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Schmidt nominated for HCCAOD Youth Service Award By Robert Herrington • robert@youarecurrent.com Senior Andrew Schmidt was recently honored as the Noblesville High School nominee for the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service Award. Schmidt is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has attended Hoosier Boys State as co-representative from NHS and has been a member of the marching and concert band (playing trumpet). He participated in a tutoring program with students desiring assistance. Outside of school, Schmidt has volunteered at the “Climb,” an exercise class with the goal of improving the lives of people who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. He has been active in his church and active in the Good Samaritan Food Drive. As a 10-year 4-H member, Schmidt has completed 64 4-H projects, including photography, forestry, electricity, construction set, lawn and gardening and his favorite animal projects (meat and dairy goats). He also has volunteered and assisted with the 4-H community Easter egg hunt and Halloween party. Schmidt says his greatest accomplishment has been his participating in 4-H, which has taught him presentation skills, the ability to work hard, play fair responsibility and to accept victory and defeat respectfully, all while having the opportunity to meet new people. “I’m a third-generation 4-Her. It’s a family tradition,” he said. “4-H has taught me the really important lesson: I’m not going to always get my way. In competitions, I see people get angry. 4-H isn’t about the ribbons or awards. It’s about what you learn along

Andrew Schmidt with his mother, Carol Schmidt, and grandmother, Jeanne Flanders. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

the way.” Anne Kenley, Schmidt’s guidance counselor, said he is an exemplary student, both in and outside the classroom. “His volunteer work and participation within the community denotes his service, leadership and good character,” said Kenley. “As a participant in 4-H, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in his church and school community, he has set a shining example for all to follow.” Schmidt plans to attend Ball State University in the fall and study accounting.

NPA to offer $1,000 homeowner façade grant By Robert Herrington robert@youarecurrent.com Applications are now available for the Noblesville Preservation Alliance Inc. 2012 Homeowner Façade Grant Program. The grant helps homeowners fund exterior restoration work on their homes. This year, NPA is awarding three matching grants, at a maximum award of $1,000 per homeowner. The deadline for application submission is June 8. “For more than 25 years, NPA has successfully championed historic preservation, and the Homeowner Façade program is an important way for us to demonstrate that commitment to the community,” said NPA President Charles Hyde. “It will allow families to dream big and tackle some of those exterior home-improvement projects they might not otherwise be

able to afford.” The Homeowner Façade Grant Program is designed to support exterior improvements to residential properties at least 50 years old, and properties located within the Noblesville city limits. Eligible projects will be required to follow certain preservation parameters. For more information about the Façade Grant Program, visit www. noblesvillepreservation.com or stop by City Hall Room A213 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Application requests can be made by calling 426-1672, e-mailing info@ noblesvillepreservation.com or writing to NPA at P.O. Box 632, Noblesville, IN 46061. NPA’s mission is to promote the preservation of historic neighborhoods and resources in order to enhance the quality of life in Noblesville.

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Relay For Life Ride Saturday – A group of Hamilton County employees will host its second Relay For Life Ride Saturday to benefit the Noblesville Relay For Life. The ride begins and ends at Noblesville Honda Kawasaki, 2350 Conner St. Registration is 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. with kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per rider and $10 for passengers and includes admission to the museum, as well as breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt (for the first 50 people). People who do not ride are invited to come out from 4 to 7 p.m. for dinner for a $5 donation. For more information, contact Carolyn at 770-5000, ext. 206. Noblesville man shot by brother while turkey hunting – A Noblesville man was shot by his older brother on the opening day of turkey hunting season in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, conservation officials said. Brian Irion, 35, of Noblesville, and his brother David Irion, 55, of Cicero, were hunting near the Morgan-Monroe county line north of Bloomington on April 25 when David accidentally shot Brian in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun, investigators said. David mistook Brian for a turkey and fired his shotgun, hitting Brian with pellets in the face and chest.

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All-County Network Breakfast – “Speed date” with members of all the Hamilton County Chambers May 10 at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Westfield. Power network as you rotate from table to table during this fast-paced event. Make contacts, build your client database and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the same time. Come prepared to meet business people from all over Hamilton County. Cost is $10 for all chamber members and $20 for guests and nonmembers. Reservations are required and must be made by Friday. Entries sought for Artomobilia – IU Health North Hospital has put out a call for interesting and historic automobiles for the Artomobilia event in the Carmel Arts & Design District on Aug. 25. This year’s featured marquee is Jaguar, but there are classes for just about every car ever made. Drivers age 18 and younger are also invited to show off their cars in the Next Generation class, regardless of make, model or year. Interested owners can visit www.carmelartomobilia.com to submit an application. Ind. 38 closure at U.S. 31 – Beginning today, INDOT has closed Ind. 38 at U.S. 31. The highway will be closed between Anthony and Dunbar roads until Sept. 1. During this time, traffic on Ind. 38 will not have access to U.S. 31, nor will traffic on U.S. 31 have access to Ind. 38. Through traffic on Ind. 38 will be rerouted on Ind. 32, U.S. 421 and Ind. 47. Crews will be rebuilding the highway during the closure, leveling the roadway, constructing approaches and connecting new ramps. The $19.6 million interchange is designed as a folded diamond to preclude impacting nearby MacGregor Park. To learn locations of highway work zones and traffic restrictions, call 800-261-7623 or view an online map at www.trafficwise.in.gov. USPS unveils Heart Health stamp – The U.S. Postal Service recently unveiled the new Heart Health Forever stamp in Washington, D.C. The American Heart Association has advocated for a stamp to help increase awareness about the nation’s No. 1 killer since 2001, and is pleased the stamp is now available to purchase at your local post office. “This stamp is a reminder to all Americans that embracing healthier lifestyle changes today can improve all your tomorrows,” said Barry Franklin, chairman of the AHA National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. We asked, you answered. Here are the results from the recent online poll question: “How interested are you in the May 8 primary election?” I can’t wait for democracy in action – 50 percent (4 votes); A race or two interest me – 25 percent (2 votes); I’m not interested at all – 25 percent (2 votes); I’m ready for the general election in November – 0 percent (0 votes); Total voters: 8. To vote for the new online poll question – “Which high school scenario do you prefer?” – visit www.currentnoblesville.com.

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Harris wins award Grady Harris, a first-grade student at Hazel Dell Elementary School, participated in the Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Marian University in Indianapolis. Harris was honored at the fair with an award for the neatness of his science project display.

Pearce outstanding teacher James Pearce, an English teacher at the Noblesville High School Freshman Campus, has received the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educator Award from the Indiana University School of Education. The Indiana Pearce University School of Education gives the award in recognition of outstanding school teachers in Indiana. Armstrong Teacher Educators work with IU’s undergraduates in courses, field experience sites, research projects and other activities that are mutually beneficial. They also receive a small monetary gift at the end of their active year.

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Four Noblesville High School students won three of the top 10 places in the Senior Division of the Central Indiana Regional Science Fair at Marian University in Indianapolis. Juniors Joe Coy and Zachary Nichols received second-place honors; Clara Garner earned fourth-place honors; and Max Barnes received ninth-place honors.

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Mikels honored for being fun, creative By Robert Herrington • robert@youarecurrent.com Marie Mikels, a middle school teacher at Legacy Christian School, has been selected as the Teacher of the Month sponsored by Current Publishing and Hare Chevrolet. “I was surprised and very honored to hear I had been named teacher of the month. I was really excited when I heard I would get to borrow a car from Hare Chevrolet while it detailed mine,” she said. Mikels said she became interested in teaching because of the excellent teachers she had while growing up, and after discovering she enjoyed helping others learn. “I selected science and math while a sophomore in college,” she said. “I found both topics to be fun to learn and wanted to help others do the same.” Mikels graduated with honors in fall 2007 from Cedarville University (Ohio). She has been teaching since spring 2008 and is in her third year at Legacy Christian School. “The most enjoyable thing about teaching is the excitement students express when they understand a concept they have been working to grasp,” said Mikels. “The least enjoyable thing is probably the busyness and stress surrounding midterms and finals.” In her nomination, Legacy student Serena Hawkins said Mikels is one of the most fun and creative teachers she knows. “She will help answer any question without making you feel like it was a silly question,”

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St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast is expanding to become St.Vincent Fishers Hospital. Expanded facility will offer comprehensive inpatient care to the Fishers community.

right time for us to expand. We’ve never had a better opportunity to serve the community,� said Fammartino.

A much-anticipated expansion of St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast that will bring inpatient care to area residents is currently under way. Upon completion, St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast will become St.Vincent Fishers Hospital: a comprehensive facility with increased surgery capabilities, inpatient care, and special emphasis on enhanced women’s, children’s and emergency services.

In addition to improving care for women and children, St.Vincent Fishers Hospital will enhance surgery and inpatient services. “Expanded surgery options are a major part of the new hospital. Specific areas of focus include general orthopedic surgery, gynecological surgery and gastro-intestinal surgery,� said Fammartino. “We see lots of patients with chest pain, so we’re also growing our diagnostic cardiology services.�

Completion of the new hospital is slated for the spring of 2013, and construction is already ahead of schedule. “We’re really excited about the new facility,� said Gary Fammartino, administrator of St.Vincent Fishers Hospital. “At St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast, we primarily offer outpatient services. Now that we’re expanding into a full-service inpatient facility with 40 beds, it greatly increases our capabilities.� Improving care for women and children has been a major focus of the new hospital. A brand-new infant nursery and 10 LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum) suites are just some of the improvements designed specifically for mothers and infants. “The population of the Fishers area is increasing, housing numbers are up, and many families— especially families with young children— are moving into our area. It was the

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St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast currently averages about 40-45 ER visits a day. With the inclusion of new inpatient services, most patients requiring inpatient care after an ER visit will be able to remain at St.Vincent Fishers Hospital for ongoing treatment. And if a patient ever needs a higher level of care due to a very specialized need, St.Vincent Fishers Hospital can transfer the patient to an appropriate specialty facility within the St.Vincent Health network. All of these improvements mean one thing: better, more advanced healthcare services for the community. Look for St.Vincent Fishers Hospital to open its doors in the spring of 2013. For more information on the St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast expansion, visit northeast.stvincent.org.

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Board of Public Works & Safety Action: Promotion within the fire department What it means: Drew M. Kjeldsen has successfully completed the department’s promotional process and is entitled to the new rank of pipeman.

What’s next: Kjeldsen’s promotion was effective April 30.

Action: Temporary closure of Ninth and Conner streets What’s next: The Road Rally will begin in Noblesville and end three days later at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. For more information, visit www.rallynorthamerica.com.

What it means: Ninth Street between Conner and Logan streets and Logan between Eighth and Ninth streets will be temporary closed from 6 to 9:15 a.m. on June 19. The closure allows the lineup and release of 80 to 85 participating vehicles in the Rally Dixie 2012 Road Rally.

Action: Contract for 2012 Community Development Block grant What it means: Myers Construction was awarded the contract for $122,407.87. As funds were saved from the previous year’s project, the county grant will cover the entire contract amount and the city will not have a match portion. The project includes the construction of approximately 350 linear feet of streetscape, including 62 square yards of permeable pavers, 635 linear feet of curb construction, 70 linear feet of block wall and miscellaneous landscaping.

What’s next: This project will coordinate with the adjacent Judge Stone House rehabilitation.

Action: Construction contract for Promise Road resurfacing What it means: E&B Paving Inc. was awarded the contract for $123,594.18. The project includes the asphalt resurfacing of 2,200 centerline feet of Promise Road and school zone signage, conduit and flashers.

What’s next: Resurfacing will be completed before August – when Promise Road Elementary School opens for the 2012-2013 school year.

Action: Façade improvement agreement with 273 S. Eighth St. (Heavenly Sweets) What it means: The grant is for the removal of wood shingles which will then be replaced with architectural asphalt shingles, the replacement of seven plate glass windows to double hung windows with matching accent color, repainting of scallop siding on east and south gables, chimney restoration and the replacement of gutters and downspouts. The total project cost is $18,500 with a grant request of $9,250.

What’s next: Improvements will begin within 60 days and be completed within six months to one year.

Good news for local government and taxpayers Commentary by Greg O’Connor As I’m sure you have seen by now, the Indiana Dept. of Revenue recently identified a total of $205 million in local tax revenues mistakenly held in the state’s general fund. (In Hamilton County, this is the 1 percent County Option Income Tax.) These dollars were to have been redistributed to 91 counties across the state, but were not properly identified by the IDOR. At a recent council retreat, we welcomed the news from Financial Consultant Mike Reuter, which will provide a needed influx of approximately $3 million to Noblesville’s general fund. Hamilton County is expected to receive $17.3 million in total. As a result of having these additional tax dollars available, we will be in a better fiscal position going forward, allowing us to maintain services and evaluate other projects which required funding outside of the present budget constraints. That’s the good news … Since 1999, local government has been questioning the collection and distribution of local tax revenues. The ebbs and flows of tax dollars paid by local taxpayers based on swings in economic activity are understandable and can be seen in historic collection and distribution. However, during the last decade in periods www.currentnoblesville.com

where the economy has been increasing strongly (think late 1990s), the actual dollars returned to the county decreased. In 13 years, no changes short of the quarterly reporting were put in place. This system has been flawed for years and has not allowed for accurate accounting of tax dollars. The unintended consequences are not without significance and have a major impact on the quality of services provided to the taxpayers. As you may have seen, the State Budget Committee recently conducted a hearing on the entire matter. I’m sure there will be several more meetings and hearings delving further into the causes for these errors. However, it is my hope and expectation our representatives at the Statehouse will ask for and seek input from local government on a solution to the problem. I know our city, council officials and advisors are ready and willing to be an integral part of the process. It remains to be seen if those most affected will be asked for their input on the matter.

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Animal lovers and guests filled The Mansion at Oak Hill for the annual fundraiser.

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Humane Society for Hamilton County recently held its annual Wine, Wags & Whiskers fundraiser at The Mansion at Oak Hill. The event is a great way to help animals in need, hear amazing tales of survival and love, have a little fun and make some new friends. It included plenty of animals, live music from WT Feaster Band, a silent auction and special wines with names and labels of shelter pets. Photos taken by Shirley Ann Dennis and provided by the Humane Society for Hamilton County

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The time has come to discuss the future high school setting By Robert Herrington • robert@youarecurrent.com School officials and Board of Trustees members are looking to update the district’s strategic plan – namely, the number of high schools – but stress this is a community decision. “It will be up to all of you whether we continue with one high (school) or we have two,” Supt. Libbie Conner said at Conner a community forum on April 12. “This is a big decision for this community because when a community is as tight-knit as Noblesville and has been for many decades, has always had one high school and now we’re thinking about possibly two high schools, it’s an academic issue; it’s an emotional issue and it also is a financial issue.” In fall 1996, Noblesville High School opened its location at 18111 Cumberland Rd. Graduating class sizes have increased yearly since that time, and now the community has reached a crossroad – does the community want to have the high school scenario of Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern school districts? “One high school or two has been an issue in this community for a few years,” Conner said.

Option 1 – Two high schools

NHS reached capacity in 2007, so the former intermediate school was transformed into the Freshman Campus. If enrollment remains the same, the class of 2020 will consist of almost 800 students – NHS has approximately 600 seniors this year. With no enrollment increase, school officials say the high school will again be at capacity in 2016. “The last two years we have continued to increase at least 200 students a year,” Conner said, adding the district’s enrollment is 9,471 students and is projected to increase to 10,802 by 2017. “As each class advances, each class coming in is bigger and the graduating class is smaller.” As school officials create the strategic plan for the future, they are asking residents for input into the future scenario of the district – one large high school, two high schools or doing neither and adding portables to the main campus. “Whatever the community wants, we will make it work and make it the best,” Conner said. Depending on the community feedback, Conner said the district could look at a referendum in May 2013. If the one high school scenario is selected, construction would begin

that fall and be completed by fall 2014. If the district builds a second high school, that construction would open in 2016 or 2017. Regardless of the options, NHS administrators would like to see one building comprise all four grade levels. “They (administrators) want their freshmen back. They want all four grades in the same building. Besides that, freshmen want to be at the high school,” Conner said. The results of the survey and community input are expected to be discussed at the May 15 school board meeting.

• Estimated total referendum • Build a new high school $120 million $100 million • Annual operating and maintenance costs • Purchase property for high school $1.6 million $4 million to $5 million • Retrofit Freshman Campus as east middle school • Annual staffing costs $1.4 million $15 million

What would two high schools look like? A facility for grades nine through 12 with a duplicated, equitable program to the existing high school and a capacity of 1,600 to 1,800 students with room to increase. The second high school would also have a full array of athletic facilities and elective opportunities as enrollment and interest can support. Similar to Fishers High School, the second high school would begin with just freshmen and maybe sophomores in fall 2016, with occupation of all grades by 2019. Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers high schools

Option 2 - One high school

• Build 63,000- to 75,000-square-foot addition at NHS – $10 to $12 million • Retrofit Freshman Campus as east middle school – $15 million

• Estimated total referendum – $27 to $29 million • Annual operating and maintenance costs for addition – $300,000

What would one high school look like? An expanded campus with additional flexible classroom space to accommodate up to 3,200 students. However, school officials said 3,200 students would rarely Carmel High School ever be present at once because of more nontraditional courses and opportunities. The school would house grades nine through 12, so freshmen would return to the main campus to take advantage of all elective course offerings. NHS Principal Jeff Bryant said the school would offer a freshman “center” instead of a separate campus. Conner said the one high school scenario would allow the district to offer expanded elective offerings as enrollment and interest support.

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“The timing with this (financially) is not good,” said Conner. “We have needs, but the timing is not there. It’s important to have options that would have minimal impact.” Director of Financial Services Terry Rich said the district’s debt payment schedule begins to decrease in 2018. White River Elementary School will be paid off in 2019 (an average cost of $1.2 million a year), but the big impact comes in 2021 as NHS’s $6.2-million annual debt payment ends. “Significant debt declines in 2021, but our needs in the next three to four years are to solve the capacity needs of the high school and facility upgrade of the east middle school,” Conner said, adding another significant drop-off occurs in 2027 when Noblesville Intermediate School’s $4.1-million annual payments end. The Noblesville Schools 2012 tax rate was $1.3502 per $100 assessed value (decreased slightly from last year’s $1.3686). Rich said the gross tax rate impact for two high schools is .4562 cents and .1239 cents for one high school. The impact years – the height of the tax rate impact – would occur in 2021 for one high school and 2027 for two high schools. For a property with an assessed value of $150,000, the annual debt service tax impact in its impact year over the present rate would be $311.25 for two high schools and $101.55 for one high school. Property owners can estimate how each option could impact their property taxes by using a tax calculator available at www.noblesvilleschools.org.

Share your thoughts • Noblesville Schools will host its third and final forum at 7 p.m. today at NIS, 19900 Hague Rd. (The sign along the road says Noblesville West Middle School). Conner will present the strategic plan update and there will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation. • Residents can take part in an online survey designed to gauge the opinion of the Noblesville community. You can access the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ highschoolquestion. The survey will close on Monday. Paper surveys will also be available at each school and at the Central Administration Office, 1775 Field Dr. Paper surveys must be returned by Monday in order to be counted. • Share your opinions by writing a letter to the editor. Letters may be e-mailed to robert@youarecurrent.com or mailed to Current in Noblesville, 30 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel, IN 46032.

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It is our position the bedrock of democracy – trust in government – cannot be permitted to erode through inattentiveness or obfuscation by our elected officials. A recent Current article pointed out Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard twice circulated inaccurate information regarding the existence and content of an environmental study involving the old grain elevator along the Monon Trail. Afterward, his explanation was he simply passed along the facts he was provided by his staff. We don’t doubt his account, but we question whether he would have dug deeper into the facts had the study’s purported conclusions not supported his position. This example is trivial when compared to the omissions, half-truths and outright deceptions regularly disseminated by politicians of all persuasion and position. Unfortunately, we as citizens of a representative democracy have come to assume our government is less than truthful, and the news outlets further spin the story to suit a particular position. Again, not to pick on Brainard for his error, but the situation highlights the need for a vigilant press corps who will not accept all statements without investigation and a citizenry that holds its elected officials accountable for the information they disseminate.

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Commentary by Terry Anker

In a world controlled by the boundaries of physics, why do we still push the axiom dictating we cannot be in two places at once? We book and stretch to make the commute from one city to another, optimistically clinging to the belief we can shuttle amongst the final meeting of the day, attending an away track meet for kid No. 1 and still patiently reviewing homework with the second offspring. While we humans are blessed with a depth of ability, capacity and fortitude seldom fullytaxed, can we manage to attend to our obligations when they are simultaneously dislocated? All too often, I find myself unable to meet those commitments that arise countervailing one to the other. In fact, it seems many of my own good intentions fall victim of too much, too far apart. We end up creating (and most sincerely regretting) the inconvenience caused to those others, as any thoughtful person might be, who manage to be on time and prepared for discussion. Do they simply

under-schedule knowing traffic snarls and meetings go long? Do these to-be-admired folks have some pass to an elaborate system that transports them from one side of town to the other without the pesky twin distractions of time and space? Cellphones and all manner of tools now make our time more efficient. We can do more in a more compact space. And boy, do we do more! Yet, have we simply pushed ourselves to the inevitable result of failure? Are we better served to do less better? In a world of more communication, more productivity and more encounters, should we hoard our time, guarding it jealously against our tendency to squeeze in one further thing? I’d like to consider the question, but it looks like I’m late for my next meeting …

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

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

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Where have you read this before? Patience, please! We’re in the season of infrastructure improvements in the city, and Promise Road between 146th Street and Greenfield Avenue was scheduled to close on or after tomorrow, weather permitting, for one day in order to reconstruct a culvert beneath Promise Road. Plan your own detour now for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. closure. The city has changeable message boards posted to provide notice, and flaggers will be at both ends of the construction zone to assist traffic during the closure. The city says access will be maintained to all homes and businesses throughout the duration. Is it an inconvenience to motorists? Perhaps. Will it provide better infrastructure to the city? Absolutely. Construction season happens. There will be more. It’s called improvement. For more information on the culvert project, you may call the Department of Engineering at 776-6330. ••• Your May 8 edition of Current in Noblesville actually will be delivered this Saturday in an effort to offer you additional time to read up on the primary election, which is May 8. We will provide comprehensive information on candidates, polling places and the like in hopes of inspiring a hefty turnout at the polls, open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day. As we’ve reminded you before, your vote really does count – and if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about the outcome of any particular race or races, in our opinion. We view voting not only as a right, but also as a responsibility.

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Strategic plan doesn’t end with high school Commentary by Robert Herrington The talk around the future of Noblesville Schools has recently begun its second round, but the discussion is not limited to just the number of high schools. With the opening of Promise Road Elementary School in August, Supt. Libbie Conner believes the district is set at the primary grade level for several years, but the secondary level is of concern. A feasibility study on Noblesville Middle School was completed in March. Connor said classrooms sizes are smaller than present standards and most lack natural light, the elevator is not easily accessible to instructional areas, the restrooms need updates and the roof, windows and exterior doors need replaced. The total estimated cost is $17 million. “We can continue to spend hundreds of thousands (of dollars) yearly to keep applying ‘BandAids’ for another decade,” Conner said. Alternatively, the district can retrofit the Freshman Campus as a middle school to get about 20 years of service. The cost for construction is estimated at $15 million – a new middle school would cost $40 million. “It’s a much better facility with much better bones,” Conner said.

If the Freshman Campus is retrofitted, Conner said interest has been shown from several organizations and the city to turn the middle school into a community center, which could utilize the auditorium, cafeterias, gymnasium and classroom space. “Its large spaces could be a good asset for the community,” she said. “It would have to have some work done … half to two-thirds of the building could be a great asset.” While no one likes the idea of seeing his or her tax bill increase, the creation of a community center would be a pleasant outcome of addressing the educational needs of Noblesville Schools. A group of residents have been asking for an opera house in downtown Noblesville for several years, and the community center could be the next best thing – especially since it would be located just eight streets north of the Square. The cafeteria could be used for banquets, the auditorium for local theater or dance recitals, classrooms for adult or continuing education courses and the gymnasium for youth sports. Robert Herrington is the managing editor of Current in Noblesville. You can reach him via e-mail at robert@ youarecurrent.com.

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Til dentures do us part Laughs by Danielle Wilson

I hate the dentist. Not personally, of course. I actually like mine very much. But I hate the whole dental experience, especially if it’s for a potentially-painful procedure. Take fillings, for example. A few weeks back, once I’d survived the torturous cleaning process, I received bad news – double cavities. Dun, dun, dunnn. In shock, I made an appointment for the following Monday, already knowing I would find some way to postpone it. Luckily, the day arrived with a forecast of “partly cloudy,” the perfect reason to reschedule. I left a voice message with reception saying “Don’t call me, I’ll call you!” and promised to not call for several weeks. I was stalling big time, but I didn’t care. The idea of someone, anyone, even a charming licensed professional drilling into the depths of my highly-sensitive nerve-filled teeth scares the bejesus out of me. (I was traumatized as a child when dentists used only diluted “laughing gas” and stickers to numb the pain.) As stupid fate would have it, the following day, my 10-year-old began complaining of a toothache and asked to go see the dentist. Fine. May as well get my appointment over with, too. So I made another appointment and desperately tried to ignore my impending doom. The heart palpitations picked up significantly

during the next couple of days, just as the hours of sleep and my appetite dropped off. When the appointed hour came, I somehow coerced my body into the office (I had seriously considered bribing my son with McDonald’s and making a break for it), and then managed to distract myself for a few minutes with Architectural Digest. Naturally, I let my kid go first (it’s the right thing to do), but then cursed myself for being so stupid. Prolonging the agony only made it worse! Finally, I was up. I begged my doctor for some Valium on the way back, and when he professed not to have any, I demanded, “Then numb me all to hell!” By the grace of God and the Lamaze techniques I learned in birthing class, I survived seven or eight Novocain injections, and then held on for dear life as the dentist chiseled and scraped and jack-hammered my molars. I stumbled out less than an hour later, overwrought and unable to speak coherently. I made a vow, then and there, to love and protect my teeth, till death or dentures do us part. Because I really hate the dentist. Peace out.

Thursday, May 17th at 7pm Saturday, May 19th at 9am Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@currentincarmel.com.

Talkin’ ‘bout your generation Laughs by Mike Redmond

The point is we had time to be kids, time that didn’t have to be devoted to schoolwork and private lessons and organizations and carpools. We I saw a story the other day that reflected had time to play baseball all day if we wanted. something I’ve been thinking for a long time: We had time to browse for hours at the comic Today’s American kids are being cheated out book rack. We had time to hang out with our of their kidhoods. friends without having to schedule a play date. It’s tough being a kid today. For one thing, Today’s kids … well, let’s just the world is whole lot scarier. It Today’s American kids say I see a lot of kids whose lives seems like there’s a new threat every day, and for the days when are being cheated out aren’t lived as much as they are managed, and usually with the things appear to be threat-free, of their kidhoods. aim of satisfying some adult. A there’s always someone willing to kid takes violin lessons because parents read a conjure up a new one. story indicating a child who studies music does And there’s so much more a kid has to know better in other subjects – and not for the joy of these days. Your average 21st-century thirdlearning to make interesting sounds with a mugrader is being presented with material I didn’t sical instrument. get until my second year of reform school. So to today’s kids, I say this: I mean high school. And when I say “get,” I You’re smarter than I was at your age, and mean “was presented with.” There’s a lot of stuff probably better prepared to meet the world. But I still don’t “get” as in “understand,” such as I also hope every once in a while you’ll tell the “chemistry.” grown-ups to scram and let you just be a kid for But the biggest difference I see is in time. a while. I think you’ll be happier for it. When I was a kid, we had gobs of it. The days I recommend a Wednesday. That’s the day the were 36 hours long and a week took 11 days to new comics come in. complete. School vacations lasted for months and the holidays stretched on forever, except for Christmas. In the olden days, the time between Mike Redmond is an author, Thanksgiving and Christmas took at least seven journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ months, but once it got here, Christmas itself mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box was over in about 45 minutes. 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244. That’s how it seemed, anyway.

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Spring often ushers in an increase in home sales, and that trend is happening across much of central Indiana. In March 2012, 2,327 homes sold – an overall increase of 4.9 percent over March 2011 – in the nine counties F.C. Tucker tracks. In Hamilton County, specifically, 498 homes pended, which is an increase of 38 homes from March 2011. • In Noblesville, 86 homes sold in March 2012. Coincidentally, 86 also sold in March 2011. • Home prices in Noblesville continue to increase. The average sales price increased by 11.5 Don’t forget these – There are six tax breaks people tend to neglect every year: enrolling in higher education, caring for an ailing parent, paying for childcare, buying a house, surviving a natural disaster and paying state income taxes. - moneyland. time.com 18 | May 1, 2012

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Successful executives (and people for that matter) understand the difference between an interest and a commitment. An interest is something they’d like to do if time permits. A commitment is an item that absolutely must be done regardless of the circumstances. For those executives who struggled to find the time to develop their businesses, every single interruption that popped into their day instantly became a commitment and their single focus shifted from running the business toward handling interruptions. The successful leader understands it is absolutely impossible to get everything done and every day ends with incomplete items on the “to-do” list. What’s critical is that the most important commitments are complete when you leave the office at the day’s end. It doesn’t matter who puts in the most hours; what matters is if the essential tasks were completed. As Dr. Stephen Covey pointed out in “First Things First,” you need to develop the habit of spending your time on the important, and not just the urgent. Here are a few fundamentals to help you begin the process. First, plan the week in advance. And, yes, it is as easy as it sounds. Take 10 minutes on Monday morning and put together a list of the commitments that must get completed by Friday at 5 p.m. These are the

items you’ll finish regardless of unpredictable fires that pop up throughout the week. Next, consider setting aside time during your day to work on specific items. Blocking your schedule helps you stay focused on what’s really important. The best place to practice this exercise is with your e-mail. Despite what you may have heard, having two monitors sitting on your desk with e-mail open at all times is killing, not helping, your productivity. When you are working on a task that requires your concentration, you should turn your e-mail off. Even the most successful time-management experts struggle to keep the “main thing the main thing.” As a result, my final piece of advice in this area is to take time at the end of each day and reflect. Look back at your activity and ask what you’d do differently if you could go back to 8 a.m. and start over. These reflections will help you make better decisions in the future. As with everything, you goal should be to make improvements each day. As with most things in life, the solution is simple. All you need to do is execute. CJ McClanahan is the founder and president of reachmore, a leadership training and consulting firm, and also the author of “Thrive.” To contact CJ, or to find out more about reachmore, go to www. goreachmore.com.

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Do you blame someone else for your feelings, issues or how your life has turned out? How does it play out in your relationships, marriage or in the work environment? The blame game can have a powerful impact in your life. It can keep you stuck. Blame keeps us focused on the other person so we don’t have to work on ourselves. It’s really a deflection to dealing with our own issues. When we blame, we place responsibility for our negative feelings and upsets onto another person or situation. Focusing on blame misses the opportunity to resolve the conflict. How can we work on ourselves when we are focused on what someone else is doing, saying and what he or she has done to us? This can lead us to feeling like a victim, as opposed to feeling empowered. Once we make a decision to stop the blame game and to take ownership for our own feelings and actions, then we can focus on living out the life we want. By focusing on ourselves, we begin to feel stronger and have the courage to face our feelings and pain. There are some initial steps to begin the process of shifting from

blame to taking responsibility for our emotions. 1. Explore your blaming patterns. Who do you blame? Why do you blame them? How often are you blaming others like your spouse, friend, co-worker, neighbor, parent, boss, etc.? Do you notice a pattern? Do you have a pattern of wanting to be right? 2. Learn to recognize your own feelings. Do you know what you are feeling? Do you take time to dig deep and really figure out what is bothering you and why? Begin to pay attention and notice what you are feeling. 3. Focus on solutions. Look at how you can resolve the conflict or work through it in order to begin the forgiveness process. Ultimately, blame and not forgiving doesn’t hurt the other person; it hurts you. It’s time to look within and step into an empowering state of being. It’s about becoming a better you. Kristen Boice is an individual, couples and family counselor and speaker with Pathways to Healing Counseling & Education. Contact her at kristen@ pathwaystohealingcounseling.com.

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Interior design loves haute couture Commentary by Vicky Earley Interior design and haute couture dance a fiery and everlasting tango with fashion taking the lead. The first time I noticed this was during the English chintz years of the late 1980s. A friend, Shelly, wore the crisp floral fabric to an afternoon wedding and was in awe of the elegance of her perfect choice for the time and for the occasion. My realization fashion and décor were inextricably entwined when we all arrived at the country club reception. Shelly had arrived a few minutes prior and my girlfriends and I found her standing at the door in sheer panic. She looked over her shoulder to reveal the drapery and the sofas were covered in the very same pink and green floral chintz of her dress. Shelly and the furnishings were forever bonded. I will confess we spent the remainder of the reception pretending like we couldn’t see her because she blended into the décor. The relationship between fashion and décor is typically more subtle as it weaves its way quietly. There is a subtle link between the two when it is just the mirroring of the way a textile drapes or the replication of a collar on a window treatment. Typically, the sheer organzas of fashion are loose and free-flowing. The femininity is

undeniable, especially when juxtaposed to textural, masculine fabrics. In décor, you will find the sheer has returned to the window, but not in the form of your grandmother’s tight-pinch pleat sheer that moves on a traverse rod. You will find sheers tonal and embellished with glitz. One of my favorites is a sheer studded with “diamonds.” You will find the same sheers on the red carpet flowing with grace and elegance. Some of the links between haute couture and interior design are obvious. If you book a room in Milan’s Maison Maschino, you can slumber away in a ruby-ball-gown-inspired bed. Often, fashion designers are falling off the runway and heading toward the interior with the introduction of their own furnishing lines. Regardless, there is a marriage of love and convenience between haute couture and interior design. They are both a reflection of our societal mood at a point in time, and that moment is shared. Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol. com.

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Serious insect fear seriously overrated Gardening by Holly Lindzy “Arachnophobia” is more than just a creepy movie; it’s a real condition involving real fears. And I certainly cannot fathom what it would be like to have such deep-rooted fear. It would cause hysterics upon sight of a spider. But then again, phobias are irrational fears, and that’s pretty extreme. What makes perfect sense, of course, are those people without phobias – spider, insect or otherwise, killing critters as they go along in life for no real reason other than they like to throw shoes. And why not? I mean, they’re like onesixteenth the size of a human. We clearly need to stay on guard. I mean you could be rolling over in bed one night and trap one, and then it could bite you. That would be horrific. Around central Indiana, your chances of rolling onto a poisonous spider are pretty slim, but still … think of the little, round painful bump it will leave. Thank goodness you’re asleep and will never even know. It’d be different if they had any redeeming value at all. Something like voracious preying on really icky bugs, or maybe an important part of the food chain, even, for other “more-desirable” wildlife. That would make spiders way better and we could maybe live with them after all. Wait. You see where I’m going with this … Being the self-proclaimed insect advocate I am, I have a mission in life to save the helpless creatures of the world. Most times, be it bug, Get the facts – Many start the season with aspirations of starting a vegetable or herb garden, but can sometimes be less than successful without the right information. The time to plant seeds varies with each plant and the seeds to start planting mid-April are mainly beans, cabbage, beets, cauliflower, lettuce and radishes. - almanac.com

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New shower design serves family’s needs Commentary by Larry Greene Original bathroom: This home located in the Bayhill subdivision on the east side of Carmel was built about 12 years ago. The homeowners have two sons, 25 and 30, and each has a disability. When they built the house, both boys were still walking, so they had their bathroom built with an Americans with Disabilities Act shower with wheelchair accessibility. As the boys became less able to maneuver on their own, the limitations of the original design became apparent. Shower drain problems: The only drain in the bathroom was in the center of the shower. Water from the shower tended to drain all over the bathroom floor with nowhere to go. The owners commented, “After years of dealing with soaking towels and a floor beginning to heave from the water, we decided it was time to renovate the space to better suit the present and future needs of our sons.” Special shower details: The homeowners worked with the design team to come up with a design that suited the needs of the family. The original shower/bath area was turned into one large, walk-in shower with a built-in bench

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Real Estate

Lawn Care & Odd Jobs

L. Siebert 632 Ironwood Drive Carmel, IN 46033

(317) 846-4166 (317) 509-3943 bsiebert@indy.rr.com

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For information or to make an appointment call:

317-202-1005

Local Teacher will make your lawn look great! One low price includes mow, trim, edge and landscape cleanup. One time or weekly cuts: Call Dan: (260)414-0352 Leave a voicemail. Recommendations Availalble

PET SERVICES HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Retiree will board your pet in my home. Very Reasonable Rates!! 317-607-8541

In-Home Tutoring

Master’s Degree Instructors SAT/ACT Test Prep, Math, English, Study skills, and all subjects Corporate Training & Education Programs Available Call 317 776 7615

Guitar Lessons

Wth recording artist Duke Tumatoe Learn from professional and have fun All levels - in Carmel duke@duketumatoe.com or 317-201-5856

SPRING LAWN AERATION For a greener, healthier lawn this summer, aerate this Spring: 317-523-4309 www.yaerate.com Lawn mowing service available

CHILD CARE

SERVICEs

Nails by Hilliary 317-730-2544

To your door nail services. Great for moms, or anyone in a nursing or assisted living facilities. Buy a Spa pedicure get a manicure for FREE!! *Ask about my frequent customer discount *We do Spa parties for any occasion. “Let me take care of you”

Happy Pets In-Home Pet Care

A less stressful and economical alternative to boarding with loving care for your pets in the comfort of your home. Experience in Exotics. Insured/Bonded Member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC happypetsitter@gmail.com 317-645-6043 References available

Guitar Lessons With Baker Scott

Beginners thru Advanced All styles Electric-Acoustic-Bass Private Lessons Parent-Child Lessons near Carey Road & 146th Carmel 317-

910-6990

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PLUMBER

Are you looking for a Skilled, Licensed and Insured Plumber? I have 24 Years of experience and work for myself I do Repair and New install and specialize in Ceiling leaks I can give you a fair Price for my service as I have a low overhead My name is Mike 317-485-5449 317-728-9698

computer programming lessons for kids, teens and adults I work as a software engineer for a privately owned company and have a master's degree in Computer Science First lesson is free 317-652-5253

T.Arnett Lawn Care

Full-Time Infant and Toddler Openings; 844-7207 Woodgate Area, Carmel CPR certified; 1st Aid; 32 Years Experienced; Warm and Balanced Meals; Planned activities, TLC

Business Opportunity AMAZING $49 Home Business!

Anyone can do this… Most Need This. Local Resident wants YOU to Prosper And to become “Rich, Skinny & Healthy” Your Online Training to Wealth www.kirk22.com or 317-557-3524 Hamilton County Wide Open

Auction Skip’s Auctions Gallery

RENTALS HOME FOR RENT

Quaint one BR cottage among flowers: Carmel Arts & Design District; one block from Monon 711 1st Ave. NW: $950 mo. + util: 954-465-4341

at 421 South Rangeline Road. aprox. 225 square feet $400 per month includes conference room / gallery area, etc... 317-679-2565.

SAles Village of Mt Carmel

Every Thursday Night 6pm Auction Zip #26565 14000 St. Rd. 32E, Noblesville, IN 765.606.6001 Always accepting clean consignments.

Beginner Violin Summer Camp

Real Estate

Large multi-family moving sale.

Furniture, Girls and Adult clothes, sports items, etc. Saturday May 5th 8:00 am 17027 Newberry Lane Countryside Neighborhood

Avian Glen

Neighborhood Garage Sale Fri, May 11th 8a-5p Sat, May 12th 8a-3p Located in Carmel 136th and Hazel Dell Friday, May 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 14065 Inglenook Lane, Carmel, near 141st and Towne in Westwood Estates; Antiques, elegant glass, crafts, household, books, electronic, sports memorabilia, linens, tools, and more. “This is the big one, Mama” (Redd Foxx)

STORE CLOSING

TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN PROPERTY. Fantastic views.

Minutes from DALE HOLLOW LAKE, Big South Fork National Park, and East Fork Stables. OWNER FINANCING avail. 2 to 7 acres Starting at $6,900. Call 1-888-809-9962 for info.

NOW HIRING

NOW HIRING

RECEPTIONIST/OPTICAL SHOP Optical shop/front desk receptionist

North side optical shop seeks a full-time employee with healthcare experience who can manage front desk responsibilities including greeting and checking in patients; answering phones; updating patient demographic information such as insurance; verify/authorize vision insurance plans including VSP, Eyemed and Spectera; prepare charts for next day’s patients; schedule follow up appointments and collect co-pays. The candidate should be well-rounded in all optical shop and optometry needs including assisting a busy optometrist with preliminary patient exams and selecting, adjusting and dispensing eyewear. Must have demonstrated excellence in communication skills, good computer skills, strong attention to detail, the ability to work independently, multitask and remain calm under pressure. Previous health care experience required. Please send resume labeled OPTICAL SHOP and three professional references to optometrist_position@yahoo.com or via fax to 317-274-5550

OPTICIAN Optician wanted for new optical shop opening in soon in Boone County. Experienced required. The optician candidate should be competent in selecting, dispensing and adjusting eyewear. Prefer experience with VSP, Eyemed and Spectera. Responsibilities also include frame purchasing and contact lens ordering, verification and instruction. Candidate should be able to order eyeglasses and contact lenses online and also should be able to assist with front desk operation duties that include updating patient demographic information, insurance details, and assisting with patient check in and check out. Please send resume labeled OPTICIAN and three professional references to pickett@iupui. edu or via fax to 317-274-5550

NOW HIRING Direct Support Professional Dependable, energetic and compassionate caregiver needed to provide personal care, meal prep, goal attainment and household assistance for female teenaged developmentally disabled individual primarily in their home, some community assistance is required. Must have reliable transportation, Valid Indiana Driver License, vehicle insurance; pass all criminal history, background and physical requirements. Experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities, preferred. Hours needed: Mon 3pm to 8pm (during school year); 11am to 4pm (during summer break); Sun 10am to 6pm year round. tstowers@lelhomeservicesllc.com PHONE: 317-387-1443 FAX: 317-356-6661

Neighborhood Garage Sale May 3 - 6, 8am - 4pm rain or shine!

DOWNSIZING/ESTATE SALE

Locally owned/operated over 37 YRS * SPRING CLEAN UP * MULCH * MOWING * FERTILIZING * TEAR OUT/REPLACE * FREE ESTIMATES CALL 317-491-3491

For incoming 6th graders $50.00 per 3 week course (6 lessons) Classes start June 4th Call Crystal @317-753-8389

The Bright Promise Preschool at Christ Lutheran Church admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.

DESIGN / Artist studio space for rent

CHILD CARE

SERVICEs

Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students

489.4444 ext. 202

ALL NEW ITEMS - COST OR BELOW. HOME, GARDEN & GIFT ITEMS. May 4th & 5th ONLY 9-2 PM 136 NORTH UNION WESTFIELD, INDIANA 46280 317 289-0586

Current in Noblesville

Part-time Optical Technician

SportClips is Now Hiring for A NEW Store opening in Carmel at 126th & Meridian. We are hiring for all positions including Managers and Stylists. We offer great pay, commission and benefits. Love what you do, love where you work. Interested applicants should call Shea at 317-223-1210 or apply online at www.sportclips.com

Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

Hiring immediately for Office Manager. Accepting applications for summer part-time staff and camp counselors. Apply in person or send applications/ resumes to 1448 Conner St.

Busy Optometry practice in Carmel seeking an experienced part-time optical technician. Please fax resume, cover letter and references to 317-660-7438

NOW HIRING - NOBLESVILLE Fun, Friendly Person Needed for neighborhood bar: order, organize, clean, bartend Must be bondable 317-416-2749

Growing Carmel dog hotel and spa seeks experienced candidates. Positions include full and part time, customer service, dog care, professional groomers. Email resume to: Beverly@ happydoghotelandspa.com.

CASH FOR CARS

COMPANIONS and CNAs

Caring and responsible companions needed to assist elderly in their homes. Must have clean background and driving records: Love of people, experience, and good transportation are required. Flexible hours. $10-12 per hour Please call our job line at (317) 585-5811 Companion Care Connection of Fishers

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