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Front: Ali Beaver, Noblesville Middle School. Second row (from left) : Kylie Thomas, Bishop Chatard High School.; Erika Godsey, Irvington Prep Academy; Patrick Cowherd President/Founder of The Cheerleading Agency; Mandy Taylor, Carmel High School.; Kaleigh Hobbs, Pike High School. Third row (from left): Jackie Lanthier, Fishers High School; David Bravo, Hollywood All-Stars Senior Co-Ed Team; Megan Wilson, Fishers High School.

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Matches made here Noblesville resident Patrick Cowherd pairs cheerleading prospects and universities

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(Above) Cowherd's students demonstrate standing back tucks. (Below) Eight-grader Ali Beaver of Noblesville Middle School demonstrates the bow and arrow.

By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville He’s the Jerry McGuire of cheerleading and dancing. But instead of his clients demanding him to “show me the money,” they are asking him to “show me the scholarship.” Patrick Cowherd, a Noblesville resident since 2002, is founder and owner of The Cheerleading Agency, the only cheerleading and dance organization of its kind in the U.S. With its headquarters and gym at 9325 Uptown Drive, near the 96th Street exit off I-69, the agency promotes and markets female and male student-athletes grades seven through freshmen year in college who are seeking cheerleading and dance scholarships. Ali Beaver, a seventh grader at Noblesville Middle School, is one of Cowherd’s youngest prospects. “My sister is a cheerleader at Ball State, and she inspired me to be one,” said Beaver, who also is a member of Cowherd’s elite Hollywood All-Stars cheering squad. “I know Patrick can help me get there.” Natalie Finney, who cheered at Noblesville High School, is one of Cowherd’s first placements, earning a scholarship at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, with a ninetime junior college national champion cheer program. “He’s really into the cheer world and he can get you to where you want to go,” said

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Finney. Cowherd’s year-old agency does all the research for colleges, which recruit cheerleaders and dancers just as their athletic departments recruit football and basketball players. “I hear parents complain all the time that they can’t get in touch with the college coaches,” said the 39-year-old Cowherd, a three-time collegiate all-American cheerleader at the University of Louisville. “They say the coaches don’t call them back. Well, it’s not that the coaches don’t want to; it’s just that you might be the 555th call they got that day, and they don’t have the time.” That’s where The Cheerleading Agency comes in. If you are a member, Cowherd or any of his other agents will make the call for you. “I can pick up the phone and call about any coach in the nation,” said Cowherd. “I have their cell numbers, their home numbers. … I can say, ‘Now, here’s a kid with a so-and-so SAT score … here’s her GPA, her skills, her work ethic, and I think she’s a great fit for you.’ “Or sometimes they’ll call me and say, ‘I need a girl who’s about 5-2, blue eyes, and has these particular skills, and makes good grades. What do you have?’ ” Cowherd then goes to a database compiled by more than 250 agents across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Jamaica to find candidates that best fit the inquiring

school. The agents watch film, research and interact with college coaches to determine the skills an athlete must have for their program. The key words here are “best fit.” The agency won’t send just any student-athlete to a school because he or she simply wants to go there. They must fit in academically, too. So far, TCA is the perfect matchmaker. Not one of the 60 kids earning scholarships has failed. “Too many of these kids want to go to a school where they are not academically sound enough to survive,” explained Cowherd, who has coached dozens of kids all over Hamilton County through the years and still does. “They get on campus and try to get into a sorority or party around and then flunk out after one semester. “Cheerleaders have a very demanding schedule with practice, games, special appearances and travel, while trying to keep their grades up. Coaches are looking for longevity, and they know we’re not going to send them someone who can’t handle the academics.” Not all of Cowherd’s prospects are high school cheerleaders. Some of them are gymnasts who convert to cheering to get the free ride because of the scarcity of good gymnastics programs. “Parents spend all this money through the years on gymnastics, then when the kids get college age, there’s nothing there for them,” said Cowherd. “Some gymnasts have never cheered before, but take those gymnastics skills and turn them around into cheerleading and they get a scholarship that way.” Taylor Rathke of Carmel is a good example. Rathke didn’t even cheer in high school, yet TCA found her a scholarship at traditional cheer powerhouse Oklahoma State. “Gymastics was a lot of fun and it really taught me a lot, but I decided it couldn’t take me any farther, and cheerleading was a great

“There are times when you wish you knew someone on the inside. Patrick’s knowledge, along with his vast network makes him the perfect go-to guy when you need to get your child in a safe and reputable college/ university program.” Ed Callais, Tennessee State Director of the United States All-Star Federation “It cuts down on costs because we don’t have to travel across the nation to see these kids. We know Pat is going to do the headhunting for us and find us the perfect cheerleader for our program.” Kaelin Abbott, head cheerleading coach, Indiana University-Southeast “The gym helps get more exposure so coaches all over the country can see what I have to offer. Patrick knows what I have to do to be ready.” Megan Wilson, cheerleader, Fishers High School “You really need to know where you want to go. The agency helps you focus on one school, so you know you are making the right choice and there are no regrets.” Kari Swartz, Indiana University, cheerleader “Patrick and the agency helped my daughter Kari reach her goals of being ready for college cheer tryouts by the end of her senior year by improving her partner’s stunts and with training that left her in the best shape of her life.” Shari Swartz, mother of Indiana University cheerleader Kari Swartz. opportunity,” said Rathke. “It was something that was new to me but I knew I could use what I had learned in gymnastics.” Constantly coaching, scouting, evaluating and traveling, Cowherd has had to pull back somewhat after being diagnosed with Lupis, “God’s way of telling me to slow down,” he said. Yet, Cowherd says he still has so much more to do. “If it’s my time to go, then it’s my time to go, and I know I’ll be in a better place,” he said. “And if I don’t get it all done, hopefully I’ve a made lasting impression on the kids I’ve coached and worked with, and they will carry it on for me.”

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It is our position that Indiana should remain in the Eastern time zone. Recently, a group ostensibly headquartered right here in Hamilton County called for a renewed debate about Indiana time zones. Since Indiana switched to daylight-saving time, the debate has raged about which time zone is best for our state. Cows, school bus drivers and golfers all registered heated opinions. And while we do not necessary advocate strongly for the Eastern time zone, at last a decision was made, and now it is time for all of us to adjust our clocks (and our attitudes). We see little in the argument for changing to the Central time zone (or, as some would say, back to the system that split Indiana into its own time island). While we understand that many are concerned about it being dark while kids are going to school, we believe there are a number of alternatives to address this important issue – improve security at bus stops, change the start and finish time for the school day, consider alternative transportation methods, etc. It is time for Indiana to move beyond what is often a provincial mindset (claiming our own time zone), and instead focus our considerable energies on innovation.

Happy BSA day!

It is our opinion that the Boy Scouts of America should be congratulated for its 100 years of service. Founded by Chicago-based publisher William Boyce in 1910 (only 2 years after the invention of scouting by General Robert Baden-Powell), the BSA has been changing the lives of boys and young men across the nation since its inception. Powell, a British war hero, conceived of the group during his service in the Boer War, literally working to scout the enemy. But he kept the work going into peacetime because of the many positive benefits claimed by scouts.  In the U.S., the BSA has become one of our country’s largest youth movements, providing an inexpensive after-school, summer and weekend activity for millions of youth – both keeping kids off the street and teaching outdoor and leadership skills. The scouts help to establish a structure that youth can build upon for their adulthood, especially into fatherhood. In the coming months, scouts in Central Indiana will announce their celebratory events (including the Gathering of Eagles dinner downtown on Feb. 8). Consider participation. It is a small recognition for their contribution. 

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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 refuse a person a glass of water. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Section 7. Continued Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after

such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law. But in all such cases the votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each House respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law.

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From the backshop The Web project: Version 1 all but here! We’re at it again, crawling into the 21st century here at Noblesville’s Best Weekly Newspaper™. Next week, we’re going to tear the lid off your new Web site. We weren’t kidding that it was “coming soon,” when we launched in September. This hopefully is soon enough. When you go to www.youarecurrent.com, we hope you’ll find a useful and informational tool to keep you abreast of what moves in this great city. It’s not as if we rushed into it. Being the deliberate souls we are, to speak nothing of our, a-hem, combined technological genius, we wanted to finally put to rest all the back-and-forth with our Internet presence and settle it once and for all. So, we got out the old legal pad and started listing things. Like the names of those who needed to be invited to our annual holiday party. Then, because it was a serious task before us, we rolled up our sleeves … and we picked up the phone. This was a job for Swan Man, aka Hamilton County resident Alex Morozov, and his team of talented developers at Carmelbased Swan Software Solutions, LLC. After about 30 seconds of begging, Alex basically told us to shut up, that he would write a

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg plan, we would approve it quickly and then the work would begin. Oh, and he didn’t require our “expertise.” Ouch! In all seriousness, though, we needed to do something useful with respect to our virtual presence, and Alex came up with a workable solution. We hope you find it to be easily navigable (we believe it is), and we certainly hope you will send us your photos, calendar items, news tips and other information. Tour it, play with it, put it through its paces, and then tell us your thoughts. (Elsewhere in these pages, you’ll find an “explainer” about the site. Use it; it’s good for you.)

Janus benefits from the kindness of a stranger COMMENTARY By Zach Dunkin Every time it rained, Virginia Hall would pull her Buick out from under the carport, and let the downpour wash her car. She cut her own grass, well into her 80s. And HALL she never spent a dollar on clothes; she made her own until the day she died. “When I’d go over to the house I’d see the sewing machine, and she’d brag about the outfit she was wearing,” said her longtime attorney, George Slater. “She did a lot of crazy things to cut corners. That’s how she had so much money left. She was very frugal but she also had a very big heart.” Janus Developmental Services found out just HOW big earlier this year when Virginia died one month shy of her 91st birthday and left it a $125,000 gift. The westside organization helps those with developmental disabilities live full, meaningful lives through pre-vocational and life skills training and job opportunities. “We never even knew who she was until her passing,” revealed Melissa Hauger, development manager at Janus. “That’s why it’s such a neat story.” The caring folks at Janus may not have been aware of Virginia, but the professional seam-

stress who created stunning wedding dresses certainly knew what Janus was doing. Every day she looked out the front window of her mobile home near Riverview Hospital to see her neighbor’s mentally disabled child getting picked up and dropped off by the Janus bus. She saw the difference Janus made to his quality of life. When it was time for the childless widower to establish who would be a prime beneficiary of her estate, the choice was easy. “I didn’t tell her to give the money to Janus but I did advise her not to sprinkle it around here and there,” said Slater, a specialist in elder law at Slater Law Office in Carmel. “I said, ‘Make a big splash. Make a difference to somebody.’ “Then, she told me about her neighbor. She wanted to leave some serious money to them.” As executor of her estate, Community Bank of Noblesville guided Virginia through the process and the gift was made public only recently. The money is being kept in reserve at Janus while the organization decides what to do with it. “We’re not sure what to do with the money yet but we obviously want to do something to honor Virginia,” said Hauger. “She truly deserves to shine.”

Zach Dunkin is the managing editor for Current in Noblesville. You may e-mail him at zach@ currentnoblesville.com

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Cats and dogs for Christmas?

DISPATCHES » Free holiday parking at City Hall – As an incentive to promote downtown holiday shopping, Mayor John Ditslear has announced that parking in the metered City Hall lot will be free until the end of the year. Covers have been placed over all of the meters in the lot.  “The City Hall public parking lot is just one block away from the courthouse square and we hope that this program will encourage residents and visitors to come and shop in the downtown stores for unique gifts for the holidays,” said Mayor Ditslear. » Clinic offers help to quit smoking – The public is invited to attend to attend one of the free hour-long workshops that offers aid to quit smoking at noon or 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at 18051 River Ave. Each clinic includes a presentation by a tobacco treatment specialist trained by Mayo Clinic, and a former smoker who shares his story about how he quit with the help of a prescription treatment option and support. Attendees will also receive tools to help them create a personalized quit plan. Light refreshments will be served followed by a 15 minute Q & A session.

Commentary By Danielle Wilson ‘Tis the season! And like previous years, my husband and I are seriously considering getting our kids a pet for Christmas. A real pet. I don’t count the two beta fish (still alive after seven months of frequent neglect) or the leopard gecko (who simply refuses to die, despite several accidental periods of malnutrition and dehydration), because they don’t cuddle or convey affection. Quickie licking his eyeballs does not scream, “Love me!” No, I’m talking about a dog or a cat. Four-legged mammals with a personality and a penchant for buggery. If it were up to my husband, who grew up with black labs all named Libby, we’d have a dog by now. But alas, the decision isn’t totally his to make, and unfortunately, I can’t stand dogs. There. I said it. But before you string me by my non-PETA-member toes, hear me out. I actually have some decent excuses for denying my precious children a canine companion. For starters, my first and only puppy, Muffin, ran away three days after my dad brought him home. I was six. My parents swore Muffin was safe somewhere, but I knew in my heart he had been squashed by a Ford LTD station wagon on the major road near our house. The next traumatic dog moment came a mere two years later, when my younger sister was mauled by a neighbor’s golden retriever. She spent three days in the hospital with bandages and hundreds of stitches covering the left side of her cute little face, and still has the scars some 30 years later (although surprisingly, she is a huge dog lover). I’ve been leery of dogs with teeth ever since. The final nail in my anti-dog coffin was listening to my mom complain 24-7 about urine stains, omnipresent hair, and the general mess involved with a dog for most of my middle-school and highschool years. Another younger sister had a Doberman pincher and

then later a German shepherd, and though they were both sweet dogs, the upkeep about sent my mom over the edge on a weekly basis. By sheer osmosis, I acquired a strong aversion to the smell of anything dog-related: dog food, dog breath, dog fur, etc. In my screwed-up mind, then, dogs are associated with abandonment, attack and stench. So get a cat! Umm, no. Though I have never lived in a house with a feline (cat fights do NOT count), something about cats wigs me out. They seem sneaky. Manipulative. Like they’re constantly plotting your demise. Plus, I saw “Pet Cemetery” at a formative age and can’t forget how Church, the reincarnated demon cat, tortured that poor family before they raised their scalping-wielding, yet still adorable, Gabe from the dead. Birds and mice are out too. My sister’s parakeet Bill was electrocuted by a lamp wire while we were on vacation one year, and her science fair mice pulled a Shawshank and spent years scurrying in the basement walls. Plus, they fall into the “non-cuddly” category with the reptiles and fish. So what to do? My go-to argument of, “You’re not old enough to handle that responsibility” doesn’t hold as much water now that my oldest has reached the one louder age of 11. We don’t have the house or yard for a big Labrador, but we certainly could do a Yorkie or, gag, a kitten. And it would be magical to see their reactions when a midget Lassie scampered into the present mix. We’ll see. After all, ‘tis the season. Peace out.

Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@currentincarmel. com.

All decked out and so many places to go COMMENTARY By Leslie Webber Eleven months out of the year, our family lives out our daily lives within a pretty small square radius of our neighborhood. My husband travels for work four days of nearly every week. When he is home, he likes to be home or at least pretty close to home. The proximity of our neighborhood to our elementary school, favorite restaurants and shopping makes it all too easy. We don’t often venture off the beaten path. This all changes once the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared. Our family expands its horizons. We see more of Hamilton County in one month than we do the entire rest of the year. What motivates our adventures? Christmas decorations. To say I’m married to someone who is enthusiastic about Christmas decorating is like saying Wal-Mart is a little crowded on Black Friday at 5 a.m. Ten years into our marriage, I no longer argue about adorning six full-sized Christmas trees. It’s a given our house will have an external glow visible two streets away. I have blisters from threading garland through spindles. Our children inherited their father’s love of holiday lights, in particular. They are very committed to seeing every decorated house in Noblesville. So, nearly every night after dinner we pile into the car and drive around different

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neighborhoods. While the commentary runs from the backseat debating which house has “the best ever lights,” I get a great view of the town we’ve come to love. I think about how great it is to live in a community that has such a picturesque downtown with merchants committed to preservation. I mentally make notes of restaurants I’d like to try. I recognize names of streets I’ve read in our school directory. While my family enjoys the lights, I enjoy seeing more of our community than the three square miles surrounding our house. Leslie Webber is a Noblesville resident, wife and mother of two very young children. She writes a blog at www.lesliewebber.blogspot. com.

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The weather was could have been better but the cold and damp skies didn’t darken the spirit of those who gathered along the streets of Downtown Noblesville Nov. 29 for the 30th annual Christmas parade. 1. The young dancers from the Pink Slipper Dance Studio found their ride a little chillier than during their Fourth of July appearance. 2. The VFW returned with a float depicting the dramatic scene of raising the American Flag at Iwo Jima during World War II. 3. The Noblesville High School Marching Millers made their annual musical magic during the parade. 4. The young Hoosier Debs twirled their way through the streets of downtown Noblesville. 5. Santa made his annual opening appearance in the parade before moving into the Santa’s House to listen to the Christmas wishes of the children.

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Educate before you vaccinate COMMENTARY By Krista Bocko We chose not to vaccinate ourselves or our children, no, not even for (or especially not for) H1N1 and seasonal flu. It is a hard decision and one that I am constantly re-evaluating but am ultimately most comfortable with. Considering that today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) schedule, which I can only see increasing in the future, recommends 30 shots -- yes, that’s 30 sticks by age six -- every parent needs to become informed about the risks and benefits. Here are some of the questions I have gotten when I bring up the fact that we don’t vax: How are you able to not vaccinate? No one can force vaccination. Parents have a right to decline them for their children. Many parents are selectively and/or delaying vaccinations instead of following the CDC schedule. Aren’t you worried about your kids? Yes, which is why we have researched the issue and have chosen not to vaccinate. Don’t vaccines protect us? I agree (in theory) that vaccines work. However, vaccines include aluminum, formaldehyde, thimerosal (mercury) and other toxins. I think it’s highly risky to inject so much of these ingredients into our children and not consider the long term effects.

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What about school? Schools cannot refuse entry to a partially or unvaccinated child. You need to file a yearly exemption with the school, citing your reason for vaccination refusal, even if your child(ren) have only missed one vaccination. Anything short of the full CDC schedule will require an exemption. Indiana allows for a religious exemption. (See my blog for a sample letter). Are you…healthy? Pretty much. We try to avoid the typical American diet. We eat whole foods as much as possible, exercise, seek regular chiropractic care, wash hands often, and are dosing ourselves with multivitamins, vitamin D drops, vitamin C, zinc, and omega 3’s. We avoid medications as much as possible and use natural remedies for ailments. (Northstar Health store, at 8619 E. 116th St. in Fishers, is an excellent resource. Bottom line — every person considering vaccines for themselves and/or children needs to spend some time researching them. Choose to be informed.

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Police offer tips on how to deal with impersonators

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From 1903 to 1938 the Interurban crossed White River south of downtown Noblesville, ran north and south along 9th Street and then crossed the river again where the Field Drive Bridge is and traveled along State Road 19 north to Cicero. The line connected Indianapolis, Noblesville, Tipton, Kokomo, Logansport and Peru. The Indiana Union Traction Co. depot was in the building which stands at the southwest corner of 9th and Clinton.

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Current in Noblesville Following a recent incident involving the allegation of a police impersonator, the Noblesville Police Department released a list of safety tips to aid anyone encountering a similar crime. At about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 1, a 29-year-old female alleged she was pulled over on State Road 38 just east of Hague Road by another vehicle that displayed a red light inside his vehicle. The victim claimed the person approached her vehicle and assaulted her, hitting her in the face. The victim escaped, and the police department was still following leads at press time. In released statement, Lieutenant Bruce A. Barnes, Public Information Officer, Noblesville Police Department, offered a list of strategies to follow if you suspect you are being targeted by a police impersonator while driving and the driver of the other vehicles activates or otherwise signals for you to pull over by way of a light, siren, horn or hand signal: 1. Continue to drive and go to a well-lit and/ or populated area. 2. Turn on your hazard blinker lights and drive at a reasonable speed so as not to endanger other motorists. 3. Call 911 and inform dispatchers of your situation.

Consider the following actions if you have already stopped and you become suspicious of the person while they are at your door: 1. Pull away, dial 911 and go to a well-lit and/or populated area. 2. Roll down your window just enough to allow for communication between you and the person outside. 3. If the person is in plain clothes request that they provide a badge, identification and/or business card in order to verify his credentials. 4. Request the person to send a uniformed officer or marked police car to the location 5. Lock your doors as soon as possible and remain in the vehicle. “Police officers make hundreds of traffic stops a year, and we know firsthand how unnerving they can be for some citizens,” said Barnes. “We also know that anxiety only increases when elements such as plain clothes or unmarked vehicles factor into the equation. “For that reason we train our officers to be aware of citizen’s concerns in these types of situations. Officers are cognizant of the available options that a citizen might exercise if they feel threatened or unconvinced of our official authority on a traffic stop or other encounter.”

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The less is more project: In a groove COMMENTARY By Tracy Line Three weeks into my lose-weight-to-raisemoney-for-charity project and dare I say I’ve no complaints. My grouchiness has vanished, my muscles are no longer sore, and I’m enjoying my fruits, vegetables and lean protein. I’ve lost 4.6 lbs and my energy is soaring. What’s a girl to write about? I could write about the importance of healthy eating. Or, about how exercise improves mood. But if you don’t know this, you’ve been living under a rock. So instead, I’ll write about how getting healthy has affected my family (or not). We eat like most families. I push fruits and vegetables, and my husband has introduced our children to the joy of pizza. Now he and I are cutting out the junk. The kids? Not so much. My children aren’t concerned with fat, cholesterol or sodium. Instead, they’re worried about where the next cookie will come from. Even as I’m not buying them, they won’t be outdone. Last week, famished from my day, I walked into the house to the smell of chocolate chip cookies. My eldest was baking. The next day I found my middle daughter inhaling my husband’s low-fat ice cream. She

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didn’t know it was a healthier, more expensive alternative. She’d just ravaged the freezer in search of her favorite treat. And so it goes. Choose to change my life and I change my life not that of those I live with. If I’m to succeed, I’d better learn to live in the presence of cookies and ice cream. Because, as my family has demonstrated, when there is a will (to eat sweets) there is a way. There was a saving grace. Yesterday I found my seven-year-old eating red peppers as if they weren’t a vegetable. Hallelujah! There is hope for our family yet. Tracy Line is a wimpy yet soon-tobe-fit freelance writer and Noblesville resident. To sponsor her in her weight loss efforts, email her at Tracy. Line@comcast.net.

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the sofa. • The selection of the best trainer can also involve several other issues, such as time and convenience. Do they have the right time for you when you want to train? Other major factors include if you want to train with a group or individually. Yes, it can be pretty complicated finding the right personal trainer. Next week we’ll talk about the questions you should ask when interviewing a potential trainer. 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. You can reach John or submit questions for future articles at jwbellmore@hotmail.com

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MONEY MATTERS How are you progressing with your Christmas shopping? “I haven’t actually done it yet. I’ve made my list, though. I’ve been busy helping other people get their shopping done.” Jane Mills Noblesville “Everyone on my list has been conveniently naughty, so I guess I don’t have any shopping to do.” Eli Drumm Noblesville

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DISPATCHES » Gingerbread greatness – More than 35 professional and amateur gingerbread creations are on display in Conner Prairie’s welcome center through Jan. 3. First-place winners include Marjorie and Ronald May in the professional category with their flour mill winter scene, Angie and Kamy Mitchell in the nonprofessional group category with their traditional gingerbread house, Jennifer Willaert in the nonprofessional individual category with her gingerbread boat and Brownie Troop 1132 in the scout category with their recreation of a gingerbread brownie vest. Gingerbread Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. » He’s still taking requests – Santa Claus will continue listening to the Christmas wishes of area children through Christmas Eve in Santa’s House on the Courthouse lawn. The hours: Dec. 10 – 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 12-13 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17 – 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 19-20 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 – Noon-3 p.m.                                  Free hot chocolate will be offered at the tent next to Santa’s House Dec. 12 and 19 by Noblesville Main Street. 

Bethlehem meets Noblesville in Emmanuel UMC evening By Zach Dunkin Current in Noblesville For just one cold night in December a small parcel of Noblesville just east of State Road 37 will be transformed into Bethlehem for the “recreation” of the night Joseph and Mary traveled to the Holy City where Christ was born. But for the comfort of those 75 or so volunteers in the production and hundreds of visitors “A Night in Bethlehem” will be replicated inside the Emmanuel United Methodist Church. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 “Authentically it would have been outdoors but because of the small children both participating in and attending the event and because of our live nativity, we’re doing it indoors,” said Leah Ann Self, director of children’s ministry at the church. “We’ll have a marketplace with activities where children can make things and they can take them home with them.” Guests to the event will start their journey by registering for the census. Then, they will tour the marketplace, where they’ll taste, smell and see what life was like in the days when Jesus was born. In the marketplace, families will have hands-on experiences in the shops for pottery, baked goods, spices, leather, candy, painting, metal working, carpentry, wreath making and stonemasonry.

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“Our guides will take families through,” said Self, of the church’s first attempt at this. “They’ll go to the marketplace, and then they’ll meet King Harrod, then the innkeeper. There’ll be soldiers, census-takers and the tax collector all dressed in period costumes. They’ll see the live nativity.” The Congrove and Kolodziej families of Noblesville will take on major roles in the live nativity. Todd and Amanda Congrove will share Joseph and Mary roles with Steve and Heather Kolodziej. The Congroves’ seven-month-old Tori will be the baby Jesus, while his sisters Savannah, 7, and Lila, 5, will play angels. Seven-week-old Jaxon Kolodziej will also portray Jesus while his siblings, Issie, 3, and Zane, 2, play angels. “We want it to be the ultimate experience for families and hope that we start a holiday tradition,” said Self.

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THEATRE Oz at the Murat

Oz the Musical” will be performed one time only at the Murat on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The musical will feature several children from Carmel. Call the Murat at 317231-0000 for details and ticket information.

‘A Christmas Carol’ at the IRT

The IRT brings “A Christmas Carol” back to the main stage for the 14th consecutive year. Opening night is Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this St. Vincent Health-sponsored event start at $25. Call 317-635-5252 for details.  

A Beef and Boards Christmas

Chelsea McLean, 19, from Noblesville, is in the singing and dancing chorus in A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. On stage through New Year's Eve, the performance features singing, dancing, a salute to the military, a live Nativity, and a special segment for children. Call 317-872-9664 for ticket information.

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Greater Indianapolis Community Choir sings the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, 131st and Gray Roads in Carmel. Performance includes a full Baroque Orchestra, and childcare is available. Call 814-4252 for details.

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The Noblesville First Church of the Nazarene, 1399 Greenfield Ave., is having a display of lights choreographed to the melodies of Christmas classics at “The Gift of Light.” Visitors watch a 15-minute program from their car while enjoying a complimentary hot drink. The display is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, and 12 between 6:30 and 8:30pm. Call (317) 773-2411 for more information.

Conner Prairie by Candlelight

Guests travel back to Dec. 24, 1836, where Prairietown residents are preparing for the holidays at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Guests stroll along lantern-lit paths through Prairietown and visit homes during a 60-minute guided tour that will culminate with a holiday party at the Campbell’s home, where they will share refreshments. Each family along the way has a story to tell. Tours leave every 10 minutes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Cost is $12 adults and $10 children and reservations required.Call (717) 776-6000.

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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. Dec. 10 – Power of 2 Dec. 11 – Janet 51 Dec. 12 – Jester Kings Dec. 17 – Greta Sparks Dec. 18 – Lemon Wheel Dec. 19 – THUMP! Dec. 26 – Aberdeen Project

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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub, 13644 N Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746: Dec. 11 – KJ and the Jester Kings Dec. 12 – Meatball Band Dec. 18 – Zanna-Doo! Dec. 19 – Big Daddy Caddy Dec. 26 – Toy Factory

Carmel Symphony “decks the halls”

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will present its biennial Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art through Jan. 18. The sixth cycle of the initiative features an exhibition of artwork, called Art Quantum.

Join the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in “decking the halls” with joyous music on Dec 12. The concert, featuring guest vocalists Cathy Berns Rund and Steve Caress, is scheduled for 3 p.m. with an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield High School auditorium. Call 317-844-9717 for tickets.

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A devilish delight: Molly’s famous egg appetizer By Molly Herner Current in Noblesville Looking for a good deviled egg recipe to complete your holiday appetizer buffet? Well, look no further because I have a great deviled egg recipe that has been pleasing crowds for years. In the Herner family we go as far as to say, we cannot do Christmas without these deviled eggs. The first time I made deviled eggs was in high school. I made them as a last-minute appetizer

table filler, using whatever I had in the refrigerator, and this is what I came up with. My recipe has evolved over the years from a mere fledgling base recipe to an often requested and highly coveted holiday starter. Here’s my secret recipe for a dozen deviled eggs. You may want to adjust any of the ingredients to taste, particularly if you know someone doesn’t care for mustard or Italian dressing.

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them into a fine paste using a fork. 5. Add half cup of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of yellow mustard, a tablespoon or so of olive juice from the jar of olives and two tablespoons of Italian dressing. Mix together until creamy. 6. Mince about 15 green olives and add them into the mixture. Also, add a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and a few twists of pepper. 7. Mix all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy, and then put the yolk mixture back into the egg white halves by the spoonful. 8. For garnish, use a green olive sliced in half, putting a half on top of each egg. You could also sprinkle paprika over the eggs if you don’t like olives. 9. Refrigerate until served.

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Sushiyama has offered Noblesville’s most authentic Asian food for more than five years. The restaurant’s sole sushi chef owned and operated his own restaurant in South Korea before moving here, and emphasizes the importance of serving edible art in an authentic Eastern environment. Try the classic, palate-friendly California roll – cucumber, avocado, and crab wrapped in a plump layer of rice – or for more adventurous diners, the spicy octopus, red snapper, or unagi (eel) sushi. If something more elaborate suits your fancy, Sushiyama features more than 30 specialty items on its menu. It doesn’t stop at sushi, though. Choose from a selection of Korean entrees, including succulent kalbi (beef short ribs) and tempura. For kids who find themselves less than eager to try something out of the norm, Sushiyama also offers chicken fingers and spaghetti. 2321 Conner St. | Noblesville Phone: 317-770-7600 Web site: www.indysushiyama.com Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. -10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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How to get there: Santa Claus is about 180 miles and a 2 3/4-hour drive from Indianapolis via I-65 south, I-265 west, I-64 west and Ind. 162 west. (Take Exit 63 off I-64 to get to Ind. 162 west). Info: www.legendaryplaces.org and (888) 444-9252. What: With streets like Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Drive, buildings painted in red and green and Santa statues everywhere, every day is Christmas day in Santa Claus, Indiana. It’s the only town in the world with a post office named Santa Claus -- a post office that receives more than a half-million pieces of mailing from Photo provided by the Spencer County Visitors Bureau children addressing their letters to Santa Claus and from adults seeking The Santa Claus Town Hall Open House will have crafts for kids, the fire department will be out with their trucks, the Santa Claus postmark on their the police department will be doing finger printing. holiday cards. The month’s eventpacked schedule hits its peak this weekend when the village stages its annual “Christmas in Santa Claus Festival.” Santa’s horse-drawn sleigh ride and parade, beginning at 1 p.m., The Santa Claus Town Hall Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the 15-mile automobile tour through the holidaythemed and lighted neighborhoods of Christmas Lake Village from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. are must-see’s on Dec. 12. From Dec. 11 through Dec. 13 you’ll find a pancake breakfast with Santa, wood-carving demonstrations, gift-wrapping, fruitcake-eating and tree-decorating competitions, craft booths, Santa’s giant LED light tree, and, of course, Ol’ Saint Nick holding court at Santa’s Candy Castle.

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Meryl Streep portrays the onscreen TV star as Julia Child in Columbia Pictures’ “Julie & Julia.” Columbia Pictures

It’s strange to me that many of my acquaintances have felt rather lackluster about “Julie & Julia,” which I consider my favorite film of 2009 (thus far). Among those whose ardor does not match my own, the feeling is virtually universal: They loved the period section with Meryl Streep portraying Julia Child during her life in France while she was writing her masterpiece, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” But they found the modern section with Amy Adams as a New York worker drone who resolves to cook her way through Child’s entire book rather drab. I can’t account for the difference in taste. To me, writer/director Nora Ephron’s mar-

riage of the stories of the two women was a masterstroke. Julie and Julia were not similar as people: Child, with her iconic warbling speech and towering height, was adventurous and outgoing. Julie Powell was a self-described underachiever, even a bit of a loser. But it’s the twin stories of Julia and Julie finding themselves through their love of food that makes this film such a tasty cinematic meal. Read more of Chris Lloyd’s review of current films and DVD’s at www. captaincritic.blogspot.com or www. TheFilmYap.com.

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DISPATCHES » Holiday greetings for soldiers– For the third consecutive holiday season, students at Noblesville Christian School sent Christmas wishes to soldiers serving overseas.  The students wrote letters to soldiers for Christmas, many adding their own colorful drawings as well. Mrs. Joyce Sowers’ third graders began their letters with “To My Hero...”  The letters go into care packages created by volunteers at White River Christian Church and sent to servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.  » Kids’ basketball shootout at Guerin – Guerin Catholic High School will be the host site for the 2010 Noblesville Elks Hoop Shoot Jan. 2. The local shoot is part of the Elks’ national event for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. More than 3 million youths participate each year as national champions are crowned in 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 age groups for boys and girls. Contestant age is determined by age as of April 1, 2010. Twenty-five free throws will determine the winner. Basketballs will be provided. Boys’ registration begins at 2 p.m. and girls’ registration begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Guerin basketball coach Pete Smith at (317) 733-6420, extension 6120.

The real test is in the application COMMENTARY By Hannah Davis As the impending doom of finals week creeps its way onto my calendar, I get a little freaked out. Those 52-question tests make or break the grades I've worked so hard (or haven't) to get. I've come to terms with my very mediocre microeconomics grade, but I'll never come to terms with the fact that my itsy bitsy final is worth 30 percent of the grade that gets branded onto my transcript. It's terrifying, really. I can't begin to delve into the validity of cumulative, end-of-semester tests. I simply don't have the qualifications. But as an extremely experienced test-taker, I can say that it's nearly impossible to memorize every facet of every class and apply that fleeting knowledge to packets of mind-numbing multiple choice questions. An aced test is not proof of an education. It can serve that purpose to some extent, of course, but the real test is in the application. If a student is unable to define monopoly, or if a student can't identify the pronoun in a sentence, he very well may understand the ideas and effects of the terminology. If a student knows the ins and outs of physics, every theory, every

» Hannah’s Unofficial Top 5 Most Dreaded Finals 1. Physics 2. Spanish 3. AP Microeconomics 4. French 5. Pre-calculus law, but can't do the math, he still knows the information. There's no way he'd pass the final, though. Most classes have undeniably flawed finals. It's not fair to gauge knowledge solely on that packet of questions. Knowledge extends tedious math problems and the recollection of facts the definitions of words. No teacher will deny that. Hannah Davis is a senior at Noblesville High School and the opinions editor for The Mill Stream.

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‘Preserve’ your memories; seal them up well COMMENTARY By Darla Kinney Scoles Genealogy begins as an interest, Becomes a hobby; Continues as an avocation, Takes over as an obsession, And in its last stages, Is an incurable disease. The ‘interest’ that began my most recent quest for family history information was actually the result of a similar quest years ago at this very time of year. Searching for an affordable and meaningful gift to give a long list of family members, I stumbled upon the idea of a journal jar. Preserve your memories Seal them up well. What you forget, You can never retell. But a journal that’s kept fresh on the shelf, Will help someone through rough times Submitted Photo Maybe even yourself. A Journal Jar is is filled with strips of cardstock rolled into little A Journal Jar is a jar that is filled to the scrolls with questions printed or written on them. brim with strips of cardstock that have Darla Kinney Scoles is a freelance questions printed or written on them, that journalist living in Noblesville. are then rolled into little scrolls. These are the Her most recent work involves journal prompts. The idea is that each day you the creation of “Stories,” an pull out one of the little scrolls and stick it at individualized writing service helping the top of a page in your journal and write your people get their personal histories down on paper. Contact her at darlas@mpinet.net daily journal entry based on that question.

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No turkey leftovers for this tyke COMMENTARY By Joe Shearer Though it has largely skipped me, the Shearers are known for their negotiating skills. My dad and uncle for years were car salesmen (Dad still is), and I have a cousin I’m close with who is as well. My son Riley inherited that gene, and loves showing it off. He gets that gleam in his eye and the game is on, though, like any good haggler, you have to look close to catch it. When he springs to action, he’s like Ralphie’s dad buying a Christmas tree. He got one on me driving home from Thanksgiving dinner. “Daddy, did we have dinner yet?” I answered yes. Thanksgiving dinner is a daylong meal, and if he was hungry he could have leftovers when we got home. Riley paused. “How about McDonald’s?” he said. I laughed. “No. How about some turkey?” I, of course, knew it wasn’t going to be that easy. “Um…how about an ice cream sandwich?” he countered. I wasn’t caving. “How about turkey sandwich?” “Grapes?” He sounded desperate.

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Ha! An easy one. “We don’t have any grapes.” He was toying with me. “How about a peanut butter and jelly, with only peanut butter?” And there the dad in me was overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all, let a small but fatal smile slip. “Bud,” I said, “a peanut butter and jelly with no jelly is just a peanut butter sandwich.” A pause. “Daddy, can I have a peanut butter sandwich?” And I’d lost, and laughed aloud and continued our drive home, thoroughly beaten. He used his instincts, his natural gifts and reeled me in like a fish. He played me like Keyser Soze played the cops or Bernie Madoff played his investors. So what did he end up getting for his lateevening snack? A Hostess cup cake. And a peanut butter sandwich. With the crust cut off. I told you, he’s good. Joe Shearer is an editor, freelance writer and the father of three children living in Noblesville. He blogs at daddyheaven.blogspot. com and also writes for www. thefilmyap.com. E-mail him at joeshearer@gmail.com.

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This tree hugger embraces natural Fraser for holidays COMMENTARY By Holly Funk Given that I am a shameless tree hugger, you can imagine the turmoil I endure come holiday time over my Christmas tree. Holiday tree. Whatever. For instance, a natural (I dare NOT say “live”) tree is so traditional and earthy. That’s pro. Except that with one fell swoop 10 or more years of its life desiccates in your living room for barely a month. That’s con. Of course, it’s a renewable resource and sustains employment and encourages free enterprise. Another pro. Oh, what the heck. I like a natural tree. They just smell good. That being said, I’ve been known to have a real, live tree for a few seasons. Container and all…that sucker sat in my living room for two Christmases and then lived outside the balance of the time. It was fun to have a tree that I knew would live on and still be decorated each Christmas. On the flip side, I grew up with an artificial tree. Drag it out of the storage closet, match

A to A, fluff and presto…a tree in a box. Something about that just doesn’t make sense. But maybe it’s just me. Having experienced a little of everything, I much prefer a natural, fresh cut tree – a Fraser fir to be precise. With minimal needle loss and firm branches to hang ornaments from, the Fraser fir is one of the most durable and beautiful trees. To prevent watering from becoming my full time job, I use Wilt Pruf, a natural anti-desiccant spray that minimizes moisture loss and ensures the longevity of your purchase. Good stuff. After all, the holidays come around but once a year, and it’s best to make the most of the time…without fluffing plastic branches or spending a fortune on your water bill. Holly Funk is an Indiana accredited horticulturist and advanced master gardener residing in Noblesville. Email your gardening woes (or wisdom) to hollyfunk75@yahoo.com.

How do I make my home child-proof? COMMENTARY By Ellen Rosebrock Dear Mr. Handyman, I have a 13-month-old son and am moving into a new home. What steps do I need to take to baby-proof my home? Once a baby is walking, making your home safe for him is almost a daily chore. Here are some important things to watch for. • Keep coins, small toys, nail scissors and balloons – any item that is small enough to fit inside a cardboard toilet paper roll – out of your infant’s reach.   • Remove mobiles and other hanging toys from the crib as soon as your child can reach up and touch them. • Shorten drapery and blind cords.   • Remove the plastic end caps on doorstops, or replace the stops with a one-piece design.  • Drill breathing holes into any trunk you are using as a toy box, in case a child gets trapped inside.  • Lock any potentially dangerous substance in an upper-level cabinet. • Place houseplants out of children’s reach; know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them.  • Keep a bottle of Ipecac and activated charcoal in your home, but use only when

instructed by a medical professional. • Cover every electrical outlet in your home with a child-resistant outlet cover (the plastic plugs are easy to pry out).  • Install ground-fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs, because they stop the electrical current when an appliance gets wet.  • Install a toilet seat latch to keep baby out of the potty.  • Pad the edges of coffee tables and brick or tile fireplaces.  • Remove the crib bumper pad as soon as your infant can get up on all fours, because baby may use it as a step to climb out.  • Position audio/video equipment so children cannot pull televisions or stereos off furniture.  • Keep appliance cords wrapped short so children cannot pull coffee makers, toasters and other appliances.  For more information about creating a child-safe home, visit the National Safe Kids Campaign at www.safekids.org.  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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My summer of great savings

COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie Would you like to save $14,450? You can, claims the Entertainment book, chock-full of good deals, brimming with coupons, awash in discounts. For a cheap person like me, it’s my savior. My wife advised me not to pay $25 for the annual publication. She claimed we’d never use the coupons – and if we did, we’d either go on the wrong night, end up at the wrong place, or the coupon would have expired. I consider this user error and decided that with proper management of my discounts, the result would be monumental savings. So this past June I said, “Here’s the plan, Mary Ellen. For the next few months we are going to try to go to every place in this book, all 569 of them. Think of the money we’ll save. Think of the fun we’ll have. It will be like a second honeymoon, only this time we’ll get two one-topping pizzas for the price of one … as long as we buy a liter of Pepsi and we don’t have it delivered.” With that, I laid out on the kitchen table an elaborate chart detailing the itinerary – our cost-saving journey through Central

Indiana. My wife was not impressed. “I don’t mind dinner at the DQ, but do we have to play a game of laser tag the same night?” “First of all, it’s not one game, it’s two. So don’t poop out on me. It’s the second game that’s free.” “According to this, Dick, you also want to get up early Sunday morning and go duck pin bowling.” “Do I know how to plan a vacation, or what?” “I just think we’ll be tuckered out from the two hours of paintball on Saturday night.” Mary Ellen had a point. The first couple of weeks were pretty exhausting. Morgan’s River Rentals in Brookville may have been an especially bad choice. To get the discount you had to rent two boats, and I think we’d have had more fun and been less tired if we were in the same canoe. We were like kids: trampolining, wall climbing, go-karting and miniature golfing. It was a little disconcerting watching Mary Ellen swing at 100-mile-per-hour fastballs, but what else are you supposed to do with 50 free tokens at a batting cage? When it came to dining, we had hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Most were fast-food locations. Mary Ellen was

burgered out. “Didn’t we already eat at White Castle four times this week?” “We still have six coupons left for sliders.” “But, Dick, it’s 9 a.m.” “I know, that’s why the line is so long.” We did have some relaxing days: the Muncie Children’s Museum, the Basketball Hall of Fame Museum and the aquarium in Newport, Kent. I’m not sure why that last one was in the Indianapolis book, but it said you got a free kids’ ticket if you bought an adult ticket. The problem was we forgot to bring a kid. That was really too bad because we also got three Big Macs for the price of two. One of them is still in the glove compartment. Overall, we had a great summer. We saved about $1,200. And it only cost us $3000.

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Edna J (Hatcher) Stoops Warren, 94, Arcadia, passed away Nov. 30 at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville. She was born Aug. 5, 1915 in St. Maries, Idaho to Elmer and Molly (Johnson) Hatcher. Edna was a homemaker and a 47-year member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by son, John E Stoops; daughter, Roseanne Perry; son, Douglas Stoops; daughter, Karen Beeson; son, Robert Allen Stoops; son, James Herman; brother, Tom Hatcher; sister, Fleeta Sams; sister, Mabel Davis; sister, Lois Brenner, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two husbands, John Lawrence Stoops and Marshall Warren; sons, Lee Roy Stoops, Jackie Stoops & Elmer Stoops; daughter, Dorothy Mae Thompson; sister, Lora Pheanis; and brother, George Hatcher. Memorial contributions may be made to Moose Charities Memorial Program, c/o Moose Charities Inc, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart IL 60539-1100

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Neal Spannuth of Loganville, Ga., formerly of Noblesville, Ind. died Nov. 25. She was born on Aug. 4, 1917 and was the daughter of Judge Noel C. Neal and Mable Dunn Neal of Noblesville. She married John Wesley Spannuth in 1941 and resided in Noblesville until 1962. Virginia graduated from Noblesville High School, DePauw University and Butler University. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Tri Kappa, Indiana State Teachers Association and Edgewood Ladies Golf Association. She taught school in Noblesville, Frankton and Madison Heights. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters Elizabeth Owen and

George W. Goerke, 95, Noblesville, passed away Nov. 26 at The Lodge Assisted Living in Noblesville. He was born July 15, 1914 in Indianapolis to William W. and Minnie (Hanshew) Goerke. George had worked for Mayflower Transit as a clerk and served in the U. S. Army during WW II. He is preceded in death by wife, Rosemary L. Goerke.

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Darrell E Wire, 76, Fishers, passed away Dec. 1 at home. He was born Nov. 29, 1933 in Anderson, Ind., to Moses and Blanche (Day) Wire. Darrell had been an Indianapolis Star deliverer for many years. He is survived by son, Darrell Wire, Jr. of New Jersey; daughter, Kristina Wilson of Texas; son, Kelly Wire of New Mexico; daughter, Sally Applegate of Franklin, Ind.; sister, Bonnie Menefee of Anderson, Ind., ; sister, Jackie Shelborne of Rochester, Ind.; brother, David Wire of Indianapolis; sister, Jewel Eason of Westfield, Ind.; sister, Linda Tucker of Fishers, Ind.,; brother, Tom Wire of Noblesville, Ind.; brother, Mike Wire of Noblesville, Ind.; brother, Ted Wire of Anderson, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Felton) Wire, daughter, Darleen Klaus, two sisters, Evelyn Fisher and Edith Hinshaw, and a brother Ben Wire. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Darrell, c/o Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.

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