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Letter from the Editor June • July 2015 A few final thoughts from the campaign trail. For those who didn’t follow the action, I challenged the incumbent mayor of Noblesville for the Republican nomination and lost by a 58%-42% margin. What strikes me most about this process is the bubble that you spend your life in during a campaign. You meet, talk and strategize with supporters, which skews your vision. In fact, whenever anybody asked me how the campaign was going, I would say it seems great to me but I’m not talking to the opposition. Unless you have the resources to conduct polling, you have no idea how the general population is reacting to your message. Of course, in this case the “general population” consists of less than 14% of the populace, which was the turnout for this primary. We have around 40,000 active voters in Noblesville but only 5420 (13.5%) expressed their preference at the ballot box. Broken down by candidate, fewer than 8% of our residents re-nominated the mayor. I have to face the stark reality that I managed to rally even fewer people to my cause, a truly humbling fact.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

So, why is it that so few people choose to participate? It wasn’t for lack of communication. Both campaigns had websites and the local print media each covered the race to some extent, though local media don’t give local races the “wall to wall” coverage that national media give national races, which may explain why more voters turn out for national elections. We both were on Facebook and Twitter but neither side has a huge following there. It seems clear we have some work to do in motivating voters here in Hamilton County. Many told me as I mulled the prospect of running that absent a crisis that compels people to act, it’s very difficult to unseat an incumbent simply because voter turnout is so low. But like so many challengers before me, I saw opportunity in that number. If turnout is low, you could presumably win with fewer votes. I just failed to get enough of them to the polls. Friends and supporters are reminding me that Abraham Lincoln lost half a dozen elections in his career and had many other setbacks in his life. I appreciate the kind words, though the comparison is obviously somewhat strained. I have a hard time comparing myself to such a towering figure, and he obviously had a goal of achieving elected office early on. I’m starting much later in life and have no ambitions beyond trying to improve my local community. Still, it is a privilege and an honor to run for public office. As exhausting as it is, I enjoy the campaign process and really appreciate the opportunity to raise issues that need to be discussed. I fondly recall those moments when a voter greeted me at their door with gratitude for showing up and taking the time to listen. Yes, there were some not-so-welcome gestures as well but the welcoming ones far outnumbered the dismissive ones. Some good things came out of my previous run and I believe some good things will happen as a result of this one as well. This is all about public service and if I can’t break the incumbent stranglehold, I will continue to participate in other ways. I’ve been told I ran a good campaign and I am proud of raising issues that we seldom talk about. We need to keep talking and I’ll do my best to keep the conversation going. See you around the county,

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Making Meetings More Productive Tips for when YOU call a meeting When I was in organization development and training work I often asked the managers in my classes what percentage of each day they spent in meetings. Regularly the answers came back in the 75-95% range. There was very little time during the work week to be alone, think, read, plan, or simply observe what was going on. One participant said “My day is like a fireman with one hose but three fires to try to put out.” What’s your typical day like? If yours is like this person’s, meetings better pay off. I would also ask what percentage of the meetings they attended benefitted them personally. While the answers ranged from “all” to “none,” the average came out to be around half. So, if a person was in meetings six hours a day, three were lost time…for them. That’s a LOT of wasted time each week and year. Meetings can and should pay off better than that. How many times have you left a meeting thinking to yourself “Now that was a good meeting.” While you might not be able to do much about the meeting leadership skills of your boss or others “above you,” you certainly can—and should—do the best job possible of making meetings that you call as productive as possible. Here are eighteen proven actions you can take to personally get more out of meetings AND help the other participants get more out of them, too. 1. Have a clear understanding of the objective(s) of the meeting. What do you want to happen? The fewer the objectives the more likely they are to be accomplished. Share the objectives and agenda in advance with attendees. If the meeting is one of an on-going series, such as monthly department meetings, 8

include the Minutes of the previous meeting so all are reminded of actions that are supposed to be taken. 2. Respect the time and schedules of attenders. Who must be there? Who should be invited for “political” or “courtesy” reasons? Don’t call a meeting just because “it’s the first Monday of the month.” Do you need to have a face-toface or would a conference call, or Skype, or something similar get the job done? 3. Try to find a room with good lighting, good ventilation, noise control, off high traffic areas, comfortable (but not too comfortable) chairs, round or oval tables, and, possibly, white boards, flip charts, and so on. Check the physical situation out in advance so you know all is well. Have note paper and pens on the table.

time and latecomers had to put $5 in a “United Way pot” to get in plus took much grief. You should have seen guys, even the GM, racing through the plant to be on time. Hilarious! 7. Someone should take accurate minutes/notes; especially including “to do” assignments. That “someone” might be you but it would probably be better if an administrative assistant did this so you can focus on managing the meeting. Get the Minutes out within a day or two after the meeting. 8. Try to schedule meetings early in the day and early in the week before people get backed up with other meetings or get mentally and/or physically tired. 9. If you have the leverage to do so, tell/suggest attendees to put away their cell-phones, i-pads, etc. unless they are needed for the meeting. Yours, too. 10. If you believe the meeting can be accomplished in five to ten minutes, do a stand-up. Fast in, fast out.

4. If some participants are expected to make specific contributions, let them know as far in advance as possible. 5. Set the agenda and schedule and stick to them. Stay on topic. Start and finish on time. Ending a little early is always welcomed. 6. What to do about “lates?” Get going on time and don’t bring latecomers up to speed—unless, possibly, it’s the boss or someone else higher up the food chain. One company I consulted with locked the door at the assigned starting

11. Minimize the use of PowerPoint or other digital media. First, well-done slides require much time to prepare. Second, slides have the tendency to generate information overload. Third, in a darkened room, eyelids can droop and minds wander. Fourth, PowerPoint tends to promote one-way communication. I’ve heard Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, requires each meeting topic and supporting documentation be limited to one sheet of paper. No PowerPoints. If it can’t be put on one sheet, the topic is too complicated. 12. If all participants won’t know each other, use titles in the invitation, and take time at the start for introductions. Consider name tents. Greet early arrivers and make introductions. A few minutes of “small talk” before the meeting starts is often relationship building time well spent. 13. If you want to encourage discussion and interaction, try to find a room

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with a round or oval table and limit the number of participants to those who can sit around it. Be sure to allow all to have their says. 14. Coffee, soft drinks, water, and snacks are a nice touch, especially for early arrivers or those having a hectic day. Have a light spread out if it’s a lunch or early hour meeting. Build a little eating/socializing time into the schedule.

need support and encouragement to speak up. 17. As the meeting progresses watch the body language of the attendees— yawns, folded arms, gazing out the

Eighteen proven actions to get more out of meetings AND help others get more out of them too.

15. If the meeting is going to go well beyond an hour, schedule time for a restroom break, stretching, and something to drink or eat. Meetings should not be endurance contests.

16. If you called the meeting, you are in charge. If discussion and ideas are wanted, you have the task (very delicate) of encouraging all to have their say while gently controlling the comments of the overly talkative. Quiet introverts sometimes have potentially great contributions to make but might

window, doodling, etc., all signal boredom, or disagreement, or tiredness, and so on. You may have to have a quick break, change the temperature setting, alter the meeting methodology. 18. Some attendees might get assignments or make commitments, usually with target completion dates. Near the end of the meeting, review these assignments and due dates to be sure all know what is to be done, by whom, and

by when. Within a day or two send out Minutes highlighting these commitments and assignments. Send the Minutes out again with the announcement/ invitation of any subsequent meetings. If this meeting is one of an ongoing series, announce or work out when the next one will be so folks can get it on their busy schedules. It’s practically impossible to over communicate.

The payoff Do all the above—and do them well—and I’ll bet you just might hear one participant say to another as they leave, “Now that was a good meeting.” But the real key is not to just have an efficiently run meeting but to have positive actions take place after the meeting. They will. HCBM Charles Waldo, Ph.D. is Professor of Marketing (ret.) at Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

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To Friend or Not to Friend (on Facebook) And when the best solution is to unfriend Most meetings I find myself in entail sitting with a business owner talking about marketing their business. Recently I was discussing, with an old friend, the idea of fostering digital relationships, specifically on Facebook. We pulled up his Facebook account and I noticed all of these friend requests that he has not accepted. “Whoa, Peter, there are a lot of friend requests here,” I said. He said, “Chris I’m not sure if I should accept them, I don’t know them all too well.” Or another popular one is, “I like to keep my Facebook for just my good friends.” Or another, “I don’t want what I put out there to just go anywhere.”

Some perspective These are very typical responses and maybe you feel similarly to some or all of these. Let me try to help. Yes, you are correct that you never can tell who your social media posts/shares will affect. You also can’t tell how people will react to them and you don’t know where they will wind up. Or who of those friends might comment on your posts and ultimately share them with their friends.

me and say, “Chris thanks for that thing you posted the other day.”

Will you be my friend? So now let’s talk about the decision to friend or not to friend someone. Let me tell you a key secret about Facebook. While Facebook will announce to the person that you have accepted them, Facebook will not tell them that you have unfriended them. Interesting huh? Ok maybe only to me, the digital marketing geek. Let me try explaining it another way. Facebook will tell the person that you have accepted them. Hey, guess what! You are one of the cool kids now! This is a key touch point at the beginning of any relationship. You have been accepted. You remember when you got the acceptance letter from your college? How that made you feel? You made it. You’ve arrived!

blame it on your kids, dog, cat or other family and friends. Most will just accept you again. So in the end there are many benefits that can happen when you connect with others. You can have bad experiences due to bad people but focus on the positive. Social media is making this world smaller and smaller every day. There is a lot of opportunity to grow the community that knows who you are, what you do and can offer assistance when you need help. HCBM Chris Reed is an internet marketing expert, owner of Cast A Bigger Net and founder of Sparks, a TED-type networking event. Reachhim at chris@ castabigger.net

The other side of this scenario is what happens if you friend someone and well they just aren’t your cup of tea? Unfriend them. Yes this is what you do when you want a digital friend out of your life. You unfriend them. There are two things you can do prior to unfriending them. First, move your friendship status from “Friend” If you are posting helpful, humorous, to Acquaintance”. This will minimize the chances inspirational stuff, why do you care that you will ever see their posts. The second step is to where it winds up? block their posts from your feed. This means you are still friends and you can go look at their wall any First consider what you are posting. Are time you would like but you will never you ashamed of what you are posting? see anything they say in your feed (the If so, STOP posting that stuff. I always stories and posts that Facebook shows flirt with the line where I know when I you when you sign on). The last stage cross it my late Grandma would have is to unfriend them. Remember in this grabbed me by the ear and said “What digital world things move pretty fast. No were you thinking!?” If you are posting one is going to know you are no longer helpful, humorous, inspirational stuff, their friend unless they go looking for why do you care where it winds up? At least weekly I have someone walk up to you specifically. Then you can always 10

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Guest Column By Francesca Quarto

So You’ve Always Wanted to Write a Novel Thoughts on the Business of Being an Author I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some poetry I’ve written published back in the day when I wore bell-bottoms and thought Cher was a fashionista. I’ve also been fortunate to have had some articles picked up on the topic of literacy when Barbara Bush made that issue the theme of her tenure as First Lady. But none of this prepared me for the publication of my first novel. My target audience was Young Adult Readers and my genre was Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal. It seems a perfect vehicle for my fanciful imaginings and if you think “Harry Potter” you’ll know what my influences were.

neophyte writers like me, without the benefit of a successful career, to stack up against the push to self-promote! While I have used computers most of my adult life, I still don’t have the competency of my 11 year old granddaughter to negotiate the subtleties of on-line social networking. Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, google+ and of course, Facebook, are all part of the tools of my trade as an author in today’s marketplace. Like any business person, I now had to pose my product (my book) in flattering language, reach out to the known and unknown reader alike and sell the idea of buying my novel. While I would never dream of standing on a street corner selling paintings of Elvis on velvet, I am now reaching out to perfect strangers, who just happen to be friends, of friends, of friends. Like some bizarre DNA sequence of an alien being, my Facebook connections are giving life to a monster Mary Shelly would have loved!

You write it, you sell it

And speaking of Frankenstein, I needed to give life to a media packet of my own devising. Packaging of any product needs to be attentiongrabbing to stand out among the many items surrounding it. The same goes for trying to put a spotlight on yourself as a writer and your book as good entertainment.

I was strongly “encouraged” by my Publisher, Tell-Tale Publishing, to go to work and promote my mewling infant of a novel because that’s how the publishing industry works. You write it-you sell it! Or at least that’s the routine for

Sitting down at my computer under some duress, as it is spring after all…I had to develop a business plan of sorts: First, create the product.

Before I had a chance to slip into any kind of false humility at my accomplishment, or worse yet, become selfeffacing at praise for my hard work, I was hit with the “business-end” of the reality stick!


Done. Second, package it attractively. Done. Third, sell the product to the public by convincing them they need it, want it and have to have it. Or something like that…at least in California. Very excitedly, I lined up a first Book Signing Tour! I call it a “tour” because I’ll probably walk around the store a lot since I can’t resist the call of so many books! Hopefully, I will not only sell all of my copies, but I’ll also make loyal customers who’ll find me charming, witty and reasonably priced…not necessarily in that order.

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My favorite word Business acumen comes with experience and hard lessons well-learned. Being an author comes with similar guidelines for a successful career. Use the experience of a great editor to guide your work and don’t be blinded by the self-importance of being the creator of something new under the sun. It isn’t. It’s all in how it was put together that makes it work. That includes imaginative packaging, unique presentation and strong public awareness. In today’s marketplace, we all must incorporate the power of the internet as it surely encircles our business life as much as it encircles the globe.

Make it exciting, make it unique, make it part of the lexicon of the day. And not just today…but tomorrow! A while ago, I watched a fascinating movie about the late Steve Jobs. Though his name evokes memories of a dynamic innovator, it was his approach to the idea of what makes a product sell that really took hold in my imagination. Make it exciting, make it unique, make it part of the lexicon of the day. And not just today…but tomorrow!

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Beyond Organic

Sustainable Agriculture in an Urban Environment By Karen Kennedy • Photos by Mark Lee


itting a local Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning is a favorite summer pastime. We can grab a latte, take the pup and kids and spend a few hours enjoying the sunshine, catching up with neighbors, and of course, picking up some produce. And as we cook our dinner that night with the tomatoes, lettuces and squash from the morning’s bounty, we feel good about buying “organic” and “local,” and supporting our area farmers.

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But are we?

So if we’re truly looking to buy wholesome, healthy food for our families, where do we shop?

When questioned about the hazards of contending with Indiana weather, Ball responded, “Nature is the easy part of what we do. We’re never going to lose everything to a hail storm or a drought. We’re engineering around that.”

We first need to define what “local” means. Was the produce grown within a five mile radius? A ten mile radius? A fifty mile radius? The truth of the matter is, at some farmer’s markets, the produce can come from miles away, or may be produce that the person selling it did not actually grow. And just what exactly does “organic” mean? The USDA’s website classifies organic growing as foods “grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives, relying on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.”

What does all this mean? “It means that they are simply substituting natural toxins for synthetic toxins,” said Michael Ball, who together with girlfriend Heather Kenley runs a Noblesvillebased farming co-op and land use consulting firm called The Sustainable Life.

Home Grown According to Ball, the answer is in our own backyards. Ball has created a symbiotic network of consumers and growers who are committed to a “beyond organic,” sustainable way of growing food utilizing techniques that nature, not man, invented. Ball believes that any piece of land, regardless of soil quality, grade or climate can be used to produce food without mechanical irrigation systems or expensive soil amendments. He uses a garden design technique involving drainage ditches called swails, which are arranged in a stair-stepped, selfwatering growing system buttressed by logs. He also grows completely pesticide-free and fertilizer-free produce. “When you have a field full of one kind of plant, the pest that loves that kind of plant will come, bring their friends and stay,” said Ball. “And pests prey on weak

“The traditional …fifteen families who are committed to organic approach still allows eating great, healthy food year-round for toxins in fertilization and can support one farmer year-round.” pest control. So yes, even that -Michael Ball, The Sustainable Life $7 clamshell of ‘organic’ lettuce you bought at the plants. But if you interplant and bring whole foods market has toxins in it. in natural pests that control other pests, That’s why you’ll hear about organic lettuce or sprouts being contaminated you create a self-sustaining ecosystem that has no need for pesticides. The with E-Coli.” only thing we need to do is compost every year to add minerals to the soil.” June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

He creates gardens for his land use clients, teaches the other growers in his co-op how to use his systems and also raises grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and quail.

A Matter of Taste One of the other growers following in Ball’s footsteps through The Sustainable Life co-op is Noblesville farmer Gynnie Baker. “How many times have you bought a bag of lettuce at the store and thrown away half of it because it went bad before you could use it?” asked Baker. “Lettuce should last two to three weeks, and it does if it isn’t consuming all of its own nutrients on a truck all the way from California. Store bought lettuce tastes like paper to me; it has no flavor. If people taste what we grow one time, I would be really surprised if they could be content with what they can buy in the store.” “The greatest challenge we face is consumer education,” said Baker. “It’s hard to get people to understand why what we’re doing is so different from what so many other people are doing. We’re actually growing food directly for the people who will be eating it and picking it exactly when they want to eat it. And we’re also trying to get people to grow at least a portion of their own food themselves, even if it’s just a couple of tomato plants. You can’t get any more fresh and locally sourced than that.” Baker, with the help of her husband Tom, runs a ten-acre farm called Gynnie 15

Baker’s Acres. They recently bought a used 1800 square foot hoop house that will allow for year-round growing. Throughout the year, they will produce a mind boggling array of produce, eating and selling what’s in season. “Winter to spring we’ll be harvesting carrots, beets, sunchokes and other root vegetables,” said Baker. “And as the season progresses, kale, mustard greens, many different lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, artichokes, onions, shallots, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, popcorn, sweet potatoes, okra, green beans, edamame, lima beans, peas and berries. We also grow less common things, like celeriac and amaranth, which has delicious leafy greens on it.” Ball also has an orchard of fruit trees, so he adds peaches, pears, plums, apples, cherries and kiwi to the mix.

A Sustainable Business? “If it’s not profitable, then it’s not sustainable,” Ball stated simply. “I make my money doing designs and installs of private gardens and farms for my land-use customers. But fifteen families who are committed to eating great, healthy food year-round can support one farmer year-round.” The Sustainable Life’s co-op approach cuts out not only a middle man but also the variables and potential waste of the traditional farmer’s markets. “I can’t tell you how many times I tried to guess how much I was going to need for a particular Saturday’s market and then ended up coming home with 90% of what I picked because it rained, or there was an event on the other side of town that caused a slow day,” said Baker. “Through my association with The Sustainable Life, I’m growing and picking only what is sold. And I also send recipes to my customers and encourage them to cook and grow through my blog, posted on the website.”

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Local family collaborates on ambitious Westfield projects By Shari Held • Photos by Mark Lee armel-based real estate developer Steve Henke knows his way around the block—especially if that “block” is Hamilton County. He should. He’s spent many a lunch hour chewing on a sandwich while driving around the county searching for property with potential five to seven years down the road. Once, while driving with a colleague in tow, a bunch of envelopes covered with hash marks popped out of his glove box. When his colleague asked what the heck all that was, Henke responded, “That’s my traffic analysis!” “I’d count the cars that came through an intersection on the back of an envelope,” Henke says. “Then I’d come back six months or one year later and count cars again to see if there was an increased pattern.”

Map view of land under development

Property that passed the traffic analysis test, and met other criteria, was acquired and land banked to be developed or flipped at a later date.

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ously worked on the financial side of the development business for clients while at JP Morgan. She’s glad she made the move. “It was very eye-opening and appealing to me to be more on the frontline—to actually meet with people and see the properties,” she says. Brad Henke, also a graduate of Kelley School of Business, joined his sister and father a few years later. The business has grown, adding new employees along with high-profile projects, including the development of Grand Park Sports Complex with the City of Westfield, Grand Park Village and Chatham Hills, an exclusive 750-acre residential golf course community in Westfield that’s in the early stages of development.

Chatham Hills is a golf community being developed southwest of the US31/SR38 intersection.

“The key was always finding the right property,” Henke says.

Early days A lawyer by training, Henke founded a firm with partner Dave Coots back in 1978. He got his first taste of real estate development while searching for property on Carmel Drive on which to build a larger office for the firm. Henke continued to buy properties for the firm, which developed several office buildings and Oakbrook, a residential subdivision in Carmel. By then, he was hooked. “I really enjoyed practicing law but my passion was for development and real estate,” he says. “It was fun and exciting to build things.”

“We listened to all that, but we felt that with the product, amenities and the lifestyle we were going to provide, that we could prove them wrong,” Henke said. “And we did.”

Growing the business In 2008, Henke and daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) Garfield founded Henke Development Group, a boutique real estate development, investment and advisory firm that concentrates on unique projects in Central Indiana.

While golfing has declined in popularity since Henke built The Bridgewater Club, he has no qualms about creating another golf club community, citing the fact that 60-percent of the people who live in golf communities don’t play the game. They just love living on the fairways! And Chatham Hills, which boasts an incredible natural terrain, promises to be even more successful than its predecessor. “With Bridgewater we came out of the box and sold about 10 lots,” Henke says. “Here at Chatham we’ve sold 90 already.”

Garfield, who earned her MBA from IU’s Kelley School of Business, had previ-

Finding financing for projects was a challenge—especially in the 1980s when the prime peaked at 21.5%. Still, he managed to acquire much of the 750 acres that was to become The Bridgewater Club during that time. By the late ‘90s Henke decided to go “of counsel” to the firm and develop fulltime. In 2002, he partnered with Gerald Throgmartin to develop The Bridgewater Club, an upscale country club community featuring a Pete Dye golf course and first-class amenities. Critics, noting Noblesville’s Sagamore community with its Jack Nicklaus golf course, questioned the soundness of the project. 18

Grand Park Village is a commercial development adjacent to Grand Park in Westfield.

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To date, Brad has personally conducted more than 400 tours of Chatham Hills to potential clients and community leaders, helping people experience all the property has to offer and feel a personal connection to it.

A niche business model Finding new properties and putting parcels of land together for development projects is the “bread and butter” of what the company does. That, along with developing commercial sites such as Grand Park Village, comprises about 50 percent of the business. The other 50-percent will be dedicated to Chatham Hills over the next five to seven years. It’s an ambitious undertaking for a business that has fewer than 10 employees.

Future lake

“We all wear a lot of hats,” Henke says. “We all work together and know what’s going on. It’s just one big team effort.” The business doesn’t try to compete against national companies. Instead, its business model is to acquire properties in locations prime for future growth and then

…60-percent of the people who live in golf communities don’t play the game. The original milk house for the farm that is becoming Chatham Hills

hold them for five to seven years or longer. Garfield notes larger companies don’t like to tie up their capital in land that’s in the infancy states of development. And quality is an important factor. “Our number one priority is always creating a unique lifestyle and places that are high-quality down to the little details,” Garfield says. “Those things make places feel more authentic, genuine and personal. That’s what matters most to us, and we believe it matters to others.”

Passion prevails

Future green

Throughout the years Henke has retained his passion for real estate development—and has passed it on to his children, serving as both an inspiration and mentor to them. His passion spills over to all facets of the job. Henke even operated a bulldozer for eight hours one day, shaping the dirt for the golf course at Chatham Hills. He had a hoot doing it, too. “I don’t see any time ever that I’ll be retiring!” he says. “I’m having too much fun.” HCBM Future lake

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Dining Out

Diningg on Cicero’s Waterfrontt

Lazy Frogg jumps into Hamilton County restaurant scene By Chris Bavender • Photos by Mark Lee

What’s in a name? When it comes to the Lazy Frogg—one of Cicero’s newest places to relax and enjoy a great meal— everything it would seem. The name of the restaurant, which opened in mid-March, is the brainchild of co-owner Gregg Boyd. “It is a hybrid of a couple of restaurants his family spent time at when he was a child,” said Tres Eldridge, Lazy Frogg General Manager. “The logo or mascot ‘Whooch’ is also many hours of his imagination coming to life. Whooch is a carefree ‘Frogg’ living the ‘lake life.’” Boyd found the property on Jackson Street and Morse Lake when it went into financial hardship in the mid-2000’s.


“Being a land developer and real estate broker he is always looking for great pieces of property to develop,” Eldridge said. “Gregg also spent many, many years in Morse Lake so when the property came available a bit of his heart told him he had to buy it.” That’s how Chuck Goldfarb came into the picture. “Chuck at the time was looking for a piece of property to build a restaurant on. Gregg was looking for a business partner,” Eldridge said. “The two collaborated and created the Lazy Frogg.”

Diverse Clientele Walk into the Lazy Frogg and you’re greeted by a decor and vibe that is “Martha’s Vineyard meets Key West, with a bit of Charleston SC whisked in.” “Bright vibrant pastels, natural wood used from trees in Cicero and lots of natural daylight allow all guests great views June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

of the water from almost every seat,” Eldridge said. “The ambiance is very appealing to all and all of the artwork was hand-picked by Chuck and Gregg.”

sauce served over top and a roasted garlic aioli to accompany. Our guests rave over these every time.” The Lazy Frogg also offers fresh fish selections, chops and “beautiful” desserts including a molten chocolate cake baked to order, and topped with house made Chantilly whipped cream.

It’s the sort of place, Eldridge said, that offers something for everyone.

“We cater to the guest looking for a beer and a quick appetizer all the way “It’s extremely decadent and rich,” to the guest looking for a great bottle of Eldridge said. wine and ribeye,” he said. “Being so close to so many different communities …how can we have a restaurant and lifestyles, we felt it was a must to offer many named the Lazy Frogg and different options to attract all crowds.” Chef David Kay from Marion, IN was brought in by Boyd and Goldfarb to bring the creative food ideas of the duo to life.

not serve Frogg legs?” -Tres Eldridge, Lazy Frogg General Manager

“From the beginning a few items were a must to make our menu. One of those staples was our Frogg legs. We said how can we have a restaurant named the Lazy Frogg and not serve Frogg legs,” Eldridge said. “Chef Kay took on the challenge and has created a lightly breaded Frogg leg with a creole piquant

“As with any new start up we face our challenges, and have opportunities to improve, but again the overall guest experience has been very positive,” he said. “We are extremely appreciative of the warm welcome we have received from the community and citizens of Cicero, IN. We look forward to being a part of this community for many, many years to come.” HCBM INFO: 409 W. Jackson St., Cicero 317.843.9100 www.lazyfrogg.com HOURS: Tues.-Thurs.: 4 pm-10 pm Fri.-Sat.: 4 pm-11 pm Sun.: 4 pm-9 pm

Waterfront Dining Seating is comfortable—with 250-275 seats between the inside, deck and outside areas. “The deck seating and outside areas were designed to capture the beauty of waterfront dining while offering some of the best sunset views in all of Indiana,” Eldridge said. “We expect these areas to be prime seating locations for all guests.” The restaurant also features the “Lilly Pad patio” for those 21 and up, where the outdoor bar “The Shrimp Hut” will be located, along with a fire pit. Live music, special summer promotions and specials will be hosted there. Guest reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, Eldridge said.

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The Hamilton North Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Taste on the Lake wine, beer and cocktail tasting event on the Lazy Frogg’s Lily Pad this year. Tuesday, June 16 5:30 to 8:30 Tickets $25/person $40/couple For more information call 984-4079



Notes from all over the county Old Town Development and Barrett & Stokely announced a $45 million mixeduse project for Carmel’s Midtown area. The three-to-four story project will add about 250 residential units and a “major first floor business” to the area between Carmel’s Arts & Design District and City Center projects. A sky-bridge is planned to connect the two buildings.. The Carmel Redevelopment Commission plans to sell vacant land it owns west of the Monon Greenway, south of Bub’s Café along 4th Avenue SW and 3rd Avenue SW, just south of 2nd Street SW. Construction is planned to start in late fall 2016.

Richard F. Taylor III, vice president and branch manager of The National Bank of Indianapolis Carmel, was elected President of Chaucie’s Place’s Board of Directors.

Paul Hensel joined Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) as a Loan Officer/Relationship Manager.

Chris France

Merchants Bank of Indiana will move its corporate headquarters to Carmel’s Midtown area. The NEW Merchants Plaza—home to executive offices, residential and multifamily mortgage banking operations and a new retail bank branch— will be built on the corner of 4th Street and Monon Avenue. The plans also call for a new City Market on the main level of the new building. Montgomery Aviation, operator of the Indianapolis Executive Airport, is in the initial stages of being purchased by Eagle Creek Aviation Services. The deal would also include Montgomery’s operation at Frankfort Airport and Grissom Aeroplex near Peru, Indiana. Applied Economics, an Arizona-based research company, issued a report that says Westfield’s Grand Park spurred nearly $44 million in visitor spending and contributed $5.2 million in state and local tax revenues for 2014. The report also cited the creation of 930 jobs due to the development of the youth sports facility. Estimates show 906,796 visits to the park in 2014. 22

David Brechbuhl was hired as director, trust client development for The Trust Company of First Merchants Bank.

Jennifer Coy Rash

Jeff McComb

Chris France and Jeff McComb joined Centier Bank’s Carmel Drive office as mortgage loan officers. Jennifer Coy Rash was hired as Vice President of Treasury Management.

Noblesville’s Verdure Sciences appointed Jim Goad as Strategic Marketing Manager.

Mark S. Novak joined The Farmers Bank as Chief Credit Officer.

Mike Bullick joined First Farmers Bank and Trust as a registered representative of the Raymond James Wealth Management Division of First Farmers Bank and Trust. Christina Sorensen was appointed as President and CEO of Janus Developmental Services, Inc. She has served as Interim President/CEO since November. Janus is in its 36th year of providing programs and services to individuals with disabilities, as well as operating the Hamilton County Express Transit System.

The Farmers Bank Wellness Committee

The Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition and The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce awarded The Farmers Bank the Healthiest Worksite Award for the second consecutive year. The Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation serving Hamilton County, awarded $21,000 in grants to three local not-for-profit organizations: Girls on the Run of Hamilton County; Best Buddies Indiana and; Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, Inc. HCBM

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde N. Range Line Road closed at the end of February. The Range Pet Lodge opened in March at 1045 N. Range Line Road offering 24/7 animal boarding. La Vie Nail Salon is setting up a new location at 14580 River Road.

Leo’s Pet Care has opened at 828 W. Main Street.

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Upscale Cicero restaurant 10 West is remodeling and expanding its footprint at 30 W. Jackson Street. The new Hamilton County Equestrian Center is being built at 13208 E. Strawtown Avenue at Strawtown Koteewi Park.

Shopping Center, located just north of City Correction: Carmel Veterinary Clinic is not moving from its current location Center Drive on Range Line Road. at 12530 N. Gray Road as we reported in Edison Business Lounge, a 20,000 SF co-working space, is under construction the April/May edition. We apologize for the error. as part of the Midtown redevelopment.

The Vintage Coffee/Wine Bar will occupy space on the first floor of this The Sunflower Pantry, providing toilet- four-story structure. Silver in the City ries and more for seniors in need, opened is open on Main Street in the Arts & in April at the former location of Mama’s Design District. Cupboard at 206 E. 2nd Street in SheriOrchard Software is expanding into dan. Mama’s Cupboard has moved to space at 801 Congressional Boulevard, just 601 E. 10th Street. one building north of its existing offices at 701 Congressional Boulevard. Indianapolis CARMEL Law firm Nelson and Frankenberger Café and coffee shop West Clay Café is is opening an office at 550 Congressional opening at 12710 Meeting House Road Boulevard. Priority Rehab and Wellness in the Village of West Clay. The new has opened a new physical therapy clinic Chabad Center for Jewish Life has at 890 E. 116th Street. opened at 2640 W. 96th Street. Lake City A new McDonald’s is going up at 11550 Bank is building a new branch at 96th N. Illinois Street. Indy-based ISM EduStreet & Michigan Road. cation Loans is opening a new office at Butler Auto Group is building a new 11595 N. Meridian Street. dealership at 4200 E. 96th Street. It plans This summer, construction begins on to move its Indy Fiat and Maserati dealthe 30-acre Grand Boulevard & Main erships from 9445 Haver Way and add Street project, which will include a FairAlfa Romeo models to its new lineup. field Inn & Suites by Marriott, Rose Senior Mercy Road Church is moving into Living, retail space, townhomes and a the former Borders book store at 2381 parking garage. Pointe Parkway in Merchants’ Pointe. Punch Burger is moving into the former In April, Merchant Square welcomed 9Round Fitness & Kickboxing to 1434 location of When Eddy Met Salad at 12525 Old Meridian Street. Meridian Keystone Way. Music is dividing its business and movFranklin Window & Door is opening a ing from 12725 Old Meridian Street to new showroom at 1069 3rd Avenue SW. new locations at Clay Terrace and Carmel Fine Estate Art & Rugs and Gallery Two Tech Center 1. The showroom, to be called moved in April from its long-time Indy Steinway Piano Gallery, will open at location on College Avenue to 200 S. Range 14300 Clay Terrace, and the music lessons Line Road in the Indiana Design Center. will continue at Meridian Music School at 845 W. Carmel Drive. Children’s clothing shop House of Z

opened in March on the interior plaza of Carmel City Center. Jamaican Jerk Grill is the newest tenant at Monon Square 24

FISHERS Tom Wood Auto Group is renovating an adjacent 27,000 SF property at 9820 Association Court to expand its services. Kia of Fishers is building an addition to its dealership at SR 37 and 135th Street. In June, Sun King Brewing is opening a tap room and small-batch facility in the North by Northeast Shopping Center at 7848 E. 96th Street. The Walmart at 8300 E. 96th Street is undergoing a remodel. Einstein Brothers Bagels at 8650 E. 96th Street has closed.

The Marsh at 7400 E. Fishers Station Drive was among several central Indiana locations to close this spring. Flamme Burger and Yogurtz Frozen Yogurt are coming to The Depot on 116th Street in downtown Fishers, joining Brixx Pizza.

Tilly’s Tea Room has opened at 8745 E. 116th Street, the former location of Best of What’s Around, which relocated to Fortville last fall. TutorWorks is now offering one-on-one tutoring at 7227 Fishers Landing Drive. The Old National National Bank of Indianapolis plans to Bank at 8997 E. 116th Street is one of open its fifth Carmel branch on East Main five central Indiana locations slated to Street. Faith’s Cake Ball Factory at 930 close this year. June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

EmbroidMe has opened at 9520 E. 126th Street. Indy Doula Associates is now offering its services in Fishers and surrounding communities. J. Gumbos Cajun and Creole Cooking Company opened in the Fishers Town Center on 116th St.

NOBLESVILLE Wild Birds Unlimited has moved from 146th Street and Greyhound Pass to a new storefront at 14753 Hazel Dell Crossing. The former La Hacienda restaurant at 14741 Hazel Dell Crossing will soon be transformed into the latest Scotty’s Brewhouse. A 68-bed memory care facility, dubbed Poets Walk of Noblesville, is planned for construction at 9600 E. 146th Street (between SR37 and Cumberland Road). The Humane Society for Hamilton County is planning a move from its campus at 1721 Pleasant Street to a 3-acre property on Herriman Boulevard. A new 20,000 SF shelter will be built along with a 1.5-acre dog park. Moore Restoration has opened a new office at 15325 Herriman Boulevard.

Maria’s Mexican Grill has opened at 17901 River Road. Pilgrim Holiness Church at 1413 Westfield Road is building a Family Activity Center with a gym and fellowship hall.

AgReliant Genetics LLC is expanding its headquarters at 1122 E. 169th Street, renovating existing buildings and erecting a new building on its campus.

Heidi Pops Gourmet Popcorn, a popular destination at Plainfield’s Metropolis mall, is expanding with a second location at Hamilton Town Center. The Simon Youth Foundation Academy at Hamilton Town Center is now offering group tutoring at 13976 Town Center Boulevard.

WESTFIELD In March, online retailer The Vintage Farmhouse opened a bricks-and-mortar location at 17610 Joliet Road. Sundown Gardens is growing, remodeling and adding new buildings to its property at 505 W. 186th Street. The 275-acre Harmony development is constructing retail space in addition to homes, with 170,000 SF of space to be leased along 146th Street and Ditch Road. Edward Jones has moved into a vacant office at 14747 Oak Drive.

Stacked Pickle is opening its third Hamilton County location at Monon Marketplace at the intersection of US 31 and SR 32. Lebanon-based Titus Bakery is expanding into Hamilton County with plans to open a second shop at Monon Marketplace. Hot Box Pizza is converting a former optometrist office at 3216 E. SR 32 into a new casual eatery. The Old National Bank inside Kroger at 17447 Carey Road is slated to close in 2015. HCBM

Jersey Mike’s Subs is taking over the former Radioshack storefront at 16771 Clover Road. Dealer Auto Outlet at 1609 S. 10th Street is building a new 4,000 SF auto repair shop. Indiana’s first Mooyah Burgers Shakes and Fries is opening soon in Stony Creek Marketplace. Owner Chris Frank is from Bloomington and the national chain is headquartered in Texas.

On May 1, Sweet Roo’s Frozen Yogurt celebrated its grand opening in downtown Noblesville at 98 N. 10th Street. AH Collection has opened its third Hamilton County location at 950 Logan Street. The owners of Matteo’s Italian Restaurant are renovating another building on the Courthouse square with plans to lease the space at 56 S. 9th Street to different restaurant. June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


A stronger voice. A significant presence. A new business advocate in an ever-changing marketplace. The Carmel and Fishers Chambers have joined to become OneZone. With OneZone, businesses get an organization that reaches across municipal boundaries - just the way business does to deliver more impact and more opportunities more efficiently. OneZone offers the advantages of two organizations - in terms of expanded member benefits, events, impact, access and more - for the cost of one membership.

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The networking, collaboration, exposure and business growth opportunities that come from being part of a 1,200-member organization. The advocacy and business-promotion power that comes from a single, larger organization. Business connections across a broader geographic area. Access to more than 50 business events, including monthly luncheons, business after hours, business expos, golf outings, legislative breakfasts and more. A vibrant young professionals’ group.

Upcoming Events - June & July JUNE Wednesday, June 10 - 11:30 AM to 1 PM June Luncheon The Mansion at Oak Hill 5801 E. 116th St. - Carmel

JUNE Thursday, June 25 - 5 to 7 PM Young Professionals After Hours w/Noblesville YP Cambria Suites Hotel 13500 Tegler Ln. - Noblesville

Tuesday, June 16 - 11:30 AM 30th Annual Golf Classic Woodland Country Club 100 Woodland Ln. - Carmel

JULY Wednesday, July 15 - 11:30 AM to 1 PM July Luncheon 502 East 502 E. Carmel Dr. - Carmel

Wednesday, June 24 - 4:30 to 6:30 PM Business After Hours Meadow Brook Senior Living 11011 Village Square Ln. - Fishers Reservations are required for all events. This information is subject to change. Visit OneZoneCommerce.com for details.

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Visit the new OneZoneCommerce.com Make reservations for Chamber Events. Find members in the expanded Business Directory. • Keep up on Business Issues in Carmel and Fishers. • Post job openings, events, coupons and news at the Member Center.

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Body One Physical and Sports Painting With a Twist 360 Services - Indianapolis Rehabilitation 301 E. Carmel Dr. - Carmel Bailey & Wood Financial Group 10412 Allisonville Rd., Ste. 117 - Fishers Color My World Studio DiverseNet Interested in celebrating your new or renovated business with a ribbon Donatos Pizza - Carmel cutting? Let’s talk. Contact us at info@onezonecommerce.com Duratech ELLAMON LLC Ennis Custom Homes 30th Annual Golf Classic EverDry Waterproofing Tuesday, June 16 | Woodland Country Club Fall Creek Dentistry Ferris and Associates, Play golf. Counseling and Support Fleming Family Dentistry & Be a sponsor. Aesthetics Foley & Abbott P.A. Donate a raffle prize. HEROH Chiropractic Lifestyle Center Spend the day on the course Holiday Inn Express at this corporate event with Indiana Strategic Resource high-level networking. Group LLC Juice Plus Keep Calm and Dress Smart LegalShield - Daniel C. Lewis Leo’s Pet Care The Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter PS363 Management Redefined The Riffer Group Silver in the City Simplexity Marketing Group For details and registration: SYM Financial Advisors OneZoneCommerce.com Village Dental at Saxony Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress The Zebra Indiana Car Insurance OneZone 10305 Allisonville Rd., Ste. B Fishers, IN 46038 317.436.4653 June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine






JUNE 2015

Tuesday, June 2 11:30 am HAMILTON NORTH CHAMBER LUNCHEON Red Bridge Park Community Building


Mike McEvers from SCORE shares information about SCORE business services with Chamber members.

Saturday & Sunday, June 20-21 CICERO RACE WEEKEND 8:00 am Sat/Cicero Triathlon 8:00 am Sun/Strawberry 5K 9:00 am Sun/Kids Triathlon


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Thursday-Saturday, July 2-4 LIGHTS OVER MORSE LAKE Cicero


Hamilton North Chamber members enjoy the presentation by Pete the Planner at the Hamilton County Chambers luncheon.

GROOMINGDALE’S RIBBON CUTTING Tusday, June 9 at 1:00 pm, Bear Slide Golf Club Taste on the Lake Tuesday, June 16 5:30 - 8:00 pm Lazy Frogg, Cicero

Hamilton North Chamber 70 N. Byron St. Cicero, IN 46034 317-984-4079 Hamilton North Chamber executive board members help Groomingdale’s Pet Salon owners celebrate the grand re-opening of their pet grooming business. 28

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Our Tech Tuesday Team has chosen two Hamilton County-grown apps to partner with… bringing big business tools to small business. Shop Your Spot is Indy’s newest deal and event communication mobile app focusing on local merchants and their consumers. The main objective is to connect local business owners with their target audience by providing a real-time digital marketing voice allowing them to share their best deals and current events with customers. Very special pricing is available to Chamber members - $25 per year vs $50 per month! To start marketing your deals today contact Stephanie Taylor at stephanie@shopyourspot.com


Chamber Offices

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Peoplocity is a customer service communications platform that features a mobile app for consumers to share feedback with businesses. Quality customer experiences are essential for any business or organization to thrive and grow. This tool expedites the connection between businesses and their valued customer. To add the tool to your customer service program contact Cathy Langlois at cathy@peoplocity.com


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Visit www.noblesvillechamber.com to learn more about both tools and how your business can take advantage of the tools.

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The Forum Conference Center

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Prather Family Eyecare 554 Pebble Village Ln., Suite 200 Noblesville, IN 46062 (317) 804-1400 www.prathereyecare.com

Syd’s Bar & Grill 808 Logan St. Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 773-6132 www.sydsfinefood.com

Five Star Complete Restoration, Inc. 17215 Harger Ct. Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 288-2444 www.fivestarindy.com

Community First Bank of Indiana (765) 236-0600 www.cfbindiana.com

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Interested in joining one of our working groups or committees? Contact info@noblesvillechamber.com

Noblesville Chamber 601 E. Conner St. Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-0086 Follow us at:

Beazer Homes • The Beazer Team is joined by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Hendricks, and Councilor O’Conner.

Floors to Your Home • (Courtesy of Julie Crook) Pictured behind Mayor Ditslear from left to right: Shelley Kahn, Brian Kahn, Eli Kahn (age 2), Marshall Kahn, Dan Kahn, Jennifer Kahn, Emily Kahn. Front row cutting ribbon: Simon Kahn (age 5) and Noah Kahn (age 8).

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Miller Consulting • The Center for Excellence, in partnership with the Noblesville Schools, offers CAD and other technology related apprenticeship opportunities to high school students.

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SPREAD THE WORD Are there others in your business who would like to know what’s happening at the Chamber? Add them to our distribution list by sending their contact information to chambermail@ sheridanchamber. org or calling the office at 758-1311.


Catharine Heller

Sheridan Chamber of Commerce Office Manager

The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce has a new office manager. Catharine Heller would enjoy meeting you and telling you all about the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce. Stop in the office or send her an email at chambersheridan@gmail.com, or give her a call at 317-758-1311.

JUNE 2015

25th - Thursday - 11:30am -1:00pm


Sheridan Chamber 101 E. Second St. PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

July 8th at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield Presented by JBS United

Cost $14 for members, $18 for prospective members

JULY 2015

Sponsorship opportunities are still available

14th - Tuesday - 11:30am-1pm


Cost $14 for members, $18 for prospective members Annual joint Luncheon event offering opportunity to hear an interesting speaker and network with northern Hamilton County professionals. Registration begins at 11:00. Program starts at 11:30.

Visit the Chamber’s website www.sheridanchamber.org or call the Chamber’s office 317-758-1311

Our Mission The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce shall serve as a catalyst for businesses to succeed, or offering informative and educational programs or creating networking opportunity. The chamber is dedicated to serving our members. Our events, programs and services are made to put members in contact with business community of Hamilton County.

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Golf Classic

One of the most affordable golf outings in the County at a great golf course

Sheridan Public Library Guest Speaker: TBA

10 West Cicero Be sure to visit www.sheridanchamber.org for information on all upcoming events!

Sheridan Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual


Joining the Chamber is just the first step. By getting involved, your business can make the most of your membership by putting The Sheridan Chamber to work for you. June • July 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Monday, June 1st The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st Street, Westfield Registration: 10:30am Lunch: 11:00am Shotgun Start: 12:00pm 19th Hole Reception: 5:00pm Dinner: 6:00pm Eagle Sponsors:

Register online at www.westfield-chamber.org. Event is open to the public. Questions? Call the Chamber Office at 317.804.3030.


JUNE 2015


Amanda Schutte


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Moore Restoration

1st – Monday

18th – Thursday



25th – Thursday





Darin Moon

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JULY 2015


9th – Thursday



16th – Thursday

Casey Arnold


23rd – Thursday

For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org Nearly 400 were in attendance on April 21 at the 4th All-County Luncheon at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Personal finance expert Peter “Pete the Planner” Dunn, an Indiana native, spoke about budgets, workplace wellness, and personal finance decisions each of us make every day. Numerous All-County events are held throughout each year in various locations and are hosted by the six Hamilton County chambers of commerce. On Friday, April 17, an unsuspecting Pebbles to Pearls Boutique was the ‘recipient’ of one of Westfield’s flash mobs! As part of the Chamber’s I-3 (Instant Impact Initiative) project, more than 25 people descended on the shop at 4:00 p.m. and surprised owners Sherry Kancs and Dace Abeltins by purchasing their wonderful, vintage items. If you’re interested in participating in our next flash mob, please contact the Chamber office at 317.804.3030.

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Community First Bank of Indiana 201 W. Sycamore Street Kokomo 46901 765.236.0600

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Redwood at Andover by Redwood Living 18390 Shady Nook Road Westfield 46074 317.900.9379


Westfield Chamber of Commerce 130 Penn St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-804-3030


Hamilton County History

The Riverboat Connection

Civil War veteran is among pilots who retired here amilton County is a long way from major shipping rivers, so it would seem to be out of the way for someone who made their living by running steamboats filled with passengers and freight. However, in the book Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain mentions that when riverboat pilots that he knew left the river, 4 out of 5 of them would become farmers. He said it had to do with the solitary and controlling nature of the occupation. Whatever the reason, there were at least three such men who came to Hamilton County after their river careers were over. The first, Francis Moreau (1777-18??), was an engineer and mechanic rather than a pilot, and was a part of the very beginning of the steamboat era. He assisted Robert Fulton in constructing the first steamboat in the United States in New York in 1806 and was a passenger on the first trip. He moved to Noblesville sometime in the 1850’s. A newspaper article in 1867 said, “The old man is never so happy as when, with chalk or pencil, he is laying off diagrams, and explaining the machinery and vessel he helped to construct for that occasion.” The next riverman, James Kenniston (1822-1882), was both an engineer and a pilot. He started working on riverboats in the early 1840’s in the engine room, but had become a pilot and owner by the 1860’s. He was very influential in encouraging the adoption of tubular boiler for steamboats and acquired the nickname of “Old Tubular”. However, these types of boilers tended to explode and eventually disappeared from use. Kenniston married Julia McCole (18321880) in 1851. Her family was from this area and when the couple died they were buried in Crownland Cemetery. The third riverboat man, Owen W. Conley, was born in Galway, Ireland in 1841. His father died in 1848 during the Great Famine and his two older brothers immigrated to America, followed by the rest of the family, including Owen and his widowed mother, in 1853. They settled in Owen County, Kentucky. 32

Life on the River

Conley and the Forest Queen had been moving troops and supplies and doing In 1856, when Owen was fifteen years other work in the area. In January, old, he was seized by the desire to beGeneral William Tecumseh Sherman come a riverboat man. Interestingly, in had used the Forest Queen as his head1857, a 22-year-old named Samuel Cle- quarters and personal transport. Now mens also began his career on the river. she was drafted into Porter’s flotilla. Whether the two ever met is unknown. There were seven ironclad gunboats, a Conley left home and signed on as a deck tugboat, and three transports - the Forsweeper, working his way up through est Queen, Henry Clay, and Silver Wave. various jobs such as sweeper, watchman, The boats were filled with supplies for second mate, mate, and finally, captain. the troops and forage for horses. He had the opportunity to work on many The gunboats were to lead the procesdifferent boats and when the Civil War started, he was aboard one where he had sion, hopefully intimidating the Confederates enough to let the transports his most exciting adventure. through with a minimum of trouble. In 1861, he was part of the crew of the Still, the transports were to use cotton Forest Queen running between Cincin- bales as protection along their sides. nati and Louisville. When the war broke One gunboat, the Tuscumbia, was to out, the boat was requisitioned as a follow the transports. Tuscumbia was transport for the Union forces. The goal probably placed at the rear because of of the Union at this time was to take fears for its reliability. Despite having control of the Mississippi River from an excellent crew, the poorly designed the Confederates. This was part of the and hastily built ship had some severe blockade to cut off supplies to the South. mechanical problems. This run would The plan was very successful. By 1863, be a test of its usefulness. the only site where the Confederacy still The Mississippi River itself would be controlled the river was at the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Ulysses S. Grant a problem. At this point it was full of eddies and whirlpools that could spin a ship around. Porter ordered that the ships keep 50 yards apart to prevent collisions if there were trouble. Fortunately, they would be going downstream so they would not have to fight the current. Porter himself would travel in the lead boat, the Benton, making it his flagship. had been given command of the Union forces in the west. His forces were concentrated north of the city and he knew The Battle that he needed to get on both sides On April 16th, a little after 9:00 PM, the of the city to be able to assault it. He flotilla began moving down the river. and Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter All lights were covered or extinguished conceived a plan to send a small fleet and the engines were muffled as well of gunboats and supply ships downas possible. Porter wanted to get as far river while the army was maneuvered as possible before they were attacked. around the other side of the city. The They started from the point where most dangerous part of the plan was the Yazoo River joined the Mississippi that the fleet would have to pass directly and rounded the first bend with little under the guns of the city.

…three riverboat pilots who settled in Hamilton County after their careers on the river.

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David Heighway

physically impossible to do in a treacherous river while being fired upon.

Hamilton County Retirement After the war, Conley returned to his regular riverboat work. In 1874, he married Mary Duffey of Cincinnati and together they had eight children. In 1884, Conley decided to visit his sister, who had married into the Meehan family of Hamilton County, Indiana.

problem. Then, as they were rounding the bend just below the city, they were spotted by Confederate lookouts on the opposite shore. The Confederates set fire to piles of lumber and even houses to alert the troops in Vicksburg. The flames silhouetted the ships and turned the river into a giant shooting gallery. While the people of the city were caught by surprise, they quickly recovered and open fire with everything they had. The gunboats answered in kind and gave a broadside of 25 guns. Many of the shells dropped into the city and Porter himself could see brick buildings collapsing. One Confederate round pierced the Benton, wounding two sailors inside. But the ironclads were little affected by most of the shelling. The transports were not so fortunate. The Forest Queen was leading the three and almost immediately took a shot through her hull. A second shot severed her main steam pipe. The boat lost all power to the paddlewheel and Conley said that the escaping steam killed three crewmembers. The Henry Clay slowed down to keep from running into the disabled boat and was hit by a heated shot. This set fire to the cotton bales and soon the whole boat was in flames. The crew escaped in a rowboat. Conley’s boat drifted helplessly under the guns until, through the smoke, up

The Meehans were one of several families that had moved to an area west of Cicero know as the “Mullen Settlement”. It had been settled in the 1830’s by a group of Irish immigrants who came in to build the Central Canal. They established a Catholic mission and built a building near what is now the intersteamed the Tuscumbia. Lit only by the section of Highway 31 and 256th Street. burning hulk of the Henry Clay and the The cemetery is still there. Around the muzzle flashes of the cannons, a towline same time, a group of German Catholics was secured from the Forest Queen to had established a church east of town the Tuscumbia. Now, while still under at the Buscher Settlement and eventufire, the pilot of the transport had to ally the two churches were combined. steer his powerless boat in tandem with Conley apparently liked what he saw the pilot of the gunboat. He could only and decided it was time to retire from hope that the ironclad would not get the river. He bought 40 acres of land, caught in a whirlpool and spun around. moved his family up from Covington, A collision would be fatal. But the capKentucky, and began farming. He would tain of the Tuscumbia gave it full steam eventually own 180 acres. From 1890 to and soon both boats were safely down 1897, he returned to his piloting work, the river. but then left the river for good at the age of 56. They were greeted below the city by General Sherman who congratulated Conley settled down in Hamilton them on their skill. The captain of the County and began getting involved Forest Queen later received a letter of in the community. He was part of a commendation. Despite the loss of the committee in 1900 to construct a new Henry Clay, the mission was regarded church building in Cicero which is now as a success. With the arrival of the known as the Sacred Heart Catholic gunboats, the Confederates realized that Church. Conley and his wife celebrated the Union controlled most of the Mistheir 50th anniversary in November of sissippi River and could cut off Vicks1924. They were both hale and hearty burg from assistance. Complete control and were still doing some farm work. would not come until the surrender of The newspaper said that Conley was the city on July 4th. The Forest Queen not a man to talk much about himself, was soon repaired and returned to but that he could recite facts and let the transport duty. visitor provide the “embroidery”. Conley died in January of 1926 at the age of 85 There are other versions about what and is buried with his family in St. John’s actually occurred during this incident, including a claim that the captain of the Catholic Cemetery in Tipton. HCBM Forest Queen tried to turn his boat and David Heighway is the Hamilton County run away. But, this would seem to be Historian

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Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) Invests in neighborhoods, builds partnerships and provides housing solutions to improve lives and build community. Lakeside Gardens

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Rotary International

Rotary brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Each club meets weekly. For more information on the Noblesville Midday Rotary Club, contact President Scott Smith, 773-2090



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