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Emily (left) and Irene Wasonga turned "hobby that got out of hand" into a lucrative business.

Kenyan sisters living a dream in their international bead shop in downtown Noblesville / P2 Photo by Leslie Webber

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Kenyan sisters living a dream in their international bead shop in downtown Noblesville / P2 an amazing collection of handBy Zach Dunkin Love’s Hangover beaded earrings, bracelets and Current in Noblesville necklaces and a smattering It all started with pliers borof leather bracelets, sandals, rowed from an older brother, Address: 159 N. 9th St., Noblesville scarves and baby sweaters a small orange toolbox and a Contact: (317) 379-5477, hand-knit by an aunt. Most Kenyan schoolgirl who simply Hours: 11 a.m. 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, of the beads come from Africa and by appointment. wanted to be in style on a Facebook: and South America, and the budget. materials vary from seeds and “I was a broke teenager just nuts to animal bone to semitrying to keep current and precious stones. not having the money to buy The sisters design and things to be current,” recalled custom make their jewelry – Irene Wasonga, of her youth Irene specializes in the metal back home in Kenya. “I’d take work and Emily does the beadmy mom’s old things and cut work. They also offer beading them up and turn them into classes. something new. I once butchPrices start as low as $3 for ered one of her favorite jackets a pair of earrings and top out she had given me, and she around $45. Market-style hagabout died. ” gling, the way it’s done “back More than 10 years and Photos by Leslie Webber home” in open-air markets, is 8,000 miles later, Irene and Bracelets are handmade in the shop with beads mostly from Africa and South America. allowed. her sister, Emily Wasonga, The sisters want to make have turned what their father sure anyone who walks in their shop can afford to buy somedescribes as a “hobby that got out of hand” into a fledgling busithing. Even the boys who come by on their skateboards looking ness a half-block north of the Historic Square on 9th Street. for something for their girlfriends or the men in drop in to buy Love’s Hangover opened last December under the moniker something for their wives. Culture Shock before the sisters decided to go back to the com“When we opened I never imagined the people who would pany’s original name it had in Anderson. come in,” said Irene, who often has her 18-month-old son in the The shop still has no identifying sign but customers of all ages, store with her. “Just as I never imagined my things would sell.” male and female alike, have found the store. The signage will Emily and Irene were both born in Kenya, where they were come later, assures Emily. A Web site, too. Right now the sisters taught two languages, Swahili and English. Their father, George, are selling their wares all over the world on eBay and from their traveled a lot in a career of computers and project management Facebook site and locally at special events such as last summer’s before earning his green card and moving his family to the U.S. Artists on the Square downtown. in 2004. There are 1.6 million Kenyans living in the U.S. “People kept coming back to us every month,” said Irene, of “When we first came here to America, there was some of that the May-through-October event downtown. “I’d think, ‘They racial stuff; I didn’t notice I was black until I got to America,” actually like us!'” said Emily. “But I’m not going to change who I am simply be“If you are going to open a business, don’t get stuck because cause of what I find here. It’s up to me to open people’s minds, so you don’t have everything you need,” said Emily, 22, who works that’s how I try to live. fulltime at the AllianceOne call center, while Irene spends most “Noblesville is actually a pretty diverse community. I see a lot of her time running the store. “Every little bit counts. Go forth of people from different countries here.” with what you have. Don’t look at having a lot, but what you The Wasonga family moved from Anderson to Noblesville in have.” 2006, because their brother, Dennis Wasonga, wanted them to What the sisters have is this airy, one-of-kind shop filled with

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Emily (left) and Irene Wasonga enjoy their freedoms and opportunities in the U.S.

What Irene and Emily…. …miss the most about Kenya: Public transportation and open-air markets. … don’t miss about Kenya: Politicians. “I’m an activist and I think I would be in jail or beaten by now,” says Emily. “We still have the same old guy running the cabinet who was doing it when President Obama was 1 year old,” adds Irene. …say Americans shouldn’t take for granted: College loans and grants and so many freedoms. “Being able to get loan and go to college is so wonderful. In Kenya, people get through high school and that’s it,” says Irene. “Americans have a lot of freedom we don’t have back home,” says Emily. live in a town that was “at least thriving.” He also found everyone a home and the vacant space downtown. “When we opened some of the business owners came by to tell us ‘thank you’ for not being another office or an antique store,” said Emily. “This is all a dream come true for us.”

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It is our position that voters deserve a clear delineation of the merits and distinctions of the latest round of referendum in comparison to the failed January, 2009 plan (voters said no to the new tax). In refusing to acknowledge the spoken will of the people, it seems that our school board is implying that we voters/ taxpayers were ill informed or worse. The board must do more to show how it has incorporated our votes into its thinking. Asking the same question in rapid fire without reflection reminds one of a petulant child begging for a toy. Can I have it now? Can I have it now? Can I have it now? Some of the frustration from voters may come from framing of the discourse. Like accusing those opposed to war as being unpatriotic, many blind advocates for increased school funding prefer to believe that anyone opposed to higher taxes must be a kid-hater. Of course, neither is true. What alternatives have been considered to tax increases? Why where they rejected? We believe that there are alternatives to higher taxes to be considered before concluding that quality education will be forever lost unless the May referendum is approved.

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It is our position that the concerns of recreational anglers should be protected, as the Obama administration recently ended public debate (at the urging of Big Green anti-use groups) for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing in the Great Lakes, coastal areas, the nation’s oceans, and even inland waters. The fishing industry feels their interests are being ignored. Over one million jobs are supported by recreational fishing in the Great Lakes area. Recreational fishing contributes billions of dollars to local economies and related industries. Many Hoosier families have memories of vacationing on the Great Lakes—visiting Fishtown in Leland, walking the marinas of various port cities and towns, fishing for perch and walleye on Lake Michigan, feasting at a fish boil in Door County, to name a few. A balance of science and economy has served the Great Lakes well for hundreds of years. Most concerning is a possibility of a federal government takeover of the Great Lakes under the guise of “marine spatial management.”. The Great Lakes states, including Indiana, must protect their sovereignty, as written in the U.S. Constitution. Certainly, fish populations should be monitored and protected. Surely, too, there are commonsense solutions worthy of consideration.

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Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each week, we’ll share one with you. In Hartford, Conn., it is illegal to plant a tree in the middle of the street. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)

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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 U.S. Constitution.. Article. IV. Section. 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress. The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the

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Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State. Section. 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence. Article. V. The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…

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From the backshop ObamaCare: Check the fine print As of this writing, the regime in Washington is getting ever closer to voting on a government healthcare plan. The new trick: “Deem and pass,” the latest maneuver to ram this program through the House. Long story short, this action allows the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the healthcare plan without actually casting votes. This way, House members can cynically tell his or her constituents they actually didn’t vote for the bill. These folks are real legislative giants, aren’t they? They honestly believe all of us are so pathetically uninformed that we won’t see through this scam. For some reason, President Barack Obama just doesn’t get the fact that poll after poll shows the majority of the American people does not want this particular bill passed. Just what will it take for him to see the light? Maybe someone just needs to whisper in his ear, “Gee, Mr. President, this sounds like a bill George W. Bush would have liked.” This whole process reminds us of a great quote: “Believe nothing, no matter who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.” Buddha wrote it, by the way. •••

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg Mark our words: We are about to start getting reports showing job creation shortly, so ignore the gloom-and-doom crowd. ••• We’re sure you’ve seen the recent advertising campaign by The Palladium, The Center for the Performing Arts, which ran in Current, on TV, during the Winter Olympics, and in other print media. You also may have noticed some of the criticism of the campaign. We took it upon ourselves to talk with experienced, knowledgeable folks in marketing and advertising, and the clear consensus is this: Anyone that doesn’t understand what the Palladium leadership is trying to accomplish, just doesn’t understand Marketing 101. We find it to be right on point.

Indiana culture worthy of celebration COMMENTARY By Terry Anker The Indiana Humanities Council (IHC) recently launched an ambitious two-year program aimed at reminding Hoosiers of our collective traditions – much of that involving the production, consumption and culture of food. Titled, aptly enough, “Food for Thought,” the project will assemble many of our fellow citizens, as the IHC says, to think, read and talk about food.  How does food help to form our social groups? How does food remind us of special people and special times? How does the food we produce help to feed the word? And how does it define and, at times, confine us? How is it that something we spend so much time producing, distributing, buying, preparing and eating elicit so precious little time in thinking? We routinely fail to consider the central role it has in our lives. I like that this group is reminding us about our collective history and the bright future we share – one of food, both as a consumer and producer. Most of us may be aware that U.S.

farmers not only feed the hundreds of millions living within our teaming shores, but also share the abundance with countless millions more around the globe. And what’s more, U.S. innovation in agriculture has brought farming techniques and technologies to help all nations in their quest to feed their own peoples. Indiana, with a strong farming heritage and advanced science from state universities and businesses, can claim an important role in our nation’s service.  Years ago, when I first found my way to the big city, I recognized the culture of it all. There were museums, operas, stadiums and people – lots of people. But it was years later when I recognized Indiana has its own unique culture. Perhaps it is agro-culture, but it is a culture worth celebrating.      Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

But it was years later when I recognized Indiana has its own unique culture.

An outsider's observation; an omission; And an apology COMMENTARY By Zach Dunkin The observation: In my first column in our debut issue Sept. 15, I confessed to you that I was an outsider, living on Indy’s northwest side, and, being an outsider, I would not tell you how to run your town, a town I have grown quite fond of, by the way. But may I make a suggestion? As an outsider observing your town, I have noticed something that other towns like yours would kill for: a welcoming Downtown Square full of charm, history, eclectic shops and unique eateries. My advice to both the city government of Noblesville and the citizens of Noblesville: DO NOT take this “natural resource” of yours for granted. DO NOT let one more inimitable shop like The Wild bookstore shutter its doors. (More about that on Page 8). DO NOT let the Square fade away as similar districts have done in other places. It’s a tourist destination for outsiders like me. We have malls in Indy. We don’t have what you have. The omission: In a March 9 column, I wrote about a gallant old soldier named Merrill “Lefty” Huntzinger, recently awarded the

Knight of the Legion Honor medal for valorous action in France. I also mentioned that he had been decorated with a Bronze Star. What I didn’t say was that he actually had earned THREE Bronze Stars – once in France when he braved a heavy mortar barrage to administer aid to wounded comrades, another for killing or wounding a dozen Germans while under tank attack in Belgium and the third for Meritorious Service. We are greatly indebted to you, sir, and other men and women who have served or are serving in our armed forces. The apology: Due to a system error which would be tricky to explain to the reader, my byline appeared on a wonderful cover story on dog trainer/dentist Dr. Cynthia Becker (March 9) written by Casey Kenley. The blunder should have been caught, and we’re sorry, Casey. It has been corrected on our Web site, Zach Dunkin is the managing editor for Current in Noblesville. You may e-mail him at zach@

Readers' views Thanks for positive piece on pit bulls Editor, I am glad that your organization took the step to have a positive article published about pit bulls (March 16) in your pets section. It is about time that we read something positive when it comes to pit bulls. As the proud owner of a pit mix adopted from the Humane Society of Hamilton County, I am disheartened by all the negative press that is

out there about “pit bulls” (generalized term for MANY differed breeds of dogs). Needless to say when I see something positive published/reported on, I tend to think that there is hope. Thank you for the publishing of a positive article about a truly wonderful breed of dog. Angie Huser    46060

Calling President or anyone “stupid” wrong Editor, In a recent article in the rubric called From the Backshop (March 16th) it would appear that the author called President Obama “stupid.” “It’s in the spending, stupid!” wasthe expression of the Current contributor.  As a child we were never allowed to call anyone stupid.  You could use the word as an adjective and say that somebody did a “stupid” thing, or acted in a “stupid” manner, but never did we get by with calling an individual, regardless of our opinion of that individual, “stupid.” I raised my three children the same way.  I believe to so use this word in this way somehow elevates oneself while at

the same time degrading the other person. If this type of language represents the attitudes held by Current contributors, I ask that the paper no longer be delivered to my mailbox. I would have addressed this email to either Mr. Kelly or Mr. Greenberg, but they didn’t give email addresses nor did they take ownership of the piece.  And though I respect their right to an opinion about both individuals and politics, I think that calling our president “stupid’ goes way beyond any notion of civility and respect. Gary Goodge 46062

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What fun is life without taking a few risks?

DISPATCHES » Blood drive slots open – The City of Noblesville Wastewater Utility, located at 197 W. Washington St, is hosting a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. March 26. There are still several time slots open and anyone who is interested in donating blood is asked to call Amy at (317) 7766353, extension 3106, to schedule a donation time. » Free autism seminar at CP – Conner Prairie is partnering with Applied Behavior Center for Autism (ABC) to offer free autism awareness training to Indiana museums and attractions. A seminar from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, will focus on raising awareness of autism and assisting organizations to become more “autism-friendly”. The training seminar is free of charge, but capacity is limited. For more information or to register, call (317) 776-6000, extension 249 or Crumrin@ » Used stuff for kids – Gently used children’s clothing, toys, play equipment, nursery items, maternity items, strollers, games, book and movies will be on sale at the second annual Kids Consignment Sale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 206th and Cumberland Road, Noblesville. No checks, debit cards or credit cards will be accepted. The event benefits Mothers of Preschoolers, Third Phase of Noblesville and Bethel Baby Pantry. For more information visit

Commentary By Danielle Wilson The other day, I was talking to one of my sisters, who was having one of those mega feeling-sorry-for-herself kind of days. She didn’t get the promotion she’d been working more than 60 hours a week for, she was thinking about quitting, she isn’t dating anyone, and she’ll never ever ever get married and have kids. You get the picture. And then she said, “I should have stayed in L.A. and never moved to Chicago!” We talked about that statement for a few minutes. She thinks if she’d stayed out west, she’d be making more money, have a higher position in her company and probably be settling down. Basically, that if she’d played it safe, she’d be happier. But that’s the thing about taking risks. You never know what’s going to happen. Life could definitely take a turn for the worse, and you could most certainly end up regretting your decision. Take our upcoming move, for example. We have an accepted purchase offer on our house (yah!) but still haven’t found a new one (boo!). Our dream house is back on the market (double yah!), but it’s even worse off than we thought (mega boo!). Both my husband and I are now second guessing our decision to sell. After all, we like our current house, we love our neighbors, and we didn’t have to move. What in the world were we thinking? But if we’d not gone for it, we’d have surely kicked ourselves for not giving ourselves at least a chance. “You’ve got to risk it for the biscuit!” Here’s another example: One of my good friends experienced a horrendous ordeal when she miscarried in the middle of her Disney cruise. I’m talking emergency D&C in St. Thomas and and missing the rest of the trip. After going through something like that, you’d think she’d never want to try to get pregnant

again. But guess what? When I spoke with her a few days ago, she was already gearing up to try for a third baby. She was even laughing about some of the crazy things that went down on her vacation from hell. Bad doody happens in life, but surviving those times makes the joyous ones even better. And let’s face it, life is plain ole’ boring if you never take chances. My sister was not happy in L.A., and she decided to do something about it. She packed up and moved thousands of miles away to a city she’d never lived in. She took a big risk, but I think on most days, she’d agreed it was worth it. Same with us. Is it scary not knowing where we will live come April? Is it frightening and stressful to have no idea if we will even have a home come August? You bet. But I can honestly say that the past month, though it’s had some incredible lows, has also had some of the most exciting moments of the past few years for me. And eventually, we know everything will work out the way it was meant to. As for my friend, if she and her husband had decided to protect themselves from the pain of another miscarriage, they most certainly would never know the joy of having another baby. They’re willing to chance another loss, because the good will so outweigh the bad. So here’s to encouraging you to take some chances this year; to put your fears behind you and to just go for it. Life ain’t worth living if you’re not going to live it. “Risk it for the biscuit!” Peace out.

Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@

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Ditch the dryer, let your clothes hang out of the line this year Commentary By Krista Bocko Ahhh, don’t you just love the smell of line-dried clothes and sheets? There’s nothing like it. I think of my childhood and sleeping on my sweet smelling sheets that smelled like sunshine, and I can’t wait to do some line-drying this spring in my backyard. We strung up a clothesline at our old house but still haven’t done it here (at our ‘new’ old house). There just doesn’t seem to be a good spot to put one up, and I’m dreaming of yards and yards of clothesline to pin up our garb. Anyway, this year we’ll make it happen! So, why line-dry when throwing clothes in a dryer is so easy? Well, line-drying is free, and next to refrigerators, clothes dryers are the second largest electricity sucking appliance in the house. What a

great way to make a big impact on energy usage (or lack of ) by ditching the dryer. I also feel it’s a conscious move toward reclaiming a piece of a simpler life and simpler pleasures. Much like kneading bread can be meditative and restorative, so can line-drying clothes. Is that enough? Yes, I know, there are restrictive homeowner

covenants in most subdivisions and many HOA’s outright ban clotheslines, but I have to say I would put one up anyway. Hey, it’s not like you’d rig it up in the front yard! I like being subversive, personally, and I rather enjoy questioning the status quo. Not to mention, I’m all for people’s rights to line-dry their clothes outside no matter where they live. I’m looking forward to harnessing the power of the sun and wind and kicking back in my backyard to watch my family’s clothes flapping in the warm breeze. It’s green and it’s free. Exp. 4-6-10 Krista Bocko, her husband and four children live in “Old Town.” Noblesville in a historic home. She can be reached at www.cachetwrites.

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Don’t let what happens elsewhere happen to our Downtown Square COMMENTARY By Leslie Webber My heart sank as I rounded the corner on the Square and noticed the “For Rent” sign hanging in the window of The Wild. I knew it was a possibility, but I held onto hope that some book-loving angel would swoop in and save Noblesville’s spunky, independent bookstore. As was fairly well-documented in this publication, owner Jane Mills is shuttering her beloved store for a number of reasons. The issues that often plague small businesses were present, but the store remained profitable. In this economy that means something. Noblesville has a vital downtown square. We need to work together with city leaders to ensure our square prospers. Too many towns know what the alternative looks like. I grew up in Southern Illinois. I go back often to visit. Each time I drive down my hometown’s Main Street, I’m heartsick. The store where I spent part of my first paycheck on a birthday gift for my mother is empty. The ice cream shop is a pawn shop. The bridal shop where my dad spent an obscene amount of money on my prom dress is a goner. About 20 minutes north of my hometown

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is a town that has a layout nearly identical to Noblesville. Their courthouse is the center of the square and commercial buildings circle it. Fifteen years ago, their square looked completely different. Their storefronts were filled. They had festivals on the courthouse lawn. You had to fight for a parking place. Now? Most of the storefronts are vacant. The tiny library took over a space once filled by a men’s clothing store. The former appliance store has enormous cracks running through empty windows that once displayed the latest in RCA technology. It isn’t pretty. Part of what was so appealing to me about moving to Noblesville was our vibrant square. I reported back to my family that Noblesville looked just like a small town should. It was nearly idyllic, and it made me feel at home immediately. Once again, I find myself hoping against all hopes that it remains that way. Leslie Webber is a Noblesville resident, wife, mother of two very young children and a professional photographer. Visit her Web site at

It’s over for The Wild; owner cites too many financial hurdles By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville Following a promising start that saw impressive increases in its first couple of years, The Wild bookstore has become the latest Downtown Noblesville business to close for financial reasons. Owners Jane and Ernie Mills closed the business to the public on March 15 after 5 1/2 years. The store will be open by appointment only, and Mills has until the end of the month to clear out the inventory. “There were just too many things to battle at once,” explained Jane. “I could have handled a couple, but not everything.” She says the barriers to profitability have included things like price wars in books among big box stores, a lack of support for the businesses on the Square from city government, book sales on Web sites like and out-of-pocket health expenses. Her son has cystic fibrosis. But the two biggest killers for The Wild and similar small independents is the slow economy and the opening of Hamilton Town Center. “I can look at our (financial) books and can

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see the decline begin when the mall opened,” said Jane. She said she is also frustrated by the city economic development department’s failure to provide incentives for small businesses like hers to stay Downtown. She cited a visit a few months ago by representatives from Carmel’s economic development commission who were eyeing Noblesville businesses to fill their new buildings downtown. “We were one of them they liked, and they either wanted me to open a second shop there or move this one there,” said Jane. “But I wanted to make a go of it here. This is where I live. This is where my son goes to school.” So, what now? Jane plans to keep her Facebook page open, and will continue to do “voice work” for radio. She will sell off what inventory she can. And what about Pages, the lovable feline who usually could be found napping in the storefront window when not patrolling the store? “Pages is about to make a huge change in his life,” said Mills. “He’s going to be living with us. And our dogs.”

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flexible borrowing options Students help here at home Seventh-graders Madeline Doudt (left) and Paige Verboncoeur help assemble bags for the homeless and needy as several students of Legacy Christian School in Noblesville took in part in Missions Emphasis Week. The goal of the week is to help kids look beyond their own situations and touch those who aren’t as fortunate. Legacy students were challenged to collect for a special fund for the homeless.  They raised more than $800, and then the seventh graders went shopping for everything from toiletries to socks. The items were put into “Love Bags” and taken to Hamilton Hills Baptist Church in Fishers and the Julian Center to be distributed to those in need.

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DISPATCHES » Strock joins Methodist Sports – Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists has expanded its orthopedic and rehabilitation services to include physical medicine and rehabilitation, Strock and Dr. Gregory Strock will lead this new branch of medicine for the practice. » Riverview’s Chance to be honored – Nancy Chance, director of the blood and tissue band at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, is Community Partner of the Year in Region 7 of the National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter. Region 7 consists of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties. She will be honored March 25 at the National Social Work Month celebration at Southeast Community Services, 901 Shelby St., Indianapolis, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Chance has been the Volunteer Board chairman for the Hamilton County American Red Cross. She was instrumental in creating the Hamilton County Good Samaritan Network which brings the efforts of trustees, agencies, pantries, and churches together to meet community needs. In 1993, she started the Hamilton County Habitat for Humanity Program. » Exercise for your DNA – The tip of each chromosome in the body is capped with a telomere, genetic material that helps stem DNA decay.  That deterioration is thought to be a basic cause of aging.  Now German researchers have found that runners have longer telomeres, and thus more protection, than nonrunners, which may help explain why exercise is so good for you. -Consumer Reports onHealth » Gink-No-Go – Ginkgo biloba won’t keep your mind sharp as you age, says a large study. After six years, ginkgo takers ages 78 to 102 were no less likely to be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment than those in the same age group who took placebos for six years. Instead of relying on ginkgo biloba to maintain your memory, exercise daily, lose excess weight, and keep your blood pressure under control. -Nutrition Action Healthletter

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Exorcizing those fitness myths types of tissue. Muscle can be lost due to inactivity. Most people who stop training tend to stop eating healthy as well. A lower degree of muscle mass caused by inactivity lowers the metabolism. Combine this with a poor diet and the illusion that muscle is being turned into fat results. The truth is fat is being accumulated while muscle is being lost. Myth 4: Lifting weights turns fat into muscle. A fantasy! As I stated above, fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. One can’t be turned into the other. We lose fat through diet and aerobics, and gain muscle through weight training. Myth 5: If you work out, you can eat anything you want. I wish! Metabolism varies from person to person so some peoples’ are higher than others. They are lucky. If we regularly consume more calories than we burn, our bodies will store these excess calories as fat no matter how much we exercise. There are many good movies and books based on mythology. Let’s keep the myths in the theaters and bookstores and out of the gym.

By John Bellmore Current in Noblesville Years into personal training I still hear over and over several common topics among clients and around the gym. Let’s set the record straight on these misconceptions that are no truer than the belief that the Titan Atlas holds the weight of the world on his shoulders. Myth 1: It takes hours of exercise daily to gain muscle and burn off fat. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the body that rises after more the1 hour of intense weight training. The hormone destroys muscle and promotes body fat storage. More than an hour of anaerobic exercise can put your body in a chemical state that can cause loss of muscle and body fat accumulation. More isn’t always better. Myth 2: Weight lifting causes a loss of flexibility. A person who uses proper form and a full range of motion while lifting will have increased flexibility. Dumbbell presses and flys, stiff-leg deadlifts, calf raises and pull-ups all provide the muscles a great stretch at the movements’ bottom ranges. Perform all of your exercises correctly through a full range of movement and your stretching capabilities will increase. Myth 3: Your muscles will turn into fat if you stop working out. Muscle cannot be turned into fat anymore than lead can be turned into gold. Fat and muscle are two completely different

John Bellmore is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Health and Fitness and has been working with clients in the Noblesville area for the past six years. You can reach John or submit questions for future articles at

Weight management a must when navigating life’s journey COMMENTARY By Carol Rossetti, N.D. A healthy weight is not a matter of fitting into size and weight charts. It isn’t about starvation diets. It isn’t about willpower. And it isn’t about character. Diet books are written for the masses and not the individual. Long-term answers involve a lifestyle change. Take your family on this journey and give your children a new lease on life. Three ways to do that: • Learn about the nutritional value of foods • Read food labels. Stay away from monosodium glutamate or MSG. It causes developing obesity, as does aspartame found in diet sodas. Peanut butter should contain only peanuts and salt. • Shop the perimeter of the grocery stores for a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, proteins (meat, poultry, fish), and dairy. The FDA pyramid is heavy on grains that we know have caused obesity rates to soar. The rise in obesity rates, heart disease, Type II diabetes, and cancers parallel those recommendations. Grains tend to be inflammatory and are not

for everyone. Harvard Medical School put exercise at the bottom and grains much higher. High glycemic foods such as pasta store as fat rather than burn for energy. Unless you’re a high performance athlete most of us need to stay away from pastas. Many health clubs give you the impression that you can eat anything you want if you just workout. Has that worked for you? Find any kind of exercise you like and do it 3-5 times a week and eat protein. You cannot build muscle without protein. A healthy weight is attainable even if you have always had weight issues. Reverse and eliminate many diseases by changing your eating habits. Begin where you are today. Be a role model for your children and teach them how to have a healthy body. This is literally the journey for your life.

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DISPATCHES » Wariner will go into Kentucky Hall of Fame – Noblesville native and country artist Steve Wariner will join Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and Larnelle Harris as the newest inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. The induction will not be until April 7, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Wariner has charted 14 No. 1 hits, since beginning his recording career in 1977. In January he won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with “Producer’s Medley” from Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins. » All the pancakes you can eat – The Noblesville Marketing Group will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 27 at Wolfies Water Front Grill, 20999 Hague Road in Noblesville. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased in advance at T-Balls Dogs Restaurant, 451 Noble Creek Drive, Noblesville. Proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to help support Meals on Wheels in Hamilton County. Tickets are also on sale from any of the local Noblesville business owners who are members of the Noblesville Marketing Group found on the Web site

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“Brothers” likely got caught up in audiences’ serial aversion to movies about our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Good (“The Hurt Locker”) or bad (“Green Zone”), moviegoers have consistently avoided these movies in droves. “Brothers” falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality, and is less about the question of the rightness or wrongness of American intervention than the dire effects on the flesh-andblood soldiers sent there. Tobey Maguire, in a strong performance, plays Capt. Sam Cahill, a Marine shot down in

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» Sniffing out dog vendors – The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for doggy related vendors for our inaugural Tails n Trails event at Potter’s Bridge Park in Noblesville. Do you knit doggy sweaters, make dog treats, or have a dog business that you want to promote? The event is scheduled for May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for booth space is $25. All booth space fees will be donated to the Hamilton County Humane Society. Potter’s Bridge Park is located at 19401 North Allisonville Road. For more information, contact Michele or Mandy at (317) 7704400. » Learn to be a better ump – Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball will host an umpire clinic at Logan Field in Forest Park at 10 a.m. March 27. Long time umpire Jim Newburn from Kokomo, Ind., will be give clinic for everyone that wants to become Babe Ruth Certified as an umpire.  This is not for the first time umpire, but for umpires looking to improve and get certified.  For more information and to reserve your spot please contact George Tzitzis by phone at (317) 417-0892 or by email at

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Why do you like Kincaid’s? “I like Kincaid’s mostly for the fish tacos. Also, they have a really great lunch menu.”

Noblesville is no stranger to fine dining, but a new addition is always welcome, especially when it’s conveniently located within walking distance of a movie theater and bookstore. Stone Creek Dining Company, situated next door to Dick’s Sporting Goods at Hamilton Town Center, is the newest of these additions. After a chilly spring-time stroll through the mall, warm up with a crispy calamari appetizer, served atop blackberry balsamic greens and tossed in a spicy red chili aioli. Freshen up with an iceberg lettuce wedge with French vinaigrette, bleu cheese, applewood smoked bacon, basil tomatoes and cucumber. Warm up any cold soul with the mustard-crusted chicken, pan-seared with asparagus, caramelized onions, artichokes, and portabella mushrooms, and braised short ribs, served over parmesan risotto cakes with roasted shallots. Round the evening off with a serving of decadent cranberry-golden raisin bread pudding, served with a rich whiskey sauce, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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Hummus is like manna from above in the Middle East By Molly Herner Current in Noblesville During my brief travels to the Middle East, in Jerusalem to be exact, I discovered that hummus , like wine or chocolate, has its very own culture and culturists. Hummus, also spelled hummous, is an age-old condiment dating back to the Roman Empire. Its ingredients are very simple and commonplace in the Middle East, throughout the Mediterranean and even into Central Asia. In Jerusalem hummus is served standard alongside pita bread with meals, as a condiment for gyros and falafel and many other dishes. It is like the “ketchup of the Middle East.” Hummus is a divine combination of freshly boiled and smashed garbanzo beans, finely minced garlic, sesame paste (called tahini), lemon and the purest extra virgin olive oil,

which is the first and best pressing of the olives. Because these ingredients grow indigenously in Israel and surrounding countries, hummus there is like manna from the gods! As with any ethnic dish, the fresher the ingredients, the better the outcome. These ingredients, however, are also packed and exported making them, not fresh, but readily available. Its pure and simplistic nature is what makes this condiment/sauce so delicious and versatile. Serve with calmata olives and roasted red peppers or on a platter with fresh vegetables, feta cheese and warmed pita.


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Everything you need to know about passports Commentary By Tracy Line Perplexed about passports? If so, you’re not alone. In June of 2009, the laws on passport use changed, leaving most of us confused. But have no feareverything you need to know about passports is right here. What is a passport? A passport is a government-issued document that certifies, for the purpose of travel, one’s identity and nationality. There are many types of passports, the most common being a tourist passport, or passport book. When do I need a passport? U.S. citizens need a passport for most international travel. This includes travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. What’s the difference between a passport book and a passport card? The book is what most people are familiar with, the “regular” passport. The card is a wallet-sized, limited-use travel document for international travel by land or sea. Do children need a passport? Yes. While there are some exceptions, children need a passport for most international travel.

Do I need a passport for a cruise? If your ship docks in and out of the same port, you only need proof of citizenship. However, if anything prevented you from returning to your ship (accident, illness, etc.) you’d need a passport to get back into the U.S. How much do passports cost? For adults, the total cost for a passport book is $100, while the card is $45; both are valid for 10 years. For children 15 and under, the passport book costs $85 and the card $35; these are good for 5 years. Where can I apply for a passport? Your local post office has passport applications. Read through the entire application and fill it out carefully. Costco and CVS offer inexpensive passport photos. Once you’ve applied, plan on six to eight weeks for processing. For up-to-date information on passports, visit gov. Tracy Line is a travel agent for Family Vacations in Noblesville, and also a travel writer. Contact her at (317) 770-2211, ext. 312, or Tracy @

Get a taste of what’s coming to Conner Prairie By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville Visitors to Opening Weekend at Conner Prairie March 27 and 28 can nibble from the plate of things to come for the 2010 season at the interactive history park. And they are talking “food” in one instance. At “Taste of the Past,” a new program that will happen every Thursday, guests can sample authentic foods from Indiana’s past, from biscuits and jam to sauerkraut and herbal teas. Prairietown residents will share their recipes, tricks and tips, so guests can recreate tastes of the past at home. During Opening Weekend Mrs. Zimmerman will share a taste of her homemade maple cake and have the recipe ready for guests to take home. Opening Weekend guests will also be able to get a sample of some of these new programs: Grandparents Day: Participate in special programming for grandparents and grandchildren, including story telling, gardening, crafts and cooking. Every Wednesday. Frontier Survivor: Compete in frontier challenges throughout the day that culminate in a

daily tomahawk throwing competition. Every Friday. Science Saturday: Explore the science throughout Indiana’s past, present and future with activities, experiments and hands-on fun. Every Saturday. Historic Crime Scene Investigation (H-CSI): Become a historic crime scene investigator and help Prairietown residents solve unusual mysteries. Every Sunday. Opening Weekend will also feature an “ask the doctor” dialogue between a current Community Health Network physician and Prairietown’s Dr. Campbell, comparing and contrasting common medical issues and diseases of 1836 to present day. Don Thompson, author of “Bunny World, Kindness is the Key to Happiness,” will do a booksigning at the newly remodeled Conner Prairie store from noon to 2 p.m. March 27. Opening weekend activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28. Admission is $13 adults, $12 seniors, $9 youth, free for members and children under 2.

Enrollment open for Parks spring fitness, dance classes residents. April 13, 20, 27, and May 4 from 11a.m.-noon, or Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Beginning Flow Adult Yoga: This class offers adults the gentle, flowing style of Hatha Yoga which focuses on strengthening and toning muscles, increasing balance and flexibility, as well as creating a sense of inner peace and well-being. Cost is $32 for Noblesville residents, $37 for non-residents. April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 from 6 – 7 p.m. Core Power Adult Yoga: This class is offered for those ready for more of a challenge who have participated previously in Yoga. The flowing style of Hatha Yoga is continued from the Beginner class. Cost is $32 per person for Noblesville residents, $37 for non-residents. April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Nia Exercise for Adults: Nia gives you a full body workout while being good to the joints and muscles. In a typical Nia class, you get Zumbatype moves in slow motion, yoga mat work, and a taste of kick boxing. Cost is $32 for Noblesville residents, $37 for non-residents. April 16, 23, 30, and May 7 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all classes. For more details about the classes or to register, visit or call (317) 770-5750.

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THEATRE Hello Dolly!

Love is in the air in the 10-time Tony Award winning musical , “Hello Dolly,” March 25 through May 2 at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theater, 9301 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, “Hello Dolly” is the story of turn-ofthe-century matchmaker Dolly Levi, who is supposed to be arranging a match for the wealthy Horace Vandergelder, but would rather keep him to herself. Tickets range from $35 to $58, and a buffet dinner, coffee and tea. For reservations, call (317) 872- 9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit

Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players presents “Disney’s Aladdin Jr., the stage adaptation of the popular Disney movie as their first Live Theatre for Kids series, April 10, 17 and 23-24 These one-hour shows take place on Fridays at 10 a.m. and again on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adam Crowe, formerly of Noblesville, plays the Sultan. The audience has the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through sixth grade. All tickets are $12.50 and include a snack. For reservations, contact the box office at (317) 872-9664.

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THEATRE ‘Carousel’

The hauntingly poignant Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “Carousel” takes a ride at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, playing March 12 through March 28. Show times are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Prices are $25 (Thursday) and $32 (Friday-Sunday). Go to for tickets and details.


Actors Theatre of Indiana will present “Nunsense” March 3-28 at the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace. All Wednesday and Thursday night performances are only $20. For details on tickets and specific show times, call 317-669-7983.

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Opening Weekend at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, gives guests a sampling of all the park’s new offerings for 2010, including Taste of the Past, Grandparent Day, Frontier Survivor, Science and H-CSI programs. A new interactive experience will debut in 1836 Prairietown, along with an end of the day prairie party, complete with music, dancing, snacks and games. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27 and 11 a.m. 5 p.m. March 28. Admission: $13 adults, $12 ages 65 and older, $9 ages 2-12. For information call (317) 7766006 or visit

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LIVE MUSIC Mo’s Irish Pub

The following musical acts will be playing live at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call (317) 770-9020. March 25 – Carl Ray Trio March 26 – Something Rather Naughty March 27 – Greta Speaks April 1 – Lady Di & The King April 2 – Daniel Joseph Band April 8 – Greta Speaks April 9 – Lou Abby

Mickey’s Irish Pub

The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub,13644 N Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746: March 27 – Meatball Band April 2 – Henry Lee Summer and Friends April 3 – Wooly Bullies April 9 – Endless Summer April 10 – Lemon Wheel Band

Hedgehog Music Showcase

The Radio Review at Hedgehog Music Showcase, 101 W. Main St., Arcadia, takes the form of a live radio show featuring big band, swing and pop standards of the 1920s-30s-40s performed by musicians and vocalists 8 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call (317) 573-9746.

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UINDY RED HEART TART Makes 4 servings Ingredients: • Non-stick cooking spray • 2 tbsp. sugar • 1 tsp. cornstarch • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper • 1/4 cup water • 1 cup fresh strawberries • 1 cup fresh raspberries • 1 tbsp. sugar • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon • 4 sheets frozen phyllo dough, (9x14-inch rectangles) thawed Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat four 4x2x1/2-inch rectangular tart pans with removable bottoms with cooking spray; set aside. In a small saucepan, stir together sugar, cornstarch and cayenne pepper. Stir in water and half the strawberries. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Fold in remaining strawberries and the raspberries; set aside. In a small bowl, stir together 1 tbsp. sugar and cinnamon. Place one sheet of phyllo on cutting board. Lightly coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with about 1 tsp. sugar mixture. Repeat layering with remaining

phyllo and sugar mixture. Repeat layering with remaining phyllo and sugar mixture, ending with cooking spray. With a sharp knife, cut phyllo stack in half lengthwise and crosswise, forming four rectangles. East rectangles in to prepared tart pans. Bake for 8 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown. Cool slightly; remove shells from pans. Spoon filling into shells just before serving. Serve warm or cool. This recipe, by University of Indianapolis Executive Chef Dan Phillips, is one of the winners of Feb. 28 Dining A La Heart fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Reviving Hearts Program, which donates automated external defibrillators to high schools throughout Indiana. For more information, contact Margie Fougeron 317-338-6080.

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MONEY MATTERS Conner Prairie’s outdoor area opens March 27 for the season. Have you ever invested in a family pass or membership at a museum, and do you think it’s worth it? “I have in past years when my children were young, and I’m thinking about purchasing them for my grandchildren. They are a money-saving option� Cathy Lalley Noblesville

“For people who are interested in that sort of thing, I’m sure it’s worth the cost. But we normally just pay as we go.� Brian Powers Noblesville

“I haven’t, but I can see myself doing it in the near future. It’s certainly costeffective and economical.� Sarah Dunn Noblesville

DISPATCHES  Reitz named senior VP at Key – Aaron M. Reitz has been named senior vice president and private banking executive for Key Private Bank in Central Indiana. He was most recently a senior vice present Reitz with National City’s Private Client Group in Indianapolis.  Two promising stocks under $5 1. Great Basin Gold (GBG) - It holds the rights to huge gold reserves in South Africa and Nevada, yet it trades around $1.65 a share. 2. Genspera (GNSZ) – This biotech startup has a new approach to cancer treatment. -  Business after hours – Network with the members of the Westfield and Carmel chambers on March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Keltie's. The event is free. Make a reservation by calling 804-3030.

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Type: Traditional American, 2 story with 3 bedrooms. Age: 1997. Location: 225 Chamberlain, Noblesville. Neighborhood: Copper Point on Harbour Trees Golf Course. Square footage:  1970. Rooms:  (main) Master bedroom suite, ½ bath,  kitchen, great room, dining room, laundry.  (Upstairs) 2 bedrooms, loft, full bath, storage. Strengths:  Main floor master, golf course location, incredible garden, quality construction with built-ins, large master closet, whirpool tub, separate shower. Recent price reduction. Weaknesses:  Sellers will consider replacing flooring. Listed by:  Deb Castino, F.C. Tucker Company, (317) 418-4138, www.

Part of the Community Health Network, MedCheck Express can be used for a variety of everyday illnesses, from ear infections to chest congestion. It is not intended to treat serious conditions that require specialized care. Care is provided by a family nurse practitioner who can diagnose and treat most common illnesses and can also prescribe the appropriate medications. Prescriptions can be filled at any pharmacy, including the Wal-Mart pharmacy or Wellspring Pharmacy at Community Health Network. MedCheck Express accepts most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare. Patients 18 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and services are intended for patients at least 2 years old. No appointment is needed, and most visits are under 30 minutes. Since the center is located in a Wal-Mart Supercenter, a patient can check in and take a beeper; the family nurse practitioner will page the patient when it’s time. Inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter 16865 Clover Road, Noblesville | (317) 621-1288 Hours: 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Kurt Meyer is a Noblesville resident and realtor for F.C. Tucker. Contact him at (317) 776-0200 or talktokurt@

Remember the power of three COMMENTARY By David Cain I really like apples, tomatoes and melons. When you read that sentence in your head, what do you remember? Don’t look back; what were the three things mentioned? Here’s a second quiz, quick, what two Brady girls come to mind when you remember the three daughters on the Brady Bunch?  I remember Marsha and Cindy first. And that’s not because they were my favorites. At that young age, I actually thought Jan was the cutest, but I seldom remember her name first. It’s the power of three. It’s easier for people to remember three things and, when presented with three, the first and the last are the most common to recall. Apples and melons, Marsha and Cindy each are easier to remember because they are the first and the last. Jan and tomatoes are a little harder to come to mind. Not that the middle gets forgotten; it just has less of an impression than the first and last things said. That is, unless there is some way to remember.  Consider the first example, the firstBefore and the last fruits were apples and melons. What if

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Basement remodel: New open floor plan for a family COMMENTARY By Larry Greene Original chopped-up floor plan: This home in Claridge Farms on the west side of Carmel was built in the 1990s and included a large finished basement. The space was divided into several rooms and included dark-stained trim and outdated finishes. The homeowners wanted to update and create a space for both children and adults to relax and entertain. Structural challenges: The design focused on ways to remove walls and open up the space. Two of the walls targeted to be removed were determined to be load-bearing. A licensed structural engineer provided specifications for the new beams and support columns. New footings were dug, and new reinforced concrete footings were poured in the basement floor to provide adequate support. New LVL beams were carried down into the basement and installed. Creative design touches: The wall between the wet bar and theater was opened up and an “L” shaped bar was designed to link up the two areas. The updated wet bar includes creamy white semi-custom cabinets with brown highlighting. The new countertops are Volga Blue granite. This exotic-colored natural stone just

BEfore happens to include seams of deep blue color similar to “Colts” blue. Balancing space for kids and adults: The goal of the project was to create dedicated spaces for activities, yet keep the overall open feeling of the room. The adult home-theater area includes an upgraded in-ceiling projector system with theatre seating, while a separate kids’ gaming area was created in an adjacent area. Custom trim and built-ins were added to provide new

Don’t blame the geese; they are ‘invited’ guests COMMENTARY By Holly Funk The news is that Canadian geese are taking over the country. Time for a revolt. Typical of my balanced nature, I am on both sides of the fence on this subject. Mostly harmless, the problem is that geese love to poop. Taking in about 5 pounds of food a day and “releasing” 4 pounds out the other end. Where there are geeses, there are feces. Geese mate for life and are quite territorial when the female is sitting on her eggs. A male will chase off anything, even a child with a bag of bread to feed it. Scary, yes, but the goose is only behaving instinctually. The geese only squat here because we’re forever putting in retention ponds. Sadly, the need for the ponds is to catch the (filthy) rain water that pours off of our impervious surfaces so neighborhoods don’t flood. But these “lakes” are like resorts to these guys, and whose fault is that? Because they are so territorial and take their family rearing seriously, they choose these ponds to call home because they must be able to look across and have a clear view in order to defend the nest. Ponds are always mowed right up to the shoreline and this provides the perfect habitat. This is why

you also see them grazing in open fields. The best solution to deter geese and add aesthetic value is to plant a buffer strip of native plants and flowers at the pond’s edge. The plants are just tall enough to discourage the geese from settling there. They can’t see! There is buzz about chemical means to control them , but plants are an environmentally responsible approach. Not only do the tall native plants deter the geese, but they look nice and save money on lawn maintenance. Hello?! Although the geese are pesky and messy, it’s not their fault that we made it so cushy for them. If we develop more habitable spaces for them, then they will be content and reproduce in more places. Then there are more geese. Duh. And actually, it would be more than appropriate to sit back and enjoy these birds because of their loyal nature and responsible ways. In the end, there isn’t one of us on earth that wouldn’t behave the same as the geese, given the situation.

Holly Funk is an Indiana accredited horticulturist and advanced master gardener residing in Noblesville. Email your gardening woes (or wisdom) to

AFTER storage areas for toys and games. The area under the stairs includes a hinged bookcase with a hidden door that opens up into a secret hideaway area for the kids. Finally, the room was brightened up by painting all the existing dark stained trim in a new off-white color.

Larry Greene is owner of Case Handyman & Remodeling. You may e-mail him at lgreene@ or call 8462600. Visit www.caseremodeling. com for more information.

Historic homes of Noblesville By Krista Bocko Current in Noblesville Location: 1239 Logan Street. Owners: John and Jan Utter, since 1981. Constructed by: Leonard Wild for Henry C. and Margaret Wild Gaeth, who owned the home for more than 50 years. Style: Colonial Revival. Cosmetic features: The symmetrical front façade, fluted corner boards, palladian window and leaded glass sashes all reinforce the style. The dominant feature is its half-round portico centered in the main façade. The portico roof is supported by fluted Ionic columns resting on brick piers, and dark-stained woodwork on the underside of the portico roof creates a stunning sunburst design. The elaborate entry features dark stained woodwork, fluted pilasters, sidelights and three-part transom. What work have you done on your house? “Oh, we had a ladder up, somewhere, for six years. When we moved in, we had a round oak table that was too big to fit in the kitchen. This led to the combining of the kitchen space with the sun porch in the back. We removed

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walls and floors gained the space we needed for our family.” What are your favorite features? “The dining room has the most unique light above the table. It’s an etched and sculptured square fixture—it’s so pretty; and, coupled with the beveled glass window, makes for a lovely space. With 10 foot ceilings, wallpaper doesn’t go very far”. Krista Bocko, her husband and four children live in “Old Town.” Noblesville in a historic home. She can be reached at www.

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DISPATCHES » Board approves budget cuts – The Noblesville School Board voted unanimously accept Superintendetn Libbie Conner’s plan to cut the district’s budget by $3.4 million, following the $2.1 million cut from the 2010 budget last year. In addition to reducing the teaching staff by 54 ½ teachers, the cuts affect athletics, performing arts, sports and other extracurricular activities. Transportation costs for athletics and performing arts will be eliminated and the swimming pool at the Freshman Campus will be closed. » Bid for dream ride – Legacy Christian School’s annual Legacy Banquet, the school’s largest fundraiser, is March 27. There will be food, fun, and the chance to bid on auction items like a Dream Ride in a sportscar or a ride to cchool on a Noblesville Fire Truck. Call the school at (317) 776-4186 for more information or go online at » Saved by Judge Felix – Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix ruled Noblesville Schools’ $63.6 million building referendum be placed on the May 4

ballot, after a misunderstanding of the process nearly caused it to miss the spot. On March 10, Noblesville Schools was informed that the facilities referendum question had not been certified for the May 4 ballot by the Hamilton County auditor and election board. There was a misunderstanding regarding the process for a facilities referendum which is different, by statute, from the process for a operating referendum. The school district provided the necessary information for both the facilities and the operating referendum questions but the election board was seemingly unaware of the differences, did not think they had sufficient information, and therefore did not act on or certify the facilities referendum question.  Noblesville Schools’ only recourse was to file a legal motion for a declaratory judgment to allow a judge to act to place the question on the ballot.  » More public forums scheduled – Members of the Noblesville Board of School Trustees will meet the community to discuss the building projects and the need to replace operating funds lost to state budget cuts and to answer questions. The remaining forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 14 and April 28 at Noblesville City Hall.

Academic Super Bowl had some ‘crowning’ moments COMMENTARY By Hannah Davis As I write this, I sit in a barely filled auditorium in an uncomfortably short dress, thinking about how I should be spread out on my bed instead, tackling tonight’s pile of homework, but alas, I’m stuck here in Lafayette, participating in Academic Super Bowl. And we won’t be going home any time soon. I was coerced into participating by a few overly influential sophomores during my freshman year, and since then, serving my duty on the English team (ASB’s divided into topical sections in which teams from regional schools compete) has become a yearly tradition. I was hooked, I think, not by the prospect of answering multiple choice questions on a dimly lit stage, but when a friend declared that we should wear Burger King crowns while participating. And then we actually did it. The potluck party, complete with muffin loaf, after the end of our season helped, too. Telling our male teammates to “suit up” for the occasion, playing Catch Phrase, and cheering for nonexistent teams sweetened the deal. Immature? Absolutely. I pity our faithful coach

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and bus drivers. But I can honestly say that ASB has been one of my favorite parts of high school. And during a period of time when almost all seniors are counting down the days ‘til graduation and dreading every minute spent in school, that’s no light-hearted comment.

Hannah Davis is a senior at Noblesville High School and the opinions editor for The Mill Stream.

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DISPATCHES » Battle of the bulge – The Mighty Wallet from Dynomighty Design might actually be the thinnest wallet ever. Made from Tyvek (think express mail envelopes) consisting of thousands of plastic fibers, its shape comes from an origami-style folded construction, making the Mighty Wallet tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable. These are available in 28 different graphics for $15.00 each. » Close to all-purpose – There's no such thing as one pair of shoes you can wear everywhere, all the time, but there's one you can wear almost everywhere: these chestnutbrown derbies from the undisputed champion of Swiss footwear, Bally. Their versatility owes to a few key features: their rich color, their simple design, and their polished calfskin patina traveling farther and wider than pretty much anything else around. Consider them the skeleton key to your closet and wear them with care. $725.

A quick fix for an outdated kitchen COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley There comes a time in every kitchen’s life that a little lift is in order. I’m not talking about major surgery. Not even a nip and tuck. No, I am talking about a point at which all the components of the kitchen are in good working order. There might, however, be a few things that have fallen out of grace before their time. The tile backsplash is an area that is vulnerable to a premature out-of-date look. I believe someone made a fortune in the ‘90s selling tiles laden with vegetables and dainty pink-and-blue flowers. Before you allow your entire home to be held hostage by the palette in these tired tiles, consider an approach that just might hold you over until it is time to tackle a kitchen remodel. Before you begin the paint project, examine the tile for damage. Quick-drying epoxies are the best materials to use. Also, cracks need to be filled with silicone and allowed to dry for a few days. Sand the tiles lightly with fine sandpaper. This step will provide the “teeth” necessary for the paint to adhere. Carefully wash the tile and grout with a “TSP” type of cleaner to remove built up grease or dirt. These cleansers are easily purchased at

most hardware or home and garden stores. Remove any remaining cleaning residue by wiping tile with a terry cloth dampened with denatured alcohol. Using painters’ tape, mask off areas that transition the area of tile to the wall or floor. I have painted tiles complete with the grout and also have masked off the grout with artists’ tape. The latter method is labor intensive but gives a more professional finish to the project. Test the results of the primer and paint in an inconspicuous spot. Each layer should be allowed to cure for several days to ensure it is really going to hold. If it appears your primer and paint are bond-

ing, move forward with the primer. I generally use Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Based Bonding Primer and roll it with a dense foam roller to avoid brush marks. I give the bonding primer at least two coats, allowing each coat to cure for at least a day. Paint gloss or semi-gloss paint over the dry primer with another dense foam roller. Allow this to dry to assure you are getting the expected result. If satisfied with the color and sheen, give your tile a second coat. When you are confident the tile is dry, gently remove the tape used to mask the grout. You will need to do careful touch up along the edges of the tiles. Though the tile may be dry to the touch, it will take a few weeks to properly cure. Avoid heavy contact to prevent scratching. For greater protection and color preservation, finish with a few coats of clear water-based acrylic or urethane sealant. Although this is a temporary solution to tile that is problematic, it will buy enough time to make arrangements for a more permanent change! Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact

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Commentary By Janna Lynas When I was a child, I had lots of questions but had already assumed Passover was a holiday because I could see it printed on my calendar. My parents rather simply explained it was a Jewish holiday and we didn’t celebrate it. For many years I didn’t think much about it until my church offered a Passover meal observance. I was curious, and quickly signed myself and my husband up for “dinner.” It was not what I expected it to be. In fact, the herbs and odd mixtures of food items left me thinking in the middle, “Is this all there is to it?” Then, I distinctly recall looking around the table at the family sitting with us thinking, “This is special. This is holy.” It was then that I began to savor each item I wouldn’t have eaten before that night and absorb the spoken passages, understanding why Passover was celebrated. First eaten by the Israelites the night before they were finally released as slaves in Egypt, Passover is an important feast of remembrance of God’s deliverance. My children will be introduced to Passover for the first time this year. They will learn

about its historical significance to our faith and a solemn event Christ, the ultimate Passover lamb, celebrated before He Himself instituted communion upon the eve of His death. There are many Web sites ( is just one of many) with information how to teach your children about Passover and the connections it has with the real reason behind Easter. If you are celebrating the living Christ with your family this Easter season, why not learn about the Jewish celebration of Passover as well. It begins at sundown March 28. Additionally, if your family would like another way to observe Holy Week, White River Christian Church will hold a Maundy Thursday service, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. Janna Lynas is a stay-at-home mom living in Noblesville with her minister husband Derek and three children. You may contact her at faith@



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loved, and in my faith am saved. The difficulty describing this with words is at least twofold: God’s truth is a love relationship, not a word puzzle. Try describing your love relationship with someone or something using only words. Can the totality and expression of love be contained in words? Not a chance. Christ is a real person, not merely an idea, so words and images fail. The Bible’s words show us how to meet Christ, but truth resides in the relationship, not in the meeting. Holy Week begins with the Peace of Christ and adulation; peaks with the crucifixion’s infinite violence and scorn, and ends with Christ’s resurrection and mankind’s victory over death. And so begins the truth of eternal life. It’s a big week. Read about Palm Sunday in the Bible (Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19), and continue reading each book to the end. Ask Christ to send the Holy Spirit to help you understand. I pray you’ll find love and peace, discover truth and learn that it’s not odd at all. Bob Walters (www.believerbob., email rlwcom@aol. com) knows you can’t argue the Holy Spirit into someone, knows truth exists in Christ, and knows God loves each one of us. Amen.



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DISPATCHES » Adopt a pet – reTails will hold its next pet adoption event March 28 from11 5 p.m. at Circle City Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital, Carmel. » Your donation matched - A small group of financial supporters has offered to match, dollar for dollar, all general contributions made to the Humane Society of Hamilton County between until April 30 up to $10,000. Donations can be made online at » Beware of household toxins –  Most pet owners know that items such as antifreeze and rodent poisons are a danger to their pets.  But what about crayons, deodorant, tinsel, and raw meat?  Such items also pose health risks for pets.  For a list of common household hazards for pets, go to  In case of emergency, you can contact your veterinarian or the National Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. » The mother of all emergencies – There is one condition so drastic that it overshadows all others in terms of rapidity of consequences and effort in emergency treatment – the bloat. Classically, this condition affects dog breeds that are said to be deep chested; still, any dog can bloat. The biggest clue is the vomiting when the pet appears highly nauseated and is retching but little is coming up. If you see this, rush your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

Moving from cure to care COMMENTARY By John Mikesell I must start this column with sad news: Isabelle, a.k.a Izzy, my constant companion – and really the store owner – has left the building. She was a great and gentle dog who loved to greet everyone as they entered the store. I suppose some of that was because she liked to beg for treats from anyone who went close to the bones we bake in the store, but I will say this: Except for once, on her first day in the store, she never took a bone unless someone gave it to her. Izzy will be missed. So I am going to write a little about end-of-life care for your pet. It is not something I enjoy, but it is necessary and something we all have to face at some point. WHAT YOU CAN DO • Educate yourself about dog’s condition to facilitate more productive conversations with her veterinarian. • Ask your veterinarian if he is comfortable helping guide you through hospice care or if he can refer you to other options and resources in your area. • Focus on your dog’s quality of life; continue to engage him in the daily life while keeping him comfortable and pain-free. • Take care of yourself! Talk with dog friends, read books, use Internet resources and seek out a pet support counselor or group to help you cope with transitions. • There are many books that can help you through a difficult time. One I enjoyed was “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” RAINBOW BRIDGE Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone, that

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Just who is finding whom in your genealogy search? COMMENTARY By Darla Kinney Scoles Sometimes it seems that as people embark on a genealogical journey they see the progress they make and the information they gather as in some way a favor to their ancestors. “I’ve found so-and-so” is an exclamation often heard from the mouths of those searching family history when they discover a new ancestor and document their existence. Yes, it is a search and we do find things, including people. But through it all, the most important thing we find, I believe, is ourselves. I have felt that many times as I have done research and come up with yet another individual or name related to me and my life. I am finding them, but they are helping me discover who I am. That is part of the magic, the spirit of family history work. This was evident in the very first episode of the new NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” when subject Sarah Jessica Parker commented on her genealogical findings. “It’s changed everything about who I thought

I was,” shared Parker, “everything. I mean, it has completely flipped it upside down and turned it inside out. I went into this thinking that … there is no link to the past. I was terribly wrong. Thrillingly. This has been such a moving experience for me.” Parker was stunned to find out that her forebears had been a part of both the California Gold Rush and the Salem Witch Trials. Since she felt that her family history included no real links to American history, she was stunned. Expressed Parker; “I still cannot believe the connection. What I have learned is I have real stock in this country and real roots and I have belonging. I am actually an American.” Wondering who you are? Look where those before you have been. Darla Kinney Scoles is a freelance journalist living in Noblesville. Her most recent work involves the creation of “Stories,” an individualized writing service helping people get their personal histories down on paper. Contact her at

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The only place where a can of soup still costs 6 cents COMMENTARY By Mike Redmond Stand back. I am about to make a shameless plug for my other job. No, not that one. The OTHER other job. I am about to encourage you to come see me at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center, home of the Indiana Historical Society, at 450 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis. Wait. Let me take that back. I don’t want you to come and see me. I want you to come and meet some friends of mine, Ernest Zwerner and George Greenlee. Ernest and George are men I portray in the Indiana Experience program, “You Are There,” where visitors go back in time by literally walking into a photograph of from long ago. George is the owner of the Ford dealership in Hartford City circa 1924, and Ernie is the owner of the Citizen’s Market grocery in Terre Haute, in 1945. Ernie and I are old pals, sort of. I portrayed him during the pilot phase of “You Are There” back in 2008. Fools that they are, they asked me to come back and get it right this time. If it’s anything like the pilot year, I am going to be a happy boy. Imagine a job where you get to make new friends every hour of every day … a job where people come into your place of work and have a profound, positive emotional reaction to the atmosphere you’ve created … a job where you play all day and help people think about their OWN histories. Basically, that’s what I do. Of course, it has other amusements as well. The market, you see, is a nearly-perfect reproduction of Mom and Pop grocery stores of the era, right down to the prices. You would be surprised how many people come in and want to buy what they think is a can of soup for six cents. Or maybe you wouldn’t. One guy in 2008 kept coming in, day after day, bringing a new friend every day, to point out the bargains. He was so enthusiastic that I came close to selling a broom for 41 cents before I remembered I was pretending, even if he wasn’t. Now, George Greenlee is a new friend. The

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And it’s fun for the visitors, too, which is why I invited you. Admission is $7 for three experiences (there’s also a cool 1914 Indianapolis violin shop) and the Cole Porter room, where interpreters in fancy dress sing Cole Porter’s songs. Yes, I’ll be working in there, too. I TOLD you these people were fools. But come on in if you want to know what it sounds like when Rochester from the Jack

Benny Show sings “Night and Day.” I liken it to the sound of a rusty gate swinging while the wind whistles through the outhouse. Which is another kind of Indiana Experience altogether. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.

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Views | Community | Anti-Aging | Diversions | Dough | Inside & Out | Education | Panache | In Spirit | Pets | Life Style | Laughs | Puzzles | Obituaries For the latest and full-length obituaries with photos, visit Martha Jean (VanDeventer) Neukam, 82, Westfield, passed away March 4, 2010 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. She was born April 25, 1927 in Connersville. Martha was a member of Oak Forest Church of Christ in Oak Forest, Ind., where she had lived the majority of her life. She is survived by daughter, Evelyn (Lee) Campbell; two grandchildren, Aaron Campbell and Anna Marie Campbell; and son, Bruce Neukam. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward & Gertrude VanDeventer; her husband, Richard E. Neukam; and infant son, Larry Neukam. Grace Snelling, 72, Pendleton, passed away March 4 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.  She was born May 4, 1937 in Dillsboro, Ind., to Ralph and Cozzie (Baker) Smith. Grace was a lifetime member of the Noblesville Moose Lodge, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Pendleton Post 117. She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Fenty (husband, Trevor) of Pendleton, and Vickie Dennison of Indianapolis; a foster son, Donnie Johnson of Lebanon; one sister, Martha Clark of Dillsboro, Indiana; sister-in-law Curdy Smith; four grandchildren, Krystal Duvall, Ottina Jensvold, Elizabeth Benton, and Victoria Learned-Fenty; plus six great-grandchildren, Cozzie, Christopher, Owen, Macie, Gaige and Carly. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ott Snelling (1998); son, Randy; daughter, Sue Ann, one great-grandchild, Ryanne, and brother, Ralph Smith.

Helen Eileen (Young) McGee, 89, Noblesville, passed away March 7 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. She was born Dec. 16, 1920 in Noblesville to Norte and Blanch (Hartup) Young. Eileen married Johnny 65 years ago, and she and Johnny were long-time members of the Good Sams Club and loved the winter trips to Florida. She is survived by four children, Joyce (John) Kirkpatrick, Diana Geren, Vickie (Don) Densham and Gary McGee; five grandchildren, Kristi (Brett) Bowman, Erika (Chris) Kirkpatrick, Courtney (Abel) Becerra, Leslie (JJ) Harris and Nicholas Densham; eight great-grandchildren, a brother, Ivan Young. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tom Geren. Robert H. Daubenspeck, 89, Noblesville, passed away March 4 at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville. He was born Aug. 30, 1920 in Marion County, Ind., to Harold M. and Ruby (Smith) Daubenspeck. Robert was a U. S. Navy WWII veteran; a life-member of the Elks, a member of the Noblesville Masonic Lodge #57 and the Indianapolis Scottish Rite. He is survived by daughters, Lynne Sexton of California and Linda McKinnon of Noblesville; son, Ed Parks of Noblesville; son-in-law, Jim McKinnon of Noblesville; and grandsons, Todd Sexton of California and Michael Ballenger of Michigan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Parks Daubenspeck. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St. Ste 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.  

Leanna 'Ann' K. (Gary) Deakyne Julian, 91, Noblesville, passed March 8 at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville. She was born Aug. 11, 1918 in Sheridan to Clayton A. and Pansy M. (Tipton) Gary. Ann retired in 1976 after over 30 years with Biddle Screw Products in Sheridan. She is survived by a son, James 'Pete' C. (Peggy) Deakyne of Noblesville; grandson, Gary (Jennifer) Deakyne of Noblesville; three great-

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