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Midwest Academy is 'school of second chances' By Kevin Kane Current in Carmel Only eight students received diplomas at the Ritz Charles May 27, but the graduation of this small class evoked great emotion. Tears of joy came from some students and parents who previously thought that day’s ceremony would never be more than a dream for them. Each of the graduating seniors spoke before the audience, thanking their parents and teachers for believing in them when others did not. Such speeches are common at Midwest Academy’s annual graduation. The Carmel school of just 86 students, mainly from Hamilton County, is described by its students and faculty as a school of second chances. It’s a place where students, struggling at other schools through no faults of their own, can start anew and guide their lives into new directions. “The day I entered high school I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” senior Sarah Mullins said to begin her graduation speech. “But when my mom and dad found Midwest Academy, the school of second chances, my whole world turned around.” Midwest Academy offers a unique a learning environment tailored to students who, for various reasons, can’t succeed in traditional schools. The students’ troubles are not the result of behavioral issues; in fact, Midwest’s Head of School Edy Stoughton said applicants with disciplinary problems aren’t accepted. Instead, the students here often have difficulties learning or socializing in a standard school setting. They come to Midwest because they are atypical students seeking an atypical style of education. “The students that we have, for several different reasons, have fallen through the cracks at other schools,” Stoughton said. “This is an opportunity for success that wasn’t there before.” Stoughton said the school is filled with examples of students who first enrolled at Midwest Academy with mainly Ds and Fs before eventually developing into straight-A students. Most of her school’s students, Stoughton said, never lacked ability or a desire to learn. Problems interacting with other students or adapting to teaching methods at previous schools, however, left them discouraged and doubtful about their futures. Students in this situation, she said, enroll at Midwest
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Senior Joel Bluestein said at graduation May 27 that Midwest Academy helped transform him from "a boy with no hope to a man with a future."
because it’s nothing like the schools they knew previously. Very few details about Midwest Academy resemble those of other schools – public or private. In a 15,000-square-foot office building, grades 4 through 12 are taught by a total of 11 teachers, nine of whom have been at Midwest at least 10 years. Teachers are also encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning. Stoughton said she trusts them to try anything they believe will help their students. Midwest even has a school dog who the students named Chance. Everything about Midwest Academy, from its facilities to its community atmosphere, differentiates it from traditional schools, and that’s why its students say it worked for them when nothing else would. “I have transformed from a boy with no hope to a man with a future,” senior Joel Bluestein said at graduation. Of the eight new graduates, Stoughton said six are definitely going to college. The other two, she said, have the necessary grades and are considering that option. Despite the small senior class, the Ritz Charles was filled on that graduation night a few weeks ago. Friends, family members and even younger classmates of the graduates packed the room to witness the final chapter of eight great success stories. Together, the group celebrated the hard work and achievements of these students who only needed a second chance – and got it at Midwest Academy. “These graduates really remind us on a daily basis what Midwest Academy is all about,” Stoughton said at the ceremony. “There are so many places in society that label you and put limits on what you can do, but you have proven all of those people wrong.”
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Hobby Lobby to move to Greyhound Pass the shopping experience greatly” for By Danielle Turnbull customers and added that Hobby LobCurrent in Westfield by will be better positioned to serve the The Hobby Lobby on E. 116th St. Carmel and Westfield markets. will take over the space previously held Michael’s sits across U.S. 31 from by Ashley Furniture Homestore on Hobby Lobby’s new home; however, Greyhound Pass. The move, expected Parker said the company thinks the late this summer, will give Hobby LobPhoto by Danielle Turnbull by an additional 15,000 square feet to Hobby Lobby will take over this building proximity of Michael’s will further its sales floor. previously occupied by Ashley Furniture benefit shoppers. Homestore later this year. “We feel that competition is good Assistant Manager of the Carmel for the market and good for our customers,” he said. Hobby Lobby Sherrie Stearman said the change is The official date of the move is to be announced. No necessary because the store needs more space. Vincent other changes will be made to the store after the relocaParker, director of training and customer service at tion, according to current plans. Hobby Lobby Inc., said the new location “will enhance 5154.18.MQ.Current(Wstfld)-06:Layout 1 5/18/10 4:41 PM Page 1
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Westfield resident will need support to continue giving By Kevin Kane Current in Westfield Laurie Paisley will need votes from the public if she hopes to duplicate her tremendous donation efforts from last year. The Westfield resident and employee of the Barnes & Noble near 146th Street was inspired last year by a novel by Jason Wright, “Christmas Jar Reunion.” In the book, the main character hopes to anonymously give away 1,001 jars full of change to families in need. Paisley decided she’d try to give out 1,001 empty jars and copies of the novel. She exceeded even that lofty goal. Paisley had a hand in the distribution of more than 1,070 jars and books in all 50 states and 11 countries.
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However, Paisley funded the project herself. She added that she wants to continue her efforts again this year, but she first needs some financial help. Paisley will submit her idea to Pepsi’s Refresh Project July 1. The company provides $1.3 million in grant money each month to various projects around the country. Anyone can submit or vote for an idea at www. refresheverything.com. When Paisley’s application goes on the site next month, it will need votes from the public in order to garner consideration for a share of the money. “I can’t do that again without it,” Paisley said. She added that she will also be applying for other grant opportunities as she finds them.
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It is our position that those responsible for the recent graffiti attack on the under-construction Palladium (a key component to the emerging Regional Center for the Performing Arts) ought to ashamed of themselves. Wisely, they chose to damage portions of the building easily (and affordably) repaired, suggesting they were willing to make a statement but not at the risk of committing enough damage to justify their being charged as felons. We applaud that some of the wall “art” seems designed to make a political statement, but we are deeply saddened they chose to make that statement in a way that is both anonymous and destructive to those with opposing points of view. It is reminiscent of a child angry he doesn’t get to keep a toy breaking it before passing it to its rightful owner. Disagree with government. Please! But the destruction of property held by all taxpayers seems hardly an effective way to encourage change. If anything, such juvenile expressions damage what could and should be a robust debate about civic matters. Graffiti devalues the person making it, the building hit with it and the thought expressed by it. There has to be a better way.
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It is our position that we Hamilton County businesspeople must get on board in support of the efforts of the Entrepreneurship Advancement Center. The EAC was launched earlier this year with a mission to enhance economic development by fostering and advancing entrepreneurship interest and success in our home county. Believing the right support – provided at the right time – will cultivate innovative, sustainable businesses that create jobs and contribute to the economic health of our communities, the EAC is hosting a series of events designed to bring folks together to get to know each other and explore what the county has to offer. EAC sponsors high school business-plan competitions and provides opportunities for training and mentoring to budding entrepreneurs of all ages. At 5:30 p.m. June 16, the Anker Consulting Group will host Jeff Heinzmann, state director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center Network. Jeff will give a brief overview of the climate for small business in Indiana and the role of the SBDC Network, as well as other programs of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. To learn more or RSVP, go online at www.goentrepreneurs.org.
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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 Florida, women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)
Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Amendment 17 continued When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
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part of the Constitution. Amendment 18 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited. 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
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From the backshop Habitat, volunteers: Take a deserved bow Westfield-based Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County played host to a dedication and “wall raisings” late last week for two families in need at 14725 and 14718 White Tail Run in the Creekside at Cedar subdivision in Noblesville. Partner families worked with more than 1,400 volunteers to complete their homes inside 12 weeks. It’s an effort well worth saluting. We’re proud to state that our own Brian Beachnau, a sales executive for Current, participated as a volunteer. HFHHC is a nonprofit Christian ministry whose mission is to build simple, decent houses for hard-working families in Hamilton County. In Hamilton County alone, an astounding number of families – more than 12,000 to be more precise live in substandard or inadequate housing, and 5,448 families receive food stamps. HFHHC was founded in 1990 and has built 51 homes for more than 175 family members. Habitat homes are sold at no profit with zero percent interest mortgages. To be eligible, families must complete 306 hours of sweat equity and have steady incomes below 75 percent of the area median income level. We commend all involved, from the volunteers all the way up to the executive leadership. (Volunteers who are interested in participating in future projects,
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg please contact the HFHHC office at 896.9423 or at www.hfhhc.org.). ••• Last week’s shocking admission by White House Counsel Robert Bauer that a presidential appointment was indeed offered last year to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) as an alternative to him running for the Senate may prove to be a test of whether the rule of law exists in this nation anymore. It deems that anyone who does such a thing “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” Bauer says the administration did no wrong. The law dictates otherwise. Special prosecutor, anyone?
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DISPATCHES » Upcoming auditions – The Civic Theatre will conduct auditions for “Annie” June 28 and 29 at the Marian University campus theater, located at 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis. Find additional audition information and requirements at www.CivicTheatre.org. » Register for Westfield in Bloom – Westfield in Bloom kicked off last month, but you can still register for this year's contest. The deadline to register is June 14. The winner will be announced July 15. Judging will take place the last weekend in June. Find more information and register online at www.westfield.in.gov/parks. » Permit numbers on the rise – Westfield Economic Development Director Matt Skelton announced last week that economic development in Westfield is on the rise and permit numbers are significantly up from last year. According to Skelton, single-family home starts have risen by at least 60 percent from last year. As of May 15, there were 109 new home starts compared to 68 last year.
» Nominations due this week – This quarter's nominations for the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau's STAR program are due June 10. Individuals and businesses can be nominated for their good works as well as non-profit or tourism businesses that go above and beyond for hospitality in Hamilton County. For details or to submit a nomination, visit www.8GreatTowns.com.
Does this make me a bad mother? Commentary By Danielle Wilson The other day, I was trying desperately to pull myself out of the week-long funk I’d been in. I went to lunch with my husband, even put on some makeup and nice jeans, and then on to talk to my twins’ classes about writing for a newspaper. Only one item on the agenda remained: My oldest had an appointment to have four teeth extracted in preparation for braces. As horrible as that sounds, I was looking forward to the hour alone in the waiting room buried in my latest book (I’m rereading the “Twilight” saga … so good). I checked him in and perused Architectural Digest while we waited for him to be taken back. I didn’t want to rejoin Bella and Edward until I knew I could devote by full attention to their teenage angst. Fifteen minutes later, deep into chapter 10, I heard a tiny “Ow!” Unsettled, I told myself that my son was fine, that he was probably just getting a bit of anesthetic. Then a much louder “Ouch! OUCH! OOOUUCCHHH!!” My stomach heaved just enough to make me realize there was no way I was going to be able to sit through the next 30 minutes of this modern-day oral hell. So I quietly excused myself to the hallway and tried to find a happy place where I wasn’t responsible for hurting my child. A pleasant moment passed. Then, “Hey, when is Geoffrey getting his brackets on?” I looked up to see the dentist’s head protruding from the wall. “Normally kids get the brackets before the extractions,” he said. Huh. That sounded vaguely familiar but so much had happened in the last month that I couldn’t be certain. “Not sure,” I replied and went back to my book. Jeeze, Bella, get some self-confidence! Too soon, I’m leaning over my son’s mouth, nodding approval at four very large, very bloody holes,
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trying very hard not to pass out or vomit on the nice dentist. “You should pop downstairs and see when the orthodontist wants Geoffrey to come in for his brackets,” he advises as he ushers out the door. So we stumble into the other office, me still feeling ill and Geoffrey still dripping blood, and I’m not kidding, all hell breaks loose. Between the receptionist, nurse and doctor, you’d have thought I’d just brought in a corpse. “You did WHAT!?” the nurse screamed. “He’s had his extractions BEFORE the brackets!?” “Yes,” I respond hesitantly, swaying with dizziness. “I got your message saying our dentist could go ahead and pull them. Was that not right?” Like I cared at the moment. I was spiraling back down into my hole. She flashed a disgusted look and an implied “horrible mother” glare, and rushed into the back room, quickly returning with one irate orthodontist, who immediately lit into the receptionist about getting my son the first available appointment while making it very clear that I had screwed the pooch. Then the light bulb went on, and I remembered clearly the discussion I’d had a few weeks back about the importance of brackets prior to extractions. Oopsy! So, the day ended up sucking. But it all worked out eventually: My son was in full braces within the week to correct my mistake (no harm done!) and I recovered from my funk without offing anyone. Peace out!
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All-inclusive playground nears completion By Brandon Bowman Current in Westfield Westfield residents should have access to a different type of playground by the end of this month. The Westfield Parks and Recreation Department is working to complete an all-inclusive playground at Freedom Trail Park. The park will allow children with disabilities, and children without, to play on the same equipment, and Park Director Melody Jones said Photo by Brandon Bowman there are very few playgrounds in The Westfield Parks and Recreation Department is completing a playground the state where that is possible. that can be used by children with disabilities. The equipment is being built “All children and adults will enjoy this special by Sinclair Recreation, LLC, which sells Game Time playground equipment that is a step above feature,” Jones said. At the completion of the playground, tentathe compliance required by the Americans with tively scheduled for the end of the month, WestDisabilities Act. field Parks will have a ribbon cutting before the “All the play equipment is accessible with a grand opening. Jones said Westfield Leaders will ramp system that will allow two wheel chairs to be invited as well as the Westfield Rotary Club, pass,” Jones said. Hamilton County Autism Support Group and The playground has a price tag of over local neighbors. $200,000. But to spare taxpayers, Westfield The 20-acre Freedom Trail Park is currently Parks is using park impact fees to pay for the home to Westfield Youth Sports football and project. lacrosse programs. Soon, it will be home to what In addition to the playground, the Westfield Rotary Club is sponsoring a sensory garden that Jones said will be one of the most unique play areas in all of Indiana. provides visual, smell, sight and touch experi“It’s going to be very cool,” she said. ences through a collection of various plants. The garden will be planted this fall.
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Downtown Westfield construction under way Commentary By Ken Kingshill Have you driven through downtown Westfield lately? If so, you’ve noticed the road construction on South Union Street. The South Union Streetscape Project is the initial phase of the first Grand Junction project. The first thing you’ll notice as you drive that section of road today is that both lanes of traffic are still open and functioning. Formerly the old U.S. 31, South Union used to be a very wide two-lane road. All the planned enhancements for this project were therefore able to be fit within the existing right of way. Translation: The city did not have to buy any additional land. Once completed later this year, the west side of Union Street will feature an enhanced pedestrian walkway beginning at Jersey Street on the north and connecting to the Natalie Wheeler Trail on the south. There will be rain gardens between the pedestrian walkway and the road to both beautify the street and to serve the functional role of keeping water runoff away from the underside of the roadway. This should reduce the cost of road repairs in the future. While not your everyday storm water drainage system, it still requires some
degree of underground piping. The rain gardens will eliminate some of the parking spaces on that side of the road. However, those lost spaces eventually will be more than made up with additional parking along Mill and Jersey streets as anticipated in the Grand Junction Master Plan. Upon completion, the project will provide a nice face lift for South Union Street. With such hardscape enhancements as brick pavement and stone benches, the improvement will be noticeable but fairly modest. Keep in mind that the majority of the project cost won’t be visible, because it’s underground. We anticipate that this initial public investment will serve as a catalyst for even more private investment in Westfield’s downtown area. In the meantime, come downtown and take a look at what’s happening. While you’re here, please help out our local businesses, as they do their best to overcome the inconvenience caused by a little bit of road construction. City Councilor Ken Kingshill is a Westfield resident and Realtor. You may e-mail him at kkingshill@ westfield.in.gov.
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Keep on truckin’ By Brandie Bohney Current in Westfield The trucking business Mayor Andy Cook shares with his sons is a lesson in surviving hard times through hard work and dedication. Cook is anything but a career politician. He actually got into politics rather accidentally by attending town council meetings and asking a lot of questions. Prior to becoming Westfield’s first mayor, though, Cook owned a trucking company with his sons Ben and Brian Cook, and the three continue to run the company today in spite of a recession that broke the back of the trucking industry. In the mid-1990s, Cook was working for a trucking company, and his eldest son, Ben, had completed an internship with another trucking company. Ben approached his father with an idea: He wanted to start his own trucking company. Cook said he encouraged his son, but did so realistically. He explained that trucking is a difficult business with low profit margins; however, he added that, if Ben was serious about doing this, he would help his son any way he could. “I still remember the night we brought that tractor home and parked [it] in our driveway,” Cook said with a wry smile. “My wife about had a fit.” For the next two years, Cook said his son operated and grew the trucking business, Tradewinds, out of his bedroom. As the business grew, Cook was able to become more involved in the company and eventually even quit his own regular job in favor of working with his son. Cook’s youngest son, Brian, soon came on as controller of the company. They decided to build their own facility, and in 2006, with a new location and a strong economy, they made the decision to increase Tradewinds’ fleet by 50 percent. But that optimism didn't last long. “We were just beginning to get there, absorb-
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Mayor Andy Cook remains involved with the trucking company he started with his sons 13 years ago ing the cost, and all of a sudden, the bottom dropped out of the economy,” Cook said. “To make a long story short, we were unable to survive the debt we had incurred and the cash-flow implications of the … spike in fuel prices. It was a terrible time.” Just as things got really bad for Tradewinds, Cook’s political career started to take shape. He had won the primary election for mayor of Westfield, and the decision to keep moving forward or pull out of the race weighed heavily on the Cook family. Although Cook was tempted to withdraw from the race in order to help his sons, they insisted that he continue to run. But as Cook became mayor of Westfield, Tradewinds filed for bankruptcy. Someone would later tell the mayor that only around five percent of companies that file chapter 11 for reorganization actually survive bankruptcy. Still, Tradewinds has made a recovery, and Cook credits his sons’ tenacity for making that happen despite the difficulties of bankruptcy. “It’s a federal court process,” he said. “It’s scary. It’s intimidating. It’s demeaning. My younger son took it by the horns, and at his young age could probably teach bankruptcy processing today.” Tradewinds survived what could have been a disastrous situation, but the company’s still going strong. Today, the Arcadia-based business has more than 150 tractors and 240 trailers in its fleet after beginning with one in the family’s driveway 13 years ago. Cook said the experience has been a wild and emotional one. Despite his duties as mayor, he still remains connected to the company as its chairman. Today, he meets his sons once a week and talks with them every day, but he added that he plans to return to a more active role when he closes his political career. “It is my intention to always be involved,” he said. “I love it. I love working with my sons. It’s a dream come true.”
Tradewinds was started by Mayor Andy Cook and his son Ben in 1997, before Cook’s political career began. The company started with just one tractor trailer serving the Midwest and east coast. Today, the company has more than 150 tractors and 240 trailers that cover 48 states.
Mayor Andy Cook currently serves as the chairman of Tradewinds. He remains involved in the company’s activities today, meeting regularly with his sons, but he said he will once again be involved in the dayto-day operations after his political career comes to a close.
“It is my intention to always be involved. I love it. I love working with my sons. It’s a dream come true.”
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DISPATCHES » Performers wanted – Carmel Community Players will hold auditions for its next show “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” June 6 from 6-9 p.m. and June 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Auditions will take place at Grace Community Church, 5504 East 146th St., Noblesville. Call 815-9387 for details. » Cool operator – Here’s a cool cake that requires no baking: Combine an 8-oz tub of thawed whipped topping with a large box of vanilla pudding mix and 3 cups of cold milk. Cover the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan with graham crackers, then layer half of the whipped topping mixture on the grahams. Repeat those layers, and top with another layer of grahams. Melt a small tub of chocolate fudge frosting in the microwave, cover the top layer of grahams, and then refrigerate the “cake” for at least four hours before serving.
HSHC’s Woofstock increases event list, fundraising goals By Brandie Bohney Current in Westfield This Saturday will mark the third year for the Humane Society of Hamilton County’s summer fundraising event, Woofstock. Held at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Woofstock has grown from a small event to the major source of the HSHC’s summer income. “This is what gets us through the summer months until our next big fundraiser,” said HSHC Marketing and Public Relations Manager Danielle Beck. “We’re hoping to have 2,000 people there, and our goal is to raise $50,000.” Last year, the event raised $25,000, but because of the increased number of animals being surrendered to the HSHC in the past 18 months, the additional funds are crucial for continued care of the animals. “One day alone last week, we took in 33 animals,” Beck said. “This is what allows us to be a low-kill shelter, find homes for [all the animals] and save lives when they come in and are sick.” As in past years, the day will include music and pet-related competitions. New this year, though, are the Love Them All Walk and the additional fundraising push through First Giving. Individuals or teams may sign up to raise money for the event, and awards will be given to the top earning teams and individuals. As of press time, Beck said nearly $10,000 had already been raised through the new process.
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Roy Round Photography Exhibition What: A photography exhibition titled “Captured: Expression” by renowned photographer Roy Round Where: Herron School of Art & Design When: June 14 through July 17 Cost: Free Info: www.indianapoliscityballet.org Details: The Indianapolis City Ballet, in coordination with the Herron School of Art & Design of IUPUI will present this exhibition by renowned fashion, portrait and theater photographer Roy Round. The exhibition covers one of the most exciting and explosive eras in the history of dance and features photographs of some of the icons of the ballet world.
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10:30 a.m. “Love Them All” Walk Registration Begins 11:30 a.m. “Love Them All” Walk Begins Noon Band – Lemon Wheel 12:45 p.m. Pet Supplies Plus Pet Star: Most Talented Pet Contest 1:15 p.m. Band – KJ & The Jester Kings 2 p.m. Doggie Dance Contest 2:45 p.m. Pet/Owner Lookalike Contest 3 p.m. Band – The Handicapper Generals
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Other competitions will include a Most Talented Pet Competition, a Doggie Dance Contest and a Pet-Owner Lookalike Contest. Each competition will have prize packages for the winners. Woofstock tickets will be available at Verizon Wireless Music Center the day of the event. Ticket price is $10, children ages 5 and under
are free. Pets are welcome to attend at no charge, but if the noise and flurry of activity of the day will be hard for your four-legged friend to handle, it’s best to leave him or her at home. For more information on Woofstock, call the Humane Society for Hamilton County at 2193324 or visit www.woofstockchallenge.com.
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Classic black is in food style, too? COMMENTARY By Chef Michael Vlasich Colors play a big role in food and presentations. They entice us to devour or turn us off and send us running. In the past, I have described how this works psychologically – with blue as an example, as there are no natural blue foods. In our modernistic society, black is sleek, with contemporary influences, both casual and formal. Seasonally non descriptive, unlike white, it works in all weather and all climates. Chefs have found its versatility to be an inspiring accent. For the first time with food, black is finding its day on the plate. As with a great tuxedo or dress, black food can be refined, upscale and sophisticated. Chefs have discovered this, especially in the higher-end, higher-profile establishments. These ingredients are becoming prevalent on menus, with new looks of a contemporary flair to persuade patrons to purchase higher-end selections. These items not only offer a new look, but also expand upon textures and flavors, allowing us to experiment, yet maintain some form of comfort and recognizability. This could mean finishing a steak or pizza with “black trumpet mushrooms” instead of the more common varieties. Then there’s adding a crunch or nut to a salad or dessert by using “black walnuts,” which stand out visually and have a preferred sharper flavor. There are also newer products to the American marketplace, such as “black chick peas,” which are smaller than the traditional chick peas often seen in Indian cuisine, or “black lentils,” which are among my favorites. I cook them separate from red lentils and then mix the two together, creating an elegant-looking side dish, substantially better than standard braised brown lentils. Another newer food you may have seen is “black garlic,” produced using a proprietary method of flash heat to ferment purple garlic. It is well known in the Orient – used for its antioxidant properties – and is a little earthier in flavor. It is sometimes described as where sweet meets savory, with a molasses-like richness and
pomegranate-apple cocktail Ingredients: • 3 cups pomegranate juice • 1 1/2 cups apple cider • 1/4 cups sugar • 1/2 tsp. allspice berries • 4 sticks (3 inches each) cinnamon • 1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns • 1 orange, sliced into rounds • 16 kumquats, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds • 1/2 cup apple brandy (optional) Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients except half of the kumquats and the brandy in a medium
BLACK GARLIC, NOODLE AND VEGETABLE SALAD Ingredients: • 1/2 pound fresh lo mien noodles lightly blanched and oiled in roast garlic oil • 1 each carrot shaved • 1small cucumber seeded and julienne • 1 package Enoki mushrooms, cut end off • 1/2 each sweet onion fine julienne • 1 head of broccoli, blanched and cut into small floweretts • 1 small mango fine julienne • 5 each large cloves of black garlic thinly sliced and julienne • 1 each fresh jalapeno fine minced • 1 piece of fresh ginger 2 inches long freeze overnight, then allow to thaw • 1/3 cup soy sauce • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar • 1/2 cup pineapple juice • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce Directions: Take the noodles and lightly chop to make them easier to mix and eat. In a mixing bowl, place the minced jalapeno, soy, rice wine vinegar, pineapple juice and hoisin. Cut the ginger in half and squeeze the liquid into the bowl (like a sponge). Mix all these ingredients well. Add the noodles, vegetables and garlic and toss until blended and coated with the emulsion.
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tangy garlic undertone. It has a soft tender texture similar to that of dried fruit. It is the hottest rage for the chef of tomorrow. Included is a great fit, featured at the Marriott Downtown occasionally. Chef Michael R. Vlasich, CEC, AAC, is a Carmel resident and the executive chef at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. You may e-mail him at chefmichael@ currentincarmel.com
saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in brandy, if desired. 3. For hot pomegranate-apple cider, reheat the spiced pomegranate mixture and divide among four mugs. Add remaining kumquat slices. 4. Serve hot. For pomegranate-champagne cocktails, divide 1/2 cup of the cooled spiced pomegranate mixture between four champagne flutes. Add 4 oz. chilled champagne to each glass and serve immediately.
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Salmon with nectarine salsa
TUNA WITH BLACK PEPPER, ARTICHOKES AND LEMON
This sweet and tangy nectarine salsa is the perfect complement to the quick-grilled salmon. Way to grill: direct high heat (450° to 550°F) Yield: serves 4 Ingredients: Salsa: • 2 nectarines, about 1 pound, cut into 1/2inch dice • 1/2 cup 1/4-inch-diced red bell pepper • 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced red onion • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chervil • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely diced • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Salmon: • 4 salmon fillets (with skin), 6 to 8 ounces each and about 1 inch thick • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Directions: 1. In a medium bowl combine the salsa ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until
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ready to serve. 2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat. 3. Season the salmon on both sides with the salt and red pepper flakes and then drizzle with the lime juice and oil. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the salmon, flesh side down, over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until you can lift the fillets off the grate with tongs without sticking, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the fillets and cook them to your desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium rare. Slip a spatula between the skin and the flesh, and transfer the fillets to serving plates. Serve warm with the salsa.
Ingredients: Salsa: • 2 tbsp. olive oil • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced • 3 6.5-oz. jars artichoke hearts, drained and halved • 1 lemon, cut into 8 slices • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (optional) • 1 1/2 lb. fresh tuna, cut into 1-inch cubes • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper • 2 cups cooked rice Directions: 1. Heat 1 tbsp. of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the artichokes, lemon, garlic, and thyme (if using). Cook until heated through, 3 more minutes. Transfer to a plate. 2. Season the tuna with the salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Cook the tuna, turning to brown all sides, to the desired doneness, about 2 minutes for medium. Return the artichoke mixture to skillet and toss to combine. Serve over the rice.
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THEATRE ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
Carmel Repertory Theatre proudly presents one of the funniest and most charming plays ever written: “The Importance of Being Earnest” features diamond-bright dialogue, ridiculous yet recognizable characters and a wildly improbable plot. The script teems with classic farcical elements that often teeter precariously on the brink of genteel slapstick The play will performed at University High School from June 11-27.. University High School is located at 2825 W. 116th Street in Carmel. Performances are June 11, 12, 18, 25 & 26th at 8 p.m., and June 13, 20, 27 at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15 with group rates available for $10. Please call 767-3973 for more information.
‘How I Learned to Drive’
Carmel Community Players will present Paula Vogel's “How I Learned to Drive” during a two-week run beginning June 3 at the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace. Vogels's play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and is the fourth show in CCP's 2009-10 Pulitzer Prize-winning Season. The production runs through June 13. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.carmelplayers.org or by calling 815-9387.
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The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present “Reincarnation” June 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. at the Pike Performing Arts Center, located at 6701 Zionsville Rd. Award-winning choreographer Gregory Hancock has been creating extraordinary dance works for more than 15 years. With more than 130 repertoire pieces, Mr. Hancock continues to be prolific each and every season. Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for students and seniors. For more information, call 216-2441 or e-mail email@example.com.
‘Speech and Debate’
The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the Indiana Premiere of “Speech & Debate.” Written by Stephen Karam, this play runs through June 27 in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix. Sex, secrets and performance-art video blogs with a George Michael beat – just another typical day when you’re a teenage outcast in Salem, Oregon. Solomon, Diwata and Howie are not the typical high school debate team. For more information about any Phoenix productions or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 635-PLAY (7529). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.phoenixtheatre.org.
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The 2010 Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo began June 2 and will continue on Wednesday evenings through Aug. 4 at the Gazebo at Carmel Civic Square. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately 75 minutes. For a complete listing of the concert dates and performers, visit the Gazebo concerts page at www.carmel.in.gov.
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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call (317) 770-9020. June 10 – Aberdeen Project June 11 – The Bishops June 12 – 10th of Never June 17 – Cari Ray June 18 – Through Being Cool June 19 – Something Rather Naughty
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Many local organizations benefit from annual Strawberry Festival By Zach Dunkin Current in Westfield Near the entrance to South Harbour on State Road 38, set back from the road, is a building one might mistake for a library or a community center. But as get closer, you see that it’s not. An inspirational cross tells you it’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. A flower garden surrounding the entrance to the church. There’s also a community garden. Playground equipment for the kids. Small. Inviting. Quiet. But every year about this time the pace picks up as volunteers and administrators start to prepare for their annual fundraiser, the St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival. The entire church seemingly moves to Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville for the big event. It’s one of the town’s traditional summer starters as locals and visitors line up for homemade shortcake piled high with ice cream smothered in strawberries and topping. Volunteers serve about 2,500 to 3,000 customers. This year’s 33rd annual event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine on June 12. Strawberry shortcake is $5.50 per person. The church used to buy strawberries locally, and volunteer church members would clean them. But the popularity of event has forced
organizers to purchase premium frozen strawberries to meet the volume required. However, members of the parish still prepare all of the shortcake from scratch. The event nets about $6,000 which is added to the church’s internally-raised funds for charitable outreach programs involving several local charities. In the past St. Michael’s has supported Agape Therapeutic Riding, Prevail, Promising Futures, CROP Walk and Heifer International. The church also donates food for the The Third Phase pantry and sponsor individual families in need. “It’s a great way to spend quality family time,” says church spokesman Bill Linden. “You can listen to some great live music, and the kids can enjoy face-painting, balloons and the fire truck. “Later, you can check out the great shops on the Square, maybe wander over to the county museum, and, with any luck, see an old museum train rumble down the street past the square. You can enjoy the day and help your community all at the same time.” St. Michael’s started in 1954 in the Christian Science Society Building. In 1977, “the little church on Cherry Street” moved to its current location at 444 South Harbour Drive. For more information, call (317) 773-6157 or visit www. stmichaelsespiscopalchruch.com.
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DISPATCHES » Community upgrades behavioral health facility – Community Health Network completed a $1.1 million renovation of its inpatient behavioral health hospital and crisis services and renamed the facility as Community’s Behavioral Health Pavilion. The facility, located on Community’s North Campus, provides inpatient mental health services for central Indiana residents. » Renew skin while you sleep – We’re all short on time, so those hours of shuteye offer the perfect opportunity to seriously improve your skin. In fact, bedtime is the best time to apply complexion fixers –studies show that skin cell turnover is 8 times faster when we’re dozing and our elevated nighttime body temp allows serums, creams, and masks to sink in deep. If you’re looking for a good night cream, give one of these a try: • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($42, kiehls.com) • Avon ANEW Reversalist Renewal Night Cream ($32, avon.com) • The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream ($24, thebodyshopusa.com) • L’Oréal Paris Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream ($17, drugstores) -www.prevention.com » Bring on the shine – If you want shiny, soft, touchable hair, there’s no need to spend a fortune getting it. Scale back on shampoo (limit to three times a week); your scalp's natural oils will hydrate your hair. And stay away from mousse. While it does add body, it also dulls your finish. Stick to creams and gels. -lifestyle.msn.com » Eat for pain relief – A healthy diet doesn’t just help you fend off obesity – it can also help your body function at optimal capacity. While an ideal intake of the perfect foods won’t keep you 100 percent free from sickness, eating well can work as a preventive measure against various types of bodily ills, aches and pains. Your best bet in the battle against body pangs, from migraines to muscle soreness: Consume foods that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. -health.msn.com
Reality TV not a good depiction of plastic surgery COMMENTARY By Dr. Barry Eppley There are many reasons why people undergo plastic surgery. The desire for self improvement is the most compelling, but the underlying motivation for such an emotional decision is never quite that simple. In a recent study in a prestigious plastic surgery journal, nearly 80 percent of patients said part of their decision to have plastic surgery was triggered by television and other media exposures. One television influence prominently noted was that of reality programming. The early success of “Doctor 90210” and the defunct “Extreme Makeover” has fueled many copycats, and there does not appear to be an end to the public’s desire for this form of reality plastic surgery. I am all for increasing the public’s awareness of the benefits of plastic surgery, but the “reality” shown in these programs doesn’t really reflect the real-life experience of the plastic surgery process. Just like the entertaining but tragically distorted plastic surgery show, “Nip/Tuck,” television is all about entertainment and rarely about truth. Only the highlighted moments of excitement and results are portrayed, leaving out all of what the producers consider dull filler material. This un-shown filler, however, is really what plastic surgery is about. Boring, accurate information, such as the risks, complications and realistic outcomes, are never portrayed. What
may happen when the plastic surgery doesn’t turn out so well is rarely if ever shown. In fact, some of these shows focus almost exclusively on the eccentricities of the plastic surgeons or their patients. While Dr. Ray may be entertaining, it is never revealed that he has never taken the effort to be board-certified. Not all plastic surgery programs on TV, however, are badly done. Some are especially informative and insightful. This is the case with the Discovery Channel’s “Plastic Surgery: Before and After.” It is clear in this type of programming that the intent is educational, not a festive diversion to keep your eyes glued. In reality, most patients are not primarily driven to get plastic surgery because of these reality TV programs. They do it because they have physical imperfections that are bothersome to them. These TV programs are an extension of the often-distorted Hollywood world, in which the pursuit of physical perfection and the fighting of father time is taken to sometimes ridiculous levels. The real reality of plastic surgery is in that boring stuff that is hardly worth watching – but is really worth knowing.
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Omega 3s: Building blocks for your health COMMENTARY By Laura Marenco Essential Fatty Acids are considered “essential fats” because they are required for good health but cannot be produced by our bodies. The benefits of these oils are numerous: They serve to nourish brain, heart, eye and kidney tissues, and they have been shown to benefit immune-system and digestive-system health in addition to supporting healthy metabolism and a positive mood. EFAs are the body’s building blocks for producing beneficial compounds known as eicosanoids. Eicosanoids exist in every human cell and impact the function of all bodily systems. Eicosanoids manage blood pressure, support good circulation and regulate pain by supporting the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. EFAs are also vital structural components of cell membranes that surround and protect all cells in the body. The most beneficial Essential Fatty Acids are Omega 3s, which provide EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA work together; however, each fatty acid has unique benefits. EPA reduces inflammation, improves cardiovascular and circulatory health and is beneficial for autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. DHA is crucial for brain, nerve,
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Business lessons from little girls COMMENTARY By David Cain I live in a house full of women – two little ones and one bigger one. Wondering now, is it better to say “bigger one” or “older one?” Anyway, they are different sizes and ages. But they have some common approaches to decision making. Here are three similarities to ponder in the context of your business. 1. Popularity matters. When someone else has it, we want it more. Give one daughter orange juice and the other screams out for it too. Serve it in a blue cup and the universe of choices has now been limited to only blue. It’s human nature to demand equality. And it’s human nature to envy, too. I now know why my grandmother used to send me money. I’d get 92 cents taped to an index card delivered in the mail with a note that said, “I bought your cousin a cup of coffee yesterday.” Equality: We demand it. Popularity is always vogue. 2. Simple first. The simpler we can make it, the faster we make a decision. Complexity is an unwanted guest. Complexity leads to confusion, and confusion leads to indecision, and indecision is confusing. Nobody
likes story problems; we like multiple choice. The brain naturally looks to solve the easy things first. That’s just more efficient. Simpler is better. 3. Priced right. The more it costs, the more it must be worth. Value can be established by what it costs. Ever make a decision to buy something more expensive because you assume it’s better? We all have. The price you charge can have as much to do with what people think it’s worth as what it’s actually worth. It’s okay to charge for things. Give it away, and it’s not going to be worth as much. These common decision making themes aren’t unique to women or little girls either; they’re generally the default for all of us. We seek to be accepted, and that extends to the products and services we use. We like to make it easy on ourselves, in all ways. And we want the best. If we can afford it, we’ll pay for it. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at David.Cain@MediaSauce.com.
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Nudists: Free but not easy COMMENTARY By Brandie Bohney So I spent Memorial Day weekend at the lake. Before you start thinking Current is paying me too much money, let me just say that my in-laws live at the lake; I won’t be buying a lake place with my massive income from writing a column any time soon. Anyhow, as I left the house Sunday morning to go get Tom’s Donuts, I noticed a sign: Sunny Babes Nudists Open Meet Today ß Huh. The sign got me thinking about a few things. First, did they mean meet or meeting? Second, if they did mean meet, what is a nudist meet? Is it like a track meet? A meet and greet? Finally, are the nudists really babes? Just curious. Once again, I’m struck by the obscurity of the sign. What does it mean? If the nudists meant for the sign to read meeting, they did a poor job of representing the meaning of what they were trying to state. The word meet connotes some sort of competition – it’s not the same connotation as meeting, which is more innocuous. I’m not sure I want to know what kind of competitions nudists are involved in, but if that was the
purpose of the sign, it’s possible that, since I’m not a nudist myself, the sign wasn’t meant for me, and that’s why I didn’t understand it. That’s possible. But it sure doesn’t increase your group’s enrollment if no one outside the group can understand your advertisement. So there’s that. Then I get to Tom’s Donuts. Let me make it clear that I love Tom’s Donuts at Four Corners at Lake James. Love it. But they also have a sign that doesn’t say exactly what they mean: “The Old Fashion Way.” The sign seems to indicate that the donuts would be dressed in flapper dresses and zoot suits. What they mean is old fashioned. In fact, their donut boxes read “old fashioned.” It’s just the sign on the building that remains incorrect. And since the shop is basically in a doublewide trailer, I’m guessing that improving the sign is low on the priority list. Moral of the story? Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Tom’s Donuts are good. I’m not so sure about Sunny Babes. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Commentary By Vicky Earley I walked into the two-story round foyer of a new client last week, and her first words were, “Get rid of the gold. I am ready for change.” Change? Change? You want change? How about black? Yep … you read this right. We are in the process of painting a two-story round foyer in a rich, warm color akin to burnt coffee. It is one thing to have a client who can follow the vision, but it is something else altogether to have a situation that will support the drama of black walls. I always have clients test their colors before jumping in. Our first try was a graphite color that provided the look we wanted but exposed the dirty little less-than-perfect secrets left behind by the drywall guys. Nail pops stood at attention, while places where the drywall mud was less than perfect came to life. The problem was sheen. Deep, dark colors are frequently unavailable in flat, so our test quart was satin. Even though the nail pops could be repaired and the drywall mud could be sanded, this was way too much reflection. We needed a finish with less sheen. A true flat was not a viable option, because dark paint is prone to burnishing – those annoying shiny spots on the wall that appear without notice. The appearance of a patch of sheen happens when the paint is subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or even something as simple as a finger touching it. This occurs when a flat paint is used in a high-traffic area, where frequent washing and spot cleaning needs to be done. Our next try was a Porter Paint color called phantom mist. This color was a bit warmer and available in a matte finish. The lower sheen helped to hide the imperfections and gave us enough
hope to forge ahead! The popularity of dark paint colors really does bring irritating problems. First, red and yellow pure-colored paint is about the most difficult paint to achieve coverage. If you have ever tried to paint a room red, you have probably experienced the frustration of five or more coats! Red paint, along with other dark colors, contains a great deal of pigment. The more pure the color, the more difficulty you will have getting the proper coverage. Reds and yellows are the most difficult in the spectrum of colors. Dark blues and greens are a bit better but can still present problems if the proper preparation work is not done. The simplest solution is to choose a red that includes other pigments, such as black. These pigments add opacity and improve covering power. Coverage can be improved with the application of a deep-base tinted primer. While you will still need several top coats of paint, this step will help eliminate the infinite number of coats. The drama of black foyer project has been well worth the effort of extra preparation. White wainscoting now snaps to attention next to the saturated color, the layers of moldings are a focal point, and the enormous floral in the center of the space explodes with the background of black. Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol. com.
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As Carmel residents for over 26 years, Mike and his wife, Marilyn, have attended their share of local festivals. Mike Jeter Since CarmelFest always topped their list of family favorite’s, becoming a committee volunteer just made sense.
As Mike affirmed, “I looked into the activities I had enjoyed with my family over the years. We never missed the 4th of July Parade, fireworks, and festival. Even when the kids were grown, they came home for the festivities. We began inviting extended family - they enjoyed it so much, it has become an annual family gathering”. In Mike’s words, “Signing up as a CarmelFest
volunteer through the Rotary Club gave me the opportunity to give back to an event that has given me so much over the years.” As part of the CarmelFest Sign Committee, Mike is working on designing creative and informative signs. With the festival only a month away, Mike is focused on his task. Smiling, he stated “Sawdust is flying, paint is everywhere, and I’m having a blast!”
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You are invited to become a fan of CarmelFest on Facebook. The new fan page launched this month with the help of Karen Glowacki & Julie Williams, the creative ladies and co-founders of the on-line publication AroundCarmel.com To get up-to-date details on the celebration, view some great photo’s and join the discussion on your favorite part of the festival, be sure to “friend” CarmelFest on Facebook.
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COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie I worry every week whether I can come up with something funny to write about. While you may be a new reader, some folks out there have put up with my column since the year 2000. My apologies for kicking off your millennium that way. In the past, I have depended on Mary Ellen to aggravate me or my son to annoy me in order to stimulate my funny bone. But my son has graduated from college and will probably move away from home in the next few months. And there’s only so much baloney about my wife I can make up before she moves out, also. I’m starting to feel really pressured. The 19th century humorist Artemus Ward once said of his craft, “When something funny occurs to you, you just write it down.” The author went on to say: “The writing is easy; it’s the occurring that’s the hard part.” Nothing had occurred to me recently, and this week’s deadline was nearing. It was time for action. I decided to start occurring in our basement. I really shouldn’t call it a basement. When we moved into the house, it had a basement, but we spent $15,000 to “finish” it. Actually, we finished 75 percent of the basement and left 25 percent for storage. It then occurred to me that the 75 percent we finished was being used exactly the same way as the 25 percent: for storage. And then it occurred to me that I blew 15 grand. I decided to go upstairs. Two occurrences were more than I could afford. The laundry room seemed like a good place to occur. As I entered the room, it occurred to me that the kitty litter needed changing. But then it occurred to me that I really don’t like cats. It’s my wife who loves the cats. But it’s my job to change the litter. It never occurred to me before how unfair this was. You can learn a lot
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Being a senior isn’t what it used to be COMMENTARY By Mike Redmond I was sitting in a restaurant the other day – I won’t say which one, but I will say it was one of those where you get pancakes as a side dish to anything you order, including salads – when I flipped casually to the menu page for, shall we say, mature guests. You know which page I’m talking about – it’s the one that offers the Penny Pincher Special (one egg, one slice of white toast, coffee), the Cardiac Combo (oatmeal, fruit cup, Sanka) and the Regular Customer Special (two eggs, whole wheat toast, Metamucil). I had already decided on my order (cheeseburger, fries, pancakes), so I was just sort of browsing. I wasn’t ordering. I want to emphasize that, especially in light of the following. Not. Ordering. OK, I saw that the Maturity Menu was for people age 55 and older, and two thoughts raced through my mind: “Wow, I could order from this page of the menu!” And “Wow, I could order from this page of the menu!” Same wording exactly, but two completely
different thoughts. The first was sort of a pleasant surprise. The second was a surprise, but I wouldn’t call it pleasant. I am 55 years old. According to some – my students, for example – this puts me at about the same age as their parents, which is to say Jurassic. According to others, such as my coworkers, I’m one of the “experienced” members of the staff. And according to my dog, I’m a robust 385. According to me, however, I just … am. In most ways, I feel pretty much as I did 10, 15, 20 years ago – a little more settled, perhaps, but certainly no wiser. I’m the same knucklehead I’ve always been. Only slower. We’re screwy about age in the country. Youth rules the retail and entertainment worlds, despite the fact that youth has no money. Those with money hanging out of their pockets, the mature generations, are all but ignored by advertisers and marketers, unless, of course, they are advertising and marketing something intended to make us look or feel younger. Being older isn’t what it used to be. For one thing, it’s treacherous from the employment standpoint. Experience used to be a valuable asset. Now it’s a liability. Too expensive. Not as
expensive as fixing the mistakes caused by inexperienced newcomers working for one-third the salary, but hey, since when did business make sense? Being a senior today isn’t what it used to be, either. Grandpa used to sit on the porch and yell at kids to stay off the lawn. Now he’s inside yelling at political radio. Once, we went over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. Now we fly to Florida to visit her in her condo and have a catered dinner before she rushes off to karate class. Age is all a bunch of bushwa. You are the age you are, but you are also the age you feel. If you feel pretty much the same as you always did, that’s good enough and nobody can argue with you. And as for your chronological age – you can’t do anything about it, so why try? And why lie? It can be useful, if for example you want to save a couple bucks on breakfast. Although there’s no law that says you HAVE to. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.
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