Obituaries for the week of 02.28.10

January 29, 2010 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Leon F. Cook, 94, of Indianapolis died on Jan. 25, 2010. He was born September 25, 1915, in Columbus, Ind., to Osten and Irene Cook. Leon was a quality control inspector at P. R. Mallory for 47 years; he retired in 1980. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and P. R. Mallory Conservation Club. Leon assisted his son’s teams in Little League Baseball and loved to travel with his family. He was a devoted husband, beloved father, and loving grandfather. His wife, Esther Cook, and brothers, Billy and William Cook, precede him in death. Survivors include his children, Carole A. (Al) Ratz, Maureen F. (Harold Simmons) Haney; Michael L. (Yoke) Cook; Kathy (Larry) Cooke, and James V. (Mary Pat) Cook; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and his fishing buddy, Bill Harter. He will be deeply missed by many family and friends. Calling was held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue. Prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
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Don’t trash your amaryllis

January 29, 2010 in Outdoors by Carol Michel

A few weeks after you’ve put up the last of the holiday decorations, it’s tempting to also toss out the poinsettia plants and amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.) bulbs once their blooms have faded. I agree, go right ahead and send the poinsettias to the compost bin. Most of us can’t provide the kind of environment they need to re-bloom anyway, particularly the requirement for complete darkness for 12 hours each day for 10-12 weeks in the fall.

But don’t toss the amaryllis bulbs out! With some simple care you can get the amaryllis bulbs to bloom again next year.
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Raise your hand if you expect Haiti to help the U.S.

January 29, 2010 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

I realize a good share of you nice folks turn to this space looking for something that will make you laugh. I also realize a good share turn to it and wonder why I still have a job, but that’s a topic for another time.

Today I’d like to set the comedy aside and talk about something I saw on an Internet that just infuriated me, and still does.
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It’s all about where you start

January 29, 2010 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

Like 90 percent of the people waiting in line at grocery store checkouts, I tend to glance at the magazine covers. The front-page “teasers” grab my attention, but that’s where the curiosity stops. I look but don’t touch.

The most recent cover to catch my eye was Star’s exclusive on Octomom’s weight loss secrets. I wasn’t looking because I thought she looked good, though. It was more like an Arrested Development moment, as I looked at the cover and thought, “Her?”
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Top ten rejected slogans for the Colts at the Super Bowl

January 29, 2010 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. The Colts get an “A” — New Orleans is below “C” level.
9. Hey, New Orleans! We’re gonna blow right bayou!
8. February 7, 2010: Addai to remember.
7. Peyton Place to Dallas to South Beach … and you won’t have to change the channel.
6. Sure beats sitting at home waiting for the draft.
5. We speak French, too … Pierre Garçon.
4. Blue and white turns black and gold to black and blue.
3. Let’s hope Mayor Nagin saved you some buses for the ride back.
2. Your French Quarter won’t be worth two cents when we’re done.
1. … and when we’re done we’re comin’ back for your FEMA trailers.

He had a big old plate of crow with his supper

January 29, 2010 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Ah yes. Finally. The farmer’s crown of perfection has been knocked sideways.

He got a traffic ticket.

And he stewed on the news for almost a week before sheepishly confessing his fall from grace.

“I’m sorry, what did you say?” I said devilishly.
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Are there tax breaks for that?

January 29, 2010 in Personal Finance by Steve Maple

Inquiring minds want to know. Here is a miscellany of questions.

Does a durable power of attorney continue after the grantor’s death?

The “durable” part allows the power of attorney to continue even if the grantor is no longer mentally or physically competent to manage his or her legal and financial affairs. However, the power of attorney does terminate at the grantor’s death.
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Talking property taxes

January 29, 2010 in Front Page News by Mike Alexander

State legislators representing the Greenwood-area would like to see the elimination of property taxes.

About 50 voters heard Sens. Brent Waltz and Pat Miller, and Reps. Woody Burton and David Frizzell say property taxes tend to go out of control. That’s why an amendment to the state Constitution is necessary.
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Taste of the Southside expands its menu

January 29, 2010 in Front Page News by Submission For The Southside Times

Food and wine enthusiasts should start preparing their palates for Sunday’s 18th annual Taste of the Southside. This popular community event will feature food and beverage samples from more than 40 restaurants, bakeries, caterers and wineries.

New for 2010

Four local chefs will showcase their culinary talents in an “iron chef” cook-off. The challengers are Keith Angell, Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille; Richard Goss, Richard’s Kitchen; Aaron O`Mara, Augustino’s Italian Restaurant; and Chris Porter, Bravo Italian Kitchen. The participating chefs will have only 30 minutes to prepare three dishes that must incorporate a plate of secret ingredients revealed to them just before their time begins. Each chef will have access to a pantry of cooking staples and common spices. All dishes will be judged on plate presentation, flavor, portion size and how creatively they incorporate the secret ingredients.
The cook-offs will take place at 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Attendance hit an all-time high in 2009 so organizers are expanding the event layout to create more elbow room where attendees can nibble and network to their heart’s content. In all, this year’s guests will enjoy 25,000 square feet of food and fun.

In addition to cheering for the chefs and enjoying more breathing — and eating — room, Taste attendees can bid on a variety of auction items. Proceeds from this year’s feature auction item will benefit the American Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. That featured auction item is an autographed Peyton Manning action photo from Super Bowl XLI, along with a commemorative Super Bowl XLI trading card set, both matted and framed. The estimated value of this exciting collectible is more than $1,000. In addition to Colts memorabilia, the Taste offers a popular silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, wine baskets, restaurant gift certificates and getaway packages.

“We are proud to partner with Community Health Network in delivering this hallmark community event to Southside food and beverage lovers and are thrilled that this event has become a tradition people look forward to attending. We have fun spicing it up to create a memorable experience each year,” said Christian Maslowski, executive director at the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.


A Piece of Cake
Albatross Pizza Emporium
America’s Incredible Pizza Company
Cold Stone Creamery
GFS Marketplace
Kinetico Quality Water Systems
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Oliver Winery
Wing’n It
Arni’s Restaurant
Bravo Italian Kitchen
Chateau Thomas Winery
Fireside Brewhouse
Napoli Villa Italian Restaurant
Jonathan Byrd’s Catering & Banquets
Max & Erma’s
The Cheesecake Factory
The Melting Pot
Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grille
Paradise Bakery & Café
Mallow Run Winery
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Community Hospital South Nutrition & Food Services
Donatos Pizza
Sammy’s Pizza and Salad
Buck Creek Winery
Gallagher’s Place
Easley Winery
Monarch Beverage
Brozinni Pizza
McAlister’s Deli
Shallo’s Antique Restaurant
Smoke Eaters BBQ
Don Pablo’s
Stir Crazy
The Coffee Shop
Aqua Systems
Cakes by Cathy
Sunshine Bakery
Fairytales Custom Cakery
Mexico City Grill
Noodles and Company
Richard’s Kitchen

When: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31
Where: Valle Vista Golf Club and Conference Center, 755 E. Main St., Greenwood
Tickets: $30 for one, $50 for two in advance; $35 each at the door
Additional Info: Attendees must be 21 or older
Web: Visit

Aging doesn’t have to suck

January 29, 2010 in Living by Wendell Fowler

Are you persistently sapped and mentally done in? Feel like a wrinkled up dog-doo snow-cone? Do tackling weekend mental and physical chores feel like swimming through Jell-O? Is that what’s bumming you out, bucko?

Guess what? You’re aging. The oxidative effects of aging are predictable, but you needn’t hand over your youth to age-related disease until you’re darned good and ready. After all, no one is charge of your health but you. Disease is not a natural progression of aging. It’s a result of nutrient deficiencies and, occasionally, genes. You are what you absorb from food and drink. What you eat becomes part of you, profoundly affecting the aging process. Maximum-quality building materials from the universe, not a CEO, make a measurable difference in how you feel now and how your body wears for tomorrow. If you feed yourself poorly, you’ll look and feel old sooner rather than later, and all the spa spackle on earth won’t conceal it.
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