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WWS participates in Purposity app By Renee Larr news@currentinwestfield.com

donor, and the donor’s information is never revealed to the person in need.” Westfield Washington Schools On average, items cost approxibegan utilizing an app called Purmately $30. posity Jan. 6 “Once an item is purchased, PurDEVELOPMENT that allows posity takes care of shipping it to the district WWS central office, and then the to post, share and meet the needs counseling team gets it to the corof students and families rect school,” Knott said. throughout the year. Users download the app “We can order coffee, and then select WWS from buy movie tickets and shop a dropdown menu of particonline,” said Ashley Knott, ipating school systems. facilitator for WWS’ ROCKS “That’s very important to Family Experience. “This stress,” Knott said. “Users app allows us to use those will have to choose WWS Knott same digital devices to fill for those donations to stay the needs of our students and their within our community.” families in real-time.” The hope is Westfield residents The WWS counseling team obtain will take an interest in helping the needs and posts them to the those around them. app. Users who download the app “This is a yearlong community of receive a notification once a week giving so students will be supportdetailing needs in their community, ed even in the summer months,” such as backpacks or clothes for Knott said. “You can make a big difstudents in need. Users can click ference for a small amount of monthe link, read the story and donate. ey. You don’t have to have a child in “There is a sense of anonymity our school system to donate.” for both the person in need and the WWS needs 250 users before it user,” Knott said. “The student’s can post the first need. To downinformation is never revealed to the load the app, visit purposity.com.

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Erin O’Rear owns The Wandering Peacock Art Gallery in Westfield. (Photos by Anna Skinner) Founded Jan. 29, 2008, at Westfield, IN Vol. XII, No. 50 Copyright 2019. Current Publishing, LLC All Rights Reserved. 30 South Range Line Road Carmel, IN 46032 317.489.4444 info@youarecurrent.com The views of the columnists in Current in Westfield are their own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of this newspaper.

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DISPATCHES Life Care Services tops ranking — Life Care Services, which manages Indianapolis-based Marquette senior living facility, ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. Life Care Services achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food and beverage; new resident orientation; resident cost; community and grounds; and resident apartment unit. Life Care Services, the nation’s second- largest senior living operator, scored 843 on a 1,000-point scale, a full 49 index points above the second-highest performing senior living organization. Civil War Roundtable — The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will feature guest speaker Craig Dunn, a Carmel resident, at its Jan. 8 meeting at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Dunn will speak on “Iron Men, Iron Will, The Nineteenth Indiana of the Iron Brigade.” Dunn is a collector of more than 3,000 original Indiana Civil War photographs of soldiers and is a political columnist for Howey Politics Indiana. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend Westfield Democrats upcoming meeting — The Westfield Democrats will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., in the community room. Check in begins at 6 p.m. Governor’s Fellowship — Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 for the 2020-2021 Governor’s Fellowship, a highly selective experience in Indiana state government that places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in either the fall 2019 or spring 2020. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Learn more and apply at in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm.


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Westfield football players key for Team Indiana By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Westfield High School football coach Jake Gilbert has had his eyes closely trained ACHIEVEMENT on the eighthgrade class of football players since they were in kindergarten. Makes sense since Gilbert’s son, Jackson, a quarterback, is part of the class that was part of undefeated Westfield Middle School teams as seventh- and eighth-graders. As sixth-graders, they were state runner-up to Center Grove in the Indiana Elementary Football Association. “We got star power and a whole lot of good solid football players (in that class),” Gilbert said. “They all love football and love each other.” Three of the players were part of Team Indiana, which went 10-0, winning national tournaments in Tennessee and St. Louis before capturing the World Youth Championships title game Dec. 9 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The three players are running back/ kicker/punter Porter Rode, cornerback/receiver Brock Stewart and safety/receiver Andrew Lieske. “It was awesome to represent Indiana against competition from all over the country,” Rode said. “It makes us all better players. I think Indiana football is underrated. I like going out and proving the doubters wrong.” Team Indiana outscored opponents 204-47. “We had a lot of depth on our team,” Rode said. “I think that helped us to wear teams down as games got into the third and fourth quarters. Also, we’ve had a core of guys together for three (postseasons) now. We know each other’s strengths. We’re really comfortable playing together as a team.” Stewart said the competition of playing all of the teams from different states was the best part of the playoffs. Stewart said everyone worked

From left, Westfield Middle School players Brock Stewart, Andrew Lieske and Porter Rode were key players on Team Indiana. (Submitted photo)

together and bonded as a team. “It was amazing to play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium where not many people have that opportunity and to experience the history that surrounds the stadium of all of the greatest NFL players of all-time,” Stewart said. Stewart said the key was making sure that everyone did their jobs in their positions. “Playing as a team and to not blame or complain. Sportsmanship and representing your state with dignity is the key to any great team,” Stewart said. Lieske said the key to winning was to “just do your job and trust your teammates to do their jobs.” Gilbert said the experience the three players received is invaluable. “When you are competing against the best it always makes you a little better,” Gilbert said. “Parker Rode is probably as good a player as I’ve had. Andrew Lieske is a great wide receiver and defensive back. He played mostly defensive back mainly for Team Indiana, but he may play wide receiver for us. Brock Stewart can play just about anywhere. He’s played running back, receiver, linebacker and defensive back for us. He’s outstanding.


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Jeremy Miller, left, is a Special Forces veteran who recently launched Special Forces Association Chapter 500 for Indiana Special Forces active duty soldiers and veterans. (Submitted photo)

Man starts local Special Forces chapter By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com Westfield resident Jeremy Miller is ensuring that resources are available for Special Forces acMILITARY tive duty military and veterans by establishing an Indiana chapter of the Special Forces Association. Special Forces Association Chapter 500, named after the Indianapolis 500, is the state’s first chapter for the national organization. “The association itself is a veteran nonprofit out of North Carolina, and we are a chapter of it. In Indiana, there has never been a chapter for the Special Forces soldiers and their families when they come off active duty, and there is some support for the guys on active duty and in the (U.S. Army National) Guard,” said Miller, a Special Forces veteran. “In the Special Forces, 1 percent of the military is in that genre, actually less than 1 percent. So, these guys are often being called to go into areas that are not as secure as (where) other typical military forces would go. Special Forces soldiers were the first soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11.” The association provides support for veterans and their families. There are auxiliary positions for spouses

and others to assist as well. “Some guys that come back, they’ve got (post-traumatic stress disorder), and we can help them get help or give them that sense of community again,” Miller said. There are approximately 90 Special Forces veterans in Indiana. Although Special Forces Association Chapter 500 is new, Miller said it already has 23 members. The group is planning its first fundraiser. “We just met with the Green Beret Foundation and will help raise money for them,” Miller said. “Right now, we are raising money for our chapter, standing up so we have some money to do the things we need to do. We will be doing a big fundraiser later in the year in conjunction with the Green Beret Foundation to raise money for them. We will have monthly meetings, for sure, and other additional meetings.” The group plans to conduct its first official meeting this month. “We will move meetings all over the state,” Miller said. Miller was on active duty from 1988 to 1996 and was in the National Guard for several years after that. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. For more or to join the group, visit specialforcesac500.org or email Miller at jeremy@secopscyberinstitute.com.

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By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com Erin O’Rear knows the healing qualities clay can provide. She owns The Wandering PeaCOVER STORY cock Art Gallery, 227 Jersey St. “I’ve been in this location for three years. It has an undercurrent of art therapy kind of running through every room,” said O’Rear, who notes that she is not a certified art therapist. “I love teaching the kiddos. The kids are able to throw and hand-build pottery in this place.” When O’Rear was 15, her sister was killed in a car accident. “Two weeks later, I started (taking) my first throwing class, and that allowed me to put my emotions into a (clay) pot,” she said. “I picked up pottery, and I was lucky enough to have an amazing pottery teacher, and he said, ‘You don’t have to do anything else but throw on the pottery wheel,’ because he knew the therapeutic benefits of clay.” The teacher encouraged her to attend art school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art with a specialization in ceramics and a minor in French from Ball State University. O’Rear, 36, teaches children and adults at The Wandering Peacock, which has several different rooms, including the Zen Den, a private throwing room for kids and adults where they can make small bowls with a about a pound of clay. The room also has a salt lamp and aromatherapy. “In that room, there is privacy. The kids aren’t having me right there,” O’Rear said. “That’s what you really need for therapeutic benefits of clay. Clay helps ground people and it’s therapeutic, but when you have someone right in front of you saying, ‘You’re not doing it right,’ you might

Audree Hill throws clay on the pottery wheel.

not have as much movement or form as in the Zen Den where the creativity is soaring and you’re listening to good music.” Adults can hand-build clay in the Gathering Room, which can also be used by children younger than 6 who may not be mature enough to throw

Kendall Krawczyk throws clay on the pottery wheel.

on the pottery wheel. They can handbuild items like ornaments and spoon rests. The Creation Room is the throwing room, where O’Rear supervises students’ work. “I’m constantly with them. They hear me going, ‘Slow down that

BENEFITTING STUDENTS The Wandering Peacock Art Gallery owner Erin O’Rear sells her own pottery at the gallery, but she also offers classes for adults and children to learn how to make pottery. Kendall Krawczyk, a 14-year-old Westfield High School freshman, started throwing pottery at the gallery four years ago. “I think something I really like about it is it’s just so satisfying and so destressing when you throw something and you find it centered,”

she said. “It just goes in your hands so smoothly, and the work you see after you finish, you’re proud of it.” Audree Hill, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Westfield Intermediate School, enjoys the class for a similar reason. “I’ve been (throwing clay) for almost three years, and I like it because if I have a rough day at school and I come here, it just calms me down,” she said. “Instead of talking about it, sometimes I just like to do this.”

wheel,’” she said. The other room is the Glazing Room, where the pottery is glazed. O’Rear said when children visit the gallery, they fall in love with it. To participate, the cost is $30 per hour for kids and $45 per hour for adults. Everyone is able to return a second time and glaze for free. In one hour, patrons can make three pieces. O’Rear also teaches homeschooled students in a six-week class. Prior to the Jersey Street location, the business was in the building immediately north of the historic fire station. It was there for five years. “I get so much from these kids. They teach me how to be a better person, and it’s wonderful,” O’Rear said. “It gives me a purpose to be able to give them a skill.” For more, visit The Wandering Peacock on Facebook.


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Commentary by Terry Anker So-called self-help gurus have asked us if we really know ourselves since the “me” generation. One can assume the question is more existential than tangible. With the exception of infirmity or infancy, we recognize enough about ourselves to provide our given name, city of domicile and perhaps a few important numbers – namely Social Security and birthdate. From the youngest age, we humans find it important to label ourselves (or at least to recognize those labels applied to us). Eventually, some of us resist. We don’t like our names. We don’t like our families. We don’t like our addresses. Whatever the genesis, we march out into the world hopeful to create a new identity unmarked by that provided at baptism or afforded by our progenitors. From the start, we are branded with an official birth certificate. We believe its veracity because we have no way of personally knowing if it is accurate or not. Besides, could we “be” without it? And as we age, it becomes more important, at least to get along in our social order, to be one, consistent person. At 16, we get a state-issued driver’s license. By adulthood, we have mortgages, wills and all sorts of legal documentation. But what if we lose it? How do we “prove” our identity? Could we? Are we our own construction or God’s -- a simple accumulation of settled assumptions or a bureaucrat-stamped license to exist?

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Miracle of Christmas survival Commentary by Danielle Wilson

keep our lives on the rails and the new phone will stop the kids complaining about me never getting their Friends, congratulations. We have made it to the other side. The holidays text requests for cash. I also received a milk frother, which I had specifically are behind us and, at HUMOR least in my six-pack, the requested back in October, and a new hallway light fixture whose hyperlink Wilsons came through I had emailed to both my youngest relatively unscathed. Did we have daughter and mother-in-law. Again, some tears? Sure. Did I flip off my not jaw-dropping moments. But in an husband, Doo, behind his back? On extremely thoughtful multiple occasions. gesture, Doo bought But the tree did not See, I learned long a single-cup fall, no one required ago to be crystal clear me Keurig because he ER services, and with my gift list, remembered me perhaps the miracle saying months ago of all miracles, I got how nice it would be to enjoy a cup of everything I asked for, and more. coffee at school. I know! He does lisSee, I learned long ago to be crysten! It almost made me feel bad about tal clear with my gift list, often just giving him the bird. Almost. purchasing and wrapping said items Congratulations again on surviving myself to ensure marital harmony. the holidays. Next up, dance competiBut this year was a whirlwind (I tion season! blame a very late Thanksgiving), Peace out. and I barely had enough time to buy everyone else’s presents, let alone my own (bless you, Amazon Prime). So, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d Danielle Wilson is a find under the tinsel-ized tree come contributing columnist. Christmas. You may email her at info@youarecurrent.com. Two things were pretty much a given. The 2020 planning calendar will

Editor, Facts, not civics, are being tested. Let’s make sure we get a few facts straight regarding Mr. Trump and his impeachment. • The impeachment proceedings being used are the same ones used for both the Nixon and Clinton impeachments. • Mr. Trump has had the opportunity for legal counsel at every turn. He has not sent counsel. • (U.S. Rep.) Adam Schiff is not the special counsel, Robert Mueller was. The former investigating Mr. Trump’s admitted illegal dealings with Ukraine, the latter investigating the Trump campaign’s collusion with a foreign government and his attempts to obstruct justice in that investigation. It’s telling that two recent commentaries echo talking points from one “news” source. Yet, neither uses actual facts. I guess they’re using those “alternative facts”. Tyler Gresh, Noblesville

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Hamilton County residents deemed best budgeters news@currentinwestfield.com A new study by SmartAsset, a New York City-based financial technology company, highlighted the places in each state where residents have best managed their personal finances. The study measured consumer expenses, wealth, bankruptcies and incomes in counties across the U.S. to determine which places have the best budgeters. Hamilton County residents topped the list in Indiana.

Expenses to County income Hamilton 78.2 percent Tipton 83.9 percent Franklin 84 percent Carroll 84 percent Boone 78.3 percent Brown 83.3 percent Spencer 84.5 percent Pulaski 82.6 percent White 84.3 percent Dubois 79.7 percent

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Lippia to join Carmel Symphony Orchestra for Sinatra & Friends By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts seems the perfect fit for Steve Lippia. CONCERT “I inhabit the world of the Great American Songbook,” Lippia said. The Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Lippia will appear with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for his Sinatra & Friends show at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. Lippia previously performed with the CSO in 2009. “One of the first shows I brought to the pops market was a show called ‘Simply Sinatra’ because of the amazing name recognition, the popularity and the great music he’s known for,” Lippa said. “That’s usually the first show (promoters) will pick.” If he returns to the same venue, Lippia does a show featuring songs by Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Vic Damone and Nat King Cole. “This show will have some of those elements,” Lippia said. “I’ve not seen the Palladium, so this will be a great introduction to what is supposed to be an amazing facility.” Lippia said there are usually 18 to 20 songs in his set. “I always bring a little extra music, and if we are running ahead of schedule, we include those songs,” he said. “I really like the big ballads. I think they are more interesting. The arrangements are a little more inspiring with the ballads. I like the uptempo and medium-tempo songs a lot, but there is something about those ballads that intrigue people. Those are the ones that give the lyricists time to shine.

Steve Lippia will perform at the Palladium. (Submitted photo)

“When you think of the music of Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and Cole Porter, all the greats showed their best stuff particularly with ballads.” Lippia said audiences always like Sinatra’s blockbuster hits. He worked for a long time with a former Sinatra conductor, Vincent Falcone Jr. “He told me Sinatra was so tired of singing ‘Strangers in the Night’ and was happy when ‘New York, New York’ came along,” Lippia said. “So, he was able to ignore ‘Strangers in the Night,’ or he asked his arrangers to put together a shorter version of it.” In addition to “New York, New York,” Lippia said the two most requested songs are “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Summer Wind.” “I get an informal survey when I

meet people after the show,” Lippia said. “It’s an audience-driven show. I want to make sure they hear most of the songs they expect to hear, but I also want to sneak in a song or two they might not expect me to perform.” Although the Las Vegas resident has had long-term engagements in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, Lippia prefers to tour, traveling all across the U.S. and internationally. “Residency engagements are a great thing financially, but it can get a little tiresome,” Lippia said. “Just when you think everything is going great and attendance is super, then there is some merger or acquisition, or some kind of change at the top. They’ll say, ‘Wow, you are doing great, now get out.’” Lippia worked with Janna Hymes in Williamsburg (Va.) when she was music director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Hymes became CSO music director in 2017. She stepped down as Williamsburg’s music director in May 2019. “It was one of my favorite pop shows I ever did, and I’ve done hundreds of them,” Hymes said. “Some of them are the original Nelson Riddle arrangements. They are just incredible. When we did them, the audience was so excited because he has the same inflection as Sinatra. What’s great about Steve is his Rat Pack rhythm. He’s a terrific singer, great entertainer and he tells good stories.” In addition to the concert, the Rat Pack Party, a ‘50s-era cocktail party, is set for 6:45 p.m. The Palladium party will feature period cocktails, finger food and Sinatra-style music. Period attire is optional. Admission is $20. For more, visit carmelsymphony. org.

Cash tribute concert set editorial@youarecurrent.com For the past 12 years, James Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Johnny Cash’s biggest hits with stunning accuracy. “A Tribute to Johnny Cash” is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Garner previously performed at The Tarkington in September 2018. The group plays all of Cash’s hits, such as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire” and “I Walk the Line.” Garner and his band have performed more than 500 professional shows. In addition to performing across the United States, Garner’s group has released three full-length albums, making it the most recorded and published Johnny Cash tribute show in the nation.

Westfield — Uncorked with Kristopher Huntley is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery, 303 E. 161st St. Westfield — Uncorked with Stay Tuned, featuring pop and folk music, is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery, 303 E. 161st St. Carmel — Writers at the Winery is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Sugar Creek Winery, 1111 W. Main St. Carmel — Dance Discovery Class: Broadway is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org. Carmel — Meet Me on Main, held the second Saturday each month, features live music, face painting and caricatures. It is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Carmel Arts & District.


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Vareen ready to step out at Palladium By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com As Ben Vareen’s stage, film and TV career has spanned 50-plus years, the triple threat PERFORMANCE actor/singer/ dancer is identified for different roles by various generations. “I get tickled. I still get people saying I grew up to you on ‘Zoobilee Zoo,’ or I saw you on ‘The Muppet Show’ or ‘The Mike Douglas Show,’” said Vareen, laughing. Nothing, however, is quite like performing in his own show. “That’s gold. That’s the reward,” Vareen said of being on stage. “My show is my gratitude performance to my audience. They’ll see singing and dancing from the shows I’ve done and shows that I’ve wished I’ve done. I pay tribute to artists, my friends. It’s an evening of celebration of life. If I do my job, I hope to inspire somebody. “What is a blessing for me is I get to spread the word of love and unity.” The “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vareen” tour will stop at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. “I’m coming and celebrating with Michael Feinstein, who is keeping alive and preserving the Great American Songbook,” Vareen said. Feinstein is the director of the Center and founder of the Palladium-based Great American Songbook Foundation. “We have a mutual friend, Liza Minnelli,” Vareen said. “Michael used to come out to my house rehearsing his piano and learning the music of the Gershwins, long before he became Michael Feinstein when he was just Michael.” Vareen, 73, received a lifetime achievement award from New York’s Gold Coast Arts Center late last year. “It’s always humbling and takes me by surprise because I’m busy doing the work,” he said. Vareen had a breakout role, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in

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duck eggs because my parents have a small duck farm in northern Westfield and I grew up eating duck eggs. Miller Farm Chicken Hash was a great savory brunch option. I also tried the chia seed pudding bowl ($10), a vegan breakfast bowl with coconut milk chia pudding, house-made strawberry preserves, house-made granola, Marcona almonds, dried fruit, fresh berries and peanut butter. For a savory breakfast option, try the egg tart ($11), a delicious egg custard nestled in a pastry shell and topped with roasted vegetables, spinach, mushrooms and pickled red onions with a hibiscus mustard shmear with a bright splash of color. Suggested pairings: For those who enjoy an alcoholic beverage with brunch, try the Rize Bloody Mary ($10), or, for something sweeter, try the Rize and Shine Mocha ($9).

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“Steel Magnolias,” Beef 8 p.m. Jan. 7, 9, 10, 11, & Boards Dinner Theatre, 14; 1 p.m. Jan. 8; 1:30 Indianapolis and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 Set in 1987, “Steel Magnolias” is the story of six Southern women who share recipes, beauty tips and gossip in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La. Cost: $47.50 to $72.50

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“Morning After Grace,” 7:30 p.m Jan. 14, 16, OneAmerica mainstage, 17; 6:30 p.m. Jan. Indiana Repertory Theatre, 15; 1 p.m. Jan. 18; 2 Indianapolis p.m. Jan. 19 Three neighbors in a Florida retirement village wake up one morning to find their lives tangled together. Cost: Cost: $22 to $80

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“Sinatra and Friends,” Carmel 8 p.m. Jan. 11 Symphony Orchestra, Palladium, (6:45 p.m., Rat Center for the Performing Arts Pack Party) Steve Lippia, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, is known for his youthful interpretations of Great American Songbook standards. Cost: $5 to $65

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The Fishers Arts Council recently announced the opening of its new exhibit space, The Alcove. It will be home to artists for exhibits lasting three months rather than the normal one-month exhibits at The Art Gallery at City Hall. The name The Alcove was selected after a contest where Facebook friends of Fishers Arts Council were asked to name the space. The final name was selected by the FAC Board from the list of names provided. For the first exhibit in 2020, FAC presents the work of Gale Sturm, who enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects. As a teacher at Lawrence Central High School, Sturm concentrated on designing and building stage sets for plays and musicals. He designed more than 150 sets for school plays and musicals, community theater and children’s theater. FAC will have a joint reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 for Strum and Jeanette Pomeroy Parssi, who will be this month’s featured artist. For more, visit FishersArtsCouncil.org.

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of right and wrong, careful not to make mistakes. Conscious is an adjective that means to be aware, alert, intentional or awake. Before your alarm goes off in the morning, you’re unconscious (most people call this “sleeping”). If you make a “conscious effort” to make eye contact and be present with people, that means you’re taking intentional steps to change your behavior for the better. If someone is self-conscious, that means he is more aware of how he perceives others view him. Being self-conscious can mean being “self-aware.” In negative connotations, however, being self-conscious can make someone hyper-aware of how others view himself to the point of paranoia. The term “consciousness” is a noun that has to do with the state of being conscious. I’ll offer one cautionary note before you begin your intentional breathing exercises: If your surroundings are too dark, you’re likely to slip into unconsciousness before you can gain a sense of higher consciousness. On the other hand, you look like you could use a nap, so make sure to set the alarm on your smartphone. Curtis Honeycutt is a national award-winning, syndicated humor writer. Connect with him on Twitter (@curtishoneycutt) or at curtishoneycutt.com.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE CARMEL BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Docket No. 19090001 SUA Notice is hereby given that the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals, at a meeting on Monday, the 27th day of January, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, 1 Civic Square, Carmel, Indiana 46032, will hold a Public Hearing upon an application for a Special Use Amendment in the Carmel Zoning Ordinance to allow for the construction of a place of worship on the northwest corner of the intersection of West 141st Street and Shelborne Road at 14120 and 14138 Shelborne Road (approximate addresses). The application is identified as Docket No. 19090001 SUA. The real estate affected by said application is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of West 141st Street and Shelborne Road. The application and supplementary documentation may be viewed at the City of Carmel Department of Community Services, One Civic Square, Carmel, Indiana, 46032. All interested persons desiring to present their views on the above application, either in writing or verbally, will be given an opportunity to be heard at the above-mentioned time and place, or may file written comments with the Department of Community Services prior to the hearing. The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be found necessary. Paul G. Reis, Esq., Krieg DeVault LLP, 12800 North Meridian Street, Suite 300, Carmel, IN 46032, (317) 238-6293.

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Geneva’s Flower Clock Commentary by Don Knebel Geneva, Switzerland is world-famous for the skill of its many watchmakers. Until recently, it TRAVEL also was famous as the site of the world’s largest clock. By the end of the 15th century, Geneva was home to a large number of talented goldsmiths, fashioning enameled gold jewelry pieces that were in demand throughout Europe. All that changed in 1541, when John Calvin, the strict religious reformer, declared himself the head of the newly formed Republic of Geneva. Believing the wearing of jewelry to be a form of idolatry, Calvin outlawed both the making and wearing of gold jewelry. Geneva’s talented jewelers were suddenly unemployed. Fortunately, a group of Huguenots, Protestants fleeing France to avoid religious persecution, settled in Geneva and brought their watchmaking skills with them. Soon, Geneva’s once-idle jewelers were making high-quality watches. By the 18th century, 600 watchmakers were exporting 600,000 watches a year from Geneva to the remainder of Europe, Asia and the American

colonies. Geneva’s watchmaking capacity reached its peak just after World War II. In 1955, to recognize Geneva’s status as the watchmaking capital of the world, the city erected a huge clock on the western side of the English Garden, just south of Lake Geneva. The face of the L’horloge Fleurie (Flower Clock), including the clock numerals, is created on the lawn from about 6,500 flowers and plants, redesigned and reconstructed once each season by local florists. The clock face is 16 feet in diameter and 59 feet in circumference, earning it the title of the world’s largest clock until it was surpassed in 2005 by a clock in Tehran, Iran. The Flower Clock’s 8-footlong second hand remains the longest in the world. The underground mechanism is linked to a satellite, allowing the huge hands to display the exact time, for which Geneva’s watches remain famous. Don Knebel is a local resident who works for Barnes & Thornburg LLP. For the full column visit donknebel.com. You may contact him at editorial@youarecurrent.com.


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