Entrepreneur hopes for takedown

March 29, 2012 in Community by Kenny Norman

Jad Porter’s business resume just got longer … and more diversified.

The Beech Grove businessman recently started Indy MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) as his latest venture. Porter is already president of The Hit Department, a video and audio production company specializing in music production; partner at Porterhouse Development and Leasing, a company created to buy equipment and real estate for leasing purposes; and CEO of Design Video Communications for more than 25 years.

“We were looking for a growth industry to get involved in,” said Porter. “MMA has grown in the U.S. 400 percent per year for the last 10 years.”

The business recently opened at 5230 Park Emerson Drive, Suite K, in Beech Grove, when a video production client of Porter’s sold assets to an MMA business he had closed.

Other key players in the MMA business are Elizabeth Porter, vice president; Scott Rainey, creative director; and Eliot Kirkpatrick, artistic director.

Rainey says he works closely with Porter on projects and initiatives for Indy MMA, whose next event is planned for Saturday.
“Basically, I’m the media director for Indy MMA,” said Rainey. “Jad is basically in charge of the show and I’m in charge of cameras and editing the TV show and directing the TV show. I also create TV spots and radio ads. With a lot of the things, we definitely work together to create the product that we want.”

As president, Porter looks for sponsors, puts together match-ups and designs a lot of promotions. Porter started his first business, Design Video Communications, in 1987. Five years later, he became the largest blank media distributor in Indiana. On Jan. 26, he & his colleagues hosted their first fight night at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Porter says it’s hard to keep each business accountable for its expenses, but it’s good to be able to use talents and assets from the other businesses. Porter says his favorite part of Indy MMA is the ability to entertain people. Rainey likes meeting the fighters and defining MMA as a sport that is not as barbaric as people may think.

“What I like about it is getting to know these guys,” says Rainey. “You realize really quickly what it takes to do what they do.”

Rainey says his shows are a bit different than other MMA shows. They have a season planned out and they know their dates through the end of the year.

“We’re already planning 2013 at this point,” says Rainey. “A lot of these fights we’re doing now are setting up for eventual title runs.”

Rainey stresses that this event is for all ages and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Each event can house up to 2,200 people and has a sporting event-type atmosphere. Our MMA events are “family friendly,” says Porter. “They are approximately 3.5 hours of great entertainment. It is one of the only places in the Midwest that you can see MMA Live. Plus, you can buy season tickets.”

Bibles, hymnals spread love worldwide

March 29, 2012 in Community by Kenny Norman

By Kenny Norman

Southsider Nancy Snyder has found a new use for old Christian Literature: Collecting it in donation boxes and sending it to countries where Bibles, CDs, Sunday school material and other religious items are hard to access.

Bibles, class handouts, hymnals, devotionals and other pieces of literature have been collected in boxes at Southport Presbyterian Church to be shipped overseas.

“My husband (Carl) and I have started this mission for Love Packages on our own initiative,” said Snyder. “Now we are a mission under the Southport Presbyterian Church Global Impact Team, sponsoring a number of ministries and missions throughout the world.”

A few weeks ago, the Snyders delivered 477 pounds of literature from various sources to a warehouse in Butler, Ill. that is run by Eagles Nest Ministries, the company that oversees Love Packages. The material the Snyders collected was sent to 15 different countries, including Ghana, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania, Ukraine, Zambia and Liberia.

“When they get the Sunday school material that we send, they use the same material over and over for years in all of these places,” said Snyder.

Steven Schmidt, founder of Eagles Nest Ministries, started the organization in 1975 in Litchfield, Ill., to collect Christian literature. Material received is usually in English, but sometimes in Spanish, French or several other languages. Schmidt said the organization ships 20 tons of literature every week to 119 different nations.

“We collect a number of different things, but we get more Sunday school material than anything since we collect from eight different Sunday school publishers, as well as other ministries,” said Schmidt. “We in America have so much and people around the world have little or no Christian literature.

Paul Gearhart, director of youth ministries at Southport Presbyterian Church, knew Nancy, who got started by bringing a box to gather used Christian literature.

“I’m pretty impressed at how constantly the box is filled up,” said Gearhart. “She gave me some information about Love Packages headquarters and it was pretty clear they could use volunteers all the time. We had a plan for our Spring Break mission outreach that fell through, so I thought to check this out.”

Gearhart plans to go with the church’s high school youth group to the warehouse at the beginning of April.

Their church is the only one currently involved in Indianapolis, but Snyder said she would like to expand to other churches when there’s enough interest.

Roy Kane, who serves on the Global Impact Team, said the Snyders have been collecting material for a while to send to seminaries and Bible training institutes overseas.

“I think her initiative is a worthy cause and can certainly be helpful,” said Kane. “All of our books are in English so the people to whom they’re sent have to be able to read English. Nancy has a real heart for missions and has personally introduced our church to Albanian nationals, who are missionaries in their own country.”

The Snyders sort the material by type and then by month before getting it ready for shipment. They send all the collected material to the warehouse once a year and they once drove it to the warehouse themselves to see how the material is handled.
“It’s just a very special way of using material that we throw away so that it’s not wasted,” said Snyder. “It really is exciting to me as I read the testimonials from people in all of these countries who are so thankful to get the material that we would otherwise throw away.”

Business Briefs – March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 in Business Announcements by Submission For The Southside Times

Community offering single-dose radiation

Community Health Network has acquired the INTRABEAM System, a new radiation platform designed to replace as many as 6.5 weeks of routine radiation therapy with a single 20- to 30-minute targeted radiation treatment. This revolutionary system, which delivers a targeted radiation treatment directly to the tumor site after lumpectomy, was shown to be as effective as traditional radiation for certain women with early breast cancer.

Community is participating in a planned phase IV single-arm trial, looking at outcomes in women with early-stage breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving surgery with radiation therapy.

In addition to the convenience of a one-time treatment, the INTRABEAM system has been shown to provide additional benefits compared to traditional radiation therapy. These include less irritation of healthy breast tissue, minimized exposure to the chest cavity and underlying organs, and fewer skin reactions, such as redness, rashes and irritation. There is no treatment delay for patients who must also undergo chemotherapy as part of the breast cancer treatment.

St. Francis nurses earn Daisy awards

Pam Buss and Amy Adams were named February recipients of St. Francis Hospital’s DAISY Awards.

Buss works in the in-patient tower and Adams works in the bone marrow transplant unit, which has since transferred from Beech Grove to the hospital’s Indianapolis campus.

Adams was nominated by a co-worker for an extraordinary act of caring for a patient. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is a national program that honors compassionate care and clinical excellence. Franciscan St. Francis localized the program in 2010 to recognize its nurses for their achievements.

What's It Worth – March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 in What's It Worth? by Larry D. Cruse - Weichert, Realtors®- Tralee Properties

Type of property: A three-bedroom home with vinyl siding and a brick front.

Age: Built in 1973.

Location: This home is located in New Whiteland, just west of U.S. 31 and Tracy Road.

Size: 1,653 square feet.

Rooms: There are eight rooms inside this home. There are the three bedrooms, the living room with an electric fireplace, a large and spacious family room, a dining room and laundry room. Also, the kitchen has recently been updated to include beautiful 24-inch ceramic tile flooring and a new breakfast bar.

Strengths: This is an older home that had nearly everything updated or replaced in the last few years. All of the mechanicals have been replaced, including the A/C, furnace and water heater. Also, the windows, roof and gutters are newer. There is a fully-fenced back yard and a nice wood deck patio for the family and kids to enjoy. The home is close to Whiteland parks for additional outdoor pleasure.

In My Opinion: $104,000

Share the road to keep everyone safe

March 29, 2012 in Personal Finance by Steve Maple

Q. With the new bicycle paths on the streets, I have worried about my liability if I accidently hit a cyclist as I turn a corner. What is the law?

A. Most automobile accidents involve an issue of negligence. The standard is somewhat vague: What would a reasonable person do under the same or similar circumstances? Clearly, you have a legal obligation to watch out for cyclists, and likewise, they must watch for motorists turning across their lane. Since both drivers and cyclists share the road, they share the responsibility of avoiding collisions. Probably the best answer for the driver is to treat the bicycle lane as if it were another car lane, signal, check to see if the lane is occupied, then cross over if no cyclist is in the lane.

Q. When will the Supreme Court decide the constitutionality of the health care law?

A. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week. Three days of oral arguments are unusual for the Court; clearly the Court understands the importance of this case, particularly the issue of imposing health insurance premiums on the financially capable but uninsured. The Court decision may come as late as early June.

Q. My mother wants to sell her house at a discount to my son. My sister is concerned that her children might be shortchanged by the bargain sale. Any suggestions?

A. If your mother wants to avoid probate, she could deed the house to herself with a “transfer on death” provision to you and your sister. You and your sister could then enter into a contract for the discounted sale in a way that all the children and grandchildren would be treated equally.

Q. I won’t be able to file my taxes on time this year. What should I do?

A. You can apply for an extension with the IRS (and Indiana). The federal form 4868 (Indiana form IT 9) can be filed by paper or electronically, but you must estimate and pay the tax you likely will owe and must file the form by the tax deadline – April 17.

Q. What are the risks on using Facebook and other electronic social media?

A. Probably the best advice is this: Don’t put anything on Facebook that would embarrass your mother. More employers are trolling these sites to see what current and prospective employees are doing. A recent article in the New York Times indicated that even the wild parties on spring vacation are being toned down for fear of what may appear on Facebook. A video from a cell phone can become very public to millions of viewers.

Q. My boyfriend wants to borrow $1,000. Should I just take his word that he will repay it?

A. At the possible risk of offending him, I would suggest having him sign a promissory note stating the amount of the loan, interest, if any, and repayment date. You can find a promissory note form on the Internet or at most business supply stores. If you really want to insure repayment, keep his golf clubs until he pays you back.

Muscat very popular to clone

March 29, 2012 in Living by Charles R. Thomas, M.D.

Of all the grape varieties, it is difficult to find one with more clones and varieties than Muscat. The Muscat grape can be traced back to the 6th century, but many believe that all of the world’s great grape varieties are descended from the Muscat grape of antiquity from the Mediterranean basin. Second only to Pinot Noir in the number of clones, Muscat is found as numerous varieties including Muscat Blanc (Muscat Canelli of Italy), Muscat d’Alsace, Muscadelle du Bordelais, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Otonel, Orange Muscat and Black Muscat. In France, Muscat Blanc is known as Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains.

Muscat wines are produced all over the world including Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Eastern Europe, Australia, United States, and many other warm areas.

Muscat grapes are fairly large, in compact clusters, at maturity a deep golden color, and fairly productive at 6-8 tons per acre. Sunburn is a problem with the grapes and raisining is common although Muscat performs best in hot climates. Actually Muscat is an abundant source of table grapes and raisins and the grapes have a great deal of “Musk” perfume. The wines vary considerably in weight from light and dry to rich, heavy and sweet. The essence of Muscat is the intense perfume and the peach, apricot, honey, and musk flavors and aromas.

The most recognizable wine from Muscat is the white sparkling wine of Piedmont, Italy, Asti Spumante. This wine has the characteristic musky aroma suggesting peaches and apricots. The styles of Muscat range from a dry still wine, a sweet still wine, a fortified wine, and a sparkling wine. It is quite susceptible to Botrytis cinerea, the mold that produces the “noble rot” that creates such succulent dessert wines. A less-sparkling version of Asti Spumante is called Moscato D’Asti, which retains the same flavors.

The class of the Muscat grapes is the Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains that produces delicate, sensuous, perfumed, golden wines with its characteristic aromas. The grapes are, as indicated by the name, quite small. There are many clones of Muscat Blanc, many of which are considered identical with Muscat Canelli. The ultimate of this grape is the wine made in a small village in the Rhone Valley, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, a luscious, sweet, botrytisized treasure resembling Sauternes. This grape is also used as a blending wine to soften the great Tokaji (Tokay) fortified wines of Hungary before they are aged in barrels for many years. In other European countries, it is also known as white and also pink Muscat.

Another clone is called Muscat of Alexandria. As the name implies, it was first described in Egypt, where it still thrives. It is easily recognized as a Muscat, but not as good. Its best wines are sweet, but undistinguished. The mouth feel is weak and the flavors are thinner than the other Muscats. The grape grows best in hot climates, but doesn’t perform well in cool growing climates where fungal diseases create unwanted rot. This wine is produced in California.

Muscat Ottonel is the least flavorful and aromatic of all the Muscats. Its virtue is that it will grow well in cooler climates where other clones cannot. It has found a home in Alsace, and is also widely planted in Eastern Europe.

Sugar vs. corn syrup: Is there a winner?

March 29, 2012 in Living by Wendell Fowler

Like two children furiously slapping each other silly, sugar cartels filed a lawsuit accusing the corn sugar industry of false advertising. Sadly, the truth is a casualty of greed.

Sugar cartel attorneys filed suit against corn execs last week for falsely promoting high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as “nutritionally the same as table sugar; your body can’t tell the difference.” Bwa-ha-ha … stop! The pretense is insane, immoral and evil. You’re more likely to suffer diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and other health conditions when you indulge your sweet tooth in either too frequently.

“While there’s some legitimate debate about the importance of differences in the metabolism of pure fructose, and table sugar, or sucrose, there’s no good reason to differentiate HFCS from table sugar,” said Dr. David Katz of Yale University. “This is a case where sugar is sugar and America’s problem is excess. The dose makes the poison.”

The Corn Refiners Association’s desperate “educational campaign” to correct misinformation is greed-driven semantics. Liver scarring is associated with consumption of HFCS according to a study at Duke University. “There is cumulative data suggesting high fructose corn syrup is fueling the fire of the obesity epidemic, but until now, no one has suggested it contributes to liver disease and/or liver injury.” Sigh.

The Journal of American Medical Association says sugar’s excessive calories are rapidly absorbed by your temple, one reason your risk of developing type 2 diabetes rises according to their 2004 study. In fact, adding just one sugar-sweetened beverage to your daily diet almost doubles your risk, says the study author.

The sugar industry, however, claims soaring rates of obesity and diabetes are parallel with America’s increased intake of HFCS. So there: Nya-Nya!

Excess sugar consumption is linked with obesity. The Centers for Disease Control reports obesity raises risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder and liver diseases, osteoarthritis, gynecological problems, infertility, respiratory problems, sleep apnea, colon, and breast and endometrial cancers. Archer-Midland-Daniels Co. and Cargill have petitioned the USDA to officially change the name of HFCS to “corn sugar” for deceptive labeling purposes, applying new lipstick to the same piggy. Does it trouble you they think you’re “stooped”? They need to sit in the corner for a “time-out.” How childish.

Nowhere under our Creator’s heavens is there a place for human nourishment that causes ill health, ultimately weakening the foundation of a great nation. Shame on their juvenile behavior. My grandkids have healthier moral values.

In Our Schools – March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 in Education by Submission For The Southside Times

Students tout merits of AP

Three Beech Grove High School graduates recently shared how advanced placement/dual credit classes helped them with college expenses. They spoke to attendees at the recent AP/Dual Credit dinner.

The graduates are Jasmine Thomas, class of 2010; Katie Wolfe, class of 2011, and Tracy Johnson, class of 2007.

Perry finishes 27-0

The Perry Meridian wrestling team recently repeated as state champions, finishing the season with a perfect 27-0 season.

In November, the Indiana High School Athletic Association announced it would discontinue head-to-head team matches for next year’s state tournament. The team title will now be decided by individual scoring at the state meet.

Richard Conway cited as scholar

Junior swimmer Richard Conway was named January’s Edward Jones Investments Scholar Athlete of the Month at Beech Grove High School. Conway was selected based on an accumulative grade point average of 4.04 and a class rank of 3/172. He is also one of the key members of the ICC champion swim team. He competes in the 200m medley, 500m free, 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle relay. He is the son of James and Mary Conway. The local Edward Jones representative is Bryan Dembo.

Southport High needs volunteers

Southport High School is seeking volunteers for the Post-Prom Committee. The goal is to provide a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment for the juniors and seniors who attend. Volunteers do not have to have children who attend Southport High.

Financial and in-kind donations may be submitted to Amy Boone, Assistant Principal, Southport High School, 971 E. Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Checks should be made payable to Southport High School Post-Prom. Questions should be directed to Lisa Meister at (317) 946-6560.

Nativity students shoot free throws

The Knights of Columbus annual free throw contest included Nativity Catholic School sixth graders Patrick Todd and Scout Leffler.

They competed in the recent finals of the Indiana State Council at Theodore Guerin Catholic High School.

Southside players earn scholarships

Cole Toner, a senior at Roncalli High School, and Brian Failinger, a senior at Lutheran High School, each received a $1,000 Indiana Pacers Boys Basketball Academic All-Star Scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis and the Indiana Pacers. The luncheon, sponsored by the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, honors the eight state finalist basketball teams. The scholarships recognize the importance of academic excellence in athletics and are given to five senior Marion County basketball players who maintain the highest career grade point averages.

Nativity musicians win CYO awards

For only the third time in Nativity’s history, all 42 performances received a first place award at the recent CYO music contest at Bishop Chatard High School. Students in grades 4-8 represented the school with performances that included piano solos, an instrumental duet, 26 vocal solos, duet solos and group ensembles. Fifth grader Katie Minton earned a “Best in Class” honor for her solo, “Scales and Arpeggios.” She represented Nativity at the CYO Honors Recital at the Cathedral High School Performing Arts Center. The students were led by Margie Hamm, Nativity music educator.

The Nativity Middle School Choir performs for the judging panel. Their performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” earned them a first place in the Large Ensemble division.

Fifth grade duet Hannah Cenkner and Celia Whisler perform a tune from “Enchanted,” which enchanted their judges, earning them a first place in the competition.

Seventh graders Colene Speckman, Mary Schneider, Maddie Scheil and Julia Kurz pause between performances to show off some of their medals.

Eighth grader Ted Jorgenson and seventh grader Allie Stiffler perform their duet, “They Were You” from “The Fantasticks”, earning a first-place prize.

Fifth grader Katie Minton, winner of “Best in Class” honors, is pictured with Margie Hamm, music educator at Nativity.

Roncalli selects tops in class

Roncalli High School recently announced that Bryan Rainey will be the valedictorian and Coleen Gaughan will be the salutatorian for the Class of 2012.

Bryan, a graduate of St. Mark Catholic School, is the son of Joan and Bill Rainey. Coleen, a graduate of St. Jude Catholic School, is the daughter of Sandy and Tom Gaughan.

Roncalli swimmer competes at State

Roncalli High School Senior Jack Niezer recently qualified to swim the 50 Freestyle in the 2012 swimming state championships. Niezer finished 26th in the preliminaries.

Beech Grove senior serves as page

Beech Grove High School senior Emily Combs recently served as a page to State Rep. Mary Ann Sullivan, D-Indianapolis. Students 13-18 may visit the Statehouse and experience a full day of legislative activity. Pages are able to see how the state legislature works firsthand in a behind-the-scenes tour.

Roncalli honors students of month

Roncalli High School recently honored the latest group of Students of the Month at a luncheon: Kennedy Prentice (Business & Technology), Tyler Mullen (English), Jimmy Henke (Fine Arts), Shelby Ennis (Guidance), Gretchen Perry (Health and Physical Education), Paul Strack (Industrial Technology), Joe Gervasio (Mathematics), Megan Powell (Religious Studies), Lauren Shanley (Science), David Page (Social Studies), Nikki Hensley (STARS) and J.T. Bruhn (World Languages).

These students were honored either for their outstanding work in the classroom or for some strong improvement in their academic work.

Band members ranked superior

Roncalli High School band members participated in the Band ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest at North Central High School. Receiving Soloist Gold Medals (Superior Rating) were Haley Craig on flute, Bryan Rainey on oboe, Brett Bennett on trumpet, Michael Millott on euphonium and Mitch Pavnica on drum set.

Perry Meridian plans after-prom

Perry Meridian High School’s PTA-sponsored after-prom will start at 11:30 p.m. April 21 and end at 3 a.m. the next day at Incredible Pizza Company. This is a drug-free and alcohol-free event designed to be fun and provide a safe environment on a night potentially hazardous for students.

Attendees will enjoy food, games, music, entertainment and prizes. To aid in the expenses, the PTA is seeking community support. Individuals or businesses may donate cash or items that can be awarded as prizes, such as gift certificates, gift cards, coupons, or other merchandise.

Donations may be sent to the high school at 401 W. Meridian School Road. Please mark donations as “PTA After-Prom Business Donation.” Checks should be written to “PMHS PTA After-Prom.” Tracy Mounts, donations chairman, may be contacted at (317) 410-8656.

Group seeking patriotic entries

Students with a passion for American history and our nation’s founding principles are encouraged to enter the “We the People 9*17 Contest,” the non-profit foundation Constituting America has announced.

Through the contest, K-12 students across America are eligible to win scholarships and prizes by creating an original song, short film, public service announcement or speech addressing a variety of topics related to the U.S. Constitution. Contest winners also receive a trip to Philadelphia and national exposure as “future leaders.”

Last year’s winning entries are available on the foundation website at constitutingamerica.org, along with detailed information on contest rules and specific constitutional themes to be addressed in each category.

Entries may be submitted to: Constituting America, We the People 9*17 Contest, P.O. Box 1988, Colleyville, TX 76034. All entries must be postmarked by July 4.

Bunker Hill helps Henryville

Mrs. England’s second grade students practiced their writing skills by writing persuasive letters and scripts for the school news to solicit help in assisting the school children affected by the tornado that hit Henryville in early March.

The children spearheaded the project for Henryville that included collecting new and gently used children’s books to replenish ruined school and public libraries. Students and teachers at Bunker Hill Elementary School also raised money to donate to Henryville Schools.

Schultheis twins receive award

Following the 2012 State Gymnastics Finals, Roncalli High School twins Cassie and Kaitie Schultheis were awarded the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award. The award is presented annually to a senior participant in the state finals who is deemed to have best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in gymnastics. Athletically, both are expected to earn their 12th varsity letters this school year earning four each in cross-country, gymnastics and track and field. Cassie and Kaitlyn each maintain a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale, are National Merit Scholars and have taken numerous AP and Honors level courses. Both are planning to study Pharmacy at either Butler University or the University of Kentucky. They are the daughters of Todd and Sandee Schultheis of Indianapolis. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the corporate partner of all IHSAA state championship events, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Roncalli High School in the name of the Schultheis sisters.

Get cooking with kids: Part 5

March 29, 2012 in Recipes by Clint Smith

It’s a noble lesson that many parents try to instill in their children. But putting this concept into practice proves to be quite difficult when it comes to food.

For this final installment in our little series geared toward little ones, I thought it appropriate to offer a dessert. I entertained several notions before settling on the idea that kids love pudding. Although my mind briefly landed on some sort of custard, I instantly thought about the caloric content and decided to drop it. Then I realized: it’s all about how you dress it up.

Leaving the knife-work to the grownups (along with extraction of the lighting-hot sheet pan from the oven), the remainder of the procedure is kid-friendly. You can find puff pastry — a flaky dough that contains many striated layers of butter — in the freezer sections of local grocery stores. Kids enjoy using round cutters to cut out the shapes. Although I’ve recommended using mango as the fruit component, it really is your call. The possibilities aren’t necessarily endless, but they’re mind-numbingly abundant. You don’t have to change the book, but you can certainly change the rules.

Recipe:

Puff cups with mango yogurt

Serves 4-6

1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
As needed, 1 large egg broken and scrambled (for egg wash)
1 ½ cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 ½ teaspoons zero
calorie sugar substitute
2 tablespoons chopped
dried mango
(or fruit of choice)

1. Preheat standard oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, prepare egg wash in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, sugar substitute and chopped fruit; reserve in fridge. Using a large circle cutter or biscuit cutter, cut a circle shape from the dough and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Do one for each cup. Now, use the same cutter to cut another set (you should have two sets now); and this time, using a slightly smaller cutter, cut another circle. So what you should have are a set of solid round discs and a set of donut-shaped discs.

2. Brush a bit of egg wash around the sides of the solid disc, and set the dough with the hole in it on top. What will happen is the top portion will puff up, leaving a small cavity for the filling. Brush top of puff pastry with remaining egg wash and place in the oven. Allow to puff up to golden brown (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before filling with flavored yogurt.

When it come to living by the numbers, I have the 'touch'

March 29, 2012 in Opinion by Dick Isenhour

One of my favorite new shows on TV is “Touch,” a spooky sort of drama starring Kiefer Sutherland that explores the notion that everyone on Earth is somehow connected. In it, Sutherland plays Martin Bohm, a former journalist and baggage handler, whose 11-year-old son, Jake, has been diagnosed with autism. The situation is much more complex than that, however. Jake’s world, it turns out, is dominated by numbers.

All numbers are special to Jake and, through them, he sees the past, present and future. He also uses them to try to communicate with his dad.

I think the reason “Touch” resonates with me is that even though I am a right-side-of-the-brain kind of guy, numbers play an important role in my life. And here are some of the more significant ones:

.5: The average number of times the dogs need to go out per hour during the day.

3: The average number of times the dogs need to go out per hour while I’m trying to channel surf in the evening.

1: The number of times, in the past 10 years, that I’ve had the snow blower tuned and ready to go before the onslaught of winter.

6: The average number of times I’ve had to clear the driveway during the winters in which the snow blower was not tuned and ready to go.

0: The number of times I’ve had to clear the driveway during the winter in which the snow blower was tuned and ready to go.

1.5: The distance, in miles, of the recently widened and repaved Ind. 135 between Stones Crossing Road and the Target store to the north.

35: The posted speed limit, in miles per hour, of the 1.5-mile stretch of Ind. 135 between Stones Crossing Road and the Target store to the north.

7: The average number of cars that pass you during the middle of the day if you drive 35 mph on the 1.5-mile stretch of Ind.135 between Stones Crossing Road and the Target store to the north.

16: The average number of cars that pass you during rush hour if you drive 35 mph on the 1.5-mile stretch of I-135 between Stones Crossing Road and the Target store to the north.

35: The percentage of drivers who give you a disapproving look or flip you off if you drive 35 mph in the fast lane of the 1.5-mile stretch of Ind. 135 between Stones Crossing Road and the Target store to the north.

28: The percentage of drivers who come to a complete stop at stop signs in my neighborhood.

90: The percentage of drivers who come to a complete stop at stop signs in my neighborhood when a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy is parked a couple houses from the intersection.

15: The average time, in seconds, it takes for the Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy to pull over that remaining 10 percent.

3.1: The average time, in seconds, it takes for the driver behind you to honk his horn when the stop light turns green.

2.1: The average time, in seconds, it takes for me to honk my horn at the driver in front of me when the stop light turns green.

7: The hour of the morning that the garbage collector comes when you’ve forgotten to put out your bins.

11: The hour of the morning that the garbage collector comes when you’ve put your bins out the night before.

8: The average number of pairs of socks owned by men like me.

2: The average number of pairs of socks without holes in them owned by men like me.

30: The number used by journalists to signal the end of an article.