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Betty Lanke has made herself a household name By Dorothy Jersse

We look at 4 local tax businesses and help get you prepared for the big day By Dorothy Jersse





Being a real estate agent is tough enough... Now add your spouse By Katie Shane

4 ways you can enjoy staying home this spring and save money! By Katie Shane

Honnalora Hubbard uses her love for bacon for good. By Stacey Muncie



The Woman’s Department Club By Dorothy Jersse

During a 9 month tour of duty in Kuwait, Chris Pfaff still gave advice By Katie Shane










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heck out “Haute Happenings” on facebook. A delightful assortment of relevant, entertaining posts about things to do in Terre Haute with families and kids will pop up at just the right time in your newsfeed. Started by lifelong Hauteans, Nate and Rachael, in

November of 2013 it has quickly grown to 799 likes as of this writing. Terre Haute Living supports every effort by the community to promote and share all of the wonderful activities, events and going-ons about town. Head over facebook and give ‘em a like.

Third Thursday Poetry Asylum seeking submissions The Third Thursday Poetry Asylum is once again calling for submissions to subTerreanean, their annual project for April's National Poetry Month. This will be the fourth anthology of poetry, prose and visual art put together by the group that has held a downtown poetry reading on the third Thursday of each month for more than five years. An open mic in book form, subTerreanean is a DIY, handcollated, hand-stapled, numbered, limited edition of 200 copies. The premise is simple: instead of five minutes at the microphone, contributors have a page, front and back, upon which to write poems or short fiction, draw, collage or create other visual art. Writers and artists are responsible for making 200 copies of their page and turning them in by the deadline (March 20.) Big Picture offers a generous, special printing rate to contributors, and Arts Illiana acts as a drop-off point for submissions. Group volunteers get together to collate and staple.

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Local artists Sasha K and Sarah Noe have created cover art and internal pages for previous issues. This year's cover artists are Michael and Susan Tingley. Each contributor receives two copies, and one hundred copies are given away for free at the annual Lit Launch and reading - an event featuring the literary magazines of Rose-Hulman, ISU and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. subTerreanean was invited to join in this event in 2011. This year's launch will be on Friday April 11, at Art Spaces, Inc. in downtown Terre Haute. Remaining copies are sold for $3 each, to help with expense of creating the covers. Download complete instructions for submissions at: Contact: Zann Carter 812-236-2841 Open readings: 3rd Thursday each month, 7 p.m. Pizza City 992 Walnut Street Terre Haute

Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley celebrating 50 years


n 1919, Junior Achievement was organized in Springfield, Massachusetts by Horace A. Moses, Theodore N. Vail and U.S. Senator W. Murray Crane. July 22, 1964 was the first organizational meeting for a group of dedicated business leaders in the Terre Haute community. These individuals acknowledged a strong desire to impact student success by introducing JA to area classrooms. Today, Junior Achievement’s programs continue to prepare K-12 students to proactively manage their finances, become entrepreneurs and develop skills that will be recognized and valuable in a global workforce. Locally, JAWV reached more than 4,500 students during the last school year, utilizing the talents of 130 classroom volunteers. Our eight county service area includes Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion and Parke counties in Indiana and Edgar, Crawford and Clark counties in Illinois. They are now seeking alumni to participate in the various community events that will mark JA’s five decades of service to empowering young people to own their economic success.

Student alumni are encouraged to share their stories of how participating in JA classes positively affected their education and prepared them for real-world decision making. Classroom consultants, donors and board members who have supported JAWV are invited to contribute their perspectives on giving students the skills they need to plan for their futures. To submit your memories contact Peggy Murdock, JA Interim President at 812-232-6230 or email:

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It’s all

ABOUT the name If there were name recognition competitions in the Wabash Valley, Betty Lanke would vie for first place. She makes the newspaper, television, Internet and the mall work for her as a broker associate with RE/MAX Real Estate Associates. WORDS: DOROTHY Jersse


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She was the first real estate agent to have her own television show now beginning its 14th season on NBC 2 each Saturday at 9 a.m. The program also is aired 24/7 on her website and at Honey Creek Mall where she was the first individual realtor to maintain her own personal kiosk. A graduate of Turkey Run High School, Betty earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Indiana State University in elementary education with a minor in business. She recalls, “At the time I graduated teaching jobs were scarce. And since I liked the business part of my studies, I took the real estate course at the university. I passed the Indiana Real Estate Commission test, and because I had my college degree, I earned a broker’s license.” Betty began work in real estate sales in 1980. Her first three years were with Conley Real Estate, then ten years with Larry Helman before she moved to RE/MAX in 1994. “This is my 34th year in real estate and my 20th year with RE/MAX,” she said. “I knew George and Lu McCreery, and my husband, Mike, already was doing video taping for them (RE/MAX). I felt it was a conflict of interest to be with different firms. Now their son, Mark McCreery, is the principal broker at this office.” Betty handles single-family homes and income property in the Terre Haute, Brazil, Clinton, Sullivan and Rockville areas. About 95 percent of her sales are single-family homes Ask if you should own a home and she will answer “definitely yes” if you are in a position to buy one. The big factor is the required credit score of 620 to 680 or more. “I advise someone buying a house to go to the bank and get the financing in order first. The bank will tell you how much you can afford and if you are even in a position to buy a home,” she explained. “Financially, the home owner will find the payment nine times out of 10 less than rent. In 10 years down the road, the owner will have an asset instead of a stack of rent receipts, particularly with the current low 3.5 percent interest rate on 15-year loans.” She feels blessed to have sold 61 of her own listings in 2013 in addition to sales through multiple listing services. She was named to the Indiana RE/MAX Franchise

Hall of Fame in 2006; inductees must have made $1 million in sales while with RE/MAX. She is particularly proud of her 2010 Image Realtor Award from the Terre Haute Area Association of Realtors for which she was nominated by her peers. She was also named Top Producer of residential sales for the local RE/MAX office in 2012. “I live and work by the RE/MAX Code of Ethics: loyalty and legal duty to clients, cooperation with competitors and truthful statements in advertising. If you don’t abide with this code, it’ll come back to bite you,” she said. And the local market: “The highest home prices in 20 years in Terre Haute were between 2002 and 2006. After the 2008 recession, the value went down about 20 percent, but the area remains attractive because home prices and taxes are low compared to other locations in the country.” With a strong sense of community, Betty founded the Give-A-Book program to motivate children to read. The program completed its 23rd year in 2013 with 1,291 books given to kindergarten students in 18 Vigo County elementary schools. Each student receives a free, personalized book with his/her name as the main character in the story. Names are provided by the VCSC Elementary Education Department and teachers to Betty, who with family help, prints and assembles the books. The project is funded by Terre Haute Savings Bank, Vigo County Education Foundation, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Betty herself. Add this satisfaction to that which she experiences from the real estate business.”It comes from the people you are able to help whether it be someone securing a first home or helping older people make necessary transitions. If you don’t care more about people than about money, you need to get out of the real estate business.” March 2014 | Terre Haute Living 11



This 16th amendment t o the U .S. Constitution made the income tax a part of our tax syst em in 1913: The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxe s on income, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard t o any census enumeration. WORDS: DOROTHY Jersse

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Rachel Smith, Ryan Falconbury and Ellie Caldwell are just a few of the members of the Sackrider team ready to help you.

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No one could have predicted how large the tax preparation profession has become 101 years later. Although Albert Einstein said, "The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax," it has become much easier with the help of the numerous Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs) with offices in this area. SACKRIDER & CO. INC. Terre Haute residents can choose whichever Sackrider & Co. Inc. was founded by E. Leon Sackrider in 1956. The practice was incorporated in 1974 as Sackrider Holler Trummel Inc. firm suits their needs. A CPA has a bachelor's and the corporate name changed to Sackrider & Co. Inc. in 1982. The firm moved from 322 S. Sixth Street to its present location at degree with 150 hours of course work and has 1925 Wabash Avenue in 1972. passed the Uniform CPA Examination mainThe current stockholders, all CPAs, are Jerome Case, Earl Elliott, Jeffrey Fisher, Jane Hadley and David Kirchner. They work with a tained by the American Institute of Certified professional accounting staff of 13 and a support staff of five. Tax Public Accountants (AICPA). An Enrolled Agent season hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. has earned a license to represent taxpayers beEarl Elliott, a CPA partner since 1981, said, "We offer financial statement assurance and tax consulting and services. Our tax servfore the Internal Revenue Service by passing a ices clients are individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs/LLPs, comprehensive test presented by the U. S. Treas- estates, trusts and not-for-profit organizations. We view every client relationship as a partnership. ury Department. "The continuing education required for the professional staff keeps us equipped to take advantage of new tax laws and legislation. A sampling of four local tax preparation firms It is important to us that every individual, business and organizafollows: They agree the Internal Revenue Servtion with whom we work be as successful as they can be so we can have a successful community." ice is making tax preparers in general more reElliott noted the increased complexity of tax law and accounting sponsible for verifying tax information and that principles, commenting, "Fortunately there is a lot of good software available to help us--at a price." E-filing is definitely an improvement--easier, He has several tips to share. Bring in every document the preparer might need. If you think an item is deductible, bring the document faster and safer. They also believe do-it-yourself and ask. And remember, each tax preparation business has its own online and box tax preparation programs have mission. The client needs to find the one that fits best. hurt the profession; often the taxpayers must come to professional firms to straighten out their returns. 14 Terre Haute Living | March 2014

Andrew Stadler has 5 locations including two in Terre Haute.


Stadler & Co. Tax Service moved into a new building at the end of last year. Andrew Stadler, EA,who founded his own company in 1998 at 1101 Margaret Avenue, moved to 2955 Canal Road. One can't miss it, as an electronic bulletin board topped by a statue of an elk defines the corner of his Terre Haute South location. The Terre Haute North office is located at 920 N. 25th Street, and branches also are open in Brazil, Bloomington and Bloomfield. To make it easier for their clients, the offices are open seven days per week during the tax season - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forty employees are at work at all locations. All Tax preparers are

licensed EAs or apprentices working on their licenses, a three-year process. They feel no client is too small to benefit from their service which is guaranteed to be 100 percent accurate. "Our fees may be taken out of refunds or paid by Visa or MasterCard," Stadler noted. "Some individuals may be laid off from work and need the refund quicker than others. We work with a financial institution which will advance a portion of the refund. The interest rate depends on the amount of the advance. "My advice is don't sweat the small stuff. Taxes are very complicated; let us take care of the details. Our mission is to maximize the clients' greatest potential and help them understand the tax law."

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Keith Carter is the partner in charge of the Kemper CPA Group LLP Terre Haute Office .


Kemper CPA Group LLP is located at 420 S. 25th Street. G. Keith Carter, CPA, is the partner in charge of the Terre Haute office which has been open since 1988. Founded by Morris Kemper in Mt. Carmel, Ill., about 50 years ago, Kemper CPA Group now has 24 offices in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and California, nine of which are in Indiana. The professional magazine, Accounting Today, lists Kemper as one of the top, largest accounting firms in the country by size and revenue. "Accounting and auditing services are the foundation of our business," Carter said. "Our services include tax planning, auditing and tax return preparation for individuals and businesses. We have a diverse client base from individual 1040s to large multi-state and international businesses." 16 Terre Haute Living | March 2014

The staff includes four CPAs, three staff accountants, two paraprofessionals, and three clerical employees. Hours during tax season are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon. "Tax laws change regularly and it is important to keep up with the changes. Our professionals help clarify these new rules as they affect the clients' interests," Carter explained. "The trend is to more complexity, and we dedicate all our resources to the long-term success of general well-being of our clients. "I don't like surprises; I like to be proactive instead of reactive," he added. "I advise clients who may have questions about where they will be for the year, to come in during the fall and discuss their concerns. Once the year is over, everything is final."


Larrison’s Tax Service is the oldest of the four. It was established by former Mayor Leland Larrison and his wife at 1475 Locust Street in 1936. Kenneth Mann bought the business in 1981, and Michael and Barbara Perkins assumed ownership in 1992. The Perkins continue to operate it as a family-owned business with the second generation of Perkins--their daughters Carissa and Cari, both working yearround. The first move in 77 years was made last year into a new building at 108 N. 25th Street. Everything is state-of-the-art and much easier for both staff and clients. Even the number of parking spaces doubled. The staff of three full-time EAs and four other professional members offer extended hours during the tax season: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. , and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. "We enjoy an excellent retention rate. Many clients of 25 years or more are individuals who don't want anyone else to take care of their taxes even if they have moved away--such as retirees in Florida," Perkins said. "Although the majority of our clients live in the metropolitan Terre Haute area, we filed 150 to 200 out-of-state returns and a few out-of-the-country last year. "If a client refers a new client (someone who didn't file with us last year), I personally write a $50 check to the person who did the referral. This rebate system has worked very well for the past several years. I wrote 89 such checks in 2013." As for their goal , the Perkins want to continue their legacy of accurate service at an affordable price.

At Larrison’s Tax Service it’s a family affair with husband and wife, Michael and Barbara Perkins along with their daughters Carissa and Cari.

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love comfort food, and the recipe I’m sharing this issue is really one of the most comforting of them all. It’s got meat, it’s got potatoes, it’s got carrots. Who can resist the savory delight of a classic beef stew? (Okay, I guess my vegetarian friends could. Sorry guys, this one’s not for you.) You’re reading this in March—the month that’s supposed to “go in like a lion and out like a lamb.” But as I sit here in early February waiting for the latest snowpocalypse, it seems not too far-fetched to imagine that chilly da ys will hang around well into next month. Oh sure, you can buy canned beef stew. You can buy lots of things in a can. And yeah, if you really don’t have time those will work in a pinch. (Seriously though, canned beef stew is not very good.) But if you can manage it, this one is well worth the time and effort . I mean, it’s not that much effort anyway —you don’t even need t o peel the potatoes!

Photo by: Stacey Muncie

HEARTY BEEF STEW (SERVES 8) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2.5 lb flank st eak, cut int o bit e-size pieces 5 large garlic cloves, crushed 1 1/2 c red wine 8 cups beef broth, reserve ½ cup 1/4 c tomato paste 1 1/2 Tbs sugar 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 4 bay leaves

2 Tbs butter 2 lbs red potatoes, cleaned and cut into quarters 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 c chopped carrots 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 Tbs cornstarch salt and pepper, to taste

Heat the oliv e oil in a heav y st ock pot over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef pieces and brown on all sides. Add garlic and sauté another minute, until fragrant. Remove beef and garlic fro m the pot and set aside. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat until slightly foaming. Add the potatoes, celery, onion and carrots. Cook until golden, about 15 minutes. Return beef and garlic to the pot. Add

the broth, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leav es. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for one hour. Using a potato masher, roughly mash the potatoes in the pot into bite-size, uneven pieces. Remove bay leaves. Mix cornstarch with r eserved br oth. Add slowly to the st ew, stirring until thick ened. Season with salt and pepper t o taste.


hile we’re on the subject of comfort food, let’s talk cookies. I don’t know about you, but for me, cookies are probably the single most tempting thing to eat too many of. They’re small, so they’re easy to justify, I guess. Look at those cute little cookies— how bad could they possibly be? Well, as a matter of fact, pretty doggone bad when you eat a dozen. Yep, I can totally scarf down a dozen cookies. That’s why I avoid making them unless they have someplace else to go. And they are great for sharing at a potluck or at Christmas or SNICKERDOODLES

at work because they’r e super portable. So cookies ar e often a goto snack that I send with my kid to extracurricular practices and so on. Recently, I was in such a hurry to get the snacks made and delivered to school that in order to save time I crammed about twice as many Snickerdoodles on the baking sheet as normal. Baked like that they came out as lit tle cinnamon-sugary squares, which was a slightly odd. But no one complained and none came home, because Snickerdoodles are like the queen of comfort cookies, even if they are abnormally shaped.

1 c butter 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 3/4 c flour 2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 2 Tbs sugar 2 tsp cinnamon

Mix 2 Tbs sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside. Mix butter, 1 ½ cup sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Blend dry ingredients . Shape into golf ball size balls . D ip int o sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat 2/3 of

ball. Place plain side down on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until bottom edge is barely golden. Remove from cookie sheet immediately. Makes about 3 dozen.

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ll right, it’s clear—I like bacon. I’m not gonna lie,” Honnalora Hubbard say s with mock seriousness. She flips crispy strips in her cast iron skillet. On a nearby countertop sits an apple pie topped with a golden bacon and brown sugar crumb topping. She may be joking when she claims that there’s always bacon in everything at her house, but on this day at least, it’s easier to believe than not. Hubbard has a reputation as somewhat of a bacon freak. The apron she’s sporting is striped with bacon. It was a gift from a friend, she explains, that showed up on her doorstep just the day before. So when she was brainst orming ideas for a fundraiser to benefit Terre Haute Ministries, where she serves as Executive Director, incorporating bacon seemed lik e a natural fit. After all, who doesn’t love bacon? WORDS: STACEY MUNCIE PHOTOS: SAMANTHA McGRANAHAN & NATHAN MONTGOMERY

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upported by 50 area churches, “Terre Haute Ministries was formed in an effort to organize the body of Christ to help the people in our community,” Hubbard explains. Hubbard has been an ordained minister for 11 years, but it was her personal experience with natural disasters that made her the perfect person to lead up Terre Haute Ministries. She and husband Billy lost their home in the flood of 2008. “I felt this was something I could really make impact with,” she says. That same year, Terre Haute Ministries decided to hire her to help coordinate the works of the ministry. Rather than competing with other assistance programs, “Terre Haute Ministries helps strengthen the efforts that already exist,” Hubbard explains, and helps “promote volunteerism within our churches.” Thanks to Hubbard, Terre Haute Ministries’ reach extends well beyond the Wabash Valley. The organization raised $50,000 for disaster relief in Henryville, Indiana in 2012. Working with Indiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Hubbard spent every other week on the ground in Henryville for eight months. She coordinated 8000 volunteers from across the country to rebuild homes in a $5 million dollar relief effort. More recently, and locally, Terre Haute Ministries provided new beds and bedding to victims of the fire at Garfield Towers here in Terre Haute. The list goes on, but unless you ask, you might never know of many of the group’s good works. “It’s pretty low-key. It’s not about Terre Haute Ministries, it’s

about God’s people doing things. We’re just here to help,” Hubbard says. “There’s a lot of that stuff that happens behind-the-scenes and I’m perfectly fine with that.” Hubbard has become a master at forging partnerships to promote the greater good. She sees challenges not as obstacles, but as opportunities. “People want to help, you just have to show them how to help,” she says. By leveraging donations, and utilizing every resource, Hubbard has been able to make the most of donated dollars. “Every disaster we’ve raised money for, 100% went to the families,” she states. In 2012, Hubbard says the donations collected for disaster relief at Henryville were multiplied like the biblical loaves and fishes to help families in need. “For every dollar you contributed that year, $144 worth of assistance went to the cause. That’s crazy!” she exclaims. “I believe everyone has something to contribute and everyone is valuable. I believe that every single person can contribute something and everybody can make a difference. Maybe someone doesn’t have money, but they have [warehouse] space. Whatever it is, somehow, in God’s economy, he does something with that,” she observes. ubbard has had an impressive array of other experiences as a minister. She’s a state coordinator for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has served as a chaplain for Supercross motocross, and on Governor Daniels’ Office of Indiana Faith-Based Community Initiatives advisory board, appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), spoken across the country, and served as program chair for the local Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.


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She marvels at those opportunities as much, if not more, than anyone. “It always shocks me because I really, really had a very ugly life,” she begins somewhat hesitantly. “I grew up in poverty in West Terre Haute, the youngest of seven children. Any kind of abuse that a person could suffer--I have… I was one of those kids you read about. She pauses briefly before continuing. “My mom, when I was 7-years-old, conspired with her brother to kill my dad.” It would only be the beginning of the chaos that enveloped her young life. Over the next decade she would move repeatedly thanks to house fires that would conveniently allow her mother to collect insurance money. Her mother’s poor choices put Hubbard in dangerous situations, and caused her to suffer all kinds of abuse. “I left home the week I got out of high school,” she says. Hubbard thought she had escaped. That the dysfunction was something that she was finally able to leave behind. She was attending ISU the next winter when she and a friend witnessed the suicide of a young man. Though she does not wish to share the events publicly out of respect for the man’s family, the harrowing experience, in which her life was threatened, was overwhelming. Later that same week, Hubbard was beaten and raped by a neighbor. “I was devastated by the fact that I thought all the abuse was in my family, and it was in my past,” she recalls. Struggling, she 24 Terre Haute Living | March 2014

reached out to a college counselor, whose only action was to tell her she should probably take some time off from school. “I felt like I wasn’t worth saving, wasn’t worth standing up for. I thought, it doesn’t matter if you cry out for help.” Hubbard put physical distance in between herself and her hometown in an effort to distance herself from reminders of the past. She moved to Indianapolis and got a job in sales. One of her coworkers was a guy named Ken. He, his wife and kids took her under their wings. “I didn’t know what a normal family was,” she says, and that family was her first taste of it. “I walked into his office one day, and I was mad. I said, ‘Ken, what do I have to do? You are always so happy and everything.’ He said, ‘You need to accept Jesus.’” From that moment forward, Hubbard would be a Christian, but she will tell you that it didn’t heal all of her wounds immediately. In fact, she says, she has really only started feeling whole enough to share her story within the last year or so. ven within the chaos and tragedy that permeated her childhood, Hubbard can point to one particular life lesson that motivates her to this day. “When I was little, my dad would dress up as Santa Claus and go door to door, delivering fudge around the neighborhood. I remember the year that I recognized


my dad’s eyes—he had my eyes— and I was so excited. My dad is Santa! “I didn’t think my dad was dressed up as Santa, I thought my dad WAS Santa. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone. But my dad told me, ‘I don’t do it for people to know. I do it because I want to help people and if I could, I would do more.’” A few years ago, Hubbard says she felt God was pushing her to do something, but she didn’t yet know what it was. “He kept saying, ‘I want you to do the more.’ And I was like, “What? God, what in the world is the more? That’s not even good grammar.” “When I had the opportunity to become the program chair for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, I really felt God was telling me, ‘Here’s ‘the more’ your dad always wished he could do.’” She continues doing ‘the more’ whenever and wherever there’s a need. Perhaps to be the person that can be counted upon to help, to comfort, to care. The person that she wished had been there for her once upon a time. And her joy and enthusiasm for doing ‘the more’ is electric.


ubbard drizzles icing onto a piece of the bacon-brown sugar topped pie, smiles and exclaims “bacon!” for the camera. Terre Haute Ministries, she continues, has raised a lot of money for specific disaster relief campaigns, but has never done a fundraiser for the organization itself. “And we want to do so much more,” she adds. Baconfest will be the first Terre Haute Ministries fundraiser. Slated for March 15 at the Indiana Theater, from 1pm to 5pm, the event will include music, activities including photo booth, bacon items and products for purchase, and the main event, a bacon recipe contest. VIP ticker holders get in at noon. Local restaurants, organizations and individuals are invited to enter their best bacon dishes, from entrees to desserts. Attendees will have the option to sample and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Entries will also be judged. Tickets are $10, with VIP tickets available for $15. here’s a different emergency every day in somebody’s life. From natural disasters to a single mom whose disaster is that she can’t pay her electric bill,” she says. Terre Haute Ministries, and Honnalora Hubbard, want to meet those needs, and do ‘the more.’ The community can help by attending Baconfest. “I can’t think of a better way to raise money and help people,” Hubbard enthuses. “You get to help people, you get to have fun, and you get to eat bacon!”


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SELL HOU In typical wedding vows couples promise to stick together for better or for worse, for richer or poorer and in sickness and in health. But for two Terre Haute couples they should add “in buying and selling� to those vows.

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Meet Troy and Bernice Helman and Mark and Traci McCreery; they are spouses selling houses. WORDS: KATIE SHANE

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oth couples come from a long real estate legacy in Terre Haute. “I grew up in the business,” says Troy, the owner of Coldwell Banker: Troy Helman Realtors. “I was around it my whole life. I knew from a young age that’s what I wanted to do.” The same can’t be said for Mark, the owner of Remax. While he grew up listening to real estate talk from his parents he planned not to go into the family business. “I always laugh, I knew how to fill out a purchase agreement when I was five years old,” he explains with a smile. “Dinner table talk was about closings and purchase agreements. I always swore I would never be in real estate.” Regardless of their plans, both Troy and Mark followed in the footsteps of their parents, who established successful real estate careers in the Wabash Valley. Coldwell Banker was opened in 1968 by Larry and Susan Helman. The elder Helmans built their business into one of the largest in the area, turning the business over to Troy and Bernice six years ago. The McCreery’s story is similar. In 1973, Mark’s dad George started the local Remax office. A few years later Mark’s mom Lu joined the business and still

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to this day works in the industry. George retired two years ago, handing the reigns over to Mark and Traci. Both families work closely and wouldn’t have it any other way. “Troy and myself are in the same position,” Mark says. “Not only do I work with my wife but my family too. It’s great, I am so lucky to have a close family that it works. Not everyone can work in that arrangement but for me it’s really rewarding.” Both couples agree it takes a very special and strong relationship to work so closely with family. “I think owning a real estate company, you can’t do it by yourself,” Troy says. “You have to have a team to do it, you can’t hire it done. It doesn’t have to be a husband and wife, but it works.” Adds Bernice, “There are plenty of days that you want to walk out the door and say, ‘I give’, but we have a tremendous responsibility to make his parents proud. On the days that we want to quit we remember his parents. We feel a responsibility to carry on the tradition; it keeps you on your toes.” Real estate may run in the family for Troy and Mark, but their wives not only married into the family but married into the business. Traci was undecided on a career path until getting into real estate. “(Mark) was in real estate

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and I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I went out to get my license,” she explains laughing. “Mark said, ‘If you are going to be in here all the time go and get your license and get to work.’ So I did!” But it wasn’t that easy at first for Traci. “I had this whole view of real estate. I just saw him come home after showing houses all day. I got a rude awakening when I got into the business… I was lucky to work with Mark and his mom and dad; I had a whole library of knowledge. His mom and I would go out together, she’s a hoot, we get along great…” Interjects Mark, “Too well.” Mark recalls a story when Traci and his mom, Lu went to take photos and measurements of a home he had just listed. The ladies arrived at the home, knocked on the door and were greeted by the homeowner, wearing only underwear and an open robe. “We looked at him and said, ‘Hello we are here to take photos of your home.’ He looked at us like we were crazy. He asked if it was for taxes,” Traci says beginning to laugh. “We explained to him that we were here to sell his home, but he said he didn’t want to sell his home. Mark’s mom, this small lady finally pushed past him and said, ‘We are here to sell your home whether you like it or not!’ She was

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joking, but he didn’t think it was funny.” After a few more minutes of back and forth Traci and Lu realized they had the wrong address! Luckily, Bernice’s career didn’t start with mistaken addresses. But it did start far from real estate. Bernice’s college degree was in music education. “I quickly determined it was a tough way to make money, which led me to a great career in banking,” Bernice says of her 21 years in the banking industry. “My last job was with First (Financial Bank) managing the loan department, so I was exposed to real estate while working there.” As Troy built his company the couple soon decided if they were going to continue, they needed to do it together. Bernice joined the team and the two discovered their working relationship. “From my perspective what we thought our roles were and what they ended up being are two different things,” Troy says. “We had to find our strengths and figure out who is doing what.” “We clearly have defined roles,” Bernice says. “Only time we argue when those roles are crossed.”

For the McCreery’s the business runs smoothly because of clear boundaries… and spacing. “He can be CEO here and I can be CEO at home,” Traci says with a smile. “You have to find your strengths and weaknesses,” Mark explains. “I’m more of the legal side of things; we are both good at different things.” Adds Traci, ““It works because we have separate offices!” And when the work day is over, which for a realtor is sometimes very late at night, both couples try to put work away and focus on each other and their families. Troy and Bernice have four children; Craig, 24, Sarah, 21, Ryan, 19 and Abbe, 13. Mark and Traci have two children; Brock, 22 and Mason, 2. Although sometimes that can be a challenge. “You carry work home a lot,” Mark says of the schedule. “Weekends are busy with showing homes and working with clients and through all of that your spouse knows that’s going on and you don’t feel like you have to explain to them what’s happened throughout the day.”

“You go in to work with your best friend; we work together, go to lunch together, go home together … I love working with Mark,” Traci says. “We have good sense of humor and it just works.” While spacing for Troy and Bernice can be tough – their offices are connected – they do escape work as a couple and sometimes for quick getaways alone. “We have a pact and it works for us,” Bernice says. “We each allow the other one a vacation. He leaves his phone and I keep things going and then we will flip flop. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t like to vacation separately but it is the only way to totally get away from it.” The majority of time, though, neither couple can totally get away from work – or their spouse! But with a strong marriage and strong business plan both couples are building a great partnership. “Neither one of us thought we could work with our spouse, but the opposite is true,” Troy says. “There is no way that this thing could be done without a spouse.”

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t’s just a few da ys before Christmas and Chris Pfaff and his youngest daught er, nine year old Kat e, stroll through the Honey Creek Mall. Every few st eps someone stops the father-daughter duo to shake Chris’ hand or welcome him home. For Kate, the moment made her feel like her dad was a celebrity. For Chris, the moment affirmed the sacrifice he made for our country. The “thank yous”, handshake s and pats on the back come aft er a nine month tour of duty in Kuwait. WORDS: KATIE SHANE


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“It really

hit home that social media has an impact,” Chris says after posting on facebook that he had returned home. “I think something like 14 people said hello to me that afternoon. They welcomed me home, it was kind of amazing.” It wasn’t until Chris returned home that he realized that not only did social media have an impact, but what he was saying on social media had an impact. Making his third trip overseas as a Lieutenant Colonel and Director of the 138th Theater Gateway Personnel Accountability Team, Chris turned to facebook to keep in touch with friends and family back home. The father of four started posting at the urging of his wife Tonya. “It started out halfheartedly. ‘Why don’t you give the kids advice?’ my wife said to do something, maybe tongue in cheek, but other times (the posts were) something that I had experienced personally,” Chris says of the posts. On January 4, 2013 Chris made his first post: “Today begins a new episode. One in which I won't have the luxury of engaging daily with my children. As such, I've been asked to provide recurring words of wisdom from afar (besides, what kid wants their dad lecturing them in person?) So, beginning today, I'll be offering a daily observation or lesson learned from a life well lived. Some original, some borrowed, but all based on experience. I shall call it "Unsolicited Advice." You may want to de-friend me now. UNSOLICITED ADVICE #1: When you get married, make sure it's to someone who doesn't offer too much unsolicited advice.”

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Although Chris may not be looking for too much unsolicited advice from his wife, she welcomed the advice from him, especially during his absence. “I read it every day. I have been living with it for 19 years,” she says nodding in his direction. “Chris keeps me grounded, that advice he gave made me feel like he was here.” While Tonya was anxious to read Chris’ posts, his kids on the other hand weren’t as quick to log-on. When asked about their dad’s posts the three teenagers and one pre-teen all giggle. “I don’t get on facebook that much,” says 15 year old Anne. “My mom would make us read it.” Tonya points out, they are typical teenagers, “I would read it all the time and they would roll their eyes.”

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But the posts weren’t lost on the family, says 17 year old Griffin. “I read it every couple of months,” he says. “I think it was good advice. I don’t know how much I grew from the advice, but it was nice to read.” “It was great,” chimes in 13 year old Greta. “I would say that if nothing else it was nice to know that he knew they were growing up when he was gone,” Tonya explains. “If he was here it would be the same; some advice they listen to and sometimes they don’t.” It was obvious Chris put thought into his weekly posts like, “UNSOLICITED ADVICE #55: Those among us who seek full, adventurous,

uninhibited lives often step outside their comfort zone. Do you?” or “UNSOLICITED ADVICE #37: Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. - Benjamin Franklin” . But others took on a humorous tone including a photo of a young girl crying in the arms of the Easter Bunny with the following message, “UNSOLICITED ADVICE #42: Good parenting never goes out of fashion; nor does scaring the wits out of small children by forcing them to pose with over-sized woodland creatures. Happy Easter!” Chris’ facebook posts quickly took on a life of their own, gaining numerous followers including co-workers at Indiana State University, family members and even acquaintances around town.

t halfheartedly. ‘Why don’t kids advice? ’” ~Chris Pfaff

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“I think me and my family h but I don’t dwell on it, I feel my duty,” Chris says about h what’s expected if you put o

“Even if it was just geared towards his children, everyone was reading them to connect with him while he was gone,” says ISU Business Engagement Center coworker Pam Chamberlain. “Some of them were really deep, some were funny; he is so witty. Some things had a deeper meaning on what he was putting out there. Either way you know he has put a lot of thought into it.” That thoughtfulness wasn’t just put into social media. Knowing he would miss daughter Anne’s eighth grade graduation from Saint Patrick’s School Chris wrote a letter to her that was read during the graduation ceremony. “I wrote it two months before graduation… I sent it to the principal at Saint Pats saying; ‘I am going to miss the graduation, would you mind reading this?’ I want Anne to know that I was there and thinking of her.” “Something was missing,” says Anne of her graduation day. “It was nice to hear from him.” The letter was an emotional moment, not only for the Pfaff family. “(The principal) read it because it was advice for all of the students… there was not a dry eye in the place,” says Tonya. Graduation wasn’t the only milestone Chris missed while away. Each kid celebrated a birthday and Chris and Tonya’s 19th wedding anniversary passed, marked only by a short conversation via Skype. Not wanting Chris to miss out on celebrations and vacations,

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Chris’ co-worker, Pam created a way for Chris to be involved, even from thousands of miles away. Pam printed photos of Chris; sticking his head on Popsicle sticks. The traveling cardboard cut-out made appearances at work, family vacations, attended the Veteran’s Day parade and Terre Haute Downtown Block Party. “I wanted to do something to connect him to the office and his family here,” Pam says of her idea. “I told the family, when you go somewhere, vacation, whatever, take him with you so he can be there too.” Pam says she admires the strength the family, especially Tonya, showed while Chris was away. For nearly a year Tonya was a “single parent”. She relied heavily on her family and friends to shuffle kids between school and after

y have sacrificed, eel like I am doing ut his service. “It’s t on that uniform.” school activities while she continued her full time job as a teacher in Vigo County. All four children agreed while their Dad was working hard overseas, Mom was working just as hard at home. “I just don’t think that nonmilitary family can understand what it was like to have a member of your family to leave,” Tonya explains. Birthdays and anniversary, we go on as a family except their dad isn’t here, I don’t know how to put it into words, I’m doing what I have to do. It’s just he is serving his country and people forget how many families are effected. Just before the holidays in late 2013 Chris returned home to Terre Haute. He picked up where he left off as Director of Business Engagement at Indiana State University, board member at ArtSpaces and as

the ISU board representative for Downtown Terre Haute Inc. When asked if he’s proud of his service, Chris is humble. “I think me and my family have sacrificed, but I don’t dwell on it, I feel like I am doing my duty,” Chris says about his service. “It’s what’s expected if you put on that uniform. Only fools want to go to war but I think the large majority of Americans that serve have a duty to something larger than themselves.” Even though some of his “Unsolicited Advice” may have been lost on his children, they do recognize the importance of his job and agree life is as it should be. “It feels normal again,” Greta says. “When he was gone I always thought about the things that we did when he was home.” Agrees Anne, “It feels good to have him back to advise my problems and be my friend and be our company.” “When he was gone everyone was asking when will he be back,” says Griffin, “It doesn’t feel like we are waiting around anymore.” When asked for her opinion Kate is quiet. But snuggled on her Dad’s lap, wearing an “Army” t-shirt, she looks up at him and smiles. The look between them says it all. A relief to his family, another tour of duty for Chris is “unlikely” and so is a career in advice giving. Although, he’s not ruling out just one more post. “I don’t know how much the kids read it, but other people seemed to enjoy it,” Chris says. “It became its own thing. I feel like I need to do one last one to wrap it up.” And maybe while debating on that final post Chris can take advice from his own post, a quote by Oscar Wilde, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."

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The Woman's Department Club (WDC) is Terre Haute's oldest women's club. Its long record of social activities and public service make it a fitting subject for March Women's History Month. WORDS: DOROTHY JERSSE

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From the BOTTOM up, Jean Eyster (past president), Carolyn Jeffries (President), Carol Goy (Director) and Shirley Hendricks (Historian)

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ore than 100 years ago, Mrs. U. O. Cox founded the local Council of Women's Clubs with representatives of 36 existing clubs. Ten years later in 1920, the Council formed the Woman's Department Club with 11 of the larger clubs enrolling 100 percent of their members. Mrs. Cox became the honorary president and Mrs. Edward J. Turner the elected president of this new organization. In 1922, the WDC was incorporated with 237 charter members. By 1924 there was a membership of 1,000, the limit set by its Constitution. Looking back at the original membership, local journalist Frances E. Hughes (The Spectator, Nov. 17, 1979) wrote, "They were mostly middle-aged and older women, many of them prominent and wealthy, who had reared their children and needed intellectual and charitable outlets for their energies."

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"Nine issues of the Club Bulletin each year keep the members informed about the activities of the various departments," Shirley Hendricks, editor, said. "It has been published since 1924." The Social Service, The Arts, Garden/Nature Study and Junior departments reflect the interests of the members and provide entertainment and cultural events to the community at large. Rose Mary Freeze, Social Service chairman, explained, "We feature speakers from various organizations, and we support their work. They include in part the American Red Cross, Bethany House, Breast Cancer Research, Helping Hands, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Meals on Wheels, Ryves Center, and the Salvation Army. Our work with the Good Cheer Club for the blind goes back 50 years." Linda West, chairman of The Arts, reported, "Our meetings may vary from a costume party with ghost stories to informative lectures and trips to interesting places. When I ask a member to volunteer, I have not ever been turned down."

Above: original Woman’s Department Club members putting on a fashion event. Top Right: "Boy with Fish" statue by Terre Haute artist Janet Scudder. Bottom Right: Members at 1940 dedication of "Boy with Fish" statue.

Both the Garden/Nature Study and the Junior departments are chaired by Leslie Bilyeu, who said, "It is exciting to go back over our history to see how far women have come. "The Junior Department was added in 1929 to serve the daughters of members. Each member is 14 years or older and the daughter or relative of a WDC member. "Service projects help develop these young women into active women in the community. Each Junior member is required to do 10 hours of community service each year. Some of the projects are Clothe-A-Child, Tri Kappa Mouse House, National Night Out, Farrington Fest, the Wabash Valley Road Runners Half-Marathon and the Franklin Elementary School Fall Festival." The highlight of the Junior Department year is the annual Cotillion with its traditional father-daughter dance. Thirty-six debutantes were presented to society at the first Cotillion in 1959. It was held in the Mayflower Room at the Terre Haute House and co-sponsored by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. Still an annual formal event, the 55th Cotillion was held last November at O'Shaughnessy Hall on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus where 24 young women, all high school seniors, were honored. A scholarship was awarded to a deserving member. Maryann Etling, Terre Haute North Vigo High School senior and Junior Department chairman, believes, "The Junior Department is a wonderful opportunity to come together, know each other and serve the community. Everyone is given the chance to use her strengths and talents to serve a greater purpose." President Carolyn Jeffries commented, "I have been a part of the club since 1956, longer than any other member, and I believe the WDC is a power of good in the community. By sharing our gifts and abilities, the senior and junior members add to the quality of life." Secretary Marlene Bilyou added, "I admire so many of these women; I like the camaraderie. I also like meeting at the clubhouse." "It is a terrific place to be," Carol Goy, a more recent member,

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noted. "When we are working together, we are family -- sister, aunt, mother." The Minshall home, 654 Cherry Street, was leased for five years to serve as the first clubhouse. The present clubhouse is located at 507 S. Sixth Street in what is now Farrington's Grove Historical District. Members paid $25,000 to Paul N. Bogart in 1931 for this Italianate style mansion constructed and completed by Robert N. Hudson in 1873. The grand opening was held on Feb. 18, 1932. "Maintenance issues of this 140-year-old structure are the responsibility of the Executive Board," Rachel Groves, vice president, explained. Becky Evans, treasurer, added, "The goal for the next few years is the restoration of the exterior of the building. We have started a fund for that purpose." Louise Kerr and Betty Purcell, membership treasurers, reported 190 senior and 104 juniors are enrolled at this time. Membership is by endorsement of a current member; new members are accepted from September to February. More information is available by calling Louise at 812-466-4795. Coming up soon is the Rainbow Spring Fashion Luncheon on March 22 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. This 10th annual spring fundraiser will include fashions by Macy's, a silent auction, boutique, sweet shop and raffle. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available by reservation until March 15. Interested persons may contact any member or call Carol Goy, event chairman, at 812-877-4525. Although fashions and technology have changed, the philosophy set forth by Mrs. Cox, honorary president in 1920, still holds true almost a century later: "The desires of women to improve their own outlook upon the life they live in the midst of the community have a strong pull upon their consciences, and when they see and know there are things in the world that should be improved...they club together to accomplish something more worthwhile than already exists."


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Staying home for spring break? Take in the city in a whole new way! WORDS: KATIE SHANE

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If the last place in your mind for a vacation is the city in which you live, think again. A spring break “staycation” doesn’t have to be the same old same old; it can be downright exciting. Terre Haute Living Magazine chose four Terre Haute family friendly activities worth discovering all over again. Plus, each location will be kind to your wallet… admission to each is under $10.

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Destination: Swope Art Museum Address: 25 South 7th Street Spring Break Admission: Free all year

Named one of the "10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities" by USA Today in 2010 the Swope Art Museum is often overlooked as an activity for children, but it’s actually perfect for families. “The Museum is the ideal size for bringing families because it isn't too large and overwhelming as some museums can be,” says Swope executive director Marianne Richter. Called a “true jewel” by Richter, the Museum houses some big names in the art world. Works by Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, George Luks, Eva Hesse, and George Bellows fill the halls of the Museum’s first and second floors. While those big names are impressive, it’s the Museum’s exhibit during spring break that brings in some real impressive talent. The 47th Annual Student Art Exhibition sponsored by Old National Bank runs April 5 through May 10, showcasing works by the region’s talented young art students in elementary, middle and high school. “The exhibition is a highlight of the year,” Richter says. “It offers a chance to see the talents of our local students, and the students whose work is in the show are very excited to be able to show their family and friends their work on exhibition in an art museum.”

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Destination: Vigo County YMCA Address: 951 Dresser Drive Spring Break Admission: Day pass is only $5

What’s spring break without some time at the pool? Thanks to the Vigo County YMCA your spring break staycation doesn’t have to go without some wet and wild fun. For only $5, families can purchase a day pass to enjoy everything the YMCA has to offer including workout classes, a full court gymnasium and of course, the pool. If work is on the spring break agenda for parents the Y is offering the first ever Middle School Camp. The day camp targets students in that awkward stage of being too old for daycare, but too young to stay home alone all day. Camp begins at 11am, giving kids a chance to catch some zzzz’s while out of school. “This way the kids can still sleep in, because there is not one middle school student who wants to get up and be somewhere by 8:00 when school is out of session,” says YMCA executive director Eleanor Ramseier. “Parents can let them sleep in and then bring them to the Y over their lunch hour and pick them up after work. We will have swimming, sports, maybe a trip to the movies, and some fun educational enrichment activities. The important thing is they will be safe and have a great time here at the Y!” The YMCA is now enrolling member and non-member campers. For those who cannot afford camp the YMCA will offer a limited number of scholarships. For more information contact the YMCA – (812) 232-8446.

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Destination: Terre Haute Children’s Museum Address: 727 Wabash Avenue Spring Break Admission: Adults and children ages 2 and up: $7

No other place in town can a kid climb a two-story tree house, shoot pollen at a flower or stand inside a bubble. Since opening its doors in 1988 The Terre Haute Children’s Museum has educated more than 230,000 adults and children from over 22 counties in Indiana and Illinois. With many mainstay exhibits children can visit their favorites again and again and experience new learning opportunities with new exhibits filtering in throughout the year. “We have three floors of exhibits that transcend age and experience, and empower children to set their own pace,” says executive director Lynn Hughes. “We strive to create opportunities for family members to bond while they play and learn together.” Parents and kids can bond at a discounted rate on Tuesday April 1. Museum-goers will be admitted for just $2 thanks to the Indiana State University Federal Credit Union. No April Fools!

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Destination: White Violet Center For Eco-Justice Address: The Saint Mary of the Woods Campus Spring Break Admission: Free

It’s hard to find a more beautiful place than the Saint Mary of the Wood Campus. Regardless of your religious beliefs, anyone can appreciate the rolling lawns, extensive landscape and breathtaking architecture. Past the Providence Center and Church of Immaculate Conception on the outskirts of the campus sits the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. The center’s mission is to celebrate and educate on the environment and sustainability locally and globally. Not only does the center include 343 acres of state certified organic farmland, but a berry patch, water garden, bluebird trail, forest and a herd of 46 alpacas. The Sisters of Providence suggest visitors come to the center, park and walk around. A must see attraction are the alpacas. “The females and young alpacas are at the big barn closest to Owens Hall,” says Sisters of Providence Marketing Manager Cheryl Casselman. “We want everyone who comes here to understand the interconnection of all creation. When you see the vegetables growing in the greenhouse or gardens, the bees buzzing around the orchard, the chickens pecking around in the grass and the alpacas in the pasture you see the larger picture of why this ministry exists. Each are important in the sustainable living cycle.” Before leaving the campus stop into The Gift Shop at the Providence Center and purchase a hat, scarf or homemade item made from alpaca fiber. Gifts even include the name of the alpaca the material came from; it may be from one of the new friends you just made at the barns.

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MARCH 2014 EVENTS Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival Greene County Feb. 28, 2014 thru Mar. 01, 2014 6:00 PM Marsh Madness is a community-based bird festival. Marsh Madness celebrates to value of wetlands and the spectacular spring migration of Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl through the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. The festival takes place Feb.28-Mar.1 in Greene County, Indiana and follow the Marsh Madness menu item. DTH Farmers’ Market Mar. 01, 2014 Indoor Market at Clabber Girl 9am-1pm Sisters of Providence Youth Art Contest Submission Mar. 01, 2014 - Mar. 02, 2014 11:00 AM Calling all young Wabash Valley artists, ages 518! You are invited to enter your creative, artis-

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tic masterpiece in the Sisters of Providence 8th annual Youth Art Contest. Submissions are now being accepted, through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at Owens Hall Reception, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. Youth may submit an artwork he or she has created based upon the theme “Saint Mother Theodore Guerin--A Woman and her Work.” The artwork submitted should highlight one or more ways in which Saint Mother Theodore worked with or served others. Learn more about Mother Theodore and her work at Artwork must be original, created in 2014 and no larger than 11-inches x 17inches. It must be a “flat” piece of artwork that is mounted on foam board or cardboard and is ready for display. The 2014 Youth Art Contest entry form must be attached to the back of the artwork. Artists must reside in Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion counties in Indiana or Clark, Edgar and Crawford counties in Illinois. Only one entry per artist will be accepted. New this year – Artwork will be accepted at the reception/phone room in Owens Hall at Saint Mary-of-theWoods between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday

through Friday, or 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Top winners in each of the four age divisions (5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18) will receive cash prizes, ribbons and certificates. Each young artist who enters the contest will receive a participant ribbon and certificate. A reception for all youth who enter the contest is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in O’Shaughnessy Dining Room at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. To learn more about the youth art contest or to download an entry form, visit or contact Ariane Detamore at 812-535-2813 or Vigo Co 4H Horse & Pony Chili Supper & Tack Auction Mar. 01, 2014 4:00 PM Chili Supper starts @ 4pm Donated Items by local business @ 5pm New Tack by Todd Yundt @ 6pm Silent Auction Items 4-8 pm Vigo Co Fair grounds

John Paul II HS Vera Bradley Bingo Mar. 06, 2014 5:00 PM Doors open 5:30pm. Games start at 6pm, until last game called. Tickets are $20 for 20 games. Door prizes will be awarded. (no need to be present to win) Silent Auctions and Basket Raffles. Vera Bradley Bingo and other items too. Bring your friends, and come have some fun, and get a chance to win brand new Vera Bradley items. We will be serving food and drinks. Bake sale. Silent Auctions and Basket Raffles. Vera Bradley Bingo and other items too. Bring your friends, and come have some fun. All the proceeds will help John Paul II Catholic High School, so if you can't attend, donations are greatly appreciated Must be at least 18 years of age).Babysitting available for tips. Lenten Book Study Series Mar. 06, 2014 6:00 PM March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 6:30-8:00 p.m. These series are offered in collaboration with the Terre Haute Deanery and the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Come and explore what REALLY happened at the Second Vatican Council. We Will take a look at some 'behind the scenes' action, as well as the stories and drama that unfolded in Rome before and during the Council. The book we will use is "What Happened at Vatican II," by John W. O'Malley, and will be provided at the first session. Fee: $30. Register prior to March 1. Please contact 812-535-2952 or email Flying Jewels Mar. 08, 2014 10:00 AM At the Dobbs Park Nature Center, learn about the beautiful hummingbird and make a feeder of your very own. Please register prior to event. $1 craft fee. Call 812-877-1095. Taizé Prayer Mar. 11, 2014 7:00 PM Taizé Prayer takes place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-theWoods, is open to persons of all faith traditions, and is free to attend. This hour-long service includes prayers, simple, beautiful music, a time for silence, spoken and silent prayers. The prayer is quiet and reflective, deeply peaceful and joyful and is lit primarily by candlelight. Songs are sung many times over as a prayer of the heart. The 2014 focus of Taizé is “Prayer for the Life of the World.” We will use Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 to help focus our prayer – ”To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Fee: Free-will offering For more information, call 812-535-2952 or email

Birding with the WVAS Mar. 15, 2014 10:00 AM Come to Dobbs Park Nature Center and learn about bird watching. Free. Call 812-877-1095 for details. Spring Equinox Celebration Mar. 21, 2014 6:00 PM Location: Reflection Garden, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, Saint Mary-of-theWoods, IN 47876 Celebrate the gift of God's changing seasons with prayer and song in the Reflection Garden behind the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather the celebration will take place inside the center. No reservation required. For more information, call 812535-2932 or email Fearless Furniture Indiana State Museum Mar. 25, 2014 10:00 AM Discover daring designs and unparalleled artisanship in this group exhibition showcasing the very best in contemporary and traditional studio fine art furniture. Juried by internationally renowned furniture designer Wendy Maruyama, applicants were either born or reside in Indiana, or trained at one of Indiana’s well-known design programs, with the final selection including artists from as far away as Hawaii and Maine. Located at the Indiana State Museum. Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis.


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Beginning weaving with John Salamone Mar. 22, 2014 9:00 AM Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn how to weave your own beautiful scarves, napkins, table runners and more. You are limited only by your imagination! Students will learn how to weave on our four-shaft floor looms and complete several mug rugs (coasters) to take home. All materials and looms will be provided. Cost is $100 per person which includes lunch and refreshments. Housing is optional. Instructor, John Salamone of Giandino Fiber Studio, is a gifted weaver and patient teacher. A lover of color and texture, he enjoys working with chenille and double weave structures. He lives in Carbon, Indiana where he spins, weaves, and is entertained by his sheep and angora rabbits. Please register prior to March 14. This workshop is limited to 5 participants. To register or for more information, contact Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or

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Beauty and Justice: Nourishing Your Heart's Commitments Mar. 28-30, 2014, 6:00 PM Friday through noon Sunday Reilly Auditorium, Owens Hall — Saint Mary-of-theWoods, Ind. (near Terre Haute) Fee: $250 commuter, $350 resident Registration deadline: March 14 (812-535-2932, Sister Marya Grathwohl, OSF, is the founder and executive director of Earth Hope. She and Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking, have joined together in bringing the Story of the Universe into the lives of prisoners throughout the country. Their retreat and reflection days help people who care about Earth and social justice deepen their awareness of the interdependence of all life. We will ponder our continual awakening to God’s call in our experiences of beauty and suffering, and discover new insights and hope. Participants leave energized for their commitments. Would you like to be spiritually nourished and refreshed, and wish to link your Gospel commitment with social justice and care of creation? Then join us for this special event!

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THEATER Rose Hulman Hatfield Hall Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo March 9, 2014 - 3:00 pm March 9, 2014 - 7:00 pm $5 student $10 adult Interactive Show Brings Dinosaurs to Life! Can’t get enough dinosaurs? Neither can we! Join us for a “dino-mite” interactive show where human-powered puppetry brings prehistoric creatures to life. Get up close and personal with these realistic inhabitants of a prehistoric zoo as our friendly host introduces us to a menagerie of insects, mammals, and dinosaurs, including a T. Rex! Community Theater God of Carnage Fridays and Saturdays, March 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm Sundays March 16 and 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm God of Carnage relates an evening in the lives of two couples, residents of a tony Brooklyn neighborhood, who meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette's son hit Michael and Veronica's son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues. Reza's play suggests that our civilized trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile. 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.

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Seussical Jr. presented by Children's Theatre of Terre Haute Mar. 21, 2014 7:00 PM Children's Theatre is proud to present Seussical Jr. This production brings to life some of Dr. Seuss's amazing characters such as The Cat in The Hat, Horton, and many more. Come join us at Harmony Hall and watch your childhood favorites come to life as our young actors and actresses amaze you with their talents! Visit us at for more information. ISU Performing Arts Smokey Joe's Cafe Tilson Auditorium Friday, March 28, 2014 7:30 PM Smokey Joe's Café is a compelling rock ‘n’ roll musical that encompasses the timeless songs of the inventors of this music genre, Leiber and Stoller. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including hits On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, and I’m A Woman, Smokey Joe’s Café transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre and each song is a trip down the corridors of American culture. Representing an extraordinary musical play that ran for more than 2,000 performances on Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café was the Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Musical and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Choreography. Timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying entertainment that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Adults: $21/$19 Youth: $5 ISU Faculty Staff: $16/$11 ISU Students FREE with ISU ID Rose-Hulman Hatfield Hall Motionhouse – Scattered March 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm $10 student $18-22 adult Motionhouse creates startling, passionate dance theater as seven dancers perform on an infinity stage where movement and film integrate in a completely new and breathtaking way. Scattered explores our relationship with water, delving into its majesty and savagery, as dancers plunge into an ocean, wrestle a raging tide and slide on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty. * Performed on a huge curved floor that disappears skyward * “Shock and awe: eliciting gasps as the dancers bodysurf across the face of the wave or launch themselves from its vertiginous peak.” -The Observer



SWOPE Vivian’s Lament By Swope Art March 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Main Stage of the New Theater Performance of the ISU New Play Festival work inspired by the Swope painting, A Joy Forever, by Jack Levine. This full-length play is written by Joshua Julian and directed by Trevor Hanson.

Mardi Gras at the Swope March 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – March 2, 2014 @ 12:00 am $30 members / $35 non-members The Art Hoppers invite you to join the 2014 Mardi Gras King and Queen candidates for an evening full of merriment. A great place for people watching or to show off that outrageous outfit you never get to wear. Enjoy delicious food, drinks and great entertainment. Party attire! Everyone gets a complimentary mask with admission, or upgrade to something fancier: beads or other embellishments in the mask shop for a few extra bucks. Visit a fortune teller to see what 2014 will bring. Bid farewell to 2013 royalty, King Gary Greiner and Queen Whitney Volkl, and top it all off by electing the King and Queen of the Swope Mardi Gras! This year’s candidate pairs are: Eric Brown and Melissa Brown Patrick Sims and Tammy Schaffer Matt Wayt and Leslie Garcia Only a limited number of tickets are available, so buy them early at the Swope, from a King or Queen candidate or from an Art Hopper. Food provided by J. Gumbo’s. Entertainment by DJ Matt Luecking Ekphrastic Exploration Swope Art Museum March 7, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Explore the cross-pollination of art and literature in three exhibitions sponsored by the Alliance and further explore the theme by listening to poetry inspired by art. View Inward Eye: Richard Anuszkiewicz and William Blake, Craig McDaniel: The Story of E and Other Love Letters, and From the Swope’s Collection: Selected Art Inspired by Literature. Savor a nibble from the hors d’oeuvre plate or have a drink from the cash bar while you listen to two local poets share poetry inspired by art. 6:30 & 7:30 pm: Enjoy readings of poetry by local poets and teachers Darla K. Crist (Ivy Tech) and Matthew Brennan (ISU). 8:00 pm: Join the Alliance for the annual raffle drawing and found out if you get to take home a prize! The Story of E and Other Love Letters (Craig McDaniel) at the Swope February 7- March 22, 2014 The Inward Eye: Richard Anuszkiewicz and William Blake From the Swope’s Collection: Selected Art Inspired by Literature Opening Reception & First Friday ” Readings & Drawings” 7:00 pm Craig McDaniel reads from his experimental book, The Story of E, based on characters in his paintings exhibited in the Story of E and Other Love Letters. 8:00 p.m. Join the Alliance for the annual raffle drawing and find out if you get to take home a prize! Made possible by Swope Alliance

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y kid is a globetrot ter. She spent some time in F rance last summer , where she observed that the people are so lazy they don’t even bother t o finish their words. Not even names. Alexander became “Alexuhnhh…” and so forth, the sounds evaporating like wispy trails of breath and apathy, lingering where the ends of the words should have been. It was frustrating for her, as a non-Frenchspeaking person, to try to relate written words on street signs and such t o the information that had been spok en to her. Good thing she got to come back to the good ol’ US of A where we actually finish our words. Or at least, we used to. I get that, when you’re t exting, abbreviation is handy. In that realm, I can understand why you might shorten words, if for no other reason than t o sav e yourself from growing giant, freakishly muscular thumbs . Twit ter, with its 140 c haracter limit, makes abbreviation nearly necessary t o say anything at all. Grammar is more oft en than not collat eral damage, but hey, it’s Twitter, no big deal. I still can’t bring myself t o replace ‘you’ with ‘u’ in the int erest of sav ing two let ters. And I’m just going t o fess up right now and admit that, yeah, I do judge you if you are too lazy to type a whole 3-letter word. You can throw ‘ain’t’ around all the livelong day. You can use our common Hoosier dialect and end your sent ences with a preposition. (It’s okay, that’s an indication of where you’re from. See?) I’m not going to judge you for any of those things. But if you ever wish me a HBD online, well yeah, totally judging you. And by the way (see how I actually typed that out?), nothing says “I appreciate you but not enough t o move my finger more than twice” like typing ‘TY’ instead of ‘thank you.’ Like I said, I can handle some abbreviation in the context of social media and texting. Except now, it’s started to creep into the com-

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mon vernacular. People are actually verbalizing things like OMG and LOL. Even worse, however, is the creeping laziness of just cutting off the ends of words. We don’t have ‘problems,’ we have ‘probs.’ That purse isn’t ‘totally adorable’ it’s ‘totes adorbs.’ Are your eyes bleeding yet? This is not a mat ter of time, or charact er length. It’s just sloth. Or maybe it’s slohh. Because who has the energy to actually say an entire word, right? We’re turning into France, people! This is an emergency, for crying out loud. Next thing you know, the streets will be filled with mimes. Is that what you want? I realize that most likely, none of you are guilty of this, because I think it’s mostly the tights-as-pants crowd who are perpetrating these crimes against language. ( And clearly, that’s not my readership demographic, or the tights-as-pants epidemic would be history already.) But just in case there’s someone reading this who says things like ‘whatev’ and thinks that maybe I’m just some ‘cray ’ old woman, listen up: You sound like an illiterate airhead. This is totes why no one takes you seriously. It’s ridic. Stop it. I realize it may take some work, but I ha ve confidence that you can start pronouncing entire words again. And really , it’s kind of fun. Try rolling ‘totally’ off your tongue, enunciating each syllable for added emphasis. Or drop a ‘what ever’ on a situation, not in its lit e ‘whatev’ form, but with a feeling of true dismissive disgust. What-ev-er. Boom. Your country needs you, my young friend. Do it for your BFF , for your ‘rents, for your gma. F orget the zombie apocalypse—the mimes are coming. Only you can save the English language and st op the insidious invasion of imaginary ladder climbing.

Stacey Muncie is a freelance writer, humorist, proud Hautean and all-around word nerd. Her light-hearted rants about topics ranging from peevish to "Daang!" Stacey Muncie can be reached at Follow her on Facebook at or Twitter @StaceyMuncie.

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