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Beck’s kicks in $15K to help family adapt / P5

Art teacher explores truckers’ travels / P7

Guerin High hosts its own mini-Olympics / P12

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Lovin’ spoonfuls Passion for art pushes Noblesville woodcarver and gallery owner to success / P2

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Noblesville woodworker and gallery owner Deb Wofford says she isn’t ready to stop handcrafting her famous Friendship Spoons.


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Lovin’ spoonfuls

The works of 10 area artists hang on the walls of Orginals Art Gallery. Wofford says “I love bringing art to Noblesville.

Passion for art pushes Noblesville woodcarver and gallery owner to success

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The Friendship Spoons are carved mostly with an Exacto knife from salvaged wood, sanded, stained and coated with polyurethane.

Deb Wofford

Age: 57 Family: Husband Richard Wofford, who works in Alaska for ConocoPhillips Oil Co., four children and three grandchildren. Education: Indianapolis Chatard High School, Herron School of Art Originals Art Gallery: 871 Conner Street, Noblesville. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 317-776-2362.

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Deb Wofford carves wooden spoons for all occasions including weddings, anniversaries and Christmas.

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By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville Her weathered hands explain 35 years of making magic with wood. The crooked fingers. The uneven nails. Goes with the territory. Woodworkers know that going in. “My hands are not very attractive anymore,” said artist Deb Wofford, owner of the Originals Art Gallery on Conner Street in Downtown Noblesville. “I have arthritis in every knuckle. But at least I still have all 10 of my fingernails. “My doctor actually told me I needed to quit.” Sure. Tell Peyton Manning he can’t throw a football anymore. Tell Derek Jeter his swinging days are done. Tell Tiger Woods to keep the putter in his bag. Give it up? “I told him that won’t happen. So, he gave me a shot,” said Wofford, breaking out into an echoing laugh. Quit? Not now. Not with so much yet to do. There’s an art gallery to operate, where a bunch of local artists hang their works. There are art shows to attend. And there’s her woodworking, in particular, her Friendship Spoons. Peyton has his laser rocket arm. Derek has his quick bat. And Tiger has his long-distance putts. Wofford has her Friendship Spoons, individually hand-carved token of friendship. The giving of spoons is a tradition going back to 17th Century Wales when sailors bestowed upon their sweethearts an intricately carved wooden spoon instead of an engagement ring before shipping out to sea. The spoons were displayed in a prominent place at the house alerting the rest of the men left behind that this woman was spoken for. “In 1982 a woman brought me a love spoon from Wales, and I thought it would fun to do something along those lines, a small item, to take to my art shows,” said Wofford, who got serious about her craft while studying at Herron Art School in Indianapolis. Two years later, the first spoon hit the shop and art shows, and the demand became so strong that Wofford had to pull back on her larger wood carvings. She once sold 1,700 a year but that number has dropped to about 1,000 since she has added newer lines for special occasions such as weddings, baptisms, farewells, thank you’s, anniversaries, deaths, graduations and Christmas. Each item is accompanied by a fitting, copy written story penned by Wofford. The wood for the spoons is salvaged from restoration projects. Using some machinery but mostly an Exacto knife, Wofford designs the spoons with crimson colored hearts

Area artists represented in the gallery • • • • •

Henry Bell J. Rodney Reveal William Duncan Rich Ernsting Rebecca Moore Higgins

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Steve Tagg Beth Forst Russell Wagoner George Elliott Dan Stout

carved into each. A hand-painted design on the spoon’s scoop denotes the year the spoon was made. The spoons are sanded with different grades of sandpaper, hand-rubbed before and after staining with oil and acrylic stains, then coated with polyurethane or left with a flat finish. Prices start at $20. “Although I am looking at machines that can help with part of the process, no machine out there can do the spoon from start to finish,” said Wofford, who a year ago was awarded the city’s first façade grant, part of a $150,000 redevelopment plan. “Nothing can do the sanding.” Much of that is done members of a sheltered workshop Wofford started in 1992 for the developmentally disabled, a year before she purchased the building at 871 Conner Street, where she and her husband Richard live on the second floor. “I love working with these guys,” said Wofford, pointing to a group of four workers sanding spoons at a table in the gallery. “I know that I am helping them and giving them something to do in the day and a place where they can be treated like human beings.” Regrettably, Wofford says occupational and family demands are forcing her to retire the workshop at year’s end. “Something had to give,” she said. Just as she realizes someday her days of woodcarving will end, too. “People ask me what I’d want to be if I wasn’t a woodworker, and I can’t think of anything else,” said Wofford. “I have too many loves to leave this is all behind. I love art, and I love bringing art to Noblesville. I love working with the artists, and I love to work with wood. “And I love how the spoon touches someone’s heart. It never stops surprising me.” Quit now? More cortisone, Doc.

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It is our opinion that high-level government organizations need to develop a more effective way of communicating and educating us about threats on our well-being. In an effort to simplify by using colors, levels and numbers, they have managed to cross the line of annoying and insulting to the point where no one really pays attention.   This past June, Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization raised the “pandemic alert” level from a phase 5 to a phase 6. In case you’re one of the millions who have no idea what this means, the world is now at the “start” of the 2009 influenza pandemic. Good to know.  Our Homeland Security Advisory System has designated five colored bars to indicate threats:  low (green), guarded (blue), elevated (yellow), high (orange) and severe (red).  We are currently on yellow, which indicates that everyone should have their own emergency preparedness kit and plan for their family. Very helpful, thanks.  Is this “Sesame Street” or the United States? We are all over-stressed adults who need things spelled out for us in very plain terms. Similar to a flashing red light on a car behind us or the air-raid sirens from the 1950s, Americans respond best when they are startled by the threat, not nagged incessantly by its warning. 

A great loss

It is our opinion that the recent passing of Special Olympics’ founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver gives us pause to reflect on all the great women who have made a huge impact on our society through selfless philanthropy and wonder who will take the passing of this torch.    In our current society of wealthy young women making the headlines for their addictions and arrests, do these future generations have the sophistication to take their fame and influence selflessly towards the greater good?  Or have our efforts to free the feminine mystique caused us to lose the true authentic power that women possess? The real strength in women lies in their capacity to care. As many have demonstrated, this gift can cause major change in the world. U.S. News & World Report once commented that Shriver’s contributions to society may be more significant than any single act her well-known brothers accomplished in their lifetime.  Indiana has some incredible legacies in Christol DeHaan, Yvonne Shaheen, Margot Eccles and countless others. It is our hope that these strong, influential women share their wisdom and responsibility with those that are to follow. Footsteps can only be followed if they make a deep enough impression.

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Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each week, we’ll share one with you. In Alabama, it is illegal to play dominoes on Sunday. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article 1. Section 2 The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every sec-

ond Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous

Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

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From the backshop Tony’s gone, but it’s not to late to help We didn’t know Tony Feller, who left us all last week at age 37, the victim of colon cancer, but it has been said he touched a lot of lives. So much so, in fact, that nearly 750 folks turned out for a fundraiser at Mudsocks Grill. The purpose was to attempt to cover more than $150,000 in medical expenses he and his bride, Crystal, took on this year alone as he sought out and participated in alternative treatment of the disease in Europe; he was diagnosed about five years ago, we’re told. The fundraiser party in his honor came four days before his death. They took in $33,000, which is a great start, but Crystal still has a mountain to climb. Keep it going, Noblesville, by making a tax-deductible contribution to the cause through www.tonyfellerfund.com. Every cent helps. ••• Here’s a move we really like. Charlie White, the chair of the Hamilton County Republican party, has announced his intentions to seek the secretary of state’s office in 2010. We find him to be sharp, honest, dogged and of integrity. Todd Rokita, who holds the job now, is precluded by state law from seeking a third term. (Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that law applied to Woody Burton and Pat Bauer?) •••

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg If you are one among the legions of idiots who dumps items into the White River, shame on you. You owe an apology to more than 700 souls that waded in last weekend to remove more than 30 tons of YOUR trash. Pathetic. (You, the scofflaw, not the volunteers.) It’s difficult to imagine propane tanks, tires, engines and other items being cast into the drink. Did we mention a motorcycle? A MOTORCYCLE! Nimrods! We appreciate the volunteers’ efforts. This was their 15th year of ridding the waterway of refuse, which means for the last 15 years – at least – the idiots have been at it. Enough!

Things Stephanie never told me By Zach Dunkin Last week’s space was about confession. I told you I knew very little about Noblesville. This week it’s about revelation. I’m learning. I’ve been walking the historic square, dropping in on gallery owners and coffee shops, and frequenting the highway malls in search of stories and new friends. Here’s some of what I have learned so far: • The Rainbo roller rink, my sole connection with Noblesville as a gradeschooler, isn’t there anymore. Hasn’t been since 1989, I’m told. There’s a Hardee’s and a CVS there at Conner and Cumberland. My first recollection of Noblesville is taking lengthy bus rides from Indy’s eastside to the magical Rainbo, where a 12-year-old blonde named Stephanie gave me a bogus phone number. • There’s some SERIOUS town pride here. You don’t mention the C-word or the N-word – and I’m not talking about the common offensive terms connected to those consonants. One lifelong resident (who shall remain nameless because she works for the city and I don’t want to get her in trouble) told me: “We are not and never were Nobletucky.” She also said her town doesn’t have the attitude of

another Hamilton County town. You figure it out. (Hint: begins with a C). • I learned that, according to gallery owner Deb Wofford (see cover story), the term “spooning” originated in 17th Century Wales when departing sailors would give their sweethearts carved wooden spoons in lieu of engagement rings -- spoons that were hung in plain view warning all landlubbing males “hands off; chick’s mine.” I always thought it was about cuddling front-to-back on the couch. • Finally, I learned that, years and years after getting duped by rollergirl Stephanie, I’m developing a crush on Noblesville. It’s a pretty cool place. But you probably knew that already. Zach Dunkin is the managing editor for Current in Noblesville. You may e-mail him at zach@ currentnoblesville.com

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By Terry Anker If a tree falls in the woods, it is still a tree? It seems the answer delivered is as much controlled by the questions asked as it is by the facts of the circumstance. So much of the discourse of modern politics has been about framing the discourse, not to fully discuss an issue, but rather to ensure that one perspective or another immediately takes the rhetorical upper hand.  Is the debate regarding Cap and Trade about saving the environment (as advocates might claim), or should it be about saving Hoosier jobs (as opponents might say). Surely, neither side of the discussion wants to destroy the environment or take away jobs. But whoever manages to best control what the debate is perceived to be about is most likely to prevail in Congress (or in the press for that matter).  Many years ago, on my first day of law school, a professor proclaimed that whoever frames the issue wins the case. And I think he may have been

right. Healthcare, school choice, unions, personal liberty, guns – all, in their own way, are debates determined by the frame applied to the issue. Perhaps such is the nature of things. But sadly, adept spin-masters and snake-oil salesmen alike have taken advantage of our collective inability to consider ways to look at issues outside of the original framing. The real challenge to consider is not whether unions destroy American competitiveness or ensure a strong middle class, but instead to understand the weighted balance between the various perspectives that Photo Illustration come into play. Can we have a reasonable dialogue, or are we blinded by our own framing? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmell.com.

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DISPATCHES » Haunting hours - The City of

Noblesville has announced that official trick or treat hours this Halloween will be on Saturday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Noblesville Police Department will have extra patrols out that evening to provide additional security. Motorists are asked to use extra caution while driving that night.  For more information, contact Cara Culp at (317) 776-6367.

» Spanish for kids - The Noblesville Parks Department will be offering Spanishgarten classes for children beginning Oct. 5. Spanishgarten classes includes puppets, music and games which assist in the teaching of Spanish. Shawnda Jones, a former high school Spanish teacher, will conduct the lessons. Mommy and Me classes are offered for children ages 2 ½ - 5 years old with a parent or caregiver on Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 from 9:30 to 10:15 am at Forest Park Lodge. Cost is $85 per child for Noblesville residents and $95 per child for non-residents. Kindergarten/ preschool classes are offered for children ages 3 to 6 years old on Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 from 10:30 to 11:15am at Forest Park Lodge. Cost is $70 per child for Noblesville residents and $80 per child for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/Parks or call (317) 770-5750. » Flap jacks at the fire station - The

annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and open house at Fire Station #71, 135 S. 9th Street, is from 7:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 3. Highlights of the open house will include safety presentations, the “Get Out Safe” house, station tours, and the opportunity to meet and talk with some of Noblesville’s firefighters. The cost of the pancake breakfast will be $5.50 for adults and $2.50 for children under the age of 12.  The breakfast and open house will kick off Fire Safety Week which will be October 4 – 11. Fire Safety Week is held every year in the United States to help educate people about fire prevention and safety.  For more information, contact the Noblesville Fire Department at (317) 776-6336.

» Autism house opens - The Autism

House, located at Hinkle Creek Elementary School, officially opened last week with a model classroom that illustrates a number of strategies that can be used in both general education and special education classrooms to work with students diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The Autism House will be used throughout the school year to help every Noblesville teacher learn how to assist these students.

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Beck’s generosity will ‘help family help itself’ For Current in Noblesville Beck’s Hybrids, headquartered in Hamilton County, recently made a $15,000 contribution to Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County. The donation will go towards building a handicapped accessible home for Noblesville residents Kevin and Amber Sanders along with their children, 4-year-old Madison and 5-month-old Kevin Jr. The Sanders’ current apartment is difficult to live in because it’s not wheel-chair friendly for Madison who was born with spina bifida. Madison recently had surgery to help with mobility issues. She uses a walker and wheelchair. Kevin and Amber struggle to carry Madison upstairs into their current apartment. In addition, almost 50 percent of Kevin’s earnings go towards housing costs. Kevin works for the Hamilton County Building and Grounds Department. Amber is a stay-at-home Mom. Beck’s Hybrids vice president Scott Beck said the business supports Habitat because it sparks community activity and involvement. “Habitat helps families help themselves,” he said. “It’s a positive experience not only for the family, but for the community as well. It brings people together for a good cause.” The 73-year-old Beck’s is the largest independent seed company in the world, based on an 80-acres in Atlanta, Ind., and with an outlet at Harger’s Seed Warehouse, 3744 E. Conner St. in Noblesville. Habitat has secured funding for the purchase of the land, but is still in need of funds to underwrite the cost of the home’s construction. To volunteer or donate to this project, please call Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County at 317-896-9423 or visit www.hfhhc.org for more information. HFHHC is a Christian, ecumenical organization committed to the elimination of substandard housing throughout the county.  Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County is located at 17902 U. S. Hwy 31 N Ste 4 in Westfield. For more information visit www.hfhhc.org.

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Kevin and Amber Sanders and four-year-old Madison.

Suffering from a soccer overload By Danielle Wilson Wanna hear something crazy? My husband and I will be on a soccer field somewhere in the state of Indiana every day for the next six weeks. Every single freaking day, including Saturday and Sundays. That’s 40 days in a row that one or both of us will be dropping off kids to practice or eating overpriced, overcooked hot dogs in collapsible chairs. What did we do to deserve this? I’ll tell you. We didn’t get that vasectomy soon enough, and now all four of our kids want to play soccer. My oldest is in a travel league, with regular practices twice a week, an optional but strongly-encouraged third night for skills training, and games on the weekends. Our twins are now in a U10 division, and even though it’s a recreation league, they each have two practices a week and one or two games per weekend. Their practices, of course, do not coincide; one goes Monday and Friday, and the other on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our youngest is also in the rec league, with one practice, surprise surprise, on Thursday nights. So I’m not exaggerating when I say we would be better off pitching a tent at Habig Fields and calling it our home through mid-October. Besides soccer, the kids have homework, the occasional birthday party, Sunday school (which meets on Mondays) and the need to shower at least once every seven days. I’d also like them to play, just for the fun of it, and perhaps eat a real dinner (not Easy Mac) sitting at a table with the rest of the family. I honestly can’t see that happening any-

time soon. It’s going to be insane around here, and that’s with only one sport per child. I know kids who also have a second sports team, art classes and scout meetings to work in. How do they do it? Perhaps the better question is, should we as parents, let them do it? One of our boys last year got a wild hair up his kazoo to start piano lessons. It was after soccer season, and we had nothing going, plus a neighbor was willing to be his teacher, so we said “sure.” A year later, he’s still taking lessons, but now with soccer upon us, it’s one more responsibility added to his plate. Our older son now wants to be in a school music group, and the girls want to take hip-hop and painting. At what point do we call uncle? We want our children to be wellrounded, but we also don’t want them to be so busy that they can’t enjoy just being kids. But in our community especially, the everpresent, “If your kid doesn’t start early and practice often, they’ll never play at the high school level” (forcing them to drop-out and start selling crack down at 16th and Capitol) attitude makes it feel

like you’re a terrible parent when you say “no.” Crazy, but true! It’s not just the time commitment, either. Travel soccer ain’t cheap, baby, and neither is anything else the kids want to try. Multiply by four and we’ve got another reason for limiting our kids’ activities. I guess, as in all things, moderation is key. You have to monitor your children, and as long as their activities are enhancing their lives, then you’re okay. But the minute a kid seems stressed out or overwhelmed, or the family is suffering as a result of too many commitments, then it’s time to pull the plug. I don’t know; I’m still trying to figure out who has practice tonight and where. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.

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We can still grow without sacrificing our identity By Christy Myers I grew up in Madison, Ind. The day-to-day when I was a kid in the 1980s and ‘90s was pretty much the same as the day-to-day if you were to visit right now. When doing a census analysis of our hometowns as an undergrad I found that Madison’s population from 1990 to 2000 changed from 12,006 to 12,004. I actually use that as a joke in conversation sometimes but it is the truth. I think it’s safe to say that Madison will remain that quaint, small town that, even though people race to leave when they are young, they still remember fondly when thinking of community. I will make the large assumption (and, yes, I know what happens when you assume) that 10 to 15 years ago Noblesville was a lot like Madison. However, as the population and commercial development compounded not all traces of community were obscured like so many bedroom communities on the fringes of large cities. One tinge of this nostalgic comfort is the placing of the flags in downtown Noblesville by the Noblesville Kiwanis. I am

not sure how long this tradition has been going on but I do know that the local Kiwanis club (and especially Joe Arrowood) deserve a lot more recognition than they receive. Joe and his wife or anyone else who is willing to help him in this thankless post go out at least 20 times during the year to put them up and take them down in recognition of the various patriotic holidays. That’s a lot more than I do on these sacred dates to honor my country. And while sometimes the flags get put up a little later than a week before or stay up a couple days longer than they are supposed to I think this is a fine example of reassurance that a city/community can grow considerably but never completely lose its identity. Thank goodness for that. Christy Myers is assistant director of economic development for Noblesville and a contributor to Current in Noblesville. You may e-mail her at cmeyers@noblesville.in.gov.

Photo courtesy of Noblesville resident Sid Davis, owner of the Noblesville Golf and Batting Center.

This is the construction of Ind. 32 on the west side of town circa mid-1920s. Riverview Hospital now sits on the opposite side of the road from the man on the hill with a shovel..

Proud owners open historic doors on home By Martha Allan Current in Noblesville Three homes on this year’s Noblesville Tour of Historic Homes were connected, not by hallways or walks, but family ties. Houses built in the latter part of the 1800s by two sons and a granddaughter of Henry Metsker, a prominent farmer in his day, were among nine residences and historical structures on display recently for the 23rd annual tour, a fundraiser for the Noblesville Preservation Alliance. The Louis Metsker house at 17485 River Road, a white, two-story home built in the Italianate style with tall, narrow window, was built in 1876. Current owners Pat and Lynell Newell proudly guided more than 300 visitors through, pointing out original portions of hardwood flooring, and describing the recently rebuilt chimney and in-roof gutters. “There’s a real pride and pleasure in being able to see the house grow and thrive,” said Lynell Newell. The Caylor-Pruitt Home, 1428 Monument St., is a brick Victorian cottage built in 1894 by thennewlyweds William and Nellie Caylor, a daughter of Louis Metsker. The home, with two dormer bedrooms tucked into the roofline, is a cozier version of the larger homes on the tour, with all the prized wood trim and hardwood floors. The exteriors of most of the homes on the tour have been faithfully maintained. Inside, modern kitchens and bath and improved cooling and heat-

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One of the homes on the tour was the Louis Metsker home, owned by Pat and Lynell Newell. The Italianatestyle home was built in 1876.

ing systems have been added to accommodate today’s families. Driving east on State Road 32 into Noblesville, you might have noticed the Hamilton Metsker house and an antiques barn at 77 Metsker Lane. In its time, the two-story, Italianate-style home, painted taupe with green shutters, has been a private residence, restaurant and reception hall. The property is currently for sale. Back on River Road, the Newells enjoy being caretakers of a historic home “We’ve lived here 33 years,” Lynell Newell said. “But when I move, it will still be the Metsker home.”

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NHS teach kept on truckin’ over summer By Sharon Trisler Current in Noblesville Noblesville High School art teacher Craig Ryan spent the summer living his dream - spending time on the road exploring the life of the American trucker. As a child Ryan loved to play with trucks. He dreamed about trucks. As a college student he visited truck stops Now, as an adult with more than 20 years experience teaching photography and art, he comes back to his first love, that of trucks. “I’ve had ‘white line fever’ my whole life,” Ryan said. “Trucks are just one of those things I’ve always loved. I love things with wheels and the bigger the better.” This summer he hit the road and traveled 8,000 miles along the routes of the American trucker. He spent about 35 days on the road - mostly in areas of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington - and recorded the experience with more than 4,000 digital photographs. Some of the pictures are included in his blog. He visited truck stops, truck terminals and shipping yards as he looked into the lives of drivers and mechanics, and recorded their stories and documented their experiences with his camera. Although a goal for the summer was to ride alongside a trucker, that experience was not key to his project. “Meeting the truckers, talking to them, photographing them, getting their stories – that’s what I want to do,” Mr. Ryan said before he set out on his first trip. During his days at home between trips he started organizing and editing his pictures. He plans to

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Art teacher Craig Ryan found cure for ‘white line fever.’

produce an iPhoto book and develop an art exhibit of high quality photos. His trips were funded by an $8,000 Lilly Endowment Creativity Award. Creativity awards are given each year to allow teachers to pursue their personal interests, explore subjects that intrigue them, and just get away during the summer. The grants give hard-working educators a chance to become re-energized, follow their dreams, and return to the classroom with new spirit Sharon Trisler, public relations director for Noblesville Schools

The odds on God

By Bob Walters Frenchman Blaise Pascal was a brilliant 17th century scientist, mathematician and philosopher whose fertile mind wandered into, out of, and back into religion during his life from 1623 to 1662. Pascal’s France was the era of Louis XIV, Cardinal Richilieu, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Rene Descartes. It was a country culturally stretched by Le Roi Soleil, the ecclesial preeminence of the Jesuits and Catholic Church, the early secular gloamings of the humanist philosophers, and religious emanations from the robust Protestant Reformation next door in Germany. A child prodigy educated by his father, Pascal wrote a treatise on conical mathematics at age 16. At 22, he was schooled in atmospherics by Descartes, known not only for math and physics but also as the father of modern philosophy. The famous “I think, therefore I am” (Cognito ergo sum) is from Descartes, whose powerful (and novel) rational argument proceeded from finding truth by first defining doubt, and then into assuring us that we exist. Some take that to infer God must also exist; others that it means God doesn’t need to exist. Try as he might, Descartes could never quite prove – not even to his own satisfaction – whether God exists or not. “Pascal’s Wager,” another famous bit of unsatisfying theological grist, hedges a person’s bet on God’s existence. To paraphrase, the wager states (tip of the hat to the Stanford Encyclopedia of

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Philosophy): Even under the assumption that God’s existence is unlikely, the potential benefits of believing are so vast as to make betting on God’s existence rational. My Christian spiritual mentors wrinkle their noses at that one. A fair summation of their response is: “To bet blindly on God to avoid condemnation or attain salvation neither creates love nor proves faith. God knows the difference.” A couple weeks ago Indianapolis hosted a convention of secularists, and news coverage (at least what I saw of it) seemed fair enough. Secularists just can’t make sense of why or how there could be a God, but nonetheless appreciate – and in many cases share – the human need to form communities. Descartes (a non-believer) and Pascal (a believer), always are prominent bellwethers of naturalist, secularist, humanist, even atheistic argument. “We have nature, why do we need God?” the nonbelievers seemingly say. Convention organizers confidently cited a survey revealing that 15 percent of Americans reject God and religion. Tells me that 85 percent don’t. Bob Walters (rlwcom@aol.com) spent most of his life thinking God was an inconvenient truth. For fun, Google “Pascal’s Wager” and “Cognito Ergo Sum.”

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21-30 days to your great habit By John Bellmore The word habit can be misunderstood because it is often associated with the negative word addiction. Yet, some habits can be good for you: like eating well-balanced nutritional meals daily, getting a good night’s sleep and exercising regularly. A habit is healthy when it is developed for the right reasons. Although it can happen, most people don’t have to worry about developing an unhealthy addiction to exercise. It never ceases to amaze me to hear someone balk at weight training because they don’t want to get “”too big” or “too bulky” or look like “those people on those muscle magazines.” The truth is, unless you are genetically gifted, on performance enhancing drugs, or use anabolic steroids, that’s not going to happen. It takes between 21 to 30 days to develop a new habit. Disciplining yourself for this amount of time to exercise regularly will help you feel better, have more energy and probably even live longer. It can also help prevent chronic health problems, assist in better sleeping patterns and aid in developing a lower body fat percentage. Developing a regular exercise program can begin by simply committing to yourself to take a 30- to 60-minute, brisk walk daily. You don’t have to join an expensive fitness club. A basic routine consisting of push-ups, crunches and lunges can be done in the comfort of your home. But if you belong to a health club, going to the gym only two or three times a week or about an hour to perform 20 to 30 minutes of cardio and 20 to 30 minutes of weight training can be fit into even the busiest schedules Feel too tired to workout or have too many other things to worry about? Remember the benefits I mentioned before. Fit a regular exercise program into your weekly schedule and the rest will all work out, too.

cessful collaboration earlier this year, the Noblesville Parks Department and Noblesville Schools are offering new sessions of spinning classes at Noblesville Intermediate School, 19900 Hague Road. Participants must be ages 16 and older. All classes will have a minimum of six students and a maximum of 18 students. The Yoga Fusion Spinning class includes 45 minutes of cardio work on the bikes prior to 30 minutes of deep yoga stretch and relaxation. Classes are Sept. 23 and 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and Nov. 4,and 11 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $45 for Noblesville residents and $55 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/Parks or call the Parks Recreation office at (317) 770-5750.

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» Itty-bitty bras - Let’s face it: Bra manufacturers aren’t necessarily thinking comfort when designing bras for small-chested women. Many assume we want to enhance our cleavage (read: extra-thick padding and painful wiring), when in fact what we want is a comfortable fit. The Itty Bitty Bra ($55; ittybittybra.com) was designed for women who want a stylish bra that doesn’t pucker or gap under clothing. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, including a fabulous leopard print, and sizes range from 32AA to 36B (so there’s one for every smalltopped gal out there). -www.health.com 8 | September 22, 2009

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Hooping it up “The Hula Hoop has gone from being a 1950s fad to a 21st century fitness trend,” reports Kimberly N. Chase in the Christian Science Monitor (Aug. 23). Christabel Zamor is leading the trend, having started “hooping as a hobby” in 2001. She just started hooping in a park, quickly finding benefits both physical -- hooping burns up to 600 calories an hour -- and psychological. She’s since left a doctoral program in anthropology to found HoopGirl, Inc. The company now has more than 350 certified instructors in 12 countries.” So if you’re looking for a new way to get fit, maybe hopping is for you. -www.coolnews.com

Marathoner’s assistant Clearly not content with just providing the world with accurate weather forecasts, Oregon Scientific has branched out into other electronic endeavors, including possibly overpriced fitness aides. Their Marathon Pedometer uses an accelerometer to track your footsteps, distance, calories burned and time, so it can be worn around your neck or strapped to a part of your body, and it also allows you to set challenges to see how long it would actually take you to complete something like a marathon. It looks nice and all with its inverted LCD display, but at$59.99 it’s not the cheapest solution out there. -www.ohgizmo.com

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MONEY MATTERS As college tuition rises, do you think the cost is worth it?

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MY OPINION

“I always believe that bettering oneself through higher education is vital to a person’s growth.” Shawn Schechter Noblesville

Baker (left) and Schmidt “Yes college is always worth it. It is how you use the knowledge afterwards that is important.” Leigha Manis Noblesville

“I believe the rising cost of tuition is effective as long as the money is used for the learning process.” Mickey Brooks Noblesville

A unique design firm is opening Oct. 1 in the Carmel Arts & Design District. J. Bakers Interiors is a design firm that has partnered up with the showroom Albert Square Ltd. The owner, James Baker, has been in business since 1955, and his partner, Patrick Schmidt, has been working with him for 24 years. They started in Tipton, Ind., but to better serve their clients, they decided to open in Carmel. “In this area, we will be serving 88 percent of the designers in Hamilton and Marion counties. We wanted a location convenient for our clients because our client base is the Indy area,” said Baker. Their main focus is interiors for residential, hospitality, and sometimes commercial projects. They feature more traditional deOwners: James Baker and Patrick Schmidt signs, and their showroom Location: The Indiana Design Center contains pieces that are 200 S. Rangeline Rd., Ste. 105 unique and personal. “We bring a more individual Carmel, IN 46032 choice. When we see somePhone: 317-568-1301 thing unique or different, Web: jbakerinteriors.com we buy it,” Baker said.

All those rules from childhood still apply By David Cain Do your parents understand what you do for a living? Better yet, do your kids get it? Making things more complicated than they need to be is a tough habit to kick. And, face it, it’s always been fashionable to have a complicated job in a complicated industry and work for a sophisticated company. It’s the American dream for some. Well, the reality of a new work age is dawning. Being complicated has fallen out of vogue. Simple is in. If simple is in, then how we communicate and market must get simpler too. Talk to your audience like you are talking to an informed 5-year-old. Follow the rules of childhood, and you might find your business is less complicated. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. Listen to your parents. Pay attention to what people who make decisions are saying. Every business has people who buy their products or services. Think of them as your parents, and listen to what they are saying. 2. Never lie. Nobody likes a phony. Liars can only get so far before they are found out. Stop saying what you think people want to hear; that’s phony. 3. Treat others like you want to be treated. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and see what you think of your business. Feel any rocks in your customer’s shoe? Is how you are selling getting in the way of how people want to buy? Treat others fairly, and most will do the same for you.

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4. Clean your plate. Being wasteful is a fast track to being unpopular. All the cool kids are into smart resource management, green initiatives, and other marketing relating to supporting a cause. Clean your plate; eliminate waste. I’ve got a 3-year-old at home who thinks I go to school everyday. I’m working on getting what I do for a living to a simple statement that even she can understand. It’s not easy, but it also isn’t hard. Remember this: You can still be mysterious and complex, just be sure your business isn’t. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at David.Cain@ MediaSauce.com.

By Kent Burns My family and I went to Greek Fest – what a great addition to Carmel’s fall activities. Adding to our experience was attending the festival with our new neighbors, who just happen to be Greek. It gave the evening an authentic flair that made it very cool. I learned about the food, traditions and values of the Greeks. It was fun and inspiring to see them celebrating their heritage. One of my favorite memories from the evening was hearing about my new neighbor Steve’s grandfather, Peter. Originally born in the U.S., Peter was raised in Greece before returning to the United States during World War II. Though unable to speak or understand English, he was determined to fight for our country. When he attempted to register with the Navy, they turned him away because he could not pass the written test, which obviously was written in English.  Peter wouldn’t give up. He went to the recruitment office every day for three weeks – and was told “no” each time. The officer in charge was so moved by Peter’s passion that he took the test on

Peter’s behalf. Problem solved. Where is that kind of passion in America today? It’s missing, because we’ve forgotten who we are and where we came from. A few decades ago – when we knew these things – the passion was there; it was palpable. We were different, and everybody knew it. The whole point of coming to the United States was to be an American. What can we do? Here’s what we can do: Read our history. Expose your children to our history.  Teach them who we are and where we came from, and explain why we must remain faithful to that. Use your voice – people died so you can. Tell the naysayers and haters that they are free to leave our borders at any time.  It is up to us to reclaim our heritage. Our country won’t change until we do. Kent Burns is a Carmel resident, investor and co-founder of CrossConfirm. He is also a professional speaker and author of What’s Your Why? He can be reached at kent@currentincarmel.com.

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DISPATCHES » Rails to dinner - After a short break

because of the State Fair, the Pizza Train resumes its run from Forest Park in Noblesville to Tipton for a dinner away from home on Sept. 19. Other trips are scheduled Oct. 3, 10,17 and 24. Riders can choose a buffet dinner option from Pizza King, Pizza Shack or Jim Dandy in Tipton. The train leaves the Transportation Museum at 5 p.m., arrives in Tipton at 7:30 p.m and returns to the museum by 8:15 p.m. Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for ages 2 to 12. When riders reserve a seat on the train , reservations are made for them at the restaurant of their choice. Call (317) 773-6000.

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Parks Department in collaboration with the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission and the Hedgehog Music Showcase will stage a Fall Finale concert from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Shelter One in Forest Park. The featured bands will be the Juggernaut Jug Band from Louisville and Brigid’s Cross, a Celtic folk band from Ohio.  In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled and there will be no rain date.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic.

» Hop the train to Atlanta - The Indiana Transportation Museum will offer a shuttle service from Noblesville to the Atlanta New Earth Festival Sept. 26-27 in downtown Atlanta. Shuttles depart from Noblesville’s Forest Park every 2 hours beginning at 8:30 a.m Nearly 700 vendors showcase artisan crafts, vintage antiques and local cuisine, including alligator and ostrich burgers. Main Street will feature juried hand-made items including fine arts, crafts, pottery, clothing, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.ITM. org for more details.

Guerin High School hosts ‘mini-Olympics’ By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville If you’ve got skills, now’s the time to show ‘em. Whether it’s eating hot dogs, baking a pie, shooting free throws like Steve Nash or playing Xbox Madden Football like you’re Bill Belichick, the inaugural Guerin Games has a test for any contender of any age. The all-day “mini-Olympics” Sept. 27 at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville is not your everyday fall festival. From noon to 8 p.m. participants will compete in everything from athletic games to video games and from baking to eating. There’s even a competition for euchre with the winning team collecting a $100 gift certificate. “It’s not really about athletics per se as much as it is about having fun and bringing the community together,” said Eagles athletic director Chris Buhler of his department’s major fundraiser. “Here’s an event that brings in kids from preschool to high school, their parents and their siblings in fund-raising.” “Not only will it bring in money for our athletic department, but it will get people on campus who have probably only driven by. I will help put out the word about what we have here.” Founded in 2004, Guerin Catholic High School is a four-year, college preparatory school located at 15300 Gray Road. It was recently named one of the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools by Catholic High School Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The only other Indiana school to make the list was St. Joseph’s of South Bend.

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Guerin High School president Father Dale Ehrman (far left) and Bishop Higi, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, join some celebrating students in the bleachers.

Each of the more than 20 competitions in the Games has a small fee, and participants will be playing for prizes, including Pacers and Colrs tickets, gift cards to Dave & Busters, Mike’s Car Wash, Buffalo Wild Wings and several restaurants. The winners of the Madden and Wii bowling tournaments will each receive a $50 gift certificate. There’ll also be a Kids Corner, where youngsters with a $10 wristband have all-day access to more than 15 activities, including a bounce house, pluck a duck, bean bag toss, a maze, hula hoop, Frisbee toss and face-painting. Other events include arm wrestling, putting, sand volleyball, home run derby, art, E-A-G-L-E

(HORSE), dunk tank, 3 on 3 basketball, Wii bowling, cornhole, dodgeball, ladder ball and singing. Some of the events require registration. For more information, registration and schedule of events visit.www.gueringames.com. What: Guerin Games Where: Guerin Catholic High School, 15300 Gray Road, Noblesville When: Noon to 8 p.m., Sept. 27 Cost: Free admission but activities are individually priced Info: www.gueringames.com

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Movies in the Park presents “Ratatouille”

» Bad wine? - It is perfectly OK not to

like a wine. But a few bad smells can help you determine if the wine is truly bad. Learn to determine these, and you will be well on your way to being able to tell if wine is bad enough to send back. The first smell is vinegar, which means there is too much acetic acid in wine. Another is sherry smell, which means the wine has been oxidized, or exposed to air. Does it smell dank, wet, moldy, or like an old cellar? This probably means the wine absorbed the taste of a defective cork and is commonly referred to as “corked wine.” The smell of sulfur (burnt matches) means the wine has too much sulfur dioxide. -www.delish.com

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Where: West Park, 2700 W. 116th Street When: Friday, Sept. 25th at Dusk Cost: Free Details: This week’s showing of a movie in the park presents Disney Pixar’s “Ratatouille.” The movie is rated G. Info: www.carmelclayparks.com

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SPEAKERS Dave Ramsey comes to Indianapolis

‘Lafferty’s Wake’

Main Street Productions of Westfield will present the comedy with music “Lafferty’s Wake” at the Westfield Playhouse (1836 S.R. 32 in Eagletown) Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 for kids and seniors. For reservations or more information, call 317-896-2707.

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author Dave Ramsey presents his common sense debt reduction and wealth-building strategies live in Indianapolis Oct. 1 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Pepsi Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis. Tickets are $43. For more information, call 888-227-3223.

Meet the Celebrities of the Spirits World

On one fantastic evening (Sept. 24), all the stars of the distilleries make their way to Indianapolis’ Vine & Table. While you sip on that sugar cane rum cocktail why not converse with the people who make these fine spirits. Guests include Peter Pogue, Old Pogue Distillery; Hunter & Britt Chavanne, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers; Meredith Maciolek, Philadelphia Distilling; Jim Nagy, Dos Banderas Sangrita; Fred Einstein, Preiss Imports and many more!

Get outta town

French lick resort Where: French Lick Resort, 8670 W. SR 56, French Lick, Ind. Getting there: From Noblesville take SR 37 south to I-69, south to I-465, south to I-65, south to U.S. 50 (Seymour) exit, west on U.S. 50 to U.S. 150, then south on SR 56. Approximately 165 miles and 3 hours. What: As summer turns to fall, Southern Indiana’s rolling hills change to beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. The dense tree lines surrounding the French Lick Resort make it an ideal place to experience the fall foliage. Visitors to French Lick will have ample choices for viewing the leaves from hiking and biking to horseback riding and boating. Train enthusiasts can enjoy the autumn scenery by way of a vintage train from The Indiana Railway Museum, adjacent to the resort. The train departs on a 20-mile roundtrip Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $14, children 3-11 are $7 and children two and under are free. French Lick features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 42,000-squarefoot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000

square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options. Info and reservations: 888-936-9360 or www. frenchlick.com

MOVIES Movie night ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’

The lively stage version of the rip-roaring MGM film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” plays through Oct. 4. Get ready for some fun as these brothers get a lesson in “goin’ courtin’” through Oct. 4. For reservations, call the box office at 317-872-9664. For complete show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.  

LIVE MUSIC CSO with Michael Feinstein

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Michael Feinstein for a one-night-only performance with the orchestra Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield High School auditorium. Feinstein, the world’s foremost musical archivist, pianist and vocalist, will be accompanied by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra to benefit the Michael Feinstein Foundation and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.

Mickey’s Irish Pub

The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub,13644 N Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746 September 25: Pack of Chihuahuas September 26: Peace Train & the Flower Power Brass

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First Baptist Church of Indianapolis, 8600 N. College Ave., is hosting a free community movie night Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. on the First Baptist Athletic Program’s soccer field. Planned as a community outreach, the event will feature the G-rated, animated movie “Everyone’s Hero” and free popcorn. For more information, visit www.fbcindy.org or call 317-846-5821.

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LIVE MUSIC Freddie Hubbard Tribute at Indy Jazz Fest

On Sept. 25 at the Madame Walker Theater on the historic Indiana Avenue, Dr. David Baker hosts an evening dedicated to honoring and giving tribute to the late, great and Indianapolis native, HUBBARD trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of this year’s Indy Jazz Fest. For more information, call 317-966-7854.

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A lasagne bolognese to write home about

RECIPE

steak and couscous

Stacey Sweitzer Manager at Noble Coffee & Tea Company Where do you like to eat? Eddie’s Corner Cafe What do you like to eat there? The soup of the day What do you like about Eddie’s Corner Cafe? Their food and the people who work there. They’re always so friendly to my son when we go in there. Eddie’s Corner Cafe 101 N. 10th St., Noblesville (317) 776-9935 Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

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Sushiyama

By Katja Baird As an Italian, I often miss the cuisine of my youth. I have countless memories of my Nonna making homemade lasagna during my childhood growing up in Bologna, Italy. Every time I take a bite of lasagna I can remember my Grandmother making it by pulling the pasta, making the sauce and baking the lasagna. The smell filled the whole entire house. Those same memories come back to me again and again when I make this dish for my own children. Lasagna Bolognese originates in the city of Bologna. Although the authorship of this recipe is from there, lasagna is known as a symbol of Italian cuisine all over the world. To prepare a good lasagna ala Bolognese, the important thing is the right choice of ingredients. Use half beef and half pork to properly flavor the

recipe and the tomato pulp, which should be from fresh crushed tomatoes of good quality. Last but not least, are the noodles themselves, which must be among the best for better flavor. Although it would be better to use homemade lasagna noodles, it is not necessary. This is my favorite dish because all of the ingredients that come together in perfect harmony. It is crispy on top and soft and jucy inside. Even though this dish requires a lot of time and effort, you can taste the passion of making it in every bite. It is the combination of hard work and love. Katja Baird has been in the restaurant business for more than 10 years and currenly works at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano in Noblesville. You may email her at katjabaird@yahoo.com.

Lasagne bolognese

2321 Conner Street Noblesville, IN 46060 Phone: 317-518-4977 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sushiyama’s owners believe corporate sushi restaurants don’t compare to their authentic sushi. Seafood is fresh with the strongest tastes coming from the restaurant’s unique sauces and seasonings. Sushiyama even takes lengths to place importance on textures with its meals. The restaurant brings this aspect of eating out in its food by balancing it with the unique tastes created in its own kitchen. A professional South Korean sushi chef prepares the sushi at Sushiyama. As with Japanese sushi, the South Korean-style sushi has strict standards. Sushiyama employees personally select the fish they bring in to meet the personal standards

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Ingredients for the Ragu • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 1/2 unsalted butter • 1 carrot chopped • 1 celery chopped • 1 white onion chopped • 2 3/4 cup ground meat: half beef/half pork • 3/4 cup dry white wine • 1 1/2 cup canned tomatoes, strained • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper Ingredients for the Besciamella • 1/4 cup of butter • 1/4 cup of flour • 2 1/4 cup of milk Directions: 1. Prepare the broth for the Ragu by melting the butter and heating the olive oil in a sauce pan at high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan with oil and butter until the onions are golden. 2. Add the ground beef, pork, and white wine to the pan along with the vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes or until the white wine has evaporated. 3. Add tomato, nutmeg, salt and pepper to mixture. Cook sauce for one hour

uncovered at a medium to low heat. 4. While the sauce is cooking, prepare the Besciamella by stirring the butter, flour and milk in a second smaller sauce pan at low heat. 5. When preparing the white sauce for the lasagna, stir ingredients slowly and continuously to ensure a fairly smooth sauce. Heat until smooth and remove from heat. 6. Prepare the lasagna pasta and drain. When your Ragu sauce is ready, put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish. 7. Add a layer of pasta, then layer the Ragu, Besciamella and Parmigiano reggiano. 8. Repeat this step until the casserole dish is full. 9. To finish this dish, add the remaining Ragu and Parmigiano Reggiano to the top. 10. Preheat the oven to 350 F, place uncovered dish in the oven and bake for at least 1 hour, checking occasionally. The dish is ready when the top layer is a beautiful color with a golden crust. 11. When ready, remove from oven and allow lasagna to cool for 10 minutes, then cut them into the pan and serve still warm.

Ingredients: • 3 tbsp. olive oil • 1 ½ lb. flank steak • kosher salt and black pepper • 1 10-oz. box couscous 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup pine nuts • 2 cups baby spinach • 1/4 cup crumbled feta (1 oz.) • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Directions: 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook to the desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest before slicing. 2. Cook the couscous according to the package directions; transfer to a large bowl. 3. Wipe out the skillet. Cook the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the garlic, and pine nuts over medium heat, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold into the couscous with the spinach, Feta, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the steak.

Cocktail

DIRTY MARTINI Ingredients: • 1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka • 1 splash olive juice Directions: 1. In a shaker with ice, add Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka and olive juice. 2. Shake and strain into a martini glass. 3. Garnish with olive.

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It’s the great pumpkin fest, Charlie Brown! By Martha Allan Current in Noblesville Maybe you’ve been to Noblesville’s Stonycreek Farm to cut a Christmas tree, or perhaps you’ve stomped in its creeks at the YMCA’s summer camp. But if you haven’t been there to spend a fall afternoon playing simple games or taking a bumpy ride on a hay wagon to the pumpkin patch, you haven’t really experienced Stonycreek Farm. For many Hamilton County families, a visit to its annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a rite of fall. The event has evolved over the years from a simple trip to the pumpkin patch to an afternoon’s worth of activities that include a haunted house, pumpkin train, games, crafts and food. Stonycreek’s fall festival will open its 37th season Sept. 26 with several new activities, including a giant jumping pillow that can hold 40 to 50 people, a mega chess game and a pedal car race track, according to owner Loren Schmierer, who estimates the festival draws about 50,000 visitors a season. He has enjoyed watching adults who visited as children bring their children to the farm. “We have the third generation coming now,” he said. “People who came here as babies are now bringing their grandkids.” The chance to be out in the fall air, strolling around a pumpkin field, is just one of the simple pleasures Stonycreek offers. Dating back to 1860, the farm also has some friendly farm critters children can meet: goats, donkeys, turkeys, ducks and chickens, rabbits and an occasional calf. In addition to pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks,

hay bales, mini-pumpkins and mums are available for purchase during the festival. The games, rides and food are all individually priced, so parents will want to be prepared with enough cash for an afternoon’s worth of memories. Many school groups keep Stonycreek busy on weekdays, Schmierer said. The farm has a program for children in grades K-3, with an optional lunch plan.

stonycreek farm pumpkin harvest festival Where: 11366 State Road 38 East Noblesville When: Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Cost: Admission is free but activities are individually priced. Parking is $5. Info: 317-773-3344 or www.stonycreekfarm. net

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Yom Kippur — A DAY, but is there Atonement for the jewish soul?

By John Lieberman, Carmel, IN Photo Illustration

Cell phones and water don’t mix By Gary Hubbard As everyone knows, electronics and moisture are not a good mix, and what you do in the early stages after introducing your favorite device to liquid is critical. The first thing to do is turn it off and take out the battery. The biggest mistake made in these panic situations is repeatedly trying to get the device to power up, hoping everything will be ok. Each attempt could be your last!  Your best chances of recovery will be to not turn it back on until you are absolutely certain that all of the moisture has been removed or has evaporated.  Water is a fantastic conductor of electrical energy and can easily cause an electronic “short,” which causes electricity to flow across circuitry in improper channels. If your smartphone has a memory or sim card, be sure to remove it as well, as the data stored on it could also be at risk.  Depending upon the amount of time that it was left on while wet, you may be able to simply get the device cleared of the water and have it work perfectly.  Once the battery has been removed, open or remove any other panels or slots, then wipe down all the surfaces with an absorbent paper or cloth towel. Rotate it various directions to see if you can coax any large collections of water out of the unit.  The next step is to either let the device sit in a warm and dry environment (like on top of a stereo receiver or cable converter box, but away from the open vents) so the liquid can evaporate; usually within 12 to 24 hours.  If you want to accelerate the evaporation, a long-standing trick in electronic circles is to put the device in a sealed container filled with uncooked rice, then place it in a warm environment like in your car in summer months or in the aforementioned locations.  For those who have the misfortune of dropping a device into a liquid other than water, the task will be more involved, especially if the liquid has a sticky residue. In those cases, the electronic surfaces that have come in contact with the sticky liquid will have to be cleaned with either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or a plastic-safe electronic spray cleaner.  This will typically require that you take the device apart to reach the surfaces that need to be cleaned. Gary Hubbard is the owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - www.datadoctors.com. Have a technology question? Send it to CurrentInCarmel@datadoctors.com

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ATONEMENT? What is it, why does a Jewish person need it, and how does one receive it? The probing question is this — “What does God require of the Jewish person before God can forgive the individual’s sins and be able, then, to inscribe his or her name in the Book of Life?” The Jewish community will celebrate, beginning Sunday evening, September 27, what the Jewish Bible (the Tanach) calls Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. Jewish tradition teaches that God writes the name of every repentant Jew in this legendary divine record book. Does the Jewish Bible, which is the only divine authority for Jewish belief, confirm such a practice? To answer that question we must turn to the ancient Jewish Scriptures themselves. The Scriptures state that Aaron, Israel’s Kohen Ha-Gadol, (the Great High Priest) was commanded to kill once a year a goat and then sprinkle its blood upon an altar in a sacred area of the Temple called The Holy of Holies. (The Kiddush Kiddushim). The Bible emphatically states the reason, “It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11). No fasting, or time of prayer, or charitable gift could replace the need for this sacrificial blood! The Bible also instructed Aaron to lay hands upon a living goat (called the scapegoat), confess Israel’s sins over that goat, and then send it off into the wilderness to die. We learn 4 things from this ritual: 1. Aaron made atonement for the people, indicating that the people needed a mediator to represent them before God. 2. An innocent victim, in this case an animal, had to be killed for them — represented by the sprinkled blood. 3. A scapegoat was designated to symbolically take away their sins. 4. Each Jewish person had to put their faith in this procedure in order to receive atonement. (Read Leviticus, Chapters 16 & 17). I pose two simple questions to my people — “Where is the blood today?” and “Who represents as a mediator my Jewish people to God?” The usual answer is that in 70 C.E. the Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple and the Rabbis decided to restructure Judaism without a sacrificial system and thus arbitrarily substituted fasting, prayer, charity, and repentance to take the place of the blood sacrifice. But has God abandoned substitutionary sacrificial atonement as the only basis upon which a Jew can receive forgiveness of sins? Isaiah, a Jewish prophet writing about 720 B.C.E., predicted that a suffering servant would one day die for Israel’s sins. Isaiah wrote: “...he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our

iniquities…we all, like sheep, have gone astray and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all...he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors” (See Isaiah, Chapter 53). The Rabbis have debated for centuries the identity of this servant. The prophet Jeremiah (600 B.C.E.) even predicted that this Messiah/servant would establish a new covenant with Israel. (Jer. 31:31-34) 2000 years ago a humble Jewish rabbi stunned Israel claiming to be that servant and literally fulfilled that prophecy! He carried out God’s eternal plan and became the atoning sacrifice by dying for the sins of His people. He was the Kohen Ha-Gadol who mediates redemption to the Jewish soul. He claimed both divinity and that He was the Messiah of Israel. He performed miracles of healing on thousands of Jewish people. Three days after his death He was miraculously raised up from the dead (revealing the visible nail wounds in his hands) and appeared ALIVE to hundreds of Jewish people. This same Jesus promised to return a second time to this world! His Hebrew name is: “Yeshua HaMashiach” (Jesus the Messiah)

Why speculate any more about whether your name has been inscribed in The Book of Life? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob really loves you and offers the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and entrance into heaven only to those who trust that Jesus’ death was the final Yom Kippur, the last Day of Atonement. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” Won’t you come to Him today and receive ETERNAL LIFE? You can say this prayer to God and ask for forgiveness and God will hear you: “DEAR GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC & JACOB, I know that I have sinned and need Your forgiveness. I believe that I can’t find acceptance before YOU based on my good works (mitzvot). I can’t earn my way to heaven. I did not realize until now that Yeshua is my Jewish Messiah and suffered and made atonement for me 2000 years ago. I believe that Yeshua died for my sins, in my place, on that tree. I believe that he physically rose from the dead. The Tanakh says that If I call upon the name of the Lord, I will be saved and delivered from God’s judgment. I want to experience today this transforming new life in the Messiah. With a sincere heart I do call out to You now to forgive me, to welcome me into your kingdom. I receive by faith the gift of eternal life now, and I surrender the control of my life over to You from this moment on. Thank you God. Amen.”

If you would like to receive a free booklet on how to personally know God and experience this supernatural life, please email your request or call John at: messianic jewish life (317) 848-4535 • JLiebe@ameritech.net www.TheMessiah.org

John, who has been a Messianic Jew for 38 years, lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife, Tammy, and children. He has a business background in real estate brokerage and is the director of Messianic Jewish Life. He attended the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation as a youth. John graduated from Indiana University in 1970 with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He received a M.A. in Theological Studies from Wheaton Graduate School in 1981. John writes and speaks on Messianic Jewish theology and issues related to the Jewish people and Jesus. He explains the Hebrew texts in the Jewish Bible that show that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. He also does “Messiah in the Passover” Seders explaining the amazing connection between the Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper. John attends Grace Community Church located in the Carmel area. His personal testimony that tells the story of his search for the truth about GOD, ATONEMENT, and the MEANING OF LIFE appears at www.TheMessiah.org. *** You are invited to a SEMINAR Sat., October 24, 2009, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm *** being held at Grace Community Church, Noblesville, IN 5504 E. 146th St. Please call for a brochure & reservation info.: (317) 848-4535 ADVERTORIAL

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Fill your home with ‘house jewelry’ By Vicky Earley The old sofa is relegated to the basement, and the recliner with the broken footrest is tagged for the garage sale. A spectacular new sofa is in place, and a fresh new chair flanks the fireplace. The coffee table is the perfect scale, and the ottoman is gorgeous.  OK, what is wrong with this picture? You have spent hours selecting the perfect upholstery fabrics. The pieces are quality and really are beautiful. Regardless, there is something wrong. Why doesn’t the room look like you had hoped? A room that has the correct foundation but lacks interest is generally in need of “house jewelry.” I recently overheard a designer use the term “house jewelry” when describing the critical final touches that make a house special. Just as in personal dressing, a room can be lavished with “house jewelry,” or it can be streamlined. House jewelry begins with fabric. Window treatments, pillows and throws soften the room visually and acoustically. Silks offer an opulent sheen, while linens, chenille and velvets bring texture to the picture. My favorite house jewelry is lighting. Forget the table lamps with ivory polyester shades. Search for an accent lamp that is a piece of art. The shade

luminate a lamp; it will come to life with the right shade. The next layer of “house jewelry” would be art. Original fine art is perfect choice for the perfect world. If you are not living in the perfect world, there are still options that fill the need. Techniques that add the illusion of brushstrokes can provide the richness of original hand painting. Whether original or reproduction, the frame is as important as the art. Old world art is best showcased with a rich, substantial frame. Modern pieces demand cleaner lines and color that does not compete with the art. “Chatche” type items are at the tail end of this room dressing. These are defined as the “stuff.” They are the personal mementos. It might consist of pottery or frames. Books fall into this category. Basically, it is the bits and pieces that can be arranged and rearranged to gives final polish to a room. When the foundation of a beautiful room has been laid, it is “house jewelry” that provides the final distinction and personality. Photo Illustration

is just as significant as the base of an accent lamp. Look for unusual materials such as raw silks, linen, brocade and leather. Trims and crystal add excitement and interest to shades. Don’t forget to il-

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

A room that has the correct foundation but lacks interest is generally in need of “house jewelry.” Five money-saving tips for shoppers 1. Ever bought a dress at full price only to find it on sale a few days later? Stop feeling like a sucker and ask for a price adjustment. Some major retailers will issue you a full credit for the difference in price if the sale happened within seven to10 days of your purchase. 2. You’re probably already following your friends and former flames, as well as the gals at Slaves to Fashion, on Twitter, but did you know that you can tweet your way to some extra cash? Follow your favorite stores like net-a-porter.com and some Victoria’s Secret Twittage for access to Twitter-specific specials, hot sale alerts and contests that aren’t advertised anywhere else! 3. Sign up for ebates.com, an online shopping portal that gives you up to 30 percent cashback on purchases from stores like Sephora, Macy’s, Nine West and thousands more. You’ll get a check in the mail four times a year—just in time to update your wardrobe for the coming season. 4. Stores like J.Crew and Talbots will you give you free shipping on catalog and online orders if you place them at the store. 5. End-of-day Tuesdays are the best time to score newly marked-down items. Stores mark down items and change their specials Tuesday night before closing. While the “official” sales usually start Wednesday morning, you can get a head start on other shoppers and a better selection. - msn.com

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Phi sorority. She was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and the local chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority for more than 50 years. An editor for R & R Newkirk, she retired in 1980. Margaret was born Sept. 27, 1922 in Oden, Ind., to Casimir and Cecile (Heinman) Ludwig. She was preceded in death by husband Clement Malan, son Steven Malan and her parents. Survivors include children Tim (Nancy) Malan, John (Susan Eacker) Malan, Michael (Lawanda) Malan and granddaughter, Katy Malan. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Indiana AIDS Fund at 429 E. Vermont St., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Marjorie C. (Ruehrschneck) Enmeier, 87, of Westfield, passed away Sept. 14. She was born Sept.17, 1921 in Indianapolis to George and Elizabeth Schiller Ruehrschneck. Marjorie had worked as a secretary for insurance companies and also was a legal secretary for Krieg Devault Alexander & Capehart, LLP in Indianapolis. She retired in 1969. She was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, and a member of the National Secretaries Association. She is survived by sons, Kim R. Dyer of Houston, Tex., and Mark D. (Deborah) Dyer of Pendleton, Ind.; grandson, David Dyer; and granddaughter, Dawn Dyer. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Enmeier. Linda Sue (Ewald) Marciniak, 58, of Noblesville, passed away Sept. 14. She was born June 1, 1951 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to John and Betty (Beebe) Ewald. Her parents precede her in death. Linda had been a pediatric nurse practitioner at Riley Children’s Hospital since 1972. She retired in 2008. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville; a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; and was a breast cancer survivor. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Andrew Marciniak; daughter, Emily (Darin) Leach; son, Alexander Marciniak; sister, Karen Harter; and two brothers, Joseph (Lois) Ewald & James (Janice) Ewald. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 6069 Dept. 95, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6069. Mary C. (Spirkoff) O’Brien, 89, of Noblesville, passed away Sept. 14. She was born Dec. 22, 1919 in Detroit to Sotir Spirkoff and Kalia (Nenoff) Mitoff. Mary had been an accountant with T&W Corporation, and also Lawrence & Reckel Inc. She retired in 2004. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville. She is survived by sons, William J. (Alice) O’Brien, Jr. of Arcadia, Paul E. (Teresa) O’Brien of Dayton, Ohio, daughter, Donna J. (Tom) Barnes of Noblesville, sister Irene Stencel of Guthrie, Okla., 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William O’Brien, daughter Carol M. O’Brien and son Thomas J. O’Brien.

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» Chili cookoff benefits HSHC – This Saturday, Sept. 26, from noon until 3 p.m. at Red Bridge Park in Cicero is the Indiana State Chili Cookoff. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Hamilton County. Tasting begins at noon and is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. The Gene Deer Band will play, and many varieties of chili and salsa will be available to sample. Spay and neuter! – Some people cite a

reason for not spaying or neutering their pets is an inevitable weight gain. Spaying or neutering your dog will not make your pet fat unless you feed your dog too many calories or do not give your dog enough exercise. It is true that neutered and spayed animals burn fewer calories than intact pets, so we generally need to feed them less. So get your pet fixed, and feed him or her a little less. -www.peteducation.com

Cat in the trash? - You can foil the cat who gets into wastebaskets by using a single, marvelous innovation - a can with a lid. Why struggle with your cat if a pop-up lid fixes the problem? Another alternative: Put the basket behind a cupboard door. Mousetraps in the top of the trash startles your cat, and double-sided tape along the rim discourages him. These deterrents also make using the basket a little harder for you, which is why the lid-it-or-hide-it approach is generally the best. -www.veterinarypartner.com

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Helping your dog lose weight: Here is what you can do By John Mikesell • Reduce the amount you’re feeding your dog gradually every week or two until your dog begins to lose weight. • Weigh all the food you feed to give you more control over your dog’s diet. • Monitor your dog’s weight regularly to be sure your weight-loss program is on track. • Watch for calories from treats, chews, leftovers and other extras that you may not be counting. • Increase exercise gradually as your dog becomes more fit. As many as half of all dogs in the United States are overweight, but the majority of their owners are in denial. A recent study found that veterinarians considered 47 percent of their patients to be overweight, yet only 17 percent of the owners agreed. If you can’t easily feel your dog’s ribs and shoulder blades, if her waist is not discernable (a tuck behind the ribs), or if there is a roll of fat at the base of her tail, it’s time to face reality and put your dog on a diet. Because we’re so used to seeing overweight dogs, many folks think a dog at his proper weight is too skinny. However, as long as the hips and spine are not protruding and no more than the last rib or two are slightly visible, he’s not too thin. If in doubt, ask your vet for an opinion or go to an agility competition to see what fit dogs look like. Resting energy requirement (RER) is the number of calories per day your dog requires for just basic needs, and a good amount to feed most dogs to encourage weight loss. Here’s another approach: 3,500 calories = one pound of weight. If your goal is for your dog to lose one pound every two weeks, you must reduce

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calories by 3,500 per two weeks, or 250 calories per day. Many dog-food feeding recommendations significantly overestimate the calories most nonworking neutered dogs need. Remember to use your dog’s ideal weight, not his current weight, to estimate caloric needs. Be sure to see your dog-food professional for information on dog food and treats that are healthy and the proper calories for your dog. John Mikesell, owner of Izzy’s Place, A dog Bakery in Carmel, can be reached at john.mikesell@att.net.

PETS OF THE WEEK Meadow is an 11-month-old female brindle and white hound mix. Meadow is a fun-loving girl with lots of puppy energy. She is a sweet girl but she would certainly benefit from obedience training; she just gets so excited when she meets people that she just doesn’t know what to do with herself. Meadow is still a good-natured girl and she would do well with children, but until she gets the training she needs, she would be best suited with older children. Please don’t let this sweet little girl grow up in a shelter; she needs to know what it’s like to have a loving family to call her own. Zody is a 5-year-old male orange and white tabby DSH. Zody is a very handsome boy who is very gentle and loving. He was brought to the shelter at the end of July by his previous owner because they suspected there was something wrong with him and they didn’t want to take him to see a veterinarian. So we took Zody to the doctor and he had a blockage that has since passed. He is neutered, and his claws have been removed from all four paws. He is ready to find a home with a loving family who will take care of him through thick and thin and keep him forever. For more information on these and other animals at the Humane Society, call 317-773-4974 or go to www.hamiltonhumane.com.

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can speak with college admission representative from various colleges, technical institutions and branches of the armed services at the school’s annual College Admissions Night, beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Noblesville High School Cafeteria. The program, hosted by the NHS guidance department, will continue until 7:30. There will be some break-out sessions on particular subjects. They are: 6-6:20 p.m. - Financial aid basics 6:25-6:45 p.m. - College services available for English Language Learners (A Spanish speaking translator will be available. 6:25-6:45 p.m. - College services available for minority students 6:50 -7:10 p.m. - College services for special needs students 6:50-7:10 p.m. - Financial aid basics (A Spanish speaking translator will be available.) 6-7:30 p.m.- Various small group meetings with specific colleges. Meeting times and locations will be available on the night of the fair.

» School policy on flu - Parents of students in Noblesville Schools will be notified if the school receives  a physician’s confirmation that a student or staff member is diagnosed with H1N1, according to school officials.  However, following recommendations of the Hamilton County Health Department, the school system will not send letters to parents when it receives confirmation of Type A influenza, which is a more common type of virus. Custodial staffs routinely clean and disinfect all areas of the schools including desktops, tables, doorknobs, and handles. School buses also are cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.  School nurses monitor symptoms of ill students and will quickly notify parents and send sick children home when warranted. A child sent home with symptoms of influenza cannot return to school until a physician provides written confirmation of a medical diagnosis and a release to return to school.  » NHS homecoming plans - Dr. Seuss will be a popular character in Noblesville as Noblesville High School prepares to celebrate Homecoming. This year’s theme is Seussville ‘09. The senior class has selected “Cat in the Hat” as its theme. Juniors chose “Lorax,” sophomores chose “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and freshmen chose “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In support of homecoming’s Dr. Seuss theme, NHS Student Government is conducting a book drive to collect new and gently used books. Collection boxes will be set up along the homecoming parade route and at the football game Sept. 25 when the Millers host Avon at 7 p.m. at Hare Field. Student government plans to distribute the books to Noblesville’s public schools and charity organizations.

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‘Like’ or ‘such as’: Avoiding The coolness the wrath of grammarians of being cheap By Brandie Bohney Once again, a reader has suggested today’s column topic with her terrific question: What, if any, is the difference between like and such as? Hmmm. I wasn’t sure. Yes, readers. You read that correctly. I was not certain when you should or should not substitute like for such as or vice versa. So what did I do? I checked several resources, both online and hard-copy, to make sure I could formulate an informed response. And what I found was really quite logical. In most instances, substituting like for such as is not a huge offense. When it becomes a rather big deal (and when some grammarians will apparently beat you about the head and shoulders with a blunt object) is when the comparison in question is one where, well, there really is no comparison. I realize this is making no sense, so let’s take a look at an example or two. The following are examples of substitutions that are somewhat acceptable: He admires running backs like his brother. I enjoy craft hobbies like knitting, sewing, and scrapbooking. The next two are in no way acceptable (unless, of course, you want angry grammarians doing you bodily harm): He admires running backs like Walter Payton.

Writers like Shakespeare have no equals. Do you see the difference? There are no running backs like Walter Payton. There are no writers like Shakespeare. So you can’t structure your sentences to indicate that there are.  That’s why such as is the necessary choice in those cases. I’m going to be honest, here, though. I don’t like either of the first two examples, either. I won’t be smacking you around for putting together sentences like them, but I don’t like them. The first sentence is a bit ambiguous: Does he admire his brother and other running backs like him, or does his brother also admire running backs. Using such as would eliminate that confusion. The second sentence isn’t as bad, but what craft hobbies are like knitting other than knitting? Crocheting? Sort of.  If you don’t knit or crochet. What I’m saying is that if you could reasonably use such as instead of like, I’d go with such as, just to be safe. Because it’s just not safe to invite angry grammarians’ wrath. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at bbthegrammarguru@gmail.com.

By Hannah Davis Let’s face it: There’s a certain laid-back coolness to being cheap. Although I don’t claim to be cool, I am definitely cheap. Really cheap. Last week, I waltzed into the local Goodwill and bought a dress, two shirts and a skirt for a grand total of $8.63. And I was proud of it. I specifically remember telling my dad when I was little that he couldn’t dress me in someone else’s old clothes, but after working two jobs for four years, I’ve come to recognize the real value of a dollar. I went through a short phase where I regularly bought $50 jeans with heaps of tip money (once I even sprang for a bottle of Juicy Couture perfume), but I’ve since adjusted to dressing myself in bargain-bin jeans and T-shirts and so-called “man sweaters”. It’s easier, and apparently that’s what’s “in” right now. A like-minded friend provided insight. “The hippest of our generation strive to dress like hobos and grandparents,” he explained. It’s a surprisingly practical trend. Students’ favorite stores are the cheapest, and the formerly embarrassing aisles of Goodwill have sprung to the top of the list, replacing more expensive stores like American Eagle and Abercrombie and Fitch. For the first time in entirely too long, popular clothing is cheapskate-friendly. Fine by me. I’ll keep pinching my pennies for as long as possible. Hannah Davis is a senior at Noblesville High School and the opinions editor for The Mill Stream.

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By Becky Kapsalis Coming home from my mother’s funeral, I remember the empty pit in my stomach, the realization that my personal backstop was gone and I was now in limbo. I would always be my mother’s child, but now I was alone in being my children’s mother. Playing on the radio was a song by Perry Como with the lyrics, “The grass keeps right on growing, the sun keeps right on shining … there are apples on the apple tree. Ain’t life a funny thing, flowers bloom and birds still sing and everything’s the same except for me.” Recently, I was at a funeral of a friend who left a wife and three young children, and I could only imagine what they must be feeling – especially the children, which brings me to the point of this column We can only imagine! How can we even begin to know what their young minds are processing? Are they wondering why the world hasn’t stopped; are they frightened that they may lose the other parent; are they angry because “everything’s the same except for me?” I do know one thing for sure: All their feelings must surface. We must not discourage their

feelings from surfacing by suggesting we know what they are feeling. We really don’t know. Or, at the very least, we really don’t know how they are processing their feelings. We can help them understand what they are feeling by including them in the five processes of grief (per Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross): • Denial and isolation • Anger • Bargaining • Depression • Acceptance We can let them tell us that “nothing will ever be the same, especially for me,” even though the grass keeps right on growing, the sun keeps right on shining, and there are apples on the apple tree. Hugs! Becky Kapsalis. aka YiaYia (pronounced Ya-Ya.) is a certified parenting advocate and child behavior coach. You may reach her at 317-848-7979 or e-mail becky@ askyiayia.biz.

My unscientific survey of: Students’ Favorite Clothing Stores • • • • •

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Don’t believe what you see on T.V. By Dick Wolfsie I had the pleasure of watching the movie “Julie and Julia” this past weekend. Observing the great art of food preparation intertwined with two love stories has motivated me to do something to put a little zing in my marriage, something I don’t think Mary Ellen was expecting. I am going to buy her a couple new cookbooks. Over the years, Mary Ellen has also tried to spice up our relationship by watching Emeril Lagasse do daily cooking demonstrations on “Good Morning America.” Mary Ellen is victim of a terrible hoax visited upon men and women by celebrity chefs like Emeril who disdain people like you and me who are happy with biscuits and gravy every morning, even when we are not serving time in a federal pen. Here’s how the sham works: Emeril decides to prepare a dish that has somewhere in the neighborhood of 28 ingredients. Each of these ingredients can be purchased easily at any store, somewhere in the United States, if you keep in mind that no store in any area code will actually have more than two of them. Emeril has a staff of 26 ABC network interns and three grad students from the Wharton

School of Business who do nothing but travel the country shopping for these legumes and exotic vegetables. Once Emeril has these ingredients, they need to be chopped, sliced, diced, cubed and shaved. For this, Emeril has another throng of people to help him, which has included Diane Sawyer, who is so sick of his cooking she’s leaving to anchor the evening news. Now comes Monday morning. On the table, Emeril displays the exotic herbs, spices and mushrooms that took his staff four months to acquire. Everything on the table is in tiny bowls, measured

to a microgram, the work of two more interns from MIT. In walks Emeril, cool as a cucumber. Now, Emeril, who’s got about three minutes to make his exquisite dish, spends the first minute whipping his audience into a gastronomic frenzy. The crowd, drooling in anticipation, has been pureed into such a state that you have to wonder if this is their first meal or their last. Emeril goes to work. If you can call it work. “So you take this and throw it in the pan with this, then you add this plus a little of this, stir in some

of this, a pinch of that, a bowl of this, a cup of this … and there you have it … Veal Remoulade a l’Astoria, a scrumptious dish you can make in two minutes.” Millions of men and women watching this break out in applause. How can this be?  How can you make Veal Remoulade a l’Astoria in only two minutes? But it must be. It was on television. Busy husbands and wives rush home from their jobs and download the recipe. Then they stare at the recipe and realize that no mortal could possibly prepare this in one evening.  This past Sunday, Mary Ellen tried to make one of Emeril’s new vegetarian healthy-lifestyle dishes, but after spending the evening at Ribfest on Saturday, it just didn’t quite hit the spot for either of us. I suggested we go to Cracker Barrel instead and try the new spicy meatloaf. At our age, it can’t hurt to kick it up a notch. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at wolfsie@aol.com.

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Answers to HOOSIER HODGEPODGE: Terms: BLOCK, KICK, PASS, PUNT, RUSH, TACKLE; Parts: EAR, EYE, HIP, LIP, TOE; Luggage: DUFFEL, SUITCASE, TOTE, TRUNK; License Plates: AMERICAN LEGION, BLACK EXPO, KIDS FIRST; Sites: EDINBURGH, FREMONT; Hall of Fame: ELKHART Answers to BUILD THE WORDS: GREYHOUNDS, COSMOPOLITAN, PEONY, FANTASIZE, AMERICAN IDOL Answers to INDIANA WORDSMITH CHALLENGE: IRON, NOIR, OVEN, OVER, REIN, ROVE, VEIN, VINE, VINO, ZERO, ZINE, ZONE, EON, ION, IRE, NOR, ONE, ORE, REV, ROE, VIE

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My guidance counselor once told me to get lost — and not in thought By Mike Redmond I’m teaching again, to the continued astonishment of anyone who knew me as a student. During high school, I did not seem the type who would devote any portion of his adult life to an activity that involved entering a classroom voluntarily. I wasn’t a bad student. I just wasn’t an enthusiastic one, either. It’s because I had been a good student the first two years of high school, so by the beginning of my junior year I had enough credits to graduate. I took this as permission to stop paying attention. It did not escape the notice of my superiors, and this caused problems. For example, there was a time when I was genuinely interested to become a music teacher, or at least look into it. When I inquired about joining the Future Teachers, I was told by the guidance counselor to get lost. Without even asking me about my interest, he said he knew I wasn’t serious. At the time, I was steamed. Looking back, however, I see that it turned out to be a pretty good piece of guidance counseling. I managed to make a career out of not being serious. And now I get to be a music teacher, too. I teach two classes at one of the local universities – The History of American Popular Music and The Music Of Elvis Presley. The history class is where I take colorful and vibrant music and try to make it dull and lifeless by talking about it for three hours every Wednesday. No, actually, I play a lot of music, most from my personal collection, and try to make it interesting for people who really don’t know much of anything recorded before 1990. Or 1964, for those who discovered their parents’ old Beatles records. What I enjoy most is dragging something really obscure

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