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Bangs Cause Pangs For Local Wimp By Michelle Momper I am terrified of fireworks. Not the kind that you sit and watch at night, lit by well-trained professionals. I’m talking about the kind you buy and light yourself, especially the ones that look like tiny dynamite sticks and come all linked together in one package. Here’s why:

Air?” and “How Many Smoke Bombs Does It Take To Fumigate Old Man Tate’s Garage?” These antics were only preludes to the anticipated “Aim Bottle Rockets At Pedestrians” extravaganza, which made me have nightmares for days. I have no idea where all the parents were during these manic episodes. I would guess they were collectively hiding in somebody’s basement with cocktails and lots of prayers. Me? I tolerated the endless stream of ear-numbing booms and bangs, while developing a tic in my neck that reappears like clockwork whenever I hear loud noises.

When I was a little whippersnapper growing up in northwestern Oklahoma, the month of July was hot, dry, windy, and did I say hot? Where walking outside felt like entering a mind-altering sweat lodge, standing around with lighters and Black Cats wasn’t at the top of my list. Turns out, I was the exception rather than the rule.

As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, the entire town would congregate in the sweltering mid-morning hours to watch the annual parade drift its way down Main Street. The local Rodeo Queen would marshal in the high school marching band, and clowns with grotesquely melted faces would run around throwing candy and scaring all the small children. Did I mention my fear of face paint?

I lived in a one-stoplight town that averaged a population of maybe 2,500, and scurrying about igniting M-80s was not only a fire hazard, but a forbidden fruit. In fact, setting any kind of firecrackers off within city (loose term) limits was illegal back then.

All in all, I spent a lifetime of Fourth of July’s counting down the seconds until sundown, when the professionals took over for the annual fireworks display at the football field. While others were “oohing” and “ahhing” over the blue and white starbursts in the sky, I was quietly giving thanks for another holiday under my belt with all five fingers intact and a house that hadn’t burned down: a tradition I continue to this day. Amen.

So here’s where it turns medieval. My older brother and friends (who, by the way, did not to my knowledge grow up to be felons), would conduct experiments. Give a group of bored 13-year-old boys some gunpowder and a snake and, well, let’s just say the memory alone is worthy of therapy. I, being naïve and easily bribed, was always designated the lookout. So there I’d be, nestled away in the cluster of pine trees in the corner of our backyard, sweat and sap coating my sunburned shoulders, covering my ears and ready to scream and/or run at the first glimpse of a local black-andwhite. Talk about trauma.

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The Beginning and the End By Jennifer Alderman I know the old saying is “Time flies when you’re having fun,” but believe me, time creeps along at a painfully slow pace when you are having chemo, which may be defined as many things, but never, ever as fun. But finally, after six months, I have come to the end of my chemotherapy treatments. I had some setbacks toward the end that made me feel as though I was crawling toward the finish line, but I am done, and hopefully will never have to endure another infusion again. A friend said to me the other day, “Congrats! You’ve been liberated!” and I was so happy to have someone find the right word to express the feeling of being done with chemo. I have been liberated from a six-month sentence of hard time in an oncologist’s office, and I do have a feeling of freedom.

you’re good. Okey dokey? Good luck!” Holy crap! I was pretty scared when I was diagnosed with cancer, but now I’m slightly more terrified at the prospect that the cancer is “probably” gone. It’s hard to put faith in the treatments and hope that they have worked, but unless I want to spend every second of every day obsessing over every bump and cough I experience, then it is my only choice. I chose to pursue the most aggressive line of treatment because I wanted the extra assurance that the cancer wouldn’t come back, but there are no guarantees. I think I’ll always fear the cancer boogeyman is going to jump out from behind a corner and yell “boo!”

I was pretty scared when I was diagnosed with cancer, but now I’m slightly more terrified at the prospect that the cancer is “probably” gone.

I expected to feel free, to feel some relief of the burden of treatment, both physical and emotional. I have also been experiencing a mix of emotions that I didn’t expect, and I can only describe them as bittersweet. I have come to really care about the nurses at the clinic where I was treated. They took such good care of me during such a difficult time, and although I never looked forward to going to receive chemo, I always looked forward to seeing them. I enjoyed hearing about their weekends, their vacations, and their families. Those women treated me not just as a patient, but also as a friend and it made the whole experience so much easier.

Anxiety and melancholy aside, I really feel pretty good. My hair is starting to grow back, and I’m getting a little stronger every day. All during my last chemo treatment I kept singing one of my favorite songs over and over again in my head. My favorite line is, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” and I think that is so appropriate for my situation. The end of treatment brings the beginning of living the rest of my life, hopefully cancer free, and I am ready.

So I will miss seeing them every week, and a part of me will miss the strange camaraderie I developed with other patients being treated at the same time. But I never want to have to go back there as a patient again. I imagine the nurses must feel similar bittersweet emotions – missing patients they have grown to know and care for, and yet hoping that person never darkens the door of the infusion clinic again. I think that must be one of the toughest parts of their job, to develop a relationship with a patient while helping them get better, knowing that the end result is that (hopefully) they will get better and leave. And yet I watched them give of themselves to every patient they treated. There is a special place in my heart for them, and I will never forget their kindness. In addition to feeling a little sad about not seeing my nurses, I also have to admit to feeling some anxiety. It is as if I have been floating in a life raft for six months, and then suddenly someone has flipped me out of it to swim back to shore on my own. Basically, I have been told, “As best as we can tell, you don’t have cancer anymore. We don’t know if it will come back, and we really have no way to know for sure if everything we’ve done has worked. But we’re pretty sure July 2010

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Summer Backyard Bash By Mindy Fleming Luaus – Disco – Fiesta – Olympics – 80’s – Cornhole – Margaritaville – Beach Party… choose your theme, location, food, favors, entertainment, games and most importantly, guests. It’s time for your summer backyard bash! Summer parties are entertaining and loads of fun. I know we all look forward to getting one of those “summer backyard party” invitations. It’s warm in the evenings, but cool enough to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, talk with friends (or meet some new ones) and relax in some comfy, deep seated outdoor furniture or kick it up with some music and dancing, depending on the type of party.

have to make a fun “ You atmosphere for the event to do well. ” –STEVE HECOX, The Party Tree

However, having a great party comes with a lot of planning. The Party Tree, located in both Carmel and Fishers, offers a complimentary Party Planner booklet for a variety of themed parties. Steve Hecox, general manager of The Party Tree, says, “Our planners are Carmel Community Newsletter

very similar to a detailed wedding planner. The Party Planners give ideas and tips on invitations, favors, games, supplies, decorations, food and much more.” The Party Tree carries a huge selection of party supplies, with several themes to choose from. “Our most popular themes are graduations, Super Bowl, Indy 500, Academy Awards, and for the summer, luaus,” says Hecox. And for those of you who are planning a party outdoors, The Party Tree carries over 20 different styles of lighting. “We have the American flag lights, paper globes, margarita glasses, beach balls, palm trees, flowers, the list goes on and on.” Carmel resident Sonya Reis threw an Olympic themed party for her husband’s birthday. “We mowed the Olympic rings in the common area behind our house,” explained Reis. “We had a golfing event, obstacle course, horseshoes, and a water balloon toss.” Reis went on to say she had a blast organizing the event. “It was a huge success. Everyone had a great time.” Reis also said she got most of her party supplies at The Party Tree. “They had every country’s flag there, which made for some great decorations for my party.” 7

Steve Hecox, general manager of The Party Tree, stands in front of a wide selection of summer party supplies. So what really makes a great party? “Lots of planning,” says Hecox and Reis. Hecox adds that pre-planning and getting your orders in early is key to a successful party. “You have to make a fun atmosphere for the event to do well,” explains Hecox. “Everything we have here can be coordinated; we work with your needs, and can also help customize.” “I strive to help you with your party and get organized, so you can be ready to rock,” says Hecox. Contact The Party Tree at 317-848-1700 or at www. The Party Tree is July 2010

well as free estimates. “We can help you solve your patio needs,” says Delaby. “We’ll work closely with you to decide what is the best for you and your budget. We provide paver patios, various concrete patios and decks, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, arbors and pergolas, decorative terraces, water features, stone walkways, and extensive landscaping services.” For a more comprehensive list of Shane’s Landscape and Design services, visit them at at or call 317-485-6514. Margaritas, cocktails, electric lemonade and beer are sure to please any adult party guests. located off 116th Street and Keystone Avenue in Carmel and also in Fishers at 116th Street and Olio Road. Another great place to go is Party Time Rentals, which rents a variety of supplies, theme props, linens, and furniture as well as tents and inflatables. So if you want all the goodies, but don’t want to store it, then rent it. Party Time is located in Carmel off Rangeline Road. Reserve your items early for a successful party. Call Party Time at 317-844-5178 for details on rentals. After you start getting your details in order, you’ll want to look at getting your outdoor space ready. “The latest trend is outdoor living, which is basically bringing the indoors out,”

explains Rob Delaby, owner of Shane’s Landscape and Hardscape Designs. “Outdoor living can even include a full working kitchen, gas grill with stove top, refrigerator and ice machine.” Another popular trend is fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. “Homeowners can have a fire pit built right into their patio or they can have a freestanding one as well,” says Delaby. “The most important thing of your outdoor living area is maximizing the space and having a design that works with your backyard and home.” Delaby went on to say that adding an arbor or pergola to your space can really dress up your current patio without having to start all over. Shane’s Landscape and Design offers complimentary design services as

Put the finishing touches on your outdoor space by visiting O’Malia’s Fireplace and Outdoor Living in Carmel. It is a full service fireplace, gas grill and patio furniture store. Deep seating is today’s term used for outdoor furniture that looks and feels just like indoor furniture, except most are fade-resistant and water resistant. Most come in sets, such as two chairs, a loveseat, two end tables and a coffee table. Some are also in a sectional format or circular format. There are so many choices! You’ll never want to leave your backyard! O’Malia’s will come out to your home, assess your space and help you furnish it with the right furniture and accessories. Visit for more information. Fishers residents Kari and Steve Raderstorf have had a cornhole party every summer for the past four years. “It gets bigger and bigger every year,”

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said Kari. “We have two cornhole games set up and Steve sets up the brackets. He is very serious and intense about the games!” Kari went on to say that their friends are just there to drink and have a good time, not to win the game, unlike Steve who has won the past two years. Kari starts planning about three weeks in advance, starting with sending out e-vites, the paperless, Internet version of invitations. “We just have burgers and hotdogs and everyone brings a dish,” explains Kari. “Last year we got smart and rented an inflatable for the kids.” Kari suggests having plenty

to do for the kids, including having their own cornhole set to play with. “I recommend also having an extra cornhole set for the adults as well, for practicing.” “The winner of the cornhole tournament gets a case of generic beer, like Natural Light,” says Kari. “Steve is determined to win it again this year.” If you are looking for some entertainment for your backyard bash, I now know the perfect element – her name is Brooke Roe. Brooke is a 16-year-old, talented, up and coming country singer. She sings cover songs

Trish Delaby enjoys frequent get-togethers in her backyard. Her paver patio, which was built by Shane’s Landscape and Design, features a firepit and built-in grill – which are perfect for hosting the ultimate party.

like Taylor Swift, Myley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few. “We are available for all kinds of parties,” explains Mike Roe, Brooke’s dad. “She performs live with tracks and we also perform DJ style entertainment with a state-of-the-art light show. She is very popular with the kids as well as the adults.” Call 317-538-1497 to book your party or to get more information. I know I’ve highlighted just a few ideas on party themes and places to prepare for a party, but I hope I’ve inspired you as well. Happy party planning. Cheers!

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Since I am a gregarious, fast-talking person, people mistakenly assume that I am spontaneous. But my little secret is that I am a planner and a list maker, and I love it. My seemingly spur of the moment adventures are actually wellplanned, researched outings. And this year, I am taking the same approach to attending the CarmelFest Independence Day Celebration. I have scouted out the top parking spots, completed a test driving run and determined the optimal spot for my blanket location at the Carmel Gazebo. Follow my tips, and you will be sure to find something to love at this year’s CarmelFest Celebration.


CarmelFest Two-Day Outdoor Festival at 1 Civic Square: Festival hours on Sunday, July 4 are noon to 10:00 p.m., and Monday, July 5 from noon to 10:30 p.m. The festival includes a multitude of vendors, arts and crafts booths, delectable festival foods, civic organization booths, an interactive KidZone (with a petting zoo, pony rides, games, and a family entertainment stage), a Civil War reenactment campground, the eclectic Americana North Zone (with zany entertainers, classic cars, Frisbeecatching dogs, a performance stage, displays and rides), CarmelFest Has Talent vocal competition, and a fabulous line-up of musical entertainment on the Gazebo Main Stage. tip

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July 4th & 5th Gazebo Main Stage, Americana North Zone Stage and KidZone South Stage. The Gazeobo Main Stage will feature favorites such as Barometer Soup (Island Rock), The Wright Brothers (Southern Rock), Blair & Co (R&B) and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. The Americana North Zone Stage will offer a variety of entertainment including the zany antics of the Blue Monkey Sideshow, The Indy Dog & Disc Frisbee Dog show, along with musical performances by Celtic fiddler Emily Ann Thompson, The Elms (original rock), jazz groups and more. tip

Tables and chairs will be available at the Americana North Zone Stage.

The KidZone South Stage is the place to be for families with kids 12 and under. Entertainment highlights include the Silly Safari Animal Show, Comedy Sportz, Oogles & Googles Interactive Rock n’ Roll Show, and MC Axe and the Firecrew (singing fire fighters). tip

An enjoyable family activity on Sunday, July 4 at 3:00 p.m. – fire truck dedication ceremony at the Carmel Fire Department.

The new fire truck will be christened in true “firefighting tradition” by hosing it down. Afterwards, on-lookers will be invited to join the firefighters in drying off the equipment with souvenir commemorative towels.

CARMELFEST PARADE St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Parade at CarmelFest: The Independence Day parade,

“Celebrating American Heroes,” with Grand Marshal Jason Fishburn starts at 10:30 a.m. Stepping off from AAA Way and Carmel Drive, the parade will proceed west to Rangeline Road, north to Main Street and then head east to end at Carmel High School. tip

Bring essential parade items.

Bring chairs, small bags to collect candy, a small flag (so you can show your patriotic pride), a camera, cold drinks, and some snacks. The best bet for parade viewing is to stake out your spot early and pick a place toward the beginning of the parade route.

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CarmelFest 2010 KidZone will be located on the south side of City Hall. The Civil War reenactment campground will be located in the grassy area east of City Hall. The Americana North Zone will be located north of the Carmel Fire Station. tip


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fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, July 5. Fireworks will be launched from the Monon Trail near the intersection of City Center Drive (126th St). The show will last approximately 25 minutes. tip

Getting to the Festival and parking: An interactive

map showing the location of the festival can be found on the CarmelFest website ( With over 50,000 attendees, finding a parking spot may be tricky. And expect traffic congestion before and after the parade and fireworks.

If seated outside of the gazebo area, bring your radio and tune to B105.7 FM for the radio simulcast followed by traffic updates.



Pack light, but bring some essentials with you.

For festivals, I always carry a small backpack with one water bottle, small packets of moist towelettes (for sticky fingers or just to cool off), sunscreen, three Band-Aids, two granola bars and a box of animal crackers (things that won’t melt or get crushed), cell phone, breath spray or mints (just in case I indulge in a festival food gyro), a camera, and my wallet. tip

CarmelFest allows coolers, but festival fare is great.



If street parking is not available, plentiful free parking can be found in the new underground parking lot beneath the Indiana Design Center Building on the corner of Range Line Road and 1st Street S.W. (just south of Main Street). The lot is less than a mile north of the Carmel Courthouse with easy sidewalk access.

Whether you prepare your own backpack of essentials or indulge in spontaneous festival purchases, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this year’s CarmelFest Celebration.

Come and go as you please, but have a plan of attack.

The Layout: The Carmel gazebo

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Park on the perimeter of the festival and walk along the Monon Trail. If you live within two miles or less from Carmel City Hall, your best option is walking or biking. Peddle & Park will offer free bike and rollerblade parking along the Monon Trail near Gradle Drive (just west of the Carmel Fountain).

If you are driving to the festival, you can avoid traffic on Rangeline Road and approach the festival from the west side by taking 3rd Avenue (north of Carmel Drive). Since many businesses will be closed on Sunday, July 4, festival-goers will find prime parking spots on 3rd Avenue and Gradle Drive – very close to the west entrance of the Carmel Fountain area at Civic Square.

You can bring in food and drinks and picnic. Or, you can travel light and readily purchase drinks, food and treats at vendors throughout the festival.


If you plan to enjoy performances on the main stage, stake out your spot on the gazebo lawn as soon as you arrive. It’s the most crowded area – especially for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra performance on Monday night before the fireworks.

Cindy Roberts-Greiner, a local Rotarian, is the volunteer Director of Public Relations & Publicity for CarmelFest.


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Net Literacy: Carmel’s Digital Difference Maker By Neal Moore Carmel native Daniel Kent remembers precisely when and where the idea came to him for a modest service project that would change his life. At the time, Daniel could hardly have imagined that Net Literacy would become an international model for communities, even governments, to boost computer literacy among under-privileged and under-served populations. He was 14 years old. “It was 2003 and I was on an airplane returning from Washington D.C., where I’d received a national community service award for my volunteer work at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Carmel Clay Public Library,” Kent explained. “I left the capital reflecting on the many remarkable accomplishments of my fellow honorees, and it inspired me to do even more in my community.” A member of the library’s Teen Volunteer Corps, Daniel had been serving as an instructional aide in computer classes for senior citizens. Before his D.C. visit, Dan had heard about a wheelchair-bound senior who wanted, but did not have access to, similar instruction at his retirement facility. So, while cruising at 30,000 feet, Daniel engaged in some mental mixology. He took one part realization (lots of capable people don’t have, or don’t understand computers), and stirred in a dash of inspiration (why don’t I do something about it). The result was a sustainable formula to bridge the

growing digital divide between older adults and computing. Idea Into Action “I thought that no one should be denied the opportunity to learn, especially computing skills,” said Kent, who at the time was an eighth-grader at Carmel Middle School. He put his idea into action by recruiting several like-minded, techsavvy Hamilton County middle schoolers. Together they launched Senior Connects, matching tech-interested senior citizens with used computers donated by the public.

believe it’s important that people give “ Iback, and serving those in need makes me feel more complete. ” –DANIEL KENT, Net Literacy Founder

“We learned that a lot of retirement facilities didn’t have upto-date computers, if any. So, we contacted local companies who, along with the library, agreed to donate their unused PCs,” Daniel recalled. The library also provided lesson plans that the teens modified, including enlarging text fonts to make on-screen reading easier for older eyes. “Dan and his friends taught seniors how to search the Internet, and how to send and receive emails to stay connected with their families,” remembered Hope Baugh, young adult service manager at Carmel Clay Public Library. Soon the teens were refurbishing dozens of donated computers, and also expanding their constituency to include K-12 students whose families were on public assistance or receiving subsidized school lunches. Computer labs were established at community centers, churches and synagogues offering instruction on Internet safety and financial and computing literacy.

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those in need makes me feel more complete,” said Dan, now 21 and a senior at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. “By listening to the elderly tell their stories, we gain wisdom. It’s a great two-way relationship.” Success Brings Growth Over time, this kernel of an idea grew into Net Literacy, a Carmel-based umbrella organization with five core programs: Senior Connects, Safe Connects, Computer Connects, Financial Connects, and Community Connects. Marvin Bailey, vice-chairman of Techpoint Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Techpoint, an Indiana technology advocacy group), said that Net Literacy’s programs dovetail nicely with the foundation’s goal to develop 21st-century skills in at-risk youth. “I think Net Literacy has only scratched the surface of what can be accomplished,” he said. And Bailey isn’t just paying lip service. Techpoint Foundation has funded several Net Literacy initiatives (disclosure: Bailey is vice-chairman of Net Literacy). Initially, the group’s all-volunteer board was exclusively students. Today, it’s a 50-50 split between teens joined by community leaders, educators and information technology professionals. Indiana Senators Lugar and Bayh serve as honorary chairmen, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is a recent addition to the board.

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Making a Difference Don Kent, 60, Daniel’s father, has been involved from the start and continues to serve as mentor, delivery van driver and all-around chief bottle washer. Over the years, he’s observed that Net Literacy’s programs provide great opportunities for teens to practice personal philanthropy. “Student volunteers learn teamwork and leadership skills, and have opportunities to provide meaningful public service in their communities,” said the senior Kent. The Kents have come to understand that about a third of student volunteers are deeply committed to community service and also do well academically; a third are average students who find Net Literacy to be an extraordinary opportunity; and about a third are students who sometimes face challenges with difficult personal issues or feel isolated from their peers. “These are the kids who really benefit from the social interaction and who gain marketable job skills through volunteering,” explained Don. It’s a value proposition that’s not lost on parents. Kent tells the story of moms and dads who, when picking up a donated computer for their child, shed tears of gratitude because such an expensive purchase is beyond their financial means. “They understand the importance of technology, and that their kids need to be computer literate to be competitive,” Don said.


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Local to International Word of Net Literacy’s service model has spread rapidly, and its accomplishments are impressive. Computer access has been provided to more than 150,000 Hoosiers in 20 counties, and chapters are up and running in three other Midwest states. Almost 13,000 refurbished computers have been distributed. Equally impressive are the more than 2,000 Hoosier students who have given more than 200,000 hours of voluntary service to their communities. “Net Literacy’s student volunteers have taught senior citizens and provided computers to several independent living facilities in Carmel,” said Mayor Jim Brainard in a recent prepared statement. “We support these students who volunteer their free time on weekends and after school to help increase digital inclusion throughout Indiana.” The U.S. Internet Industry Association has cited Net Literacy as the “best digital inclusion model” in America. A recent U.S. Broadband Coalition report included five references to Net Literacy programs and urged their inclusion as part of the nation’s broadband initiative. Daniel Kent was asked to serve on Broadband for America’s Adoption Committee and after a conference call with Daniel, the Federal Communications Commission cited three of Net Literacy’s programs in the National Broadband Plan presented to Congress in April.

Dan told me about his idea, I felt “ When that it was pretty ambitious. I worried he was spending all of his money on this passion, but also felt it would be a good lesson for him. Instead, it turned out to be a good lesson for me. –DON KENT, Father

Net Literacy’s footprint is also spreading globally. In 2009, Daniel and his father traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, as invited guests of the European Union’s Commission on Digital Inclusion. Having identified and studied the most workable models for digital inclusion in more than 30 countries worldwide, the E.U. named Net Literacy to its best-of-class list. This June, the duo will visit Hong Kong to share best practices and Net Literacy strategies. A Socially Responsible Generation The group’s nonprofit status was accomplished, in part, by an unusual and laudable sacrifice. Daniel had saved $4,000 to buy a car, but decided instead to use the funds to pay Net Literacy’s legal and organizational fees. July 2010

“When Dan told me about his idea, I felt that it was pretty ambitious,” said his father. “I worried he was spending all of his money on this passion, but also felt it would be a good lesson for him. Instead, it turned out to be a good lesson for me.” The lesson was that adults sometimes don’t fully appreciate the Millennial Generation’s capabilities. “They think, work and are engaged in ways my generation never was. They also have technology available that empowers them, that provides both the opportunity and the responsibility to make a significant impact,” Don said. It is a sentiment echoed by Hope Baugh, the librarian. “These volunteers seem to have genuine commitments to acting in socially responsible ways, and seeing what they’ve accomplished gives me hope for future generations,” said Baugh. As an example, Daniel and fellow board officer, Morgan Starks, lobbied the Indiana Legislature to pass legislation encouraging municipalities to engage with Net Literacy’s educational programs. “It’s important to us that the model be an open source and available to any interested party,” explained Daniel. “We never charge for our programs and have received inquiries from San Jose, Calif., Syracuse, N.Y., and Winnipeg, Canada among other cities.” Father’s Day June means Father’s Day, and Don Kent says part of his celebration will be the Hong Kong trip with Daniel. He also said that working closely with his son makes every day special. “Dan is a great role model in an environment where kids need student heroes who lead by example, and I believe it motivates struggling students to take another swing,” said Don. “He has a big heart, and I’m very proud of him.” Dan responded, “We’re still father and son, but also best friends. In many ways he’s just one of the guys.” Looking Ahead Daniel is on the proverbial fast track, having completed internships at the White House and Dept. of Labor, and is interning with the Dept. of Justice this summer. He’s considering attending law school to prepare for a career in public policy, but plans to always remain active with Net Literacy. “None of this would have been possible without the countless hours of work by many parents and their kids,” explained Dan. “I had no idea Net Literacy would become this big, but I’m confident it will grow nationally and internationally because the challenges aren’t going away anytime soon,” he added. Oh, and that postponed car purchase? “We ended up with a family vehicle that I drive, and we also use it for hauling donated stuff,” Dan grinned. He wouldn’t have it any other way. 16

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Carmel Farmers Market Serves Up Fresh, Local Fun By Jennifer Alderman Every Saturday morning from May 22 to October 2, the south parking lot of Carmel’s City Hall becomes a summer festival full of live music, cooking demonstrations, and most importantly, great food. The Carmel Farmer’s Market (CFM) is going strong in its 12th year, and this year promises to be as successful as ever. CFM is completely volunteer run, and was established in 1999 by a group of volunteers. Carmel’s market is a growers-only market, meaning that the vendors must be selling items that they grew or made themselves. Vendors must be based in the state of Indiana, and whenever possible CFM gives preference to those producers from Hamilton County. Nearly 50 vendors participate in CFM every week, offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade fudge. Average attendance for the CFM is around 2,000 people, and last year nearly 365,000 community members attended the market throughout the season.

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While many shoppers may come to the market solely to purchase local produce and goods, the market has much more to offer. One of the most popular vendors is Skillington Farms, located in Lebanon, Indiana. Skillington offers all natural beef, poultry, pork, and lamb all raised without hormones, steroids, or growth incentives, but the real draw to their booth is their breakfast sandwich. Prepared to order on-site, the breakfast sandwich contains fresh eggs, cheese, and sausage grilled on thick toast. Another favorite vendor is Phelps Family Farm from Ladoga, Indiana. The Phelps farm offers a wide variety of cuts of pasture raised pork and beef as well as free range eggs. According to Joe Phelps, co-owner of Phelps Family Farm, “We have been coming to the Carmel Farmers Market for almost 12 years, and have loved being a part of its growth. We look forward to it every year.” Susie Maier of Carmel makes a beeline for the Phelps booth every weekend. “I’ve tried just about everything they offer, and I have never been disappointed.” Perhaps after buying bags full of fresh food a shopper might be looking for some new ways to prepare their goodies, and the CFM is there to show the way. Clarion North Medical 18

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Center sponsors “Cooking at the Market”, which showcases cooking demonstrations each Saturday. Classes range from learning to prepare party dips and appetizers with market vendor Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering to cooking with seafood presented by Kiss Z Cook’s Chef Dwight Simmons. The focus of these classes is to teach healthful ways to prepare local foods, and the best part is that samples of the dishes are available at the end of each class. Sure, you know the local professionals can whip up some great dishes with market goods, but what about us regular folks? One of the highlights of the market season occurs on August 21 when the annual Firehouse Cook-Off will be held. Each firehouse in Carmel will prepare a special “firehouse” recipe for market attendants to sample and then vote for their favorite dish. The winning firehouse will receive the “Gold Skillet Award” for having the best firehouse recipe. So whether you are looking to buy fresh, locally grown food, learn some new healthy recipes, or simply socialize with neighbors while enjoying live music, the Carmel Farmers Market is ready to serve you all summer long. To learn more about the Carmel Farmers Market, please visit

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Stacked Pickle Sure Stacks Up By Mindy Fleming Fried pickles, stacked burgers, breaded tenderloins, fish tacos, and loaded pizzas are just a few of the menu items at the Stacked Pickle restaurant and bar in Carmel. Their claim to fame: wings, burgers and of course, beer! The name Stacked Pickle refers to the many elements that make up the menu. According to owner Chris Long, “It describes who we are. It is different and people will remember it.” I know I’ll never forget it!

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My experience started with, of course, fried pickles and a cold, refreshing draft beer… resulting in a combination of love and flavor otherwise known as heaven. With eight beers on draft and several bottle options, my choice was a hard one. But I stuck to the basics, a Bud Light. It was perfect. Unlike most fried pickles, Long’s pickles are spears, not chips, and are tempura battered. After eating each pickle, dipped into the creamy ranch, I craved a sip of my cold beer. Ahhhh. And if you choose a seat outside on their outdoor patio, a cold beverage is a must. Stacked Pickle clearly states that they have Wings – Burgers – Beer. So I had to go to my second course: wings. “Our

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HOOSIER HALFDOZEN By Elizabeth Granger Ah, summer… picnics, pools, parades – and generally time to get in a few family outings. Check out our first 2010 list of a half dozen “hidden” Hoosier hot spots right here at home. They’re out there in the open, but too often, we just drive on by. So take a closer look at each of these free sites:

1. Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Look down Meridian Street as you head south and there it is, the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. But have you really stopped to look? Snapped some pictures? Taken a tour? Indiana Landmarks offers a free guided tour that tells the story of Monument Circle, past and present. Why was it built? When? What do the statues represent? Why does the woman on the top face south? What’s under the monument? And what about the buildings on the Circle? Tours begin at 11 a.m. every Friday and Saturday through October – no reservation required, but no tour if it’s raining cats and dogs. The tour departs from Borders Café at 11 S. Meridian Street, just one block south of the Circle. Suggested parking is in one of the Circle Centre Mall garages – enter from Georgia, Illinois or Washington streets. “Out of town visitors are regularly Carmel Community Newsletter


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impressed with the architecture and sculpture of Monument Circle,” says Indiana Landmarks volunteer tour guide, Rich Steininger. “People who live in Indianapolis take the tour too, and they find it fascinating since many of the stories about the Monument and the historic buildings on the Circle are new to them.” See “tours and events” at www. The Monument is just one of several spaces that belong to the Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District. Its southernmost point is the Monument. Walk about four blocks to the north to get to the…

2. Indiana War Memorial at 431 N. Meridian Street. The huge gray square of a building is what its executive director, Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin, calls the best kept secret in Indiana. “And we don’t want it to be,” he says. With that in mind, there’s been an expansion of its public image with special events that have included Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard’s swearing-in ceremony. In a profound gesture of respect, veterans who have entered the service from Indiana now have the right to a funeral in the Memorial, with no charge for the building. “Our mission statement is to honor Hoosier veterans,” says Goodwin. “What greater honor than to offer a sacred environment for them to have their funeral service?” Goodwin says the state has always been patriotic. “In the Civil War, three out of four eligible Indiana men who could fight did fight,” he says. At the time, Indiana was the country’s seventh most populous state. No state sent a greater percentage of soldiers to fight, however, except Delaware. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, on Monument Circle, was planned to honor Civil War veterans. By the time it was completed, however, the Spanish-American War had also been fought, so the monument became a testimonial to Indiana’s veterans of wars of the 19th century. The Indiana War Memorial, built to honor World War I vets, now honors all veterans in wars since World War I. Both memorials have museums inside. The one below the Soldiers and Sailors Monument focuses on the Civil War, July 2010

with exhibits reflecting the war experiences of residents from throughout the state. The museum on the ground floor of the Indiana War Memorial focuses on Indiana’s connection to conflicts, beginning with George Rogers Clark and his victory over the British in Vincennes. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday, and both are free. The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District (see also contains three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains, making Indianapolis second only to Washington, D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans. It is also home of the…

3. American Legion National Headquarters at 700 N. Pennsylvania Street. The American Legion was founded in Paris, France, in March, 1919. Two months later, another meeting in St. Louis solidified its mission. Veterans convinced the newlyformed organization to locate its national headquarters in Indianapolis, adjacent to the Memorial. Like the others, this building is open to the public – with a small museum of its own on the fourth floor. “A lot of people are shocked at what we have here,” says Duaine Booker, who served as a tour guide one recent afternoon. “You get a lot of reminiscing (from veterans). 24

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They get choked up when they see the berets, the uniforms, the pictures.” Curator Howard Trace adds, “Most people don’t know the depth of the Legion. Going through the museum can give you that.” The same holds true for a stop along the north end of the Canal Walk, at Senate between St. Clair and Walnut streets, site of the…

4. USS Indianapolis Memorial. It honors those who served aboard the USS Indianapolis, which delivered components for the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian in the South Pacific, and then was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine just after midnight on July 30, 1945. She sank just 12 minutes later. Of the 1,197 men aboard, about 900 survived the sinking and were thrown into shark-infested waters. Because her mission was secret, no one knew the ship had gone down; no one looked for her. On August 2, the surviving crew members were spotted bobbing in the water, by chance by a seaplane pilot. The number rescued: just 317. It’s an intriguing story, to be sure. The last naval loss of World War II. The huge loss of life. The subsequent fall of the captain’s career, and ultimately, his vindication.

In 1946 the USS Indianapolis’ captain, Charles McVay, was court-martialed and found guilty of “hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag.” In 1968 he committed suicide. Almost 30 years later, a Florida 7th grader became intrigued in the case after watching Jaws and hearing Quint, the boat captain, tell of his surviving the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The 12-year-old made national headlines when his research convinced Congress to look at McVay’s court martial again. In 2002 the captain was exonerated. Pieces of the USS Indianapolis story can be found throughout the country. But the ship’s namesake city holds a special place in the hearts of the survivors, who hold a reunion in Indianapolis every other year. In 1995 the monument to the ship and its crew was erected on the Canal Walk. An outdoor site, it is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From there, take a walk south along the…

5. Indianapolis Canal Walk. Here, literally, is history under your feet. The Walk is a portion of the Indiana Central Canal, a 19th century idea spurred on by the success of New York’s Erie Canal. It was supposed to help bring commerce westward. But with a national depression and the arrival of the train, it went nowhere, except perhaps to help bankrupt the state. The canal was never completed. With the emergence of White River State Park in the late 1980s, however, the waterway was revitalized with beauty and recreation in mind. And the ribbon of water that flows through downtown Indianapolis for about a mile and a half, is meeting that intent. Renovation turned the old Washington Street Bridge, Carmel Community Newsletter


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Then, with a drive to the northwest on 38th Street, take in the newest addition to the…

6. Indianapolis Museum of Art at 4000 Michigan Road (

the original bridge built in 1833 to carry travelers on the National Road over the White River, into a pedestrian crossing, which connects the Indianapolis Zoo and River Promenade with the park attractions on the east side of the river. The venues in White River State Park charge admission, but the Canal Walk itself is free.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art takes its mission outdoors with the addition of “100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park,” opening June 20 with a public grand opening celebration including tours, live music, art-making workshops and a Summer Solstice program. The park has a visitor center and numerous walking trails that highlight the landscape. As with the IMA galleries, admission to the park is free. “The park is truly a unique experience. Every component of the park from the eight art installations to the beautiful architecture of the Visitors Pavilion was created especially for this location. The multi-faceted experience of visiting the park and experiencing art, design and nature brings our mission to life,” says Katie Zarich, museum spokesperson. The Park is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. The park site is also bordered by the White River and runs contiguous to the IMA’s current 52-acre campus, a large portion of which is comprised of historic landscapes and gardens. There is a scenic pathway running through the heart of it for walkers and joggers. The land, a former gravel pit, has evolved through a natural reclamation into its current state of untamed woodlands, wetlands, and a 35-acre lake. The architecture of the visitors pavilion was inspired by a deteriorating leaf. Parents can point to the ceiling that was designed with alternating planks of wood and acrylic allowing sun to shine through and explain the architect’s vision of sun gleaming through the veins of a leaf. And what kid wouldn’t giggle with glee at the chance to sit on “Funky Bones,” an enchanting grouping of 20 benches that form the shape of an enormous skeleton when looked at from above. Coming up: Another Hoosier half-dozen, this time a short drive from Indy. Elizabeth Granger is a freelance travel writer from Fishers. She also teaches English and journalism and advises the award-winning student newspaper at Lawrence Central High School.

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Carmel Students Receive Lugar Energy Patriot Award By Leslie Webb Is going green patriotic? U.S. Senator Richard Lugar thinks so. For more than a decade, Senator Lugar has stressed the economic and strategic importance of energy security, and recently introduced a Practical Energy and Climate Bill. U.S. military personnel think so too. At a Flag Day event in Indianapolis, retired Major General George Buskirk of Zionsville cited the Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review declaring that “climate change will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment for the defense of the USA.” But real change happens locally – on the ground and in the trenches. Concerned about the global implications of energy waste, Ben Webb, a junior at Carmel High School, and several of his peers started the Green Lights Club last fall to green their neighborhoods. The students wanted to make a difference in the community that would inspire others to take action as well. They developed an energy conservation program to promote energy efficient CFLs for post lights. They targeted the ubiquitous post light because many homeowners associations in Carmel require outside lamp posts to be lit all night, and according to the Carmel Green Initiative, switching to a CFL would save a homeowner $20 a year and reduce their carbon footprint by 400 pounds annually. So how green is your neighborhood? You probably recycle, but what about your outdoor lights? Do energy hogs burn brightly in your yard at night? If you have an unpatriotic, inefficient incandescent bulb in your outdoor post light, here’s something you should know.

community service project. The Green Lights Club kicked into action and distributed 105 CFLs to homeowners in 44 Carmel neighborhoods, which will result in an annual savings of $2,100 for homeowners and reduce pollution by 52.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the new CFL bulbs. Who would think changing light bulbs would have such a significant economic and environmental impact? When you target the heavy hitters like dusk to dawn lighting, the savings quickly adds up. Wonder which neighborhood was the greenest? It’s a toss-up between Brookshire North, Foster Estates and Williamson Run. Each one of these neighborhoods had at least five homeowners that made the switch and reduced carbon emissions by one ton annually. The Green Lights Club was named a Lugar Energy Patriot for their creative work on energy conservation. Senator Lugar profiles a student, professional, scholar, or member of the business community who has demonstrated leadership and initiative in taking concrete action to improve America’s energy security. Lugar Energy Patriots include Carmel High School faculty sponsor Brandy Yost (biology) and students Luke Boehnlein, Eric Chen, Devika Chakrabarti, Katie Clark, Warren Coole, Charlie Dankert, Laura Deluca, Harrison Kim, Sara Levine, Nathalia Melo, Ali Michel, Morgan Robertson, Meghan Rogers, Ben Webb, Renee Wellmen and Tim Wellmen.

Night after night these little gremlins feast on coal-generated watts from sunset to sunrise all year long. The pollution from these inefficient bulbs add up primarily because Indiana gets most of its energy from coal-fired power plants and has one of the country’s highest per capita carbon footprints. In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked Indiana the 49th greenest state! “Switching the post lights was the easiest way to have a big impact on energy use and carbon reduction with very little cost and effort,” said Webb. “When we began the program, we wanted students and neighbors to understand they could literally make a ton of difference by switching just five post lights.” Replacing five post lights reduces carbon emissions by 2000 pounds, or one ton of carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to global warming pollution. The club received $500 from the Carmel Green Teens Micro-grant Program to fund their environmental Carmel Community Newsletter

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Carmel Community Newsletter

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www.shanesla n d s c ap e . c o m AWARD WINNER P.O. Box 36097 Indianapolis, IN 46236-0097




Indianapolis, IN Permit No. 100

Coming This Summer!! Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits Superstore North Willow In the former O'Malia's Segura Viudas 86th & Towne Rd Cava 5341 N. Keystone Ave. Indianapolis Spanish IN 46220 I'll drink to that! Cheers! Perfect for Patio Pounding (317) 251-9463 BRUT, X-Dry, or ROSE’

Beat the Heat! Kahn’s stocks over 1100 Kinds of Beer and most are COLD!

List $11.99 Case $83.00

Wonderful 2009 French Rose'

This month we have a Listdozen $14.99excellent $9.99DryCase $117.00 French Rose's ON SALE! Great wines for the Summer. Perfect for grilled pork, salmon, chicken...or just sipping

MOET 187ml 4 Packs with Ice Bucket and Neck Flutes This is just plain FUN! 4 bottles is the same amount of Champagne as a regular size bottle. We are excited to have just bought the last 50 cases in Indiana! My wife wants her THIRD case of these...and I like to help her drink them. So...Cheers to you and a great summer!

List $44.99


6/Case $175.00

2009 Pinot Noir 2008 DB Select At Kahn's we thought so much of this wine, we bought every case in Indiana! Lush Blackberries, toasted almonds, vanilla, dark mulberries, sour cherries, and red currants. List $32.99


BORDEAUX FUTURES! A Spectacular Vintage! Call today for the largest selection and lowest prices! 200 "90+" rated properties!

The beers from Upland are all ON SALE! We are thrilled to offer these beers, not only because their Indy Sales Rep Cari is the former Kahn's Beer Goddess... but because they make Damn Good Beer! All Upland, All Packages, All Sizes

CHARDONNAY 2008 ZINFANDEL 2007 CAB SAUV 2007 MERLOT 2007 List $14.99


Case $117.00



6/cs $59.00

All prices good through July 31st, 2010