Where We Worship

August 30, 2012 in Community, Religion by Carey Germana

Re-energized on the Word

Virginia Ford enjoys long-time church environment

Virginia Ford

Virginia Ford, 81, has a long history with the Historic Grace Baptist Church. Her husband Raymond was the previous pastor. Knowing her husband could needed to retire, Grace Baptist merged with Maranatha Baptist Church. Pastor Rick Stone took over the congregation.

“Being in the area we’re in, Fountain Square, the church was not reaching the amount of people we wanted to reach,” Ford said. “The two churches merged because they needed a building and we needed the people.”

Ford, a teacher for 45 years, said she has been re energized with the church merger. She said everyone is friendly, creating a welcoming and fun environment to learn about the scripture.

What is it about your place of worship that helps you grow spiritually?

The preaching of the Word, Pastor Stone has a great knowledge of bible history and bible geography. With his enthusiasm and his knowledge of scriptures, it just makes it very interesting to listen to him preach.

What is it about your place of worship that helps you to feel connected to your spouse, children, parents or other family?

Our children are grown and scattered, so it’s just my husband and me. But the folks are so friendly, it’s like a family. As the new group came in, they were very friendly. We took the name of Grace Baptist, the original name of the church, and our folks were thrilled to merge with them. So everyone is just friendly and eager to welcome new people.

What is one meaningful event that has taken place at your place of worship?

We’ve got a lot of things our pastor has planned in the past year. We have revival services coming up, starting Aug. 26. This past Sunday we had a speaker from Sheperds Bethel, located in West Baden, a place that supports missionaries coming back and don’t have a home. We support several missionaries to different parts all over the world.

Why would you recommend your place of worship to someone?

We want to reach out to this community, the Fountain Square area. We realize there’s a great need in the area to reach those who don’t have a church home. For anyone who wants to learn to hear good bible teaching and preaching and to have a ministry for the community. It’s a family place of worship.







On campus

August 30, 2012 in Education by Carey Germana

Jordyn Perry named to Illinois College Dean’s List
Jordyn Perry, a sophomore from Greenwood, was named to Illinois College’s spring semester dean’s list. Perry is the daughter of Jeffrey and Trudy Perry of Greenwood. She is a graduate of Whiteland High School. Candidates for the dean’s list must complete at least 14 semester hours and post a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Local students participate in freshman project
The University of Evansville announced that the following local students participated in the Freshman Service Project on Aug. 20: Alletha Barnett and Mary Frances Degenhardt of Greenwood; Emily Bruhn, Dillon Mc Grath, Clorissa Orrick and Anna Raney of Indianapolis.
The community service project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville, including parks, community centers and other nonprofit organizations. The annual Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin.

Local students participate in summer program at Purdue University
Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The participants included Payton Hensley, Andrew Head and Alexandria Duncan of  Beech Grove; Jacob James, Tyler  Green, Mitchell Scott, Mattie  White, Curtis Stark, Logan  Campbell, Kayla  Gutwein, Trevor Lasiter  Ashley Wingate, William Schott, Thomas Stemnock, Olivia Lindsay, Samuel Bronicki, Lauren McCauley, Brock Koehler, Robert Dollar, Ryan Cain, Kathlyn Arthur, Sara Trammel, Andrew Shildmyer, Cameron Duke, Kiersten Satkamp, Kyle Jackson, Rushi Patel, Stephanie Mason, Trevor Stone, Brian Lain, Erin Jansen, Douglas Gardner, Dustin White, Sarah Stanley, Abigail McClintock, Kevin Gudeman, Laura Mangan and Andrew Wilson of Greenwood.







In our schools

August 30, 2012 in Education by Carey Germana

Roncalli celebrates success of AP program
Fifty percent of the graduates in the Roncalli Class of 2012 scored a 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) test. State law now requires state universities to extend college credit to those students who score a 3 or higher on an AP test. This places Roncalli near the very top of all high schools in the state of Indiana. The school had 37 AP Scholars last year scoring a 3 or higher and 20 AP Scholars with Distinction with an average score of 3.98. The highest honor a student can earn through the AP program is an AP National Scholar, earned by scoring a 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams, which graduate Amy Hemmelgarn achieved. For more information, contact Roncalli at (317)787-8277.

Roncalli senior Kyle O’Gara wins first two USAC Midget races
Roncalli High School Senior Race Car Driver Kyle O’Gara won his first USAC/STARS D1 midget race at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill. Driving for Sara Fisher Hartman racing, Kyle battled back after having to start last due to a technical infraction and took the lead on lap 13, never losing it in the 30 lap feature. O’Gara captured his second win at the 30 lap feature in the USAC D1 midget race at Kalamazoo Speedway. For more information, contact Roncalli at (317) 787-8277.

Southport High School held the year’s first annual coffeehouse
The Southport High School “Coffee House” had standing room only as SHS students took the stage to showcase their talents. Mrs. Whitlock and her theatre class students organized this event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the theater department.

Teaching garden planted in Franklin Township
Students from Thompson Crossing Elementary School got their hands dirty Friday, planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden in the school’s courtyard. The Teaching Garden, and its accompanying educational curriculum, will provide students a hands-on learning experience. It was funded as part of a $75,000 grant to the American Heart Association by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The garden at Thompson Crossing is one of five in the greater Indianapolis area and one of two in Franklin Township. Bunker Hill Elementary planted a Teaching Garden in May and will hold a celebration ceremony on Sept. 13.


Tasty treasures in the clearance aisle

August 30, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Recipes by Carey Germana

By Clint Smith

Impulse buys. When it comes to consumer compulsion—whether it be conversion to a “smart” phone, or giving in to that gotta-have-it gadget expertly positioned in the check-out lane—I typically have the wherewithal to stave off such temptation. But when it comes to the gotta-have-it compunction of gastronomy, I must admit that I am a rather impressionable culinary consumer.

Take the centerpiece of this week’s dish: Swordfish. I picked up this hearty specimen in the clearance section of my local market; and while I’m not ignorant to the likelihood that this product had at one time been frozen before being thawed and packaged, I still believe a cut of this stature has some redeeming qualities, particularly for those home-cooks with their eyes on their checking account, and their hearts (to mix metaphors) on the nourishment of their family.

There’s nothing wrong with snagging a clearance cut of meat or discount fillet of fish, but I implore you make haste (read, don’t procrastinate and let it linger in your fridge). Enjoy your swordfish with a simply-dressed salad of thinly peeled asparagus and radicchio.

So don’t be self-conscious about surveying the clearance section at your local market. Who knows what tasty treasures you’re apt to find.


Pan-seared swordfish with asparagus and radicchio

1 large swordfish steak
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons apple
cider vinegar
½ teaspoon crushed
red pepper
A few pinches of sugar
To taste, kosher salt and cracked black pepper
4 – 6 ounces fresh asparagus, peeled lengthwise
1 cup thinly sliced radicchio
¼ cup chopped
fresh chives
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Bring one quart of water to a boil. Meanwhile, and using a vegetable peeler, thinly cut asparagus lengthwise. Thinly slice radicchio and combine with fresh herbs. When water is ready, add asparagus; blanch briefly (no more than 15 seconds) before thoroughly draining and plunging into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and combine with radicchio mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, vinegar, red pepper, sugar, salt and pepper until mixture emulsifies. Set aside.

2. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, add a bit of olive oil. Season swordfish with kosher salt and pepper before gently adding to pan. Sear fish on both sides, allowing to cook as you do so, until exterior is golden. After removing fish from pan, allow to rest for several minutes.

3. Pour dressing over asparagus mixture and gently toss to coat. Serve swordfish on top of the asparagus salad.

Equal care for all

August 30, 2012 in Community, Health, Lifestyle by Carey Germana

Thelma Hughbanks sits in the recliner in her private Medicaid suite in University Heights.


University Heights adds Medicaid suites for residents

By Nicole Davis

Thelma Hughbanks, 90, said that when she was transitioning to Medicaid, she needed to find a place to stay for long-term care that was closer to her daughter in Indianapolis. The staff at University Heights Health & Living Community stepped in, making the calls necessary to get Hughbanks’ Medicaid started and placing her in the community’s new Medicaid Suites.

“Everything’s convenient,” said Hughbanks, originally from Brazil, Ind. “I’ve got good service. I haven’t had to ask for anything more than once. I guess they’ve done a wonderful job. They’ve really come around and helped me pretty quick.”

University Heights now has Medicaid Suites in the facility. Each suite is equipped with a 32” flat screen TV, a kitchenette, Wi-Fi, laundry services and individual temperature controls.

“We’ve got a product that no one else has,” said Mike Woods, director of community engagement. “We’ve tried to provide the same accommodations regardless of payor resource. So someone who has Medicaid can move in and everything is taken care of.”

Woods said University Heights changes their services as needs change in the community.

“People don’t believe it,” Woods said. “We’ve had families that have felt their loved ones are a second class citizen because of their payer source. This says that we are not about numbers, we are about community needs. We are different from the moment you walk in and the moment you leave. We want to be the leading provider of inspired living and compassionate care on the South Side of Indianapolis.”

For more information, visit university-heights.us.


Feed your dog love

August 30, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Carey Germana

By Chef Wendell Fowler

Really; does your loving dog care that Gravy Train makes its own gravy? Do you think it’s cute to toss your canine M&M’s? The insipid gravy is to attract your dollars and chocolate’s toxic to dogs, so stop it! It’s time to evolve, scrutinize labels and upgrade your dog’s food.

God knows I fed our Lab Reggie like royalty, but she crossed over Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly last week from brain tumor complications. My inconsolable heart aches with grief and I’m dehydrated from weeping. As tribute, I will share some ways you can show love to your dog while you can still gently rub their favorite spot while they lick your hand in gratitude.

Enhance their vittles with food they’d logically eat in the wild, not corn, wheat, soy and god-awful animal by-products. In just the past four months, the FDA has fielded over 530 complaints from pet owners claiming their dogs suffered illness or death after eating jerky treats made in China, officials tell ABC News. The FDA issued three separate warnings about Chinese jerky treats in the past four years, advising owners to watch the dogs closely for signs of illness.

Never feed them dairy products, chocolate, coffee grounds, grapes, raisins, nutmeg, baking powder / soda, avocado, smoked meats, Jerky treats from China or sugary foods. Today’s doggie junk food is extended with corn, wheat, soy, un-holy by-products, food colorings and chemical preservatives. Corn is not easily digestible unless it’s refined into a meal or flour and cooked. Grain is hard for a dog to digest. Look for organic, grain-free.

Fido should have a healthy, shiny coat and a high energy level. At a healthy weight you should be able to feel their ribs through her skin. The significance of a high protein diet cannot be overstated. A dog’s body is made to digest protein. Their entire body is developed for eating meat. From their teeth to the stomach, a dog’s biology is that of a carnivorous animal. Feeding a dog properly is hugely important to their well-being and overall health.

Like humans, dogs also dig a variety of foods. Perk up your dog’s meals by adding in fresh greens and boxed meat stock to their meals. Ground Flax seed brims with Omega-3 fatty acids, critical for skin and coat health and prevents dry, itchy skin, shedding and hot spots.

Fish oil or canned sardines in water are brilliant heart disease prevention. Consult your vet with regard to dosage. Occasionally add a cooked egg white, peas, cooked sweet potato or grated apples and carrot. Dogs supplemented with vitamins, probiotics and enzymes live happy, long and healthy lives.

Peace, Love and Dogs!  Romp in sweet peace and Stardust my beloved Reggie; sob, we’ll meet again in Heaven.


Topical laughter medicine free of charge

August 30, 2012 in Opinion, Uncategorized by Carey Germana

By Scott Emmett

Mark Twain once wrote, “Before laughter, nothing can stand.” He was right, you know. I have personally proved Mr. Twain’s assertion over and over again. To support his idea, I became a collector of bad jokes, puns and one-liners for the very purpose of applying the notion that my favorite author laid claim to over one hundred years ago. It has been my plan all along to get folks (both the regular kind and, in particular, the irregular ones-soon as I figure out who they are) to laugh, or at least smile, by whatever legal means are at my disposal in a given situation.

The average pharmacy is not what one might call a happening place. There are highly trained folks there who have the lofty responsibility of making sure you and I get all the right pills, elixirs and tonics we need so that we do not fall apart at the seams. It is a heavy burden these folks bear and they are serious about it. It seemed to me these folks could use a little of Mr. Twain’s medicine. I decided to work my “medicine” on my own pharmacy (the one at Kroger in Greenwood), it being the perfect place to try out my “topical laughter medicine.”

These people don’t have a lot of time so I started with one-liners. Kristin (a pharmacy technician) was my first patient and she responded immediately. She was a willing patient and even today asks for and expects her monthly dose of laughter. She has applied some to me as well with good success. I moved on to Tracy (an actual pharmacist and a neighbor of mine), then to Andy and Dianne. I can report all three were immediately benefited with Dianne being an enthusiastic patient. Andy has even taken to practicing “humorology” (is that a word?).

There are several more good folks that work there whose names escape me at the moment. Everyone has been victims, um, I mean patients of my topical laughter medicine. I did not even charge them.
Now, let me tell you the folks at “my” pharmacy are good folks all and I enjoy seeing them and talking with them. I have a long relationship with them and that is my point. They keep all my parts working and I (hopefully) keep a smile on their face. We take care of each other. Isn’t that the point?



A thank you! – Membership increases for Parkinson's Club

August 30, 2012 in Letters to the Editor, Opinion by Carey Germana

To the editor,

I want to thank you for taking the time to come to our Parkinson’s exercise class and writing an article on us. Everybody that I have known to have read the article has loved it and thought that it was fantastic. You did a wonderful job and it was a pleasure meeting you. Our party went really well. We had a big turnout and lots of snacks. We have had nothing but growth since your article came out. Thanks again!

Doug Springer

The Climb, Greenwood

The smoking situation in Beech Grove

August 30, 2012 in Letters to the Editor, Opinion by Carey Germana

To the editor,

I am glad that you did an article about the smoking situation in Beech Grove. I can understand the problem that the loss of revenue costs for the bar owners. However, people like me are now going to bars now that previously would never have stepped a foot in it – I’ve been to Drifty’s twice recently. I have asthma and don’t really have a choice in the matter. My husband and I love live music.
We used to drive from the Beech Grove area up to Daddy Jack’s for many years because it was the only non-smoking live music venue. And we’d drive to Bloomington, Ind. because they went nonsmoking at the Bluebird years ago.
I wish that the bars in Beech Grove would do what the Noodle did for a while – at least offer a few smoke-free nights; especially those bars with live music. I’ve wanted to see the Pure Gold band for years, but can’t go. (I know that they played outdoors somewhere last weekend, but we couldn’t go.)
If the bars do offer smoke-free nights, they must advertise it, or else people won’t know.  Putting signs out front would help let people know also.  After a dinner at Napoli Villa, we’d love to have a smoke-free bar to walk to.

Linda Cox
Beech Grove

Top ten survival tips – If you’re busted for a “white collar” crime.

August 30, 2012 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Carey Germana

10.  If male, blame it on the woman. If female, blame it on the other woman.

9.  Claim a Kennedy connection. Every reporter in the country knows they’ll never get a whiff of an Emmy or a Pulitzer if they dump on a Kennedy.

8.  When all else fails: blame it on the drugs you’re taking for the pain from the auto accident. A cane and neck brace can do wonders for your appeal.

7.  The best lawyers are expensive, old, half-deaf and forgetful. Pay up front and often.
6.  The best scapegoat is a dead one. Family members are not exempt.

5.  Get sick… preferably in a real comfortable hospital in a distant country.

4.  Get Liberal. A “Save The Whales” t-shirt will trim three months off your sentence. A membership in Greenpeace is like a “Get out of jail free” card.

3.  Stick to your first story. If you’re not smart enough to make up enough evidence in your defense then maybe you need the time off to plan the next one.

2.  If given the option always pick the rehab center over the reformatory. The food is better, you get your own TV and there is less of a chance that your roommate will be a lonely guy named Tiny.

1.  Blame talk radio and Fox News. Even if El Rushbo is on your side blame him for the malicious right-wing media attacks. …. Hey! It’s a proven winner.