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New Castle | Henry County

Holiday Gift Guide INSIDE Chamber Magazine Fall 2012

Buy it LOCAL Chamber Challenge: Money spent in county stays here

Meet the GENERAL Former local basketball star comes home to Henry County Hospital

Little League team takes Henry County out to THE ball game


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Our challenge: Buy local. Buy Chamber.

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he idea was a simple one really. Issue a challenge to our community on behalf of our members: Buy Local. Buy Chamber. So that’s what we are doing. Your Chamber is asking that you do your holiday shopping this year in Henry County and specifically we ask that you patronize Chamber members. EXECUTIVE If more of us do this, the impact DIRECTOR would be enormous. For every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays in our community. For every $100 you spend Missy with a national chain – located in our Modesitt community – $43 stays here. But for every $100 you spend out of town or online, zero dollars stay here. This issue of Chamber Magazine includes a Gift and Entertaining Guide. Browse these pages to find ideas for those on your holiday list and, who knows, you might just find something for yourself too! And best of all, you don’t have to leave Henry County! I’ve made a promise to myself this year: I will complete all of my holiday “For every shopping without leaving Henry $100 you County. I’ve done it before and I challenge you to do the same! spend locally, The Gift and Entertaining Guide also is published as a supplement $68 stays to this issue of Chamber Magazine, in our which means you can pick up free copies at participating merchants. It is sponsored by two of our community’s community.” biggest supporters: Henry County Hospital and Citizens State Bank. Here’s to a safe and happy holiday season for all of Henry County!

ON THE COVER Great Lakes players: Bottom row, Jared Porter, Cayden Smekens, Brett Matney; middle row, Bryce Huntley, Mason Gillis, Janson Anderson, Bryce Matney; top row, Blake Burris, Niah Williamson, Hunter McCubbins and Cory Murphy. Not pictured: Bryce Pinkard. 6 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012

New Castle | Henry County

Chamber Magazine Volume 2, Issue 2

PUBLISHER Missy Modesitt, Executive Director New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce info@nchcchamber.com EDITORIAL DIRECTION The JMetzger Group Juli Metzger John Metzger www.thejmetzgergroup.com thejmetzgergroup@gmail.com 765.744.4303 CONTRIBUTORS Design: Tammy Pearson Writing: Darrel Radford Photography: Maria Strauss www.mariaclarestrauss.com PRINTING by: Printing Creations, P.O. Box 3, 2204 S. Vine St., Yorktown, IN 765.759.8585 To advertise, contact The JMetzger Group at 765.744.4303. For subscription information, contact Missy Modesitt at 765.529.5210. Chamber Magazine: The voice of New Castle-Henry County Chamber businesses. It is a product of The JMetzger Group and the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. These materials are the sole and exclusive property of The JMetzger Group and the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and may not be used without written consent. Copyright 2012 The JMetzger Group and The New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber Magazine TABLE OF CONTENTS

10 TOP BUSINESS BUYING LOCAL

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WINTER HEALTH TIPS ALL IN THE FAMILY 27

GENERAL 30 SURGEON CITIZENS OF THE YEAR 32 LITTLE LEAGUE 34 LEGENDS HENRY COUNTY 36 BY-THE-NUMBERS GOVERNOR 38 VISITS 8 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012

New Chamber website delivers updated options for businesses

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oing business in the BOARD 21st century requires a combination of oldPRESIDENT fashioned customer service and work ethic, while embracing technology at every opportunity. Bill The New Castle-Henry County Kindig Chamber of Commerce is trying to offer the best of both with its newly redesigned website. The site – found at http:// business.nchcchamber.com/ list/ – gives Chamber members a multitude of important options to fit their business needs. A scrolling calendar conveniently “The New keeps members updated on coming events. Castle-Henry A business directory not only County provides a phone number but a link to a web site. Chamber of There also is an opportunity to advertise on the web site and Commerce is the ability to post job openings. If a local business wants to tout its trying to latest “hot deal” for just a couple offer the best of days, we have that capability now. ... with A “Living Here” tab offers tips for shopping, dining, staying its newly and playing, which details entertainment options in the redesigned area. website.” Click on “Member Center” to find member-to-member deals. Photos of area happenings are on display when the chamber site is accessed. Currently, memorable moments created by New Castle’s Little League World Series team rotate into view. If you haven’t already, check it out.


Heritage House administrator Christy Tompkins shows resident Beulah Kaiser their Business of the Year award. Photos by MARIA STRAUSS

Heritage House

New Castle facility is awarded Business of the Year for its longevity, creativity and compassion

Inside Henry County’s business of the year

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rom 106-year-old Pauline McConnell to Ivan and Beulah Kaiser, a couple who’ve been married for 70 years, the Heritage House of New Castle has become a special place. In March, the facility received one of the top awards in the area when the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce named it “Business of the Year”. Longevity, creativity and compassion all contributed to the award, according to Pam DePrez, whose father, Robert Reed, started the business more than 46 years ago to care for his 96-year-old grandmother. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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what it looks like today. Great food? The staff here not only serves “He wanted to find a safe and modern place with its residents, but also provides meals and entertaingreat food, caring employees and plenty to do,” ment at senior citizen apartment complexes in town, DePrez said. Maplewood Terrace and the Senior Center. They Today, Heritage House meets all three of those also provide refreshments for the New Castle-Henry criteria and takes those concepts out into the County Public community. Library’s movies. Safe? The Plenty to caring employdo? From the ees take care of modern touchthat. screen televi“We have a sion to painting very dedicated activities, games, staff, with some resident parties, employees here special outings having more and more, resithan 30 years dents here have experience,” many delightful DePrez said. ways to keep “Our departbusy. ment heads But perhaps average 15 what contributed years of most to its experience.” “Business of the A recent Year” selection renovation was the many project also ways Heritage featured a House reaches shower room Heritage House resident Ivan Stover, 88, pats a staff member’s five-yearthat includes old bullmastiff named Khan. Stover lives in an apartment at Heritage House out to the community. a new Jacuzzi with his wife, Beulah. Heritage House helps their residents feel at home by allowing access to animals as a form of therapy. Its employees walk-in tub. participate in the Modern? United Fund Day of Caring; the American Cancer A big television monitor in the dining area allows Relay for Life and Christmas drives for the Christian residents to choose from a variety of entertainment Love Help Center. The facility also is a training site options by just touching the screen. They can listen for area nursing and vocational school programs. to music, find a vintage program or look up history, It frequently serves as host to many local club and among many other choices.  With Google Earth, they organizational meetings. ■ can also zoom in on where they used to live and see

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Buying local By staying at home more often to shop and eat, local residents are helping Henry County’s economy go places.

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t can be seen from the Ivy Tech construction site on Ind. 3 to the shirts on the backs of New Castle’s Little League World Series qualifiers. It can change everything from the new line of products available at a favorite local store to the number of people standing in the unemployment line. It can bring comfort to the needy, stability to a community and possibility for the future. “It” is what happens when Henry County residents CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 buy local. CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012 | 15


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Customer Kim Riley speaks with Cross-eyed Cat Country Gift Shoppe owner Judy Sipe about purchasing a figurine. Sipe sells gifts, candles, jewelry and home decorations in her store. FROM PAGE 15

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Every time a purchasing decision is made here, a multitude of truths and consequences come with it. Spend money here, and the ripple effects have the impact of a rock splashing into a pond, extending in all directions. Spend money outside of Henry County, and it’s more like tossing that same rock out the window. Missy Modisett, executive director of the New CastleHenry County Chamber of Commerce, breaks it down this way: “Statistics show $68 of every $100 spent at a locally owned business stays in our community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures,” Modisett said. “A total of $43 of every $100 spent at a national chain stays in our community. But none of every $100 spent out-oftown or online stays in our community.” A recent Time Magazine report said that a study found twice the money stayed in the community when people bought locally. The report stressed that this money makes its way through a multitude of hands. A purchase at a local store may in turn be used for supplies, upkeep, advertising and paying employees. Modisett said she’d like for local residents to embrace what’s called the 3/50 project started by nationally recognized retail advisor Cinda Brown. “Pick three local businesses you would miss if they were gone,” Modisett explained. “Vow to spend $50 in total at these three businesses each month. If half of the employed population would do this, it would generate over $40 billion in revenue nationwide.” The upcoming holiday season is a good time to start, according to Modisett. Included in this issue is a local


gift guide that offers holiday buying ideas, all of which come from Henry County merchants.

A battle cry to buy local

“Three years ago at the Chamber annual dinner, I encouraged everyone in attendance to buy as many Christmas presents as possible in Henry County,” Modisett said. “My family did that and I was amazed at how easy it was to meet everyone’s wishes and know that I was supporting our local economy in doing so. I plan to do the same again this year.” Where the battle cry to buy local is concerned, however, a vicious circle seems to get in the way. Often, local residents will say they leave town because they can’t find what they want here. But Judy Sipe, owner of the Cross Eyed Cat Gift Shop in New Castle, said if they leave town, they take the ability for her store to add new merchandise with them. “This summer has been very slow,” Sipe said. “If there’s no money coming in, it’s hard to buy merchandise for the fall.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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Henry County projects local dollars will support Currently, more than $2 million in projects are either under way or planned. In addition to Ivy Tech, food and beverage tax dollars will:

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Help construct a spec building for the New Castle-Henry Economic Development Corp. to market and try to lure new business here. Build a new rail bridge to improve business access. Buy $75,000 in new equipment for the Henry County YMCA. Assist the Friends of Sunset Park in Knightstown in building a new splash pad and improve Middletown’s water park. Improve the New Castle Arts Park downtown. Give the Henry County Historical Society $37,500 for construction of facility to display a historic Maxwell Automobile. Make roof repairs in Mooreland and Lewisville. Expand the community room at the Wilbur Wright Birthplace. Build a new gazebo in Cadiz. Repair sidewalks at the Middletown Civic Center and provide funds for the Middletown War Memorial.

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New Castle Mayor Greg York has been a local businessman since 1975. He understands the struggles with keeping customers and dollars in town. “I know it’s hard to find a man’s suit in New Castle but we definitely need to support the local vendors,” York said. “Whether it’s a plumber or buying TVs or couches or beds or whatever we can to support New Castle, we need to try and keep it as local as we possibly can. That’s true for private store owners as well as a national chain. If we want to keep that store here, we need to support places like Applebees Mayor Greg York and Bob Evans too. In years past they have been on the bubble, are they going to stay or are they not going to stay.” Where restaurants are concerned, it’s more than just 18 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012


the dollars that stay in the community. It’s the cents that add up to big dreams for the community. They have been pennies from heaven for so many different reasons. Henry County has had a food-and-beverage tax since the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum came here in the early 1990s. Each time food and drink is purchased here, 1 percent of the price is added to a customer’s bill. The customer rarely notices it, but the end results are some of the biggest improvements in Henry County. The money has been used in virtually every corner of the county – from the Wilbur Wright Birthplace near Millville to the Henry County Saddle Club at Memorial Park to Knightstown’s famed Hoosiers Gym. Obviously, every time someone eats at a restaurant outside of Henry County, those pennies never find their way back here. Kevin Brinegar, president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, said there was another reason eating locally was worthy of food for thought in Henry County. “Local restaurants tend to employ local people,” he said. “When you support them, you are helping more than just the local business.” Another telling statistic comes from www.elocal.com, which reports that throughout the United States, only about 33.6 percent of the revenue from national chains is reinvested into the community compared to the 64.8 percent return from local business. By staying at home to shop and eat more often, local residents are helping Henry County go places. Modisett and Chamber members are encouraged that the economy is starting to bounce back. “Businesses are moving,” she said. “We’ve had a couple of places relocate and you know that’s not cheap. In getting ready for our annual Cash Bonanza and requesting donations, I’ve been turned down only one time. So there are some good signs that the local economy is turning around.” And if more people start buying local, Modisett says she can’t wait to see what “it” will bring next for Henry County. ■

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Prescriptive advice from the experts Teresa Thacker Henry County Hospital, Infection Control Coordinator

“Handwashing is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease.”

Dr. Adam Rosenfield Henry County Hospital

“I think there’s a lot of stories out there about how the flu shot gives you the flu and it may give you some very mild aches, maybe a low-grade fever, may make you feel a little crummy for 12 hours but it’s nothing compared to the flu. The flu is like a freight train hit you. You are out of work for four or five days, usually. There’s no evidence that I’ve seen that the flu shot actually causes the flu.” Julie Griffords We drink more hot drinks during the winter months that have empty calories like hot cocoa and more coffees with creamers. ... Try to break those cycles, have a meal and an exercise plan.” 20 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012

12 tips FOR A HEALTHY WINTER

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r. Adam Rosenfeld, Nurse Practitioner Heather Turner and Wellness Coach Julie Grifford offer these 12 tips to feeling good when the weather turns bad.

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Get a flu shot, not only for you, but for that more susceptible person you might come into contact with who is especially vulnerable to the flu, like the elderly or very young children.

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Have hand sanitizer available and use it often.

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Plan an exercise routine for the winter and stick with it.

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Don’t hibernate; make time for fresh air and sunlight.

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Eat healthy. Include protein and at least three servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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Get at least six to eight hours of sleep each night.

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Sneeze into your elbow, not your hands, to avoid spreading germs.

8. JULIE GRIFFORDS has a master’s degree in wellness management. She is a Pendleton resident and has worked at Henry County Hospital since March. HEATHER TURNER is a New Castle resident who earned her nursing degree at Indiana University/Kokomo and obtained a master’s degree in nursing and nurse practitioner at Ball State University. DR. ADAM ROSENFELD is in his third year serving Henry County residents. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and medical school training at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his residency at Northwestern University.

Stay hydrated, which means drinking up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

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Don’t drink too many hot specialty beverages like gourmet coffees, sodas or hot cocoa that have empty calories. Remember that alcohol doesn’t help hydration.

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Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.


Gift and Entertaining Guide

We know what it’s like: Every year you run out of time – and ideas!

Are you really going to just get Dad a tie again? And how about your office assistant? Is that holiday ornament enough to recognize a year’s worth of hard work? Relax. We have you covered. We’ve assembled ideas – all from local businesses – to ease you into the holiday spirit!

Buy local. Buy Chamber.


Cakes for all occasions, expertly baked and decorated! The Sweet Life cakes by Kim, New Castle. Call 765.686.0457 for appointment. kim@sweetlifecakesbykim.com Gift certificates available.

Anything the businessperson on your list needs! How about a stylish, practical laptop case? And don’t forget the stocking stuffers: Large range of pen & pencil sets, calculators, and tons more! Superstore prices with great hometown service! OffiSource 1332 Broad Street New Castle. 765.529.3900 www.MyOSI.biz

Book your holiday photo today while there’s still time! Dave Nantz will get just the right shot. Contact Dave about the annual Holiday Special: November 26 - December 1! Nantz Photography 206 South 14th Street New Castle. 765.521.8888 www.nantzphotography.com

Take a break from your shopping excursions with a delicious Mancino’s grinder! And don’t forget to pick up some gift certificates for stocking stuffers! Mancino’s 2111 South Memorial Drive New Castle. 765.529.8868

NEW! GREAT GIFT! SNOWTIME ANYTIME! Remember at your last holiday party when everybody ran out of things to say and do and started leaving early? Here’s an idea: start a snowball fight! “Snowballs” are the hit of any party! Or playtime, schools, nursing homes and more! AND clean up is easy: no muss, no fuss, NO SLUSH! For ages 3 to 103. Machine wash and dry. To order: Snowtime Anytime! 765.593.9106 Or visit us at the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show, November 7 to 11, Indianapolis State Fairgrounds

Gift and Entertaining Guide


Indiana’s Oldest Auto Dealer offers top-notch service too! Take the hassle out of maintenance with a certificate for oil changes, tires, system checks and more! The experts at Goodwin’s service all major makes and models. Goodwin Bros. Automobile Co. 250 Broad Street New Castle. 765.529.3780 www.goodwinbrosauto.com

Ready to pop the question? Don’t do anything until you check out the huge selection of engagement rings and other jewelry at: Castle Pawn Shop 534 North Memorial Drive New Castle. 765.529.7200

It’s never too early to think about Spring! Landscaping by professionals that will last for years to come. From flowers and trees to walkways and walls, the Pro Green experts will tailor a plan that will have you beaming with pride! Pro Green Inc. 3878 N. Prairie Road New Castle. 765.836.4866 www.progreen.net

Get your holiday flowers from New Castle’s biggest Colts fan! A trip through Marilyn’s shop will give you the perfect idea for almost everybody on your list! Marilyn’s Flowers and Gifts 2919 South 14th St., Suite 7 New Castle. 765.529.5162

Christmas Ca$h Loan Special Enjoy a low fixed rate, a simple fixed term, and no payment for 90 days – perfect to get you through the gift-giving season! Citizens State Bank Convenient locations throughout Henry County. 888-529-5450 www.csb-nc.com

A membership to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is the perfect gift for the hoops fan in your life! Perks include free admission to the Hall of Fame museum, a subscription to our Indiana Basketball History magazine, a 20% discount in our gift shop and invites to our big events. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame #1 Hall of Fame Court New Castle. 765.529.1891 www.hoopshall.com

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A gift like no other: Jewelry made by local artist and community leader Missy Modesitt! Missy uses a process called lampwork to meticulously craft beads from imported Italian glass rods. Incorporating them with precious metals and Swarovski crystals, Missy creates one-of-a-kind pieces that will surely please that special someone. Letter openers and wine stoppers too! Missy Modesitt, Glass Artist 765.524.1828 Available for in-home shows www.facebook.com/ missymodesittglassartist

100% Fiber straight to your home for a stunning TV picture, consistently fast Internet, and reliable phone. Make the switch today! Metronet 1400 Broad Street New Castle. 765.520.2000 www.metronetinc.com

Everything and anything for your favorite handyman! Ace is the Place for help in getting those household chores completed! Ace Hardware 441 South Memorial Drive New Castle. 765.529.3002 www.acehardware.com

Gift and Entertaining Guide

Get some great gift ideas at the Henry County Business EXPO! Browse the booths and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Taste of Henry County! ($5 lunch tickets are available at the door.) Thursday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. W.G. Smith Building in Memorial Park. New Castle.

There’s no gift quite as special as something handmade. Loretta Wray offers pottery that is as beautiful as it is useful. You can see for yourself at Loretta’s Open Studios: October 27, November 24 and December 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If those dates don’t work, contact her for a private showing! Loretta Wray Pottery 2747 South County Road 600 E New Castle. 765.518.6565 www.LorettaWrayPottery.com

The gift of GREEN – green grass, that is! Surprise your loved one with something different: a lawn treatment package for the whole year! Packages tailored to fit any yard and budget! Pro Green Inc. 3878 N. Prairie Road New Castle. 765.836.4866 www.progreen.net


Take pride in a New Castle landmark. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame gift shop features a line of shirts, caps, books and more that display New Castle’s – and Indiana’s – long love of basketball. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame #1 Hall of Fame Court New Castle. 765.529.1891 www.hoopshall.com

No worries about returns here! A gift card takes the decision-making out of holiday shopping! Walmart 3167 State Road 3 New Castle. 765.529.5990 www.walmart.com www.facebook.com/Walmart1758 Customer Appreciation Auto Loan Special Through November 30, 2012, take advantage of lower rates and no payments for 90 days! Give yourself a new sleigh for the holidays! Citizens State Bank Convenient locations throughout Henry County. 888-529-5450 www.csb-nc.com

Still stumped on a gift for someone who has everything? Give a donation and the Foundation will personalize a card, making it the perfect gift that will last forever! Henry County Community Foundation 700 South Memorial Drive New Castle. 765.529.2235 www.henrycountycf.org

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There’s a unique combination at the Henry County YMCA. Little ones build skills and self-esteem. People connect while strengthening body and mind. The Y offers everything from weights and fitness equipment to improve well-being, to kids programs that nurture their potential through learning and play. At the Y, your membership means more. Henry County YMCA 300 Wittenbraker Avenue New Castle. 765.529.3804 www.henrycountyymca.org

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Looking for a creative Christmas gift that also shows someone you care? Sometimes

the best gift is the one that gives to others If you’re wondering what to give someone who “has everything” consider making a meaningful and unique gift to help women in our community.

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Tax deductible donations may be made to the Henry County Hospital Foundation. Please indicate on your check you are making a donation to The Women’s Health Assistance program. We will send you a special honor card you can use when making your unique gift.

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All in the family

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Angela Switzer Wiggs, father Mont Switzer and his grandson, Luke Wiggs, pose for a portrait.

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Family transforms vacant site into transport business

he familiar fall smell of tomato catsup no longer fills the air in Mount Summit, but there is life at part of the complex.

Switzer Tank Lines and Switzer Logistics are making a difference not only within the friendly confines of the small town, but from coast to coast. Town resident Mont Switzer has teamed with his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Angela to turn part of the area into a trucking firm that is a for-hire transporter of bulk liquid hazardous materials. It hauls IRL Racing fuels from coast to coast and delivers other materials in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. It also transports aviation fuels, motor oils, water-treating compounds, acids and bleach. “Bleach is used in water treatment compounds and we deliver to New Castle here,” Switzer said. “That’s very, very specialized equipment. We are probably one of the few carriers that has it in this area at all.” Switzer’s Tank Lines has not only brought life to a former factory site that could have slipped into

decay, it’s also brought business to a Spiceland truck parts firm, a New Castle hardware store and a Mount Summit grocery in the process. “What we have here are really good jobs,” Switzer said. “We have a rule that we don’t hire anybody that lives more than an hour from Mount Summit. Those paychecks get cashed and buy gas at Mike’s Marathon, milk and bread at the Summit Mart or lunch at Sparky’s Doghouse and the Iron Kettle.” Switzer tries to be a good neighbor by offering to service the town’s fire trucks. His daughter Angela has worked with the firm for nearly 15 years. “Working together has kept our family close,” she said. “If I worked some place in Indianapolis, we would only get to see each other for Sunday brunch or just occasionally. This way, I get to see them every day.” ■ CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012 | 27


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s prominent as a big screen TV in your living room. As convenient as a microwave oven. As comforting as a recliner.

All of the above descriptions could be used to define Myers Furniture and Appliance, a business that has been in New Castle for nearly three-quarters of a century. But the four generations of family members here have been so much more than salesmen. They and their employees have been some of the best friends Henry County has ever had. Both Dick Myers and Bob Bowman, now retired, have led fund-raising drives for the New Castle-Henry County First Aid Unit. Charities, 4-H programs and Little League are just a few of the many other causes aided annually by not only the owners here, but the employees as well. “The people who work here are invested in the community, too,” said Todd Myers, a third-generation family member involved in the business. “It’s a lot easier for people to buy local if they know they are buying from a business that helps the community. There are probably four or five guys here who supported New Castle’s World Series Little League team on their own. Jason Armstrong, grandson of Dick Myers, represents a fourth generation in a business that has 28 | CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2012

Photo by MARIA STRAUSS

Jason Armstrong and Todd Myers sit on the back of a family delivery truck.

combined the latest advancements in appliances with good old-fashioned service. “If you run into an issue or

problem, it’s so much easier getting it taken care of a mile or two down the road,” Todd Myers said. ■


All in the family

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Family keeps local vehicles & community projects running strong

eff Smiley and his team do more than rebuild vehicles.

They help accelerate community values through charity work from not only the Smiley family, but employees at the 81-year-old business as well. Now with third-generation family members working at the historic body shop on New York Avenue in New Castle, Smiley says his business has tried to keep up with a myriad of changes while at the same time, clinging to timeless values instilled by his parents, Gerald and Maxine, who started the business in 1931. While keeping the family business moving, Smiley has become a most valuable player in civic affairs. He created Northfield Park, located just to the north of the body shop, and donated the land where a new Henry County YMCA was built in 2003. He’s been president of the Henry County Community Foundation Board of Directors, helped with coat drives for kids and played an organizational role in the United Fund’s successful “Day of Caring” event, just to name a few. He encourages his employees to serve as well and they have helped Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the New Castle Animal Shelter and numerous church organizations. “Working at this business is the best thing that’s

Stacey Chesterman her father Jeff Smiley.

ever happened to me,” said Smiley, who started here when he was 12 years old. “I’d ride my bike down after school as a 12-yearold and see what I could do to help. Now I’ve been here 47 years and my daughter, Stacey has been working alongside me for 19 years. It’s wonderful.” ■

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Kyle Siewert is general surgeon at the Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery Photo by MIKE McKOWN Photo Studios, New Castle

From basketball floor general to orthopedic

general surgeon Kyle Siewert returns home to help patients win mobility battles

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BY DARREL RADFORD

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ention the name Kyle Siewert and the conversation in the Blue River Valley area will undoubtedly turn to basketball.

Many still enjoy reliving the days when Siewert’s pinpoint passing, relentless drives to the basket and array of long-range buzzer-beater shots helped put the Vikings on the basketball map in the late 1990s. But today the former floor general has a new title – and he’s bringing it home to help others in the Henry County area. He’s now Dr. Kyle Siewert. On Oct. 1, Siewert joined the team at Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Forest Ridge in New Castle. Siewert will be a general surgeon there working alongside Dr. Lindsey Rolston, who was an inspiration to him when he was still just a student at Blue River. “I was a junior in high school when the opportunity presented itself to do some job shadowing,” Siewert said. “Dr. Rolston invited me to come to the clinic and then to observe some surgery. He’s been a mentor to me ever since.”


Siewert said he was also looking forward to working with a staff that includes Dr. Thomas Mathews, Dr. Scott Taylor and Dr. Damian Harris and physician assistants Renee Wright and Karey Claywell. For a community that’s accustomed to seeing talented young people leave the area upon graduation and take jobs in other states, Siewert’s return is as much a reason to cheer as BRV’s 74-61 upset victory in the 1998 Hall of Fame Classic – one in which Siewert performed surgery of a different kind on a taller, heavily favored Terre Haute North team. “That was probably the biggest upset Blue River’s ever had,” Mount Summit-area resident Dave Hamilton said. He (Siewert) could be the floor general better than anybody I’ve ever seen.” “Kyle was probably the best all-around student athlete I’ve had the privilege to watch at Blue River,” Hamilton said. “We might have had some better all-around basketball players, but I don’t think we’ve ever had one who was a better student-athlete.” What didn’t show up in the box score – Siewert’s demeanor and character – was equally impressive, according to Blue River Valley School Corp. Superintendent Steve Welsh. Welsh remembered a situation where an opposing player, frustrated at Siewert’s court dominance, fouled him in an especially physical way. Some athletes might have lost their cool and retaliated or at least offered trash talk. But Welsh said Siewert just handed the ball to the official and walked to the free throw line, where he matter-of-factly drained two free throws. “That’s a moment I’ll never forget,” Welsh said. “He was a scholar athlete and a true gentleman.” For Siewert and his wife, the former Christin Matney, coming home was a slam-dunk decision. “Family to us is so important,” Siewert said. “I’m so thankful for the support this community has shown to us. We have identical twin boys and getting them back home with family just felt right to us.”

“The biggest thing is the drive to never give up when there are challenges.” Camden and Kade Siewert were born Nov. 29, 2010. As he did on the BRV basketball floor, Siewert brings impressive credentials to his new team. He is a 2003 graduate of Purdue University, earning a general health sciences degree with a pre-med concentration. He then went to medical school at IU Health’s Muncie site and later worked at IUPUI Medical Center in downtown Indianapolis. In 2007 he completed medical school and just graduated from the residency program in Springfield, Ill. Siewert also just completed two months of additional training at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. A daughter of Springport residents Terry and Debbie Matney, Kyle’s wife also brings medical expertise to Henry County. She just finished her master’s degree in pediatric occupational therapy at Springfield, Ill. Siewert says the game of basketball taught him lessons he carries with him to this day. “The biggest thing is the drive to never give up when there are challenges,” he said. “To have the determination to persevere through good and bad times and accomplish the goals you’ve set out to achieve.” Siewert is eager to put those lessons to work in the county he grew up in and for the very people who rooted for him so many times on the basketball court. Now it’s Siewert’s turn to cheer them on and help them win physical battles so much more important than basketball games. ■

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A photo of Peggy and Ray White, 2011 Citizens of the Year, is displayed in their home.

HELPS NEW CASTLE YOUTH SPARKLE Chamber honors Ray and Peggy White as its Citizens of the Year BY DARREL RADFORD

W Peggy White holds her husband Ray White’s Citizen of the Year award. Ray died in April.

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hen a crowd in excess of 1,000 people gathered at the New Castle Little League diamond in August to watch the local Williamsport World Series wonders on a specially erected outdoor screen, the name of one couple kept coming to mind.


“I’m so glad Ray received this award before he Ray and Peggy White. Wouldn’t it be great if Ray passed away. He loved baseball, he loved the kids,” could see this? she said. “He loved this community. And he sure “He was instrumental in building this league,” would have loved this year.” said New Castle resident Beverly Matthews, who is Ray was a 40-year member of the Evening executive director of the Henry County Community Optimist Club, served as Foundation. “He put his president of Little League heart and soul into this for baseball for 35 years, and 45 years.” led Optimist basketball White died in April, efforts for more than 30 just four months before his years. He also was one of beloved New Castle Little the organizers of the Girls Leaguers charmed local, Softball League in New Casstate and national media tle. New Castle Mayor Greg with their inspiring run to York said the Whites were the World Series and just like a second set of parents a month after he and his to him. beloved wife of 53 years, “People will never know Peggy, were named coPhotos by MARIA STRAUSS how many hours Ray has winners of the Chamber of A memorial sticker for Ray White rests on a spent in Optimist BasCommerce “Citizen of the table in Peggy White’s home. ketball and Little League Year” award. baseball, just thousands “I thought he might “People will never know and thousands of hours,” receive it, but I had no idea York added. my name would be on it, how many hours Ray has “And behind every suctoo,” said Peggy White. “I spent in Optimist Basketball cessful man there’s a good fell apart. I just lost it when woman. I can’t say enough they announced both of our and Little League baseball, about what Ray has done names. but Peggy’s been right The Whites received the just thousands and there with him every step honor at the New Castleof the way, sitting at home Henry County Chamber of thousands of hours.” without him while he was Commerce annual meeting - New Castle Mayor Greg York at games or watching TV by in March. herself while he was on the They were selected because phone. Any young couple would do well to pattern of their four decades of service to the Optimist Club their life after Ray and Peggy White.” and its many sports programs. From youth basketAnd as the local crowd cheered when New Castle ball and baseball to Punt, Pass and Kick, the Whites won its World Series game 4-0 on a beautiful Ausacrificed many summers and weekends helping gust night, many felt Ray was there in spirit. ■                                               New Castle kids.

New Castle Little League: Paying it forward When the Great Lakes Champions from New Castle, Indiana, arrived at the Little League World Series in 2012 on the national stage, they made their hometown proud. Their genuine character was displayed in their concern and charity for the Uganda team, spurring donations of equipment, clothes and shoes - reflecting the heart of true champions. Response from the Henry County community was overwhelming when a match challenge of $10,000 was met in less than a week. Twenty-thousand dollars in donations were presented to New Castle Little League for their first trip to the Little League World Series. We celebrate the fact that twelve dedicated baseball players and their coaches inspired hundreds of people to get involved in their community. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist

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The New Castle Great Lakes’ players wave to supporters during a parade on Saturday, Sept.8, 2012.

legends New Castle Little League

secure place in World Series history

Sirens of celebration mixed with moments of silence on a cool September morning as New Castle families, friends and community leaders toasted a team that became one of eight in Player Blake Burris thanks parade watchers.

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the country to play in the 2012 Little League World Series.


New Castle residents showed their support for the the Little League team during the parade.

New Castle Mayor Greg York congratulates a Little League player before the parade.

CELEBRATION PARADE

Wearing gold medals around their necks and dressed in orange Great Lakes baseball jerseys, players rode in Dodge trucks and waved to city residents more accustomed to celebrating green-and-white clad heroes and basketball championships. While cheers were plentiful, words were often hard to come by during a program at Bundy Auditorium afterward. Moments of silence were held for late coach Danny Smekens and 45-year youth sports volunteer Ray White. Community leaders, coaches and others expressed their thanks to the team that made a dream come true – and the many local businesses that were behind them all the way. Photos by Maria Strauss

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HENRY COUNTY By the numbers Total Henry County population in 2011: 49,264 Age 65+ 16.4%

Age 45 to 64: 29.1%

Henry County population over time.

Age 0 to 4: 5.3%

Age 5 to 17: 16.8% Age 18 to 24: 7.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Age 25 to 44: 24.5%

Henry County population distribution in 2011. Total: 49,264

Other: 4.5%

Households in Henry County in 2010. Total: 19,077.

Non-family Households: 6,057 31.8%

Living alone: 27.3% Other: 7.2% Single parents: 9.0% Married with children: 18.2% Married, no children: 33.8%

FamilyHouseholds: 13,020 68.2%

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HENRY COUNTY By the numbers Shown are the number of Henry County business units by size in 2011. Total business units: 858.

100+ 50-99 Employees: Employees: 2% 20-49 1.7% Employees: 9.2%

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Note: Included are business units with zero employees and federal government employees.

10-19 Employees: 13.1% 5-9 Employees: 19.1%

25,446 people work in Henry County, 91% of them Henry County residents. Shown are the top five counties sending workers into Henry County.

0-4 Employees: 54.9%

Wayne 7.8% Delaware 19.7% Hancock 20.4%

Marion 29.4%

Madison 22.7%

Hancock 14% Rush 14.8% Madison 17.2%

Delaware 28.1%

Wayne 25.9%

30,449 people live in Henry Co

30,449 people live in Henry County and work. 76% of them work in Henry County. Shown are the top five counties receiving workers from Henry County. Source: Indiana Department of Revenue

44.4%

19.3% 5.2% Less than ninth grade

11.3% 9th to 12th, no diploma

Education attainment in Henry County among population age 25 and older in 2010. Total: 34,189. 6%

H.S. graduate (incl. equiv.)

Some college, no degree

Assoc. degree

9.2% Bach. degree

4.6% Grad./ profess. degree*

*Includes doctorate degrees. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR

More than 200 Chamber members joined Gov. Mitch Daniels in May at a New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce lunch event. The governor, known for his affinity for motorcycles, took advantage of the beautiful weather and rode in on his Harley. Wearing jeans and a buttoned-down shirt, Daniels’ laid-back delivery captivated the crowd. Daniels was pro business, pro community and pro Henry County. “We should not give up on America,” said Daniels, who begins the new year as president of Purdue University. “We should absolutely not give up on Indiana. And I wouldn’t for a second give up on Henry County.”

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This twice-yearly publication is the voice of the New Castle/Henry County Chamber of Commerce in Indiana.

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