Bargains on the Bus

September 29, 2011 in Front Page News by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Janet Price of the Southside has a special interest in jewelry.  She will definitely be one of 50 bargain-hunting women traveling around Indianapolis on the Resale Bus Tour.

This is her third time to go on the tour, which is hosted by Selective Seconds, a women’s clothing consignment store in Greenwood.  Each time she signs up for the all-day tour, she comes home with bargains, Price said.

“I enjoy shopping consignment so much, but sometimes it is much to my husband’s dismay,” Price said.

Consignment shoppers appreciate the opportunity to board a bus instead of fighting traffic while looking for street signs to find shops they have never visited before. Taking advantage of deep discounts at each stop is another motivation, said Rene Elsbury, manager of Selective Seconds which is owned by Vena Holden.

“Each shop donates gift certificates for drawings and they all offer deep discounts,” Elsbury said. “We also try to get local small businesses to offer gifts and goody bags. While we travel between stores, Vena or I read an advertisement for each business that donates things.”

Women from as far south as Seymour and Bloomington drive to Greenwood to board this fun-loving bus, Elsbury said with a smile.

While Price will be on the lookout for jewelry during this resale extravaganza, Becky Schaefer of Beech Grove will be looking for another item.

“I have a thing about purses,” Schaefer said with a laugh. “If you go to the mall and you can’t find anything you like, you go back a week later and find pretty much the same things. But if you shop consignment, you find something different.  Also, other people aren’t going to have a purse just like yours if you shop consignment.”

Some women may still turn up their noses about shopping for gently used clothing, but those women don’t understand the many choices, Price said. Consignment store racks are frequently filled with quality apparel. Some of those items haven’t been worn at all. Making the clothing budget stretch much farther is an added plus. And in Price’s experiences, every woman she introduces to the world of consignment ends up hooked on the possibilities.

Along with strolling around in resale shops, many women bring in parts of their wardrobe they no longer wear.  And take home some income when the clothing sells.

Each year she has signed up for the resale bus tour, Price has invited along a friend or two. But this year, she’s traveling solo.

“I will either know somebody or I will make a new friend,” Price said.

Back from the ashes

September 29, 2011 in Front Page News by Clint Smith

In the late seventies, a 23-year-old Jim Trimble purchased Wanamaker Feed and Seed from Ralph Prangy.  As the store’s name implied, the venture specialized in lawn and garden supplies, tools and equipment.  The success of the modest operation was fostered by family support, local loyalty, and a pleasant do-it-yourself attitude.  Over the next three decades, Wanamaker Feed and Seed—along with well-known locales like the New Bethel Ordinary and Wheatley’s Market—would become a community cornerstone.  But in the late summer of 2011, a now 56-year-old Trimble found himself wondering if the past 32 years would end up as so much rubble and ash.

“Lightning—the insurance company said it was lightning,” Trimble said of the fire that damaged a portion of the store and destroyed a substantial part of the on-hand stock.  Hours after the fire, local television news networks converged on the story.  The coverage painted a grim picture, leaving many Wanamaker residents speculating about the survival of the beloved business, including Trimble himself.

“The store has been a big part of my life,” he said.  “I’ve been doing this since I was twenty-three and I never stopped enjoying it.”  Trimble credited this enduring enjoyment to two branches of interest:  his love of the outdoors and his love for animals.  But there’s another component that Trimble quickly noted: his small-town neighbors.

“This is just a really good community to do business.  People have been loyal and it’s just that human element—everyone’s has been so kind and expressed genuine concern about us.  They just want us to get back.”

Trimble’s family has been ever-present in their support.  “My wife Peggy has always been there,” referring to not only her steadfast support but her role in the nascent days of purchasing Feed and Seed.  “We just keep our noses to the grindstone.  She was there in the beginning, and that store’s been our life.”

Trimble’s daughter, Kristy Fewell, said she believes a place like Feed and Seed helps hold the community together.

“It’s difficult to describe,” said Fewell, “I have a lot of emotions.  But I guess it’s just what you think of when you think of Wanamaker.  Things around the store change—the products, the equipment—but the comfort never changes.”

In the days that followed the fire, Trimble and his family were encouraged by the discovery that recovery, slow as it may be, was indeed possible.

“Between fire, water, and smoke damage, we lost a lot of inventory,” Trimble said, “But we were really blessed.  So many businesses go out of business when something like this happens, but we’ve been able to move on—retro-fit, move some seed, and continue to operate.”  With a chord of resilience in his voice, Trimble said, “We weren’t completely out of the game.”

In those critical years during the late-seventies and early-eighties, the community of Wanamaker depended on Trimble as much as he depended on them.  The story’s no different in the wake of a tragedy.  “You can’t encounter support like I’ve seen without being touched by it.  This community means a lot to our family.”

To the loyal Feed and Seed clientele—and to the local residents who’ve offered their support—Trimble said, “Thank you for your patience, and we’ll be back as soon as we can.”

In a recent newspaper advertisement, Wanamaker Feed and Seed exclaimed, “The Fire Didn’t Stop Us!”  And as the Trimble family has witnessed, when you have the loyalty of community, it takes more than an errant bolt of lightning to knock this business off its feet.

9/23/11 Obits

September 29, 2011 in Obituaries by Submission For The Southside Times

Alberta Mae Beaver, 81, died Sept. 19, 2011. She was born in Gwynneville to the late John and LaVon (Wilson) Poston. She married Walter Beaver in 1949.  She was an office manager for Roos Packing for many years. She was a longtime member of Southport Eastern Star and was also crowned the Valentine Queen when she lived at Village Oaks. Survivors include her three children, Walter Edward “Eddie” Beaver, Jr., LaVonna (Bruce) Jones and Terri (Clark) Mayfield; seven grandchildren, Geoffrey Davis, Rachel Taylor, Daniel and David Jones, Crystal, Steven and Tara Mayfield, Samantha and Nicholas Beaver; and one great-grandchild, Avi Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Harley Poston; and a sister, Selma Gross. Services were held Sept. 23 at Little and Sons Funeral Home, Stop 11 Chapel with burial at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Glenn “Pat” Chew, 88, Indianapolis, died Sept. 24, 2011. He was born May 30, 1923 in Indianapolis to the late Ralph and Martha Chew. When he retired from Coca-Cola in 1991, the day was declared as Glenn Chew Day by Mayor William Hudnut. For another 10 years after retiring, he worked as a consultant for Coca-Cola. He was a member of Southport Baptist Church. He was also a member of Southport Lodge No. 270 F. & A. M., Scottish Rite, the Murat Shrine, and the Speedway Businessman’s Association. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Virginia “Mae” Chew; son, Glenn Richard “Dick” (Diana) Chew; children, Gary (Peggy) Stewart, Marilyn (Jim) Delp, Marcia (Jim) Farmer; stepson, Charles Steinhauer; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Maffett and Harriett Boyer. He was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. Services were conducted Sept. 28 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Glenns Valley.

Melvin “Don” Duncan, Jr., 79, Greenwood, died Sept. 25, 2011. He was born April 17, 1932 in Indianapolis to the late Melvin and Pauline Duncan. He was owner and operator of Red Ball Moving and Storage. Later, he worked in management until 1985 when he purchased the company. He received a Safe Driver Award for an immaculate driving record and was also the inspiration for the Don Duncan Safe Driver Award at the Indianapolis 500, which is given to the safest driver. Also, he is honored by the Melvin D. Duncan Award, which is offered annually at the American Red Ball Convention. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Mona L. Duncan; children, Stephen M. (Sonja) Duncan, Sr., Barbara J. Castile, John W. (Lana) Duncan, Sr., Anthony D. (Barbara) Duncan, Janet L. Duncan; stepchildren, Cynthia L. Bennett, Charles C. Everman; brothers, Delbert E. Duncan, Sr. and William W. Duncan; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita M. (Bowman) Duncan; son, Timothy R. Duncan, Sr.; brother, Kenneth R. Duncan; sister, Peggy J. (Duncan) Rioux; grandsons, Stephen Michael Duncan, Jr.; and son-in-law, Jeffrey B. Castile. Services will be held Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. with burial at Floral Park Cemetery.

Mary E. Rexroat McCullough, 100, Indianapolis, died Sept. 24, 2011. She was born March 29, 1911 in Russell Springs, Ky. She was employed for 23 years at Diamond Chain. She was president of the Fishing Club at Diamond Chain. Survivors include one daughter, Donna K. (Miller) Decker; grandsons, Steven and Scott Proffitt and Sam Bryson; great-grandsons, Sam Bryson, Jr., Matthew Proffitt; sister, Jessie Parker; nephew, Phillip Dunbar; niece, Phyllis (Dunbar) Loy. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy McCullough, Von Hendricks, and Perry Miller; and two sisters, Opal Ashbrook and Bernice Dunbar. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the funeral home with burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Rosemary K. Bledose Ayon, 75, died Sept. 14, 2011. She was born Oct. 28, 1935 in Indianapolis to the late Ralph and Mary (Knowles) Stevens. She retired as a shipping clerk for Balkamp Co. Survivors include sons, Jaime and Manuel Ayon; daughters, Teresa Carol (Christopher) Zbikowski of Mich., Tina Rose (Darrell) Dixon and Tyla Michelle Eggers; brother, Ronald (Dori) Stevens; sister, Barbara (Joe) Allison; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 21 at Fountain Square Mortuary.

Ray H. Wilson, 64, died Sept. 18, 2011. He was born Dec. 21, 1946 in Columbus to the late Raymond and Mildred (Sandford) Wilson. He owned and operated Ray Wilson Plumbing for 15 years. Survivors include his wife, Teresa (Gregory) Wilson; five sons, David, Kevin, Randall, Thomas and Sean Wilson; two daughters, Candace Maddox and Tonya Kaye Wilson; two brothers, Bill and Ricky Wilson; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Wilson; and a granddaughter, Abi Gale Wilson. A memorial service was held Sept. 21 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel. Burial followed at Acton Cemetery.

Students spread peace

September 29, 2011 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

Students from the University of Indianapolis recently volunteered to spread mulch at the Global Peace Initiatives community garden on Van Dyke Street in Southport. Such “peace gardens” are a GPI way to raise food for the hungry and promote healthy eating. Nearly 400 UIndy students performed work for schools, community centers and other  not-for-profit groups at eight locations during the seventh annual Super Saturday of Service, organized each year to introduce students to the  university’s motto of “Education for Service.” Submitted photo.

Steamed Clam's: this shell game's a snap

September 29, 2011 in Recipes by Clint Smith

Cooking With Clint

Recalling his days as an English teacher, and the workload that went along with the job, Stephen King wrote that by the end of the work week, his brain felt like it had been hooked up to jumper cables.  No matter your personal vocation, I bet you can relate.  So here’s a recipe that’s just atypical enough to give a little variety to a hum-drum meal, and its labor-light execution invites you to sit down, relax, and do as little work as possible.

Common clams are grouped by their size—from smallest to largest, you have littlenecks, middlenecks, top necks, and cherry stones.  Today I’m using mahogany clams, also known as golden clams, for their size and robust flavor.  Clams live in the mud, so make sure you rinse the shells and give them a brief dry-towel scrubbing.  When buying mollusks, inspect the hinge and give them a tap to make sure they close—this is good (it means they’re alive).

And if you think clams are difficult to obtain, think again.  If you can’t spot the bivalves at your favorite market, don’t be shy: ask the clerk if they have some in the back.  Or just call around town to do some culinary investigating—just like this recipe, I guarantee success.

Steamed calms with garlic and basil

Serves 2

20 mahogany clams, rinsed and scrubbed

As needed, olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 cup dry white wine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

5 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (thin, thin slice)

To taste, sea salt

In a large pot over medium heat, add small amount of olive oil and warm; add garlic and sweat until aromatic (don’t burn).  Pour in white wine, increase heat to medium-high, and clams.  Place lid on pot and wait until liquid simmers.  Clam shells will begin popping open; give the pot a shake.  After roughly seven minutes, decrease heat, allowing clams to cook through.  Turn off heat, and with tongs, reserve clams.  Add butter to broth, stir until melted, and add basil.  Adjust seasonings and return clams to pot.  Serve clams with crusty toasted baguette slices.

It's a big one!

September 29, 2011 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

Although he is a young fisherman, Mason Carpenter, 13, already has a “Big Fish Story” and bragging rights to accompany it. While recently fishing at Sweetwater Lake with his uncles, Tom and Jim O’Gara, Mason landed a 19-pound catfish. The next day, he pulled a three-pound, large-mouth bass from the lake. Through it all, Mason’s biggest concern was that his 10-pound digital fish scale was insufficient to accurately weigh ‘the catch of the day.’ So this industrious young man borrowed his uncle Jim’s bathroom scale to accurately determine the weight of the monster catfish. After weighing, since he is a ‘catch and release’ kind of fisherman, Mason returned the fish to the lake. Mason is the son of Fred and Mariann Carpenter of Beech Grove. Submitted photo.

Scholarship Winners

September 29, 2011 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

The Roncalli Alumni Association recently announced the winners of the Spirit of the Family Tradition Scholarship for seniors. Criteria to apply for the scholarship includes the following: the student must be a junior who has attended Roncalli all three years; must be the child of a Sacred Heart, Kennedy, Chatard or Roncalli alumnus who graduated from that high school; must prepare a 500-word essay. Winning seniors received $500 scholarship toward their senior year tuition.  Photo: Scholarship Winners Juliana Schott, Angelina Schmoll and Jacob Pollard. Submitted photo.

Spring bulbs

September 29, 2011 in Lifestyle by Carol Michel

I saw Halloween pumpkins, Thanksgiving cornucopias, and new displays of plastic Christmas trees within minutes of entering the store.  But my mind was on none of these holidays.  I was thinking about Easter.

In 2012, Easter falls on April 8th.  I’m already starting to get ready for it this fall by planting bulbs for flowers that I hope will be at their peak of bloom in early April.  I want lots of spring flowers to be blooming when I once again host the big family Easter egg hunt.

For flowers that should be blooming in early April, I’ve made a list and checked it twice, just like I would for Christmas.  So far, I’ve chosen a smaller, early blooming tulip officially known as Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’.  It has pink buds that open up to reveal white centers and will not be as tall as most other tulips.  With it, I’ll plant some white crocuses, which should bloom in late March/early April.  I’m hoping more for early April.  I’m also planting a tiny iris called Iris reticulata ‘Natascha’, which is also supposed to bloom in early April. These are not the tall-bearded Iris that most people think of when you mention irises. These are tiny irises that only grow four inches tall before blooming.  Finally, I’ll plant some Narcissus ‘Emcys’ which promises to be an early blooming daffodil. I have my fingers crossed that early blooming means April 8th.

Though I ordered these bulbs online, there are plenty of early blooming flower bulbs available to purchase at most garden centers.  If you are interested in peak bloom on Easter, look for crocuses, grape hyacinths and Iris reticulata.  For daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers, check to make sure they are labeled as early blooming.

Once you’ve purchased your bulbs, keep them in a cool location until planting them in late October.  Follow package directions on how deep to plant each bulb, but if there are no instructions, the general rule of thumb is to plant them at a depth equal to two to three times the height of the bulb.  Then celebrate all those other holidays while you wait for spring, when your early blooming bulbs will hopefully provide a beautiful backdrop for your Easter celebration on April 8th.

What's It Worth?

September 29, 2011 in What's It Worth? by Larry D. Cruse - Weichert, Realtors®- Tralee Properties

Type of Property:  Custom-built, brick and cedar, two-story with a finished basement.

Age: Built in 1999.

Location:  Killarney Hill Sub-Division of Murphy’s Landing in Perry Township.

Square Footage: Main Level 1,735 SF, Upper Level 1,531 SF, Basement 1,287 SF, for a total of 4,553 SF.

Rooms: This luxury home offers 15 rooms. On the main level, you will find a formal living room, hardwood floors and stainless appliances add to the charm of the kitchen.  More character is found in the dining room with a built-in buffet hutch. A wall of bookshelves are in the cozy den while the family room includes a gas fireplace and a sunroom overlooks the in-ground pool. Four bedrooms are located on the upper level, along with a great room and laundry facilities. The basement is the activity area with a recreational play room that is plumbed for a wet bar, an exercise room and a home theater furnished with oversized reclining chairs.

Strengths: This stylish home offers quality design and elegant furnishings throughout. Recently update projects include granite countertops, a new energy efficient gas furnace, new exterior siding, new roof, professional landscaping surrounded by a wrought iron fence and some fresh paint.

In my opinion: $345,000

Legal Affairs

September 29, 2011 in Personal Finance by Steve Maple

Q.  Can I make a tax deductible gift to my favorite candidate who promises to reduce the federal deficit?

A.  No, the federal income tax law does not allow a tax deduction for contributions to political candidates.  However if you are concerned about the national debt, you may make a tax deductible gift to Uncle Sam.  Surely your candidate will applaud your patriotism.

Q.  My father died recently and left only a small estate consisting of a life insurance policy (the beneficiary predeceased him) and a checking account.  Do I have to go through probate?

A.  Indiana law allows you to transfer up to $50,000 from an estate without going through probate.  If you are an heir, your attorney can prepare the affidavit of transfer which you submit to the insurance company and bank.  You agree in the affidavit that you are receiving the assets for the heirs and will pay any of your father’s debts from the proceeds.  If you are a child or grandchild (or parent), you will not pay any Indiana inheritance tax since the exempt amount is $100,000 for each of those heirs.

Q.  My new employer wants me to sign a trade secret agreement.  Should I?

A.  Many employers have information, such as business plans, customer lists, techniques, and formulas that are valuable and give them a competitive advantage, which would hurt their business if disclosed.  Since you may work for such a company and learn about this information, the employer wants you to be contractually bound not to disclose it to anyone and may sue you if you do.  A prudent employer should have each employee sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Q.  I admit to doing a little on-line betting.  Recently I read in the newspaper that one of the poker sites was a Ponzi scheme.  Who and what is Ponzi?

A.  Ponzi was a ‘20s crook who scammed millions of dollars from unsuspecting investors.  The scam works like this.  The so-called investment (or game) is established to receive money with a promise of a high return.  Some early investors may be paid from later investors money, but most of the money is stolen by the crook.  None of the money is invested, so there are no profits to be paid out.  Virtually all investors lose all their money; a fortunate few withdraw their investment before the house of cards (in your case) collapses.  Bernie Madoff is the most recent example.  He ran his scam for 20 years and cost his trusting investors billions of dollars.  What Reagan said about the Soviets applies to investments, “Trust but verify.”

Q.  After reading about Ron Artest changing his name, I am considering the same.  How complicated is a name change?

A.  You can petition the Circuit Court in your county for any name change. Generally the court will grant the change unless it is a change to commit fraud or evade the criminal law. Change of minor’s name may require the parents’ consent.   Remember to notify Social Security, the IRS, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, as well as any other company or agency that has your previous name.  As Artest might say, “Peace.”