed on T-shirts for a fee (the word threepeat comes to mind), those of

us who communicate for a living may have done a disservice to our profession. Do we confuse when we simply intend to entertain? During the most recent national financial crisis, some adroit wordsmith coined the term “banksters” to illustrate the gangster-like thievery that was witnessed in some moneyed banking circles. But given that everyone from reining professional athletes to the latest train-wreck starlet has some variation of “GANGSTER” tattooed for the world to see, does bankster carry a negative or positive connotation? One can imagine the thirtysomething hotshot as he helicopters from his ultra-swank digs in SoHo to the colossal (if rented) weekend house on Long Island who is fully embracing the bankster lifestyle. Is theft and abject immorality intended to be cool, but we’re not sufficiently in the club to get it? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

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As we watch the ongoing Washington negotiations regarding the omnipresent “Fiscal Cliff,” we have to say how impressed we are at how quickly the Republican Party has begun the process of caving on the issue of raising taxes (or closing loopholes; same thing. Both result in more money being sent to Washington, which promptly would be wasted.). We predicted the party would cave, but we actually thought it would put up a fight and then cave, which is its history. We’ve oftentimes written about our frustrations with the national Republican Party, with its never-ending tendency to run from a fight. We believe that if the GOP gives in on the issue of raising taxes in any way, the party simply needs to shut down. We certainly don’t need two liberal parties. The party needs to stand firm against any increase in taxes. So, off the fiscal cliff we go. Republicans then need to talk to the American people directly, not through the filter of the mainstream American media, and explain the party’s position (It’s the spending!) And because President Barack Obama is addicted to the idea of raising taxes, it is he who will be guilty of forcing all of us to pay more in taxes starting next month. ••• We respect and admire billionaire investor Warren Buffett. However, we can’t help but find him hypocritical when he urges tax increases for the rich. Those rates were no problem for him as he built his fortune and, now that he’s worth north of $40 billion, he thinks now’s the time to raise these rates. What about all the future Buffetts out there eagerly building their names and fortunes? Also, Warren, how is sending more money to Washington a smart move? If the government were a business, he wouldn’t invest in it, and if he did “management” wouldn’t last long. Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@

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VIEWS Opinion Winter round up: a few notes on recent happenings Commentary by Dan Domsic The Current staff has a quiet couple of weeks with regular deadlines before Christmas rolls around and ruins everyone’s production schedule. Now is a perfect time to catch you up on a few tidbits before the Christmas insanity begins! Slice-of-life column I received a couple handfuls worth of great sample columns from readers. Thank you so much for taking the time to express interest and share your thoughts with me! I could only pick one columnist, though. After narrowing my list, I selected Heather Kestian to be Current in Fishers’ new slice-of-life columnist. Kestian and her family moved to Fishers in 2010. She went to North Central High School and holds a journalism degree from Indiana University, as well as a master’s in education. Kestian will be a credit to our team, and I look forward to working with her. Again, a big thank you to everyone who took time out of their schedules to submit a bio and column. Extraordinary holiday traditions Do you or someone you know have an outof-the-ordinary holiday tradition that you’d like to share? Current would love to hear about it! Holidays are a special time of the year, and everyone celebrates differently. The Domsic Christmas tradition goes as follows: On Christmas Eve, the Domsic children, son-in-law and a few other family members that live nearby gather at my parents house for Chinese food.

Because I’m picky and a tad spoiled, we also order from my favorite pizza joint, Aurelio’s. Each Domsic child receives an ornament that goes with our own theme and a movie. My sister, Kristen, is a ballet teacher and danced Clara in “The Nutcracker” when she was little. She always gets a Nutcracker ornament. My eldest sister, Darla, always gets a Santa ornament. Me, it changes from time-to-time. I have a host of “Star Wars” ornaments, Coca-Cola related ornaments and several airplanes. On Christmas Day, my dad stands in the kitchen and cooks up a big breakfast, and we go to my aunt and uncle’s in Chesterton in the afternoon. It’s different. It’s not extraordinary, but it’s ours. I look forward to it this year, a lot. Connections drive everything It’s becoming increasingly evident that connections drive a lot of things in life. Interpersonal politics and being able to network, while asking the right questions, are important to success. John Wechsler, Launch Fishers founder, and Town Manager Scott Fadness invited me to have membership access to the new business accelerator. I can already tell I’m going to meet some interesting people from in and around Fishers.

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December: Panic, plague and party pandemonium Commentary by Danielle Wilson Ah, December. I have hit the panic button on shopping; our kids have begun their second round of winter colds, stomach bugs, and dry skin rashes; and family gatherings have increased in both frequency and chaos level. How I love the holiday season! No kidding, I really do enjoy the crazy. The race to find the perfect gift, while strategically avoiding traffic congestion and financial ruin, is what I live for. After all, I’m able to employ my significant cyber skills, people-whispering talents, and penny-pinching nature to their maximum capacities, all in the name of Santa Claus. Essentially, December’s a green light for shopping, and because I’m not spending the money on myself, the experience is practically guilt-free. And when the stress of it all becomes too overwhelming, I have egg nog and Pickleknuckle (our elf-onthe-shelf) to talk me off the ledge. Deck the halls with booze and fantasy creatures! Granted, December does have the uncanny ability to transform our house into an infirmary. But alongside the thermometers, discarded Kleenex, and empty bottles of ginger ale, Children’s Motrin and Jergen’s bottles, there are twinkle lights and garland and multi-colored breakable glass bulbs. At least when I’m cleaning up my daughter’s projectiles from the sink (which is “much closer than the toilet, Mom. You should be thankful I made it that far!”) I can breathe in that pine-fresh scent from the 12 | December 11, 2012

evergreen sprig I shoved into a lamp base and garner sympathy from the plastic angel hovering above me. Silent night, indeed. Most importantly, December affords me the opportunity to appreciate just how far our six-pack has come over the years. I have four siblings, Doo has five. Between our families, there are 26 grandkids, most of whom are 6 and younger. You don’t have to be a math geek to understand that get-togethers are sheer bedlam. But now that our children are older, Doo and I can sit back and mock those with little ones, occasionally pitching in to change a diaper or wipe a face, but only if the spirit so moves us. We actually get to eat a full meal at one sitting while the food is still hot and engage in adult conversation about the awesome-ness of the “Twilight” saga without worrying about bedtimes and bottles and booboos. Let’s face it, holidays are a schlep with infants and toddlers, but they are truly fun with big kids. God rest ye merry parents! So bring it on, December. I welcome your inclement weather, sherry-infused fruit cake, and incessant junk emails from retailers. And despite your propensity for inducing panic, plague, and party pandemonium, you are by far the most wonderful time of the year. Peace out.

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I grew up and became my mother Commentary by Mike Redmond Had you driven past my house one recent Friday, you would have seen a workman on the roof stringing Christmas lights. For reasons of safety and schedule, I decided to let someone else do the job this year. But had you driven past my house the day after, you would have seen me up there re-doing the job. So much for safety and schedule. I blame my mother. Or, actually, her entire family. I was engaged in a practice I call “McKenzie-ing” the job – that is, allowing someone else to do it and then going back and doing it over again to get it right. Even if nothing much is wrong with it. Now, please understand, I am not proud of this. In going all McKenzie on the job, I violated a very solemn promise I made to myself almost daily during kidhood: I am not going to be like my mother when I grow up. My brother and sisters made the same promise. Not one of us could run a vacuum cleaner to her satisfaction. Neither could we dust, do dishes, wash windows or take out trash to her specifications. I never weeded a row in the garden that did not cause my mother to throw her hands up into the air, exclaim that I hadn’t paid attention AGAIN, take over the chore and launch into her speech about doing things right with its legendary opening line, “I have TOLD

you and TOLD you…” The gist of the speech was this: There are three ways to do things: The wrong way; the right way (also wrong); and the McKenzie way, which is to say perfectly, a quality unattainable for non-McKenzies and other mere mortals, such as me and a good many of my cousins. According to the legend, to be a McKenzie of mom’s generation was to be a model child, well-behaved, a tireless worker and supremely talented at whatever endeavor you chose. To be a McKenzie of my generation was to be a disappointment to your grandparents. But as I’ve gotten older, I have found that I McKenzify things without even thinking. I’ve been known to remake a bed three times to get the corners just right. I once rebuilt four garden boxes at 5 a.m. because I’d awakened from a dream in which six of my uncles came by the house and pointed out the flaws. And that, my friends, is why I was out on the roof re-stringing the Christmas lights. I’m listening to my McKenzie side. Maybe I should just listen to my Redmond side. That’s the one that tells me and tells me that they sure look pretty.

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Recipe for disaster Commentary by Dick Wolfsie The only thing I hate more than shopping is cooking, but I needed to do something to get me in the holiday spirit. Why not prepare a meal for my family? I have never been much of a chef. I don’t have the patience to put in a dash of this and a pinch of that. My wife knew this before we got married. Right after our first date she complained to a friend I had no dash at all. She did notice the pinch, however. Women are very sensitive. In our kitchen, stacked up against the wall, we have about 50 cooking magazines with titles like Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Cook’s Illustrated, Saveur, and Vegetarian Times. Most of these publications try to lure us in with words like “easy, quick, fast, simple, or no hassle.” I’ve never seen these words on the cover of Cosmo, but I have seen the word saucy. Another way the editors entice us is with the name of the recipe. For example: chicken and artichokes. Two ingredients, right? How simple. I looked carefully at the ingredients. The dish should have been named “chicken with artichokes and thyme and vinegar and mustard seed and garlic, and black pepper and cilantro and cumin, and chili pepper and olive oil, and a sliver of orange rind and several spices no one has ever heard of.” I don’t know what these people consider simple. The average “simple” recipe had (and,

yes, I did count) about 14 ingredients. There’s also a great deal of coating, covering, shredding, simmering, combining, peeling and pulverizing. One recipe required a mortar and pestle. This was a prescription for failure. I was tempted by one recipe called Cinco de Mayo. I didn’t read everything that was in it, but anything that has five times the normal amount of mayonnaise has to be pretty tasty. There was also one called Beer Raised Beef. I’ve never had a problem with the grain fed or grass fed variety, but this did seem like a way better idea than marinating the meat after you buy it. I’m sad to report that I misread it. It was actually beer braised beef. Apparently, I need more recipes containing carrots. I decided all this prep was way too much trouble, but I had promised to make dinner that evening. When my wife called later that day, I told her what I was planning for our meal. “Oh my goodness,” she said, “are you really serving that complicated chicken dish with all those herbs and spices?” “Yes, that’s what we’re having.” I said proudly. “And there was a Colonel of truth in what I said.”


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Mo’s restaurant opening Friday in Clay Terrace By Robert Herrington • In Indianapolis, many people find Mo’s is the place for steak. Now the steakhouse is providing Hamilton County a one-spot stop for good beef as it expands its Central Indiana footprint with a new second restaurant in Carmel’s Clay Terrace Mall. The restaurant will open Friday. “We’re very, very excited,” owner Jeremiah Hamman said about Mo’s first non-metropolitan location. “The growth is exploding around us. It’s a best place to raise a family. We’re excited to be a part of the community.” Several factors influenced Hamman’s decision to expand to Hamilton County, including the potential customer demographic, continued community growth in this area, a welcoming attitude and work from Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and the city, and Simon Properties’ assistance and commitment to providing a workable lease arrangement. “The partnership with Simon Properties was big,” he said, adding the arrangement made the second location more attractive and feasible. “Although Simon is the largest real estate company in the world, it’s clear to me that they are committed to helping local businesses succeed within their property environments.” Hamman, president of Epic Hospitality Group, has been a managing partner with Mo’s since the restaurant joined the downtown Indianapolis dining scene. His passion for outstanding service, cuisine and wine pairing promises a

Owner Jeremiah Hamman will open Mo’s A Place for Steaks in Clay Terrace Mall Friday. The upscale steakhouse is located at 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd., across the street from Dick’s Sporting Goods. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

menu that’s both traditional and diverse. “It just; became me. It wasn’t a conscious decision it was what I became,” he said about becoming a restaurateur. “I love the fact I don’t sit in a cubicle and every day is different. The people I meet and the interaction is priceless.” Since its doors opened downtown in 2003,

the upscale steakhouse has quickly risen to recognition as one of Indianapolis’ top fine dining establishments, earning an impeccable reputation and many accolades for its food and wine selection. The Clay Terrace location will feature the same great food, drinks, exceptional wine and hospitality that the Indianapolis location has become famous for among the city’s business professionals, fine dining community and celebrity crowd. “There will be a few suburban twists – wine night, martini night, bar menu items,” said Hamman. “Things we don’t offer downtown to cater to the suburbs.” Hamman whose group also owns Detour: An American Grille and Taste of Sensu in the Arts & Design District, prides Mo’s on its customized service and meticulous attention to detail. The Carmel Mo’s will feature a comfortable ambiance with an incredible outdoor patio area perfect for evening cocktails and dining. The Clay Terrace location also has impressive facilities for banquets, meetings and private parties. Hamman said total seating for the restaurant is more than 350. He also said the “very diverse menu” will feature many of the same items as the downtown restaurant including USDA certified prime beef, from which Chef Thomas Melvin hand selects each cut. “There are a lot of offers when it comes to appetizers,” he said. “We’re a steakhouse that caters to non-steak eaters.”

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Carmel: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat • The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre presents this classical Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice adaptation of the famous Biblical tale. Opening on December 14th and including matinee shows on both Saturday and Sunday, this show makes for a great holiday event to see with friend and family. For tickets, show times and more, visit or call 843-3800. Fishers: Open Mic Night hosted by Keith Bliss at Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub • Head to Hearthstone for open mic night on Dec. 13. There’s no cover for the night, but remember, Hearthstone is family friendly, so behave with the microphone before, during and after your song. Feel free to bring an instrument to plug into the PA. Drum kits are not permitted. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Hearthstone is located at 8235 E. 116th St. in Fishers. For more information, visit Noblesville: Holiday Extravaganza Tea • Treat a loved one to a special event just in time for Christmas during the Holiday Extravaganza Tea noon Saturday at the R. L. Wilson House, 273 S. Eighth St. This five-course tea is sure to please everyone as will the holiday decorated environment and delicious food and desserts. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 770-9399 or visit www.rlsilsonhouse. net.

Westfield: Holly Jolly Jamboree • Come be merry with the Hamilton County Parks & Recreation as they welcome Mrs. Claus and the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cool Creek Park. The Claus’s will be available for pictures throughout the program. Jingle John of Silly Safaris will be presenting his animals of the North Pole and crafts and cookies will also be available. For more information, call 774-2500 or visit egov?view=detail&id=2371 Zionsville: • Friday take a break and enjoy free wine tasting and live music at new, local winery, Hopwood Cellars Winery (12 E. Cedar Street, downtown Zionsville). Enjoy live music by "Less is More" from 6-8pm and wine by the glass or bottle for purchase. For something unique and delicious, try their famous "Wine Shake".


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MCC Table Tennis Club • The weather’s turning cold and dreary; get your athletic activity in at Monon Community Center and Central Park. Every Tuesday and Saturday the MCC Table Tennis Club meets and plays on 12 professional tables. Those wishing to play are encouraged to bring their own racquets and balls. • 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays • 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel • $5 per visit or $30 for the month • 573-5248


Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt • Merchants in the arts district will decorate the houses which can be seen in each of their windows. Pick up a clue sheet at Tea Buds Brewing Co., 111 W. Main St., Carmel, and find the answers to each clue on the festive houses. When you are finished, you will be entered into a drawing for wonderful baskets filled with gingerbread treats. The Simply Sweet Shoppe will treat each child who participates with a goody bag. • Each day through Dec. 22 • 30 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel • 571-2787 • FEATURES/holiday/ The 12 Homes of Christmas • Noblesville Preservation Alliance presents a fun and engaging holiday driving tour, showcasing the exterior of twelve homes, each from one of Noblesville’s historic neighborhoods. See these houses frosted in holiday lights, warming the heart of the city in the very best of holiday cheer • 6 to 9 p.m. daily. • Cost: Free, but online voting for best decoration is $1 and is a tax-deductible donation to NPA • 426-1672 •


Country Christmas • Take the family to Stonycreek Farm, grab some hot cider and hitch a free ride on a hayride to the Christmas tree field to pick out your favorite tree. Don’t forget the fresh wreaths and garland at the greenhouse, or browse through the gift shop to check out some custom made wreaths and other unique items • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. • 11366 Ind. 38 East, Noblesville • 773-3344 • Wine Wednesday • Looking for a little pick me up at the midweek point? Hearthstone Coffeehouse & Pub offers up Wine Wednesday. The venue that often hosts music and dishes out coffee and craft beer puts its House Red and House White wines on sale at $4 per glass. • Hearthstone Coffeehouse & Pub • 8235 E. 116th St., Fishers • 436-7049 Gingerbread Village • Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man? Look for him while you stroll through this yummy gingerbread village created by both amateurs and professionals at Conner Prairie. Your whole family will be counting all the gumdrops, peppermints and colorful candies used to make these icing-covered masterpieces every Thursday throught Saturday • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • $6 • 776-6006 •


Carmel Repertory Theater presents “Scrooge: The Musical” • The stage musical created in 1992 closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Leslie Bricusse, who wrote the

music and lyrics, was nominated for the Academy Award for the song score he wrote for the 1970 musical film “Scrooge;” many were carried over for the musical. • 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday • The Studio Theater, 355 City Center Dr., Carmel • $22-$25 • 843-3800 • Candy Cane Hunt • Before Santa descends into billions of chimneys this Christmas, he’s going to make a stop in Fishers to hide hundreds of candy canes. Join the Fishers Parks & Recreation department in their search; afterward, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa while completing a craft. • 4 and 5 p.m. • Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Rd., Fishers • Cost: $4 for residents, $6 for non-residents (this event is for children ages 6 to 10) • 595-3150 • “A Christmas Carol” • Visit Beef & Boards for a musical adaptation of the Christmas classic. The cost of the ticket includes a lunch or dinner buffet. • 1 p.m. • Starting at $22, $3 discount for children ages 3 to 15 • 9301 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis • 872-9664


“Mary Poppins” • The 1964 film starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews is about a magical nanny who arrives at the home of a family via an umbrella. As she challenges the stiff English upbringing their father provides she also teaches them the importance of imagination and cleanliness. • 7:30 p.m. • Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel • $7.50 • 843-3800 •

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Home for the Holidays • Vocalist Michael Deane, a senior at Indiana University’s School of Music, pairs with Indiana Wind Symphony to put you in the holiday mood with a range of delightful and stirring musical fare • 7:30 p.m. • $15-$35 • Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel • 843-3800 •


Handel’s “Messiah” • Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir as they present a breathtaking performance of Handel’s holiday masterpiece with the uplifting “Hallelujah” Chorus • 8 p.m. • Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis • Starts at $23 for the general public and $12 for students & children • A Brenda Lee Christmas • Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has been a US holiday standard for more than 50 years. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 • 3 p.m. • Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel • Starting at $18 • 843-3800 •


A Beef & Boards Christmas 2012 • A Beef & Boards Christmas is back. The show features a variety of holiday numbers. • 1:30 and 7 p.m. • 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday • 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday • 1:30 p.m. on Saturday • Starting at $37 • 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis • 872-9664

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Indy lining up the ‘12 Chefs of Christmas’ By Mark Johnson • On Saturday, Indianapolis will introduce what is certain to become a local holiday tradition. The inaugural 12 Chefs of Christmas will convene at the Indianapolis City Market from 7 to 10 p.m. This fundraiser is presented by Brad Gates Catering & Events and Flat 12 Bierwerks, with proceeds benefiting the Indianapolis City Market Corporation. The corporation is a non-profit public marketplace group dedicated to promoting the culture of Central Indiana. In addition to the holiday-themed creations of the chefs, beer, wine, and food will be provided by Natural Born Juicers, Amazing Snack Company, Taste of Philly Pretzels, as well as participating City Market vendors and merchants. Live music will be provided by the Four Sexes. General admission tickets can purchased in advance for $125 or $150 on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $150. VIP ticket-holders will be treated to a tour of the Catacombs and

Know more The 12 local chefs and their restaurants include: Regina Mehallick (R Bistro), Mark Cox and Josh Henson (Fermenti Artisan), Chris Eley (Goose the Market), Roger Hawkins (Circle City Soups), John and Abbi Adams (Bluebeard), Craig Baker (The Local), Cindy Hawkins (Circle City Sweets), Sam Brown (Second Helpings), Andrew Whitmoyer (U-Relish Farm), Nick Carter (Black Swan), Julie Bolejack (Chocolate for the Spirit), Tom Sadler (The Copper Still) and Brad Gates (Brad Gates Catering). drinks from VIP Bartenders from Bluebeard and Wilks & Wilson. Tickets are available through Flat 12 Bierwerks, participating City Market merchants, and online at

Swift returning to Indianapolis April 26 – Taylor Swift announced that she will launch a North American stadium and arena tour in early 2013 in support of her new album, RED. The tour will kick-off on March 13 in Omaha with Swift’s Indiana stop coming at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 26. Tickets will go on-sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are available at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at At Swift’s request, every show will include tickets priced at under $50.

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Seasonal affective disorder or depression? Commentary by Andrew M. Miller, MD Although the holidays bring good cheer, they are followed by the dark, cold days of winter – a season that’s difficult for many. Physiologically, the body responds to the absence of light and colder temperatures by entering a dormant phase characterized by lower energy and a slowing of body systems. Some people also experience low mood during winter. This condition is referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms can usually be managed by spending more daylight time outdoors, exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep. However, it’s important to know that some SAD symptoms are similar to those of chronic clinical depression – a more serious condition requiring consultation with a doctor. Generally, chronic depression is characterized by a solid two weeks or more of low mood and/or any combination of these symptoms: • No interest in engaging in daily activities, low motivation • Poor concentration • Appetite loss • Poor sleep, restlessness • Thoughts of harm (see your doctor immediately) If suffering from one or more of these symptoms, visit your primary care doctor. If depression is suspected, your doctor can refer you to a psychiatrist for evaluation. The psychiatrist will review your medical and genetic history and discuss lifestyle and behaviors to determine the cause of your depression. People sometimes experience depression when dealing with loss or personal challenges. Obesity and depression are often closely linked. In this case, the psychiatrist

will ask about eating habits and consider this in recommending treatment. For most, the best way to treat chronic depression is to engage in therapy – clinically referred to as “cognitive behavioral therapy” – with a psychologist/behaviorist (therapist), generally after an initial diagnostic visit with a psychiatrist. Typically, you will be asked to keep a daily journal of mood and activities for eight to 12 weeks. The therapist will use the journal, along with information gathered in therapy sessions, to develop a treatment plan. In addition to recommending therapy for behavior and lifestyle changes, the psychiatrist may prescribe pharmaceuticals, such as antidepressants. When depression is properly diagnosed and treated, people can return to the quality of life they once enjoyed. Andrew M. Miller, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in depression and other mental health issues. He is a guest columnist located at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital, 13100 E. 136th St., Suite 1200, Fishers. Miller can be reached by calling the office at 678-3030.

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Move the Needle: Measure everything Commentary by CJ McClanahan

How do you know if your business is improving? For most professionals, the only way to know if things are getting better is to review the profit and loss statement each month. The problem with relying solely on profit and loss to measure a company’s success is that this financial document misses many of the other indicators that illustrate the health of a business. These key performance indicators (KPI’s) can be identified and tracked in just about every department within a company. Marketing – Every business allocates resources toward generating new leads. Therefore, you need to be able to identify where your leads are coming from and then calculate the ROI (cost per lead) from each marketing strategy. Sales – The most important measurement in sales is your conversion rate (the number of leads that buy). However, you should also track additional indicators throughout the sales process including number of calls, number of appointments, size of opportunity, etc. Operations – The figures you track from an operations standpoint are directly related to the type of business you operate. For example, if you owned a manufacturing company, you might want to measure the down time of your equipment over a period of time. Product/Service Delivery – As with operations, the figures you track in this category will

depend upon your industry. However, there are a few constants that you should consider tracking including customer satisfaction, speed of delivery of your product or service, quality of delivery, etc. Human Resources – Unfortunately, this category is frequently skipped. Most business owners rush through the annual review but do very little to measure the KPI’s that illustrate their employees’ performance throughout the year. The KPI’s captured depend on each person’s job responsibilities but every leader should be able to track three important trends: • Are they getting their work done? • Is it completed successfully? • Are they improving? Chances are, you just finished reading the list above and concluded (sarcastically) that you wouldn’t mind tracking all of this information if you didn’t have a business to run. I would argue that if you knew each of these indicators, maybe your business wouldn’t be so difficult to run. In addition, I am certain that once you have a better understanding of these KPI’s, you will find more enjoyment in your monthly review of the P&L. CJ McClanahan is the founder and president of reachmore, a leadership training and consulting firm, and also the author of “Thrive.” To contact CJ, or to find out more about reachmore, go to www.


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Great gifts wrapped in unassuming packages Commentary by Mike Colaw My wife and I were talking about the holiday season and she shared a story I thought was good, so I asked her to write it in my stead: When I was a girl, about 10 or 11, I was particularly excited about a gift I was to receive one Christmas from my sister. She and my older brother had been in the back room wrapping gifts, and they walked out with a large and very heavy package. They carried on about how awesome this gift was and had me so excited, I could hardly wait for Christmas. My expectations were high. The last few weeks dragged by, my anticipation building. Several times I went over to the Christmas tree, picked up the box, gave it a little shake to see if I could discover anything about what might be inside. Well, Christmas finally came. Now, I should tell you that my older brother and sister sometimes enjoyed pulling little pranks on their younger, gullible sister. (No, I’m not bitter at all.) I tore off the wrapping, ripped open the box, looked inside and found ... rocks.  Yep, you read that right.   Just a bunch of big, ugly rocks. Buried inside the box was a tiny heart-shaped tin with a necklace and earrings inside. Did I appreciate the real gift? No, because it didn’t meet my expectations.

Before the first Christmas, God’s people had waited years for him to fulfill His promise of a Messiah. I’m sure they began to wonder if He would keep His promise. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This was a prophecy of the birth of Jesus. Sounds like a real impressive guy! Surely he would be the most mighty and powerful leader the world had ever seen!  Finally, the day came, the gift of God’s Son to the world. While this gift didn’t come in a box of rocks like mine, it still came in an unlikely package – wrapped in simple linen cloths, born in a cattle stall to a mother and father who were common and ordinary. His own people did not receive Him as their king and Messiah. This gift of God did not meet their expectations. They failed to see this was the greatest gift ever given – a gift that anyone who opened their hearts to receive it would have life, and have it to the fullest, their deepest longings satisfied.

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Bringing you a grammar lesson Grammar Guy Jordan Fischer Alright, readers, we’re going to a party today. Since we’re in the Hoosier state, and everybody here has a family recipe for something delicious, the party is going to be a pitch-in. We’ll be taking my grandmother’s strawberry and rhubarb pie. Or will we be bringing it? Do you know? The verbs “bring” and “take” are two sides of the same action – and which one you use depends on which side you are on. In the case above, since the pie will be traveling with us to the party, we would say we are taking it. If I was already at the party, though, and for some reason forgot the pie at home (Side note: I never forget about pie.), I might call you and ask you to bring it with you. Did you catch the difference? As with most verbs, the trick to determining whether to use “bring” or “take” lies in paying attention to the direction of the action. “Take” is used when an object is heading away from the speaker (i.e. “Take that cat away from me. I think I’m allergic to it.”). “Bring” is used when an object is heading toward the speaker (i.e.

“Bring me the remote, please.”). You can take away a bad driver’s license. You can take out food. You can take a get well card to a sick friend. On the flip side, when you get sick a friend could bring you soup. If you lock yourself out of your car, your wife could bring you the spare set of keys. And if you were hosting a party, you could invite guests to bring their friends – of course, then you would have to share the pie with more people. Getting “bring” and “take” right can be simple, if you let it. If you find yourself confused about which to use, simply take a step back, look at where the speaker is (if it isn’t you) and figure out whether the object being described is moving toward or away from him/her. And remember: While you could take pie away from me, I’d much prefer you bring it toward me.

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(Permanent positions) DAY TIME (11am-5pm) or EVENING (5pm-10pm) at Cold Stone ice cream parlors at 82nd/Allisonville and Clay Terrace locations. Call 501-6468

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SALES REPRESENTATIVE Oberweis Dairy Hiring door to door sales reps. Guaranteed minimum of $800. biweekly while in training. Great opportunity with Excellent income Health Ins., 401k, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability offered

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December 11, 2012  

Current in Fishers

December 11, 2012  

Current in Fishers