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Over the past 15 years Anthony J. Padgett has produced hundreds of original acrylic wildlife paintings and many limited-edition prints, and in 2008 was named Duck’s Unlimited International Artist of the Year.

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Esteemed artist Anthony J. Padgett brings the outdoors inside at his Downtown gallery / P2 Photo by Leslie Webber

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Esteemed artist Anthony J. Padgett brings the outdoors inside at his Downtown gallery

Anthony J. Padgett Gallery

Where: 940 E. Logan St., Noblesville. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Info: (317) 776-9911, Photos by Leslie Webber.

(Above) Anthony J. Padgett works with artists on Monday evenings in the gallery, a luxury Padgett never had as a developing artist. (Inset) Anthony Padgett’s six-year-old yellow lab Toby is always in the gallery with Padgett. “Some parents brings their kids in just to pet him,” says Padgett.

By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville He once spent three weeks in the Arctic Circle, in effect serving as prey for the local polar bears he was there to observe. To capture photos of Beluga whales in the Hudson Bay, he had the pilot drag him behind the boat, enticing the whales to follow what they might have thought was dinner. To say that Noblesville artist Anthony J. Padgett, owner of an eponymous gallery here, prefers to observe his subjects up close and personal in their natural habitat is to say that Norman Rockwell had a gift for capturing 20TH Century Americans in theirs. “I grew up in the outdoors, and, frankly, that’s where I’d rather be than anyplace in the

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world,” said Padgett, working on his latest piece at his gallery on Logan Street, a half-block off the Square. “I can paint anything, but you’re always better at what you enjoy. “So, this is what I do. I’m just a guy who paints.” More than that, Padgett is one of the Midwest’s most acclaimed wildlife artists who paints scenes with such detail and strokes of vibrant color one would swear his acrylics were photographs, much like the way Rockwell did on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post. “Even as a kid, I was always amazed at his detail and how real his paintings looked, and that’s what I try to do in my paintings,” said Padgett, 43. As a youth in southern Illinois, he knew he

wanted to be a wildlife artist. Camping, fishing and hunting were regular pastimes for him and his family. In grade school he was the kid who could draw. His parents allowed him to express himself with his drawings and paintings on the walls of his bedroom. From the bedroom walls to the Presidential Library, Padgett’s work can be seen in national wildlife magazines and on TV specials for the Outdoor Channel and ESPN. Hunt Club Digest commissioned Padgett to paint President George Bush, Sr., a painting which hangs in Bush’s presidential library. Prints dominate the back portion of the warm, narrow gallery space. Dogs. Birds. Fish. Waterfowl. Horses. Deer. Elk. Lakes at sunrise and frigid, snow-covered landscapes. Originals crowd the naturally lit space surrounding Padgett as he paints near the storefront window. “People seem to enjoy being able to watch me work,” said Padgett. “Most of the time, you never get a chance to meet the artist.” Although Padgett shares his talent and knowledge during his weekly Monday night classes at his gallery, he never took classes himself. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in graphic design and had a “real job” for six months in St. Louis before he realized he really wanted to be an artist. “My dad was a blue-collar factory worker and hated every minute of it,” he said. “He told me whatever you do for a living, just make sure you enjoy it.” A relationship with a Noblesville woman brought him here, where he lives near Fox Prairie Golf Course. “Part of the attraction of having a gallery in Noblesville is that there are so many artists here,” said Padgett, referring to the nearly 20 galleries in close proximity. “I’m a little different from the rest, but different is a good thing.” Freedom to close shop whenever he needs to for shows is another reason he prefers having his own space Downtown rather than in a mall setting. Although there is more traffic at a mall, he’d be required to keep his store open yearround and on weekends. Padgett travels around the country, selling his pieces at shows. He’ll close shop in January and February while he hits the road for the traveling All-Canada outdoor show (Indianapolis, Jan. 11-13). “I can’t rely on just local people walking in and buying my work,” he said. “I’ve got to do shows. You’ve got to get your name out there.”

Padgett painted the three-piece “VIew from Churchill” after spending three weeks in the Artic Circle.

» Award-winner 2009 – Louisiana Waterfowl Stamp 2008 – Duck’s Unlimited International Artist of the Year 2007 – Illinois Pheasants Forever Artist of the Year 2006 – Indiana Conservation Officers Sponsor Print 2005 – People’s Choice Award Wild Wings (“An Evening in Wisconsin”); Placed 15th out of 4,000 entries in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition 2004 – People’s Choice Award Wild Wings (“The Roads We Choose”); Indiana Hunter Education Association Commemorative Artist 2003 – Illinois Boy Scouts Sponsor Print ( “A Winter’s Evening Scout”); New and Featured Artist for Wild Wings 2002 – Commemorative Artist for the 100th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge Officers; Commemorative Artist of President George Bush, Senior Quail Hunting for Cover of Hunt Club Digest and original to the Presidential Library 2000 – National Wildlife Art Show’s Best of Show.

“Dilligence,” a painting of Padgett’s dog Toby on a hunting trip, earned Padgett the 2008 Duck’s Unlimited International Artist of the Year award. (coming soon)

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It is our opinion that during the upcoming holidays our fine city offers a broad array of shopping alternatives and we should work to explore and take advantage of them. Shop keepers have worked hard to prepare for our community’s needs – and our purchases here work throughout the year. Local shopping keeps tax dollars home. Local companies sponsor local events, children’s programs and charities. These are our friends, family members and neighbors, and during difficult economic times looking first to local business for our needs is especially important. The retail choices in Noblesville are as varied as our imagination. Upscale and popular Hamilton Town Center at Exit 10 and I-69, the quaint shops and galleries of our Historic Town Square and city center and the busy commercial districts burgeoning along State Road 32 all provide extensive independent and national brand options. Certainly Carmel, Castleton and Keystone at the Crossing are among additional options, but it is our belief that with sustained loyalty to local shops, our community will continue to grow and prosper adding more stores and variety. So, as we seek to fill our baskets this holiday season, let’s start our shopping at home.

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It is our position that laws prohibiting teenagers from texting while driving are indicative of our government’s desire to protect us from the obvious and may be overdone. Doing just about anything while driving – other than driving – is a bad idea for anyone and not just those 18 or younger. And, helping drivers understand the dangers of driving while distracted is an important goal to be sure. But driving is a dangerous activity, and while inexperienced drivers routinely increase the risk of being on the roads to us all, we are not convinced that texting while driving is of particular risk to those folks. Government uses all manner and sort of rule and regulation ostensibly to improve the lives (and life expectancies) of the citizens over which it has dominion. In so-doing, it has filled volume after volume of punitive code intended to coerce behavior and keep society civilized. And yet, we routinely find new ways to take risk. But in relying on government’s zeal to prevent harm from befalling anyone of us, we have somehow removed our own common sense from the equation. Driving while distracted is dangerous – whether there is a specific law telling so or not.

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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 Arkansas, it is illegal to keep an alligator in a bathtub. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application) (coming soon)

Every week, we will print an 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.. Section 3. Continued No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate,

but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. The Senate shall choose their other officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the office of President of the United States. The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present.

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From the backshop Once again, we ask: Where's 3rd party? The good news is a lot of Democrats lost in last week’s elections, but the bad news is a lot of Republicans won. We won’t tire of writing this: America needs a solid third party in the worst way, one that won’t layer legislation needlessly, won’t tax needlessly, won’t overspend needlessly and one that won’t run a popularity program on your dime needlessly. Until a third party becomes a major factor, we’re either headed for socialism (some are saying we’re all but there, but we believe it’s too early to call that one) or, heaven forbid, an ultra-ultra right that most will find unpalatable. The recent political history of this great nation is an embarrassment. That assessment includes presidents Obama AND Bush. Here’s a thought (and bear in mind that when we first heard the word conservative we winced), the American Conservative Party, may be the ticket. One of its guiding tenets is: The legitimacy of government exists only as long as it defends human liberty. Who could possibly argue with that? While we necessarily don’t agree with all of ACP’s positions, we believe much of what it stands for will move America forward. •••

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg Current Publishing, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Mickey’s Irish Pub in Carmel are teaming to raise cash and awareness for the battle against breast cancer. On Nov. 25, the night before Thanksgiving, Mickey’s will play host to the smokeless fundraiser featuring the music of Barometer Soup, dancing and dining, and silent and live auctions. There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted at the door. We urge you to spread the word about this cause and join us if you’ll be in town. The event runs 7 to 11 p.m., so you’ll be in bed in plenty of time to start roasting the bird the next day.

Singer goes from high notes to highest seats for Colts game COMMENTARY By Zach Dunkin She went from being treated like a rock star to sitting in the nose-bleed section. But Brooke Roe didn’t care. The 15-year-old Noblesville High School student was living her dream, singing in front of a crowd of 66,000 at the Nov. 1 Colts game in Lucas Oil Stadium. “I remember when I was 6 years old and someone said, ‘Oh, someday you might sing for the Colts,’ but I never thought it would happen,’’ said Roe. “When I was standing out on the field, I couldn’t believe I actually was there.” Roe, who aspires to be a country singer, had prepared for weeks to sing the National Anthem at the game. She was concerned about the acoustics of the huge building and how the echo factor would affect her performance. But a morning rehearsal prior to the game eased her worries. “We had a nice dressing room and a table full of food,” said Roe. “They treated us so nice.” Roe gave her other VIP pass to her cousin, and the two of them were allowed on the field

while the Colts were warming up. She didn’t meet any of them but she almost got run over by “these huge, huge people.” Roe said she waspleased with her performance and the audience’s reception. The crowd’s cheering during that pause between “…and the home of the” and “free” gave her “a big boost before that high note.” And despite singing a difficult song in front of such a big crowd, she never felt uneasy. “It was the weirdest thing,” she said. “I was not nervous at all. I always get butterflies before I sing but I had nothing there. It almost felt like a dream because I wasn’t nervous.” Once her job was complete she and her cousin climbed to their seats high above the field. “They gave us the worst seats ever at the very top but I didn’t care,” she said. “I would do it again. The whole experience was so cool.” Zach Dunkin is the managing editor for Current in Noblesville. You may e-mail him at zach@

“I remember when I was 6 years old and someone said, ‘Oh, someday you might sing for the Colts,’ but I never thought it would happen.’’

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COMMENTARY By Terry Anker What defines a family? Courts have been (and will be) debating this for years. And as our perspectives change, so follows our legal system. What might have been a clear-cut family arrangement in one generation seems hardly applicable to another. Og might have comfortably, and considerably more safely, shared his cave with extended family, neighbors and others; while it would cause great pain were the neighbor down the street to join my wife and me for an extended visit in our home. So by its very nature, the “traditional” living arrangement is temporal at best. And each proceeding decade has impact on its definition. So it makes some sense that civilized folk look to courts to put some framework around these shifting sands. But can any court of law, no matter how well intentioned, be an arbiter of domestic tranquility? The question comes to mind not from some high-minded debate from Washington; it stems from the many thousands, nay millions, of children who find their families defined by court order. As adults marry, divorce (and often marry and divorce again), the living arrangements of kids become fodder for all too much legal wrangling. Imagine dividing one’s time between multiple residences and schedules on a weekly

basis – even the most trail-hardened traveling salesman would be empathetic. A friend recently expressed her frustration about threats of a protracted legal battle regarding custody, if “she didn’t cooperate” in other matters. What can she do? The expense is, at best, intimidating. And the children have no desire for further conflict. My heart breaks for that family. But I do not believe a court can define a family – the members themselves are the only ones with that power. Habitation of minors can be dictated. Love and mutual respect cannot. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ (coming soon)

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DISPATCHES » NPD looking for a new patch design – The Noblesville Police Department (NPD) will be updating the department’s patch which is worn on the uniform of all officers. NPD is inviting artists, graphic designers and any other interested individuals to submit a design for the new patch.  The current patch is in the shape of the State of Indiana but does not contain elements that are unique to Noblesville (buildings, landmarks, the White River, symbols of Noblesville’s gas boom in the late 1800’s, etc.).  There will be no restrictions on the colors and shape of the new patch.  The only requirement is that some element of the patch must be representative of Noblesville to help foster a sense of recognition and pride in the city.  The contest is open to everyone ages 18 and older and one needs not to be a resident of Noblesville.  Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Entries must be submitted to Sgt. Shannon Trump via mail (Noblesville Police Department; Attn:  Sgt. Shannon Trump; 135 S. 9th Street; Noblesville, IN  46060) or email (  For questions or additional information about the contest, contact Sgt. Trump at or leave her a voice mail at 770-5111, extension 1303. » Collecting begins for Operation Christmas Child – Businesses, churches and homes around the U.S. will serve as collection points for Operation Christmas Child from Nov. 16-23.  The Noblesville collection point is at 1609 N. 10th St. Hours of operation are 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16-20, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 23. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, citizens pack shoe box gifts to be sorted and sent to children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. A tracking technology allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at » Monthly Janus luncheon open to public – Janus Developmental Services, Inc. will have its monthly Community Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 17 at Janus’ facility, 1555 Westfield Road, Noblesville. The event, which includes a tour and meal provided, prepared and served by consumers enrolled in Janus’ Capabilities and Catering Café Program, is free and open to the public for anyone who might be interested in learning about Janus. Janus Developmental Services, Inc.’s mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community. Opportunities are offered for education, employment training, independent living services, and information to individuals and their families. (coming soon)

Tips for surviving the Children's Museum Commentary By Danielle Wilson Been to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis lately? I have, and I’d like to share my tips for physically, emotionally and financially surviving a visit. Here we go! Pack lunches: The food court at the museum offers everything from Goldfish crackers to Angus Beef burgers, but the lines can be crazy – and more on topic, lunch for four will easily set you back $25. Clever moms pack personalized lunches ahead of time and eat in the break room when their little ones are collapsing from low blood sugar. Go early: Doors open at 10 on most days, and the parking lot and museum are generally empty at that time. As the morning wears on, though, school groups and late sleepers stumble in, turning it into controlled chaos at best. If you get there early, you can leave early, saving everyone a pop-shots-from-theclock-tower moment. Late May and August are your best months for low crowds, as are sunny, non-holiday weekdays. I DO NOT recommend a rainy Thursday over Fall Break while both the Haunted House and King Tut exhibits are open. Holy sphinx, Batman! Keep it simple: There’s a ton to see at the CM and even more to do, and unless you’ve

bred cyborgs, you can’t possibly do it all in a single visit. Pick three areas ahead of time, allow 30 minutes for each, and then call it a day. For younger kids, I recommend the Playscape, Carousel Wishes & Dreams and All Aboard. Bigger kids will also love the Dinosphere, Science Works and the free planetarium shows. Don’t panic: You will lose at least one child at least one time during your day. It’s too big, too exciting, and generally too crowded for you not to. The important thing is to discuss with your kids ahead of time what to do when they can’t find you. When it eventually happens, they’ll know either to stay put or to meet at the cool water clock, and you’ll find it easier to remain calm. Employees man all the doors, so that even the sneakiest children will find it hard to escape to another area. But I can promise you the first time one of your darlings discovers the crazy carnival mirror maze on the top floor, you’ll swear they’ve been kidnapped. Avoid naptime: You’re insane or just plain stupid if you try to haul little ones to the CM while they should be sleeping. Either go well in advance and risk the nap-on-the-ride-home debacle or wait until they wake up and go in the late afternoon. The place is dead from

3-5 p.m. Buy a yearly membership: A single-day admission to the CM for our family of six costs $110. A yearlong family membership, which also includes unlimited carousal rides and discount prices to annual events, costs … wait for it … $110. Hmmm. Even smaller families benefit from membership. Use the buddy system (for grown-ups): Never go to the CM without an adult companion who has less than or equal to the number of kids you have. A single, childless sister or older empty-nester is the perfect choice, but if you can’t round up one of these gems, ask a friend. When you’re jonesing for a Diet Coke or have just misplaced your toddler for the third time, you’ll need an adult to coax you down from the ledge. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is one of the best attractions around. By following my simple suggestions, you can be assured a pleasant and emergency-personnel-free experience. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at

Westfield awaits Noblesville connection on Midland Trail By Brandie Bohney Current in Noblesville What makes economic sense for Westfield, makes economic sense for Noblesville. At least, that’s what Greenways Foundation executive director Ron Carter hopes when it relates to the extension of the Midland Trace Trail west of town to Westfield. With the success of the northsouth Monon Trail along what once was Monon Railroad tracks in Hamilton County, Westfield officials have been looking to expand the Hamilton County’s trail system along a longabandoned, non-electric main railroad, and east-west link known as the Central Indiana or Midland Railway between Lebanon, Westfield, Noblesville and Lapel. Westfield was the first to take an interest in developing the line into a Monon-like trail stretching from Gray Road on the city’s east side to the Boone County line on the west side. Westfield’s Grand Junction in the middle of downtown is also at the convergence of the Monon and Midland Trace trails. Carter attests placing an epicenter of local businesses around that convergence makes sense. “Linear parks are far and away the very best expenditure of that portion of local funds available for community amenities,” Carter explained. The purchase of the land is generally relatively inexpensive, the infrastructure is

less costly than that for box parks, and it costs nothing in programming in order to attract users, he added. “A fairly long and fairly scenic linear park not only serves the people within the community but also will attract people from outside the community,” Carter notes. “And what do those people do? They spend money in the community.” The connection of the two trails will attract more tourists and thereby support local businesses. For that same reason, Carter hopes to impress upon Noblesville the same prioritization of linear parks as Westfield has adopted. Don Seal, director of Noblesville Parks and Recreation, said that extending the Midland east from Gray Road to Hazel Dell should happen shortly after Westfield extends the trail to Gray Road – a task that Westfield Mayor Andy Cook hopes to accomplish by

the end of summer 2010. Extending the trail beyond Hazel Dell, however, is “problematic,” for Noblesville, explained Seal: “We don’t own the rightof-way, there are a number of properties that would need to be obtained, and I think the city’s general approach is that as development occurs that developers . . . must make that property available for a path.” Carter, however, feels that speeding the process is a possibility for Noblesville if the city council and other elected officials make extending the trail a priority. “It’s all well and good for officials to say, ‘I like it, but there’s no money,’ when what they should be saying is, ‘I like it, and I like it so much that it’s a priority, and I’m going to find the dollars for it either through grants or by supporting local trail groups to help them get grants and help them get it built.’” Cook says that while he would love to see the Midland extension to downtown Noblesville happen “sooner rather than later,” he understands the difference in park priorities. “Westfield is focusing on our linear park – trails – and Noblesville appears to be concentrating on their traditional parks,” he said. “That’s just a matter of priorities and what the communities want.”

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BSU president to give advice to small businesses at Enterprise dinner By Martha Allan Current in Noblesville Dr. Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State University, will be talking about solutions for small businesses, nonprofit organizations and college students when she speaks at the Enterprise Awards Dinner at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville on Nov. 12. Through Ball State’s immersive learning program, small groups of students work on specific problem for a business or nonprofit organization. “The students try to provide a solution and develop something that is of lasting value for that community partner,” said Gora, who became president of Ball State in 2004. GORA As an example, a group of 24 students developed an inviting Web site (www.indianafoodways. com) that celebrates Indiana’s culinary heritage for the Indiana Floodways Alliance, a nonprofit created in 2007 to promote culinary tourism in a ninecounty area. Students gathered information and created graphics and video to assist executive director Susan C. Haller. Information on local restaurants, farmers markets and identifying foods that are peculiar to Indiana are among the topics covered. The immersive learning program is a win-win for students and organizations with limited resources. Businesses get some free help, and students come away having applied problem solving skills, creativity and critical thinking, “all elements that employers are really looking for,” said Gora. Last year, 2,713 Ball State students were involved in 160 projects in 55 Indiana counties. Gora would like to see every student have the opportunity to participate in an immersive learning project. “When a student has one, they want more,” she noted. “They realize the value in testing their skills and giving them a chance to develop and mature.” It also helps keep a college, a pricey undertaking for many families,

» Enterprise Awards Banquet Sponsor: Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Where: Purgatory Golf Club When: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12 Cost: $50 person/$400 table Contact: Chamber office at (317) 773-0086 relevant and practical. This year’s tuition, room and board at Ball State is $15,906. “We’ve worked hard to keep our tuition low,” said Gora, noting that the Muncie campus received its largest freshman class in five years this year, including 45 students from Noblesville. That’s nearly 10 percent from a class of 490 graduates, according to school spokesperson Sharon Trisler. Like many colleges coping in a sluggish economy, Ball State has slowed its hiring, Gora said, and introduced a wellness program to control health care costs for employees. Converting to a campus-wide geothermal energy system should have a dramatic effect on energy costs, she said, saving approximately $2 million a year, according to the school’s Web site. Noblesville is also linked to Ball State through the Options Charter School, an alternative high school for about 130 students. Gora points out that BSU does not operate the school, it simply authorizes the curriculum because of its expertise in teaching. A hot-button issue in education these days is how teachers are trained. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, has been holding public hearings on the subject. Gora said she supports much of what Bennett is proposing: having future teachers spend more time studying the subjects they hope to teach, rather than pedagogy, that is, the study of teaching. “So, if you’re going to be a math teacher, that content knowledge is gained through a major in math,” said Gora.

» ENTERPRISE AWARD FINALISTS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR • First Merchants Bank • Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano • Verizon Wireless Music Center BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR • Pat Fox, President/CEO Riverview Hospital • Darren Peterson, Peterson Architecture • Mark Roberts, Randall Roberts Funeral Home STREETSCAPE • Noblesville Public Safety Building • On-Ramp Indiana • Old Picket Fence BEST NEW CONSTRUCTION/ RENOVATION • Cambria Suites • Hamilton Healthcare Campus • SMC BEST SMALL BUSINESS/START UP • Culvers of Noblesville • Hometown Television • Peterson Architecture

You can help solve a pleasant problem COMMENTARY By Leslie Webber As a family with young children, we are happy to live in a beautiful, safe community that has great schools and feels like the small town in which I was raised. Evidently we’re not alone. By now I’m sure you’ve heard Noblesville was named one of the top 10 places to raise a family, by Family Circle magazine. The word is out and our community is growing. The enrollment of Noblesville Schools has grown as fast as my children outgrow their shoes. Growth is a great problem to have. In January, voters missed an opportunity to ease the growing pains. We have another shot, perhaps as early as May, to ensure our schools continue to provide students with outstanding educational opportunities. A second proposed referendum is on the table. The plan is detailed and well thought out, but isn’t carved in stone. The School Board will determine which projects to include after they take the thoughts of the community into consideration. Superintendent Libbie Conner has begun holding public forums to gather your feedback. I encourage you to attend one of the

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forums so that you can find out more about specific pieces within the referendum. I’m on board with the plan. I have one child in school, and one who can’t wait to burst through the kindergarten doors next fall. However, I still have questions, and I’m guessing you might too. Check your calendar, pick from the remaining forums, and become better informed about the future of Noblesville Schools. All forums will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 - White River Elementary School Nov. 11 - Hazel Dell Elementary School Nov. 16 - Stony Creek Elementary School Nov. 17 - Noblesville Middle School Nov. 18 - Hinkle Creek Elementary School Nov. 19 - Forest Hill Elementary School Nov. 30 - Noble Crossing Elementary School You can find detailed information about the proposed plan and the forums at

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Leslie Webber is a stay-at-home mom from Noblesville with two small children and a photography business. See her work at www.lesliewebber. com. (coming soon)

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Marilyn Ridge Community Group helping the needy on two fronts Jordan Anderson Current in Noblesville In the wake of a far-reaching economic recession and the job losses that have accompanied it, it’s no question that many families will face tough and trying times this holiday season. In response, the Marilyn Ridge Community Group (MRCG) has teamed with both Good Samaritan and the Noblesville Fire Department to hold two drives benefiting those in need in the coming weeks. MRCG is holding a food drive now through Nov. 15, collecting food items that will be distributed through Good Samaritan food banks in the surrounding areas just before Thanksgiving. MRCG representative Raymond Cooper said that although Good Samaritan will be issuing a list of items for which they are most in need, any non-perishable food item will help. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be made out to Good Samaritan. All monetary gifts are tax deductible. MRCG will also be working with the Noblesville Fire Department by holding a toy

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drive now until Dec. 9. All toys will help those families who are unable to afford gifts for the Christmas holiday. Cooper said that since they are situated in a rural part of the community, any effort they can do to get their name out there and, at the same time, help others in the process is a good thing. “Our group was formed last January to work with the HOA board to get projects completed in and around our neighborhood,” Cooper said. “We had trash cleanups last spring, have helped the board get mulch laid for our playgrounds and are in the process of working with the city to plant trees that have been destroyed by thunderstorms these past two years.”

Mystery, confusion and comfort: Celebrating the life of a friend COMMENTARY By Bob Walters In a November 2004 e-mail exchange with a dear friend, I wrote: “Over the weekend, for no particular reason, I found myself contemplating God and Christ as a mystery, and locked onto thinking about the difference between confusion and mystery. “I can see now that my spiritual life changed three years ago (after being baptized in 2001), because my relationship with God through Christ became a mystery, rather than just being confusing. I think there is a key distinction here. Confusion picks at our rational being; it is uncomfortable and something we avoid. “Mystery, and its close sibling, wonder, can hold us rationally in their limitless arms with comfort and peace, even in the absence of understanding. When we pray for understanding, we should expect peace in return, not necessarily knowledge. When we pray for wisdom and discernment, we should expect greater comfort, not necessarily more answers. “Yet, as opposed to the ‘Age of Reason,’ the ‘Age of Mystery’ doesn’t sound especially appealing. It seems to require rejection of reason, which is required to live productively and ensure our human survival. Reason is God’s great gift to man that makes us different from the animals. But so is spirituality a great and singular gift.

“It’s a mystery to me, and I’m OK with that.” Came the reply that evening: “That is a mysterious e-mail! There will always be a part of the Faith that will be a mystery to us. If we knew as much as God, we would try to pull off a coup and take over. Besides, there are only a few of us who know it all. As John Wooden said, ‘It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.’  An interesting reading for you would be I Kings 3:6-14. Young Solomon pleased God by asking for a discerning heart instead of long life and wealth. “So, God gave him understanding and wisdom with the longevity and big bucks thrown in. It is right for us to ask for the right stuff and we get more than we expected. You are certainly right in saying that mystery creates a calming effect.” That, along with some other clever word plays and personal encouragement, was longtime Indianapolis pastor Russ Blowers, a Christian who preached the Gospel. He died two years ago today, Nov. 10, 2007. I – and many others – miss him so. Bob Walters ( invites you to visit past columns about Russ (Nov. 27- Dec 25, 2007 and Nov. 11, 2008) at www. Got a Russ story? See www.russstories.

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DISPATCHES » Panel to address aging on TV documentary – At a time when many Baby Boomers are redefining the whole concept of retirement, WFYI Public Television presents “When Did I Get Old? Reflections on Aging Today,” a onehour documentary that alternates studio discussions with aging experts and profiles of active seniors in Indiana. The special will premiere at 9 p.m. Nov. 19 on WFYI 1 (20.1 DT), and will be offered for broadcast on Indiana’s Public Television Stations. In researching this documentary, Emmy awardwinning producer Gary Harrison, in cooperation with the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community and the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University, traveled across Indiana to examine the lives of older adults in a variety of settings and situations. Cities included Gary, Linton, Vincennes and Bloomington. Veteran broadcast journalist Diane Willis will serve as moderator for the studio discussion portion of the program. The 15 panelists will address several key topics, including how society views the aging population; valuable preparations for retirement; discovering new interests and opportunities for volunteerism during one’s golden years; and the need to establish a sense of community that addresses both seniors’ physical and emotional needs.

By John Bellmore We cannot consistently exercise and expect to reach our goals without giving the body what it needs. We’ve already talked about eating a balanced diet, so let’s talk about supplements. Antioxidants protect the immune system from free radicals in our body and prevent them from attacking our cellular DNA, mitochondria and cell membranes. Here are some antioxidants to consider: • Vitamin E: The main function of vitamin E is to maintain the integrity and stability of cell membranes. It’s an essential, fat-soluble antioxidant that is fairly hard to come by in foods. While wheat germ and almonds are great sources of vitamin E, you may have to take a supplement to get what you need. • Vitamin C: This water-soluble vitamin is easy to come by. Load up on fruits and vegetables and you won’t have a problem. • B-vitamins: The B-vitamins are crucial for energy metabolism. They do not provide energy to the body, but they are necessary for energy conversions within the body. These become more important as we age. Since our ability to absorb some vitamins like B12 decreases as we get older, try a B-complex or one of the “adult” multivitamins on the market with higher doses of this group of vitamins. • Whey protein: This is a great source of high quality protein that’s been shown through several studies to contain a number of powerful antioxidants. Aim for a minimum of 20 grams/day, or about one scoop. • Fish oil: A nice compact dose of omega-3’s found in salmon and other fatty fish is great for the heart. Aim for one to two grams per day and add fish to your diet.

• Selenium: An essential mineral that has been shown through many studies to reduce the risk of cancer. • Alpha Lipoic Acid: This is arguably the best antioxidant available. It is the only one that’s both water and fat-soluble. It helps rejuvenate other antioxidants, like Vitamins C and E. Studies show about 100 mg should do, unless you are diabetic, then higher doses may be needed. John Bellmore is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Health and Fitness and has been working with clients in the Noblesville area for the past six years. If you would like a more detailed explanation of this list, contact John at

Lifestyle Lift company sketchy, but its procedure is sound COMMENTARY By Dr. Barry Eppley Due to the marketing and appeal of a facial rejuvenation procedure called the Lifestyle Lift, many people have at least heard of it. A scaleddown version of a facelift, the Lifestyle Lift is not unique or new but is actually a common procedure performed by many plastic surgeons. Unknown to most, the Lifestyle Lift is a branded name and is a blended marketing and service approach to delivering minimally invasive facelift surgery. In essence, it is a franchise approach to selling surgery, with office locations in 22 states (the closest to Indianapolis is in Cincinnati). While there is nothing wrong with that concept, the Lifestyle Lift company was recently fined $500,000 in New York, where its corporate headquarters are located. The attorney general there has settled complaints against the company, which has admitted it used employees to pose as satisfied customers in online ads. Apparently, the company ordered employees to write positive reviews of the Lifestyle Lift procedure on message boards and other Internet forums to appear as unsolicited testimonials and endorsements, thus violating consumer protection laws.

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While the company and the way it operates may be sketchy, the actual operation is still a sound one. The limited or “short-scar” facelift is very popular and highly successful. It makes up nearly half of the facelifts I perform. Younger patients today want to treat jowl and neck sagging early, rather than waiting until it looks worse. Therefore, their facial concerns are less severe, and they do not need a full facelift operation. The limited facelift is often combined with other smaller procedures (e.g., Botox, injectable fillers, laser resurfacing, neck liposuction, eyelid tucks) to create an even better overall result without extending one’s recovery. Older patients (who really do need a bigger operation but often do not want it) can still get a simpler and less invasive operation that will provide some real improvement. This usually fits their financial situation and allows them to have surgery they can afford with a recovery that fits into their work or leisure schedule. Dr. Barry Eppley is a certified plastic surgeon at Ology Medical Spa in Carmel. You may reach him at info@ (coming soon)

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Naturopathy and flu prevention By Dr. Carolyn Berghuis It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season. However, the main player this year, H1N1, has changed the landscape considerably and seems to be the topic of today’s conversation, igniting the entire vaccination/immunization debate once again. The field of naturopathy has much to offer in the arena of disease prevention, including H1N1. Consider the following practical information to strengthen your immune system. Healthy lifestyle measures • Limit sugar: A single sugary snack can suppress immune activity for up to 48 hours. • Wash your hands: And keep them away from your face and nose. • Get some sleep: Consistent inadequate sleep lower’s the body’s defenses. • Limit stress: Prolonged exposure to high amounts of stress hormones inhibits normal immune function. Immune-strengthening remedies • Healthy bacteria: In general occasional supplementation with lactobacillus acidophilus, bifido bacteria and fructo-oligo saccharides (FOS) are enough to aid this portion of immunity.  • Vitamin D: This vitamin has been shown in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to prevent colds and flu.  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C has been shown to aid in the prevention of influenza, as well as

shortening the duration and reducing the severity of infections already contracted. • Astragalus: Astragalus is a great immune booster and also an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress. • Garlic concentrate: Garlic is a great antimicrobial and antiviral.   Remedies to consider during an illness • Echinacea: Echinacea has the immune-boosting polysaccharides that give it an important role in naturopathic antiviral offerings. • Andrographus: This herbal is proven to shorten the duration of colds and flu. It is my favorite immune boosting herbal. • Olive leaf extract and/or oregano oil: Both are excellent anti-virals. • Homeopathic gelsemium: An excellent homeopathic used for all types of flu. It is important to consider that each of us has unique nutritional needs, and what is right for one individual is not necessarily correct for another. Please seek the advice of a qualified health care professional when seeking natural healthcare answers. The above material is for educational purposes; it is not prescriptive, and it is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease.  Carloyn Berghuis is a doctor with Joy of Raphael Holistic Wellness Center & Natural Pharmacy. You may reach her at

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Asthma and H1N1 Nearly one-third of the hospitalizations associated with H1N1 have been people with asthma, but only about 8 percent of the population is asthmatic. So what should you be doing about H1N1 if you—or your children—have asthma? • Take your medication. Take daily meds even when you are feeling fine because they help protect the lungs from triggers like infections. • Get vaccinated. People with asthma are in a high-risk group and should get vaccinated as soon as possible, but should wait for the shot rather than taking a nasal spray version. • Get rapid treatment if you do get sick. Contact your doctor if you have H1N1 symptoms; if symptoms rapidly get worse, seek emergency treatment immediately.

• Fat-fighting calcium: Researchers at the University of Tennessee found that obese people who went on a low-calorie diet that contained three daily servings of calcium-rich dairy lost 70% more weight and 64% more body fat than those who ate just one serving of dairy a day. • Vitamin D: A landmark study from Tufts-New England Medical Center showed that low levels of vitamin D raise a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 46%. • Omega-3s: These healthy fats slow the rate of digestion, which makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat fewer calories throughout the day. • Fiber: Foods high in fiber are nutrientrich, filling, and low in calories—a combination that makes them weight loss wonders. Plus, both soluble and insoluble fibers help control blood sugar.

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DISPATCH » Plan your company holiday lunch – Harbour Trees Golf Club invites all area companies to their “Big Holiday Luncheon for Small Businesses.” The holiday luncheon will be Dec.18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday music will be performed by Greg Anderson. The buffet features soup, salad, carved prime rib, chicken Milanese, vegetable pasta primavera, side accompaniments and chocolate ganache peppermint cake. The price is $20 per and includes a non-alcoholic beverage. Please call or e-mail Jen Roberts at (317) 8773612 or » Healthy workplaces honored – Katz, Sapper & Miller was named to the list of Healthiest Employers of Indiana winner in the 100-499 employees category. Community Health Network was winner in the 5,000 employees or more category with St. Vincent Health being a finalist in that category. Healthiest Employers is an innovative awards program created to recognize those companies that proactively shape the health of their employees.

Are we really all self-centered? COMMENTARY By David Cain My mother once told me people are only concerned with themselves. “Don’t worry,” she said, “nobody cares what you are doing but me and your dad. The rest of the world is concerned with themselves.” What terrible advice. It was contrary to what I believed. I believed the world was a caring, thoughtful place that wished good things for all. I thought everyone wanted to help me and cared about my success. Was I wrong? Have you ever felt like everyone is watching you? Do you feel like everyone cares about you – your progress, your successes your failures? Here’s a dose of reality: They don’t. Human beings are self-centered by nature. It is how the brain is wired. People care about themselves and what they are doing – they care about their survival. They do care about what you are doing to the extent it relates to them or makes them feel better or worse. The brain makes decisions about its own well-being and survival. There’s a snake in the bushes; it slides up and bites you on the leg. There is someone standing next to you. What do you think is going

through their head? Bad news: They are probably thinking, “Will he be okay?” followed closely by, “Glad that didn’t happen to me.” That’s the self-centered nature our brain. It’s all about our survival. The good news is it can be used to your advantage. Make your messages about your customer, not about you. Start by considering their problems, fears or anxieties in the context of what your business offers, and then talk about that. Remind them of their problems and make your solution about them. It sounds easy and straightforward, yet many businesses continue to talk about themselves. “We are this” and “we are that,” rather than making it about the customer. Your message should be as simple and to the point as throwing a snake on the table – everyone reacts to it without even thinking. Except instead of beating it with a club, they want to buy it. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at

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MONEY MATTERS Are you making an effort to support small business in the soft economy? “I supported the businesses downtown as often as I could before the economy went bad, and it’s even more important that we do it now, so I’ll continue to support them.” Julie Davis Noblesville “Whenever I have the opportunity. I shop local when I can. Everyone needs help these days, though.” Matt Loria Noblesville

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Fresh and local are the specialties of Harvest Fresh Market and Deli, the newest addition to Carmel’s Village of WestClay. The market held its grand opening, Oct. 31, offering a wide range of grocery retail and market services to the community. Owner Chuck Blackwelder tried to house a number of services in one market because the Village of WestClay isn’t large enough to support various individual specialty shops. “We think putting each shop under one roof will give us a greater chance for success,” Blackwelder said. Harvest Fresh Market accommodates a bakery, butcher shop, fresh flowers, deli and large selection of groceries. The market also specializes in Indiana artisan products. An aisle dedicated to Hoosier products holds anything from maple syrup to woven baskets to soy skin products. Chefs and directors of operation Allison Campbell and Amanda Taylor will run the market from day to day, as well as serve original, made-fromscratch recipes. Daily offerings include soup, sandwiches and carryout dinners.





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DISPATCHES » Eat, dance and raise money – Matteo’s and Noblesville Main Street are presenting Noblesville’s first Holiday Formal, beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the restaurant, 40 N. 9th St. The event includes champagne, a three-course dinner with a choice of four entrees and entertainment before and after dinner by Tom Wright of The Wright Brothers, who will perform both holiday and popular standards for dancing. The event is a fundraiser for Noblesville Main Street. Tickets are $50 per person, and seating is limited.  Call Emily at Matteo’s (317) 774-9771 to make reservations. » Holiday Bazaar – Crossroads Church at Westfield will be hosting a Holiday Craft & Gift Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the church, 19201 Grassy Branch Road . Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Local artisans and crafters will showcase their quilts, holiday decorations, handbags, stationery and more. Raffle items include a 12-foot, fully decorated Christmas tree and a restored TV cabinet/wardrobe. For more information visit

Christmas arrives early with ‘Belles’ on at the Belfry By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville The Belfry Theatre is beating the Christmas rush this holiday season. While most Central Indiana theaters begin rolling out their holiday productions around Thanksgiving weekend, the historic community playhouse is opening its Christmas gift early with “Christmas Belles.” The show opens Nov. 13 and continues on weekends through Nov. 29. The scheduling is due to the early start of the Belfry’s 44th season. When season-opener “The Producers” closed Oct. 4, rehearsing for “Christmas Belles” began shortly thereafter. “Hopefully, by finishing on the Thanksgiving weekend, we’ll start to get people in a festive mood,” said producer Mark Tumey, who played accountant Leo Bloom in the theater’s highly successful “The Producers.” The comedy, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is set in a small Texas town called Fayro. Honey Raye Futrelle, played by Chris Cooper, is trying to redeem her reputation after a half-dozen divorces by putting on the church’s Christmas play with her two equally quirky sisters, Twink Futrelle and Frankie Futrelle Dubberly, played by Barb Weaver and Christy Clinton, respectively. 

Where: Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville. When: 8 p.m. Nov. 13-14; 8 p.m. Nov. 20; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 21; 2 p.m. Nov. 22; 8 p.m. Nov. 27; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 28; and 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Cost: $15 adults, $12 for children 12 and younger. Reservations required. Reservations and info: (317) 773-1085.

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In top photo Chris Cooper as Honey Raye Futrelle leads an ensemble scene during rehearsal, while in bottom photo she works with Nancy Lafferty, portraying Miss Geneva Muscrave.

Twink is in jail, and the deputy sheriff who put her there is in love with her. Frankie is 9 ½ months pregnant with her second set of twins, and her husband is playing the part of Santa, while also trying to pass a kidney stone. Sounds a little like an episode from “My


Name Is Earl,” doesn’t it? “It’s quite a lineup of characters,” said director Connie Murello-Todd. Somehow, despite the mounting drama the church iproduction is a success. “My cheeks hurt every night when I come home after rehearsals,” said Murello-Todd, who has been with the Belfry for 10 years. “It’s one laugh after another.” In spite of the laughs, however, Murello-Todd says the comedy delivers a heart-tugging serious message. “This is simply a story about what makes Christmas Christmas,” said Murello-Todd. “It’s about the Christmas story, the birth of baby Jesus, and that is a big part of a sweet, religious ending.”

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St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will host the Brass Roots Trio, performing its American Vespers program on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $10; students and children admitted free of charge. The church is located at located at 1402 West Main St. in Carmel.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players proudly present “Jack and the Beanstalk” as the final show in the 2009 Live Theatre For Kids series. Don’t miss this exciting adventure, on stage through Nov. 14 in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Performances take place at 10 a.m. on Fridays and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For reservations or more information, call 317-872-9664.

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Featuring nearly 60 classic songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Actors Theatre of Indiana is staging a musical tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” that runs for two weeks this November in the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace (14299 Clay Terrace Blvd.). Performances run Nov. 4-15. Nightly performances Wednesday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m. Sunday shows start 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $32 by calling 317669-7983 or by visiting www.actorstheatreofindiana. org. Senior Citizen, student, and group discounts are available.

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The Power of Light

Encore Vocal Arts invites individuals to celebrate music as a source of hope and light in their lives with it second concert this season entitled “The Power of Light” on Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. From traditional spirituals to modern choral compositions, this concert features luminescent choral singing in one of the city’s exquisite settings, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at 4217 Central Ave. in Indianapolis. General admission is $12, $8 for students under 18. Call 317-576-7676 for more information.

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The following musical acts will play live at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call 317-770-9020. Nov. 12 – Jester King Nov. 13 – THUMP! Nov. 14 – Something Rather Naughty Nov. 19 – Great Speaks Nov. 20 – Twin Peaks Nov. 21 – Aberdeen Project Nov. 27 – Jester King Nov. 28 – Janet 51

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The following musical acts will play live at Barley Island, 639 Conner St., Noblesville. For more information, call 317-770-5280. Nov. 11 – Blue Steel Nov. 21 – Satin Peaches.

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Chocolate ganache, by gosh By Katja Baird and Molly Herner Current in Noblesville Chocolate ganache is a wonderfully versatile dessert option. Both France and Switzerland claim credit for creating the dish in the mid-1800s as it spread throughout Europe. Ganache is a seemingly fancy alternative to the typical uber-sweet cake frosting and is sure to impress your dessert guests. It is a thick mixture of chocolate and cream

that is quick and easy to make. This recipe can be poured over your favorite cake in place of icing or chilled and formed into chocolate truffle candies. Molly Herner, is the baker/pastry chef at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano. You may email her at

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients • 2 pints chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate) • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 2 tsps sugar Directions: 1. Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler, which is one saucepan filled a fourth of the way with water (bring water to a simmer) and a glass bowl placed right inside the saucepan over the simmering water. 2. Pour heavy cream over the top of the unmelted chocolate chips. 3. Add sugar into the mixture. 4. Let all ingredients melt together slowly over medium heat until completely

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combined and smooth. 5. Be careful not to let it burn. Chocolate burns very easily and can’t be save once burnt. 6. Remove from heat and let come to room temperature. 7. At this point you can chill it for a few hours and roll it into balls coated with cocoa powder or your favorite chopped nuts for truffles. Or you can let it come to room temperature and pour it over a cake in place of icing. 8. Once poured over the cake, let it chill in the refrigerator until hard, like a chocolate shell. Use a knife dipped in hot water to slice through the cake when serving.

Home to what are arguably the town’s best paninis, salads, and sweet treats, Logan Street Maketplace sits welcomingly behind a screen door just off the Square. Owners Brian and Shelley Jordan, who have more than 30 combined years of experience in the restaurant business, strive for lunchtime excellence. Look for the deli’s many seasonal specials, including hearty, filling soups during the chillier months and unique sandwiches and quiches featuring high-quality, gourmet ingredients like brie, squash and nine-grain bread. If in the mood for something else, try the shop’s tasty variety of tuna, chicken, potato and pasta salads. After lunch, be sure to delve into the case of baked good. Cakes, cookies, Rice Krispies treats, and “ding dongs,” cream-filled, chocolate-covered concoctions far better than the Hostess variety. Logan Street Marketplace offers catering services, including dinner options, for events.

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follow the north star What: Follow the North Star. Where: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Ind. When: Nov. 12-14 and 19-21. The program lasts 1 ½ hours and groups start every 15 minutes. Cost: $19 for non-members and $16 for members. Reservations required Info: 317-776-6000. Details: Small groups of participants take on the roles of fugitive slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad, risking everything for freedom. Every moment is filled with uncertainty, with new twists along the way. Playing the role of a fugitive slave, participants encounter an illegal slave sale and a variety of characters like a belligerent Southerner, a reluctantly helpful farm wife, a slave hunter, a Quaker family and a free black family. Through authentic interaction with costumed characters, participants learn to depend on each other.

Where: 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago. How far, how long: 180 miles, 3 1/4 hours. When: Nov. 20-22. Reservations: (312) 280-8800 or www. What: Kick off the official start to the holiday season in Chicago with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 21 and make it a weekend at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago with the Experience More packages – which provide $100 to $200 credit toward the room rate per night, depending on the room type. Rates begin at $295 per night when credit is applied and a two-night minimum stay required. Conveniently located on Michigan Avenue, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago affords magnificent views, an indoor pool and children’s room service amenities daily. Warm up by the fireplace in Seasons Lounge with a holiday cocktail or executive chef’s Kevin Hickey’s Haute Chocolate featuring Valhrona hot cocoa, churned tableside and served Photo provided by Four Seasons. with homemade chocolate marshmallows. Holiday shoppers traditionally take a break for afternoon tea in the Conservatory at the Four Seasons Chicago. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival features an entertainment lineup, including the Plain White T’s, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a parade, featuring Mickey Mouse leading the illumination of more than one million lights from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., fireworks over the Chicago River at 6:55 p.m. and extended shopping hours until 10 p.m. on the Magnificent Mile.

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Scout Russell is voiced by Jordan Nagai and crotchety Carl Fredricksen is voiced by Edward Asner in animated film “Up.”

Only Pixar, the animation studio behind “Finding Nemo” and “Wall·E,” could produce a movie about a cranky, lonely old man and make it both an artistic and commercial hit. Carl Fredricksen (voice by Ed Asner), the protagonist of “Up,” has the world’s sourest attitude. His beloved wife Ellie passed away some years ago, and all he really cares about in the world is the ramshackle home they shared for decades -- which is about to bulldozed for some high-rise construction. So, Carl hooks a million balloons to his house and floats it away. His goal is to navigate to Paradise Falls, the mysterious land where Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer) -- the famous explorer who was his and Ellie’s childhood hero -- disappeared long ago. But it turns out that Carl has a stowaway:

Russell (Jordan Nagai), a young Wilderness Explorer (think Cub Scout) obsessed with getting his last merit badge. Soon after landing in Paradise Falls, Carl and Russell are joined by Dug, a hyper dog with a gizmo collar that allows him to talk. Director and co-writer Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) layers the goofy antics in with some genuinely touching melodramatic moments. Like many Pixar films, “Up” is best appreciated by grown-ups. Movie: B-plus Read more of Chris Lloyd’s review of current films and DVD’s at www. or www.

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DISPATCHES » Sleek portable speakers - Philips has unveiled its latest portable speakers for the Korean market: the SBA1700. And they are back with the disc-shaped profile, perhaps to please the purists. They are plug-and-play and connect to an audio source via a 3.5mm stereo connector with the promise of a 20-hour long playtime (3 AAA batteries, 1.5V). The SBA1700 is rather dearly priced at around $60, but we bet it will be your every penny’s worth. - » Updated Lite-Brite? - Lite-Brite is one of those toys that has managed to withstand the test of time with very little innovation. You jam plastic pegs in a hole, they light up, and you get art. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Sketch Art from a company called Hi-Tec Art is a lot like Lite-Brite, but instead of clear plastic pegs it uses individual LEDs that stick to the background and light up on their own. Each set comes with 100 3mm LEDs of assorted colors. - (coming soon)

Pros and cons of 64-bit Windows 7 COMMENTARY By Gary Hubbard Without question, the future of personal computing is in the 64-bit realm. Sixty-four-bit processors and operating systems have been out for quite a long time, but they were once only useful primarily to “techies” with specific technological needs. Windows 7 is poised to change all that – even for casual users. But in my opinion, if you commit to it right now, you are on the back end of the “leading edge” (which is often translates to the “bleeding edge” because of the problems that come with new technologies). Here is why I view 64-bit computing in the late stages of the leading edge: • 64-bit operating systems require 64-bit processors (which you have, but most older computers don’t). • To take full advantage of the 64-bit platform, you must also have 64-bit applications, which are few and far between for the casual computer user. • You must have 64-bit drivers for all of your hardware and peripherals (forget about support for really old components, printers, scanners, etc.). • You must have 64-bit anti-virus software and other vital security software. • You’re wasting your time if you don’t have more than 3 GB of RAM. • You must be willing to put up with companies that are still trying to get their drivers and software compatible with 64-bit operating systems (which, thanks to Vista, is becoming much less of an issue) For most folks, seeing any appreciable difference between a 32-bit and 64-bit system while surfing the Internet, checking

e-mail and writing letters is likely to be slim to none. Power users, hardcore gamers and vertical-application business users are a different story, but that’s typically not who reads this column. None of the “average user” tasks really stress a properly configured 32-bit system. With all the 64-bit hype, too many users are improperly blaming the “32-bit limitation” as the reason their computers are running so slow. The reality is that most folks don’t properly maintain their computers and are inundated with unnecessary programs, hidden malware and cheap hardware. Those buying a new computer with lots of 64-bit friendly hardware and lots of RAM are in a much better position to make the transition than those with older systems with just barely enough hardware to run a 64-bit OS. In review, 64-bit is absolutely the way to go if you can verify your hardware, peripherals, drivers and programs are all compatible with a 64-bit environment. If you are technically incapable of determining these things, too lazy to do the homework or don’t want to have to wipe out your existing Windows Vista installation, stick to the 32-bit version (or consult a knowledgeable professional). If you are somewhere in between, wait a little while so that more of the issues can be discovered and you can benefit from the learning curve forged by others.

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DISPATCHES » Gel done right - If you’re growing your bangs out or are just tired of fringe, change up your look like Christina Ricci did by slicking back your bangs. Coat your hair with gel, twist bangs to the side and secure with a bobby pin for that supersleek finish. - » Cufflink resource - Cufflinks aren’t for everyone. Some guys can’t be bothered with them; others are passionate collectors. For the latter group, the vast, perfectly edited selection of cufflinks from Paul Stuart is perfect for self expression. Some are plain and simple, some are daring and colorful, and altogether the array of options is just downright unbeatable. Go to and check it out. It might inspire you to become a cufflink guy, after all. -  » Hair-raising trick - Get a youthful cheerleader pony without having to put in two months of growing your hair out. Clip in an extension and wrap a gelled piece from the tail around your elastic to hide the evidence. Tame the wispy fly-aways with a little bit of gel. Voila!  -  

COMMENTARY Jaclyn Dunn If you are a big fan of “Redbook” and “Good Housekeeping,” you may want to skip this read. If, however, you eagerly await the new issue of “Elle Decor,” you thrill at the arrival of the next “Met Home,” or you lovingly turn the pages of “Veranda” or “Florida Design” with excited expectation, read on. The semi-annual High Point Market in High Point, N.C., is always “dressed to the nines.” Home fashion always follows what you see on the pages of “Vogue,” and now the softer side of dressing shown the last two seasons has shown up in furniture. If, like me, you are tired of revisiting the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s, there is good news.  Last month, high-end showrooms were full of good, old-fashioned Hollywood glam. Oversized tufted sofas were prominent, in white more often than not, but also in every shade of gray or purple.  Most of these sofas and chairs featured tall or elegantly shaped backs.  Straight lines are out; curves are in.  Think almost Victorian, or the elegant movie sets of the late 40’s and 50’s. Think dressing for cocktails. Martini anyone? White was all over everything -- white patent leather on chair seats, white faux alligator covering media cabinets. Gold is starting to overtake silver, FYI, now that we have all filled our homes with brushed nickel.  Orange is the new red. Powder blue replaced aqua. Black, as always, is classic. Crystals were used not only on chandeliers, but embedded in furniture pieces and applied to accessories.  Fabrics shown were velvet, satin, glittering. Animal prints are still going strong.  A wonderful bed was upholstered in a chartreuse zebra. So, if you are longing for the luxury of yesteryear, you need wait no longer.  Grab your faux sable throw and cuddle up on the

Getting a little help from friends COMMENTARY By Darla Kinney Scoles “Roots” author Alex Haley said it best. “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” Searching out our ancestors is indeed a fulfilling endeavor. I feel that and am just getting started. Perhaps, that is why, as I do begin research on my family tree, I find there are many, many people willing to help me along my way. Some of them no longer walk the earth. Since putting those first facts into a friend’s computer, I have been assisted by not only that friend, but another – with both of them recommending yet others who will gladly move me forward from there. I have received emails from relatives with stories, Web sites, software selections, offers of photos and information sharing. People who can’t really help me encourage me nonetheless – commenting on a recent column and asking how things are progressing. There are even people waiting online to help me get a gravesite photo of a dead relative’s headstone in Michigan!

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With the help of one such enthusiast, I went from having eight pages of family information to more than 40, including several photos. “Pearl was the key” she said of my great-aunt whose 1930 census information stated that she was a newspaper reporter. “Once I put in a search for Pearl Kinne, she led me to much, much more that I could not find searching Floyd or Charles.” That “more” included a photo of my greatgreat grandfather Alvin Benson Dunbar. She showed me the photo and I literally jumped. He is the spitting image of my brother Clark. Darla Kinney Scoles is a freelance journalist living in Noblesville. Her most recent work involves the creation of “Stories,” an individualized writing service helping people get their personal histories down on paper. Contact her at

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tufted velvet sofa. Put a fire in the fireplace, some soft jazz on the stereo. Martini optional.

Jaclyn Dunn is the head of interior design at Platinum Living in Noblesville. You can contact her at jdunn@

Fathers cry, too; it’s all part of being a man COMMENTARY By Joe Shearer I once had a dream that my grandfather, who died in 1998, came back to life. He was coming back home to see everyone, and we were all naturally excited to see him. I couldn’t wait for him to meet Riley, who was three years old at the time. My family waited at his house, but I was outside across the street playing with Riley when Grandpa got home. As he got out of the car, I told him I wanted him to meet my son. I yelled for Riley, and he came loping up to us. There he stood, face to face with my grandfather, who had returned from the dead to meet him. “Riley,” I said, “this is MY papaw.” Riley cocked his head, sizing the man up. “Are you my papaw too?” he asked. “Well, yes, I am,” Grandpa answered. Riley took a breath, as if uncertain of what to do next. Finally, he thrust out his hand and said, “Nice to meet you.” Grandpa gripped his hand. “Nice to meet you, too,” he said.

I had that dream at least a full year ago. I only ever saw Grandpa cry at the end of our visits as we readied to go home. My stepfather was in the Army, so we lived hundreds or thousands of miles away for much of my childhood. Grandpa didn’t cry in my dream, but I did, and again when I woke up, and again telling my wife about it, and again as I was writing this. But seeing him cry always meant something, even at that age when only babies and girls cried. It said that even the manliest men, like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and my grandpa, cried too, and not only was it okay, it’s part of being a man. And a dad. Joe Shearer is a freelance writer from Noblesville and the exhausted father of three kids under five years of age. He also writes for www.thefilmyap. com and blogs at www. (coming soon)

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Wooly worm has its place but not on Weather Channel COMMENTARY By Holly Funk I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m a total nerd for insects. And not that I won’t shriek if a three-inch cockroach crossed my path; that’s where my enthusiasm is halted. But I am completely smitten with mantids, butterflies, spiders, caterpillars and the like. You aren’t? This time of year, when I stop my car to let a wooly worm pass, I feel like I am doing more than just saving a life. I am saving the science of weather prediction. The Native Americans insisted that the wooly worm held the insight to the impending winter weather. I’ve heard it all, so why not? The wooly worm is actually the caterpillar of the tiger moth, identified by jet black ends (head and rear) and a reddish-orange center. No nougat. Wooly worms actually overwinter in leaf litter or in hollow logs, where they can stay warm and safe. That’s rare for larvae. So, it’s rumored that the caterpillar’s markings are an indication for the winter weather to come. That, in fact, the more orange the caterpillar has, the greater the chance for mild winter weather. If the caterpillar sports a ton of black –


look out! That means we are in for a doozey. Enthusiasts claim a success rate of 85 per cent with these guys. Take that Bob Gregory! Reality is, though, that it is more likely the age of the caterpillar or, perhaps, its food consumption that indicates the coloring of the markings, rather than some gift to see into the future. But I’m not gonna say that to the people who hold annual Wooly Worm Festivals. Seriously. That said, I’m fond of the wooly worm, too, prognosticator or not. And I’m fond of all the little buggies of the world, because even a “dirty, stinking fly” – as Aunt June used to say -- has its place. Just like all of us. Holly Funk is an Indiana accredited horticulturist and advanced master gardener residing in Noblesville. Email your gardening woes (or wisdom) to twogreengeeks@

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Concrete maintenance will preserve your wallet COMMENTARY By Ellen Rosebrock Question: What is the most overlooked area of the home requiring winter maintenance? Answer: Concrete driveways and sidewalks are often the most overlooked. Concrete is supposed to last forever, isn’t it? It’s durable and fairly indestructible, so how can it deteriorate?   The truth is concrete has to be maintained if you want it to last the lifetime of the home. Maintaining the integrity of the concrete is far less costly than replacing it. Along with replacement costs, in some situations, tearing up landscaping and sprinkler systems is unavoidable. Although unlevel concrete pads or a crumbling surface will not affect your creature comfort during the winter months, it can

cost you a bundle to repair when not properly maintained. The winter months are most damaging to concrete. Concrete “heave” is when a section of concrete rises above other adjacent pads. Concrete “spalling” is when it looks like the moon’s surface on your driveway (pock marks). Both can be prevented with the proper maintenance. The seams, cracks and surface should be properly sealed every fall. Ellen Rosebrock is the owner of Mr. Handyman of Southern Hamilton County. You may reach her at ellen.rosebrock@mrhandyman .com.

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DISPATCHES » Movin’ for Mutts – Help out the animals at the Hamilton County Humane Society and your own health by joining Movin’ for Mutts Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Westfield Intermediate School gym.  Two hours of fitness fun taught by nationally certified Instructors will be offered for a minimum donation of $20 to the HSHC.  Spaces are limited, so reserving a spot early is recommended. Do so by calling Allyson Love at 446-2068.  » Love triangle – When a new person is added to the living dynamic where a pet is already happily occupying, problems can arise.  Consider the following to make the transition smooth: Stick to the schedule. Companion animals depend on stability. Create a connection. At first, giving your pet a special treat whenever your partner arrives can create a positive association. Compromise. Balancing your pet's needs and your partner's wishes creates a relationship that will work well for everyone. Make yourself heard. Clarify the special needs of your pet to your new partner. -

My dog has an ear infection … again! COMMENTARY By Dr. Mary Marcotte Ear infections and allergies are by far the most common, frustrating diseases seen in veterinary medicine. They are frustrating for you, your pet, and even those of us who try to help. It is frustrating because there is usually no effective one-time solution to these problems.

Why does my dog have an ear infection?

Dogs with ear infections usually have allergies. Dogs, just like people, can be allergic to virtually anything in the environment, including something in their diet. The difference between people and dogs is dogs usually do not have upper respiratory symptoms. This is because the majority of their histamine receptors are in their skin. The most commonly irritated spots are the feet, face, belly and ears. Some dogs will only show irritation within their ear canals. Once the ears are irritated, they are no longer able to keep yeast and bacteria from causing infections.

What is causing the infection?     

The most common causes of ear infections are yeast and bacteria, and not all bacteria are the same. This is why it is important that a cytology is performed (microscopic examination of ear swab). This not only tells us the kind of infection, but also the severity.


infection once with appropriate medications. If your dog suffers from chronic infections, however, it may be time to discuss the possibility of allergies with you veterinarian. It is also important to know that with chronic infections, 85 percent of dogs will have an infection within their middle ear canal. The middle ear is the space behind the eardrum, so topical drugs will not be effective. An infection of the middle ear canal requires oral medications.

Why is it important to address the allergies?

Chronic infections can lead to resistant bacterial growth. This is similar to MRSA in people. When the typical bacteria are continuously killed off by an antibacterial agent, this can lead to growth of a more resilient organism (usually pseudomonas). Killing this organism requires very specific and usually expensive antibiotics that need to be determined by a culture and sensitivity. This type of infection is common and very difficult to treat. Some animals may even require extensive surgery that can cost thousands of dollars. If your pet is suffering from recurrent ear infections, it is time to talk to your veterinarian about a more aggressive approach. Dr. Mary Marcotte is a Carmel veterinarian. You may reach her at

PETS OF THE WEEK Lucy is a 3-year-old female white with tan hound/terrier mix. Lucy is a very active girl who would love to find a home with a big fenced-in back yard where she can run and play. She is spayed, house trained and knows the commands “sit” and “down,” but she needs a home where she will be the only dog. She will need an active family who will make sure she gets plenty of daily exercise. Lucy is a beautiful girl who will make a wonderful family pet. Igor is a 7-month-old male black DSH. Igor is neutered, litter-box trained and gets along well with other cats. He was found by an Animal Control officer wandering the streets of Hamilton County. After a visit with a veterinarian, X-rays and medication, Igor went into foster care to recover. Once his leg was healed, he came back to the shelter and has since suffered an eye infection and upper respiratory infection. For more information on these and other animals at the Humane Society, call 317-773-4974 or go to

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Q. Is now a good time to plant or build a patio? A. NOW through early December is the best part of the year. Planting conditions are ideal and suppliers offer us great values. Also, take advantage of ’09 pricing versus the frenzy of spring ’10 pricing. Q. What about remodeling projects? A. Timing is everything. Some material costs are at decade lows and most contractors are ready for a few new projects for the winter. Q. Can I put in a small bathroom in our basement? A. Likely. Most newer homes are pre-plumbed for this. Older homes require a little more ingenuity (pump system, additional plumbing, etc.)


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DISPATCHES » Open house at Guerin – Guerin Catholic High School is having an open house from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15. A formal program will start at 1:15 p.m., followed by informal sessions on academics, athletics, financial aid and Catholic identity before student-led tours at 1:40 p.m. For more information regarding admissions, scheduling a shadow day or to register for a placement test, call (317) 582-0120, extension 279. Guerin is located at 15300 Gray Road in Noblesville. » Our Lady of Grace city champs – The third-fourth grade football team from the Our Lady of Grace Parish of Noblesville won the Indianapolis Arch Diocese City Championship, defeating St. Michael’s Greenfield in overtime. Team members include A.J. Morris, Aaron Brewer, Cameron Schlegel, Michael Moore, Cole Barnes, Kevin Palios, Dan Magers, Sam Bleisch, Cameron Lee, Jack Chastain, Jack Barnes, Max Merrell, Colin Wareham, Jack Yeakey, Charlie Bock, Ben Kinnett, Willie Jackson, David Bettner, Lorenzo Ferraro, Dylan Blosser, Benjamin Welch and Michael Storey. Head coch is Rob Schlegel and his assistants are Jim Magers, Chris Bock and Chris Yeakey. » Purdue extension offers ‘Land’ program – Purdue Extension Hamilton County is offering a new program,Living on the Land, for beginning farmers and landowners. The program is directed to help individuals and families make good decisions about living, working and farming their land. A 12-session series will begin January 6, and will meet every Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville. Register for the class by calling the Purdue Extension Hamilton County office at (317) 776-0854. The cost is $200 per person with a reduced rate of $75 for each additional family member. This fee includes take-home resources and networking opportunities. Questions should be directed to Bill Rice at (317) 776-0854 billrice@purdue. edu. Living on the Land is designed to equip new land owners with the knowledge and skills to better manage their property. The information provided can help a new farmer navigate legal issues such as zoning, easements, and water rights availability; and environmental issues including impact on soil quality, wildlife, water, and other natural resources. A basic understanding of these topics will help small farmers and landowners make well-informed decisions about land use and productivity. » Public school discussions continue – Ten public forums hosted by Noblesville Schools are scheduled for November to give the community an opportunity to gain information, ask questions and offer comments. All forums begin at 7 pm. Forums remaining include: Nov. 10 - White River Elementary School Nov. 11 - Hazel Dell Elementary School Nov. 16 - Stony Creek Elementary School Nov. 17 - Noblesville Middle School Nov. 18 - Hinkle Creek Elementary School Nov. 19 - Forest Hill Elementary School Nov. 30 - Noble Crossing Elementary School (coming soon)

Easy ‘A’ adds up to higher GPA COMMENTARY By Hannah Davis At best­, I’m a really, really lackluster math student. In an advanced math class during sixth grade, my grades plummeted to… well, they went really, really low. I was accused of flirting nonstop with a friend I deemed Beaver Boy (I wasn’t, by the way), and I was too busy trying to fight for survival to pay attention and actually learn something. In short, it wasn’t a good year. Consequently, I fell behind and ended up opting out of supersmart-kid math for the rest of my academic career. So, here I am taking discrete math during my senior year. Not too shameful, of course – plenty of good, decent, intelligent people take discrete math – but I’m probably capable of more. Trust me, I fully intended to take AP calculus, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s scary, dagnabbit! I’m sure the teachers are fabulous. I’m sure it would look better on my transcript. I’m sure I’d be a good person if I challenged myself. But I don’t want to. I want to boost my GPA, and I want to be able to actually understand what I’m learning. It’s working brilliantly. Things are going well. So far, at least.

» Hannah’s unofficial poll for: Most Popular Senior Math Classes 1.     Pre-calculus 2.     Discrete math 3.     Calculus 4.     Algebra II

I’m thoroughly impressed, though, by my friends and classmates who are chugging though calculus. Pre-cal was hard enough; I can’t imagine suffering through anything much harder. Kudos to the students who, unlike me, have chosen to challenge themselves. I’m quite sure they made the right choice. More power to ‘em. But for the time being, I’m going to enjoy my easy A.

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

Dot-to-dots: using ellipses By Brandie Bohney Even if you don’t know what ellipses are, you know what they are. How many times have you read an e-mail or blog or other informal communication with one – or probably more – sentences, clauses, phrases or incomplete thoughts that ended in a series of three dots? One meant to keep you hanging … So there it is. The ellipsis. An elusive and overused piece of punctuation. It’s one that drives me a little nuts, because while most people know its informal use, few people know its formal use, and fewer still use either correctly. Here’s the skinny: In formal writing, when quoting a source, ellipses are used to show that a portion of the quotation has been removed. It’s important that the removal of the words is done simply to make the quotation more concise; words should never be removed if in doing so the meaning of the quotation is changed even slightly. Now, depending on which style manual you’re following, the ellipses may or may not have spaces between them, and you may or may not need to add a fourth period to indicate where a sentence ends. Those are specific details for you to reference your style manual. That’s the formal use, and frankly, the only use I really like. I’m not a fan of the more informal uses, in spite of the fact that they are grammatically acceptable by most standards. Except, appar-

ently, mine. The more informal use is to indicate, especially in dialogue, a trailing off, uncertainty, or loss of connection to the current thought. My issue isn’t so much the occasional and sometimes quite humorous use of ellipses for a thought cut short, but with the incessant abuse of the ellipses in this capacity. With the exception of one friend of mine who uses no punctuation or capitalization at all in any e-mail she sends, virtually every person I know has used ellipses in e-mail communication more frequently than necessary. Does it make them bad people? No. Does it make me want to stop being their friends? Of course not. I’d have no friends left. It does, however, make me wish that ellipses had only one purpose: recognition of omission in quotations. So let me say this: If you insist on using ellipses to indicate you’ve lost your train of thought or to express uncertainty, do so very sparingly. Very sparingly. Even more sparingly than you use exclamation points.

Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammar-related question, please email her at

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‘I’m not drunk, officer; I’m just a lousy driver’ COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie “Have you been drinking,” asked the officer, politely I might add, when he stopped me on Broad ripple Avenue in Indianapolis, after I had turned west from Keystone. I was on my way home from a WISHTV remote, my usual Sunday morning beat. “Drinking?” I said with a bit more hubris than is generally advisable when addressing a law enforcement officer. “It’s 9:30 in the morning.” “When is the last time you had a drink?” “I don’t remember?” “That’s not a good sign, sir.” “That’s not what I mean. I think I had a beer three nights ago,” I stammered. Stammering, by the way, is not recommended during a situation like this. The officer then explained that when I made my turn I “nicked the median with my front tire,” and that in his experience as a police officer, “this usually means the person has had a few too many.” “Officer, this is silly. I’m not drunk. I’m just a lousy driver.” As

you can see, I was having trouble saying precisely what I wanted to say. Another bad sign, by the way. The officer went back to his car with my registration. A few minutes later, he retuned to my vehicle… “May I ask if you have ever been arrested?” “Arrested? Look, I know you’re doing your job, officer, but other than three days overdo at Blockbuster, I’ve never been in trouble in my life.” “Sir, I am going to let you go, but based on your careless turn, I could give you a breathalyzer test to see if you are legally drunk.” “If it’s legal, what’s the problem?” (Author’s note: That last line I just made up. But the rest of the story is 100 percent true) When I got home, Mary Ellen asked me why I was so late. I told her that when I made a left turn off Keystone I hit my front tire on the median and a cop pulled me over for being intoxicated. “You do that all the time. Why didn’t you just tell him you’re a lousy driver?” “I did tell him that.” Mary Ellen burst out laughing. “I was just kidding. I can’t be-

lieve you said something that stupid.” The more I thought about this incident, the angrier I got. I called my friend Rob Butler, who sold me my car, and told him the story. “That’s amazing. How do these things happen to you?” said Rob. “And the funny part is, you’re a good driver.” “I am?” “Of course not, I was just kidding” The more I thought about this faulty left-hand turn, the more I wondered about my driving ability. So the other morning I went back to that corner and made the same maneuver multiple times. In nine out 10 attempts, I was successful in negotiating that pesky strip that separates the street. If I were a baseball player in the World Series, that would be a .900 average. But it wouldn’t be for hitting. It would be for missing.

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Views | Community | Anti-Aging | Dough | Diversions | Toys | Panache | Inside & Out | Pets | Education | Laughs | Puzzles | Obituaries | Classifieds OBITUARIES Gilford O. Threet, Jr., 71, of Noblesville died Nov. 3, 2009. He was born on Sept. 1, 1938 in Overton County, Tenn., to the late Gilford O. Threet, Sr. and Audie Walker Threet.  He was a member of the Iron Workers Local 22 and the Sons of the American Legion.  He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Mildred M. (Cravens) Threet; daughter Teresa (Tim) Patterson of Beech Grove; grandson Zach; sister Audrey (Elza) Cravens of Tenn.,; and brothers Robert (Janice) Threet of Tenn., and Collins (Sherry) Threet of Monticello, Ky. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Network Foundation, Hospice Program, 1500 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219.  Online condolences may be shared at www. Joshua William Thomas Watson Deák, infant son of Amanda Jo Deák of Sheridan, died Nov. 1. He was born Sept. 22, 2009 in Noblesville. Joshua was a member of New Life Assembly of God Church, in Noblesville. In addition to his mother, Joshua is survived by his grandparents, Kenny and Annie Watson and Patrick and Jennifer Deák; and aunts and uncles, Rachel Watson,

Jacob Watson, Carrie Watson, Billy Watson, Tanner Deák, Drake Deák and Mason Deák. Raymond A. ‘PeeWee’ Cannon, 88, Noblesville, died Oct. 28. He was born Jan. 1, 1921. Raymond was retired from Firestone and was a WWII Army veteran. He is survived by daughter, Linda L. (John) Harris of Noblesville; granddaughter, Melanie Dawn Carter of Anderson; great-grandsons, Michael and Adam Carter; brothers, William & Thomas Cannon and sisters, Betty Hine and Cicile Flynn, all of Vermont; brothers-in-law, Joesph Lacharite and Antonio Lacharite and sister-in-law, Mona Lacharite, all of Noblesville. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeannine L. Cannon; a sister, Margreat; and two brothers, Charlie and Patsy. Amber Nicole Remmel, 22, Noblesville, died Oct. 27. She was born May 16, 1987 in Indianapolis to Ray and Connie (Gregory) Remmel of Noblesville. Amber was a member of Green Valley Church of Christ in Noblesville. She was involved with the Noblesville Police


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Explorers and the White River Cleanup project. In addition to her parents, she is survived by sister, Heather (Jessie J) Schoolcraft; halfbrother, Charles P. Gregory; half-sister, Laura D. Remmel; grandmother, Vivian Gregory; uncle, Charles T. Gregory; and god-father, Mike Broshears. She is preceded in death by her son Braxton Michael Remmel. Ronald M. Shaffer, 59, died Oct. 23, 2009. He was born June 26, 1950 in South Bend, Ind., to Roscoe and Gertrude (Gonder) Shaffer.Ronald served in the U.S. Marines Corps attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. He was formerly employed at Mike’s Little Italy restaurant in Wabash.He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Shaffer, and brother, Reginald Shaffer. Ron is survived by his father, Roscoe “Jim” Shaffer of Bradenton, Fla., and his sister, Pamela Smith of Noblesville, Ind., as well as two nieces and two nephews. Online condolences may be sent c/o Charles (Chic) A. Melangton passed away Nov. 1. He was born April 26, 1933 in Evanston, Ill. to the late Philip R. and Mary Jane Cleveland Melangton. Mr. Melangton moved to Plymouth, Ind. in 1937 and graduated from Plymouth High




School in 1951. He attended Indiana University School of Business and graduated in 1959, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean War. He retired after 35 years of service from Sears Roebuck & Co. in 1993. Mr. Melangton was involved in many civic activities which included Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, YMCA, Salvation Army, and Kiwanis. He was a member of Radiant Christian Life Church in Westfield. He was preceded in death by brother Philip R. Melangton, of Indianapolis. He leaves to cherish his memory, brother John C. Melangton of Battle Creek, MI, 3 sons; Charles A. Melangton, Jr, Thomas Kennedy Melangton (Allison), James Harlan Melangton (Mandi), three grandchildren, Cameron Melangton, Madeline Melangton, and Evan Melangton. He was formerly married to Marilyn Kennedy Melangton of Martinsville, IN. Visitation will be at Radiant Christian Life Church in Westfield on Friday, November 6, from 9:30am to 11am, with a memorial gathering immediately following from 11am to 12 noon.

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