Shop with a cop

November 28, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Tom Hurrle with his son, David and a participant of Shop with a Cop last year.

Beech Grove community raises funds for beneficial holiday program

By Nicole Davis

It’s not always bad thing when a police officer shows up on your doorstep. During this holiday season, volunteers from the Beech Grove Police Department (BGPD) and other community members will visit 50 pre-selected children, giving them a toy that’s on their list this year. This year’s Shop with a Cop event will be a bit different than past years.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to cast the police department in a positive light to let them know you don’t always have to encounter them when there is a problem,” said Major Tom Hurrle. “We have a lot of resources that we can steer people toward. It’s a chance for police department to show up on people’s doorstep when things are good.”

Volunteers from the BGPD held the program around 20 years. Before, they would take approximately 35 children from low-income households and take them shopping at Kmart for a toy and other items they need, then go to Great Times and to lunch.

“I think it’s had a huge impact,” Hurrle said. “Some of these kids are kids that otherwise wouldn’t have anything for Christmas. I would say that the officers involved in this program are inspired just as much as the families.”

This year to accommodate more children, the officers and volunteers will shop at Kmart themselves, getting a toy off each child’s list and presenting parents with a $50 gift card. This will also allow for parents to have presents under the Christmas tree. In the past they ended up with a surplus that carried over to the next year’s Shop with a Cop. Increasing donations, Hurrle said, was also part of the reason they decided to change the event’s format. This year they intend to spend upwards of $7,000 for the children.

“Donations have increased,” Hurrle said. “I attribute it to one reason. There have been specific people who have taken it upon themselves to host their own fundraisers. We do get donations from churches and random checks from private citizens. People like Mike DiNapoli and John O’Gara (who host fundraisers at their businesses) are gold to a program like this.”

Beech Grove Clay Works, located at 339 Main St., will host Soup for Tots on Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m. Members of Clay Works have made more than 100 ceramic bowls, which participants get to keep.

“It’s been a collaboration of our members,” DiNapoli said. “They’ve come in and devoted their time and energy to make these bowls. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The $15 cost of the event includes the bowl, soup and bread. Refills are $3. All proceeds benefit Shop with a Cop. If the event is successful, DiNapoli said he would like to make it an annual fundraiser.

“We wanted to do something for the community that’s local and beneficial,” said Mike DiNapoli, owner of Beech Grove Clay Works. “We found this and thought gee, that’s as good as it gets.”

A book for every child

November 28, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Carey Germana

Leanna Payton and Nycholase Redenbaugh said they are excited a new book from the school after the Barnes and Noble Book Day.

Book Day raises money for Perry Township students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary

By Nicole Davis

Every student at Abraham Lincoln Elementary (ALE) will receive a special holiday gift this year. With support from Barnes and Noble and community members, all 900 children in grades K-5 will receive a free book to take home.

“We try to get books in our kids’ hands as much as possible,” said Marinda Grove, literary coach. “It’s sometimes because they don’t have those books, that they are drawn to them.”

On Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m., Barnes and Noble, located at the Greenwood Park Mall, will host an Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Book Day. Activities include Story Time with Staff Members, Holiday “Minute to Win It” games, face painting, Third Grade Christmas Caroling, Nook talks, and Wii dance parties. Students will even get to decorate their teachers with tinsel as “human Christmas trees.”

Up to 26 percent of the sales from that day will support the literacy program at ALE. Shoppers need to present a voucher upon checkout to indicate that they wish their sale to support the school. Vouchers can be found at or at Barnes and Noble.

“I am just so thankful that Barnes and Noble has chosen us I look forward to the looks on their faces; just for them to get to take that home and keep it,” Grove said. “It not only helps our families get involved, but their customers get into the holiday spirit.”

Though Barnes and Noble has hosted this event in the past, this is the first year they will sponsor the school, ensuring that every student receives a book of their own.

“They chose us due to our high poverty level,” Grove said. “Our kids work really hard and are making huge gains, despite what might be reported by the new state grading system. This will be huge for our students, many of whom come from homes where they have very few material possessions.”

The store put up a sign informing customers of the program, and received donations of 200 books within the first four days.

“I’m surprised they have that many books,” said third grader, Leanna Payton. “I’m looking forward to getting chapter books, especially Goosebumps.”

Life of the Lions

November 28, 2012 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Mayor Dennis Buckley presented a plaque to Don Stowers, President of the Beech Grove Lions Club at their 75th anniversary celebration.

Beech Grove Lions Club celebrates 75 years in the community

By Nicole Davis

More than 100 Lions Club members and supporters came from all around Indiana to celebrate the Beech Grove Lions Club’s 75th anniversary on Nov. 10.

“It meant a big undertaking from the standpoint that not many nonprofit organizations have been around 75 years,” said Don Stowers, president of the Beech Grove club.

The Beech Grove club was formed on Nov. 5, 1937. Since then, they have sponsored three other Lions Clubs – Speedway in 1939, Southport in 1944 and Franklin Township in 1971. During the celebration, Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley presented the Lions a plaque commemorating their community involvement.

“We had fun reminiscing what we’ve done in the past,’’ said Mike Pence, Lions Club member. “It was also interesting to see who past members were. My dad has been a member for 50 years and I’ve been with since over 25 years. I get more out of volunteering than I do anything else.”

Though Stowers said the premise of the club hasn’t changed throughout its 75 years, some aspects have. Established as an all-men’s club, they currently have four women members. They have volunteered for many causes throughout that time, including raising money for smoke detectors for the fire department to donate yearly, purchasing an expensive yet necessary infrared camera for the fire department, sponsoring scholarships, fundraising to cover the cost of eye and hearing exams for low-income qualifiers and partnering with Beech Grove Community Schools for the Renaissance Program.

“From a community aspect, the Renaissance Program is inspiring to me,” Stowers said. “They give rewards to somebody doing good. They don’t have to be straight A students or anything.”

Members of the Beech Grove organization have traveled literally all over the world helping out every community they can. Stowers said his favorite was a trip to Mexico last year, where they donated 6,000 pairs of eyeglasses and gave eye exams to those who needed it. Pence said he enjoys volunteering for any activity that puts a smile on someone’s face. He said he can remember volunteering with the club selling grapefruit and oranges when he was a child, before becoming of eligible age to be a member.

“If we hadn’t been there, Beech Grove wouldn’t be like it is today,” Pence said. “We will continue on. Things are going to change with the way the state and federal programs are. The greatest need will be to families. There is going to be a need to individuals. Not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but year-round.”

From left, Ron Ayris, Tommy Thompson, Richard Barton, Boyd Pence and Mike Pence receive certificates for 25 and 50 years of membership.

Glorious, Yellow Turmeric

November 28, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

You eat it daily, but not for reasons Creation put it on earth for us. To Americans, turmeric colors mustard, pickles, Chow-Chow, cheddar cheese, and yellow rice. Though in many countries, the ancient cooking spice is also deemed potent, healing and preventive medicine.

An Indian Ayurvedic physician pointed out to me that The National Institutes for Health (NIH) documents a significantly lower rate of Alzheimer’s in India where Alzheimer’s among adults 70-79 is 4.4 times less than in the US. The brain disorder affects over 4 million predominately elderly Americans. This suggests the brightly-colored Curry’s made with turmeric and anti-inflammatory ginger is a huge part of their evading dementia and inflammation.  Seventh and eighth century AD Chinese writings also refer to turmeric’s health karma.

The natural detoxifier contains curcumin; a plant chemical the NIH believes explains why Alzheimer’s is so rare in India compared to Western countries. Apparently turmeric can prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by removing amyloid plaque buildup in your aging brain.

The poor man’s Saffron, the spice is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. Studies show tests where turmeric prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice, and caused existing melanoma cells to commit suicide. Curcumin reduces risk for childhood leukemia as well as possibly preventing metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

The member of the ginger family is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that shows promise slowing the progression of MS in mice. Conversely, turmeric’s anti-blood clotting effect is risky for individuals who are pregnant, taking anti-coagulants, suffering from gallbladder problems or are awaiting surgery. Consult an enlightened physician or phlebotomist. If they roll their eyes and don’t know about it, find a doctor who attends continuing education programs. Keeping your temple healthy can help reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms and keep other medical diagnoses at bay. Create a groovy relationship with food that’s life supporting and re-enchants you to the divine essence that nourishment is truly all about.

Sandi and I pour boiling hot water over green tea with one-half teaspoon turmeric, 1 inch fresh ginger (Smashed) and 1 teaspoon honey for a cozy, warming winter brew. One-half teaspoon daily from your community health food store is all you need.

The “poor man’s saffron”, turmeric is in many grocery products. It’s the major component in curry that predominates in the cuisines of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kashmir, and even Jamaica.

Cooking With Clint 11/29

November 28, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Clint Smith

Don’t be a chicken, it’s Marsala

Here’s a classic custom made for the weeknight dinner table: Chicken Marsala. Sure, this one has a pervasive presence on most Italian menus, but don’t let ubiquity instigate complacency. Simply put, it’s a classic for a reason, and this is a wonderful season for this sort if dish.

Marsala—a fortified wine blended with brandy—shares the name of the Italian city of its origin. There are countless variations, but like many dishes sharing the same technique profile, the key (not to mention all the fun) is tinkering with the sauce’s consistency. After dredging and pan-searing the chicken, deglaze with a bit of wine and after the vino has reduced, add your Marsala.  Allow the latter to reduce to a syrupy consistency (close to nappé) before holding at a low simmer.

After adjusting the seasoning, you should have a uniquely sweet sauce to accompany the tender chicken. My family enjoys buttered egg noodles tossed with chopped fresh parsley, but—like the varieties of Marsala recipes—the permutations of pasta and starch (think mashed potatoes, friend) accompaniment combination are difficult to list. So even if you’ve grown weary of merely the name of the dish, I urge you: take charge—give due honor to a noble classic.


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

Chicken Marsala

Serves 4

  • 8, 4-ounce chicken breasts, pounded to thin cutlets
  • As needed, all-purpose flour (for dredging)
  • As needed, olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup Marsala wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • To taste, kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound egg noodles

1.  Pound chicken breasts to ¼″ thickness. Place flour in a wide container. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. In batches, place chicken in flour, lightly dredging (knock off excess). When olive is heated and rippling, add in dredged breasts; season with salt and pepper and cook to golden brown. Once golden on both sides reserve on a sheet pan (you may need to add the breasts to a 350°F oven to finish cooking).

2.  Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles, drain, return to pot and coat with a small amount of melted butter.

3.  Once chicken breasts have been cooked, add a small amount of oil to pan along with 1 tablespoon of flour; with a wooden spoon, stir to form a paste. Deglaze pan with red wine and reduce till nearly gone.  Add thyme and bay leaf. Scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, pour in Marsala.  Allow to reduce slightly before adding stock, and allow both liquids to reduce.  When sauce has reached desire consistency, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Coat chicken with Marsala sauce and serve with egg noodles.

Where we Worship 11/29

November 28, 2012 in Community, In Spirit, Lifestyle, Religion, Religion by Nicole Davis

Biblical tradition

Jim Allen teaches serious lessons with a bit of humor in Perry Township

Jim Allen adds a sense of humor to his teachings at Edgewood United Methodist Church. Using his ventriloquist dummy, Chester, about once a month Allen says what starts out as a joke ends up with a serious message.

“It’s a very effective beginning to a nice service,” Allen said. “Everybody knows when I say I was talking to Chester I am going to say something silly. They enjoy the humor. In spite of all that, I am actually a serious preacher.”

Reverend Allen has served the 103 year-old Perry Township church for four years, appointed by Bishop Michael Coyner in 2009. He said he enjoys his small church that takes traditional biblical lessons to heart.

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

Biblical preaching, a conservative and traditional living – that’s what feeds my faith.

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

My church is kind of my family, my spiritual family. There is a strong sense that this is a spiritual family. We love each other and know each other.

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

We’ve had many meaningful events, so to pick one out is difficult to do. I enjoy when people get saved. Every so often somebody comes to the Lord. It’s fulfilling the great mission of Christ. The two purposes of church is to adore God and make disciples.

Why would you recommend your place of worship to someone?

We’re loving and we’re biblical. If you want a loving church that’s biblical and traditional, that’s us. We try to be a biblical church first and intellectual second.


Edgewood United Methodist

1820 E. Epler Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46227

(317) 784-6086

Home Ownership

November 28, 2012 in Business Announcements, Personal Finance by Carey Germana

Home Ownership – Understanding the Paths to the American Dream

By Chuck Roach, Roach Law Office

A large part of my practice deals with real estate – saving property, buying property, renting property, etc. Often there is confusion about the ways one can accomplish home ownership. Here’s a primer:

1. Traditional Purchase: For most purchasers, home ownership goes through a mortgage broker or direct lender such as a bank. Often a real estate agent is involved, which can be extremely beneficial. Agents act to shepherd purchasers through the process, including signing of an agreement to purchase, making application for the mortgage, and proceeding to closing. In a traditional scenario, the bank lends money to the purchaser to buy the property, with the purchaser signing a promissory note and a mortgage. The note is the purchaser’s personal promise to pay back the loan over time. The mortgage is the “safety net” for the lender in which the property is pledged as collateral for the loan. The buyer owns the property as of closing – evidenced by a transfer of the deed to the buyer – and the bank retains a security interest in the property. If the buyer fails to make payments, the lender can foreclose.

2. Land Contract: Sometimes due to a lack of credit or poor credit, a buyer cannot qualify for a mortgage loan. In these circumstances, a seller may agree to a land contract, allowing the buyer to purchase property with a small down payment, followed by payments over time. Although the payments may be based on a 15 or 30-year “traditional ”timeframe, often the contract requires the buyer to pay off the existing balance at the end of 3 to 5 years. This is usually done through the traditional financing described in #1 above, after the buyer has rehabilitated their credit and can qualify for a loan. In a land contract, the seller typically retains ownership on the deed until the buyer complies with the contract by paying off the purchase price in full.

3. Rent to Buy: In still other cases, buyers have neither the qualifying credit nor the minimum down payment a seller requires for a land contract. In these cases a seller may agree to allow the buyer to begin renting the property for a period of time. At a certain trigger point (based on a period of time or number of payments), the buyer is required to obtain traditional financing to purchase the property at a price established in the original agreement. A variation of this method is a “Lease with Option to Buy”, in which a buyer is allowed flexibility to make a full purchase of a property under certain conditions, at any time during the period of the lease term.

Beyond these methods, there are dozens of variations to be considered based on the motivations of the buyer and seller. Particularly, in the past several years parties have been forced to be creative in the transfers of real estate. The result has been positive for the real estate market overall, because anyone who wants to buy property has become increasingly aware of non-traditional methods. Under the right circumstances, there is virtually no situation in which a buyer cannot find their way to home ownership with some tenacity and creativity.

At Play Calendar 11/29

November 28, 2012 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Holiday Open House • The IMCU staff invites the public to come for refreshments, treats and holiday fun for the whole family. | When: Nov. 30, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Indiana Members Credit Union, Beech Grove Branch, 1701 Albany Ave. | Info: Call (317) 783-4143


Santa’s Cookies and Bazaar • The Greenwood United Methodist Women host an event with a number of delicious baked goods available for sale including cookies, cheese balls and sweet breads. Santa will make an appearance for pictures. Vendors will sell crafts, toys and books. | When: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – noon; Santa appearance from 11 a.m. – noon. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Cost: $2 photos with Santa. | Info: Call (317) 791-1090.


Gingerbread House and Cookie Contest • December is heating up with these contests open to the public. In addition to the contests, the Mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” will be on hand for stories, photos and treats. | When: Dec. 1, (drop off entries) 2 – 4 p.m. with the winners announced at 5 p.m.; Mouse will be available from 2 – 5 p.m. | Where: Mutual Savings’ Jefferson Street Branch | Info: Winners from each age division will win $25. Call (317) 738-2957 for questions regarding either contest.


Christmas Concert • A variety of familiar Christmas music will be performed by several St. John groups, including the Bells of Praise, Alleluia Bells, Joyful Ringers and the St. John Adult Vocal Choir. | When: Dec. 2, 4 p.m. | Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: Free. | Info: Visit or call (317) 352-9196.


Breakfast with Santa • RISE Learning Center PTA will host their annual holiday event with all you can eat pancakes, sausages and beverages. There will be children’s activities and gift raffles for all ages. Proceeds will go to fund programs for children with special needs. | When: Dec. 8, 8 – 11 a.m. | Where: RISE Learning Center, 5391 S. Shelby St. | Cost: $4 for adults and $3 for children under 12. | Info: Call (317) 789-1600.


Visit with Santa • Bring your own camera and join for cookies. Sponsored by the Beech Grove Parks Department. | When: Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Senior Center, 602 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 803-9089.


Christmas Time Concert • The Greater Greenwood Community Band will perform holiday music for the public under the direction of Thomas Dirks and Ora Pemberton. Bring a canned good item to donate. | When: Dec. 8, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood High School Auditorium, 615 W. Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Visit


Christmas at Garfield • Guests can visit the Conservatory to meet Santa, take a ride on the holiday train, make toys with Santa’s elves and enjoy some holiday treats by Mrs. Claus. | When: Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Parkwide at each center of Garfield, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $3 photos with Santa. | Info: Call (317) 327-7275 or visit




Vintage Movie Night • “The Great Rupert” (1950) will be shown. It stars Jimmy Durante as part of a family that has seen better times. Things change when they encounter a squirrel that they name Rupert. | When: Dec. 8, 7 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $3 (includes popcorn) | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.




Mystery Lovers Book Group • The group is celebrating the holidays by discussing Christmas mysteries. | When: Dec. 3, 1 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at or call (317) 881-1953.


Homemade Holiday Gift Wrapping • Learn to trim your holiday gifts with pizazz by getting gift-wrapping ideas with hands-on practice. You will go home with a few bows and tags to use on holiday gifts. | When: Dec. 5, 1 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at or call (317) 881-1953.




Teaching Artists Exhibition • GPAC will feature an exhibition by the center’s teaching artists. Visitors can expect vibrant color, tantalizing textures, mesmerizing mixed media and dynamic design. | When: (opening reception) Dec. 1, 5 – 7 p.m.; Exhibit runs Dec. 1 – Jan. 26 during GPAC regular hours. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 327-7275.





Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest • The public can pick up this new coffee table book that features vivid photography and personal stories from more than 80 Hoosiers involved in Indiana food. Author David Hoppe and photographer Kristin Hess will be visiting several locations for free book signings. | When: Nov. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. | Where: New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect St. | Cost: Book is $20 only at the signing. | Info: Visit


Book Day • The store will host an Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Book Day. There will be activities including story time, Holiday “Minute to Win It” games, face painting, Third Grade Christmas Caroling, Nook talks and Wii dance parties. A percentage of the sales will support the literacy program at ALE. | When: Dec. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. | Where: Barnes and Noble, Greenwood Park Mall. | Info: Visit for vouchers.


Manual Homecoming Basketball Game and Spaghetti Dinner • Alumnus of the Year will be honored before the varsity game. Proceeds will benefit the students and the Manual Alumni Scholarship Fund. | When: Dec. 8, dinner at 5:30 p.m., JV game at 6:30 p.m. and Varsity game at 7:30 p.m. | Where: Manual High School, 2405 Madison Ave. | Cost: $10. | Info: Call (317) 259-5331 and please RSVP by emailing


Winter Horse Camp • Children can learn about horse care, participate in a variety of horse related activities and all day campers will ride twice a day. | When: (ages 11 and up) Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 7-10) Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 4-6) Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, LLC, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: Varies. | Info: Call (317) 862-4691 or (317) 727-8367.




Southport Artistry Committee • The community and members are invited to attend the next meeting for updates on SoArt activities. | When: Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. | Where: City of Southport Community Room, 6901 Derbyshire Rd., Southport. | Cost: Free membership. | Info: Visit


Quilt Connection • The program will feature a holiday concert by the “Good Time Singers,” a pitch-in (bring a covered dish or dessert) and a fun game featuring an UGLY fat quarter exchange (bring your own very ugly fat quarter). Attendees can bring donations for a local food bank. | When: Dec. 6, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Info: Visit




A Little Christmas Spirit • J.D. Morse has been looking for the perfect gift for his grandson and wanders into Nick’s Emporium. He finds himself under a spell and transported to another time. | When: Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. | Where: Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. | Info: Call (317) 862-2270 or visit


A Christmas Carol • Beef and Boards will be bringing back this timeless Charles Dickens story. Jeff Stockberger stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story of forgiveness and second chances. | When: Dec. 7-18 | Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Cost: $22-$32 | Info: Call the Box Office at (317) 872-9664.

Obituaries 11/29

November 28, 2012 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Mary Catherine Bryant, 79, Indianapolis, died Nov. 22, 2012.  She was born Sept. 8, 1933 in New Albany, Ind.  She is survived by her daughter, Karen Wood Nehrig (Ricky); grandson, Michael William Bryant Wood (Nina); sisters-in-law, Rose Wetzel, Wanda Wetzel, and Phyllis Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Martha Wetzel; husband, William Bryant; and brothers, Donald Wetzel and Warren Wetzel.  No services are scheduled.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Matt D. Russell, 37, died Nov. 21, 2012. He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was an auto mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Kristina Hess Russell; daughter, Alyssa Russell; parents, Diana and George Hensley; brother, Joseph Hensley; and many cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Marie Russell. Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove, with the burial in Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.


James William Griffin, Sr., 75, Indianapolis died Nov. 19, 2012.  He was born in Beech Grove on July 17, 1937 to the late Jerry T. and Mary L. (Scott) Griffin. He was a brick mason and owned Griffin Masonry. Survivors include his wife, Glenda (Ligon) Griffin; son, James W. Griffin, Jr. (Robin); daughter, Yvonda S. Baker (Bradley); brothers, Jerry and Michael; grandchildren, James W. Griffin, III, Joshua T. Griffin (April Trevino), Jonathan M. Griffin, Autumn Rose Baker, Keith Allan Baker and Jillian E. Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Amirah Griffin and Tieler James Truax.  A gathering of family and friends took place on Nov. 21 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.


Jacquelyn Johnson, 80, Indianapolis, died Nov. 23, 2012.  She was born Feb. 22, 1933 in Indianapolis to the late John and Evelyn (Whipple) Leer. She was the manager for Ever-Light Distribution for 12 years, before retiring in 1980. Survivors include daughter, Debra (Marion) Johnson; son, Robert Johnson; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Services were held Nov. 27 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home.


Louise C. Loschky, 94, Indianapolis, died Nov. 18, 2012. She was born on Sept. 23, 1918 to Henry and Clara Bachman Suding. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School Class of ’36. She worked at her father’s Suding Hardware Store throughout her younger years. She also worked at Atkins Saw, Indiana Fur and Best Foods, including a stint in New York City. In later years, she retired from the Medical Records Department of St. Francis Hospital. She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Holy Name Altar Society. Louise married Joseph Loschky and was a devoted wife of 59 years and mother of Joan Wolfe of Indianapolis, Jerry of Riverview, Florida, Allan of Memphis and Craig of Beech Grove. She is survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 23, 2012 at Holy Name Catholic Church, with the burial in in St. Joseph Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove, IN46107 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church,  1530 Union St., Indianapolis, IN46225.


Alberta “Berta” Jean Mercer, 88, Indianapolis, died Nov. 13, 2012. She was born July 20, 1924 at Piqua, Ohio, to the late Clell and Lucilla McBee Jones. She married Charles R. Mercer in 1941 and he survives. She was a member of Southport Presbyterian Church and was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church. She had been a Nursing Administrator several years for various Healthcare Facilities. She is also survived by her sons, Charles (Ruth) Mercer, Indianapolis, Rob (Gayle) Mercer, Indianapolis, and Duane (Vonda) Mercer, Nineveh; sisters, Margaret Vaught, Fort Wayne, and Elizabeth Reed, Richmond Hill, GA; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Private arrangements are being handled by Singleton Com munity Mortuary and Memorial Center. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial gifts have been suggested to Southport Presbyterian Church.


Mable Lorene Neel Ross, 75, Pleasant View, died Nov. 22, 2012. She was born near Acton, Ind. on July 24, 1937 to Samuel and Virginia Nickles Neel.  She married Paul E. Ross on June 17, 1955 and he survives. She was a Moral Township High School graduate of 1955. She retired in 2002 after 23 years from Northwestern Consolidated School District as payroll clerk.  She was also a lifelong member of Pleasant View Baptist Church; member of Triton Community Lions Club; and longtime secretary of Moral Township Alumni Association. Other survivors include children: Randy (Tina) Ross, Venice.; Rhea Archer; Rhonda (Bill) Emmert; Ryan (Debra) Ross; grandchildren, Brandon Archer; Nicole (Corey) Thompson; and Alexandra Ross; sisters-in-law, Eva Neel and Leilani Neel; nieces, Alora (Larry) Lipsmeyer; Sheree Ward; Terri Holt; Amanda (Mark) Hampshire; nephews, Jack (Becky) Jenkins, Sherwood; and Danny Neel; and special friend from childhood, Mary McNabb, Fairland. She was predeceased by parents; infant daughter, Robin Ross; sister, Mary Ellen Jenkins; brothers, Paul M. Neel and Samuel L. Neel, Jr. The funeral service was held Nov. 27, 2012 at Pleasant View Baptist Church, with the burial in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant View Baptist Church, 12442 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, IN  46259; Franciscan Alliance Foundation, Attn: Pulmonary Rehab, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN  46237; or Triton Community Lions Club, Attn: Jim Stein, 3590 W 500 N, Fairland, IN  46126.


Betty Whalin, 84, Indianapolis, died Nov. 24, 2012  Survivors include her son, Anthony Whalin; grandchildren, Patrice Griffy, Melissa White; great-grandchildren, Christopher Griffy, Letha Griffy and Rheanon White; three great-great grandchildren.


 John Schattner, 59, died Nov. 18, 2012. He was born June 16, 1953, to John and Margaret Schattner. He was a skilled and respected math teacher, wrestling coach and the athletic director at Guion Creek Middle School. He was an IHSAA wrestling official for 40 years. He was an officer of the Indiana State Wrestling Association, of which he was a lifetime member. He was the transportation director for the ISWA for many years, organizing trips for Indiana coaches and officials to the NCAA Wrestling Finals. He is a member of the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame. In addition to officiating wrestling, he officiated football, volleyball, track, and was also a cross country meet starter. He was a fixture at numerous CYO contests over the past 40 years. He was preceded in death by his father and his two brothers. Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Indiana State Wrestling Association, 5715 Churchman Ave., Suite L, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Weekly Movie Review 11/29

November 28, 2012 in At Play, Lifestyle, Opinion by Adam Staten

Silver Linings Playbook: You won’t be dissapointed


Silver Linings Playbook is unlike any film I can recall ever seeing.  Silver Linings Playbook is a look at two people, Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who have been through traumatic events and how they are coping and how they are able to help each other.


Cooper is advertised and billed as the lead and does deliver a fantastic performance as a man dealing with severe bipolar disorder, but Jennifer Lawrence steals the show as a recently widowed woman dealing with the death of her husband. In every scene, she commands the attention as she displays an acting ability that I didn’t knew she possessed having only seen in the first Hunger Games film. In only her early twenties, she at first seemed a bit miscast as she plays a character thought to be much older than her, but she delivers here and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if she gets a best actress nod.


The writing in Silver Linings Playbook is top-notch, some of the best I’ve seen this year, and probably award-winning. There’s a realness and rawness to the story that’s really hard to explain.   It’s a personal story that shows life is hard, not easy, and that we’ll all deal with bad, difficult situations. However, as the movie points out, we must come up with our own playbook and strategy to find the silver lining in every situation.


I must confess, the film does feel a bit uneven. The first part is basically an examination of Pat and how he deals and copes with his illness and the second half is basically this love story which develops between him and Tiffany. Because of that unevenness, the ending feels a bit awkward and too happy and cookie cutter for a film about mental illness. I would have liked an ending that stayed truer to these characters. But these complaints aren’t big enough that they should keep anyone from enjoying this film.


Silver Linings Playbook is a film with top-notch writing, acting, directing, and everything in-between. It’s a story that shows not everything goes according to plan, but you do the best with what you have. If you have an opportunity to see this film, go.  I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.