Traditional bow-making

September 26, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

John Scifres lets Perry Township children help him craft bows for Hunger Games

By Nicole Davis

Enjoying the tradition of archery, John Scifres of Perry Township has worked since 1998 to perfect his hobby of wooden bow-making. His hard work has most recently been recognized by a Hollywood prop company, contacting him with a request to make the wooden bows featured in the Hunger Games movie which came out on DVD this year. They contacted him again earlier this year, requesting more bows for the sequel, currently being filmed.

Scifres, who does not typically sell his finished bows as he said he does not want to turn his passion into his job, was first contacted by the prop company with a request to make four bows in a 10-day period. Not knowing what exactly they were for, Scifres took on the task, receiving a sample in the mail of an Eastern Native American bow with a tag labeled “Katniss bow.” Having read the Hunger Games book a couple years prior, Scifres recognized the name. Finishing the bows and shipping them out, Scifres said he never really even let people know he made them.

“At that point, I didn’t know how big the movie would be,” Scifres said. “It turned out to be unbelievable. When I first watched the movie, it seemed like (my bow) was in there for 10 seconds. When you watch it on DVD, you see it was in there for several minutes.”

Earlier this year, Scifres was contacted again to craft more bows for the second movie, Catching Fire. Seeing an opportunity, he took the wood to a show-and-tell the Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy where his children attend school. He would mark where the wood needed to be cut and allowed the children to help him carve the wood and keep the carvings so they could say they took part in making the props for the movie. Approximately 120 students got to see and hold the original bow Katniss Everdeen used in the movie.

“The first set I had to hurry, so it didn’t feel like my best work,” Scifres said. “I feel better about this next set.”

A hunter all of his life, Scifres said he enjoyed modern archery and discovered the traditional side in 1997, through a man making modern bows at an outdoor show. His interest grew with research on the internet. He finished his first bow in ‘98. Scifres makes his bows completely from scratch. He chops his own Osage orange, or Hedgerow, trees once a year from Indiana and surrounding states. He has a little shop set up in his garage to work on the bows in his spare time. He sells the cut wood, or self-bows, online at

“I’ve always been very artistic and making a wooden bow is more craftsmanship.” Scifres said. “It’s the whole self-sufficiency thing.”

Though Scifres said he doesn’t craft as many bows as he used to, he has taken pride in the recognition his work has been given.

“The bows were a focal point in the movie,” Scifres said. “It’s really funny how something like that just makes you feel more part of it all.”

A growing festival

September 26, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Center Grove’s St. Francis and Clare Catholic Church hosts 6th annual fall festival

By Nicole Davis

As tents go up in the parking lot of St. Francis and Clare Catholic Church and School, Shelley Kehres says she feels like a kid in the candy store, seeing her hard work put into action. The festival she has helped plan since January will soon come together, bringing an estimated 600 volunteers and 7,000 visitors to the church on Sept. 28 and 29.

“We think that just with the entertainment that we have, the food that we’re offering and the atmosphere it’s just enough to bring the families out,” said Kehres, chairperson of the event’s planning committee. “If nothing else, it’s just good family fun. When I didn’t have a large role, I enjoyed coming out with my friends and playing bingo and just visiting with people.”

The event, which started as a parish picnic, turned into a community festival six years ago. It has grown in size, including more events such as Art in the Park, which features 35 local upscale artists, wine tastings from Mallow Run Winery and music. They will have amusement rides, a Monte Carlo night, a silent auction, kid’s games, bingo and plenty to eat. The will also have a fish fry and Italian dinner, costing $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10 and free for children 4 and under. All the food is cooked by parishioners. No outside vendors are brought in.

“I think the favorite this year will be pulled pork because it’s new on our menu this year,” Kehres said. “(We have) in my opinion some of the best festival foods you’ll ever eat, an array of festival foods.”

Kehres said the festival will take place rain or shine. Since the events take place on the concrete parking lot, they don’t have to worry about mud due to rain, which has benefited their festival over the years.

The proceeds from the festival will benefit the St. Francis and Clare’s facility. She said the church, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, has grown exponentially. Previous years’ funds, including the $70,000 raised at last year’s event, have helped build the playground and football concession stand. This year, Kehres said they hope to add a road behind the building to alleviate traffic congestion.


St. Francis and Clare festival events
5901 W. Olive Branch Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46143
Friday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. – midnight
– Fish Dinner, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29, noon – midnight
-Art in the Park, 12 p.m. – Dusk
-Italian dinner with Milano Inn
-Teen Neon Night – 9-11 p.m., dance costs $5 at the door

As traffic roars on

September 26, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Mike Alexander

South Side residents petition for I-65 sound barriers

By Mike Alexander

Residents have long complained about the heavy traffic noise along I-65 from I-465 to about a mile south where several single family homes and apartment complexes are located.

They don’t like the constant roar and bellowing of trucks and other vehicular traffic which ruin the peace and quiet in their neighborhoods.

Their request?

Tall panels, otherwise known as sound abatement walls. You see them along highways in other parts of the city.

Lindbergh-Highland subdivision residents Tom and Diana Maier have been leading a movement for residents to attend the public meeting Monday. They have lived on the South Side for 11 years and feel south siders aren’t given the same consideration by state officials as those living on the North Side.
“The South Side and its residents are tired of being slighted on quality of life issues that the denial of these barriers – should that happen – are compromising and make that a highly irritating concern to us,” said Tom Maier.

The state of Indiana will hear those concerns at 6 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria of South Grove Intermediate School, 851 S. Ninth St. in Beech Grove. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will present its findings regarding the traffic noise, and will determine if the barrier is worth the cost.

The area sought for the barriers is from I-465 south to about Perry Manor addition at McFarland and Edgewood avenues, north of Southport Road. Also affected is Roncalli High School. The roar of nearby traffic is said to interfere with football and soccer games.

A letter was sent to residents early September from Melanie Barnes, project director, stating that a “noise analysis concluded that the modeled walls are not cost-effective and therefore are not being considered as part of the I-65/I-465 Interchange Modifications Project.”

The Maiers said they hope for a large turnout of residents, which could influence INDOT to reconsider putting up the barrier as another letter addressed Sept. 14 from INDOT stated that “additional evaluation of noise related impacts may result in additional noise wall segments.”

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As the stomach churns…

September 26, 2012 in Living by Wendell Fowler

According to CDC’s 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Disease, 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from known and unknown bacteria, viruses and microbes each year resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 deaths each year from eating in restaurants Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, and just 1,200 in France (about one tenth, and one twentieth, compared to the US). Check please!

This doesn’t include Americans unbridled consumption of harmful hydrogenated (trans fats) deep frying oils that, in time, cause heart disease and obesity. Food poisoning from E.Coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Staphylococcus can make you very sicky-poo (flu like symptoms) or cause death. Then there’s the excite-toxin MSG, sugar, cancer causing additives, caramel colorings and preservatives added to the pre-packaged prepared foods so ubiquitous in chain restaurants. Fortunately, local Ma and Pa restaurants are much more ethically grounded and use fresh, unaltered, local ingredients.

Safe, proper cooking temperatures combined with responsible hand washing sanitation habits is a hard law to enforce plus the FDA approves practically anything tossed into our food that extends shelf life; profit trumps public health.

Swayed by Big Food, Chefs have unknowingly sabotaged your diet for decades. “Fat is what sells food in restaurants”, says the author of “Stacks: The Art of Vertical Food.  The processed food industry exploits human’s primal desire for three main flavors: salt, sugar and fat. Earthlings are attracted to foods high in calories and appealing flavors. BTW:  Research confirms sugar and fat are addictive. Restaurants won’t profit serving foods the public does not like. Thousands of psychological studies have been performed uncovering what you like, regardless whether it’s wholesome or crappy. All that matters is profitability. Ask intelligent questions of your waiter or floor manager. Meet the chef and ask questions. Make educated requests. Remember, the perception and description that something is healthy is not always accurate.

There are scores of responsible chefs who do the right thing and adhere to the Serve Safe Program food safety standards set forth by the State of Indiana. However, all it takes is one employee not to wash their hands or touch raw chicken then fill the salad bar without hand washing in between. I’ve witnessed it many times.

If you think the dark leafy green salad full of vegetables you’re ordering will help you lose some weight?  Think again, friends. Just two tablespoons of ‘Creamy’ dressing at a public salad bar contains 100 calories. Reach for antioxidant olive oil and vinegar or leave the dressing on the side and dispense the dressing in moderation.
Chew on this: A spoonful of knowledge helps the food stay down.

Where we worship: Cathy Brown

September 26, 2012 in Community, In Spirit, Lifestyle, Religion by Carey Germana

The Holy Spirit is Alive and Moving
Southside Mom finds Real Deal at The Father’s House

When Cathy Brown and her family moved to the southeast side five years ago, they were looking for a church to call home. After a lengthy search, they finally found The Father’s House, on S. Franklin Road.

“I had a pretty detailed list: we wanted a multi-cultural, non-denominational church that was Holy Spirit filled; powerful, genuine praise and worship; and a strong pastor who stood firm on the Word of God,” Brown said. “We knew within minutes that The Father’s House was it.”

Brown, a freelance copywriter and small business owner, had grown cynical of preachers who weren’t teaching biblical truths.  She says she was touched by the humble “frankness” exhibited by Dr. Christopher T. Holland, pastor of The Father’s House.

“With Pastor, it’s all about the Holy Spirit – there’s no ego, no pretenses, it’s just flat-out the Word of God,” Brown said. “And that’s what we were craving.”

Apparently, Brown is not alone. The church is growing, has added a second Sunday service, and has recently purchased property on which they are building a new facility.

Brown continues, “The praise and worship is genuine praise and worship – not a performance.  There’s healing and power in music that ushers in the Holy Spirit like this.”

She said she appreciates the many ways people can get involved; Missions, Prison
Ministry, Homeless Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and a Youth Ministry.

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

Our pastor’s the real deal. He’s Holy Spirit-filled and he doesn’t waver on the Word of God.  Every message hits you right between the eyes, but in a fun sort of way. You may be laughing, but you’re getting a powerful, truthful teaching that touches your heart, something you’ll find yourself using at work, or in the grocery store, or whoever you go.

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

There’s a lot of deception going on out there, with the media, with music, even with other preachers. So, as a mom, I’m grateful that my family’s hearing the truth that’s not watered down. When you’re sitting there with your family and you witness a healing, or when your kids hear a prophetic word, there’s no doubt in their minds that God is real. It’s not about religion or folklore, it’s not weird or spooky — it’s about the Holy Spirit being alive. And when your kids are constantly inviting their friends to church, that tells you something.

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

Prophetic words, healings, and miracles.  You can feel the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.  It’s absolutely tangible.  Sometimes it’s electrifying, sometimes an overwhelmingly comforting “blanket”.  It’s always powerful, and you leave different from when you came.

Why would you recommend your place of worship to someone?

Life’s too short, too hard and way too confusing not to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Our church has a saying: “We love you, and there’s nothing you can do about it!” I, for one, count on that.

The Father’s House
1600 S. Franklin Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46239
(317) 358-8312

Wednesdays – Bible Study, 7 p.m.
Sundays – Worship, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

At Play Calendar 9/27

September 26, 2012 in At Play, Community, Outdoors by Carey Germana


Children’s Festival • The church will host a festival with games, snacks and an illusionist/ventriloquist. | When: Sept. 29, 2 – 4:30 p.m. | Where: Faith Baptist Church, 1640 Fry Rd., Greenwood. | Info: Call (317) 859-7964.

Fall Festival • The festival will have food, music, games and pony rides. Southport UMC hosts the event annually to bring the community together. | When: Sept. 29 | Where: Southport United Methodist Church, 1947 E. Southport Rd. | Cost: Free | Info: Call (317) 784-9508.

Waterman’s Fall Harvest Festival • The public can visit the farm for the pumpkin patch, games, activities, rides, animals, food, music and more. | When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 31 (hours at Raymond Street are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.) | Where: Waterman’s Family Farm, 7010 E. Raymond St. and 1100 N. Ind. 37, Greenwood. | Info: Visit

Fall Health Festival • Senior Promise will host an event geared for those 50 and older. It offers information on a variety of medical topics and health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, oral cancer, balance assessment, vision, diabetes foot and lung/air capacity. | When: Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – noon. | Where: The Atrium Banquet Hall, 3143 E. Thompson Rd. | Cost: flu vaccine is $35 and pneumonia vaccine is $70 for non-Medicare enrollees and non-part B Medicare beneficiaries. | Info: Call (317) 528-6660.

Holy Name Oktoberfest • There will be a kids zone with games, food from Fireside Brewhouse, beer from Flat 12 and live music including the Flying Toasters. There will also be Monte Carlo Gaming and a $25,000 raffle. | When: Oct. 12-13, 5 p.m. –midnight. | Where: Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 784-5454 or visit

Fall Festival Fundraiser • There will be a bonfire, games, rides, crafts, activities and concessions. All proceeds benefit Southport Christian Church Youth Groups. | When: Oct. 21, 3 – 6 p.m. | Where: Southport Equestrian Center, 6228 S. Rural St. | Info: Call the church at (317) 784-4431.


Veterans Appreciation • A complimentary dinner for veterans will be held before the Beech Grove vs. Ritter football game. | When: Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove High School cafeteria. | Info: Call Melody Stevens at (317) 788-4481 ext. 1061.

CGHS Breakfast Show • The choirs of Center Grove High School will perform their fall competition shows, as well as a variety of solos, ensembles and dance acts. Specialty coffees, beverages, sausage and biscuits and an assortment of pastries and fruit will be available for purchase. | When: Sept. 29, 8 – 11 a.m. | Where: CGHS, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: $5 per person or $4 for seniors and students. | Info: The performance schedule can be found at

Breakfast and Euchre • Come for a breakfast of eggs to order, bacon and sausage gravy, biscuits, fried potatoes, cornedbeef hash and mush and pancakes. Euchre will be held after by the Ladies aux. | When: Sept. 29, (breakfast) 8 – 10:30 a.m.; (euchre) 2 p.m. | Where: Greenwood VFW, 333 S. Washington St., Greenwood. | Cost: $6 for breakfast and $5 for euchre. | Info: Call (317) 888-2488.

Basketball Tournament • The Women’s American Basketball Association will host a tournament with many former college players from Indiana on the Mid-West Diamonds team. | When: Sept. 29, (Mid-West Diamonds)1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and (Mid-West Diamonds)7 p.m. | Where: Perry Meridian Middle School, 202 W. Meridian School Rd. | Cost: Free for ages 5 and below, 6-11 is $5 and ages 12 and up are $10. | Info: Call (317) 920-WABA.

Holy Name Homecoming • All alumni, parishioners, families and students of Holy Name Catholic School are invited to Homecoming. There will be two football games, free food with paid admission to the games, face painting and balloons. | When: Sept. 30, noon | Where: Beech Grove Athletic Field (13th and Main Street) | Info: Call Mark Gasper at (317) 865-3051.


Greenwood 5k Trail Trek • Participants, volunteers and cheering fans are needed for this 6th annual event, which promotes healthy lifestyles and awareness of the Greenwood Trail system. | When: Oct. 6, 9 a.m. | Cost: $18 | Info: Register and find more info at

Firehouse Chili Cook Off • The community is invited to taste and vote for your favorite chili cooked by local firefighters. There will also be a cornhole competition for teams of two. Proceeds will benefit the local Christmas Angel Fund. | When: Oct. 20, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: 900 S. SR 135, across from Target in Greenwood. | Info: Register for the cornhole tournament at tournament Call (317) 885-3318 for further details.


A Celebration of Women • Women who have impacted many lives with their selfless service will be honored during this celebration, such as IMPD Sergeant Jo Ann Moore, volunteer Bonnie Schott and Founder of Second Starts Sally Schrock. The event will include a lunch, style show and award ceremony. | When: Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Where: Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. | Cost: $35 each or $245 for a table of eight. | Info: Call (317) 788-7581 to register.

Community Tech Day • CDM Computers will offer a free event for all who have an interest in technology. Come for great conversations, an informal show and tell, gaming and food. | When: Sept. 29, noon – 3 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Shopping Center, 7655 Shelby St. (Corner of US 31, Shelby St. and Stop 11) | Info: Call (317) 788-7885 or email

Star Wars Reads Day • School-age children and teens can celebrate Star by making their own light sabers to take home, playing in a trivia competition and watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars (G). | When: Oct. 6, 10 a.m.(lightsaber), noon – 3 p.m. (trivia) and 3 p.m. (movie) | Where: Southport Branch Library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Info: Register by calling (317) 275-4510.

Oh Baby! Showcase • Resources will be provided for individuals who are already pregnant, planning or have recently had a baby. Attendees will be able to meet south side pediatricians and family practice physicians. | When: Oct. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Community Hospital South, 1402 E. County Line Rd. | Info: Registration is required and can be made at (800) 777-7775 or visit


Jacob Glover • This local artist will present his screen print, lithos and woodcut collages for the public. He is a Fine Arts Student at the Herron School of Art. | When: Oct. 5, 7 – 10 p.m. | Where: Funkyard Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 1114 Prospect St. (Fountain Square) | Info: Call (317) 822-3865.


Book Discussion • Adults are invited to read and discuss “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. | When: Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.

A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Survival • Teens ages 13-17 are invited as artists from the Indiana Repertory Theatre show how to camouflage oneself as a zombie with stage makeup All supplies will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a black eye pencil. | When: Oct. 3, 3 p.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch, 5550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.

BG Chatterbooks • Adults are invited to read and discuss “Refuge” by Terry Tempest Williams. | When: Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.


You Can’t Take it With You • This comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart will be performed by Whiteland Community High School as their fall play. | When: Oct. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. | Where: Whiteland Community High School, 300 Main St., Whiteland | Cost: $5 | Info: Call (317) 535-7562.

Obituaries, 9/27/12

September 26, 2012 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Patricia Ann Abel, 81, Beech Grove, Sept. 14, 2012. She was born in Indianapolis and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. She retired from South Grove Elementary. She was a former member of Holy Rosary Church and a current and longtime member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. She was married to Edmund W. Abel who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by her children Pat (Vince) Massimini, Ed (Carol) Abel, Steve (Jill) Abel, Pam (Chuck) Everitt, Donna (Kevin) DiSano, and Joan (Tim) Showalter; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 18 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, with the burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Francis Hospice.

Thomas J. Arkins, 63, Greenwood, died Sept. 18, 2012.  He was born on June 13, 1949 in Beech Grove, son of the late Thomas E. and Mildred (Brossart) Arkins. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Arkins; sons, Thomas (Becky), Jason (Joy), Casey (Jennifer), Bryan (Erin), Adam (Cori), and Austin Arkins; grandchildren, Chase, Cameron, Kira, Olivia, Hannah, Savannah, Cooper, Ellanor, and Avilynn; and sister, Carolyn Kinney. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tim Arkins and Ron Hammond; and grandson, Benjamin. Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home, with the burial  in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children.

Frank Owen Fyffe, Jr., 87, Greenwood, died Sept. 15, 2012. He was born July 26, 1925, in Indianapolis and attended Arsenal Technical High School. He served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked for Indiana Bell as an engineer for 42 years. He married his wife, Nora on Aug. 26, 1950. He is survived by his wife, Nora Alice (Eggers) Fyffe; children, Mark (Ethel) Fyffe, Patti (Carl) Teague, Dennis (Kris) Fyffe, Daniel (Sheryl) Fyffe, Deborah (Todd) Nobbe, Laura (Jeffrey) Cummings, 35 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Joann Hagan, Judy Crooke, and Donna Fyffe; brothers, David Fyffe and James Fyffe. He is preceded in death by children, Garry Fyffe and Sandy Ader; parents, Frank Owen Sr. and Sarah Fyffe; a sister, Barbara Engelking; and a brother-in-law, Donald Hagan. A funeral mass was held Sept. 19 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

Shelby Jean (Smith) Gay, 71, Indianapolis, died Sept. 24, 2012. She was born on June 26, 1941, daughter of G.C. and Eva (Harrison) Smith. She was a member of New Life Gospel Church. Survivors include her sons, Finley, Wendell, Michael, and Rev. Donnie Gay; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mable Franklin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Gay; and son, Billie D. Gay. Visitation will be held, Sept. 27 from 4 – 8 p.m. at G. H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. Additional visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 from 1 – 2 p.m. at New Life Gospel Church, 2659 S. Lockburn St., Indianapolis, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Shelby will be laid to rest in Floral Park Cemetery.


Jerry H. Johnson, 87, Indianapolis, died. Jerry was a graduate from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. He served in the Army artillery division. He was employed most of his life at International Harvester (Navistar) helping build the large trucks that move much of the freight in this country. In his retirement, he devoted many hours to volunteering at the public library. He loved bicycles and bike trips. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Vera Lamb, his sister, of San Bernardino, California, survives along with nephews, nieces and two great-nephews. No service is planned. For anyone who wishes to leave a remembrance, a donation may be left to the library in Jerry’s name.

John A Judd, 53, Greenwood, died Sept. 22, 2012.  He was born on Sept. 16, 1959, in to John E and Sally Judd. He was a member of UA Local 440 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He is survived by his mother, Sally Judd; wife, Machelle; children, Ian Judd, Alana Judd, James (Amanda) Taylor and Celeste (John) Ferris; grandchildren, Pricilla, Owen, Charli and Donavan; and sister, Mary Beth Fitzgerald.
He is preceded in death by his father, John Earl Judd. Visitation will be held Sept. 27 from 4 – 8 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Rd. 135 and Olive Branch Road. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation.

Loretta (Grissom) Mowery, 67, Indianapolis, died Sept. 21, 2012. Born Nov. 28, 1944 in Washington Co., Ind. to Leland E. & Edith G. (Ray) Grissom who preceded her in death along with brother, Edward Grissom; sisters, Lelah Holt and Delema Taylor.
She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Church, Beech Grove. Survivors include her husband, Arthur M. Mowery; daughter, Tammy M. (Clayton) Cobb; sisters, Imogene Hovis, Mary Mitchell, Frances Troutman, Phyllis Grissom,
Linda Stogsdill and Lorene Grissom; grandchildren, Clayton, Kristin and
Courtney Cobb. A graveside service was held Sept. 26 at New Crown Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Fountain Square Mortuary

Rosario Anthony Murello, Jr., 64, Indianapolis, died Sept. 14, 2012.  He was born on April 10, 1948, in Indianapolis to Rosario A. Murello, Sr. and Margaret (Walker) Nelson. She is survived by his wife, Brenda S. (Edwards) Murello; children, Roy J. Murello, Vickey McFarland, Mark Murello, Craig Murello, Tyler Murello, and Matthew Murello; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Tony Murello; sister, Barbara Barnette; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Michael Murello. A graveside service was held Sept. 21 at New Crown Cemetery.

Frances (Thompson) Stroud, 89, Greenwood, died Sept. 19, 2012. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, to Martha and Virgil Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald O. Stroud. She was survived by sons, Don and Doug; and grandson, Glenn. A graveside service was held Sept. 25 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Mary “Bonnie” Vehling, 87, Indianapolis, died Sept. 19, 2012.  She was born on Dec. 16, 1924 in Indianapolis, to the late John W. and Lillian (Pack) Lex. She was a homemaker and lifelong member of Pleasant Run United Church of Christ, where she served as past president of their ladies guild. She was active in the church choir, and was a Sunday school teacher. She also attended Stilesville Christian Church, where she was a member of the Helping Hands. She is survived by her children, Richard (Carol) Vehling, Rebecca Hansen, Robin (Jane) Vehling, Ramona (Don) Callender, Roxann (John) Simmons, Randall (Rajean) Vehling, and Rachel McKinney; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, John W., Richard R., William E., and Thomas M. Lex; sister, Annie C. Gocke; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Vehling; son, Robert Vehling; grandson, Justin McKinney; daughter in law, Riki Vehling; son-in-law, James Hansen; sister, Norma D. Hittle; and brother, Bobby Lex. Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at G.
H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.  Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Run United Church of Christ.

Hannah Roselyn Weber, 80, Indianapolis, died Sept. 19, 2012.  She was born on Sept. 19, 1932 to the late Paul and Carrie (Edwards) Weber in Indianapolis.  She worked for Western Electric and IPS prior to retirement and was a member of the Legion of
Mary.  Survivors include her siblings, Barbara L. Weber Hoffman, Gwendolyn A. Weber, Ann Petro, Donald F. Weber and James A. Weber (Mary Ann); and many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her siblings, Paul S. Weber, Jr., Robert A. Weber and Birney L. Weber.  A memorial service will be held Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service.  Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods, Terre Haute.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Cooking with Clint

September 26, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Living, Recipes by Clint Smith

The “second life” of leftovers

I often ignore the misconceptions about the reincarnation of leftovers—the doggie-bag underdogs, if you will. Ask my family and friends (or anyone who’s made casual mention of being hungry while I’ve been bored): I have fun with excess food. Sometimes the original dish, along with its flavor profile, is nearly unrecognizable. Sometimes I don’t get the chance to be so sneaky. Either way, the clever use of yesterday’s lunch or last night’s dinner has a long and beloved tradition.

Risotto?  No problem: grandma would be happy to deep-fry a batch or arrancini (stayed tuned, dear reader, for this indulgent treat in a later installment). And how about pasta? Well, I recently ran into this problem along when another emerged: picky kids.

The remaining (and pleasantly exiguous) ingredients—Parmesan cheese and olive oil—for this baked dish are typically an accompaniment for any pasta-centric dinner, making the execution all the more convenient.

Of course, with leftovers being leftovers (read the large margin for subjectivity), I’m certain you’ll make adjustments accordingly—need an extra egg for more body?  Go for it.  Scale back on (or bump up) the Parm? Use your best culinary judgment. This savory, baked pasta “pizza” is a woefully simple way to make last night’s dinner disappear—for good.

Clint Smith is an honors graduate of The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Le Cordon Bleu, and is currently a culinary arts instructor at Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood.  To read more about techniques and recipes, visit

Baked pasta “pizza”
Serves 4

•    8 ounces cooked spaghetti (or similar leftover pasta)
•    2 large eggs
•    To taste, kosher salt and cracked black pepper
•    ½ cup grated Parmesan Reggiano (plus extra for garnish)
•    As needed, olive oil
•    2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1.  Preheat oven to 375° F, and place a wide, oven-safe sauté pan over medium heat on the range.  In a large bowl, whisk eggs until smooth, season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Add pasta and thoroughly coat with egg. Add in Parmesan and evenly incorporate throughout.

2.  Pour olive oil in sauté pan and swirl to coat evenly; add butter and, using a pastry brush, continue to evenly coat the bottom and sides of pan with hot fat. When pan is hot, add pasta-egg mixture, spreading out and pressing down to flatten the pasta. Add pan to 375° F oven.

3.  When pasta has become golden brown and egg has set, remove from oven and allow to rest.  Use an offset spatula to remove the “pizza” from the pan. Slice into wedges and garnish with additional Parmesan.

Weekly movie review

September 26, 2012 in At Play, Living by Adam Staten

End of Watch surpasses a difficult task

End of Watch follows Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) as they patrol the dangerous streets of South Central in Los Angeles and give us a peek into the personal lives of these two men.

When viewing a film, I look for ways it distinguishes itself from others in its genre and with End of Watch being a cop film, this would be a difficult task.  All try; most encounter failure, only a small percentage actually succeeds in differentiating themselves. End of Watch succeeds in a variety of ways.

The ingenious method employed to capture footage is the most apparent. Most of the film is viewed through a camera Officer Taylor carries and the mounted camera on the dashboard of their police interceptor. The clever camera work gives the film a sense of realism and adds a documentary feel to it.  The creative camera work creates a tense feeling that anything could happen at any moment.

The acting is superb. The performances turned in by Gyllenhaal and Pena is the stuff Oscar nominations are made of.  Michael Pena flexes his acting muscles here and would be done an injustice if he didn’t garner a best supporting Oscar nod. The two leads play incredibly well off each other, so much that if you didn’t know any better, you would think they had been friends for years.

End of Watch is not two hours of mindless violence, accompanied by unnecessary explosions that destroy entire city blocks. Don’t get me wrong, there is action, but nothing that isn’t essential to the story. End of Watch is an intelligent, heartfelt film that explores the lives of two men, who wear the black and blue and put their lives on the line every day. I strongly recommend this film to those who enjoy intelligent character-driven films that will have you laughing one moment and in tears the next. End of Watch keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its 109 minute run. Leave the kiddies at home, the language is strong and the violence is graphic. A must see!

Adam Staten lives in Perry Township, is a movie buff and writes weekly movie reviews for the Web site Sticky Shoe Review.

Letters to the editor

September 26, 2012 in Letters to the Editor, Opinion by Carey Germana

A petition for sound barrier walls at Oct. 1 meeting

To the Editor,

Our residence has been for many years in the Lindbergh Highlands part of the south side, which is an area close to I-65, and will be affected “soundly” by an addition of another south bound lane in the near future. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has proposed a new “flyover” ramp to aid many motorists going from I-465 to I-65 south, as well as an additional lane along this stretch to handle this traffic. What INDOT will not do for the residents along here is construct sound barriers along this stretch to help alleviate the noise which will increase as a result of this improvement. For years, residents, schools, churches and businesses have put up with the noise from I-65, with it being intensified when trees and bushes were lost from the right of way as a result of the tornadoes 10 years ago; interesting to note that when the residents petitioned to have these trees replaced after that tornado we were denied them as well.

The excuse given by a letter sent to the residents by the engineering firm contracted by INDOT was that “the noise analysis concluded that the modeled walls are not cost effective for this area”. Observant Southsiders driving along I-465 in other parts of the city will note that these sound barriers seem to be “cost effective” for those residents and empty land parcels, apparently just not for us. Ah, as usual, our side of town is being given the short shift by the government powers-to-be. Enough is enough!

There will be a meeting on this on Monday, Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m., at the South Grove Intermediate School, 851 S. Ninth Ave. in Beech Grove to tell us of these plans, and the denial of the much needed sound barriers. This sound deadening wall affects the quality of life of many, should be a part of the plans, and constructed. Please, show up at this meeting, fellow southsiders, to let the officials know that we need these walls and are tired of being shorted by the city and the state on what other areas receive.

Thank you in advance and look forward to seeing you there!

-Tom Maier


Supporting Fairtax

To the editor,

By now we’ve all heard this week’s candidate comments around redistribution of wealth and 47 percent of Americans not paying income taxes. These comments yet again highlight that our income tax system is broken and our nation is suffering, most especially young Americans ages 18-29. In fact, 1.7 million of these young people have been jobless for the past year. This is the highest unemployment rate for that age group since World War II! This is a generation in danger of becoming the “lost generation.”

The FairTax® is the solution. The FairTax is a comprehensive plan to replace federal income and payroll taxes with a consumption tax on new goods and services. While permitting no exemptions or exceptions, the FairTax provides a monthly, universal “prebate” or rebate that ensures each household may consume tax-free up to the poverty level, thereby making the FairTax progressive.

With the FairTax, consumers will pay the actual price of a product or service with no hidden taxes and workers will keep 100 percent of the wages they earn minus any state or local taxes. What all this means to America is powerful economic growth and desperately needed job creation. The FairTax provides hope for bringing hundreds of thousands of lost jobs back to all America, for young and old. Please take a few moments to learn more at

Thank you,

-Donald L. Jackson
FairTax Supporter