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Have a news tips? Want to submit a calendar event? Have photograph to share? Call Robert Herrington at 489.4444 ext. 206 or e-mail him at robert@youarecurrent. com. You may also submit information on our website, currentinwestfield. com. You can find the Contact Us form under About Us in the upper-left corner. Remember our news deadline is typically eight days prior to publication. Mayor Andy Cook unveils the sign that will be the new name of a roadway in Westfield when the selection has been determined. Dippel passed away on Sept. 21 while serving as a city council member. (Photos by Robert Herrington)

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Dennis Ells bangs the gavel ending his last Westfield Washington School Board meeting after 21 and a half years of public service on Dec. 10. (Photo by Robert Herrington) Founded Jan. 29, 2008, at Westfield, IN Vol. VI, No. 48 Copyright 2013. Current Publishing, LLC All Rights Reserved. 30 South Range Line Road Carmel, IN 46032 317.489.4444 info@youarecurrent.com The views of the columnists in Current in Westfield are their own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of this newspaper.

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The Westfield City Council took time out of its last meeting before Christmas to remember former Councilor John Dippel, who government died Sept. 21. “We lost this year a good friend, good colleague, and we’d like to remember him tonight,” Council President Jim Ake said at the beginning of the Dec. 9 meeting. “John was my friend, my confidant and my mentor. John will always be a part of this great city and a part of us.” One after another, each council member told Dippel’s family and the community the impact the longtime public servant had on their life. “If I serve with the same virtue, integrity and passion John had for the community I’ll be doing good,” Councilor Chuck Lehman, who replaced Dippel, said. “I knew whatever he was telling me he really meant to tell me. He never minced words,” Councilor Cindy Spoljaric said. Lessons learned and lesson taught are what Councilor Rob Stokes remembers most of Dippel. He joked that he constantly asks himself, “What would John do?” “John was always somebody you could count on,” Councilor Steve Hoover said, adding that if an item was at an impasse, Dippel worked on it behind the scenes. “I appreciated everything John brought to the

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Pearl Harbor Day – Hamilton County Navy Club Ship No. 29 held its Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony Dec. 7 inside Noblesville City Hall. Veterans and community members honored the memory of those who served and died on Dec. 7, 1941. For more photos, visit www.currentnoblesville.com. Race to the New Year – The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. is partnering with Washington Township Parks and Recreation and Westfield Parks and Recreation for the ninth Annual Race to the New Year 5K walk and run. Awards will be given in seven age groups. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. at Cool Creek Park, 2000-1 151st St. Cost is $15 to $25. For more information, call 574-1074 or visit www. washingtontownship-hc.us.

Marcyann Dippel, widow of late Councilor John Dippel, hugs Karen Glaser after being presented the Congressional Record recognizing his life’s work. He died on Sept. 21.

New jobs – Allegion will base its North American headquarters in Carmel, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2014. Allegion produces mechanical and electronic security products for commercial and residential markets. As the company’s base in North America, the Carmel operation is home to corporate functions like finance, information technology, human resources, supplier management and global operations.

table. I really value the time I served with him,” Councilor Robert Horkay said. Mayor Andy Cook said Dippel was “so instrumental to so many aspects of the city.” Because of the lasting impact he had on Westfield, Cook announced a street will be named after Dippel. The location has not been decided. “When we find an appropriate place, we will have a John Dippel Avenue,” Cook said. On behalf of Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Karen Glaser presented Dippel’s widow, Marcyann, a copy of the Congressional Record in which Brooks talks of Dippel’s life and passing.

Correction – An incorrect photo of Elaine Wolfe ran with the Dec. 10 story “Local artists on display at exhibition.” Wolfe was one of two Westfield artists with artwork in the Indiana Artists Club’s annual member exhibition at Fishers Town Hall. Wolfe Also, the cover caption on Page 9 of the Dec. 10 edition had the incorrect date of Westfield High School’s state championship game. The Shamrocks faced Cathedral for the Class 5A title on Nov. 29.

DVD review Columnist Chris Lloyd thinks most movies today are too long. “Prisoners” is not a short flick: just a hair over 150 minutes. But it’s one of the rare films he thinks is exactly as long as it needed to be. It’s also one of his favorite cinematic experiences of 2013. Read more at currentnightandday.com

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Receiving seed catalogs before Christmas? To Mike Redmond that seems wrong. When they arrive at their customary time, after Christmas, in the dead of winter, seed catalogs speak of the coming spring, and the wonderfully optimistic act of planting a garden. If the seed catalogs really are taking their cues from the Christmas catalogs, he’ll be getting them weekly from now until planting time. Read more at currentinwestfield.com

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Map makes it easy to tour lights

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The holiday season would not be complete without gazing on decorated homes full of twinkling lights and Christmas diversion spirit. The City of Westfield has made the process of driving around to check out all the neighborhood lights simple through its website, www.westfield. in.gov. Westfield Parks Director Melody Jones said the light bulb icons on the map share the addresses of decorated sites within the city. Red light bulbs indicate houses and green bulbs show businesses. The public can create their own course with locations or print their own maps by visiting the Website. The Holiday Lights Tour map also is available as a mobile option for those that prefer to take the map on the road by using their smartphone or tablet. Officials said the map will continue to change as more locations are entered. “We want people to participate,” said Brittany Goger, Westfield Parks’ administrative assistant. “It’s a cool opportunity for people that have taken time to decorate their homes to show them off. The public can easily locate it.” All levels and types of decor are welcome on the tour. To include a location on the map, Groger said the process is as easy as filling out a form online at www.formstack.com/ forms/?1613128-X3m1s7ZUZd.

Don’t miss this – One stop you’ll want to include on your tour map is 14809 Victory Ct., Westfield. “Christmas on Victory” has an extensive light show set to the music of 22 songs. This year’s setlist includes the additions of “Popcorn” by Hot Butter and a medley of three songs: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” sung by Michael Buble, “All of the Lights” sung by Kanye West and Rihanna, and “All I want for Christmas is You” sung by Mariah Carey. The home is owned by Tom and Barb Lorek. The light display is available 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The free show runs through Dec. 29.

“It pinpoints locations for residents or businesses. It’s pretty simple,” she said. This is the fourth year for the holiday lights tour map. “It is not a competition, it’s a self-guided tour around the city,” Jones said. “It’s a fun, fun activity. Families can do it right after dinner – cruise around Westfield and enjoy the holiday lights.” The map is available until January.

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Lacrosse club creates own identity By Anna Skinner • anna@currentinwestfield.com In its second year of existence, Westfield Lacrosse Club Coach Jack Russell hopes to bring his team and the Westfield community together with a strong philosophy known sports as “The Rock.” “‘The Rock’ symbolizes what we are as a program. They are, be humble, be united, be giving, be passionate and be thankful,” Russell said. Russell said that with those five elements his goal is to make the Westfield LaRussell crosse program as well as the Westfield community stronger. “I want my girls to be proud of where they come from and start playing more for the name on the front of their jersey and less for the name on the back. I want them to be proud of the city they represent,” he said. Previously, Westfield girls interested in playing lacrosse had to join with the Noblesville club since there was not enough interest for Westfield to be able to start their own club. However, last year Westfield had the means to begin its own lacrosse club with 16 girls participating. This year, with Russell as head coach, there 32. Russell said he hopes to create student athletes who are willing to go out into the world

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and make it a better place. “Having ‘The Rock’ is something that we can build on to create better players, better students, and better people in society,” he said. Russell also said he wants his team to be more competitive. Hamilton County Lacrosse Clubs, such as Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Noblesville, Guerin and Fishers have a lot of talent. Russell said he wants the girls to be strong and competitive on the field, but very active off the field as well. “I believe that ‘The Rock’ will bring passion to the community,” he said. “I want the girls to go out and show the Westfield Shamrock pride anywhere they go.”

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Westfield City Council recap What happened: Amendment to all departmental fees, policies and procedures What it means: Chief of Staff Todd Burtron said this is an annual update for all the departments of the city. Burtron said the same fees have been on the books and not reviewed for four to five years. “We’re trying to make a level playing field and reflect the current market,” he said. Some of the fees have remained the same since 2006. There were no changes to park fees.

What’s next? The amendment was unanimously approved 7-0.

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What happened: Departmental chargeoffs What it means: As part of the year-end accounting, $13,188.15 of back debt was written off to satisfy the clerk’s audit file. Burtron said the city has exhausted all means of collections to recoup the money. Charge offs included $11,017.56 for utility charges and $2,170.59 for fire department/EMS.

What’s next? The amendment was unanimously approved 7-0.

What happened: 2014 council meeting schedule What it means: Regular meeting dates include Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Tentative meeting dates (which are not held unless agenda items are added) are Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24, April 28, May 27, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 22.

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What it means: The 20.595-acre vacant property within the Maple Knoll development is seeking amendment to signage regulations facing Ind. 32 and Austrian Pine Way. Officials said the amendment replaces stricter sign standards with new city standards. What’s next? The amendment will have a public hearing at the advisory plan commission meeting on Jan. 6.

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What happened: North Walk development ordinance What it means: Jim Anderson is looking to build 16 single-family homes between Union Street and Maple Ridge, across from Westfield High School. Anderson said lot sizes are 3,500 square feet with 800-square-feet cottage homes. Base prices are estimated at $195,000 to $225,000. What’s next? The amendment will have a public hearing at the advisory plan commission meeting on Jan. 6. Not a scam – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of mailing tax warrants to area residents owing money to the department of revenue. Because of reported frauds concerning the IRS and other collection agencies earlier this year, Sheriff Mark Bowen reminds residents that a tax warrant is not an arrest warrant. Bowen said the sheriff’s office will not call and threaten to arrest a person on a tax warrant. Tax warrants are mailed and accompanied by instructions for payment that are printed on Sheriff’s Office letterhead, not delivered by telephone. Warrant notifications received in the mail may be disputed by contacting 232-2165. Real tax warrants will be payable to the sheriff’s office by money order or cashiers check and will be mailed to or paid in person, not through a wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. Credit card numbers will not ask for by officials.


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State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) presents certificates of achievement to Lindsey Jones (left) and Emily O’Connor (right), seniors at Westfield High School, at the 17th Luke Kenley Leadership Conference held at the Indiana Statehouse on Dec. 6. (Submitted photos)

Students attend Kenley conference news@currentnoblesville.com Local high school students got a behind-thescenes look at state government during the 17th Luke Kenley Leadership education Conference held at the Indiana Statehouse on Dec. 6. State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) annually invites high school junior and senior leaders hand-picked by their principals to his Indianapolis convention. This year, seniors from 10 area high schools were chosen to attend. “I always look forward to hosting our community’s bright young leaders at the statehouse,” Kenley stated. “This annual event gives them the opportunity to talk to state officials who share their insight on scholarship, leadership and fel-

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On Dec. 7, we wrapped up the 13th annual Westfield Clothing Drive and Giveaway at Washington Woods Elementary commentary School. During the fourhour event, more than 100 adults (with lots of kids) were able to take home bundles of high-quality clothing – sometimes for themselves and oftentimes for others. During the event, we also were able to collect more than $200 for the Amanda Strong Foundation to help Westfield-area families with food and gifts during the holiday season. Every year, we look at the enormous pile of clothes to sort and fold, and inevitably someone (and usually more than one) asks, “And why are we doing this again?” Without fail, the answer to that question always seems to find us, and over the 13 years of this event, we’ve received so many answers: • It’s the volunteers who, some struggling with their own losses, come every day to sort and fold because knowing they’ve helped someone else provides them with a sense of purpose. • It’s the families we see, having just taken on the incredible responsibility of being foster parents, but whose children came to them with little more than the clothes on their backs. • It’s those who come through, barely fin-

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ished being kids themselves, now with kids of their own, finding ways to make it work. • It’s the many, many times neighbors have come to find clothes for neighbors who have experienced sudden, unthinkable tragedies such as fires and losses of loved ones. • It’s the tearful stories we hear from families who have left their homes suddenly out of fear with the clothes they were wearing and nothing more. And that’s only a sampling. If you spend a couple of hours talking with the people in the room on giveaway day, I’m sure you would hear similar stories many times over. So many times, when we thank people for contributing to this event, they respond with some version of “I didn’t do much… I just... or I only...” When we get our own students down to help during set-up week, we try to show them how a bunch of people making little contributions can make a big difference to others. We know first-hand that to those who benefit from this event, those contributions are much more than a “just” or an “only.” They mattered to the people who came this year and every year prior. On behalf of them, thank you. Brian Sawa is a counselor at Washington Woods Elementary School and organizes the annual clothing drive. He can be contacted at sawab@wws.k12.in.us.

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Back in the day – Westfield High School had 36 graduates in 1933. Senior students included Gayle Allen, Eleanor Ballard, Edwin Barker, Ward Burroughs, Hugh Carey, Robert Cloud, Ruth Cobb, Vernard Cox, Marian Dawson James Lee Doane, Virginia Fields, Ruth Fisher, John Furnas, Lucile Giltian, John Hicks, Hershel Hill, Betty King, Tom Lindley, Howard Macy, Tom Martin, Mary Belle Merrill, Helen McKinzie, Paul Nichols, Ruth Noble, Errol Paddock, Roxie Parton, Virginia Robers, Delores Shirley, Agnes Stanley, Jeannette Taylor, Geraldine Thistlethwaite, Paul Van Metre and Wendell Wood. Class officers included president Robert Stewart, vice president Don Roberts and secretary-treasurer Max Johnson. Teachers were Mary Baldwin, Francis Fletcher, Gretchen Kemp, George Lee, Mariel Maze, William McClaflin, Myra Mendenhall, Earl Newton, Margaret Swendel and Edgar Stahl. (Photo provided by the Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum.)

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After 21 years of service, Dennis Ells resigns from school board

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By Robert Herrington • robert@youarecurrent.com With one rap of the wooden gavel, Dennis Ells ceremoniously ended his last Westfield Washington School Board meeting cover story on Dec. 10. Ells, who will resign from the board at the end of the month, holds the record as the longest-tenured member in the district’s history. “It’s been 21 and a half remarkable years,” he said. Ells began his public service in July 1992. He initially ran for a seat out of a desire to become involved in his children’s school district. “I wanted what was best for my kids,” he said. After talking with others and getting petition signatures, Ells ran for the school board and has been unopposed ever since. “No one wanted to run or thought I was silly,” he said. “You’re just a citizen in the City of Westfield. The only power you have is a quorum – your main responsibility is making and enforcing policies and hiring a superintendent,” he said. “I’ve been president four or five times. You just lead the meetings.” When Ells began his first term, he described the district as “a mess” – a 180 degree turn from today’s situation. “After a few years the board controlled the schools for a year. We took over the budget and got the school back into financial shape,” he said. “There were a lot of ugly executive meetings.” During his tenure, Ells has worked with three superintendents and one interim. One of his favorite decisions – and one of the things Ells is most proud

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Westfield FAMILY: Left: Handing out high school diplomas was one of Dennis Ells’ favorite parts of being a school board member. Right: Ells thanks everyone as he is honored at the Dec. 10 school board meeting, his last after 21 years of service. (Photos by Robert Herrington)

of – was the hiring of Mark Keen 16 years ago. “He’s the best thing that ever happened to this school district. He’s established trust between the board and teachers,” Ells said. Ells also holds a unique distinction – his name is on the plaque inside every Westfield school as all corporation buildings have been opened since he started on the board. “Being in construction, I’ve always been interested in that,” he said. “The construction part has been interesting.” Ells said he enjoyed going into the buildings and seeing what the students were doing, hearing stories about student achievements and success at board meetings and handing out diplomas to WHS graduates, including his three children. “In my first year, the graduating class was 100 students. The 2012 graduating class had more than 400 people,” he said. In his 21 years, Ells has voted on several controversial items, including the fiber optics line for the district and city government, building

elementary schools with the same model (saving hundreds of thousands of dollars) and the building of the high school. “People wanted to do it off site and there was talk of two high schools – splitting and growing,” he said. Westfield Washington Schools will always hold a special place for Ells. The administration center is on the site of his former grade school. He graduated from Westfield High School in 1971. “Any mischief at the high school back then, I was probably involved in it,” he said. Ells planned to end his public service at the conclusion of his fifth term. “I wasn’t going to run last time but no one signed up. I said, ‘I’ll give it another year or two,” he said. “My plate is full with my involvement with church and being busy with life in general. I promised my wife I’d slow down.” Ells has stepped away from his responsibilities as Mts. Runn Baptist Church choir director and is planning to work in public together with his wife. “It’s just time,” he said. “It’s very bittersweet. For me to not come around is difficult.”

“It’s clear how deep that passion is for kids because he remembers every major decision and how it impacts the students. That’s going to be a hole that’s hard to fill. He’d give the shirt off his back for any kid, teacher or administrator.”

“He’s always very steady, calm. Nothing seems to rattle him or get to him … It’s great to rely on his extensively knowledge. He is an easy guy to go to for guidance. It’s always about the kids – he embodies that.”

Recognition

In their own words

“He has been with the district to see the transition from small rural school to being a suburban school. His influence and passion for always doing the best things for kids made a mark on getting us to where we are.”

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Wife: Tamara Children: Tonya, Jason, Sam (all Westfield graduates.)

FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: “I loved biology. I think it was the only course I aced.”

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“During those 21 years he has established a reputation for being fair, child-centered and willing to listen. He is highly respected by everyone. He’s just that kind of guy – everybody can talk to and feel comfortable talking to.”

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FROM THE BACKSHOP

FROM THE EDITOR

Bailout of GM proves disaster

Santa’s little helper

Well, we – as in all of us – sadly (and badly) lost our shirts on this deal. See, you and we no longer own any slice of General Motors. Last week, the U.S. Treasury Dept. sold the remainder of its more than 31 million shares in the company. Originally, it had 500 million back in 2010. Net-net: Taxpayer loss on what once was called Government Motors is a stunning $10.5 billion. The UAW thanks you. But really, in the face of the rising national debt, it seems like a simple rounding error, although we would disagree with that. Treasury says it recouped $39 billion from selling its GM stake, but it had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout. Honestly, did you really believe the balance would be $0 at any time in the wake of this “relief initiative?” Let’s see: We have or have had this effort, Cash for Clunkers, ObamaCare and other “inventions” too numerous to print in this limited space. But remember, we were promised change, and the administration certainly has delivered on that assurance. ••• Since the first of 2010, Westfield has grown in number of total households in ZIP code 46074 from 9,016 to 10,671. That 15.5-percent increase through four years, we believe, is a function of an improving local economy and the fact that many see Westfield as a truly emerging municipality and a great place to call home, both of which we never would argue. Under Mayor Andy Cook’s leadership, the city is headed in the right direction, and we like what we see. ••• As Christmas and New Year’s are Wednesday holidays this year, your edition of Current will arrive, per usual, the day before. There. We just made your day, didn’t we? Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@ youarecurrent.com.

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Through the looking glass Commentary by Terry Anker Since its beginning in September 1905, The Indiana Society of Chicago has hosted an annual dinner bringing together Hoosiers and Indiana expatriates who reside in the Second City. The venerable institution lauds the values of education, commerce, philanthropy and fellowship. Moreover, it is a great time to get together with friends from across our own state and cousins now, in some case long, domiciled in the Windy City, for a good meal, quality entertainment (this year’s speakers included former Indiana University basketball coach, Bobby Knight, fittingly introduced by longtime rival and former Purdue University basketball coach, Gene Keady), and general good humor (Knight spoke of Keady’s notorious comb-over while Keady couldn’t pass recounting stories of Knight’s legendary temper). Chicago is, as the song recounts, “my kind of town - Chicago is.” My bride and I exchange the cool winter days of Central Indiana for the frigid winter days up north. We celebrate the weekend

by renting a room in some downtown hotel, shopping a little, seeing friends and visiting with family. With each trip I am reminded how much of a small town boy I can be and what a cultural exchange can come from a 175-mile trip. This time, our room was positioned on a high floor in a tall building directly across the street from an equally lofty residential building. The smooth glass front of the edifice looked like a Rubik’s Cube of humanity. Each window displayed a life; the residents seemed unaffected by their role in these dioramas. One was a family home. One appeared to be a storage unit. Another was a bachelor pad. One woman found Sunday morning at 11 a.m. the ideal time to clean her apartment while nude. Thanks to Indiana Society for its service to Hoosiers in Chicago. It is always memorable. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@currentincarmel. com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions”

- Leonardo da Vinci

The Humane Society for Hamilton County has a special place in my heart. A month after my wife and I were married, we adopted a Boston terrier from the Humane Society. It was a little unexpected, but Executive Director Rebecca Stevens knew I wanted that breed, and when a neglected little guy was brought in we couldn’t take him home fast enough. At this time every year, HSHC starts its annual Homeward Bound for the Holidays Adoption Campaign which features 20 shelter animals – 10 dogs and 10 cats. Unlike our pet, these are animals that have been waiting for homes the longest or are in the most urgent need of a home. To really help these pets become a new family member, each of the featured animals comes with an incentive package valued at nearly $1,000 to encourage potential adopters to consider one of these deserving animals. Adoption fees for the featured 20 are also reduced to just $20 through Dec. 31. “The 20 animals featured in the campaign have been over looked for far too long,” Stevens said. “Some are a bit older, some are ‘bully breed’ dogs who are often passed by simply because of the misperceptions regarding the breed, and then there are those who haven’t been with us as long as some but are declining rapidly due to stress.” I know Stevens’ holiday wish would be to see all 20 of these animals wake up Christmas morning in a home and not a cage. Nothing under the tree would warm her heart like that feeling – and the same holds true to the other HSHC dedicated volunteers. If a new animal is not applicable to your situation, there are other ways to help. Volunteering is always an option or you could donation tax deductible items on the HSHC holiday wish list. Wish list items includes bleach, paper towels, canned cat and dog food, feral cat dens, poop bags, adoption folders, natural balance limited ingredient diet, gift cards for Tractor Supply, Walmart, Lowes, Staples, Meijer and gas cards, white copy paper and Kongs and Nylabones. When you’re checking off items on your shopping list, please remember the Humane Society’s pets, because so many owners didn’t. Robert Herrington is the managing editor of Current in Westfield. You may e-mail him at robert@ youarecurrent.com

BELIEVE IT! Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each week, we’ll share one with you. In New Hampshire you may not run machinery on Sundays..

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All I want for Christmas

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The big day approacheth, people, and honestly, all I want is a new front door. Our current one, if not dead-bolted, allows streams of humor cold air into the house, occasionally producing a slight whistle. This isn’t that big of a deal except that it now requires between seven and 51 attempts to unlock. But hey, nothing says “Merry Christmas” like home improvement. Am I right? Of course, this may just be me, so I’ve listed a few suggestions for the more normal lady in your life. If she has young children, go with a serenity theme. Think massages, babysitters, perhaps a date night. Forget clothes or jewelry. Assuming you correctly guessed her size and accessory preferences (and let’s face it, that would be a Christmas miracle), they’d only be ruined by spit up or thrown down a vent. And definitely no cooking or cleaning appliances. She is sacrificing her happiness for those soul-sucking cuties, and she does not need to spend her precious free time vacuuming or sautéing. If you can somehow manage to send her away for a long weekend to Sedona, Ariz., it will be a very happy New Year, indeed. What of the gal with ’tweens and teenagers? Three words: Noise. Canceling. Headphones. These puppies will drown out not only the hysterical screams of sisters fighting over the flat iron but also the incessant rat-tat-tat of Xbox

Battlefield, volume cranked to high heaven. Pair them with a case of Chardonnay and another of Febreeze, and you’ll brighten her usually foggy days more efficiently than Rudolph. Newly married with no kids? The wintery sky’s the limit, my man. Just about anything you buy should go over well so long as it doesn’t reflect an ulterior motive on your part. For example, when she unwraps that 50-inch flat screen and you say it’s for watching Downton Abby, she’s going to see right through your man-cave dream of hosting the boys for Monday Night Football. I’m not saying you can’t go for it, but trust me, if the ruse fails, the Grinch won’t have anything on your lovely bride. Better to go with a framed photo from your honeymoon. Desperate for a last-minute gift? Chocolate is always appropriate, as are Panera gift cards. Women generally like to eat their feelings, and we feel better about doing it with Russell Stover or at a zero-playscape establishment. Of course, you can always buy her a copy of my book (www.danielle-wilson.com). Good luck, and if you see Doo, please remind him all I want for Christmas is a new front door. Peace out.

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THIS WEEK ‘Have Yourself a Celtic Little Christmas’ – The Celtic Woman Home for Christmas tour comes to the Palladium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. CARMEL 19. Celebrate the holiday season with the celestial voices of multiplatinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present their symphony tour. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home For Christmas, including holiday favorites “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night.” For more information, call 843-3800 or visit www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org.

Conductor brings Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to Clowes Hall By Jay Harvey • editorial@youarecurrent.com

The conductor of one of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s recurring special events is certain he knows what symphony makes Handel’s “Messiah” so special to so many people. “There are very few pieces in music that have enjoyed such longevity, such fame, such renown,” James Feddeck said recently in a phone interview from New York. “It was written and conceived for the English-speaking world, and that’s something to celebrate.” Many masterworks with seasonal associations came from the European continent, with texts in French, German and Italian. The Germanborn Handel achieved his greatest fame in England, and invented the English sacred oratorio, a form that followed his eventually dwindling success as a composer of Italian operas and, with “Messiah” in particular, gave him permanent esteem in the United Kingdom. In its annual joining of forces with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir to present “Messiah,” the ISO has engaged Feddeck, who recently completed four seasons as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Though the 1742 work is known mainly for its choruses (“Hallelujah” especially), solos that generally require professional singers carry much of the work’s message, conveyed in selections from the Old and New Testaments made for the composer by Charles Jennens. Soloists in the Dec. 21 Clowes Hall performance are soprano Jessica Beebe, mezzo-soprano Amanda Russo, tenor Benjamin

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Werley, and baritone Zachary Coates. Feddeck had had several phone conversations with Symphonic Choir director Eric Stark before the interview, and will meet with the soloists and choir once he arrives Dec. 18. “Working with such accomplished musicians, everybody shares the enthusiasm together, and the process is very uplifting,” said Feddeck, 30. He is a graduate of Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory, which awarded him its first Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2010. As popular as “Messiah” is, Feddeck is aware that it’s a challenge for contemporary attention spans.

“I keep the entire Christmas portion intact, but I do make significant cuts in the second and third parts,” he said, while trying to ensure that “the work still maintains the concept and the architecture of the story and the drama.” Traditionally performed at Christmas time in the U.S., most of the work is in fact centered on the biblical account of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, with the Old Testament excerpts intended to show the traditional Christian interpretation of scripture as pointing toward the crucial events of Jesus’ life. “It can have both musical and sacred meanings,” Feddeck said, “depending on the listener. It’s a masterfully constructed musical composition. Whenever we are offered music with text, it can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. The text, while it helps us understand the piece, shouldn’t stop that process of what we would normally do when performing or listening: ‘What does this mean to me?’” His personal view? “What I want to convey with the work is that it’s a work of hope and of glory and of peace. They are all things that we need in our age. In terms of its message of peace, it is a work for our time, and offers something to everyone.” Handel’s “Messiah” • Performed by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists, conducted by James Feddeck. • 8 p.m. Dec.21 • Clowes Hall at Butler University in Indianapolis. • Tickets start at $36. • For more information visit www.indianapolissymphony.org.

Holiday Adventure at Conner Prairie – Experience a family-friendly daytime winter adventure through Prairietown as Conner FISHERS Prairie Interactive History Museum, 13400 Allisonville Road, opens its outdoor grounds for 1830s holiday fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14. Meet a variety of characters in their homes as they prepare for the holidays, find out what holiday treats, games and gifts were offered and even what pranks were played more than 175 years ago. Admission, which is $12 for adults, $9 for youth (ages 2 to 12) and free for members and youth under 2, includes indoor activities such as Gingerbread Village, Create Connect and Discovery Station. Snacks are available in the Overlook upstairs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Country Christmas – From Dec. 17 through 22, Stonycreek Farm, 11366 Ind. 38 East, will celebrate its annual Country ChristNOBLESVILLE mas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continue a family tradition and take a hayride to the field to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. There is a wide selection of freshly cut trees, fresh wreaths and garland at the greenhouse. Sip hot cider and browse through the gift shop featuring custom made wreaths and other unique items. For more information, call 7733344 or visit www.stonycreekfarm.net. Winter Exhibit: Snowy Slumber – The beauty and peacefulness of winter is explored at Cool Creek Park’s Nature Center, WESTFIELD 2000 E. 151st St., throughout this exhibit. Learn about the wonder of snowflakes, the owls living in the snowfilled woods, and how to identify animal tracks in freshly fallen snow. Check out the Wildlife Viewing Area, as winter is a great time to begin bird-watching. The exhibit, which is open to March 9, is available during Nature Center hours. For more information, call 774-2500. Men’s Night Out – From 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19, merchants throughout Zionsville will be offering special gift and service zionsVILLE promotions, beer and snacks as you make your way down Main St. and beyond to make your holiday shopping a merrier experience. Participating merchants include Butler’s Pantry, Siro’s Chic Boutique, Midwest Jewelers, Robert Goodman Jewelers, NJS Studio and many more.


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100 Under $100 • Purchase unique works of art from local establishments at a great price just in time for gift-giving or sprucing up a home for the holidays. Visit The Carmel Art & Design District Galleries to browse a wide selection of items and participating galleries. • Main St. and Range Line Road, Carmel. • 571-2787 • Through Dec. 31. • www.carmelartsanddesign.com

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Country Christmas 2013 at Stonycreek Farm • ’Tis the season to think about Christmas trees. Why not take a hayride to pick out your own at Stonycreek Farm? Start a new tradition and find the perfect tree. Shop the gift shop and greenhouse for fresh wreaths, garland and pre-cut trees. • 11366 Ind. 38 East, Noblesville • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 22. • 773-3344 • www.stonycreekfarm.net Winter Wonderland • The inaugural Winter Wonderland in Fishers showcases more than 20 holiday light displays.• Nickel Plate Amphitheater, Fishers • 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. • Free • 595-3155 • www.fishers.in.us/parks

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A Beef & Boards Christmas 2013 • Start a holiday tradition and watch Beef & Boards celebrate the holidays in style. • 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis • 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 1:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 1:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22; 8 p.m. Dec. 23. • Tickets start at $47.50 on Friday and Saturday and $42.50 on Sunday. Members save 10 percent. • 872-9664 • www.beefandboards.com

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Conner Prairie by Candlelight • Meet a variety of families and characters from 1836 on this 90-minute guided Conner Prairie tour. Help the families prepare for Christmas, hear stories about Santa and visit the rowdy Prairietown bonfire. • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18; 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21. • Reservations required by calling 776-6006. • $15 per adult, members $13; Youth (ages 2 to 12) $13; youth members $11.• www.connerprairie.org

Santa’s House on the Square • Visit Santa’s House on the courthouse square in Noblesville so kids can let the big guy know everything on their lists. Santa’s House admission is free and parents are welcome to bring cameras and take pictures. • One Hamilton Square, Noblesville • 1 to 4 p.m. and Dec. 21 and 22. • Free • www.cityofnoblesville.org

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Winter Farmers Market in Carmel • Visit the Indiana Design Center to browse one of the largest winter markets in the state. 30 vendors will offer meats, vegetables, baked goods, teas and more. • 200 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel • 9 a.m. to noon. • Free • For more information, call Ron Carter at 710-0162. Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt in the Carmel Arts & Design District • This fun event begins at Teabuds at 111 W. Main St. in Carmel and continues along the Arts & Design District. Merchants will decorate gingerbread houses which can be seen in their windows. Find clues along the way and end the hunt at Simply Sweet Shop at 30. N. Range Line Rd. where hunters will receive a treat a chance to win a basket of gingerbread goodies. • Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel • Daily through Dec. 23.• 571-2787 • www.carmelartsanddesign.com 7th Annual 5k’s of Christmas • The Carmel Runners Club offers its last event before Christmas. Runners enjoy a 5k course that winds through Central Park and onto the Monon Greenway. •Monon Community Center, 1235 Central Park Dr. E., Carmel. • 9 a.m. • Registration is $15 for youth ages 6 to 12 and $30 for ages 13 and over. • 407-8489 • www.indyrunners.org “The Twelve Days of Mass Ave.” Holiday Pop Up Shop in Carmel • Sophia Square on Main Street in Carmel is the place to shop Indy’s popular Mass Ave merchants. • 110 W. Main St., Suite 130, Carmel • Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; December 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • www.facebook.com/massonmain

Hamilton County Artists Association ‘Marvelous Minis’ Exhibit • Visit the HCAA to view the unique ‘Marvelous Minis’ projects. A gift shop stocked with cards and prints will be available so take the opportunity to shop for gifts and/or add to a collection of local art. • 195 S. Fifth St., Noblesville • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 27. • www.hcaa-in.org/

Skate with Santa at The Forum at Fishers • Santa will show off his ice skating skills from 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at The Forum at Fishers. Come skate with Santa following the Fishers Ice Skating Club’s Snowflake Showcase.• 9022 E. 126th St., Fishers • $5 per skater (ages 4 and up) with additional $2 skate rental. Bring two non-perishable food items and the skate rental fee is waived.• 849-4550 • www.theforum-fishers.com/

Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie • Stroll through the delicious-looking holiday gingerbread house village and marvel at the many exhibits from both amateurs and professionals. • 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Closed Dec. 24, 25, and Jan 1.• Free with general admission. • 776-6006 • www.connerprairie.org

Zionsville Radio Players Perform Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” • WITT 91.9 FM Zionsville Radio will broadcast a one-hour adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Zionsville Radio Players hopes to bring back the art of radio drama using local performers, directors and writers.• 91.9 FM Zionsville• 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 24. • Free • 339-8797 • www.facebook. com/zionsvilleradioplayers

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The Michael Feinstein Initiative and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Present: “White Christmas” • Bing Crosby stars in this holiday classic that will be shown on a screen on the stage of the Palladium Concert Hall. • The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, Carmel. • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. • $7.50 for tickets. • 844-9446 • www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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The Loft Restaurant – Cathy Morris: A Christmas Violin Special • Come dine at the Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery and enjoy live holiday music. • 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville • 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18. • Restaurant open 5 to 9:30 p.m. • Call 733-1700 • www.www.tpforganics.com

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Santa in the Santa House in Downtown Zionsville • Christmas in the Village in Downtown Zionsville continues and a special guest will stop by - Santa will be in the Santa house! • Downtown Zionsville • Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 • www.zionsvillechamber.org Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Presents: Festival of Carols • Holiday favorites like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and more are performed by the 150-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and http:// the Circle City Ringers. • The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, Carmel. • 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22. • Tickets start at $20.00. • 8433800 • www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org


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One-hour production on stage at Beef & Boards

By Patricia Rettig • editorial@youarecurrent.com In time for the holidays and on select dates only, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents its special one-hour production of theatre the classic Charles Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol.” This timeless story is enhanced with music and live on stage through Dec. 20. The play centers on Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly businessman whose bitterness has increased with age. He cares little for the needs of his fellow man, preferring to keep money in his pocket rather than coal on the fire. His employee, Bob Cratchit, faithfully endures the ongoing chill from both his workplace and his boss. He keeps Scrooge in his prayers even though his own family is struggling to survive on the meager salary he earns. The health of Cratchit’s young son, Tiny Tim, is as poor as the family is financially, but Scrooge’s heart is unmoved and his coffers remain unopened. Scrooge’s inhumanity becomes so intense that it stirs the spirit of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who appears to him on Christmas Eve. Marley tells Scrooge he will be visited by three more spirits, and advises him to heed the messages they bring. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come then appear to Scrooge in succession – reminding him of what was, showing what is, and warning him what will be should he continue on his present path. Not only

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will his life be quickly forgotten if he maintains his miserly ways, but those around him will face hardships that he could have easily prevented. Jeff Stockberger stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story of forgiveness and second chances. Haunting him as the spirits are Erin Cohenour (Ghost of Christmas Past), Craig Underwood (Christmas Present) and Steve Greist (Christmas Yet To Come). Darrin Murrell of Parker City plays Bob Cratchit with his own children Sofia Murrell as Belinda Cratchit and Sage Barber Murrell as Tiny Tim. Carrie S. Neal is Mrs. Cratchit, with

Isaac Herzog as Peter Cratchit and Kennedy Martin as Martha Cratchit. Collin Poynter plays the storyteller. Jacob Marley is played by Eddie Curry, while Theresa Koleszar, Kellie Cullinan and Michael Davis round out the cast. A Christmas Carol • Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre • 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. • Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; buffet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; show at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 and 20. • Tickets range from $24 to $34. • For more information, call 872-9664 or visit www.beefandboards.com.

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With the recent cold snap following another cold spell, it’s probably time to pack up for the season. After all, the high schools finished their football games weeks ago, and except for bowl games, the colleges have too. When packing up for the year a tailgater needs to consider several things. They first have to clean all their equipment. Then they have to solve the puzzle of where to store the stuff. Wouldn’t it make sense to make some notes as you pack up the tailgating gear? Here are some helpful thoughts: Make a map of where everything is stored. Evaluate every piece of gear to determine if it will last another season or it needs to be replaced. Make a list of gear you needed, but didn’t have this season. Take this list with you as sales appear during the off-season. Buy your equipment before the spring line comes out with its higher pricing. Most tailgaters watch football on TV this time of year, and they need a great snack for the game and the food commercials. This is our world famous Chili Con Queso: Ingredients: 2 pound box of Velveeta, 1

can diced tomatoes, 1 small can green chilies, chopped, 1 pound package hot Italian sausage Preparation: Cut the skin (casing) off of the sausage and brown it well in a frying pan. Chop it to little bits with a spatula. When it’s finished cooking, drain it onto paper towels and set it aside. Cube the Velveeta and place it in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook it slowly in the microwave, one minute at a time, until it is just melted into a very thick liquid. Add in all the other ingredients and stir. Reheat and enjoy on corn chips or even buns.

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Carmel theatre-goers will be in for a treat when Actor’s Theatre of Indiana presents an exclusive engagement of “The theatre Circus in Winter.” The musical is based on a novel by Indiana novelist Cathy Day and details the history of a traveling circus that wintered in Peru, Ind. The script was crafted by 14 students in theatre and dance professor Beth Turcotte’s immersive learning class at Ball State University. Based in the fictional 1930s town of “Lima” in the production, the story tells the tale of a community that came together to build the circus, the man who later purchases it and the tragedy he must overcome along the way, Turcotte said. “The music is the highlight of the experience,” she said. Set to original music and lyrics written by Indiana-native Ben Clark, fans of bluegrass, country and rock music are sure to come away impressed. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the Carmel performance will be the chance for the audience to give feedback to the actors, writers and producers following the show. “It’s going to be an exciting opportunity for people to possibly affect a show that could end up on Broadway,” said Actors Theater Artistic Director Don Farrell. Turcotte said it’s an opportunity to let the creators know what made sense, what didn’t and

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Covering children after college Commentary by Jamie Ianigro

Question from Rick G. from Carmel: My daughter is graduating this weekend and moving back home until she finds a Insurance job. What kind of insurance concerns should I have with this situation? Are you hiring?  Response from Jamie Ianigro: The down economy has hit everyone, but it’s really punished the folks graduating from college in the past couple of years. You do trigger some insurance issues anytime someone moves into your home. You could also be heading towards some health insurance issues depending on the age of your daughter. Let’s start with the property and liability issues though. Personal liability is the big issue that arises with grown kids. Everyone has a legal responsibility to handle the damage they cause to other people and their property. It can be anything from injuring someone accidently in a recreational sport to misjudging the wind and falling a tree into a neighbor’s house. The liability falls right back on your homeowners policy if you or your child does something like that. The problem that can arise is where your grown kid actually lives. Maybe all of their stuff is under your roof, but are they sleeping there every night?

You might consider getting a renter’s policy in her name. It has the benefit of property coverage, but the main benefit is that there will be no fight over liability coverage if a conflict arises. This is an important issue and verifying with your independent agent that you and your grown kids are protected is a quick and easy thing to do. Health insurance is the other major issue that affects grown children that not eligible for their own coverage. The Affordable Care Act extended the age limit that children can stay on a parent’s health plan to age 26. Many options at many price points are still available once someone passes the age restriction. Independent Insurance Agents are usually able to help you secure an individual health policy and help weigh your options. Going without coverage is an absolute last resort option. It is extremely risky and will make it very difficult to get quality coverage in the future. Lastly, we’re always looking for good people to join our team. We list current job openings on our website. Jamie Ianigro is with Shepherd Insurance & Finanacial Services. Have an insurance question you need answered? Send it to asktheadvisor@shepherdins.com.

DISPATCHES Say goodbye to the incandescent light bulb - This year, manufacturers started phasing out 100-watt and 75-watt bulbs, and on Jan. 1, it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs, too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. Early LED bulbs weren’t a good replacement, but a company called Cree finally cracked the nut on how to make LED bulbs that give off light almost indistinguishable from incandescent bulbs. Home Depot has been selling 60-watt and 40-watt Cree bulbs for about $10. That may seem like a lot for a light bulb, but when you consider that these bulbs use 80 percent less energy and will keep working literally for decades, the value proposition makes sense. SOURCE: MSN Money Still in debt after foreclosure - A tax break for struggling mortgage borrowers ends Jan. 1 and that could mean big tax bills. If a family is behind on their mortgage, a bank could cut them a deal, maybe reducing the loan principal or forgiving the mortgage balance after a “short sale” in which the seller owes more than the final price. Under traditional IRS rules, the amount of that debt forgiveness would be taxable income. That temporarily changed in 2007 when Congress passed the Mortgage Foreclosure Debt Forgiveness Act. That law is set to expire at year’s end. A return of the tax could affect many of the nearly 10 million Americans who owe more on their loans than their homes are worth, according to the National Association of Realtors. SOURCE: CNN Money

Bank deposits safer – Federal banking regulators have passed the Volcker Rule to limit risk-taking by banks with federally insured deposits. Named for former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, the rule restricts banks with federally insured deposits from engaging in risky investment activities undertaken for their own benefit, a practice known as proprietary trading, as well as from taking ownership stakes in hedge funds and private equity funds. Banks can still engage in proprietary trading of U.S. government, state and municipal bonds, as well as those of government-backed entities like housing finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They also can trade in foreign bonds under more limited circumstances. SOURCE: CNN Money

What’s the perfect gift this year? Your time - There are two things that most retirees have in abundance: time and experience. That’s the perfect match for giving back to their communities and, in the process, keeping their lives active and fulfilling. For many people, finding ways to volunteer is as simple as giving time through a religious organization or other local group to which they already belong. These days, the Internet also makes it easy to match specific interests and skills with groups that need a hand outside existing social circles. Visit Websites like www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps or www. volunteermatch.org to find ideas of what’s available. SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

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Along with the joys of pregnancy can come not so joyful varicose veins. There are several causes of varicose veins aesthetics during pregnancy. Heredity is a major contributing factor. Hormone levels rise during pregnancy causing the walls of the veins to relax and result in increased risk. During pregnancy, the blood volume doubles to supply both the mother and her fetus. This increased volume can make the veins bulge. As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on a large vein (inferior vena cava) on the right side of the body, which increases pressure in the leg veins. Being overweight, carrying multiples and standing for long periods of time make it more likely to develop varicose veins. Unfortunately, varicose veins tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and age. As a reminder, varicose veins develop when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged. This can cause blood to pool in your legs, with bulging veins and pain. Associated symptoms include leg aching, swelling, itching, heaviness, restlessness and fatigue. Here are some things you can do to improve your leg health while pregnant: • Keep your weight within the recommended range for your stage of pregnancy. • Exercise daily, including walking.

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I heard a new grammar error this week: A mother telling her son to “stop this instance.” I empathized with grammar guy her plight. We were in a crowded store. I wanted to get out of the chaos, and I’m sure she did too. Her son was focused on rearranging shelves of candy at the check-out line. You get the picture. That being said, what she meant to say was, “stop this instant.” Do you know the difference? The two words are closely related. Though “instant” can be an adjective, and “instance” can be a verb, we’ll be talking about both of them in their noun form today. An “instance” is an example or single occurrence of something. An “instant” is a precise moment or very short space of time. Shall we practice? Medical technology has advanced tremendously within the last 100 years. For instance, we now have a vaccine for polio. Jonas Sulk’s work in virology is one instance of a medical

breakthrough. We can see that, for our purposes here, “instance” and “example” can be used interchangeably. As for “instant,” mentally replace the word “moment” until you feel like you get the distinction: Once you’re comfortable with math, the answers to simple problems like two plus two will come to you in an instant. Our sand castle was gone in an instant once the tide came in. If you feel like you’ve got the hang of it, try this on for size: Sometimes ideas come to you in an instant; Archimedes’ famous “Eureka!” moment is one instance of this. With a little practice, just like math, you’ll get the hang of when to use “instant” and when to use “instance.” If you really have trouble with it, just think of instant oatmeal: It only takes a moment to make. Jordan Fischer is a contributing columnist for Current Publishing. To ask Jordan a grammar question, write him at rjfische@gmail.com.

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ber of scholars believe Luke reports that Jesus was born in a stable under the house of a relative, either because the kataluma upstairs was filled or, more likely, was not considered an appropriate place for a birth. This interpretation aligns with the ancient tradition that Jesus was born in a cave. An unavailable guest room also seems more likely than an overcrowded inn in first century Bethlehem, a town both too small and too close to Jerusalem to support such a facility. Some Bible translations now use “guest room” instead of “inn” as the place lacking room for Jesus’ birth. But when it comes to Bibles stories, traditions often trump scholarship. Don’t expect Christmas pageants to replace the innkeeper with a relative of Joseph gently leading Mary to the stable downstairs anytime soon. Don Knebel is a local resident who works for Barnes & Thornburg LLP. For the full column visit currentzionsville.com. You may contact him at news@currentzionsville.com

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Cleaning the kitchen pantry is a great winter project, especially around the holidays. When you are preparing to cook big meals, indoors a well-stocked and organized pantry can make cooking and entertaining much easier. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can create the perfect pantry that will fit your family’s needs. There are many items available on the market that will help you make the most of every square inch of pantry space. Try installing carousels, pullout shelves, or corner hangings to maximize the space. Or take advantage of cabinetry pieces to increase storage capacity. There are also ways to incorporate pieces like roll-out drawers, lazy-susans and other built-in organizational tools (like spice racks) that can help you organize and keep cooking supplies within easy reach. Lighting inside the pantry is hugely important. If you can’t see inside the pantry, how will you be able to find anything inside? Forms of natural light are preferable, but generally artificial light is the only option for pantry. Create a lighting design that won’t cast many shadows. LED or fluorescent lighting may be preferable because these forms won’t emit heat like incandescent lights do. You could even choose to backlight the shelving or use small touch lights inside the pantry. These targeted sources of light will result in brighter, more direct lighting than an overhead fixture alone. The extra lighting will also make it easier to read labels or locate specific items. Consider installing a motion-sensor lighting system inside the pantry to make things a bit more convenient when you are searching through the shelves. After you’ve got the proper organization and lighting systems in place, it’s time to reorganize the items inside the pantry. The best way to organize a pantry is systematically. Throw away any expired products and donate any foods you no longer want. Next, group items together by function so you can find them with ease. Put all spices in one place; all marinades and sauces in one place; and all perishable items like potatoes or onions in one place. You get the idea. Arrange the foods with the labels facing toward the front,

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that way you can spot expired items and throw them away before they sit in the pantry for another month. Invest in a stepladder so you can make use of top shelf space, and place rarely used items, such as special kitchen appliances or infrequently used pots, on the top shelves. Moving items from a pantry to a cabinet could be a great idea, and you can organize it in many different ways depending on the space you have available. You could keep all of your spices, or all of your cooking oils and baking ingredients, in a separate cabinet. My advice would be to continue organizing by function so that your grouped items don’t get split up between the closet and pantry. Thanks to a well-organized pantry, you create delicious holiday meals with a bit more ease. Spend less time rummaging through the pantry and more time with family and friends.  David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies, which include Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms and now Affordable Custom Flooring. They are based in Carmel (575-9540, www.the-affordablecompanies.com). E-mail home improvement questions to david.decker@the-affordablecompanies.com.

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CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS For children ages 3-6 years Please call (317) 575-8733 or email resume to International Montessori School rkd1948@sbcglobal.net

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Busy therapy clinic in Carmel seeking administrative asst. for medical billing, scheduling, and support.  Competence in Quickbooks required.  Afternoon and evening hours, 3 days wk. Send resumes to carolmaher@greataspirations-ot.com Fishers Association Management firm seeks Association Assistant. Part time. 20 hours a week (minimum). Convenient location off Interstate 69 and 116th Street. Send resume to mark@mprecords.com

NOW HIRING Full/Part-time Waitstaff Full/Part-time Linecook Apply in person 160 East Carmel Drive • 843-9900

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Carmel CPA office has immediate part time opening for an exceptional, outgoing and friendly individual. Position requires excellent computer, organizational and communication skills. Individual would be answering the phone and filing, in addiition to a variety of general office duties. Some Saturday hours during February - April. Send resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources Slattery & Holman PC 12900 North Meridian, Suite 125 Carmel, Indiana 46032 recruiter@slatterycpa.com

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