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It is our position Carmel City Council members should not have passed a resolution entitling themselves to health and life insurance benefits. These elected officials (who are considered part-time employees and also hold other jobs outside of city government) cited an increased workload as one of the primary reasons for awarding themselves the additional tax-free perks, which will cost tax payers an estimated $120,000 a year. Is this the right message to be sending to their constituents in a weakened economy when most politicians are voluntarily ending their perks and stipends for the good of the community? The answer may be clear if the Council would do the right thing and place the issue on a ballot for the residents to decide. Politicians are elected on their promises and willingness to serve for public good and not personal gain. Thanks to the Internet, we are all open for business 24 hours a day. It’s the new normal. Perhaps the increased workload is a reflection of discourse surrounding poor spending decisions by those governing. The “drop-in-the-bucket” mentality is not an effective way to manage public funds for long-term success and survival of a community - neither is the service of self-awarding politicians.

A tale of two cities

It is our position that lessons can be learned from the actions of two city governments in Hamilton County. With the threat of another recession looming, out of control deficit spending, 9.1 percent unemployment, poverty levels the highest since 1993, a drop in personal income, our elected officials need to “wake up and smell the coffee.” It isn’t business as usual anymore. Hamilton County may be faring better than other parts of the country, but it is not immune to the economic downturn. Recently, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission announced its approval of an installation of an $80,000 statue in the roundabout at 136th Street and Rangeline Road. The work was awarded to an out of state artist. By comparison, Westfield also erected a statue in a roundabout at 151st Street and Carey Road. The cost was $8,000 and the work was done by a local artist. Some may think these types of purchases are frivolous. However, if the money is going to be spent, wouldn’t it be prudent to show some amount of frugality and use homegrown talent to boost the local economy? It is time for our public servants to adapt to the new reality.

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the Indiana Constitution. ARTICLE 15. Miscellaneous Section 3. Extension of office Whenever it is provided in this Constitution, or in any law which may be hereafter passed, that any officer, other than a member of the General Assembly, shall hold his office for any given term, the same shall be construed to mean, that such officer shall hold his office for such term, and until his successor shall have been elected and qualified.

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Section 4. Oath Every person elected or appointed to any office under this Constitution, shall, before entering on the duties thereof, take an oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution of this State, and of the United States, and also an oath of office. Section 5. State seal There shall be a Seal of State, kept by the Governor for official purposes, which shall be called the Seal of the State of Indiana. Section 6. Commissions All commissions shall issue in the name of the State, shall be signed by the Governor, sealed with the State Seal, and attested by the Secretary of State.

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FROM THE BACKSHOP And here we are, five years later It seems as though it were just yesterday that Current Publishing was launched, but our humble, little company actually is celebrating its fifth “birthday” this week. In other respects, it’s more like “time flies when you’re having fun” – and running this business for our readers and advertising partners is just that, fun! Current in Westfield has been a weekly part of the party for every household in the city since Jan. 27, 2009, and is every bit as important to us as our three other weekly editions for Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers and our monthly Carmel Business Leader. We’re five years down the road because of people. Good people, in fact. Were it not for our readers, who helped us craft our editorial plan through independent marketplace research, we’d be presenting you news we “think” you need rather than news you said you wanted. Around here, news still is and always shall be what our readers say it is. That approach has served us well and will continue to do so. “Good people” includes our advertising partners, all of which see Westfield as a fertile market in which to serve. And the goodness extends to our staff, led by our managing editor, Lindsay Eckert, who has stood this newspaper in good stead since taking over this summer. So, as we

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COMMENTARY By Terry Anker If someone is considering offering public service, it is certainly fair to consider why it is that one would want to serve. And, in fact, those are the kinds of topics the would-be civic leaders most want to discuss. Generally, they have some frustration (or, occasionally, even anger) regarding this topic or another. “Teachers are underappreciated!” says one. “Schools are bloated with tax dollars!” says another. And, others still are simply responding to a desire to give back, referring to a family member or mentor who inspired them to commit. “Mom worked tirelessly for the PTA and now that I have kids, it seems like the right thing to do.” All the answers are right from the perspective of the giver; and, we should be eager to support the instinct to service. But to me, there is a more important question: Does one have the temperament to sustain peer criticism (or even to be a part of the minority caucus)? In my experience, the critique is

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DISPATCHES » The Heart and Soul Clinic sponsors health fair – The clinic is sponsoring a Community Health Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westfield Intermediate School gymnasium. There is no charge and it is open to anyone. Health screenings included are: blood pressures, blood sugars, cholesterol, carotid artery, osteoporosis, foot and ankle exams, cooking demonstrations and info on diet and weight control. » Learn to grow your business-Somerset Practical MBA program will be offering a seminar addressing ways to grow your business Wednesday at 8 a.m. The seminar is located at 3925 River Crossing Pkwy and pre-registration is required. For more information visit, www.somersetcpas.com » Holiday pottery for kids – Kids can get ready for the holiday season at Kid’s Pottery Classes with Jeremy South at the Westfield Washington Public Library on Nov.11. There are two sessions: Tiny tots (age 1-3) at 10:15 a.m. Theme: Ornaments $8. Preschool (age 3-6) at 11 a.m. Theme: Ornaments $9. Prepayment and registration are required. Please contact Children’s Service at 896-9391 for registration details. » Adult pottery class – Instructor Jeremy South will guide you in creating your personal masterpiece Nov. 12 at the Westfield Washington Public Library. The class will take place in the Craft Room from 12 to 3 p.m. Please register with Information/ Reference Services at 896-9391. Cost of the class is determined by the number of attendees and covers all materials. » Waggin’ tales – A very special program, “Paws and Read,” is Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m., where kids can read a story to a book-loving dog. Stop by the Children’s Desk to schedule 15 minutes of special time with a trained listening dog. This is a free program but please reserve a time slot. » Do you have questions about diabetes? – Join the American Diabetes Association and IU Health North Medical Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for Ask the Experts, a free patient education program where you can interact with medical experts in the field of diabetes. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Please call 352-9226 to reserve your seat today. The medical center is at 11700 N. Meridian St., Carmel.

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Tree murderers

COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I am really angry right now. My daughter has been yelling, “Our trees have been cut down, Mommy!” She’s referring to some white pines my husband planted in the spring on the far side of a creek lining our property. I’ve just confirmed the attack: all eight have been mowed flat. I ask you, good citizens of central Indiana, who cuts down trees? Trees are not yours to cut down. Who could cut down young trees that could have grown to be mighty furs, reduced erosion and provided oxygen. Who does that? Murderers. Here’s what’s particularly frustrating: Although our neighborhood owns the property lining the creek, no one is allowed to plant trees or erect fences and sheds within that area. Were they serious? By that definition, half of our street is in violation. So we talked with a “very nice gentleman” from the surveyor’s office, who said the area is a non-enforced easement, which translates to “everything is cool.” He said he would double-check with his boss to be sure. Plus, we could always file a petition if it turned out to be a problem. We never heard back, so the six-foot saplings remained in the ground. Now, without warning, someone has bushwhacked eight thriving pines. I can see their

carcasses from my back deck. The perpetrator was not in the neighborhood association or our property management company. While I type this very column, the “very nice gentleman” is checking to see if his office might have, accidentally, ordered a contractor to hate on nature. I may have red hair and a rifle-totin’ husband, but normally, I’m a fairly even-keeled gal who avoids confrontation at all costs. Only two things cause me to go ballistic: Messing with my kids and treating me unfairly. I’m more worried about Doo’s reaction. Unlike me, he’s not afraid to go medieval on people when they deserve it. Plus, the trees were his idea when we moved in. He thought they could help reduce traffic noise and block an unsightly view of a busy round-about. There’s no telling what he’ll do if it turns out a hit was placed on our mini-forest. Turns out, the county did send out an assassin to obliterate our trees. It’s about to get ugly. I’ll be sharing every nasty detail with you, the voting and tax-paying public. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.

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Westfield mayoral candidate Q & A Current in Westfield The Westfield Chamber requested responses to questions that were sent out in mid-August to all three candidates running for Westfield mayor. Prior to distributing these questions, a previous fourth candidate, M. Kurtis Maddox confirmed that he no longer was running. The remaining candidates - incumbent Andy Cook (Republican), Todd Hoard (independent) and Mike Waite (Libertarian) - received the list of questions and responded. Each candidate was issued the same guidelines, which included that each response would

be limited to the first 200 words. Each candidate was informed that responses would be published unedited. Each week this month, the chamber of commerce will submit one question along with each candidate’s response to Current. Once all questions have been published, the entire list of questions and answers will be compiled and forwarded to the membership of the chamber, as well as others who indicate an interest in receiving a copy. (Contact the chamber at 804.3030 or at info@Westfield-Chamber.org.)

The use of TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) impact the tax rates of residents, businesses, schools, and others. What is your opinion on the City’s use of TIF’s to finance projects? Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF’s) are one of the few economic development tools available to cities and it is critical that they are administered responsibly. The goal of creating a TIF District is to overtime capture revenue from a particular area for the purpose of making infrastructure and other im-

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goods and services with targeted use by I am deeply concerned with the City’s local customer base, even nursing homes use of TIF districts. Local Administrations would be retail in these terms. This could should use TIF’s with caution. I believe also lead to sprawl and adding costly that TIF’s are a tool that can steer ecoinfrastructure as retail leaves or skips over nomic development, but can not make up existing property, to be included in the for a bad economic climate and poor deHoard subsidized area. This migration of retail velopment planning. Even with subsidizes could be avoided, if TIF areas are setup of a TIF program, economic down turn will have an impact on development. If we are us- for non local uses. These uses would be: goods and services mostly sold or exported outside of ing TIF’s areas to develop property for retail use, then our existing retail areas will be devalued as a the local area. But we have shovel ready property result of subsidizing one retail area over another in Westfield for both Retail and non local uses in the same municipality. Retail in these terms is: with out adding the costly infrastructure. I am opposed to Tax Incremental that have the ability to be created without the use of TIF’s. Financing Districts. TIF Districts take away revenue from schools, libraries, These districts “capture revenue” that cannot be shared with the entire city. As fire departments, and other city entities. a result either property taxes are raised or According to Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, “several new taxes are created to make up for the Waite captured revenue. studies have found that the developments subsidized by TIF would have happened I do not like the fact that non-elected officials who answer to no one have control over anyway in the same urban area, though not necessarily the same location.” I want our tax dollars these TIF dollars. Elected official should have total authority over the expenditure of tax dollars. used towards city entities not towards projects

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By David Heighway Hamilton County Historian Every community seems to have its share of legendary monsters, particularly to attract tourists. Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, the state of Washington has Bigfoot, and even Lake Manitou near Rochester, Ind., has a giant serpent. What about Hamilton County? Do we have a stray monster or two wandering about? Interestingly, we have more sightings than we have legends. Our “monster” doesn’t have a proper name, but the mysterious cat that is supposed to roam the banks of the White River has been a part of the local consciousness since the middle of the 20th Century. As near as anyone can tell, the first time an unusual sighting was reported was in January 1951 when a “black panther” was reported along the river. State police officers investigated and found nothing except vague animal tracks and some fur. However, this didn’t prevent carloads of hunters (mostly non-residents of the county), from arming themselves to the teeth and searching the underbrush. The greatest danger to any human was from getting shot by a trigger-happy hunter, but fortunately, no one was injured. Eventually, the hullabaloo faded. The next reported sighting was more precise, but still provided no answers. In October 1965, a “dark colored” and “cat-like” animal was seen to leap over the fence of the Home for Friendless Animals at Horseshoe Prairie, kill and eat a small dog, and then leap back out. This occurred at least seven other times. There were also reports of livestock attacks in the area. However, once again, nothing definite was found. The beast made several appearances in the mid-1970s. County residents who lived along the river heard its screaming cry and saw what they thought were paw prints. A security guard at Conner Prairie claimed he spotted a large cat prowling around the grounds of the museum. A local cattle breeder saw his herd of cows running in panic around their pasture. Some black, brown and white fur was found in places where the animal had been sighted. Regrettably, none of it was saved, because modern DNA testing would settle the matter very quickly. The naturalists who investigated the sightings felt fairly sure the animal was a large, stray dog. The witnesses felt otherwise. In the latter part of the 1990s, the beast really put on a show and gave the game wardens quite a headache. A large cat estimated at 60 to 100 pounds, was spotted near New Whiteland in June 1996. Although an effort was made to capture it, there were no reports of success. Then Noblesville had two mountain lion sightings in June 1997. One animal was seen behind the Kroger store on Logan Street and the other was seen on a farm at 206th Street. Investigators found nothing at the store and felt the animal at 206th Street was probably a coyote. The farmer disagreed and acrimonious letters were exchanged in the newspapers. In May 1998, a hog farm in Miami County had five pigs killed and mutilated by an animal that roared and left a distinctly catlike paw print. The DNR investigated and this time they believed it was a big cat. But they pointed out it probably wasn’t a “wild” cat because the hog carcasses had been left mostly uneaten. Usually, wild animals only kill to eat. An animal had been raised in captivity might know how to kill, but not what to do afterwards. Unfortunately, there are people who raise wild animals in secret as a kind of a pet. This is, of course, illegal and they often don’t know what to do with them when they are grown. These animals sometimes escape or are let loose, like the alligator found one year in an Indianapolis pond. Whatever was let loose in Miami

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County was apparently never captured. The beast made big headlines in 2001. A creature was spotted in Elkhart County in early September. Officials played this down until a horse was injured in late September on a farm near Lebanon in Boone County. A large paw print was found nearby. Sightings increased after this, but they may have been in reaction to the newspaper stories. There was debate between the witnesses and naturalists about the creature, as well as debate between the naturalists and other naturalists. In the end, almost everyone agreed there was some animal, but no one was sure exactly what it was. So, is there a real beast out there? If there is, it’s not the wild animal scientists call Puma concolor, and the rest of us call puma, cougar, catamount, or mountain lion. The primary reason is the mountain lion has been presumed to be extinct in Indiana for more than a century. The last lion in central Indiana was killed around 1851. The last lion in the state was thought to have been killed in 1868, although Benton County reported a “beast” killing cattle in 1874 and Spencer County had problems with a “lioness” in 1881. Could a family of lions have somehow survived to the present day? The biological facts won’t support this idea. A mountain lion could be described as a 150-pound killing machine. The animal’s body is almost pure muscle and has a very high metabolism that requires 6,000 calories a day. To get this, it eats on average about 13 pounds of meat a day. Biologists estimate it kills a deer every seven to 10 days and feeds on small animals in between major kills. This amount of food needed to survive increases when there are cubs to feed. The lion prefers fresh meat and it will not scavenge from garbage unless it is starving. When you multiply these factors by the numbers of animals needed for a healthy breeding stock, it suggests it would be impossible in an area as heavily populated as Hamilton County for this activity to go unnoticed. So what is it people have been seeing in Hamilton County for the past 50 years? Well, there is another kind of cat that definitely has lived in Hamilton County in the past and has had a much better chance of surviving. That is Lynx rufus, or the common bobcat, also known as the wildcat. William Conner was the first non-native known to have contact with these animals. He offered the Indians 50 to 67 cents for each cat skin, the same price he offered for fox skins. Heady Hollow, located near William Conner’s house, had its own population of wildcats, and their distinctive screaming could be heard until the early 1900s. An actual wildcat was caught in November 1927 near Cicero. It was a female with six kittens and she was three feet, nine inches long, 21 inches tall, and weighed 27 and a half pounds. This is somewhat larger than the average bobcat. It’s understandable how a bobcat might be confused with a cougar or black panther. They are twice as large as the average domestic cat, and a person’s mind can play tricks on them when confronted with an animal of that size. Although the coats are spotted, their fur can

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range in color from tawny to very dark. Although their tail is very short, it does exist. Most importantly, even though they are very rare in modern Indiana, they are not extinct. Whoever sees one is seeing an actual animal, even though a person’s mind might change it into a larger creature. Incidentally, it’s also possible to confuse the bobcat with its rare and slightly larger cousin, the Canadian Lynx. For example, a piece in the Nov. 8, 1890 edition of The Ledger said, “Tis said a wild and hungry lynx prowls around near Huntington. No one has been killed by it.” Of course, no one was likely to be killed by it since it rarely went near humans. Actually, by that time, the lynx had disappeared from Indiana. Today, the lynx has a very limited territory, mostly in the north of Canada. You would be just as likely to see a moose in Indiana as you would a lynx. Many naturalists refer to odd animal sightings as “UFO’s” or Unidentified Furry Objects. They wouldn’t deny a person saw something; they just want more proof before they decide what it is. In 1998, the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources began a program to track bobcats with sightings and radio collars to see if the population is on the increase. However, spotting a bobcat is very difficult, since it avoids humans as much as possible. Bobcats are much happier hunting birds and rodents in the deep forests. So keep your eyes open as you travel through the Hamilton County forests. You might see a rare bit of Indiana fauna run by. But, if there is some other animal on the banks of White River the biologists don’t know about – a Felis Rufus Hoosierensus – watch out! The Beast of White River might be on the prowl.

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Halloween writing Contest Winner: Air conditioning By Kevin Carpenter, age 15 Current in Westfield You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. For some reason, you can’t stop thinking those words as you lay in bed trying desperately to sleep. You have an important test tomorrow and you know you wouldn’t get through it tired. As your eyes snap shut and your head hits the pillow, you get ready to drift off…only for the air conditioning Carpenter to switch off. Silence. Dead silence, the type where you could hear a pin drop a hundred miles away and it would ring out like a cymbal. It hangs in the air like suffocating syrup. No problem, you think, I can still get to sleep. Then you notice the sounds. A rustling of fabric. A creaking from the walls. A…wait, was that a footstep? Nah, you’re the only one in the house. You probably just imag— There it was again. Was it the dog? You don’t think you let the dog in. Maybe it came in right as you closed the door… and then stayed out of sight the entire time you got ready for bed. Another one. You definitely heard it that time. The slightest tapping, something touching the floor with the greatest care, so soft you never would’ve heard it with the air conditioning. It could be anything, you keep telling yourself, maybe you shuffling the bed or a bug landing on the ground. You open your eyes to confirm, only to see you’re facing the wall. Well, this is a problem. You want to turn, but your body refuses to move. The sound echoes again, this time a little closer. Just look, you scream in your head. Look so you can realize you’re imagining the sound, see nothing’s there, and go back to sleep. You hear it one last time, so close now. One more step and it’ll be right next to the bed. You scream at your body to move, turn around and look before— The air conditioning kicks on. That sweet, sweet hum comes back and drowns out the noises. A weight lifts from your chest and you sigh in relief, the tension in the air now broken. Now you can finally sleep. Feeling uncomfortable, you turn in your bed the other way… To see a deathly-pale man with bug eyes and an insane smile standing right over you, his head touching the ceiling. Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were asleep.

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Hamilton County Halloween events » Haunted Trails at Cool Creek Park – Make your way through the “boo-tiful” woods of Cool Creek Park, 2000 E. 151st St., Westfield, during the annual Haunted Trails Halloween event from 7 to 10 p.m. today through Thursday. Ghouls and goblins are lurking at every turn and waiting for you to arrive. Trail not recommended for children under 12, but there will be plenty of fright-free activities available. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 770-4407 or visit www.myhamiltoncountyparks.com. » Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie – Time is running out to enjoy the annual fall event at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Gather family and friends close and prepare to jump and scream as the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides again. And when your racing heart begins to slow down, join in for night entertainment at the barn dance and enjoy fun activities that present the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Headless Horseman runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Presale tickets are $9-$13 and tickets purchased at the gate are $11-$15. For more information, call 776-6006 or visit www.connerprairie.org. » Mystery Café at The Mansion – The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel, pairs up with the Mystery Café of Indianapolis to present a spooktacular evening Friday at The Mansion with a five-course dinner and a Mystery Café show; Bats: The Non Musical. Tickets are $55 per person and include a five-course elegant dinner with hors d’oeuvres, soup, salad, prime rib and

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chicken dinner and dessert as well as the show. Dress in your favorite “cluesque” costume and enjoy the meal while trying to solve the “Who Done It” mystery. For reservations, call 843-9850. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. » Ghosts & Goblins 5K Run 2K Walk & Wellness Fair – To benefit the Carmel Education Foundation will host its Ghosts & Goblins 5K Run 2K Walk & Wellness Fair beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Safe costumes are welcomed. The event will include a costume contest, fun prizes and gift certificates. For more information, contact the Carmel Education Foundation at 844-9961 or visit www.carmelghostrun.com. » Halloween Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk – Unseen Press will host a ghost walk from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Monday at Asa Bales Park, 132 W. Main St., Westfield. The walking tour is filled with stories of ghosts of the Underground Railroad mixed with modern-day gangsters and spirits from Westfield’s haunted history. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 11 and younger. For more information, call 840-6456 or visit www.unseenpress.com.

Haunted Houses Fright Manor Address: 2909 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis Times: 7 to 10 p.m. Weekdays and Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday • Web site: www.frightmanor. com • Cost: $20 Asylum House Address: 8600 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis Times: 7 to 10 p.m. today, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday • Cost: $19 Necropolis Address: 2525 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis • Times: 7 to 10 p.m. today through Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m. Monday

Web site: www. darkarmies. com/necropolishaunted-house/ • Cost: $19-$27 Scarevania Address: 1911 N. Granville Ave., Muncie Times: 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Monday, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Web site: www.scarevania. com • Cost: $10 Fear Fair Address: 800 A Ave. E., Seymour Times: 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday • Web site: www. fearfair.com • Cost: $10

U.S. locales with a Halloween theme • Candy Town, Ohio • Cape Fear, N.C. • Frankenstein, Mo. • Pumpkin Bend, Ark. • Pumpkin Hollow, N.Y. • Scary, W.Va. • Skull Creek, Neb. • Spook City, Colo. • Tombstone, Ariz. • Transylvania County, N.C. • Witch Hazel, Ore.

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Mayoral debate: Grand Park, taxes and if they have what it takes By Lindsay Eckert Lindsay@youarecurrent.com Mayoral candidates debated how they could improve Westfield, whether it be from political experience, owning business or community involvement. Incumbent Mayor Andy Cook (R), Todd Hoard (I) and Mike Waite (L) were on hand last Wednesday at Westfield City Hall at the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters. A continuing pressing issue in the debate was the Grand Park Sports Campus, which recently announced a second anchor, Indiana Soccer, to the 350-acre campus. Lids League, Indiana Bulls, announced their involvement in the spring. Hoard, a business owner and a Ball State University graduate who ran as a Republican candidate four years ago against Cook, said he wants to know if and when the campus will decrease taxes. He said he doesn’t see how it can bring in enough jobs to do so. “We have 50 percent higher taxes than surrounding areas, I think new businesses would rather go to an area with lower taxes.” Hoard said. “He (Cook) says the campus will bring in business, but are people really going to pay more taxes to live here? If taxes are supposed to decrease I want to know when.” Waite, a retired business owner, explained at

the debate how he ran for a political position in South Bend; however, the Indiana State Supreme Court removed his candidacy from the ballot after a fellow candidate filed a lawsuit. Waite said he wants a more definitive answer about the numbers involved in Grand Park. “First we were told Grand Park would bring in 250,000 visitors, now it’s 500,000. I want to know what the real numbers are; we need some feasibility,” Waite said. “We don’t have enough people to support it, the same sort of program was started in Blaine, Minn., but it was funded by the entire state, not one city.” Waite and Hoard both said the city needs hi-tech positions and not more minimum wage positions they said would be the type of positions Grand Park would create. Cook, an Indiana University graduate who owns Tradewinds Transportation with his sons, said he doesn’t doubt the complex he started. “It’s (Grand Park) a politically risky move, but I believe in it, it will work. There’s a lot of talk about getting hi-tech jobs in the area, but I’m not hearing plans on how they (Waite and Hoard) will make it happen,” Cook said. Read next week’s Current for information about the City Council debate and political updates on our Web site, currentinwestfield.com and Twitter, @youarecurrent.

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IMMI simulates crash test for WHS physics class By Lindsay Eckert Lindsay@youarecurrent.com Westfield High School students got a simulated lesson in physics from IMMI, a testing manufacturer of safety systems, Oct. 14. The students visited the company’s Center for Advanced Product Evaluation crash and structural test facility where they took part in learning about high-speed video equipment that simulates actual vehicle crashes along with testing real crash dummies and exploring specialized data related to crashes. Christian Horner, a WHS physics teacher and science deptartment head, said the outof-classroom educational opportunity was an exceptional teaching tool for students. “We couldn’t be more excited to see this demonstration firsthand,” Homer said. “Anytime we can get out of the classroom and out of our textbooks to see physics in action is always a great learning experience. We’re grateful to IMMI for making this opportunity possible.” Although the hands-on learning experience opened students’ mind to a unique perspective, IMMI said it was a unique opportunity

for their company as well. The Westfield-based company’s behind-the-scenes experience was their way of celebrating 50 years in business and part of their 50th anniversary employee celebration. The company was founded in 1961 as Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc. Fifty years ago the company made and distributed seat belts for vehicles. Today, the family owned operation is the largest manufacturing employer in Hamilton County, offering innovative safety solutions globally. “We’re honored to open our doors and play this role in educating the next generation of engineers,” said Larry Gray, CEO at IMMI. “CAPE houses one of the world’s largest barrier blocks—designed for crash testing anything from open-wheel race cars to fire engines to full-size tractor trailers— so these students will get a rare opportunity to see many of the capabilities this unique facility provides.”  For more information on IMMI and its CAPE facility, visit www.imminet.com or www. capetesting.com.

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DISPATCHES » Wine 101 – Dr. Charles Thomas, founder and owner of Chateau Thomas Winey, Inc., and The Stratford will host a wine and food pairing class on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The tasting will take place in The Stratford clubhouse, 2460 Glebe St., and Thomas also will discuss the health benefits of wine for older adults. Confirm your attendance by calling 733-9560. » Parents Night Out – Clay Terrace invites parents out for Parents Night Out, a date night featuring dinner, dancing and drinks this Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is a great way for parents to take the night off and receive drinks from People’s Brew, dinner from Kincaid’s and enjoy music by Barometer Soup. Parents looking for a babysitter can arrange painting sessions with Color Me Mine for their children during the event for a minimal fee.  For more information, visit www.simon.com. » Create your own costume – One clever and creative budget costume will remind everyone of a favorite pastime – movie and popcorn night at home. To create a Netflix envelope costume, buy two red poster boards and some string to create a sandwich

Now – Nov. 20 Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of the goodhearted but downtrodden George Bailey, who has spent his life making sacrifices for others. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this heartwarming family show, and rejoice as George realizes the tremendous impact his life has had on the world around him. Details: For tickets visit www.beefandboards. com or call 317-872-9664. Friday; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza Plus Express Departs from Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville 773-6000 http://itm.org/events/dinner_diner.htm

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The making of Barbie COMMENTARY By Barry Eppley The pursuit of the idealized female appearance is not a realistic goal for any woman; regardless of what plastic surgery has to offer. Improving your own body through diet and exercise with a little plastic surgery, if desired, is the common sense approach. Women should only want to have a pleasing face and body proportions within their natural genetics. The Barbie doll, introduced in 1959 who celebrated her 50th birthday in 2009, has always been a controversial figure when it comes to body image. One of the most common criticisms for the doll is its unattainable body image for young women to emulate. Based on her 1/6 scale at a height of just under 12 inches, she would be the equivalent of 5’ 9” with a weight of 110 pounds. Technically at these dimensions she would have a body mass index of about 16, which would classify her as anorexic. Although looking like Barbie isn’t a look young women should admire, it is interesting to know what plastic surgery procedures one would have to go undergo to achieve it. In the October issue of O magazine, former model Katie Halchishick showed what she would have to do to achieve Barbie proportions. Posing for a photographer, she used her body to diagram what she would surgically have to do to change her features to emulate Barbie’s proportions and

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shape. Based on this photographic diagraming, it was shown she would need facial plastic surgery consisting of a brow-lift, jawline reduction and thinning, nose reshaping, neck contouring and a chin augmentation. To attain Barbie’s body, she would need a breast lift, upper arm thinning by liposuction and a tummy tuck. Despite the former model already has an attractive face and body to begin. Although this is an entertaining and even humorous bit of photographic morphing, it has a serious message. Trying to have a so-called ideal body proportions such as Barbie, is not a healthy pursuit; even if plastic surgery could make it possible. On a more common request, trying to look like a certain model or entertainer is equally unrealistic. Plastic surgery should be used to enhance the face and body shape women already have, not a pursuit through excessive surgery to try and achieve what one isn’t meant to be. This is a healthy and psychologically-balanced approach to plastic surgery women would be advised to follow. Dr. Eppley is an Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon. Comments can be sent to info@ eppleyplasticsurgery.com

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Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover’s new Fishers-based vein clinic seeks to help patients maintain their active lifestyles By Jordan Fischer jordan@youarecurrent.com Whether you’re a 20-something with a job that keeps you on your feet all day, or a retiree looking to maintain an active lifestyle, vein disorders can present a serious impediment to everyday life. While varicose veins, or spider veins, are perhaps the most commonly visible vein disorder, conditions can range from venous leg ulcers to restless leg syndrome, and can be a sign of a more serious problem, said Dr. Jeffery Schoonover. “Ultimately, we know the arteries carry healthy blood to the tissues,” Schoonover said. “The veins carry the blood back into general circulation.” When this process is disrupted by vein disorders, blood can begin pooling in the legs, causing swelling and bruising, and hindering the legs from doing their job as a “second heart muscle,” according to Schoonover. “Your body depends upon your calf muscles to pump blood back up into your system against gravity,” he said. Schoonover is the owner and founder of Indiana Vein Specialists, which opened its doors this month at its new Fishers office, 11876 Olio Rd. The practice offers treatment of varicose and spider veins; treatments which have become drastically less invasive over the last five years, Schoonover said. His initial studies done in family medicine, Schoonover went to medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine on a health profession scholarship from the U.S. Air Force, with which he served as a major for four years. While serving with the Air Force, Schoonover was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement while assigned to a humanitarian mission in El Salvador. In 2008, Schoonover became a member of the first class of board-certified phlebologists, medical specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders. “Certainly the technology component (of phlebology) is extremely interesting,”

vein disorders Varicose Veins – Twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin that are commonly seen in the legs and ankles. They can pose a serious health risk, leading to a number of conditions, from bleeding, venous leg ulcers and phlebitis to lifethreatening blood clots. Risk Factors – Heredity, age, sex, pregnancy and standing for long periods of time. Spider Veins – Thin, threadlike veins that lie close to the skin’s surface and are commonly red or purple in appearance. Risk Factors – Typically hormonallyinduced and associated with pregnancy and menstruation. Venous leg ulcer – An open wound caused by severe varicose veins. Can be found anywhere below the knee. Risk Factors – Presence of longstanding varicose veins, age, arthritis and immobility.

Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover and the staff at Indiana Vein Specialists Schoonover said, “but there are a lot of elements from family practice involved too. It’s extremely rewarding to offer these procedures with minimal invasiveness and see our patients improve.” Schoonover said, his patients come from all walks of life, everyone from the “weekend warrior to the triathlete.” And, with an aging population, and more than 80 million people already affected by varicose veins (80 percent of which are women), Schoonover said he sees a growing demand for these types of services. “With so many Baby Boomers aging and pursuing these healthy, active lifestyles, these treatments are right in line with their age group,” he said.

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With his new practice, Schoonover says he hopes to merge a family medicine approach into the treatment of venous disorders. “Our guiding principle with this is compassion and listening to our patients,” he said. “As we take people from the check-in all the way through treatment, we’re going to support them through the process. We know this is a chronic illness, and we appreciate that continuity and trust from our patients.” For more information about venous disease, visit http://www.phlebology.org. For more information about Dr. Jeffrey Schoonover or the Indiana Vein Specialists, visit www.indyveins. com.

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) – A common medical condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, especially later in the day and at night while sitting or lying down. Risk Factors – Pregnancy and varicose veins. Possibly connected with iron deficiency anemia, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, diabetes, kidney failure and emphysema. Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome – A rare, congenital disorder in which patients usually have one enlarged leg, which as a port wine stain and large varicose veins that are typically on the laterer aspect of the leg. Risk Factors – Associated with lack of development of part of the deep venous system and other venous abnormalities.

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It’s Golden | Current Publishing Special Section | It’s Golden Holiday food drive – The Stratford, a retirement community in Carmel, will host a holiday food drive for the needy in Hamilton County in partnership with Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The retirement community will serve as a drop-off location from Nov. 9 through 12. On Nov. 12, donors are invited to attend a complimentary lunch and open house at The Stratford (2460 Glebe St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aspirin linked to vision loss – Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late-stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, according to a new study. The data does not show that aspirin causes vision loss. But the findings, published in Opthalmology, are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, given how many seniors take it daily for heart disease. Researchers collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. Of the 839 people who took aspirin each day, 36 had an advanced form of the disease called wet macular degeneration -- or about four out of every 100 daily aspirin users. In comparison, roughly two out of every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently had the same type of macular degeneration. -Reuters New Medicare enrollment dates – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is reminding seniors and their families that the open enrollment period moved up this year for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Seniors have until Dec. 7 — not New Year’s Eve as in the past — to join, drop or switch health care and drug plans for 2012. But they can start making their choices now, instead of waiting until mid-November as in previous years. The change will allow more time for processing. -Associated Press Death by dust – Diatomaceous earth, or DE for short, is a harmless white powder to humans, but it’s deadly to insects – like bedbugs. The flour-like powder works its way under the pest’s exoskeleton, terminating the bug by desiccating it from the inside. DE is commonly used in the garden to keep outdoor pests at bay, but more and more people are using it in the home to fend off nocturnal bloodsuckers. Although it is safe and natural, the bugs have to come into direct and prolonged contact with material for it to have an effect, so you have to spread it pretty extensively throughout the home. -www.foxnews.com

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Beyond the sunset

WORLD TRAVEL By Leonid Plotkin People say that travel promotes understanding, but after a day in the small Bolivian town of Macha, watching Quechua Indians beating each other up for tradition’s sake, I wasn’t so sure. It was a scene at once shocking, revolting, fascinating, and utterly incomprehensible – one of the most bizarre things I’d ever seen. They call it the “Tinku,” which means “Encounter” in the local language. For one day, every May, people gather in Macha for a day of ritual combat. But after a few hours in the mayhem and confusion of this strangest of all events, little about it seemed ritualistic. I found myself amidst a chaotic, no-holds-barred general brawl in the town square. Men fighting with men. Women slapping, scratching and pulling each other’s hair. The young battling with the young. And a special area seemed reserved for grandpas spoiling for a fight. “Why do they fight?” I asked someone standing nearby. “It’s a kind of sacrifice, a blood offering to the earth,” he told me, “ . . . to have a good harvest next year.” “These people are the descendants of Inca warriors,” explained someone else. “They fight to keep alive their martial traditions.” Another person offered an alternate theory, “They fight to show that they’re tough. People here respect the hard, the brave and the

Public fighting is a tradition in the small Bolivian town of Macha. Photo by Leonid Plotkin

strong, and for a man to have a broken nose is a sign of status.” Someone else seemed puzzled by my question. “We fight ‘cause we’ve always fought,” the guy said matter-of-factly. Evening came, and for me the point of it all remained as impenetrable as the day I first heard that such a strange tradition exists.

Leonid Plotkin left his career as a lawyer to travel the world, and if he had to identify somewhere as “home,” he said it would be Carmel. Reach him via email at i@ leonidfotos.com.

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Ruth Reeve: 108 years of family, faith, fitness By Darla Kinney Scoles editorial@youarecurrent.com As a young child, growing up in rural Nebraska, Ruth Jane Reeve had no idea what the future held for her, nor the challenges she would face. But it was there, in the west, that she was given the foundation that would support her for more than a century and bring her into a world she never imagined. Now living in Carmel near her daughter, Ila Badger, Ruth – who recently celebrated 108 years of life – credits three specific things with bringing her to where she is today. As the sweet-natured matriarch of a strong and connected family, Ruth says her family, faith and penchant for fitness have made all the difference along the way. Family Ruth’s father, Wilbur, was a farmer, milkman, postmaster, telephone operator, and barber – often doing more than one of these at any given time. Hard work was a family tradition, but one that drew them closer together. Married at 17, Ruth had two daughters of her own with husband, Pete Scott, before becoming a widow at age 32. She had a home and a car, but no job and no financial support system. Her own mother came to help with the children so Ruth could go to work bagging coffee. In time, she met Frank Reeve through friends and married again, adding another daughter to the family. That daughter, Ila, would eventually move to Indiana in 1968. Ruth and her husband followed in 1969. “The love of my life, is my family,” she said. “The foundation of my life is my faith.” Faith Even during the Great Depression, Ruth remembers many around them going without

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Defeating dangerous infections COMMENTARY By Dr. Jugnoo Husain Recently, a friend developed unrelenting diarrhea, a fever and stomach cramps. My friend was diagnosed with a Clostridium Difficile infection. She had recently taken antibiotics and then visited a hospitalized relative who had CDI. She has recovered, but described the infection as a miserable and scary experience. CDI is a contagious, spore-forming bacteria causing symptoms such as mild-moderate diarrhea and life-threatening colonic inflammation. A significant risk factor for CDI is recent antibiotic use. These drugs alter the balance of “good” bacteria in the gut and allow CDI to grow when someone becomes infected. CDI incidence has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Elderly people and hospitalized or nursing home patients are the most at risk. These patients are also more likely to be immune-compromised and taking antibiotics. However, more aggressive and resistant infections are also increasing in the community, reportedly affecting younger people with no history of hospitalization or antibiotic use. CDI spores are shed in the stool of infected persons, contaminating their clothing, bedding and other surfaces. The spores can be transmitted to other patients via the hands of healthcare workers. Visitors can be at risk if they touch the contaminated surfaces and then touch their

mouths; studies show adults touch their faces 15.5 times per hour. Therefore, strict hospital infection-prevention is imperative, and the most important one is hand washing. Visitors should also wash their hands before and after their visits to prevent contracting the infection and spreading it to others. The same hygiene principles apply for infected people at home: Try to stay in a separate bedroom, wash your hands religiously with soap and water. Do not share the kitchen or other items with anyone. Have family members wash their hands after touching you. Clean surfaces and clothing with a chlorine-based disinfectant. Alcohol-based hand rubs are not effective against C-diff spores. Continue these precautions until the diarrhea has stopped for 48 hours. Treatment depends on disease severity, ranging from just stopping the offending antibiotic to (paradoxically) treating with another kind of antibiotic. Some severe cases may even require surgery. Certain probiotics, containing beneficial bacteria, may be added. The best strategy is to prevent C. diff in the first place, and good hand hygiene is the most important factor. Dr. Jugnoo Husain is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. She currently resides in Hamilton County. Dr. Husain can be reached at jugnoohusain@gmail.com.

Falls: When should you schedule an evaluation? COMMENTARY By David Sullivan An often overlooked problem among our senior population is how often they fall or nearly fall.There are plenty of treatments available for what happens after the fall, whether this is hip fracture repair, stroke treatment or physical therapy. But what about trying to prevent the fall as a primary concern? Millions of dollars are spent each year on these often quality-of-life-ending events. If more attention could be paid to this group that have a much higher chance of falling, then a lot of psychological, financial, and physical expense could be spared. Factors that contribute to falls include, but are not limited to: 1. Dizziness 2. History of falls or near falls 3. Being female 4. Compromised vision

5. Steadiness of gait (as observed and graded) 6. Ankle Strength and stability 7. Medications (many can affect balance) 8. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, a history of strokes or seizures, arthritis, diabetic or other neuropathy 9. Ability to get up out of a chair and ability to walk and talk (as observed and graded) If you see any of the above as a potential way for you or a loved one to suffer a fall, then schedule an evaluation. There are many options available from, physical therapy and gait-assistive devices to simple braces that are quite supportive and stabilizing while still being comfortable. You can e-mail me at drs@ westfieldfoot.com if you have any questions regarding this important issue. Dr. David Sullivan is with Westfield Foot and Ankle, 16411 Southpark Dr., Suite B. E-mail him at drs@ westfieldfoot.com.

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It’s time to Speak Up! Commentary By Marcia Wilson “Okay, now we’re going to check your cataracts.” That took a moment to register in my brain before I responded that, in fact, I don’t have cataracts and that’s not why I was there. “Of course you do” the technician insisted, and so it went as we argued back and forth until I was starting to wonder if I might have cataracts! She left me with “we’ll see if the doctor thinks you need surgery.” So now, blood pressure rising, I’m making a list of questions concerning cataracts when this stranger in a white coat walks in and asks how I’m doing. That was the last straw, and finally my brain remembered Speak Up. So why did I feel guilty when the doctor looked a little put out when I asked for my regular ophthalmologist, the one who knows my history – these are my eyes, this is about my health! Finally my doctor came in, and guess what? No cataracts, no surgery, everything looks good, and because she is part of my “team” I accepted her sincere apology about the mix-up. Isn’t it funny how most of us are willing to speak up about everything else in the world, but when it comes to our own health care we have a bad habit of just nodding, not asking questions, and withholding tidbits of information that might seem insignificant or embarrassing. We’re more likely to share T.M.I. (too much information) about health issues with our friends, neighbors, and strangers in line at the grocery than with our doctors, yet we expect the doctors

to have all the answers. In 2002 the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued this great (and underutilized) initiative to encourage us to be more active, involved and informed in our health care. As an acronym Speak Up is a little complicated to remember but worth carrying a copy right next to your insurance card: Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know. Pay attention to the care you get. Make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medicines. Don’t assume anything. Educate yourself about your illness. Ask a trusted friend or family member to be your advocate (advisor or supporter). Know what medicines you take and why you take them. Use a hospital, clinic, etc. that has been carefully checked out. Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of your health care team. That’s worth repeating: You are the center of your health care team. So “Go Team”, Speak Up, and keep moving! Marcia Wilson holds an M.A. in gerontology and teaches exercise courses for aging adults in Fishers. Wilson can be reached at wanderw@iquest.net.

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It’s Golden It’s time to get your flu shot, say health experts, and this year two new forms of vaccine are available. Those 18 to 64 who are squeamish about shots can opt for a vaccine that uses a tiny needle to deliver immune-boosting vaccine into the skin, rather than into the muscle like the standard shot. Also, people 65 and older can get a high-dose version, which should give better protection against the flu. Influenza specialist Kristin Nichol, M.D., of the University of Minnesota Medical School, says both new flu shots may come to occupy a “special niche” in the arsenal against influenza. “It’s very exciting to have these new vaccines available,” she says. As for the nasal spray flu vaccine that was first introduced in 2003, it is a weakened live vaccine recommended only for those ages 2 to 49. Although an annual flu shot for older people has long been a mainstay of U.S. public health policy, the last several years have brought increasing debate among experts about just how effective the vaccine is in older people. Research has suggested that getting the shot decreases an older person’s chances of being hospitalized for flu or pneumonia, and of dy-

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At The Stratford we don’t have to go outside to get to our grand dining room for a delicious, hot meal. We don’t have to drive anywhere to pick out a good read from our library. No one has to hit the sidewalk to travel to the wellness center for some exercise (ours is just down the hall in the clubhouse). We don’t even have to clean up after our parties because the amazing staff here does it for us. In short, while the rest of the area is digging out—we‘ll be living it up! This could be you this winter, so call 317-733-9560 now and ask our Lifestyle Advisors about the benefits of living at The Stratford. By the first snow of this year—you’ll be glad you did!

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How can I protect expensive jewelry? INSURANCE Q&A By Andy Warren Question from Anonymous from Westfield: I’m getting ready to buy an expensive piece of jewelry for a special lady. What do I need to do to make sure it’s properly protected? Response from Andy Warren: Congratulations on your purchase! I hope your special lady likes it and whatever else you might have to say when you give it to her. As you know, jewelry is high-valued, easily lost or destroyed and vulnerable to theft. Jewelry is covered on a standard home policy, but usually has a special limit on the total amount of coverage (usually a few hundred dollars). It doesn’t sound like a few hundred dollars is going to cover your potential purchase. Luckily, there are a few options available to protect your jewelry. Adding an endorsement to your home policy is the easiest way to protect your jewelry, but you can also purchase a separate policy or roll the dice and leave it uninsured. When deciding which method you are going to go with, there are a few questions you should keep in mind: • Does the coverage consider jewelry values that increase over time? • Does it cover mysterious disappearance (it’s gone, but you don’t know when or how it disappeared)? • What causes of loss does the policy cover and exclude?

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BATTERED STOCKS WORTH A LOOK Digital Realty Trust (DLR) – Digital Realty Trust is a REIT that owns datacenter locations throughout the country. Datacenters are in high demand right now, as new trends in cloud computing and internet-enabled mobile devices strain the abilities of the country’s current networks. That secular demand is one good reason why DLR isn’t subject to the typical ebb and flow of the real estate market; its niche properties are too specialized. Another reason (as with most REITs) is the firm’s use of long-term, triple-net leases with tenants. Those leases mean that DLR isn’t on the hook for any maintenance costs or property taxes -- the tenant pays for all of that, and pays DLR a set, consistent rent (with built-in inflation increases). Idexx Labs (IDXX) – Bringing new products to market quickly has been one of Idexx’s biggest benefits in recent years. By staying at the cutting edge, Idexx is better able to attract veterinary practices that are looking for medical products that provide faster results and better treatments.

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LAUGHS By Dick Wolfsie Some scary research about death rates has made its way to the U.S. from Australia. A well-respected magazine about coronary disease says watching too much TV, even if you are not overweight, can shorten your life. The original study did not get much attention because the publication has limited circulation. The periodical states watching TV for one hour can reduce your lifespan by about 22 minutes. The original study said 30 minutes, but the scientists all had TiVo so they didn’t have to count the commercials. I know the joke makes no sense, but remember you are still better off spending your time reading this silliness than watching re-runs of “Six Feet Under” on HBO. However, the show will give you some idea where your life is headed. The study followed 8,800 people over a threeyear period. All TV habits were monitored and deaths were carefully noted. Approximately 300 in the study died: 87 from heart disease, six from cancer, and four were hit by a truck while waddling across the street watching Iron Chef on their iPhone. We also learn from the journal vegging in front of the TV for half a day is as bad for you as smoking two cigarettes. Dr. Genevieve Healy from the University of Queensland in Melbourne said the findings are

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7164 Graham Road, Suite 170 • 317.841.0296 • Indianapolis, IN 46250

NOW HIRING

Carmel CPA office has an immediate opening for a top-notch individual with excellent communication, organizational and computer skills. Position involves answering the phone, filing and a variety of administrative duties. Some Saturday hours during February, March and April. Send resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, Slattery & Holman, P.C., 12900 North Meridian, Suite125, Carmel,Indiana 46032, or email to: recruiting@slatterycpa.com.

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Part-time (18-22 hours/week) assistant in Podiatrist’s office. Duties include preparing exam rooms and small procedures, taking histories, electronic medical records, maintaining inventory, etc. Must be personable with patients and hard working. Salary is based on experience and credentials. Position starts ASAP. Send cover letter and resume to appt@ westfieldfoot.com”

Receptionist Needed

Now hiring a part-time receptionist in a busy, upscale optometry office. Computer experience, high energy personality and phone presence a must. Please fax resume to 317-660-7438.

Customer Service/ Dispatch

Noblesville company looking for a full timecustomer service professional that can manage multiple duties at the same time in a small office atmosphere.  Will be responsiblefor customer service, data entry, back up dispatching and other miscellaneous office duties.  Must have great attitude, great customer service skills with excellent organizational skills. Full time position with full benefit package.  $11-$12/hr. depending on experience. Email resume to michelle. hepburn@summersphc.com or fax to 317773-2645

NOW HIRING

Donatello’s Italian Restaurant Kitchen and Dining Room Staff Good Pay: Part-Time Schedule Applicants send resumes to Donatellositalian@gmail.com

TOWN OF FISHERS

Now Hiring: LABORER - WASTEWATER SUPERINTENDANT – STREET Part Time Laborer – Building Maint. Also seeking SEASONAL ON-CALL SNOW PLOW DRIVERS For more information and to apply visit: www.fishers.in.us

START IMMEDIATELY

Sales positions available in the Hamilton,Co. Territory paying $625 per week base pay plus bonuses and commission. Top Reps average over $2000 per week. Pay checks issued weekly. Seeking positive minded individuals with energetic personalities, professional appearance and great people skills. Sales experience is helpful but not required. Company training is provided. For immeidiate interview call 317-564-4957 Mon-Fri 9am-9pm

Head Start Now Hiring

Family Development Services Head Start preschool program has immediate openings for Classroom Assistant in the Westfield area. Responsibilities include assisting the Lead Teacher in planning and implementing appropriate activities for our Head Start children.Must have a High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 1 year experience working in a childcare setting. Apply now at www.fds.org

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$6,900 Contact via e-mail @ ccollins@actorstheatreofindiana.org

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