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North principal recognized by librarian group for his advocacy By Sharon Trisler Current in Noblesville Although his knowledge of school library programs was limited before to coming to North Elementary School, principal Vince Barnes evidently has learned enough since then to be named “Distinguished School Administrator” by The American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Previously, Barnes had worked in schools where volunteer parents staffed the library, which was merely a place to check out books. When asked how he became so well-versed in the importance of a strong school library program in such a short amount of time, Barnes replied, "I know what's good for kids!" Sponsored by ProQuest, the $2,000 award honors a school administrator who has made worthy contributions to the operations of an exemplary school library and to advancing the role of the school library in the educational program. Meanwhile, the man who nominated Barnes for the honor , North’s library media specialist Carl Harvey II, was voted AASL president. In Harvey’s letter of nomination, he wrote that Barnes “encourages collaboration between the school librarian and teachers and creates opportunities for the school librarian to share ideas, activities and resources that would help teachers in their instruction.” Barnes has been the principal at North for the past six years. In that time, he has consistently advocated for school libraries and believes they are the center of school learning. He is a vocal supporter of school libraries at district administrator meetings and encourages a flexible schedule for school librarians. He also has presented at

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a workshop on how to build strong principal-school librarian relationships. As principal, Barnes believes the most important thing he can do to support the library program is hire the best person for the job and provide that person with the resources necessary to develop an outstanding library program for the school. He also believes the best way he can support the school librarian is to “encourage and expect all to collaborate.” Harvey’s school library program at North Elementary was the recipient of the AASL National School Library Program of the Year award in 2007. The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field. For his election platform, Harvey stated, “I believe the future for our profession lies with involvement. School librarians are leaders in teaching 21st Century skills; yet, due to budget shortfalls positions are being cut. Being involved is convincing decision makers that library programs are a good use of scarce dollars. These are unsettling times, but being involved and working together we can fulfill a vision where school libraries are a necessity in every district and every school.” Harvey is currently a member of AASL’s Board of Directors. He served as a chair of AASL’s Affiliate Assembly in 2007, and has served on many other AASL committees. Outside of AASL, he serves as a board member for the Indiana Library Federation.

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requirements for their specific age category and may inCurrent in Noblesville clude coupons to area restaurants or attractions, treasure The annual summer reading program will return to chest toys, paperback books and more. the Hamilton East Public Library beginning June 1. To register for the Summer reading program, stop by Along with this year’s “Make a Splash-Read” program, the Noblesville or Fishers Library, pick up your reading numerous children’s and family programs have been log and simply start reading. scheduled. For a full listing and specific details about the library’s The Hamilton East Public Library will kick off its programs, visit the library’s website at Summer Reading program June 5 with a Book Blast Meanwhile, both Noblesville and Fishers libraries will featuring stories, crafts and refreshments. The program be closed June 4 for staff development training. is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Noblesville Library, One For the convenience of the patrons, no library materials Library Plaza.Each year more than 18,000 registrants will be due on June 4. The materials drop box will be avail-- infants, youth, teens and adults -- participate in the able at the Noblesville Library only as the Fishers Library summer reading program. parking lot is scheduled to be repaved during this time Prizes are awarded to participants who complete the 5132.17.MQ.Current(Nblsv)-05_Layout 1 5/5/10 9:07 AM Page 1

You stole them; now take care of them Editor: This is written to the person who stole plants from the parking area behind 1140 Clinton Street in early May: The plants you stole were intended to be part of a Master Gardener plant sale in Miami County, the group’s only fundraiser each year. So, you have deprived the Miami County Master Gardener Association of needed income. MGA’s mission is to teach, so I will: • Heart-shaped leaves: redbud; understory tree (max 30 feet). Tolerates any light condition. • Blade-shaped leaves: hardy, common orange daylily. Sun to part shade. Each earlysummer flower blooms for one day. Picked

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blossoms don’t need water; place anywhere. Remove seedpods for stronger plants. Every 3 to 4 years, dig up, divide, and replant the separate fans. • Smallest: lily-of-the-valley. Shade to some sun. Enthusiastically spreads by roots; hardy. • Broad leaves: hostas. Best in shade. The stolen plants are perennials (return yearly). Please “pay” for them by volunteering time -- perhaps at the White River cleanup. My wish for you is: may you get what you deserve. What that will be depends on you. Jeanne Clark, Advanced Master Gardener 46060

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It is our position that the particular form of collective bargaining presently strangling creativity amongst Indiana’s public educators may have out lived its usefulness. Designed to give government employees a negotiating advantage against the taxpayers, we fail to see how the rigidity of rules propagated by this structure benefits the creativity of the motivated teacher working to excel at their job. More often, these rules seem to provide cover for educators who have become more government bureaucrat than innovator. If government employees need protection from the government, who will protect the taxpayers from that same government? Unions have effectively lobbied our legislators to require all teachers to be represented by a union, whether they want to be or not. Taxpayers should advocate for good teachers, not unions. Is there a record of superior achievement at schools staffed solely by unionized teachers? Or, do schools operating without the constraints of these forced contracts allow for optimal performance? After years of focusing on money, the union dictated collective bargaining contracts have outlived their usefulness. In these difficult economic circumstances for all taxpayers, the time has come to try a new approach

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It is our position that our schools are now more than ever responsible to taxpayers to demonstrate responsible spending and ongoing budget management. We taxpayers voted in instances across the state to increase our own taxes to prop-up school budgets under assault from a battered economy and the incumbent fiscal challenges. With these additional funds, schools must seek improvement and contain costs. Pursuing and accepting tax increases in a strapped and a rough economic climate comes with a significant moral obligation. Schools must understand the responsibility of frugality moving forward under our watchful eye. We look to the lesson from the Zionsville Educator’s Association who elected to forgo a 3.25 per cent salary increase for 2010-11 school year. Along with other cuts, their efforts resulted in a budget reduction of $1.48 million from the general fund for the 2010-2011 school year.  This kind of personal sacrifice is occurring in private companies across our nation, but is rare amongst government units. Taxpayers, even in supporting increases in some school budgets, have a right to expect more. Even as we are moving into a new age of local school funding, shouldn’t we be entertaining entering a new age of how schools are run?

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Amendment 14 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged

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of each House, remove such disability. 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

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From the backshop Sadly, the rumors just keep on coming … The mess that is the Carmel High School bullying/hazing incident continues to unfold, and last week’s announcement of misdemeanor charges against four former senior basketball players seems to have fired the rumor machine anew. There are claims of a cover-up by Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp, arm-twisting by local lawyers, supposed firings of coaches (they resigned) and buck-passing by the school district and CHS administration. Stop! We haven’t even arrived at the trial phase – if it gets that far – or the possible sentencing phase. All the so-called “experts” would do well to let all the elements go through the filter and see what comes out. We will say this without fear of contradiction, though: The Carmel Police Dept.’s investigation appears to have been a flawless, deliberate exercise, and we commend Chief Mike Fogarty and his charges. They conducted a minimum of 57 interviews of witnesses and purported perpetrators. That required time, lots of it, to get what CPD needed to forward to the prosecutor. It was a job well done. If anyone truly believes the end of this madness will arrive with the conclusion of a trial or a pre-trial agreement, he or she should talk to us about

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg some prime real estate off the coast of Key West. The fallout from this, we predict, sadly will last for years. ••• We’re solidly behind Rep. Mike Pence (RInd.) on this one: “Immigration reform at the national level is long overdue. But immigration enforcement is longer (overdue).” Pence says illegal immigration and the resulting human mistreatment is a cash cow. “Smugglers make money. Drug dealers make money. Immigration attorneys make money. And employers who go into the black market for cheap labor make money,” Pence says. We, the taxpayers, are left holding the bag. It’s time to follow Arizona’s lead. Legislators, it’s up to you.

Get ready, world, for a new set of widgets COMMENTARY By Zach Dunkin So, I’m tapping out another column on the laptop in my new, sun-filled and airy summer office at Forest Park, a carryout breaded tenderloin from Alexander’s at my right elbow. And two questions come to mind. One: Who moved my picnic table and why? I don’t like sitting this close to the road. Two: Is it possible to spend 30 minutes with a dozen or so bright 6-year-olds and get reenergized? Is it feasible for that verve to transfer from one body to another? Because that’s how I feel. Stoked. Pumped. Juiced. I have just come from the Country Children’s House Montessori school on Allisonville Road, where owner-director Shelly Bratch-Wetzel presides blissfully over an assemblage of 3-to-6-yearolds representing families from all over Hamilton County. It was the final hour of the school year. I had already listened to Shelly articulate passionately about why she loves Country Children’s House. I wanted to know what the children thought. As most reporters will tell you, kids often are the toughest interviews. Not this bunch. Eager to express their thoughts, they lined up in orderly fashion, waited their turn, smiled for

the camera and answered my questions. They chatted liberally about their love for math, geography, music and reading and about how they prized school responsibilities, like turning on the computers, tending to the calendar and practicing the Golden Rule. As I thought about my too-brief glimpse into our future, I wondered how Shelly’s experienced staff of teachers must have felt on what could be the last time they see some of these kids. Perhaps, the words of teacher Michele Grossman described it best: “I don’t know why I put myself through this year after year. Well, actually, I do. I just need to do a better job of separating from the kids without coming apart at the seams.” Recalling an earlier conversation she had with another teacher about how special their jobs were, she said, “It’s not like we’re selling widgets.” To which the fellow teacher responded, “No, we’re MAKING widgets.” Look out, world, here come their widgets.


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I voted Republican, and I'm going to vomit


Commentary By Danielle Wilson I just voted Republican. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except that I’m a Democrat. Oy vey! It was on accident, of course, but I actually feel sick to my stomach right now. I thought that maybe if I vomited words instead of the bile rising in my throat I just might be able to make it through the day without offing myself. Here’s what happened: We had a molasses kind of morning, and because we are now living at the in-laws, my plan to vote after the kids went to school had to be altered. We arrived in the neighborhood too late for the bus, see, but were too early to go straight to school. The poll was right there, so I thought I’d go ahead and vote and then run the kids. I parked and left the three older ones in the car but took my six-year old with me. (Never too early to teach good citizenship!) As I was signing in, one of my old neighbors, who was working the poll, came over to chat about how our recent move would affect my voting. I verified my old address and party affiliation­ – DEMOCRAT – all while discussing my unique situation and keeping an eye on my daughter. I received an “I Voted” sticker and a “D” ticket, and then waited about 30 seconds for a booth to open. When it was my turn, I handed my ticket to another worker, and I continued to talk with my neighbor as I walked over to the booth. Once there, I began scrolling down the ballot quickly to get to the races I cared about, pointing out the people I knew to my daughter and explaining the election process. Subconsciously, it occurred to me that I shouldn’t be voting for Dan Burton or Dan Coats. Aren’t they Republicans? Then I thought, “You’re an idiot Danielle. All these years thinking the Dans were right-wingers when they were actually liberals. Silly

» Noblesville child WFYI winner – Nicholas Mirabal of Noblesville finished second in the kindergarten division of WFYI Public Television’s “PBS Kids Go!” writers contest. The competition encourages children to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by submitting their own original storybooks. The title of Nicholas’ entry was “Cleaning the Earth.” Nicholas will be honored with the other winners at the station’s “Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park” family festival June 12 at Military Park in White River State Park, 601 W. New York St. » Bible school signups – Registration is open for The First Christian Church of Noblesville’s “Vacation Bible School: Hero Headquarters – Where Kids Join Forces with God.” Each session is from 9 a.m. to noon June 14-16. The curriculum consists of group fellowship, music, games, crafts, snacks and bible stories for ages 4th through 6th grades. Children older than 6th grade may volunteer as junior leaders. Enrollment forms are available at the office of First Christian Church, 16377 Herriman Blvd., Noblesville, or by calling 317-773-4582. » Use caution at intersection -- The intersection of Clover Road and Town & Country Boulevard now has lane restrictions as part of the construction of a roundabout at this location.  The intersection will remain open during construction, but motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area during the construction period.  Access to all businesses in the vicinity will be maintained at all times.  Once completed, the area will have a roundabout similar to the one located at the intersection of Mercantile and Town & Country. 

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Revisiting a couple of topics and introducing a new one Commentary By Krista Bocko Sometimes we get lucky and write stuff that resonates with our readers. We love hearing from you. Here’s a followup on a couple of past topics I’ve touched on and received feedback from you, plus something new to think about: • “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” – I keep hearing this TV show brought up again and again, which is good. I had listed show’s airtime in my column, but unfortunately the season finale had just aired as our news edition went to print. Oops! I hope the show comes back in the fall. Meanwhile, our family continues to try to make better food choices, and we’ve planted another vegetable garden this year. My children are proud to grow some of their own food. • Curb shopping – This one got some good feedback, too. And guess what I just learned? May 15 was “Give Your Stuff Away Day,” formerly known as “Curb Day.” Heck yeah, great minds do think alike. Founder Mike Morone wants to make it a world-wide, bi-annual event, an

(almost) like magic event where you place valuable but unwanted stuff at the curb for people to come find and take home. Before I knew this, I placed a craigslist ad in the “free” section listing a bunch of items I wanted to donate, placed them by the alley, and they were gone within hours. Visit for more info. • Pop can tabs – I haven’t written about this until now, but since we’re talking about reclaiming “junk” from the landfill I'm bringing it up. I am collecting pop can tabs, wine bottle corks, and twist-off bottlecaps. I love being at a party hearing people ask others to save the bottlecaps and corks, so they can make things with them. My kind of people! If you have these things and would save them, we would be grateful. Krista Bocko, her husband and four children live in “Old Town.” Noblesville in a historic home. She can be reached at

Whatever happened to those lazy days of summer? Commentary By Leslie Webber Summer break hasn’t started, and I’m already exhausted. It’s not the thought of having everyone home every day that I find tiring. As a matter of fact, I’m naively looking forward to days spent together. What wears me out is trying to schedule our summer. We have so much to fit in a short time frame. Noblesville schools will resume classes on August 11. With a pre-Memorial Day dismissal date, that leaves us with roughly 10 weeks to squeeze in all that we want to do. I’m not complaining. I understand children need all the instructional time they can get. Our kids just seem to have more obligations and choices than I did as a kid. Again, I’m not complaining. It’s a lovely “problem” to have. My summers used to consist of Vacation Bible School, a trip if I was lucky and a visit to my grandparents. That was it. The rest of the summer we rode our bikes to the pool and camped in each other’s backyards. I miss the laziness and fun that came with simple summers.

Between visits to out-of-town grandparents, bible school (thankfully, some things never change), sports lessons, summer tutoring, Pioneer Camp at Conner Prairie, and a vacation, we aren’t left for much time for lollygagging around. As we were filling out the summer months on the calendar, my oldest said, “Mom, I really hope we have one whole week when we’re just home.” Me, too. I want to spend at least a few lazy days in swimming suits catching up with the neighbors at the pool. I want to roast marshmallows in the backyard and look for lightening bugs. I want to watch outdoor movies on a big blanket at Dillon Park. I want to spend time with kids young enough to still spend time with Mom and Dad. All too soon, the school bus will rumble through the neighborhood carrying kids one step closer to independence. Leslie Webber is a Noblesville resident, wife, mother of two very young children and a professional photographer. Visit her Web site at

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Montessori modified Country Children’s House, graduating its 25th class, adds structure to Montessori philosophy

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By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville It’s No-Shoes Friday at the two-story, 1879 Country Children’s House Montessori school on Allisonville Road, and the students are reveling in their barefootedness, a privilege earned by completing all of their classroom responsibilities for the week. It also is the last day for the school’s 25th graduating class – all 65 of them. Needless to say the place is bursting with excitement and energy. Yet, there is sense of order and purpose within these brightly colored walls. As the kindergarteners line up to tell a visiting reporter what they like best about their school there is no shoving or cutting in line. And there is some serious thinking about the question asked. “What I like best is learning the Golden Rule,” says Sophia Alexander of Noblesville. “Treat others as you wish to be treated. I’m never mean to anyone.” At age 6, Sophia has decided she’s going to Harvard and will be an obstetrician. No Alexander doubt she will, says one of her teachers. Next up is Eric Smith, a 6-year-old from Fishers. He’s a whiz at division already and wants to do volcanic research. When Zakk Marks of Noblesville wakes up in the morning he can’t wait to get to school to do his “job” as the “computer technician.” He turns on the computers. This is no daycare, which is just one of the misconceptions outsiders might have about the Montessori schools. “A lot of the moms are professionals and have made this decision in life that their children come first,” said Shelly Bratch-Wetzel, the director and 13-year-owner of both the Allisonville Road school and its sister operation for preschoolers on South Harbour Drive. “They are stay-at-home moms looking for some academic time for their children, and not a day care. We are a part-time program, not a daycare.” The school’s mission statement is simple: With caring and compassion, we will provide a warm, caring, academic environment for the child, which prepares them for their next learning environment. The Montessori philosophy also values the contributions of each child and the development of individual ideas. “Some parents think we are this place for the hippie, granola-eating type family who send their kids here because they get to choose what they want to do and wander around freely,” said Bratch-Wetzel, a passionate educator with a degree in elementary education and teaching experience in both public and parochial classrooms.

THe Montessori method The foundation of the Montessori method was established by Italian Maria Montessori, who lived from 1870 until 1952. While in her 60s, she worked at Casa dei Bambini, translated to The Children’s House, where she developed a method based on a stimulating environment which allowed children to absorb new experiences and knowledge through exploration in each child’s individual interests and abilities. This environment allows children to learn unconsciously and without effort. “Then, you’ll hear another mom say it’s too structured. “Every Montessori program is different. The philosophy has been around since the 1800s. Any philosophy like that can go in so many different directions over the years.” Instead of pushing the Montessori agenda on parents, Bratch-Wetzel invites them to visit and see for themselves. She figures they best know whether their child is a match for the program. All four of BratchWetzel’s children and step-children were Montessori-schooled and are now in Noblesville schools, a school system she says is quite good. Students at the Country Children’s House range from age 3 to kindergarten. The curriculum includes reading, writing, music, art, science, geography, math and character education – all taught by an experienced staff that stresses accountability, teamwork, compassion, respect and a positive attitude. Bratch-Wetzel says her schools don’t necessarily adhere to a rigid curriculum often associated with Montessori schools “I think we have the best of both worlds,” she said. “We want to use all of the Montessori materials and methods, but our children actually do sit down and listen to a story. They learn how to raise their hand. They line up together to go to the next class. We talk about manners, and the kids learn social skills. “The main thing is to best educate the child and prepare them for the next learning environment, so we are not opposed to bringing in different materials or opposed to different ideas. I want them to be best prepared for where they are going.”

» Country Children’s House Montessori School Locations: 444 S. Harbour Dr., and 15075 Allisonville Road, Noblesville. Phone: (317) 774-8989 for Allisonville location and (317) 773-8385 for South Harbour. Web site: Hours: Classes begin at 9 a.m. and vary in length from 2 ½ to 4 hours, depending on grade level and day of the week. Tuition fees: $117-$276 per month (depending on how many days) for preschoolers and $397 per month for kindergarteners (five days).

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The scale – right or wrong? COMMENTARY By April Conard So, you step on that scale, and the number is getting smaller. But, when you tried to mow the lawn your legs were too tired to finish. What gives? Your muscle, that’s what. Numbers, numbers, numbers. Do they really justify your “health?” Every time someone gets on the scale, and the number drops, they cheer. But wait a minute, what exactly are you losing? Is it fat or muscle? Losing weight is an important factor in becoming a healthy individual, but let’s try to put it into perspective. Not all weight loss is created equal. Dropping pounds isn’t an indicator of good health. Losing excess fat and increasing lean muscle mass is. A healthy program of diet and exercise can often result in an increase on the scale, but a decrease in overall body fat. Muscle weighs more than fat. When muscle starts replacing fat, weight can stay the same or go up. Do not get discouraged by this. Remember: muscle burns fat, even at rest. A thin person isn’t necessarily a healthy person. Cutting calories is not enough; you need to build muscle mass.

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Try a time-tested Chinese formula to cure your ills Commentary By Carol Rossetti, N.D. I had an opportunity to study traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing a few years ago. TongRenTang Pharmacy in Beijing is the only pharmacy in the world dedicated solely to herbal medicines. Chinese formulas contain the same herbs we use but their combinations may be very different and many date back and are documented to 206 BC. Their approach is also very different. For instance, spleen activator TCM concentrate is amazing for allergies. Herbs can act the same way as acupuncture but without needles. So, if needles are not your thing, go for the herbal solutions instead. Herbal acupuncture! In traditional Chinese medicine many plants are considered both food and herbs. Some, such as Asian dandelion and Chinese yam, taste so good they can be eaten as food. Some foods contain powerful healing properties and are used as herbs such as garlic and dried ginger. Understanding the basic elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal helps us to know our own personal constitution or our basic nature. It involves lifelong tendencies, and

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COMMENTARY By David Cain Having just turned four, my oldest daughter has been out of diapers for a while now. The youngest, at 26 months of age, still sports those puffy undergarments as a staple of her wardrobe.  Even though the 4-year-old has said goodbye to the diaper dance, she still occasionally requests a restroom assist. It was another bright Saturday with just the girls and me. The elder of the two asks me to help her a bit with the restroom activities, I oblige. Once she’s all set atop the potty, she smiles at me endearingly and speaks in a soft and polite voice, “Daddy, this tinkle is warm.” It took me a second to realize what that meant. Yikes, you shouldn’t know the tinkle is warm.  While a part of the story seems like it was ripped from the headlines of Bad Parenting Magazine, a point dawns on me. There are some things I just don’t need to know. Some things that are better left unsaid. Some things that, even when delivered with the smile of a 4-yearold and a whisper, I just don’t want to hear.  At work, much of my day is with clients. I began to recall the restroom experience the following Monday and it occurred to me there were lots business things I shared with clients that they probably just didn’t need or want to know. And I noticed I wasn’t alone. Everyone was doing it. Maybe it’s people’s compulsive

» Green is gold for chamber members – The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce will host the second “Green is Gold” event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 17 at the Cambria Hotel in Noblesville. The event will spotlight what local Chamber member businesses are doing to provide environmentally friendly products, services and ideas for the community. There will be booth space available for chamber businesses to sign up for and use to promote steps they are taking towards going green. For more information about booth space, please call the chamber office at (317) 773-0086 or email » Two hotel stocks to check out – Occupancy at upscale urban hotels has risen sharply. 1. Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) – Owns and manages mostly urban hotels with substantial overseas exposure. 2. Wyndham (WYN) – Business revolves more around its timeshare and vacation-exchange properties, and management.

need to share. Maybe it’s because it’s part of the established “process.” Maybe it’s just because. The reality is businesses tend to share a lot of things that are better left behind the scenes.  A friend of mine used to compare his businesses to making sausage. He’d remark, “Sometimes it is a very messy process, but the result is great and almost everybody likes it.” It’s an easy sentiment to remember. Sometimes business is messy and complex, but everyone likes the result. After all, that’s why you’re in business in the first place, right? No one wants to hear about your messy business. No one really wants to know what happens behind the scenes (unless it’s funny). People care most about the end product, and they want the process of getting there to be without frustration and chaos.  We all should understand and apply the lesson of making sausage to parts of our job. Your clients love a little bit of the behind the scenes, but they don’t want to know every detail about how the sausage is made. And they certainly don’t want to know about the tinkle. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at

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Type: Early 20th century home in Old Town Built: circa 1918 Location: 105 S. 10th St., Noblesville. Square footage: 2,700 Rooms: 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, living room, dining room, kitchen and den. Strengths: Unique historic home with many of the architectural details found in the early 20th century era. The huge, connected living room/dining room with high ceilings and fireplace is perfect for entertaining. Open staircase, ceramic-tile baths, and large front porch. Close to downtown and schools. Zoned for either residential or commercial use. Weaknesses: Needs some updating. Listed by: Gail Nowicki of F. C. Tucker, (317) 509-8914.

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Internationally known organ concert artist Seth Rye entertained a crowd of about 135 people during a dinner performance May 19 at the Harbour Trees Golf Club. The event was sponsored by the Lambert’s Lowrey Organ Center in Noblesville, and hosted by Jeff and Jackie Moore. Those in attendance included patrons from Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Anderson, Westfield, Frankton, and Indianapolis, as well asRiverview Hosptital volunteers, various church groups, the Red Hats Society, United States Power Squadrons and both the Anderson and Noblesville Lowrey L.I.F.E. Chapters.

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THEATRE Always … Patsy Cline

The life, friendships and music of legendary country singer Patsy Cline are celebrated in the debut performances of “Always … Patsy Cline,” through June 6 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre . New York actress Christine Mild stars in the title role and also serves as director, assisted by Jeff Stockberger. There are 36 performances. Tickets range from $35 to $58, and include Chef Odell Ward’s buffet, with a fruit and salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade. Parking is free. For reservations, call (317) 872-9664. For complete show schedule, visit

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Pack up your paints and easel and head for the Hamilton County Art Center, 195 S. Fifth St., Noblesville, where the Hamilton County Artists’ Association is hosting the second annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters. The paintings will be professionally judged and prize money and ribbons will be awarded to the winners. Spectators are invited to interact with the artists and follow the progress, find their favorite and purchase the art. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3-4 and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 5. Register at For more information, call (317) 654-1545.

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TRAIN EXCURSION Indiana Transportation Museum

Great Towns Train to Atlanta, May 29, departs from 8th and Logan at 1 p.m. and from Forest Park at 1:10 p.m., returns 2:45-3 p.m. Cost: $8 adults, $5 ages 2-12. No reservations required. Caboose Ride, May 30, departs 8th and Logan streets, between 5 and 8 p.m., taking riders along the edge of Forest Park to 196th Street. At 196th Street the train will stop and then return to the square. Total distance of the trip is almost four miles and each trip lasts about 20 minutes. Cost is $4 for everyone 2 years of age or older

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Join Liberty Corner residents at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, as they celebrate the marriage of Phebe Ellery and Fabius Schmidt, the Zimmerman’s hired hands. Discover Indiana’s rich cultural heritage as you laugh, dance, stomp, stare, sway and weave your way through a weeked of music, art, dance and food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Admission is $13 adults, $12 ages 65 and older, $9 ages 2-12 and free for members. Info: (317) 7766006,

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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey¹s Irish Pub, 13644 N. Meridian St., Carmel. For more information, call 573-9746: May 28 – Henry Lee Summer & Friends May 29 – Wooly Bullies June 4—Endless Summer June 5 – Big Daddy Caddy

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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call (317) 770-9020. May 27 – T Orick May 28 – Janet 51 May 29 – Loo Abby June 3 – The Working Hour

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The following musical acts will be playing live at Verizon Wireless Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville. Tickets are available at the venue box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or May 29 – X103 May Day with Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mudd, Bullet for My Valentine, more, 4 p.m., $19.50, $29.50, $42.50. June 5 – Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker and Justin Moore, 5 p.m., $59.75, $35.75, $30.25, $99 four-packs.

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In the dark and prisoners of our own naiveté Commentary By Tracy Line In 2001, I took a magnificent trip to Paris. I was humbled as I meandered through art museums, in awe as I shopped the Champs L’Elysees and blissfully happy as I devoured pastries at the corner boulangeries (bakeries). Yet, on the last day, my emotions were all over the map. My friends and I started out feeling bold. After all, within days we’d learned to convert currency, read menus (to a degree anyway) and master the Paris subway, all without speaking French. We were ready to conquer the train with a daytrip to Versailles. We found our station, purchased tickets and headed off. A half-hour into the trip, we heard the next stop being announced. Knowing we had a ways to travel, we ignored it, and returned to our debate over whether the maniac we’d seen earlier was or was not Ozzy Osbourne. Eventually, I noticed we were the only ones on the train. Next, I realized the interior lights were off. Finally, I watched our train enter an underground tunnel.

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Commentary By Vicky Earley Interior decorating goes beyond the visual; it touches all the senses. The sense of smell is powerful, as it is an immediate link to the past and present. It warns of danger and solicits pleasant memories. This all happens in the background of our awareness. Within a fraction of a second, a message is telegraphed to our central nervous system, which, in turn, evokes an emotional reaction to the scents wafting through space. Scent can actually influence the perceived room temperature by manipulating emotion. For instance, ocean fragrance has a fresh, salty scent, thus causing us feel cooler. Conversely, the aroma of fresh-baked bread creates a warm, cozy feeling. The “nose at home” is a huge industry; a stroll down the home fragrance isle at any grocery or mass merchandise store is proof. Grandma’s apple pie can be revisited in candle format, and a quick trip to the islands is as quick as a spritz from an aerosol can. It is common for household candles and sprays to use synthetic fragrances rather than essential oils (the concentrated aroma compounds from plants). Fragrances such as “cinnamon apple pie” and “blueberry cobbler” are, in fact, manmade fragrances, as are some of the fragrances labeled ‘”orange’” and “lavender.” In fact, lavender is probably one of the most synthetically copied aromas in the fragrance world. The National Academy of Sciences has reported that 95 percent of fragrances are, in fact, synthetically made with chemical

compounds, namely petroleum. These chemicals have been accused of serious diseases as birth defects, cancer, allergic reactions and central nervous system disorders. Strong candle, air freshener and perfume smells send me out the door into the fresh air, and I am in good company. I can’t substantiate this, but I believe these sensitivities are becoming quite common. I have found nature-based candles scented with jasmine and bamboo that do not trigger headaches and avoid the highly scented household cleaners and air fresheners that are causal suspects in bouts of headache, asthma and shortness of breath. The only way to know if you are buying a natural fragrance is to read the label! Looking for the Latin names of botanical plants, the true source of essential oils, is best indicator that a candle is scented with truly natural compounds. Lavender essential oil (lavendula angustifolia) is a prime example. A natural alternative to a paraffin-based candle is a soy candle, with a cotton or hemp wick, which means it will burn longer and cooler and will not contain any lead or metal. The sense of smell is a potent tool used for interior decorating, because it is capable of offering a feeling of harmony and serenity to any room in a home. Embrace the scents you love and those that conjure pleasant memories. Make the use of scent an integral part of your overall design plan, but do it with an awareness of what you are actually putting in your environment. 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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We uncovered the 5 fashion rules you should NEVER break, according to InStyle magazine. 1. Never show visible panty lines (VPL). This is inexcusable! Opt for seamless underwear or a thong, and make sure your pants aren’t too snug. 2. Just because its trendy doesn’t mean you should wear it. Not everyone should wear every trend. Pick and choose what is best for your personality and body type. 3. Don’t bare your midriff unless you’re at the beach. Make sure your shirts aren’t too small so your midsection remains covered. 4. Never buy shoes that don’t fit. Suffering in the name of fashion is never a good idea! If they don’t fit in the store, chances are you will be miserable trying to wear them for an extended period of time. 5. Don’t pay attention to sizes. There are no international guidelines for sizing. No one can see the size that appears on the tag, so don’t stress! Depending on the store or brand you may have a range of numbers that appear in your closet.

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DISPATCHES » Atha named principal at Chatard – Dr. John Atha, assistant superintendent of Noblesville Schools, has been named principal of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. His appointment was made by the ArchdioAtha cese of Indianapolis, and he begins his job at Chatard on July 1. Atha came to Noblesville in 1994 as a math teacher at Noblesville Middle School and Noblesville High School. Since then he has served as an assistant principal at Noblesville Middle School, principal at Forest Hill Elementary School, district director of curriculum and instruction, and most recently, assistant superintendent, a position he has held since 2005. » Legacy students at City Hall – Third graders from Legacy Christian School in Noblesville recently took their studies to City Hall. It was all part of Municipal Government Day.  The students have been studying government in social studies. The kids met with Mayor John Ditslear, and asked questions about what government does for citizens, and where tax money goes. 

Time to bid NHS adieu and say ‘hello’ to old IU COMMENTARY By Hannah Davis Well, folks, the time has finally come. Graduation Day is Friday, and this miserable senior has exactly three more days ‘til she can kiss the dreary halls of the high school goodbye. Not that I’m excited or anything, of course. As most loyal readers of this column probably have already assumed, I’ve traditionally been less than enthusiastic about high school. (I tell friends I’ve been ready for college since eighth grade. I’m not exaggerating much.) But there’s a part of me that will appreciate the mundane simplicity of high school. Unfortunately, it’s a very small part, and the novelty of being herded by bells and eating steamed, plastic-wrapped burritos for lunch wore off a long time ago. A really, really long time ago. In an effort to assuage my arguably unnecessarily negative opinion of high school, I like to reflect on my now-humorous low points. For example, the time I hid in a bathroom to skip freshmen gym. I wouldn’t have taken such drastic measures, but we were ice skating that day, and dear Lord, there is nothing I hate more

than ice skating. Mostly because I’m completely incapable. Then there was the time I collapsed in physics. That was fun. And I absolutely cannot reflect on my experience without mentioning the joy that was the process of writing my junior research paper, complete with three missed days of school and a completely self-inflicted series of migraines, faintings and dizzy spells. Good times. I’m emerging from my senior year for the better, though. My head’s a little more firmly planted on my shoulders, and I’d like to think that all those downers will give me a little perspective in college. And besides: I can now finally take comfort in knowing that I’m more a student of IU than NHS. That alone is worth it, fainting and all. Hannah Davis is a senior at Noblesville High School and the opinions editor for The Mill Stream.


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link between those in our family who have passed on, and those who follow their footsteps. A genealogy classmate shared the fact that her childhood visits to a family cemetery plot had implanted in her brain the name of a family member thought long lost by others, but clear in her mind’s eye on a weather-worn headstone. I’m thrilled to report that someone also visited a cemetery just for me and my family search -- granting my Find-aGrave request for a photo of my great-greatgrandfather’s headstone! The information on that stone actually gives me another avenue to search in the quest for his life story, as it provides his military service record. How grateful I am for those who visit cemeteries. I plan to do the same myself this Memorial Day.

Editor's note: In the May 18 edition of the Current we mistakenly repeated the May 11 genealogy column. The correct column will be publlshed June 1.

COMMENTARY By Darla Kinney Scoles I am a woman with a few pet peeves, one of which is Memorial Day. No, I don’t have a problem with setting aside a day to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation. I have a problem with the fact that most people do not celebrate it that way. Were a stranger to visit this country and try to discern what Memorial Day was all about, he or she would probably come to the assumption that this special day centers somehow on furniture, carpet and auto sales events. To preserve the real intent of the holiday, our family spends part of every Memorial Day at events focused on the real reason we have the day off. We attend military ceremonies, parades, and flag-posting endeavors at local cemeteries. Each activity is special – and brings special feelings to our hearts. That is what Memorial Day is all about. Visiting a cemetery is not only a wonderful way to honor our military dead, but to create a

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DISPATCHES » Introducing cat to dog – If you have a cat and would like to get a dog, there are a lot of good ways to do the introduction. One that is commonly overlooked, however, is this: For the cat's own comfort, he should be confined during the early stages of introduction to a small area (such as a second bathroom or guest bedroom) where he can feel safe while becoming acclimated to the sounds and smells of the dog. Be sure the room has everything he needs, and make sure he has frequent one-on-one visits with human family members. After a time, you may introduce the dog –on a leash – and continue the acclimation from there. » Attacking allergies – It’s hard to be a pet owner with pet allergies. In addition to medications, these tips may also reduce pet allergen contact in your home: • Keep pets off the furniture. Keep them off rugs, carpets, pillows, and other upholstered items as much as possible, too. • Bathe the pet often. Research shows that bathing reduces the allergens in dander. • Close the registers as often as possible when heat or air is running to lessen the amount of dander being blown back into the air.

Hamilton County kids join in effort to aid Humane Society Commentary By Rebecca Stevens Each day at the Humane Society of Hamilton County is filled with ups and downs. The daily cleaning and medical care required to keep 300-plus animals in a healthy and comfortable environment is a daunting task. The emotional stress of seeing those furry faces day after day chips away at your soul. So, we cherish the moments when an animal gets adopted. We appreciate the generous donations from people who believe the lives of these animals matter. We celebrate our volunteers who make those daily tasks a little less daunting. And we are grateful to those fosters who open their homes to the sick and injured. Now, there is a new trend to add to this list for which we are truly blessed. The children in our community are helping our shelter animals more than ever before. This month alone, we’ve had at least five children bring in boxes of donations they’ve collected in lieu of birthday presents, from money they raised at a lemonade stand or by simply going door to door in their

neighborhoods. Even the schools are teaching the power of giving. For example, Harrison Parkway Elementary Student Council held a dance raising $1,009 for the Humane Society. Hamilton Heights Elementary’s principal developed a fundraiser allowing students to pay $2 to wear “mix-matched” clothes on a particular day. The class that raised the most money got extra recess time and a visit from staffers from the Humane Society and a shelter dog. All proceeds were donated to the shelter. The thoughtfulness of these children inspires our staff beyond words. It’s “chicken soup” for our souls. If you are interested in organizing a donation drive for your school, church, scout troop, business or service organization, please contact Mandy Maxwell at Rebecca Stevens is executive director of the Humane Society for Hamilton County . You may contact her with questions, solutions and story suggestions at hamiltonhumane@yahoo. com.

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When asked why folks a festival, for heaven’s sake. come to CarmelFest every It’s a feast. Get it? …You year, some will say it’s don’t count calories, watch the fireworks, others the your salt intake, or eliminate music, some might even sugar at a feast. You eat say the parade… But things your mother told you those of us in the know to stay away from, and you say it’s the FOOD. We savor every guilty bite. And kim gaskill have buffalo burgers and we intend to accommodate pizza, junior salads and you fully. This year we have Dippin Dots, fried chicken 38 food stations at which and gyros, elephant ears and you may indulge. It’s not gourmet funnel cakes – all washed down by and it’s not fast food…It’s simply a maui wowi. Each year we strive fun, festival food. to bring you the best cuisine this According to Kim Gaskill, side of Joe’s Diner. CarmelFest Food Vendor If you are looking for health Chairman, “This year’s festival food, this is not the place. This is will feature our popular returning

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57. Asparagus unit at Marsh 59. Antenna 60. Deadly earthquake site 63. Endorse a check at Chase Bank 65. Change the decor 66. Family name that has won nine Indy 500s 67. A Gordon Piper, most likely 68. Pizza King fixture 69. A two-inch putt at Crooked Stick, e.g. 70. Abominable Snowman 71. MLB team whose games are often heard on WXLW Down 1. Respiratory disorder 2. Brebeuf HS team color 3. Hamilton 16 IMAX candy: Good & ___ 4. Indiana Gun Club sport 5. Bazbeaux’s Indy location: ___ Ave 6. U.N. workers’ grp. 7. See 16-Across 8. Phobias 9. Old Chevy at Hamilton County Auto Auction 10. Hot tuna sandwich 11. Indiana State Fair barn sound 12. Leppert Crematory ashes holder 13. Indy’s winter clock setting 21. Berra and Bear 23. The E of Northside ENT 26. Be the right size

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27. Employee of 23-Down, briefly 28. St. Luke Catholic Church celebration: ___ Wednesday 31. Central Park picnic pest 32. Old Italian coin 33. Butler fraternity dorm annoyance 35. Jenny Craig’s losing proposition? 36. Indianapolis Zoo animal shelter 37. Buzzing pest

39. Eiteljorg Museum’s Canadian tribe 40. Noblesville HS pitcher’s stat 41. Indy Car engine feature: pop off ___ 42. Indy Car tire pressure meas. 43. Catchall abbr. 46. Indy carpet company 47. It needs refinement

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49. Mourn 50. Sidestepped 51. Westfield Farmers Market items 54. Smart-mouthed 56. Indianapolis Indians’ miscue 57. Flower part 58. 2004 Indy 500 champ for Rahal Letterman Racing

59. Not for 60. Embrace 61. Singer DiFranco 62. An end to sex? 64. Understood

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Artificially colored mulch makes this gardener see red Commentary By Holly Funk I’m on a crusade. And it might make me a few enemies. I can’t stand red mulch. It started is with my sister whose decision to color-coordinate the shutters to her landscape left me flabbergasted. Who does that? But believe it or not, I’ve heard the same song more than once. So maybe I’m the one who is crazy, but… I just have a thing about artificially colored things (hair not applicable), especially mulch which then fades to take on a whole different hue. I can’t understand why the mulch has to coordinate with anything because to me, it’s a means to keep out weeds and hold moisture. Hardly an accessory, mulch is a valuable asset that can even protect the investment of your landscape. Eventually, mulch breaks down and adds to the quality of the soil, increasing nutrients and texture. Which brings me to a whole different mulch mystery…rubber mulch. I certainly appreciate the act of recycling. But the last thing this earth needs is to be covered in recycled rubber. I think that it definitely has its place, say, as a base for playgrounds. That’s a

great idea. And cushiony, too, for all the tumbles the little ones take. But now in the garden centers I see mats of rubber mulch that conveniently fit around trees. Yikes! An impenetrable blanket of rubber that you can even buy in (gulp) red. I see it in my nightmares. Whew. I guess I’m just an old fashioned girl, a plain ol’ hardwood mulch fan. I like the dark color and the natural material. It breaks down nicely and keeps the weeds at bay. I’m particularly fond of how it cuts down on my watering chores and keeps plants cozy through the winter. I even like the way that it smells. So, yard by red-orange yard, I’m not afraid to say it anymore, I don’t like red mulch. Or the inflated price it carries. Or the stain it can leave. I’m done pretending and wearing the smile. And if you can’t stand it either, pass it on.


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