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It is our position that the decision from the Obama administration to try the September 11 bombing suspects in a military court is a good one.  In examining the viability of a civilian court rendering an appropriate verdict in these matters, and since the al-Qaeda suspects were treated as combatants from the onset, interrogations and even the reading of rights was likely not performed in manner that would make any of the resultant evidence admissible in the courtroom.  Additionally, it would be somewhere between difficult and impossible to find an impartial jury.  Moreover, the massive costs surrounding security and crowd control in the city where the trials would take place bring an unreasonable burden to already cash-strapped municipalities. If and when a guilty verdict was rendered, the sentence would likely be carried out in a Federal prison in the continental U.S. exposing the Court and the prison to attack from alQaeda. While much has been said about President Obama’s evolving view on this matter, we are pleased with the course it is presently taking. His maintenance of a consistent position on the subject is less material to us than the positive final (and successful) disposition of the issue.

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It is our position that now is the time to selfeducate and take note about those running for office to represent us in the upcoming primary election. In many cases, this mechanism, designed to determine the candidate to represent each political party in the general election, becomes the de facto determinate for who will be chosen. Most candidates have websites and are willing to talk to potential voters. Read the mail from the would-be political leaders and form informed opinions. Do we prefer the status quo or are we eager for change? Do we have issues that we care about; and what is the corresponding viewpoint from the candidate? We must not allow the increasing amount of yard signs seen along the streets and byways be the sole guide. While we believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to become educated on the candidates and vote, we also believe that if one hasn’t taken the time to research in advance, it is still important to vote on those races and issues with which one does have familiarity. Please don’t show-up at the polls on May 3 unprepared. Research now and be happy for it later. Current will publish an election guide on April 30.

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the Indiana Constitution. ARTICLE 6. Administrative Section 7. Impeachment of state officers All State officers shall, for crime, incapacity, or negligence, be liable to be removed from office, either by impeachment by the House of Representatives, to be tried by the Senate, or by a joint resolution of the General Assembly; two-thirds of the members elected to each branch voting, in either case, therefor.

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FROM THE BACKSHOP Promise Road school on its way If all went well at press time, ground was to have been broken last Friday on Promise Road Elementary School. We view this as good news, now that the Forest Hill Elementary School debacle is in the rear-view mirror. As you might recall, Forest Hill was held something of a hostage, before officials relented and sold it to Legacy Christian School. Now, Promise Road Elementary is on the way out of the ground just north of East 146th Street on the west side of Promise. The new school is top open a year from August. Welcome to the neighborhood. ••• It’s called practice what you preach – at least in the case of Riverview Hospital employees. The workers get four thumbs up from us for not only talking about, but actually participating in, healthy living and wellness initiatives. These days they care committed to reducing their own body mass indices. A person’s Body Mass Index is calculated with a formula driven by his or her weight and height. to determine a number and that determines your BMI. For those participating in Riverview’s program the winner will receive a one-hour massage from Massage Envy. It’s really no contest, though, given the mass com-

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg mitment to a healthier lifestyle on the part of the employees. We all should be so driven. Visit www.riverview.org to learn how to take control of your own wellness. ••• Have a spare $50 and a yen for helping others? We like this opportunity: Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County will play host to the Hoosier Derby Party on May 6 at The Sagamore Club. Sip mint julips and nourish yourself at the carving station on Kentucky Derby weekend. Get this: That $50 we mentioned? It will provide two weeks of meals – two weeks! - for a needy Hamilton County senior citizen. We urge you to call 776.7159 to get in on the action.

COMMENTARY By Kevin Kane Thanks to the League of Women Voters of Hamilton County, Noblesville residents will be able to see their two GOP mayoral candidates – Mayor John Ditslear and Steve Brown – square off in a debate next Wednesday. The organization has scheduled a candidates forum for next Wednesday, 7 p.m. at city hall during which Ditslear and Brown will take turns answering questions submitted by audience members. The two will answer the same questions and also will be given time to make rebuttal statements. In addition to answering the public’s questions, both candidates will be allotted time to make opening and closing remarks. In this week’s issue, we worked to better familiarize you with these two men, but voters can learn much more about them during a live debate, and I would strongly encourage anyone who can attend the event to do so. While it is great to have a debate between the candidates seeking the city’s highest office, one total debate this time of year is not enough. In this May’s primary, we have three candidates running to represent District 3 on the City Council (John Elliot, Dale Kenney and Rick Taylor), five running for two at-large 11061 INFINITI Carmel Current_4_19

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A ‘thank you’ for Forest Hill coverage Editor, I just wanted to send along a “thank you” for the excellent coverage of Legacy Christian School’s bid to acquire Forest Hill Elementary School.  Managing Editor Kevin Kane has truly been impressive in his efforts to get all the facts, be completely fair and still advocate for the entire community.  Noblesville is a very special city, and having the

seats (Brian Ayer, Terry Busby, Andy Corman, Rex Dillinger and Jeff Zeckel) and two current council members vying for the District 1 seat (Roy Johnson and Mary Sue Rowland). We all know from our government classes in high school how big of a role the council plays in local government, but as of press time there were no forums, town halls or other scheduled live events during which Noblesville voters could instantly compare one candidate to the next. Councilman Steve Wood (District 2), Mark Boice (District 4) and Greg O’Connor (District 5) are all running unopposed. But their fellow council members who have opponents are going up against quality competitors. Hats off to the League of Women Voters for providing next week’s mayoral debate, but it’s too bad we don’t have similar opportunities to learn more about the multitude of council candidates before Election Day in May.

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Indiana doesn’t need smoking in bars Editor, My family recently returned from a trip to New York City during spring break. This is my fourth trip in the past year. In addition to the Broadway shows and sightseeing, I enjoy going to restaurants, night clubs and bars where smoking is strictly prohibited. We were able to watch the final Butler basketball game with our high school kids in an Irish pub. (Yes, in New York kids are allowed in bars as long as food is served.) Not many New Yorkers were watching the NCAA basketball finals but the place was packed with fans watching the Mets. What a concept: to have a full bar and

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no smoking at the same time. I do not frequent bars in Indiana because of the smoke-filled atmosphere, and the reasoning that bars will lose business if smoking is banned is unsubstantiated.  If 75 percent of Hoosiers do not smoke, wouldn’t it stand to reason that those 75 percent of non-smokers would consider going out for a drink in a smoke free environment more often?  Indiana legislatures need to realize the potential business gained by the majority of people who do not smoke and who would otherwise patronize smoke-free businesses. Olga Keegan 46033

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DISPATCHES » Family Health Day – Riverview Hospital will hold a Family Health Day April 30, 8 to 11 a.m. at Noblesville Family Care, 865 Westfield Road, suite A. The event will provide attending families the opportunity to undergo various health screenings, learn health information and participate in activities. » Life’s a Journey – PrimeLife Enrichment’s annual fundraising event, Life’s a Journey, will be held April 30 at Woodland Country Club, Carmel, at 6 p.m. The event will include, cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and a live auction. Individual tickets are $75, Green Thumb corporate tables are $1,000, Master Gardner premier corporate tables are $1,500.  Proceeds will support wheelchair-accessible transportation for seniors in Hamilton County.  Tickets are available by calling 815-7000. » Intersection closure – The intersection of Greenfield Avenue and Union Chapel Road will be closed beginning on or after May 9 for approximately 42 days, weather permitting. The purpose of the closure is to allow construction of a roundabout at this intersection. Access will be maintained to all homes and businesses within the closure area for the entire duration. Access to Chapel Woods, Sagamore, and the Belfry Theatre will be from the north on Union Chapel Road.  Access to the Belfry Theatre will also be from the west on Greenfield Avenue.  Access to Meredith Meadows will be from the east on Greenfield Avenue. To view a location map including detour routes, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/ Engineering.  » Recycle appliances – Chik-Fil-A Noblesville will have a drop off recycling point for small appliances and electronics this week (Earth Week), running through 6 p.m. on Friday. Contact DAO at 3757788 with questions about what can be accepted at the event. » New feature helps business owners – The city of Noblesville launched a new feature on its website last week called the Business and Development Process that allows existing and potential business owners and developers to view a snapshot of what is required for certain processes such as remodeling an existing business, building an addition to an existing building or opening a business downtown, among others. To learn more, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org, click on “Business in Noblesville,” then click on “Business & Development Process.”

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‘Me’ time doesn’t work out how I planned it COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I’m kind of disappointed right now. What I thought was going to be a magical 36-hour sojourn from marriage and motherhood has turned out to be not so magical. Here’s what happened. Doo took the kids to Chicago for an overnight visit since I had to work over Spring Break. I, in my naivety, assumed I would enjoy a glorious 36 hours of no familial responsibility whatsoever. Incidentally, this is the very first time I’ve ever been alone at home. It’s usually me ditching Doo to haul kids to Alabama or Kentucky or South Carolina for my family vacations. Needless to say, my expectations were high. So what went wrong? Well for starters, I had a full day of work yesterday on a not-so-great night’s sleep. By the time I got home, all plans to see a B-grade movie or order Thai carryout were shoved aside by debilitating fatigue. I settled for a frozen Tostino’s pizza and two hours of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive,” and then called it quits at nine. But I still had today, right? At least that’s what I told myself each time the lonely cat, which generally sleeps with a son, yowled for attention throughout another night of lessthan-satisfactory sleep. This morning, I started at my desk early in hopes of getting through my home office

agenda as quickly as possible. The next thing I knew, it was noon and time for the first of two hour-long virtual meetings. Finally, at 2 p.m., I was ready to enjoy “me” time, which, though it called for scrubbing floors and washing clothes, also included that crappy movie (I’d literally

Didn’t he recognize I had worked my tail off for two days straight, not only at my job but on the house? been salivating at the thought of buttered popcorn for days). I called Doo to confirm that the magic was still going to happen (praying notso-silently for a change in plans that included another overnight) and learned, to my utmost horror, that they were already on their way back! Doo gave me two hours tops. Rat farts! There goes the flick. But with my high efficiency level, I knew I still had enough time for chores (because sadly, I actually enjoy cleaning when no one is around). Then Doo said, “And when I get there, I’ll need a break from these kids! You’ll have to take charge tonight. I’m out.” I replied with the same line he gives me whenever our roles are reversed, “But honey, I’ve been at work! You’re the one on vaca-

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tion!” Ha! Ha! He found me less than amusing and hung up. That butthole! Didn’t he recognize I had worked my tail off for two days straight, not only at my job but on the house? Why was he being so mean? Realization dawned as I prepped a bucket of Murphy’s Oil soap: I hadn’t validated his feelings! He’d responded the same way I do when Doo complains that his world is “harder” then mine, becoming immediately defensive. Because being a single parent, even if it’s just for an overnight, drains you to the core. True, Doo hadn’t been at work, but a road trip with four kids and a busted GPS is so not the equivalent of sipping a Bahamas Mama at the beach. When the crew finally arrived home, I gave Doo his well-deserved “there, theres” and announced this had been a good experience for us. He could finally appreciate the way children can beat you down when you don’t have a break from them, and I could now understand how work seriously gets in the way of fun. I’m still disappointed, though. I really wanted to see that movie. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.

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Company turns your old appliances into jobs By Krista Bocko Current in Noblesville Disposal Alternatives Organization (DAO) Recycling has two missions: protecting the planet through recycling items that would otherwise go to the landfill and creating jobs for people who have major barriers to employment. Cal Hultquist and Dana Eveland founded DAO in 2009 with just $4,000 and a truck, and the company works with the Hamilton County Hazardous Waste Center in Noblesville to collect and recycle appliances, machinery and computers among other items. The founders, both certified through the EPA, each have areas of expertise that make DAO work. Hultquist was involved with the Recycling Task Force in Atlanta and is a former government investigator. Eveland is a certified mechanic with experience in logistics transportation. Together, the environmentalists are committed to educating the public on how to recycle appliances and put people back into the workforce. “People enjoy being here,” said Matt Wright, DAO director of operations. “It’s changing people’s lives.” The company currently has 74 full-time employees. Some of these employees are homeless, recovering alcoholics, or ex-felons, but Wright said DAO is committed to helping these people through work. “Every one of us gets out there every day and

DAO currently has 74 full-time employees, some of whom would have difficulty finding work gets our hands dirty—from the CEO to the accountant,” he said. “It’s a sense of empowerment. We give our employees freedom.  They organize it how they want.  It’s a positive, happy and fulfilling work environment.” DAO will pick up and recycle major appliances, riding mowers and heavy metal items for no charge. DAO also offers industrial, commercial, farm and medical recycling in addition to residential recycling, and its free and secure IT equipment recycling is beneficial to businesses facing new restrictions on electronic device disposal. DAO takes many of these items to its Discount Appliance store, 6250 W. 38th Street, which offers refurbished appliances and repair services to those who can’t afford new models. Visit www.daoindy.com or call 375-7788 to learn more about the extensive list of recyclables DAO accepts. XC

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Conner Prairie awarded $10,000 to recreate natural habitat By Krista Bocko Current in Noblesville Public voting and community support has secured Conner Prairie a $10,000 Golden Eagle Environmental Grant to help return much of the park’s 850 acres back to a natural wildlife habitat. Containing Hamilton County’s largest contiguous stretch of undeveloped land, Conner Prairie’s initial phase of the project was completed in 2009 in partnership with the USDA. This phase returned 200 acres of farmland back to a natural habitat of warm-season prairie grasses. The second phase of the project, funded by the grant award, will be to create wetlands. Once complete, guests will be able to view native plants, animals and birds from an observation deck and boardwalk accessing the wetlands and adjacent grass restoration area. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IUPUI’s Center for Earth and Environmental Science and Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) determined the final grant amounts for the top grant recipients. IPL Golden Eagle Environmental Grants provide funds for projects that will preserve,

protect, enhance or restore environmental and biological resources throughout IPL’s operating territory. This year, for the first time, IPL partnered with Emmis Communications to broaden involvement in the environmental grant process by inviting the public to vote for their favorite project on WIBC. Three area nonprofits with the highest number of votes received the Golden Eagle Grant, and IPL awarded six runners-up grants of $1,000 for their projects. “Conner Prairie received the grant due to the community’s support via a social media campaign. It was the first time they implemented this strategy, and it seemed to work for the benefit of all parties involved,” said Alpha Garrett, Conner Prairie’s public relations manager. Camptown, a program that helps kids reconnect with nature through school programs, river clean-ups and other environmental educational programs, was another Golden Eagle Grant recipient, as was the Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation Council for its invasive plant project, an effort to educate the public on harmful nonnative invasive plants and how to remove and replace them with native plants.

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Location: 1807 Conner St. Owner: Donna Parker, since 2003 Style and history: This 1.5-story Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog home was built circa 1927. The bungalow home is similar to the artsand-crafts style of homes, with its large porch piers, small size and dormers. What are your favorite features? “The style is cozy and comforting. I have a love affair with my house and can’t stop. I feel it is my obligation to be a keeper and preserve my home; she’s 84 years old, and yes she is wrinkled and flawed, but always welcoming and warm. Hope I look that good when I reach 84.” What work have you done on your house? “Work projects, constantly! I’m refurbishing the upstairs bathroom, which wasn’t original, so I’m redoing the floor with coin tile, the ceiling with tintype reproduction and a claw-foot bathtub that I bought at an auction for $5. I’ve redone the kitchen with an original dining room chandelier, the downstairs bathroom with original claw-foot tub, and refinished the living and dining room hardwood floors. I had a gas log

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Can you put a price on the best things in life? COMMENTARY By Brenda Alexander They say the best things in life are free. But I’m not so sure most of us really understand what that means. The word “free” brings to mind kittens in a box and lunches with the boss. As for what is best in life, my kids are rather materialistic. When asked, they answer pizza, new video games and Holiday World. Clearly, these are not free. So perhaps like other wisdom, understanding comes with age. The more mature crowd I asked responded with hugs, sunny days and health. These answers may seem free on the surface, but after careful scrutiny, I found I could put a price on each. Take hugs. Hugs come from children, friends, better halves and family. A quick check on the Internet shows that a child born in 2000 costs as much as $20,000 in the first year of life – and let’s face it, they really aren’t capable of monkey hugs until at least 18 months. Think of the next hug you get as interest on that investment. As for the other huggers in your life, think what all those lunches, dinner parties and vacations cost. It adds up! As for sunshine, is it a “best thing” on its own or does your location matter? A park bench may seem free until April 15, when you pay your county taxes. Or do you enjoy your sunshine on the golf course? Greens fees anyone? Even

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in your own backyard, you are either paying a mortgage or paying property taxes. So sunshine is definitely not free. And as for health, whether it’s preventive or post-operative, privately insured or through Obama Care, we all know that anything to do with health has a cost. So why do we still think this saying has wisdom in it? It’s because the word “free” has to do with the notion of freedom – the idea that one can choose for oneself voluntarily and spontaneously. It has nothing to do with cost. Unsolicited hugs are more precious than socially obligated hugs. Voluntary friends are more priceless than business associates. Closeness in families comes from the choice to share our lives with each other, not through shared branches on the family tree. And health is only an asset if someone cares we are alive. Sometimes wisdom hangs on the understanding of a single word: Freedom is not the same as free. Brenda Alexander is a freelance writer and resident of Noblesville. You can contact her at AlexanderInk@ comcast.net.

Noblesville Schools, Riverview to present Wellness Extravaganza different physical fitness activiBy Krista Bocko ties for both kids and adults and Current in Noblesville healthy snacks available. Local With the arrival of spring, wellness and recreation businow is a perfect time to renesses will be participating, and commit to exercise and healthy parents can pick up summer eating habits.  The Noblesville camp information as well. Wellness Extravaganza hopes to Butler basketball players will help with that. be on hand to meet and sign The public is invited to run, autographs and Radio Disney walk, skip or jump to a night of will be broadcasting live. fitness, fun and prizes.   Clarke In the fitness regime, attendees Brian Clarke, the Noblesville can try challenges such as the Scooter TriathaHigh School wellness department chair and lon, Fitness Monopoly, Zumba, Ballet and Tap strength and conditioning coach coordinated Dancing, a Bounce House and more. the event last year, which drew over 1,000 atHealth professionals will offer BMI, body tendees, and he is doing it again this year.   comp and blood pressure testing, and chiNoblesville Schools, in conjunction with ropractors will offer information on spinal Riverview Hospital, Butler University and health. Radio Disney, are partnering to bring the Door Prize drawings will take place at 7:30 extravaganza, which will take place at the Noblesville High School this Thursday, from 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Prizes include a Wii Fit, gift certificates, free personal training, free to 8 p.m., to the community. bowling and mini golf, swim lessons, massages “Our mission is simple,” Clarke said. “We want to expose families and community stake- and more.  Noblesville High School is at 18111 Cumholders to many different activities, healthy berland Road.  Enter through Gates 1, 2, or foods, local health groups and screens, and 18.  Contact Brian Clarke at brian_clarke@ overall lifestyle opportunities in our schools nobl.k12.in.us with questions about the event. and community.” The two-hour event will have an array of

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Learn more about Noblesville’s two mayoral candidates before the May 3 primary Who is John Ditslear? Wife’s name: Teri Children: Jack (43), Nancy (40), Sarah (33), Kyle (25), and Clay (16) Noblesville resident for 45 years Community involvement: Bethel Lutheran Church; the American Legion, Noblesville post; the Noblesville Elks Club; and the Noblesville 50 Club

Compiled by Kevin Kane Current in Noblesville Noblesville residents will begin selecting the city’s next leaders with the May 3 primary election. Mayor John Ditslear is seeking a third term in office while Steve Brown is running for a public office for the first time. In order to help better familiarize voters with these candidates, Current in Noblesville presented both with a brief questionnaire. Ditslear and Brown were allotted 600 words to answer the same list of questions, allocating their available words to each response as they deemed appropriate. Shown here are their answers, edited only in a few instances for clarity or style consistency.

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I graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in finance and served two years in the United States Navy. I love Noblesville. It is the best place in the country to live! I have been honored to serve as mayor since 2004. I have devoted much of my life in service to the city such as serving as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville; the Noblesville School Board; the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce; the Riverview Hospital Foundation; and many others. I am married with two children, two step-children and two foster children (one to be adopted) and we are guardians for two children. I was born and raised in Noblesville.  I spent more than nine years active duty Air Force and I am a Desert Storm veteran. Currently, I am a shipping and receiving manager for Noblesville Golf. I’m running for Mayor because there are areas of town and people within those areas who seem to have been forgotten or ignored. As these same people pay taxes, the areas they live in do not look like there has been any sort of work or upgrading done in many years.   My experiences in dealing with the public I think will help me lead Noblesville in the

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coming years. I plan to have an open-door policy and will not leave anyone by the wayside. To me, everyone is as important as the other. Everyone who needs to talk with me will get that chance.  There may be known issues, but since I don’t know everything, being able to talk to people will help with any of the unknowns. Also, I think that some spending within Noblesville has been a little too frivolous and could have, and should have been spent better.  There are too many areas that need help to be spending money on things that are not needed.  As Noblesville continues to grow with new business and jobs, I would like to maintain the small-town charm for which Noblesville is known. I am a strong believer in keeping the necessities and either doing away with or cutting back in things less necessary or not necessary. In other words, police and fire departments are a necessity for our community and I would like to be able to maintain full staffing within these departments.  With every second counting in an emergency situation, only at full strength can a department keep those seconds to a minimum. I really don’t think there is anyone who wants to wait for an emergency service person.  And no one should.

What do you believe will be some of the most challenging issues Noblesville will face in the next four years?

One of our biggest challenges will be continuing to provide excellent programs and services to residents despite serious reductions in revenue. In the last few years, we’ve lost more than $3 million in revenue and will lose at least $5 million more over the next few years. Despite this, our population has increased 82 percent since the last census. Roads must still be maintained, trash must be picked up, and so on. We have worked hard to cut expenses to provide these services (e.g., this winter in an effort to reduce overtime at the street department, city employees in other departments who possessed the proper certification took shifts driving snow plows). Another challenge is to continue to bring jobs to Noblesville and continue to grow the Corporate Campus. There is no doubt that the economy has slowed business growth over the last few years. However, despite the economic conditions, Noblesville has added new businesses and new jobs.

I think one of the most challenging issues is the economy. With the economy on its little roller coaster ride, it can wreak havoc on our community. I think as long as we can keep bringing in businesses and jobs with those businesses, our community can maintain and prosper. But, we may have to endure some hardships, too (though hopefully not).  

If elected mayor, how would you address these challenges?

We will continue to implement ways to reduce expenses without affecting services and will look at ways to share and reduce expenses with partners such as Noblesville Schools, the county, and others. We work hard to position Noblesville as an outstanding place to do business and will continue to develop programs and initiatives to achieve that goal. For example, our recent Market Noblesville initiative seeks to consistently brand the city and promote all aspects of Noblesville life – community, culture, and commerce. Everyone working together can keep our community strong. In trying to maintain a good local economy, I want to stress to everyone that I will still make time for individuals or groups that need to talk to me.   

Many candidates today cite job creation and increased government efficiency as top priorities. How do you plan to help make these goals a reality as mayor?

We’ve worked very hard to strategically position Noblesville to attract new businesses and jobs. In pursuit of that goal, we have launched initiatives such as expanding and improving roadways, utilities, and other infrastructure and aggressively marketing Noblesville to regional and national businesses. It’s important to continue initiatives like these to ensure we promote our city as the prime location for businesses and citizens. Regarding government efficiency, I’m proud that we have endured the financial challenges of the last few years without resorting to a tax increase. To save money, we have scaled back, cut some programs, and renegotiated various city contracts. Also, we created the position of city grant coordinator to help identify and pursue funds for items ranging from public safety training equipment to programming. Thus far, this has raised $2.6 million of funding which

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Who is Steve Brown? Wife’s name: Tina Children: Four boys, ages 27, 25, 20, and 18; two foster children, ages 13, 2 and a two-year-old to be adopted; guardian of two mentally handicapped individuals, ages 29 and 26 Lifelong Noblesville resident Community involvement: Currently not an active member in local organizations

has enabled us to continue providing a variety of services without asking taxpayers for money. These types of efforts need to continue and I am committed to providing the best quality of service to our citizens for the least cost. As I have said in the past, Mayor Ditslear has done well with bringing in business to our community. I would like to follow in the steps already made to be able to create new jobs.  Increased government efficiency can be created by the individuals within their jobs. I would like to hear ideas from people working within the city government that may have ideas about their own workplace. I think some of these ideas may be able to help in creating efficiency within the government.

What are your goals and vision for the city of Noblesville for the next four years?

I want to continue to make Noblesville the best place it can be. We have received many national recognitions in recent years identifying Noblesville as a great place to raise a family. Also, we conducted a community survey last year in which 91 percent of respondents rated Noblesville as a good or excellent place to live. This has all been accomplished by creating a community that is inviting and supportive of the businesses that help its citizens to earn a living while also maintaining the closeknit, family friendly feel which has led so many to call Noblesville home. My goals are as stated before.  I would like to be able to fix or repair areas in need, continue bringing in business and jobs, maintain police and fire department and cut any unnecessary expenditures.  Noblesville is a great city with great people! With everyone getting involved, we can make it even better.

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DISPATCHES » Promise Road groundbreaking – Noblesville Schools, with the help of some of its students, officially broke ground last week on the construction of Promise Road Elementary. The school is being constructed on the west side of Promise Road north of 146th Street on the southeast side of the Noblesville Schools district. The school, which will open in August 2012, will house children in early childhood through grade 5.  » School board meeting – The Noblesville school board will meet tonight, 7 p.m. at the central office annex, 1775 Field Drive. For more information, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org. » Library receives art donation – The Hamilton East Public Library recently acquired a significant collection of artwork by Noblesville native George Brehm. The art was donated by Brehm’s daughter, June Brehm Tabor, who offered the art pieces to HEPL in hopes of honoring her father’s memory and preserving the collection. The recent donation joins several original paintings and sketches by both George and Worth Brehm donated to the library in 1926 and 1933. The library is currently seeking donations of both

money and talent to help clean, restore and display the Brehm pieces. If interested in assisting, contact David Heighway at 770-3222.    » No grants for county schools – Hamilton County Schools were recently passed over for the Indiana Department of Education’s Classroom Innovation Grants, which provide up to $200,000 to be used for classroom technology projects. » Bed race registration – Registration forms are now available for the inaugural Bed Race, to be he held May 21. The forms are available online at www.cityofnoblesville.org, and all proceeds from the event will benefit summer camp scholarships. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville at 773-4372 or Noblesville Parks and Recreation, 776-6350. » Wellness Extravaganza – Noblesville Schools’ second annual Wellness Extravaganza will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday at the Noblesville High School main campus. During the two-hour event, families will learn about many different physical activities for adults and children, sample healthy snacks, speak with local community wellness/recreation providers, receive summer camp information, win door prizes, and more.

College visits are made to sell TEEN LIFE By Jenna Larson College visits are supposed to be exciting, right? Isn’t college supposed to be some enticing, liberating experience that all high school students look forward to? Well, in the past week, I’ve gone on three separate college visits, none of which were less than an hour and a half away. Talk about an eyeopening experience. On Monday, I tackled Hanover College. I had seen the campus once before and declared it my favorite back in fall. It’s gorgeous, full of trees and wildlife. Plus, it’s small, a quality I really love. So, I started out the afternoon with a walking tour in some rather unfortunate stormy weather. Our tour guide did the best he could, given the circumstances, and had the decency to equip us with umbrellas (emblazoned with a Hanover logo, of course) and avoid long stretches of walking outdoors if at all possible. Then, I had a private meeting with an admissions counselor. She was charismatic and seemed genuinely interested in answering all my questions, tailoring her replies to make me happy. But I know this behavior was partially blind love for the school and partially the desire to sell a very expensive education to me. Yes, as pure as the intentions of my tour guide and admissions counselor may be, they are still salespeople. The same goes for the man in charge of

admissions at DePauw University, my second stop of the week. He was full of energy, maybe a little obnoxiously so, and tried hard to make all aspects of the school appeal to every student visiting. All smiles. By Thursday, I was on my way to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. It is yet another beautiful campus, although it’s considerably larger than Hanover or DePauw. At the first two schools, all the students were extremely friendly with one another and ran into acquaintances at every turn. At Miami, everyone still seemed kind and accepting, but most of them seemed like strangers when passing by one another. I’m not sure I like that. So, after hours of travel, I still have no set decision on where I want to spend the four years after high school. The, ahem, salespeople, don’t really help. Sure, they make their cases for each location very convincing, but they fail to mention the flaws, which are extremely important to note. These I could only gain from observing the students themselves. Lesson? Talk to people who actually attend the college and aren’t being paid to give their opinions. They won’t sugarcoat things like employees at admissions offices will. Jenna Larson is a junior at Noblesville High School and is opinions editor for The Mill Stream. View Jenna's blog at jenna-larson. tumblr.com.

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DISPATCHES » Clear out your fridge – Go to sites like SuperCook, Recipe Matcher, Recipe Key and Yummly to find how to best use food items you already have. These sites allow you to enter in the ingredients you have on hand and then provide a list of recipes matching what you have. SuperCook sets itself apart by allowing users to enter and save ingredients that are staples in their kitchens, saving time in the process. -www.digitallife.today.com » April gardening to-do list – 1. Plant rosebushes. They often do best if planted before growth starts and buds swell. And if you want to increase their fragrance, surround them with parsley. 2. If you receive mailorder nursery plants before your soil is dry enough for planting, make a trench and heel them into the ground in a protected area. 3. Don’t set tomato plants out in the garden too soon. They hate cold soil and cold nights (under 55 degrees). -www.almanac.com » Hide your hangover – Stout beers produce more noticeable signs of a hangover. The reason is unknown, but darker beers

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The beach, Disney and more TRAVEL By Tracy Line For the first time in years, our family sprung for spring break. We had to be in Florida for a wedding, so we decided to go all out and also take a cruise to the Bahamas and spend time in Orlando. All in all, at press time, the Line family is a tired but happy bunch. Our trip began with a weekend in Treasure Island, an older but still beloved family-oriented beach. The area (from Clearwater to Madeira to St. Petersburg) is full of sixties-era type lodging at all price-levels. The beaches are wide, the atmosphere is peaceful, and there are plenty of restaurants, shops and diversions for everyone. Our nephew was married at nearby Honeymoon Island State Park, a great option for those desiring an affordable beach wedding. Next we boarded the Disney Dream for our cruise. From the cabin to the crew to the entertainment, I was impressed with the Disney extras. We enjoyed the Aquaduck waterslide, Broadway-style shows, and of course the food. The family pools were packed, but my husband

and I snuck away to the Quiet Cove pool for our own R & R. Our gang especially enjoyed the Pirate Party, complete with a show, dance party and fireworks at sea. After the cruise we hit Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Nothing beats using the fast pass at Disney (and I still love Space Mountain!). In 2012, with the expansion of Fantasyland complete, visitors will enjoy many new rides (think Ariel, the Beast, and more). And the rides at Universal are just plain fun. Topping my list? Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey; here technology meets roller coaster for a thrilling ride. So now we’re home, tired and broke. Even so, the smiles, laughter and memories of our adventure will remain in my heart and head forever.

All in all, at press time, the Line family is a tired but happy bunch.

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Ingredients • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar • 2 teaspoons garlic powder • 2 teaspoons chili powder • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 cup ketchup • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar • 1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 8 (6-ounce) skinless, bone-in chicken thighs • Cooking spray Directions 1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Combine ketchup and next 3 ingredients (through mustard) in a small bowl; stir with

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a whisk. 2. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub spice mixture evenly over chicken thighs. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with half of ketchup mixture; cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with remaining ketchup mixture; cook 2 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. 3. Grilled summer squash: Cut 2 zucchini and 1 yellow squash lengthwise into 1/4-inchthick slices. Brush with 2 teaspoons olive oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until tender. -Cooking Light

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April 29 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Sylvia McNair and The Four Freshman April 29 through May 1. 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis www.indianapolissymphony.org She’s one of great operatic sopranos of the last quarter century, but Grammy winner Sylvia McNair can also bring the audiences at Feinstein’s and The Regency to their feet with her sultry interpretations of the American songbook.  Formed at Butler University 61 years ago, The Four Freshmen are still the kings of vocal jazz after all these years.  They join McNair for an evening with the ISO.

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Phoenix Theatre: This Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Avenue, Indianapolis Productions are Thursdays through Sundays, now through April 24. Tickets range from $15 to $25 www.phoenixtheatre.org Jane is not okay. She’s a promising poet without a muse, a single mother without lessons to pass along and a great catch without romantic possibilities. This bright, witty, un-romantic comedy captures the uncertain steps of a circle of friends backing their way into middle age. “This” is a very funny drama about how we experience and cope with love, hurt and loss.

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Actors Theatre of Indiana: Chicago The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 29 – May 22 Tickets available by phone at 317-8433800 or online at actorstheatreofindiana.org/. A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show stopping song after another; and immortal staging by Bob Fosse,  no wonder the show has wowed audiences all around the world. Join Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and the rest of the “Merry Murderesses” as they vie for the spotlight and the headlines during that era known as the roaring twenties.

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Nicole Kidman stars in ‘Rabbit Hole.’

DVDs By Chris Lloyd “Rabbit Hole” is the sort of movie that’s made for video. What the studios call a “prestige” picture, it didn’t get much of a theatrical release and barely cracked the $2 million threshold at the box office. But it’s the sort of film that grownups will settle in to watch in the comfort of their homes, where they can appreciate its subtle charms. Nicole Kidman deservedly received an Oscar nomination for her role as Becca, a brittle woman struggling to deal with the death of her young child. Aaron Eckhart as her husband Howie and Diane Wiest as Becca’s mother, though, failed to receive the recognition from the Academy Awards they should have. Based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire (who also wrote the screenplay), “Rabbit Hole” is

about how people internalize a tragedy, dealing in the best way they can without realizing that swallowing all that pain inevitably erodes the soul. Becca’s anger resides on the surface, as she lashes out as others as a way to rein in her guilt. Howie seems more put-together and stable, but there’s a cauldron of bile underneath ready to ooze out the cracks in his facade. Director John Cameron Mitchell brings a steady hand, letting his cast plumb deeply without a single moment where they play to the cameras. Movie: B-plus

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Chick and egg cupcakes Ingredients • 1 vanilla cupcake, recipe follows • About 1/3 cup White Fluff Frosting, recipe follows • Green coconut grass, recipe follows • 6 small candied malt balls (2 yellow, 2 pink, 2 white) • 1 yellow chick peep • White Airhead candy Directions 1. Frost a cupcake with fluff frosting. Press a circle of coconut grass on top. Nestle the malted eggs on top of the grass. Gently press the peep onto the center of the grass. Cut the white Airhead into a 1/2 oval shape; trim one side so it has a cracked egg jagged edge. Place egg next to chick.

Vanilla cupcakes Ingredients • 2 2/3 cups sugar • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces • 2 large eggs • 2 large egg yolks • 2/3 cup milk • 2/3 cup water • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 1/3 cups cake flour • 4 teaspoons baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners. (To avoid cupcakes sticking if they overflow slightly, lightly spray the tops of the pans.) Put tins on a baking sheet. Set aside. 2. Process sugar and butter in a food processor until very creamy, scraping sides as needed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add the milk, water, and vanilla and process to blend. 3. Whisk both flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients, in 3 batches to the wet, pulsing, and then scraping batter off the sides of the processor as needed after each addition. Process until the batter is very smooth and pourable like pancake batter, about 2 minutes. 4. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Bake until the cakes are just firm and spring back when gently pressed, and the tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly in tin, and turn out of tin when cool enough to handle. Cool cupcakes completely on a rack before frosting.

Fluff frosting: Ingredients • 1/4 cup whole milk • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff • Pinch fine salt Directions

1. Whisk the milk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Slowly beat the butter and sugar, in another medium bowl, with an electric mixer until incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula.) Add the fluff and salt and reduce the speed to low. Add the milk and vanilla mixture, scrape the bowl down, and mix until fully incorporated. Raise the mixer to high and beat briefly until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Frost cupcake immediately.

Coconut Easter grass for cupcakes: Ingredients • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid green food coloring • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid yellow food coloring Directions 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a mesh rack on top, if available. 2. Put coconut in a shallow bowl. While tossing with a large spoon, add food coloring drop by drop until the desired color is reached. A little more green than yellow makes a pretty grass color. Add a few tablespoons water to moisten the mixture and help disperse the color evenly. If the color is too dark, add additional water, as needed, to dilute to the desired color. Drain the coconut in a sieve or strainer. 3. Spread the coconut in an even layer on the rack, or directly on the lined baking sheet. Place in the oven until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use immediately, or store in covered container for up to 3 days.

Local Easter events Easter buffet The Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel will present its annual Easter Day Buffet designed for the entire family on from 12:15 to 2:45 pm. The buffet will offer some favorite holiday dishes including, carved prime rib, baked honey ham, a sautéed chicken with a champagne cream sauce and seafood pasta. The Easter Buffet always sells out, so make your reservation today. Cost is $27.50 for adults and $18.50 for children. Service Charge and Sales Tax are included.  Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling The Mansion at 843-9850. Egg hunt Wild Feather Farm claims it will hold the biggest Easter egg hunt around this Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. at the farm, 2109 State Road 38 East, Westfield. All ages are welcome. Admission is $5 per child. Kids can come see the farm’s horses, goats and chickens, too.

Toasted spiced ham drizzled in honey Ingredients • 1 boneless country ham • 2 cups honey, for glazing ham • 2 tablespoons Toasted Spice Rub, recipe follows • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped fine • 6 celery stalks Directions 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Place ham on an open brown paper bag for easy clean up. With the tip of a paring knife carefully score a 1-inch grid pattern around the outside of the ham. Brush the entire surface of the meat on all sides with some of the honey. 3. Season the entire surface of the meat on all sides with the toasted spice rub and thyme. Add about a half cup of water to the base of the roaster. Place ham on several celery sticks in the roasting pan. 4. Cook for 1 hour. Every 15 minutes, baste ham with juices that collect in the base of the roaster and the honey. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving as desired.

Toasted Spice Rub: Ingredients • 1/4 cup fennel seeds

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1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon peppercorns 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1/4 cup (1-ounce) pure California sweet chili powder* • 2 tablespoons kosher salt • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Directions 1. Toast the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and peppercorns in a small, heavy pan over medium heat. (Toasting freshens spices, releases their oils, and makes them more fragrant, as well as adding a new dimension of flavor.) When the fennel turns light brown, work quickly. Turn on the exhaust fan; add the red pepper flakes, and toss, toss, toss, always under the fan. Immediately turn the spice mixture out onto a plate to cool. Put in a blender with the sweet chili powder, salt, and cinnamon and blend until the spices are evenly ground. 2. If you have a small spice mill blender or a coffee grinder dedicated to grinding spices, grind only the fennel, coriander, pepper, and chili flakes. Pour into a bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients. Keep the spice mix in a glass jar in a cool, dry place, or freeze. 3. *Chef’s Tip: Taste your chili powder and, if spicy and hot, cut back the amount. California chiles are almost sweet, not hot.

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DISPATCHES » Fashion show – Passion for Fashion Show & Benefit will take place tonight at Chateau Bijou, located in the Historic Model Mill Building, at 8th and Mulberry Street, downtown Noblesville.  A light reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds will benefit Hello Gorgeous. » Famous shades – Designer Garrett Leight, a huge fan of Hunter S. Thompson, looked to a particular part of the writer’s career for these ‘60sinspired shades, which were modeled after a pair seen in one of Thompson’s stylized self-portraits. ($425) by Garrett Leight; openingceremony.us. -www.esquire.com » Update your jewelry – If you need a quick, personalized update for your accessories, look to JewelMint, an online personal shopping experience created by actress Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter.  JewelMint offers a style quiz when you sign up and uses the answers to suggest specific pieces that match your style and taste.  The unique, modern designs are available to members for around $30 a piece. Visit www. jewelmint.com to learn more.

COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley “Designer secrets” are the simply the principles most decorators and designers pull from. Most have been learned from experience, observation, or having made a mistake! Remember, these are secrets that designers hold near and dear. And remember, you didn’t hear them from me! Homeowners tend to go for quantity, not quality, when it comes to decorating, to just get it done. Instead, if budget concerns are primary, purchase just one or two great pieces every year. In five years, a home is complete with quality pieces rather than rooms full of stuff that is not liked or wanted. Accessorize in “threes” and consider how the pieces play off each other. Use one fabulous (and probably expensive) fabric in every room – this elevates the common fabric (less expensive) and makes the entire room far more important. Go ahead and use wool rugs in areas subject to occasional moisture. Wool has a natural water repellant in lanolin. Start small when tackling a large design job. The victory of a small job done well will cata-

pult the rest of the project. If art over a mantle is too small in scale, tape off the area that would be the appropriate size and paint it a contrasting color. When the art is replaced, the color block will become a part of the art, thus creating a larger focal point.

love, and you can always find a paint color to coordinate. Look at your sample paint color in the day, in the night, on a cloudy day and a sunny day. You want to see how it reacts to light. A wall that looks like a soft green in the morning can look sage in the afternoon light and gray at night. Try placing furniture at an angle to break the box-like nature of a room. This includes chairs, beds, sofas and diningroom tables. Add a small glass-top “tuck” table to your furnishings. This is a petite table that can be moved as needed to accommodate changing needs for lighting and serving. Window treatments don’t have to rob a room of the view. The treatment can begin just inches away from the molding. This makes the window look far bigger without diminishing the natural light. Try big art in a small powder room for drama.

Look at your sample paint color in the day, in the night, on a cloudy day and a sunny day. You want to see how it reacts to light. A wall that looks like a soft green in the morning can look sage in the afternoon light and gray at night. Treat the foyer as a special room. It is the area that introduces guests to the personality of the entire home. Paint the guest closet a color for a truly custom look. If quality light fixtures throughout the home are not in the budget, splurge on the foyer and dining room fixtures. This will elevate the less expensive fixtures in the rest of the home. Always select fabrics before paint colors. There is a limited number of fabrics you will

Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol.com.

» Skirt for every figure – For a versatile skirt that suites every figure and comes in a variety of colors look to TopShop’s paperbag waist skirt. The aline silhouette is a flattering shape and gives definition to the waist.  The lightweight fabric in bright colors and neutrals will easily take it from work to after-hours and will be a great transitional spring to summer, summer to fall option for your wardrobe. To buy:  www.topshop.com.

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Men find comfort in jeans because they are so versatile. They can be worn several times before needing to be washed, jeans can be dressed up with a nice polo or a blazer or dressed down with tennis shoes. Next time you are looking for something to wear, whether it be for a night out on the town, or a day trip to the hardware store, reach out and find comfort somewhere else. This season’s jeans substitute is the classic chino. Chinos come in many different colors and can be worn with pretty much anything in your closet. Best of all, they fit and feel like your favorite pair of jeans.

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Sophisticated 70’s In recent years we’ve worn the best of the 20’s and 30’s, seen the rebirth and fading of an 80’s comeback, and we’re just about to do it all again. But this time, its the 1970’s that are due for a reinterpretation. Some key 70’s styles are back and better than ever! These tried but true styles are a great way to update your wardrobe for spring. Accessorize with a floppy felt hat, vintage exotic jewels or a pair of super-high platforms to create this look. You can also opt for high-waisted, wide legged pants or a blouse with billowy sleeves or a ruffled neck to channel this era.

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DISPATCHES » St.V one of best – St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast, and the St.Vincent Mobile Screening Van have each been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. Only 11 other Breast Centers of Excellence locations throughout the country earned this recognition » Fix your breath – Bad breath? Stir a packet of salt into a cup of warm water and swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds. “Odor-causing bacteria feed on an acidic environment,” Eric Shapira, D.D.S., told Men’s Health. “The salt solution helps neutralize the acidity by raising the pH level.” -www.menshealth.com » Women’s retreat – Join the Riverview Hospital Foundation in Montego Bay, Jamaica to relax, share, laugh and lift one another’s spirits during its eighth annual Women’s Retreat, Sept. 28 though Oct. 2. For more information, visit www.riverviewhospitalfoundation.org.

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Listen to your instructor FITNESS By April Conard Being a fitness instructor brings me great joy, but it also brings me great frustration. There is way more to the job than jumping around in the front of the room and hoping people follow your lead. My responsibility is to lead an effective and purposeful class using a sequence of movements in a safe and fun group setting. An instructor should enter the class realizing that this is not their workout, but their members’. I can work up quite a sweat, but that is just a bonus. Also, if they see someone struggling, they need to change the movement to fit the class, not cross their fingers and hope people catch on. I know I speak for all instructors when I say it is very important to listen to us. We are certified in what we do and know what we are talking about. We don’t want to call you out in class, so when we make a general statement such as, “keep your knees bent,” please check yourself and make sure it is not you who we are referring to. Also, if you have limitations such as chronic knee pain, please don’t try to do more than you are able. I see it every class: someone who pushes themselves beyond their physical limitations. Listen to your body; it will say when. Showing a modified version is something every good in-

structor should do; there should be a variety of levels within a single move. Please don’t be a “chatty Cathy” once the workout begins. I know it is fun to see everyone and this may be your only social time of the day, but keep the visiting before and after class. Talking is very disruptive and interferes with the instructor’s cueing. Cueing is a significant part of teaching, because it gives the participant information regarding what is the next move, how to perform the move and when to change a move, and it helps prevent injury. A high-quality instructor will listen to suggestions and complaints. Everyone has room for improvement. If a class suddenly gets boring for you, don’t just stop coming; let them know. Mixing it up and keeping things fresh is a very important component of an instructor’s job. The reason most attend a class setting is because it is fun and motivating. So listen to your instructors, check your form, and don’t forget to yell a couple “whoops” in class. We love that!

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Walk away from foot pain COMMENTARY By Dr. Angela LaSalle “Doc, my toe hurts.” “Hmm” I thought. Seemingly simple complaint, however the list of possible causes was vast. But the piece that solved the puzzle was the patient’s shoes. Looking at the bottom of the soles, the outside of the heel was worn down along with the inside edge up by the toes. Diagnosis: overpronation, or striking the ground with the outside edge of the heel and rolling through the foot onto the big toe. Though it is a common problem in runners, we can over pronate even with walking, leading to an alteration in the balance of strength in the muscles and wear and tear on the great toe and knee. Supination (the opposite of pronation) also can cause pain syndromes. If severe enough, even the quadriceps of the thigh can be strained, or the gluteal and lower back muscles can be affected. In fact, any muscle group that is weak or tight causes other muscles to compensate and can lead to the development of trigger points or abnormal wear and tear on a joint. The end result: pain.

A decrease in ankle flexion and weakness of the anterior tibialis muscle that runs down the front of the shin may be contributing factors. Targeted exercises to strengthen this muscle and stretches for the back of the calf may help. Shoe choice can play a critical role, and there are running and walking shoes designed to help stabilize the foot and ankle. Stretching, paying attention to posture and using good form all help to prevent compensation strains. Wearing appropriate shoes for the activity and using good form in running, exercise and sports activities help. Don’t underestimate that a supportive tie-up shoe that supports the arch and mid foot with a wide toe box can go a long way to keep our stride comfortable. If you’re having foot pain, checking your stride with your doctor can get you back on the walking trail.

Stretching, paying attention to posture and using good form all help to prevent compensation strains.

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DISPATCHES » Trade in your gift card – TowerGroup estimates that consumers left $2.5 billion worth of gift card value on the table in 2010, but a number of sites allow owners of unwanted gift cards to sell them for cash. Shop around, though. Some sites may offer the most money for a Walmart card, for example, but will offer less than its competitors for other stores. - Consumer Reports » Economic breakfast – The Hamilton County Alliance will present “An Economic Forecast Breakfast” featuring guest speaker James Paulsen, chief investment strategist with Wells Capital Management, April 26, 7:30 a.m. at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Cost is $18 for online preregistration, $25 at the door, and corporate tables of eight are $200. Visit www.westfield-chamber.org or e-mail csiotto@hcalliance.com for more information. » Stock tip: PotashCorp – PotashCorp (POT) is cashing in on demand for agricultural harvests. Yes, fertilizer is big business in this global landscape where rapidly emerging markets have the means to eat a little bet-

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ter than they used to. Potash earned $2.04 a share last year. Analysts see net income of $3.73 next year. An 83 percent bottom-line spurt in two years is pretty impressive for a stock trading at a forward multiple in the teens. -www.fool.com » Financial forum – The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce economic development committee will present a Financial Resources Forum for Business on May 4, 7:30 to 10 a.m.  The event will take place in the Krieg DeVault Conference Room at Riverview Hospital.  There is no charge for this event; however, registration is required by contacting the Noblesville Chamber office at info@ noblesvillechamber.com. » Résumé redo – Lots of older job seekers are hamstrung by outmoded rules requiring résumés to fit on one page and crunch down their recent – and most relevant – experience until it says nothing. The fix: Expanding your résumé to two or three pages is perfectly acceptable for someone in his 40s or 50s. Devote half a page to your most recent job and bullet out action-oriented highlights, making sure to include quantifiable achievements. -www.finance.yahoo.com

Today and tomorrow COMMENTARY By David Cain Last week I wrote about distractions and their cost both personally and professionally. I retold a story of my two young daughters and mentioned they both have iPhones. Not surprising at all, until I mention their ages are just over three and almost five years old. Over the last week I’ve received several notes from readers of that article. Most seem to be surprised that I’d let such small children have smartphones. First, I agree kids need fresh air and sunshine and they get that. As far as cell phones go, the phone part isn’t turned on so they can’t make calls or text. They can only use them for games and music. And what’s not fundamentally right about that? Aren’t games and music good for the soul? Isn’t music something every child gets – whether it be from a record player, a mother humming, a car stereo, a church choir, or a smartphone? The same is true for games – a board game, a puzzle, a crossword, or a game on a smartphone? Let’s be clear too, when I say game, I mean something like “First Words” where you fill in the spelling of a word or “Highlights” the good old fashioned game of find and seek only modernized for today’s world. I offer too the idea that I want my kids to understand technology early. Testing in schools is skewing toward technology. Even in Kindergarten, electronic testing of words and numbers is

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more and more common – kids being evaluated by looking and reacting to a computer instead of more traditional question and answer from teachers who record their responses on paper. I love my little girls and want them to have the best and be prepared for the rest. The world has made a fundamental shift and the same important things from the past are originating in different places today. I’m sure that in the era when the phone was invented or, better yet, the television, these discussions raged on. If the telephone had been invented four years ago, I wouldn’t hide it from my kids, I’d want them to understand it. I’d want them to know it better than me. I practice with my daughters writing letters, we also practice typing letters on a computer. I saw a commercial yesterday about what technology is to come. It made me feel both old and young. I felt old because it seemed like too much work to have to learn new things. I felt young because I was excited. To those that sent me a note – thank you. I’d only say, maybe we are both right. You can’t let technology in any form – be it a television or a smartphone – run your life. But, you can’t ignore it either. It’s okay to have some of both. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at David.Cain@MediaSauce. com.

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Address: 348 Wellington Parkway (Wellington North) Age: Built in 1990 Style: Ranch Rooms: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, great room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room Strengths: Custom-built ranch with lavish decor and landscaping. Unique features include Brazilian hardwoods, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and fireplace in great room. Columned opening connects family room and kitchen. Kitchen has wrap-around marble tile bar. Extra custom storage units in garage. Large lot. Negatives: Having just one public living space may limit appeal to large families. Listed by Nancy Ann Stolte of RE/MAX Ability Plus Office: 317-915-0900 

Kurt Meyer is a Noblesville resident, freelance writer and realtor for F.C. Tucker. Contact him at 317.776.0200 or kurtmeyer@talktotucker.com.

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A floral and event design boutique serving Hamilton County and Indianapolis just opened its first storefront in historic downtown Noblesville. Before moving to its retail location at 835 Conner Street, the independently owned company had been operating through its website, www.myfairflora.com, and owner Suzy Leighty’s personal studio before eventually needing more room. My Fair Flora offers flower arrangements for any event or occasion, from weddings to “just because.” “Pretty much everything we do is custom,” Leighty said. “People tell us what they like and who they’re getting it for, and we try to create something specifically for that person.” In addition to simply providing the flowers for life’s events, My Fair Flora can also assist with design as a free courtesy to its customers. “I’ve done a lot of weddings, so brides are always asking me ‘What would look good with this?’” Leighty said. “I’ll help brides as little or as much as they want me to.” Leighty said there are big benefits to being independent from wire services, such as lower prices and the ability to create her own specials. To introduce Hamilton County residents to its quality bouquets, My Fair Flora is offering free delivery to any Noblesville address and $6.95 deliveries to the rest of the county. 835 Conner Street, Noblesville www.myfairflora.com | 219-5507

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Basement remodel: Blending a play area with a ‘man cave’ COMMENTARY By Larry Greene ORIGINAL BASEMENT: This home, located in the Preserve at Eagle Creek, was built in 2006 as a builder’s spec home and left with a completely unfinished basement. The Preserve at Eagle Creek is a beautiful, upscale residential community located in the far northwest corner of Marion County, just a few miles south of Zionsville. MOTIVATION FOR REMODELING: The homeowner moved to Indiana because of a job relocation and realized their new spec home was built with builder-grade materials. According to the homeowner, “The homes tend to look a lot alike after awhile. You feel like you’re looking for something to differentiate your home.” As soon as the family finally found a 4,500-squarefoot home they liked, they found out they were expecting twins! They realized it was time to finish their current unfinished basement, as they would definitely need the extra space. DESIGN PHASE: The husband commented, “The designer did a wonderful job blending the style of the basement in with their existing home. I like the large open area the most. I can watch TV and play some pool while relaxing

Before next to the built-in wet bar. The kids have their separate play area, and I have my man cave!” The homeowner relied heavily on using 3D modeling to help them visualize the various design schemes that were presented. FINAL RESULTS: The homeowner said, “We just couldn’t have been more pleased with our design choices and how our house has been transformed into a wonderful home for our recently expanded family.” Highlights include wide-plank prefinished hand-scraped engineered hardwood flooring throughout the basement and a custom designed wet bar. The bar features a glass tile backsplash, shaker style maple cabinets and brushed nickel cabinet pulls. The

After billiard/gaming area features built-in base cabinets with a granite countertop and adjustable shelving to display items. Finally, an in-ceiling projector system was installed along with a large screen for TV and movie viewing.

Larry Greene is the president of Case Design/Remodeling, a fullservice design/build firm serving Hamilton County. Contact him at lgreene@indy.rr.com.

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Creating the perfect lullaby land COMMENTARY By Sue Pelley If you are expecting the stork to pay a visit to your family in the near future, chances are you are thinking of the perfect nursery for your new baby. Perhaps you are looking for something unique – something that isn’t found in every baby store. When you use your imagination, the creative possibilities are endless. From custom quilts to hand-painted wall murals, you can dream up some fun and exciting possibilities for your little one’s room that can last well beyond infancy. First, you’ll want to come up with a theme. If you know it’s a boy and your family loves boating, that’s a great theme. For a girl whose family loves animals, try a puppy, kitten or jungle motif. What do you do if you are waiting to be surprised by your bundle of joy’s gender? How about a circus theme: a big-top tent on the ceiling with circus characters on the walls. You will be amazed at the designer fabrics available for customizing your baby’s room. It is important to know there are hundreds of fabrics interior decorators offer that you won’t see in retail stores. If you are hoping to achieve unique walls, but don’t wish to contract an artist for an elaborate wall mural, you may find just what you’re looking for among the de-

signer wall coverings. From hot air balloons to teddy bears, crayons and cats and dogs, the options are endless. And the new wall adhesives are great ideas, too. These wonderful pieces of children’s art stick to the wall without damaging the paint or wallcovering surface, so they peel up neatly years later. When selecting colors for the nursery, it’s so easy to be tempted by those dreamy, gentle pastels. Remember, however, that babies love black and white, as well as bright primary colors. Of course, you will be spending many hours around the clock in that nursery, so be certain you, as well as the baby, enjoy the outcome of the room. No matter what themes or colors you choose in the nursery, you will spend some precious moments in there with your little one. These are memories you’ll treasure for the rest of your life, so, above all, put a lot of love into decorating it, and you will have created the perfect lullaby land for your baby. Noblesville residents and business partners Sue Pelley and JoAnne North operate Decorating Den Interiors. Design segments featuring Pelly have aired on HGTV. Pelley can be contacted at: suepel@sbcglobal.net.

Tackling thistle GARDENING By Holly Lindzy April showers bring May ‌ weeds. The sad fact is if you garden, you grow weeds. No escaping it. And some of them are particularly obstinate, even to point of injury to the gardener. Case and point: prickly and ugly old Canadian thistle. My fingers hurt just thinking of it. Canadian thistle is a cool-season perennial that gets a jump on its growth early in the season, flowering by mid-June. The root system of the plant is extensive, with many underground roots forming buds just waiting to make more plants. So, the bad thing is, when you pull thistle, the plant responds by sending two more up wherever the root was snapped. And it WILL snap – you will NOT get the whole root. Trust me. So the only way to combat this stubborn, prickly garden aggressor is to be extremely persistent with herbicide. Using a non-selective herbicide such as Round Up works well if applied during the right temperatures (according to directions) and quite relentlessly. However, one sneaky trick is to buy the concentrated mixture and mix it double what the directions say. Call me a weed thug. But for those of us who take pride in keeping an organic garden, plain white vinegar works well also. It’s cheap and nontoxic, but you have to be just as persistent. Any household spray bottle of it will do the trick. Keep it around to spray on all your garden weeds. Then go wash your windows with it. So, when my readers come to me and complain about those thistles – “I just keep pulling them and it seems like I just get moreâ€? – I take great joy in explaining to them the reason behind that and revel in the relief I give them to resolve the issue. For I, like you, have tussled with the enemy ‌ and have the scars to prove it. Holly Lindzy is an Indiana accredited horticulturalist and advanced master gardener residing in Noblesville. Email your gardening woes (or wisdom) to hollylindzy@gmail.com.

Gardening tips for April Finish planting cool-weather crops such as, onions sets, potatoes, peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, beets, etc. Now is also a good time to plant those summer flowering bulbs that are starting to show up at your local garden center. Get them out early for best results. You may also begin staggering the planting of the bulbs you over wintered (canna, dahlia, freesia, gladiolus, etc.) Start some early, but be prepared to protect tender shoots during cold snaps. Then plant the bulk of your crop in the third week of the month.  Fertilize woody plants and iris as new growth begins to show. You may use the same balanced

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The fear factor RELATIONSHIPS By Kristen Boice Fear is an emotion caused by anticipated danger. We all have fears. It is a natural part of human existence and a response to perceived physical and emotional danger. Some fears can be helpful in that they alert us to danger. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, yet they somehow have power over our thoughts and behaviors. In an innovative test of what people fear the most, Bill Tancer, author of “Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why it Matters,” analyzed the most frequent online search queries that involved the phrase, “fear of.” This follows the assumption that people tend to seek information on the issues that concern them the most. According to his study, the top-10 list of fears were flying, heights, clowns, intimacy, death, rejection, people, snakes, success and driving. Do you share any of these same fears? Whether your fear is of spiders, tunnels, storms, fires, airplanes, public speaking, failure, social interactions, exams, needles or whatever the fear, it can become terrifying and overwhelming. It can produce an enormous amount of anxiety and may even lead to panic attacks. We often make decisions based on fears. For example, if you make the “wrong” decision, you might feel like a failure. I believe we are either coming from a place of love or fear. We

start doubting ourselves, and then the negative thoughts and fears begin to play in our minds. If we face fear, it tends to shrink. If we refuse to face it, it grows. It doesn’t happen instantly or automatically. It is a result of deliberate intention and conscious action toward doing what scares you. As a result of working through your fears, you grow as a person and expand the possibilities that surround your life. Here are a few immediate steps to start: • Identify and acknowledge your fears: Make a list of what scares you. • Look at when it started: Were you a child or an adult? Was there a traumatic event or situation? • How has it affected your life? Decide and commit to whether or not you want to work through the fear. • Face it head on. Work on your thoughts, perceptions and beliefs around the fear. Most importantly, believe you can overcome it. Doubt is like cancer; don’t give it power. Decide today you can and will overcome your fears. Kristen Boice is an individual, couples and family counselor and speaker with Pathways to Healing Counseling & Education. Contact her at kristen@ pathwaystohealingcounseling.com.

Leaving no stone un-restored cemeteries, researching cemetery ownership, GENEOLOGY laws regulating cemeteries and the Indiana By Darla Kinney Scoles Cemetery Registry. During the work day, Hopefully, at some point in your family learn how to identify the different types of search efforts, you will have the opportunity stone used to make gravestones and the proper to visit a cemetery and set eyes upon the techniques for cleaning, straightening and grave markers of your ancestors. Doing so is resetting stones.” (Source: www.indianahisan experience not to be missed. People don’t tory.org/our-services/ visit loved ones graves for nothing. There’s Chances are, if you get such local-history-services/ workshops) a connection beyond a chance, the headstone you I’ve signed up for the this world that is felt 6-7 workshop and when kneeling beside find will be in need of repair May cannot wait! the final resting place of – or at least a good cleaning. This is in preparation someone whose DNA for September, when I is your DNA. will take part in a Central Indiana day of service Chances are, if you get such a chance, the devoted to restoring some of the area’s most dire headstone you find will be in need of repair – graveyards, though none of my ancestors – to or at least a good cleaning. my knowledge thus far – are buried here. There is much information out there about I hope that wherever your ancestors lie, you how to do this, but the best way to figure it will visit that place, and do your part to make out is to sign up for one of the Department of it better while you are there. Those who come Natural Resources’ Basic Cemetery Restoraafter you will be forever grateful that you did. tion Workshops. This two-day experience is based on the following ideals: “Taking care of a loved one’s gravestone or Darla Kinney Scoles is a freelance journalist living in Noblesville. Her even an entire cemetery goes far beyond yard most recent work involves the maintenance. Understanding the history, laws creation of “Stories”, an individualand proper techniques of cemetery preservaized writing service helping people tion all play a role in caring for cemeteries. get their personal histories down During the classroom day, find out about on paper. Contact her at darlakinthe symbolism and traditions of Indiana’s neyscoles@gmail.com.

Words fail us at the cross SPIRITUALITY By Bob Walters Some people are just not that into God because they have difficulty putting their faith into words. So remember faith is first about our relationship with God, not the words we use to describe faith. Like my mentor and friend George says, “Develop your relationship with God. The words will come later.” Besides, the word “word” among theologians is a confusing powder keg. Most regular folks are merely trying to communicate ideas or concepts with spoken or written words. But “word” in the Bible – the Word of God – has many meanings with theologically intricate nuances such as Christ, message, spirit and prophecy. This Easter week – Holy Week – we encounter the Cross of Jesus Christ. Words easily fail us if we rely on them to describe our deepest love, faith and hope we have in the redemptive relationship we receive in Jesus. The Bible is full of words, yet is a book about relationships. Why the Triune Godhead (FatherSon-Holy Spirit)? Because God is community, relationship and love. Why the Covenant with Israel? To reveal a relational God. Why was Jesus born? To present eternal God as a humble servant capable of entering our history of human relationships. Why was Jesus crucified? To defeat death, erase our sins and restore relationship with God. And why the resurrection? To teach

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us the truth of salvation: that in faith our relationship with God extends infinitely past death. Relationship, relationship, relationship. Not words. Christians throughout the centuries have fought over words: “nature,” “will” and “worship” are common tinder for church debate. But Jesus wasn’t primarily about words. He was about living an example, dying for others, and living again in relationship with us. Jesus returned sinful mankind to communion – relationship – with the eternal Creator God. The great danger of putting words before relationship is in evidence throughout the Christian landscape. We fight over words, even the ones in the Bible. Countless books, teachings, seminars, sermons and doctrines are full of words expressing countless ideas, concepts and gadget ways of doing this or that. Some are good, some are bad, some are heresies. Jesus Christ is not an idea or a concept. He is a real, living person, the “Logos” Word of God with, in and through whom we are promised and invited into eternal, divine relationship with God in Heaven. Know God first, and then trust him for the right words when you need them. Bob Walters (www.believerbob. blogspot.com, email rlwcom@aol. com) wishes all a prayerful Holy Week and a blessed Easter. The Lord is Risen indeed.

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Behavior modification for itchy dogs CANINES By John Mikesell Five things to do when your dog chews, licks or scratches: 1. Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Nothing you do to address the dog’s behavior will be of much use if your dog itches as a result of environmental allergies or some other medical condition. If you treat the medical condition, the licking and chewing may stop. If not, it has also become a behavioral issue. 2. Identify your dog’s stressors. The behavioral cause of self-licking and chewing is stress. The stress from a medical condition may persist even after treatment, and learned licking/chewing behavior may persist even after medical stress is gone. Refer to the last column on stress for more ideas. Many other stressors can also cause licking and chewing, especially in dogs that are genetically predisposed to compulsive oral behaviors. Large breeds such as the Dobercauses the release of feel-good endorphins that help alleviate man pinscher, Great Dane, German shepherd, Labrador stress. Mental exercise – shaping, interactive toys – can also retriever, golden retriever, and Irish setter are most comhelp. monly affected. 5. Use stress-reduction products. There are many good 3. Remove stressors from your dog’s life. There are several products on the market that purport to alleviate stress. strategies you can use to remove stressors from you dog’s These include “Through a Dog’s Ear,” calming classical mulist: Get rid of it. Throw away the shock collar – in fact, sic selected and clinically tested to reduce a dog’s heart rate. s thing to try is the comfort zone / dog appeasing avoid using aversive as much as possible. Treat medical con- • Another uitOC (DAP), ce ws ion which is a synthetic substance that supposditions: Alleviate with chronic-pain medications, provide pheromone a t E a R a E mimics s pheromones emitted by a mother dog while in etthe dental care and address anything else that mightA be•physi• Lcy •edlyim IIsome D with r r n V c c cally troubling your dog. Live with it. We•allAlive she is nursingApuppies, with the biological effect of calming the le egna Dise Se ADEhts e • r and t i e • stress. Identify the most minimal stressors, just let them puppies. nd s • T • Pr ace rad es • Rig petMLA e m be. g T • G age nce • R s • har Civil -co s • F ges • A A t 4. Increase your dog’s exercise. Aerobic exercise not only n a John Mikesell, Ae dog Bakery in Carmel, can be reached W t i es Place,ac r AD su C C n • No ac •owner Waof Izzy’ ML n • use eto o • at john.mikesell@att.net. r n ranc • R •fret a burns energy your (and w lick), • Fdogiowould O buttialso ev r t s

Pets of the week Ritchie is a two-year-old male white with black spots Dalmatian/Lab/Terrier mix.  Ritchie is an energetic, fun-loving and playful boy.  He enjoys playing with toys and romping around the yard, so he would love a home with a fenced in yard where he can run and play safely.  Ritchie hasn’t had the opportunity to go through a formal training program, but he has learned a few basic commands and proven to be very intelligent during his stay at the humane society, so he will likely graduate at the top of his class when his new family takes him to obedience school.  He absolutely loves belly rubs, but he can get a little carried away while playing. Kali is a seven-year-old female black DLH.  Kali is a very loving and sweet natured girl who is good with other cats.  She arrived with her brother, Shadow and they are very bonded so they would love to be adopted together.  Kali and Shadow both adore humans of all ages and they thrive on attention and want nothing more than to be a lap cat.  They have been at the shelter for almost five months and they are hoping a loving family will decide to keep them together and are even willing to share the same cat bed.   For more information on these and other animals at the Humane Society, call 317-773-4974

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Air travelers are the problem HUMOR By Mike Redmond As one who does a fair bit of flying I believe I have identified the biggest problem in modern air travel: Modern air travelers. Not you and me, of course. We are polite, thoughtful, considerate passengers who go out of our way to make a trip pleasant. No, I’m talking about the other 99 percent, the boorish slobs who seem to have nothing better to do than ride around on airplanes being obnoxious and making air travel such a pain that you just want to tell the pilot to set it down anywhere, you’ll walk the rest of the way. Maybe you can tell I just got off a plane before writing this. The biggest problem on my latest flight wasn’t the people as much as it was their belongings, as in carry-on luggage. To illustrate, I give you Dude (that was the only name his traveling companions seemed to call him) who rode with me on a flight from Philadelphia. Dude, dressed in the standard young person’s traveling uniform of ratty tshirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops, was one of the last on the plane, moving slow, and toting a piece of “carry-on” luggage the size of a console television. Dude came down the aisle with the bag on his back looking for an overhead compartment. Fat chance. These days, every seat on every plane is occupied. Always. And since everyone brings carry-on luggage, the overheads are

always jammed with suitcases, briefcases, shopping bags, duffels, knapsacks and children under 40 lbs. So Dude set about reshuffling everyone’s carry-ons, moving them from compartment to compartment until nobody knew where his or her bag was and he finally had enough room to stow his steamer trunk. Then he set off in search of his seat, which happened to be about 13 rows forward. You know where this is going: The plane landed and rather than wait, Dude did the old salmon-against-the-tide routine, fighting the deplaning traffic to go to the rear of the plane for his bag. People were furious. I thought one old lady with a cane was going to make a base hit out of him. Dude, of course, was oblivious, which is probably the way he goes through life. Look, air travel is tough enough already. The airlines treat us like annoyances at best – how dare we clog up their nice, empty plane and then demand to be taken to the place on our ticket at the published time? TSA treats us like criminals. How do we respond? We confirm their judgments with our behavior. Sigh. Anyone remember the friendly skies?

OBITUARIES Ellen F. Redd, 78, of Noblesville, passed away on April 13. She was born on Dec. 10, 1932 to Tom and Margaret (Bush) Fugate in Breathitt County, KY. Ellen worked at Firestone for 30 years. She was a former member of the First Church of God in Noblesville and was also a 50-year member of the Noblesville Order of the Eastern Star. She loved gardening, and especially loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry (Dan) Gehring of Greenfield and Carmen (Oren) Cavin of Noblesville; son, Stephon Redd of Noblesville; brothers, Matt (Rosemary) Fugate of Noblesville and Pearl (Paula) Fugate of Fishers; step-daughter, Rebecca Redd of Noblesville; grandchildren, Scott, Alecia, Christyn, Angie, and John, as well as several great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Redd and her sister, Lizzie Hall. ••• Robert E. Furr, 85, of Noblesville, passed away on April 12. He was born on April 29, 1925 to Ray and Alina (Reed) Furr in Veedersburg. Bob had been an accountant with Firestone for 35 years, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Noblesville, where he served as church treasurer for 20 years.  He attended both Wabash and Indiana University, graduating from IU.  He proudly served his country as part of the U.S. Navy. He had a passion for serving others, which was demonstrated by his volunteering with Riverview

Hospital, the American Red Cross and as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 106 for 14 years. He was also involved with AGAPE Therapeutic Riding Center and Meals-On-Wheels; and was a member of Golden K Kiwanis.  He is survived by his wife, Jeraldine Furr of Noblesville, whom he married in 1955; daughters, Jan (Gary) Leonard of Seattle, WA and Mandy (Steve) Cody of Noblesville; son, Jef Furr of Indianapolis; and two grandchldren, Abigail and Andrew Leonard. ••• LaVella Marie Rushton, 89, of Noblesville, passed away on April 12. She was born on May 7, 1921 to Roy and Letha (McConell) Martin in Noblesville. LaVella was a graduate of Butler University and had been a microbiologist at Eli Lilly for six years. She had also worked for Thornton-Haymond Costen & Buhl Medical Laboratory for many years. She attended First United Methodist Church in Noblesville; and loved gardening, bird watching and playing Bridge. She volunteered with the Senior Citizens Center in Noblesville, where she was involved with knitting baby blankets for Riverview Hospital.  She is survived by two daughters, Debbie (Steve) Lichtenberg and Donna (Juergen) Runft; son-in-law, Steve Gingery; niece, Linda Kay (Michael) Grubbs; three grandchildren, Jason Runft, Kevin Runft and Jillian Hardee; and one great-grandson, Colin Hardee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Myron E. Rushton in 2000; daughter, Sharon Gingery; and brother, James Martin.

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Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.

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