Chester's corner

February 27, 2013 in Community, Religion by Carey Germana

Giving up for Lent

It’s that time of year: Lent. It’s four weeks prior to Easter. Christians like Jim get all committed about Saturday morning breakfasts. It was my one day to sleep in! The food is good but the lines are long and we always have a speaker (It’s disturbingly like going to church!). The rest of the year I get to watch cartoons.

This lasts all of February and March (sometimes into April). This year isn’t so bad. In the past Jim would “give up something”. He doesn’t smoke or drink and he’s too soft lose weight. So he’d give up chocolate and soda (which means I had to give them up too). Depriving a kid of chocolate is a sin and should be a crime.

But it isn’t all bad. I’m back in front of the TV by 9:30. Easter comes along and that means one glorious thing: JELLY BEANS! In fact it also means chocolate eggs and coloring eggs (I love coloring). Jim’s wife fixes a great meal (always a ham) and the family comes over. That’s when I get to pull tricks on Brother Charlie while Jim torments him with lame jokes (Example: “Old Italian chefs don’t die; they just “pasta” away!”). Sister Emily is nice but her son Alexander is too rough. He tries to pull my head off (you can do that with a dummy).

I wish we could go on Spring Break like normal people. I get tired of other kids coming back from Florida with a tan and a smile. They don’t have to rub it in! I get to stay home and watch TV and trick Jim into thinking I’m doing my house work.

Jim might retire in a few years. Then maybe we can spend January down south. We know lots of people who do that. Retiring must be fun. There is something called “buffets” which are really popular with old people. I’d like to try one.


Chester’s Chuckle: Back in the 1970s Professor Lawrence Peter wrote a book called


Q: What did people say about the professor when he died?

A: They said he “petered out”!

At Play Calendar 2/28/13

February 27, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Bean Dinner • The Beech Grove Lions Club will have their 38th annual bean dinner to benefit Lions and community projects. The cost includes all the ham/beans you want, corn bread, Cole slaw, drink and dessert. (Hot dogs available) | When: March 1, 4:30 – 7 p.m. | Where: South Grove Intermediate School, 851, S. 9th St., Beech Grove. | Cost: $5 | Info: Call (317) 862-9064.


Bags, Brunch and Beach Boys • The Southport Tri Kappa is hosting an annual event to raise scholarship funds for three Southside high schools and other charities. Sounds of summer will be played during the brunch. The event will also feature drawings and a silent auction. | When: March 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian St. | Cost: $2 admission | Info: Visit


Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner • As a part of Essential Tremor Awareness Month, a dollar from every meal will be donated toward ET Research. | When: March 4 | Where: Dimitris Restaurant, 4902 S. East St. | Info: Call (317) 791-1118.


Harlem Wizards Meet the Swarm • The Harlem Wizards’ brand of entertaining basketball is putting on a performance to benefit the BGHS choirs. The team will show off their skills, tricks and humor against “The Swarm,” a group of players representing the high school’s faculty and staff. Special guest is weekend sports anchor for RTV6, Brad Brown. | When: March 4, 7 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove High School, 5330 Hornet Blvd. | Cost: $12 | Info: Call the high school at (317) 786-1447.


Centennial Breakfast • The Lodge will have an all you can eat breakfast. | When: March 9, 7 – 11 a.m. | Where: Beech Grove Masonic Lodge, 617 Main St. | Cost: $7.50 | Info: Call (317) 787-0972.


Handi Bowl • Handi-Capable Hands will hold its annual fundraiser to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Activities include bidding on silent auction items and the event will have pizza from Little Caesars. | When: March 16, 6 p.m. | Where: Southern Bowl, 1010 U.S. 31, Greenwood. | Cost: Individual bowlers are $35 or $120 for a team of four. Sponsorships range from $50 for a lane sponsor to $300 for an event. | Info: Call (317) 396-2699.




Sacred Music • The Roncalli Advanced Women’s Choir and the St. Mary’s College Women’s Choir will perform for the public. Admission is free and recommended for children age 10 and up and all adults who love music. | When: March 8, 7:30 p.m. | Where: St. Roch Parish, 3600 S. Pennsylvania St. | Info: Call Bonnie T. Schott at (317) 661-0167. *PHOTO


Young Musicians Contest • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association is hosting the Michael Ben and Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest. | When: March 10, 2 p.m. (Finals Concert) | Where: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Visit




Free Bingo • Play free bingo on the last Thursday of each month. | When: Feb. 28, 2 p.m. | Where: Sophia’s House of Pancakes, 1694 W. Main St., Greenwood | Info: Contact Rebecca at (317) 888-6800.


Pre-School Open House and Registration • Greenwood United Methodist Church pre-school is expanding to accommodate more classes for 3-year-olds and pre-kindergarten. Enrollment may be completed during the open house. | When:  March 5, 6 – 8 p.m. | Where: G.U.MC., 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Cost: one-time payment of $80 | Info: Call (317) 881-1653, Ext. 206.


College Fair • The Greater Indianapolis Southside College Fair will feature representatives from over 60 colleges in Indiana and other states. Students in grades 9-12 and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative event. | When: March 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Where: Football dome of the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Contact Tami Jacobs at


Kid’s Night Out • Adults can enjoy an evening out while the staff of the YMCA entertains the kids! Dinner and snacks will be served. | When: March 9, 23, April 13 and 27, 5 – 10 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St. | Cost: $21 for members ($10 per additional child in same family) and $36 for non-members ($15 per additional child in same family) | Info: Call Nicholle Pate at (317) 865-6472.


Free Military Dinner • Active military, reservist, veterans and family members are invited for a free dinner. | When: March 10, 5 p.m. | Where: Christ Our Shepherd, Church of the Brethren, 857 N. S.R. 135, Greenwood. | Info: Call Ron Hale at (317) 882-7212.


Late Night in Genealogy • Discover stories about interesting people, building and events during the extended hours of the museum. It contains an extensive collection of official Johnson County records, family and local history documents, photographs, free access to and more. | When: March 22, 4 – 10 p.m. | Where: Johnson County Museum, genealogy and local history library, 135 N. Main St., Franklin. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Pre-registration is required for special programs. Contact the genealogy library at (317) 346-4503.


ZUMBA • Join this ongoing fitness dance class. | When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. | Where: Southview Wesleyan Church, 4700 Shelbyville Rd., Indianapolis IN 46237. | Cost: Free will donation. | Info: Call (317) 783-0404.





The Musical • Beef and Boards will transform that famous film with that iconic song into a live stage musical. | When: now-March 24| Where:  Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Cost: $37.50 to $62.50 | Info: Call (317) 872-9664 or visit


Auditions • The theater is having auditions by appointment for boys and girls ages 5-17 for The Sound of Music. | When: March 9 | Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Info: Appointments can be scheduled online at


The Matchmaker • Garfield Shakespeare Company presents Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” a comedy that inspired the long-running musical “Hello Dolly!” | When: March 8-9, 15-16, 7 p.m. and March 17, 2:30 p.m. | Where: The Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.


Annie KIDS! • The school’s drama club will present the musical adaptation of Annie. | When: March 14-15, 7 p.m. | Where: Rosa Parks-Edison Elementary School, 7525 Wellingshire Blvd. | Cost: $3 in advance or $5 at the door. | Info: Contact Kris Brennan at




Spring Into Spring • The library is hosting a new show from Southside Art League and features paintings depicting many versions of spring designs. Varies SALI artists will be represented and all paintings are available for purchase. | When: Feb. 28 – March 29. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit and


Local Artist Exhibition • Local artist Matt Krack will be featured. His paintings integrate form and function to create deeper and more complex piece by mixing and expanding through layering. | When: March 1, 7 – 10 p.m. | Where: Funkyard Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 1114 Prospect St. (Fountain Square) | Info: Call (317) 822-3865.




BG Chatterbooks • Adults are invited to discuss “A Visit From the Good Squad” by Jennifer Egan. | When: March 11, 6:30 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.


Preschool Yoga Classes • Children ages 6 and under are invited to learn yoga poses from a certified instructor of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. | When: March 5, 10:30 a.m. | Where: Southport branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4320.




Ave Maria Guild • The meeting will include a mass for Jo Pich and deceased members of the Guild. The topic of discussion will be the upcoming Spring Rummage Sale on March 22. | When: March 12, (mass) 11 a.m. and meeting at noon. | Info: Call Connie Parsons at (317) 865-0910 or email


Garden Meeting • The Cultivating Garden Club will have a meeting, which features speaker Dick Huber who will discuss lawn care. | When: March 21, 6 p.m. | Where: St. Johns Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St. | Info: Call Ginny O’Brien at (317) 783-4727.


Obituaries 2/28/13

February 27, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

William “Bill” Allstatt 88, Beech Grove, died Feb. 22, 2013.  He had been an Indianapolis Firefighter for 40 years.  He won many awards, including medals from the Police and Fire Games and the Senior Classics. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Allstatt (Forstel); one brother; and his wife of 50 years, Mary Allstatt (Waldo). He is survived by his two daughters, Judy Allstatt and Debbie Long (Jim); two grandchildren, Shelby (Ralph) and Adam (Kristin); seven great-grandchildren; and two special family friends, Melba Moore and Cheri Thompson. There will be a celebration of his life on March 2 from 1-4 p.m. with a eulogy given by the Indianapolis Fire Dept. at 3:30 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Annette C. Caudill, 48, Indianapolis, died Feb. 13, 2013.  She was born on Dec. 26, 1964 to the late Green and Maxine Campbell Fugate in Indianapolis.  Annette worked in Shapiro’s Delicatessen for over 22 years, with her husband, in the downtown location.  She is survived by her husband, Carl Caudill; daughter, Clara Caudill; step-son, Billy Joe Caudill; sisters, Adious York, Shirley Fugate, Connie Duncan and Melissa Rockelman; brothers, Michael, Jay and David Fugate; and two step-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held on March 2 at 4 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services.



Paul Cento, 79, Indianapolis, died Feb. 21, 2013. He was born in Italy to Guerino and Carmela Cento. He was a famous Italian shoemaker, known for making shoes for Pope Pius XII and Sophia Loren in Italy. He served in the Italian Air Force. He married his wife, Lisa on Dec. 4, 1966. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lisa; two sons, Mike and Tony Cento; daughter-in-law, Gina Cento; six grandchildren, Olivia, Paul, Anthony, Michael, Isabella and Antonio Cento; sisters, Rosa Cento, Katherine LaMonaca and Antoinette Pizzi; brother, John Cento; sister-in-law, Pina Cento; brothers-in-law, Luca LaMonaca and Federico Pizzi; four nieces and eight nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 27 in St. Mark Catholic Church, with the entombment in Calvary Cemetery. *PHOTO


Richard A. “Rick” Denbo, 30, Greenwood, died Feb. 22, 2013. He was born July 12, 2982 in Indianapolis.  Survivors include his wife, Jami (Miessen) Denbo of Greenwood; one step-son, Payton Young; step-daughters, Tiyler Wakley and Ruby Young; parents, Kevin and Roberta Denbo of Greenwood; one brother, Bryan Denbo of Greenwood; one sister, Sarah Bates of Indianapolis; one niece, Nyah Bates; and two nephews, Nolan and Brayden Denbo. Calling will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. on March 2 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1239 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis, with a funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.



Elsie Jean Bell Taylor DesJean, 88, died Feb. 23, 2013. She was a graduate of St. Phillip Neri Elementary School and St. John Academy in Indianapolis. She worked as an administrative assistant for the United States Social Security Administration for several years prior to marrying her first husband, Jim Taylor. She is survived by children, Stephen (Janet), Lawrence (Janet), Philip(Theresa), Jeffrey (Carol) and Jeanne Goedde,  (Vernon), Phillip (Susan), Thomas (Vicki), Colette Tellmann (John), John (Cindy),  Mark, Denise Hunter (Michael) and Matthew (Julie); and husband, Cyril Deslean; 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Anna Bell; son, Robert Joseph; and first husband, James Walter Taylor.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Franciscan Missions: Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, Franciscan Mission Union (FMU), 3140 Meramec St., St. Louis, MO 63118-4399.


Robert W. Drake, 89, Indianapolis, died Feb. 21, 2013 He was born in Bell Point, Ky. to Granville and Emma Stamper Drake. He owned and operated Bob’s Century Service on Bluff Road for over 40 years. He served in the US Army during WWII and was the recipient of a Purple Heart for being wounded while in France. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva Pasley Drake. He is survived by his step-son, Donald Caldwell; step-grandson, Shawn Caldwell; step-granddaughter, Holly Caldwell; step-great-grandson, Jacob Caldwell; step-nephew, Larry Pasley; caretaker and companion, Rageanne Smedley and her children, Alyssa, Deadra, Alaynia, Bubby and Shaylee Lou “Smiley”. Visitation will be Feb. 28 from 2 – 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home with funeral services being held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Mark Edward Griffin Sr., 39, Indianapolis, died Feb. 22, 2013.  He was born on Aug. 24, 1973 in Oscoda, Mi.  He is survived by his mother and step father, Miracle and Eugene Satterfield; father and step-mother, Donald and Deb Griffin; his children, Nancy (Dennis) Creek, Bobbi Jo (John) Morris, Kayla Griffin, and Mark Griffin, Jr.; six grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Julliann, Jeffrey Jr., Dant’e, Rachel, and Kalista; brother, Mike (Jamie) Griffin; sister, Becky (Chris) Blythe; step-sister, Sheri Satterfield; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, with the burial in New Crown Cemetery.



Rodney Lee Gudinas, 75, Greenwood, died Feb. 18, 2013. He was born March 22, 1937 in Hamtramck, MI to the late Baltrus and Bessie (Sterbis) Gudinas. He is survived by his wife, Jo Gudinas; and best friend, Sam Conigliaro. Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.


James Henry “Red” Hooper, Sr., 80, Indianapolis, died Feb. 22, 2013. He was born May 16, 1932 in Ashland, Tenn. to Francis and Naomi (Glasgow) Ewing. He is survived by his wife, Irene (Dickens) Hooper; four sons, Terry Wayne Hooper of Indianapolis, James Henry Hooper, Jr., of Avon, William Johnny Hooper of Greenwood, and Larry Eugene Hooper of Kokomo; two daughters, Brenda Gail Smith and Karen Lynn Sullivan, both of Indianapolis; two brothers, Millard Hooper of Harrison, Tenn. and Cordell Hooper of Pensacola, Fla.; 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. A funeral service was held Feb. 25 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.


Sharon Lanham, 67, Greenwood, died Feb. 24, 2013.  She was born on April 28, 1945, to the late C. Freeman and Edith Marie (Lashbrook) Geer. She worked for 20 years at American States Insurance Company. After retirement, she worked as an insurance underwriter. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James F. Lanham; and brothers, Carl Geer, and Gary Geer. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis. There will be no services.



Herschell F. “Unk” Miles 68, Indianapolis, died Feb. 24, 2013. He was born May 17, 1944 to the late Robert F. and Ethel M. (Thompson) Miles.  He was a fork lift operator for AAA Warehouse and a member of Moose Lodge 17. Survivors include his daughters, Angela K. and Jenny R. Miles; sister, Lois L. (Larry) Ballinger; grandchildren, Bailey, Hershella, Jocelyn; and several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be Feb. 28 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary. The funeral will be held March 1 at 1 p.m. at the Mortuary with the burial at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Geneva L. Spear, 84, Greenwood, died Feb. 25, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1928 in Rome, Tenn. to Johnnie and Velma Estep Hughes. She retired form Quaker Oats in 1989 after 27 years of service. She was a member of Trueword Baptist Church and the Concord Senior Citizens Center. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Gordon Spear, Jr. and Noi; Marvin L. Spear and Cindy, Dianna Hutton and Tracy; daughter-in-law, Donna Spear; son-in-law, Terry Nevala; brother, Randall Hughes; sister, Geraldine Haney; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Gordon Spear, Sr.; daughter, Debra Nevala; brother, Johnnie M. Hughes; and sister, Myrtle Hammond. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on March 1 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Ave., with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Garden.


William Eugene Stroot, 84, Indianapolis, died Feb. 23, 2013.  He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Terre Haute to the late Edward and Pearl Stroot.  He is survived by his children, Steve (Dawn) Stroot and Susie (Darrell) Spears; brothers, John and Paul Stroot; sister, Mary; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Zeke Stroot. Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.


Donald Edward Switzer, 63, Indianapolis, died Feb. 17, 2013. He was born on Jan. 7, 1950 in Indianapolis to Clinton and Margaret Switzer. He is survived by his siblings Paula (Robert Jr.) Yokum, David (Linda) Switzer and Paul (Jan) Switzer; three nephews and one niece. There will be no services. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.


Linda A. Wilder, 60, Indianapolis, died Feb. 19, 2013. She was born July 10, 1952 to the late Carl and Mary Koontz Ebert. She is survived by her husband, Greg; her daughter, Danna (Matt) Whitney; and her grandson, Camden. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 23. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, 5353 McFarland Rd., Indianapolis IN 46227.



Doris L. York, age 72, Indianapolis, died Feb. 19, 2013. She was born March 23, 1940 in Windy City, Ky., to the late Robert and Delia Abbott Stevens. She lived most of her life in Indianapolis and was a former employee of J.C. Hershman Mattress Company for 25 years. She is survived by four children, Bonnie (Willard) Morrow of Carthage, Indiana and Lynda Mullen of Indianapolis, Darrell (Teresa) York of Southport and Danny York of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Stevens of Indianapolis and Harry Stevens of McCordsville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Luther York; and one sister, Norma Johnson. A graveside service was held Feb. 22 at New Crown Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Macer-Hall Funeral Home & Cremation Services in New Castle.


Visit the Garden of Happiness

February 27, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler


Without doubt, our loving creator wants his children’s health to prosper by eating more garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Still, you instinctively recoil as if the divine’s magnificent gifts carried Ebola virus. It’s staggering.  In 2013, a country writhes from unprecedented obesity rates and more nutritional deficiency diseases than you can shake a stick at, yet refuse acquire a taste for life-sustaining, restorative food from the heavenly apothecary. We’re not born to be repulsed by produce, we were taught by unenlightened role modeling.  When Dad thoughtlessly blurts, Broccoli’s yucky!” it’s game over.

We’re relearning how to eat after becoming dis-attached from the holy value of food relating to our mental, physical and spiritual condition. Want more happiness in a tumultuous world? The National Bureau of Economic Research and Dartmouth University say people who eat seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables had the highest levels of happiness and mental health. Is your fork an assault weapon of mass destruction?

America’s awakening; learning to manage their energy quotient, cultivate positive eating habits, and permitting food to nourish, rather than to punish them with obesity and disease. I’ll never forget shopping at Kroger with my observant grandson Grant. He asked why there was this little, tiny section for health foods. “Does it mean all the other food on the shelves is unhealthy?”

Wash ‘em thoroughly and eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Add dried cranberries, or fresh fruit to plain yogurt, oatmeal or dry cereal. Take it on-the-go. Blend a breakfast smoothie by tossing berries, a carrot, orange juice, blueberries and kale which I promise you will not taste. Refrain, though, from using yogurt in smoothies. Acidic citrus will curdle dairy in your tummy in, compromising efficient digestion. Add onions and red peppers to meat dishes, or pile on a few favorite veggies onto your sandwich.

Got munchies? Rather than gravitating to health sucking vending machines of zombie food, snack on living, colorful, pre-cut fruits and veggies. Dip the veggies into hummus, guacamole or Greek Yogurt.

Victor Hugo said, ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.’ You are a beautiful, worthy child of the universe and there is a reason for you to be. However, you cannot fully reach your innate potential unless you consume more fuel created by God, not Big Food. Eating healthy, wholesome, living foods give your temple strength to walk this earth, good eyesight to see and appreciate the grandeur of life, and power to face the winds of life’s struggles. Food is to be celebrated, not feared nor corporately exploited. It’s time to honor what goes into your temple. You’ll make God smile.

Weekly Movie Review 2/28/13

February 27, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

21 & Over; You’ll wish it was over


21& Over is the new film written and directed by the same guys that wrote the Hangover films. Now, you’re probably asking why that little bit of trivia was worth mentioning. Well, it’s important for a couple of reasons. First, if you’ve seen either of the Hangover films, you’re more than familiar with the plot and set up of the films. Just in case you haven’t the plot of both films is as follows: A night out, in a relatively unknown location, for a group of close-knit friends to mark a special occasion that’s accompanied by chaos and mayhem. Also, if you’ve seen either of the Hangovers, you’re familiar with the characters and their varying personalities. Now, imagine a movie with similar characters and situations, but this time in a college setting and you have 21& Over. This time, however, the filmmakers forgot to add even remotely funny or interesting material.


21 & Over, as its title suggests, is about a group of friends three friends converging on a college campus to celebrate a 21st birthday. The three friends agree to a quiet night out with one or two drinks as the character turning 21 has a medical school interview bright and early the next morning. As you can guess, what follows is an evening accompanied with parties, booze, few inhibitions and even fewer coherent thoughts.


As much as I visit the theater, it’s just inevitable to come across a bad, unfunny film. Some of the time I knew it was going to be terrible, but I have never sat through an entire comedy and never laughed, never even smirked, until 21& Over. The theater was also very quiet for the most part.


One character spots constant nonsense and the vocabulary of most characters in the film consist of mostly four letter words. This is supposed to be funny and sometimes it does work, but here the characters are unlikable and annoying.


The story has been seen over and over before. College kids out on the town for a night of heavy drinking and everything goes from bad to worse and then everything comes together in the end, but there is absolutely nothing new here. Nothing.


For the life of me, I don’t know why 21 & Over received a theatrical release. The acting, story, writing, everything screams of a straight to video release.

On the Southside 2/28/13

February 27, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

Proud to be a part of the Southside

I was reminded this week of two very good reasons why I love the Southside. I have just come from the 21st Annual Taste of the Southside. It was a well-executed event with a great variety of local eateries, breweries and wineries. I got to see several of my friends there as well as make a few new ones. The food, in its many forms, was superb. The crowd was polite and enjoyed what is rapidly becoming one of the Southside’s premier events. This year they had live music which was very impressive. Sadly, I did not get to watch the chef contest as I had volunteer duty but I made my own fun anyway.

I volunteered to work in a booth handing out free bottles of water and here is where I had my real fun. There were two eight foot tables upon which we had placed several bottles of water. When the table was full, it had about two hundred identical bottles lined up. When somebody stopped by and picked up a bottle, I would, with great speed, grab another bottle and hand it to them and say, “Take this one. It’s a better bottle.” At least half of the people I approached with this line fell for it and took my proffered bottle. The rest laughed at me and questioned my claim. Yup, the Southsiders have a great sense of humor.

The other reason why I love the Southside is because of people like little Katie and Alaina. I met them along with Alaina’s mom, Beth, when I stopped at the Shell station for gas last Saturday. I walked in to pay for my gas and was met by 10 year old Katie who inquired as to whether I would like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies. Her soft voice and pleading eyes brought up in me a deep desire to buy all of the cookies she had in stock. Alaina was at the desk right behind Katie and she too added her request to sell me some cookies. I would have too had it not been for the fact that I lacked the funds to buy gas and cookies. Though I did not have enough money to buy a box, I was quite under both Katie’s and Alaina’s spell. It was just then that a friend of mine stopped me to say hello. I quickly implored him to make himself aware of Katie and Alaina’s cookies. He had the same financial predicament that I had. I told him I would donate all I have if he would match it. We each put in a couple of dollars. I have a suspicion that, by the end of the day, neither Alaina nor Katie had any Girl Scout cookies to sell.

What’s my point? Everywhere I went this weekend I saw a close-knit community. In the crowd enjoying one another’s company to two young girls and a mother out to do some good for their troop (Troop 1601), I witnessed the Southside at its best. I am proud to be a part of this community.

Scott Emmett lives in Greenwood with his wife, Karen, and an ornery old cat named Toby. Write to Scott at


Torry's Top Ten

February 27, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top Ten ways to get prompt attention at the hospital emergency room

by Torry Stiles

10. “99 bottles of beer on the wall. 99 bottles of beer! You take one down, pass it around. 98 bottles of beer…”

9. “Yes, ma’am. I’ll wait. I’ll be over in the corner wearing my black hooded robe and carrying this scythe.”

8. “Hiya folks! Looks like we’ll be waiting a while. Did any of you see that story on the news about all the germs in hospital waiting rooms?”

7. “I’ll wait but you’re gonna be awful upset over what I’ll do to your potted plants over here.”

6. “Can I help? I found a stethoscope and a thermometer.”

5. “I used to read the Rex Morgan, MD comic strip. I know what’s wrong.”

4. “I see the head!”

3. “…and this is my lawyer. I can afford him thanks to the last time a nurse made me wait too long.”

2. “Last time I felt this bad they had to evacuate the waiting room.”

1. “I’m paying cash and I’m a great tipper!”

Safety Clips

February 27, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Ferguson family scrapbook tells a history of the Beech Grove community

By Nicole Davis

Increasing safety education led to record lows in vehicle accidents in Beech Grove in the late 60s, early 70s. Richard (Dick) Ferguson’s life accomplishments are ever-lasting with the scrapbook he had nearly filled before his passing in 1972. Clippings from newspapers around the Southside including the Perry Township Weekly, now The Southside Times, are neatly displayed, along with letters and photographs of Richard and the Beech Grove community he represented as Deputy Chief of Police. He served on the police department from 1958 until his death.

“We’re proud of his accomplishments,” said Gary Ferguson of his father. “But it’s not so much what he did; it’s the history of Beech Grove. (The scrapbook) features Beech Grove’s first traffic safety school…”

More than 40 years later, Richard’s wife Rita Ferguson and four children still reflect back on the difference he made as an active community member in Beech Grove. The Beech Grove Traffic Commission was formed in 1966 and Richard was named the director. Rita said her husband took great pride in teaching everyone from students in the school system to the nuns at Our Lady of Grace. His successful efforts are shown by the newspaper clippings listing the numerous awards Beech Grove received for a lack of traffic fatalities.

Richard also advocated for walking and bicycle safety education. Gary said he remembers his father carrying around a bicycle, all bent and damaged with a wheel missing from crashing into an automobile, to teach on bicycle safety and what not to do. One article demonstrates Richard’s lessons, stressing the Three E’s of improved driving techniques; education, engineering (construction of cars and highways) and enforcement. Through his time, he petitioned for ordinances requiring bicyclists to use sidewalks, lights for bicycles and helped lead a “War on Traffic Violators” – as one 1967 article stated.

Throughout his career, Richard maintained his knowledge through continued education courses, with certificates also displayed in his scrapbook. In 1965, he had his first heart attack. Rita still has a round wicker basket filled with Get Well cards – a symbol of the love for him in the community.

“He loved being around kids – he was a coach for the little league,” Rita said. “He was president of the PTO at the high school. He was always busy doing something. Since the department didn’t pay a lot, he worked two years at a filling station on Main Street.”

Richard passed away unexpectedly while on the job in 1972. He and Rita were out Christmas shopping when he received a call about a fatality. Richard had a heart attack on the way. From his promotion to Sergeant to his death, everything he did is well-documented in the family’s scrapbook.

“The sad part about finishing it was putting in the part when he died,” Gary said. “There wasn’t much of the book he didn’t do himself. Most of it’s what he feels that he achieved. It meant a lot to him.”

Years after his death, an article from The Perry Weekly, Aug. 5 1982, shows the traffic safety commission presenting an award in his memory to a community member in Beech Grove. He is recognized for his service on an Officer Down Memorial Page,


February 27, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Carey Germana

Diana and Chris Brown of Perry Township laugh with the owner of Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Amy Frey and helper, John Davis as they receive their chicken and biscuit sample.

Receiving a Taste of the Southside

With 40 vendors handing out food and beverage samples at the 21st annual Taste of the Southside in Greenwood on Feb. 24, the two-floor event at Valle Vista Golf & Conference Center was filled with attendants. A fundraiser for the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, guests were able to sample more than 100 items.

Croppin' for a Cause

February 27, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

From left, volunteer Brittani Andis, Tara Harris and Mandy Stowers. Brittani and Tara are holding two dogs that had recently had surgery and on the mend and were adopted.

Southside scrapbooking event benefits dogs in high-kill shelters in the Midwest

By Nicole Davis

Mandy Stowers and Brittani Andis have hosted an event so popular, it has increased in attendance by 400 percent since they began hosting it in 2010. Both avid scrap bookers, Stowers said their love of paper crafting gave them the idea to host an event where people could come together, bring their crafts and spend time making new friends while raising money for a good cause. The event benefits Every Dog Counts Rescue, a non-profit which saves dogs in high-kill shelters in the Midwest.

“We just truly believe in their mission and what they do,” Stowers said. “We have a bunch of friends that are scrap bookers and love their pets as well.”

Though the women are hosting an event March 1 at Sahara Grotto, 7620 Madison Ave., registration has more than filled up. With a goal of 75 attendants, 88 have registered.

“It’s a fun-filled day,” Stowers said. “It’s a great atmosphere. All the people that attend are nice and willing to help each other. Almost everyone coming is a dog or cat lover and want to support the cause.”

Stowers said the first time they held the scrapbooking event, 20 people came. The second time, they chose a different charity to donate to and interest declined. So they decided to always benefits the animal nonprofit. Stowers said they will host another Croppin’ for a Cause in October. The date will be released soon at She says they will raise the cap to 100 participants. With the 48 people that attended in October, they raised $1,500.