Civil Recognition

March 29, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Harvey Warrner organizes Civil War Show to benefit BGHS Renaissance Program

By Nicole Davis

Dressed head to toe in a union soldier uniform complete with a musket and a rolled up tent on his back, Harvey Warrner’s enthusiasm for everything Civil War era is supported with his knowledge as he shows some of his collection of antiques and explains their value and significance. For the third year, the retired Beech Grove High School principal will host a Civil War Show, fundraising for the Renaissance Program which offers incentives to recognize students’ positive achievements.

“I’m about kids in Beech Grove High School,” Warrner, a Perry Township resident, said. “In my 34 years of education, I saw many more good kids than others. And the money goes to the good kids. It goes to the kids that usually don’t get recognized.”

Warrner’s interest in the Civil War started with taking trips to battlegrounds as a child. When he started teaching, a history teacher would quiz him about the Civil War. Not wanting to be beaten, he began studying literature on the subject. He even took his two daughters to battlegrounds while on vacation.

“When the opportunity came to speak with the students came up, I wanted to try it,” Warrner said. “That was hard for me, because they were used to seeing me as a high school principal. It put me outside my comfort zone. But sometimes you have to be outside your comfort zone. The students, they really enjoyed the talk.”

As part of the talk, Warrner would dress in full uniform and act as a soldier from the war. He would show the students a musket and explain how a good soldier could load it in 20 seconds. He would challenge the students to go through the process of loading a fake model in that time, all while having the other students in the class screaming at them, noise soldiers would face in battle. In the years he did that, he said that no student accomplished the task.

When Warrner retired, he began attending more civil war shows, setting up booths with items for sale. He also sells items through his Web site, He says he has been able to enjoy the trips more, with more time to stop and enjoy the sights with his wife, Sally.

“I enjoy myself right now in that my hobby has become my business,” Warrner said. “I get to travel. I can take my time. It’s still work, but it doesn’t seem like work. I really enjoyed being in education, but it’s been good for me to try something new and be successful at that too.”

Still passionate about students’ education, Warrner said when he retired, he offered to help the Renaissance program in any way he could. When he was asked to host this Civil War Show three years ago, he jumped on board.

“We are able to do a lot of things for kids that we could not do without these shows,” said Rande Clevenger, assistant principal at the high school. “We have been doing the other shows for 15 years, so the Civil War show in terms of funds it brings in is not there yet. This show is growing. It started out slow but it’s picking up momentum. We are a little leery on doing it on Easter weekend, but it’s just where Easter fell.”

Held March 29 and 30 at the high school, this year’s show will feature 60 booths set up with 30 vendors from several different states. There will be thousands of Civil War and political items from antique weapons and artillery to money, letters, stamps, newspapers, clothing, items featuring President Lincoln and other memorabilia. Because of the value of some of the items, Warrner said they have had to hire a security guard to be there overnight.

“It is interesting,” Clevenger said. “Everything you can imagine is here. It’s a history lesson for sure. If you have the least bit of interest in the civil war, you will learn something. It’s well worth your time, even if you’re not interested in purchasing something.”

Partnering with The Lions Club and Promoters Club, the Renaissance program has put together 200 cards to give to students when they get back, totaling $4,000 in rewards for them. All of the proceeds from the show go toward this program. Students will also work at the show, for tips, assisting vendors. Clevenger said they take a lot of pride having these show, having the ability to raise funds with so many volunteers.

“As an educator, I’ve always respected knowledge – nobody can take that away from you,” Warrner said. “Buying and selling this stuff, you have to have knowledge… And these dealers are just like me – they love to talk about this stuff.”

O'Gara to race in Freedom 100

March 29, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Carey Germana

Roncalli High School Senior Kyle O’Gara, center, was joined on the stage of the school auditorium to announce his upcoming Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 race Friday, May 24 at the the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. O’Gara’s sister-in-law and nine-time Indianapolis 500 driver Sarah Fisher joined him on stage along with Roncalli Principal Chuck Weisenbach.

Sarah Fisher announces Roncalli senior’s debut as Indy Lights driver


By Brian Ruckle


While most high school seniors will be taking a few days to enjoy graduation weekend, Roncalli High School Senior Kyle O’Gara will be revving his engines for one of the biggest weekends of his life.

In addition to marching with his classmates to pomp and circumstance on Saturday, May 25, O’Gara, 18, will make his debut Friday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 through a partnership between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Development and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). O’Gara is also the brother-in-law of Sarah Fisher, a nine-time Indianapolis 500 driver.

“I’m very happy to be a part of it. When they put an opportunity in front of me like that you can’t turn that down. That is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m looking forward to it,” said O’Gara Wed., March 27 in a press conference in the Roncalli High School auditorium in front of O’Gara’s cheering classmates with Fisher and Roncalli Principal Chuck Wesienbach.

Radio personality Jimmy “Mad Dog” Matis hosted the event.

In addition to the Freedom 100, O’Gara will also participate in the RW Motorsports Midget Race at Lucas Oil Raceway in the evening after his graduation ceremony.

“It is going to be real busy,” O’Gara said. “Not much sleep, but it’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Fisher said her brother-in-law’s feedback is just “phenomenal” when racing.

“I’ve been watching Kyle and working with Kyle since he was about eight years old and so to take him to Indianapolis has been a very personal goal of mine, as well as my husband and Kyle’s older brother Andy,” Fisher said.

In October of last year O’Gara completed a Firestone Indy Lights rookie test with Fan Force United at Kentucky Speedway.

“Seeing him test at the Kentucky Speedway in an Indy Lights Speedway Car, it was pretty obvious that this was doable and we would be in a position with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,” Fisher said.

O’Gara will test with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Auto Club Speedway in April and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in early May.

As a student, O’Gara has maintained a 4.00 GPA despite his racing schedule.

“School always been important to me,” O’Gara said. “If my school grades aren’t up I don’t go racing. We are very thankful we can race on the weekends and we very thankful for Mr. Weisenbach being lenient on my schedule.”

Weisenbach said the entire school is excited about O’Gara’s success.

“He is bright young man,” he said. “He is a mature young man. And on behalf of the school we couldn’t be happier. We couldn’t be prouder.”

Weisenbach said he expects a lot of students and faculty to attend O’Gara’s race as one of his sponsors,, is providing students and faculty with tickets to the Freedom 100.

“We will make sure we will make good on that,” Weisenbach said. “We will be well represented come May.”


Brandy's advocation

March 29, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Carey Germana

Brandy’s advocation

Greenwood resident named Miss Wheelchair Indiana 2013

By Nicole Davis

Crowned People on Wheels’ Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2013 on March 16, Brandy McCord of Greenwood said she has always cared about advocating for others with disabilities, especially youth. She will travel to Texas in July, competing at the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant.

“It seems to be opening some doors and allowing me to speak about things I am passionate about,” McCord said. “I’m hoping to win the whole thing because I was glancing through the other participants and it doesn’t look like there’s been a winner from Indiana.”

In a wheelchair for more than nine years with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, McCord works with special need criminal offenders as a Regional Re-Entry Coordinator for Corizon, a medical provider for the Indiana Department of Correction. Outside of work, she also volunteers for special needs children and advocates for others with disabilities.

“The fact that I was given the opportunity, going into the prisons, I think it’s incredible that they have that kind of faith in me being I have that disability,” McCord said. “As far as volunteering with children, I have always had a passion for working with children with disabilities. It’s a nice change of pace.”

At the nationals, McCord said she is just looking forward to a fun time interacting with others people in wheelchairs. She said since she doesn’t get to interact with many others like her, so she hopes to be able to compare stories. The local event was a People On Wheels outreach to promote the disability community and provides a platform for a dialogue from which disabled women can address their fellow Hoosier, according to Never having heard of People on Wheels before, McCord said when her sister gave her the information about the pageant, she knew it was a great thing to be involved in.

“I will never stop advocating for individuals,” McCord said. “I love doing those things. I love giving people a voice that don’t have one.”

Obituaries 3/28/13

March 29, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Hallie Mae Alspaugh, 88, Greenwood, died March 23, 2013. She was born Nov. 7, 1924. She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1942. She served as Greenwood’s first policewoman in the early 1960’s and was also the owner/operator of Brownie Shoe Repair Shop on Main Street from 1973 to 1986. She was a member of the Waffle House breakfast group. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie L. (Edwin) Surface LaFary and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleveland and Grace Darlene Duncan; brothers, Lowell O. and Carl L. Duncan; sisters, Virginia Helen (Freese) Ward and Cora Elizabeth Summers. There will be a private family service, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91 St. STE 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.



H. Clay Butler, Sr., 84, Indianapolis, died March 25, 2013. He was born on Sept. 18, 1928 in Morristown, Tenn. He was a retired agent for New York Life Ins. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (Schuster) Butler; children, Clay Butler, Jr., (Darlene), Therese Mascari (Tom), Mark Butler, Mary Snyder (Fred), Robert Butler, Jane Butler (Bob), and Patty Keller (Pat); sister, Emma Burns; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on April 1 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements and care entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home.



Eleanor M. Lauck Bailey Christman, 100, Indianapolis, died March 23, 2013.  She was born on Sept. 1, 1912 to the late Charles M. and Rose E. Luesche Lauck in Indianapolis. She most recently lived near her son in New Albany, Ind. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and a tennis player in her day winning five Indiana State Tennis Championships in singles play. She is survived by her son, Ronald Bailey; sister, Mary Grace Lawler; brother-in-law, Les Clark; grandchildren, Kimberly Nicodemus (Eric), Michael Bailey (Theresa) and Brian Rowles (Kristine); and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Bailey; brothers, George, Charles B. “Bunny” and Joseph A. Lauck; sisters, Louise Mayer, Ruth Schroeder and Esther Clark; and granddaughter, Jennifer O’Neil.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 2 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with prayers being said at the funeral home prior to the service at 9:30 a.m.  Visitation will be April 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Robert Lee Elsea, 79, Indianapolis, died March 20. 2013. He was born on Nov 6, 1933 in Indianapolis. He worked for Recommended TV as a service/repairman for 25 years. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Alberta Elsea and Sam Elsea; and brother, Jac. He is survived by sisters, Dolores Rathbun and Claudia Herrera; and nieces, Laurie Lambert (Richard); and great-nieces Jenifer Fowler; and Emily Lambert along with many more nieces and nephews. Services were held March 25.


Carl Henry Herner, 84, died on March 24. Carl was born in Indianapolis on March 26, 1928, the son Charles and Matilda Herner, descendants of German immigrants in the 1840’s. He attended Holy Name and Sacred Heart Catholic elementary schools and Southport High School before volunteering for the United States Navy in 1945 at the age of 17. He served with distinction aboard Fletcher class destroyers until his honorable discharge in 1949. Carl served in the post-World War II Pacific, occupied-Japan and pre-Communist China.  His most noteworthy service was aboard the USS Trippe at the Bikini atomic bomb tests in July, 1946. He was employed at the Bridgeport Brass Company from 1949 to 1984, when he retired to Bonita Springs, Florida.  There he was active in sport fishing and scuba diving, returning to Indianapolis in 2006. Carl is survived by his former wife, Kathryn Herner; a sister, Betty Wolsiffer; four sons, Mark, Matt, Carl and Dan Herner and six grandchildren, Emily Dirosa, Molly, Joe, Daniel, Andrew and Gabriella Herner. Services will be at the Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Ave. on Monday, April 1, with viewing from 2-4 p.m., service at 4, and a wake to follow at the Edelweiss Restaurant at German Park, 8602 S. Meridian St.



Helen L. Lanahan, 88, Indianapolis, died March 22, 2013.  She was born on April 10, 1924 in Indianapolis to the late George and Marie Mennel. She was a charter member of St. Roch Catholic Church, where she was active in their Altar Society. She retired, after 25 years, from Merchants National Bank in 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Patsy (Mike) Sahm; sons, Mike (Sharon), and Dennis (Joyce) Lanhan; daughter-in-law, Kelly Fox; sister, Mary Jane Berger; brothers, George, and Joseph Mennel; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Lanahan; son, Timothy Lanahan; and special friend, Ted Schott. A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 27 at St. Roch Catholic Church, with the burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.



Richard John “Jethro” Lane, 64, Indianapolis, died March 21, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Dec. 27, 1948 to William J. and Dorothy K. Fiscus Lane. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for GM Truck and Bus as a machine repairman for 34 years before retiring in 2006. He also worked as a funeral escort for Police Escort Service and most recently, Indianapolis Funeral Escort. Rick was a member of Englewood Lodge #715 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Murat Police Club. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna K. Bates Lane; daughter, Christina Lane Jarboe (Matthew); grandson, Austin Lane; step granddaughter, Taylor Jarboe and step grandson, Matthew Jarboe. Funeral services were held on March 25 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home, with the entombment in Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.



Lucille “Lucy” (Cline) Leonard, 84, Indianapolis, died March 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her father; and her husband, John E. Leonard. She was a dedicated employee at Bud’s Market for 35 years. She resided for 47 years in Fountain Square. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Kay Leonard; son, Michael J.(Cynthia) Leonard; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held March 23 at Fountain Square Mortuary, with the burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. *PHOTO


Jean Mary Mollaun, 90, Indianapolis, died March 21, 2013.  She was born in Batesville to Cornelius and Geneva (Weigel) Miller. She worked at Herff Jones for several years. After retiring from there, she became a waitress at the New Bethel Ordinary and later at Wheatley’s Fish Fry. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Blacketer and son-in-law, Robert Blacketer. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Prosper Mollaun; and brothers, William Miller and James Miller.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 27 at Nativity Catholic Church, with the burial in Calvary Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.



Eva Lee Monroe, 74, Indianapolis, died March 19, 2013. She was born on April 23, 1938 in Erwin, Tenn. to the late Sam and Sarah Riddle. Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Robson, Laura (Dan) Harper, and Bobbie (Phillips) Prewitt; seven grandchildren, Brandi Stropes, Ronnie (Marie) Robson, Leah Prewitt, Eleni Prewitt, Charles Robson, Brett Prewitt, and Dylan Robson; six great-grandchildren, Heaven Staples, Halo Staples, Autumn Robson, Legend Staples, Justin Anderson, and Jordan Anderson; two sisters, Mary Ruth Lesher and Naomi Deter; and one brother, Ernie Riddle. A funeral service was held March 25 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, with the burial in Sutherland Park Cemetery.



Jeffery Thomas Phillips, 41, Greenwood, died March 23, 2013.  He was born on Oct. 3, 1971 in Indianapolis to Thomas F. and Sylvia Phillips. He graduated from Center Grove H.S., and attended IUPUI. He is survived by his parents; son, Jacob; daughter, Abigail; several aunts, uncles and cousins. His grandparents preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held on March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at G. H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Rd. 135 and Olive Branch Rd.



Regina Lynn Dean Phillips, 68, Indianapolis, died March 20, 2013. She was born Feb. 12, 1945 in Indianapolis to George and Wilma Dean. She retired as an administrator with the Indiana Department of Revenue. She was a member of West Newton Worship Center. Survivors include her son, Robby L. Phillips; brother, Wilbur Dean; grandsons, Willy and Robby Phillips. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Perry. Services were held March 23 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood.



Robert Riley, 76, Trafalgar, died March 21, 2013. He was born April 2, 1936 in Celina, Tenn. to the late Albert and Beulah (Spears) Riley. He is survived by his children, Michael Riley, Betty Tyner, and Glenda Spriggs; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sisters, Sue Yoder, Mary Duffer, and Betty Cowden. He was preceded in death by a son, Jay R. Riley. A graveside service was held on March 26 at First Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel.


At Play Calendar 3/28/13

March 29, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Fish Fry • Boy Scout Troop 51 is holding a fish fry with carry-out available. | When: March 29, 4 – 8 p.m. | Where: St. Jude Cafeteria, 5253 McFarland Rd. | Info: Call Theresa Nees at (317) 783-6852.


Reverse Raffle • The event is open to the adult public and features a dinner and raffle. The top prize is $2,000 and the last four names will have the option to split. All proceeds will benefit Eagles local charities. Tickets can be bought from the bar or an Eagles trustee and are required for entry. | When: April 20, (registration) 5 – 6:30 p.m., (dinner) 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the raffle begins at 8 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Eagles, 712 Main St. | Cost: $75 includes dinner for two. | Info: Call (317) 782-8922.




The Sleeping Beauty • This classic story is presented on a marionette stage, complete with velvet curtain and vintage marionettes. Ideal for ages two-10. Free popcorn will be served. | When: March 28 – April 28. | Where: Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio, 25 E. Henry St. | Cost: $10, ages under two are free. | Info: Call (317) 917-9454.


Call-a-Pacer and Read Like a Pro • Children of all ages and families are invited to hear members of the Indiana Pacers read their favorite children’s literature on the Indianapolis Public Library’s 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line. This week is “Little Owl’s Night” read by David West. | When: Week of April 1 | Info: Call (317) 275-4444 or toll-free at (877) 275-9007.


Spring Horse Camp • Children ages 4+ can learn about horse care, participate in horse related activities and all day campers will ride twice a day during this spring horse camp. | When: (11 and up) April 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 7-10) April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 4 – 6) April 3, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood | Cost: $75 for ages 7+ and $45 for ages 4-6. | Info: Call Chris at (317) 501-2841 or Jen Abel at (317) 727-8367 or (317) 862-4691.


Nimble Thimbles Quilt Show • The even features nationally known quilter, author and designer Nancy Odom. Come early to enjoy appetizers, vendor and consignment booths and over 150 quilts on display. | When: April 6-7, 7 p.m. | Where: Johnson County Fair Grounds, Scott Hall, 250 Fairground St., Franklin | Cost: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. | Info: Visit


English Country Dance • The evening features a form of social folk dance, which originated in Renaissance England. Period costumes not required, but encouraged. The event is suggested for ages 14 and up. | When: April 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: Free. | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.


Zumba Gold • Join certified instructor Judy Donovan for the wildly popular new fitness sensation that uses a combination of Latin and international dance moves. The session is specifically designed for individuals 50 and beyond. | When: Tuesdays starting April 16, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Where: The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St. | Cost: $4 per class. | Info: Call (317) 882-4810.




Gender Soufflé • This original comedy by Lisa Cripps and under the direction of Lea Viney features a female book editor looking for a roommate. A man applies for he job and exposes her to his research “The Sociology of Gender.” | When: March 29, 30, 31; April 5, 6 and 7 | Where: Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for students and senior citizens. | Info: Call (317) 862-2270.


Ben-Hur • The 1959 film will be shown for the public. Artifacts from the film will be on display and Dr. Howard Miller will be speaking for 10 minutes before each showing. | When: March 29 and 30, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | Where: Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin | Cost: $5 or $4 for seniors/students | Info: Visit


City of Angels: Audition • The production is looking for six females, seven males and a large ensemble for this jazzy tribute to 1940s Hollywood and the film noir style. Auditioners should come prepared with sixteen to twenty measures of an auditions song, preferably from the 1940s. Ann accompanist will be provided. | When: April 1 and 2, 7 p.m. | Where: Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. | Info: Contact the theatre at to receive a copy of the script.





Johnson County Council on Aging • All Johnson County residents 50+ are invited to attend this meeting. It includes a free lunch, door prizes, Easter Bonnet Parade (bring your decorated hat and win a prize), egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. | When: March 28, 10:30 a.m. | Where: Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St. | Info: Call the center for directions at (317) 736-3696.


Quilt Connection Guild • During the meeting, Sherry McConnell will present a program titled “What if I do it this way.” Her program will feature a variety of ways to accomplish similar tasks. | When: April 4, 7 pm. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Info: Visit


Garden Meeting • The Cultivating Garden Club will meet with speaker Mark Nolan to cover “How to Grow and Care for Roses.” | When: April 18, 7 p.m. | Where: St. Johns Church of Christ, 7031 East St. | Info: Call Ginny O’Brien at (317) 783-4727.




Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival • The church invites the children of the community to attend a traditional egg hunt. Additional activities include door prizes, games, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. | When: March 30, 9 – 11 a.m. | Where: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St. | Info: Call (317) 881-2353.


Easter Egg Hunt • Triumph Church will hold their 24th annual egg hunt. There will be two age groups (0-4 and 5-10) allowed and the public is asked to bring their own containers for collecting the eggs. Refreshments will be served afterwards. | When: March 30, 11 a.m. | Where: Triumph Church, 99 W. Broadway St., Greenwood. | Info: Call (317) 881-4020.



Gospel Music Sing • The public can listen to the tunes provided by the Spirit Band and those by open mic. Food will be available for a small charge. Handicap access and entrance will be in the rear of the church. | When: April 4, 6 p.m. (food avail. until 7 p.m.) | Where: First Christian Church of Beech Grove, 75 N. 10th Ave. | Info: Call (317) 786-8522.




Summer Swim Program • Students from age three and up can learn to become comfortable with water and learn swim strokes. | When: Registration is April 20, 9 a.m. – noon; April 24, 6 – 8 p.m.; April 30, 6 – 8 p.m. | Where: Perry Meridian High School, 401 S. Meridian School Rd. | Cost: $45 per child except the parent/tot class is $40. | Info: Email Lori Beaupre at


Food Bliss • Raw Food Chef, Audrey Barron and Veggie Chef, Wendell Fowler will host an event to teach green living and kitchen tips. It features RAW, vegan and vegetarian food demos, full meal with each class and gluten-free and dairy-free options. | When: April 23, 30; May 7; Oct. 2; 6 – 8:30 p.m. | Cost: $160 for all four sessions or $45 per class. | Info: Call (317) 372-2592.




Perry Township Art Show • Drawings, 3-D art, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more from all grade levels and schools will be on display. | When: April 18-19, 6 – 9 p.m. | Where: Perry Township Meridian High School, 401 S. Meridian School Rd. | Cost: Free. | Info: Call the school at (317) 789-4400.


Stutz Artists Open House • Over 70 artists will have their studios open, including local artist Linette Bledsoe. | When: April 26, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.; April 27, 2 – 7 p.m. | Where: The Stutz Building, 212 W. 10th St. | Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. | Info: Call the building at (317) 488-7373 and visit Bledsoe’s website at




Musical History of Taiwan • A troupe of top Taiwanese musicians will share their homeland’s history through song in a special free concert. | When: April 7, 3 p.m. | Where: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Visit


Greater Greenwood Municipal Band • The band will begin its 20th season with a free concert. Please bring canned good items for the Salvation Army Good Samaritan Services Food Pantry. | When: April 13, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood High School Auditorium, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd. | Info: Visit

Feelin' groovy every day

March 29, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

There are functions your temple must perform to remain vertical rather than horizontal: sleep, breathe and eat.

Many of you have no problem sleeping and have successfully mastered the joy of napping. Everyone breathes spontaneously and automatically flee funky air. When it comes to eating, we’ve been erroneously conditioned to consume today’s artificial food expecting our sacred temple to grapple with it. Well, health statistics indicate this catastrophic mindset has failed with panache’. You can only eat processed food so long till it extracts its pound of flesh. You cannot fully connect with the great creator, grow your soul or achieve your career potential unless you first feed the temple nourishment it was consigned: 40 basic vitamins minerals, enzymes, protein, unrefined carbs and fats that heal. Currently, Krap, er Kraft Foods, Nestle, Coke, Nabisco and PepsiCo are nations’ deeply biased nutritionists. In a New York Times article, the President of General Mills was quoted, “Don’t talk to me about nutrition. Talk to me about taste.” Book ‘em Danno!

A good night’s rest improves your day.  Taking in deep, refreshing breaths energize and feeds your brain. However, your loosey-goosey food choices bring you down. Your diet should provide everything necessary for daily physical and mental activity. What’s eaten profoundly affects your weight and odds of acquiring a disease. Eating real, fresh foods keeps your weight down. Research has recently proven if your diet is poor, full of fast, convenient food, you’ll become obese. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say overweight folks are at risk for high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, arthritis, respiratory problems and cancer.

If you were raised on processed foods, the idea of eating heavenly vegetables, salads and fish in place of pizza, chips, ‘Poop Tarts, and candy may gag you. The more habitual your junk food consumption, the more difficult it may be to change. It’s human to become disconnected to your hunger center and to eat with your eyes, wanting to eat something because it looks yummy. Earthlings are easily seduced by taste, smell and appearance.  Inexpensive as they may be, avoid all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants. While children are starving in Africa, you’ll be sampling “just a bite” of every ‘carbo-licious’ dish, consuming excessive inferior calories, when a humble soup and green salad would have sufficed. The greater the variety, the more you tend to eat. Add more choices, and consumption increases by an average of 25%. In contrast, a fresh, whole foods diet doesn’t usually lead to overeating. Eating healthy involves self-discipline but doesn’t prohibit an occasional indulgence for a job well done.  Discover how good you were designed to feel.

Chester's Corner

March 29, 2013 in In Spirit, Lifestyle, Religion by Carey Germana

Understanding Chester’s background

Note to the reader: The following report is a computer intercept from the Ace Detective Agency to the Department of Homeland Security; Division of Suspicious Persons.

Dear Agent Sullivan: While pursuing your request for a background check; we determined the following profile of the subject:


Name, Allen, Chester Jay DOB: April 1, 1980 Age: 10 (we’re puzzled by that one)

Gender: Male, Juvenile Height: 2 feet Weight: Unable to determine

Father: “An Oak” Mother: “Scotch Pine” Step-father: Allen, Rev. J. D.

Address: 1820 E. Epler, Indianapolis Occupation: Student, Perpetual

Blood Type: Sap

Analysis: Subject appears to be a small boy in a nice suit though research reveals he may be a talking plant specially carved to mimic odd human behavior. Subject controls a United Methodist minister of limited intelligence who provides subject with support.

Risk Factors: Subject lives in terror of the minister’s wife and local school yard bullies.

Subject has been vaccinated for Dutch elm disease.

Aliases: None. The subject writes attempted humor essays for a local newspaper. These columns may contain code words that guide other underground agents.

Unusual Features: Subject sleeps in a suitcase and is able to pass through tight, narrow spaces. This could be used for entering or escaping confined areas.

Threat Level: Subject has limited himself to buffoonery and comedy. He may be awaiting orders for more serious activity. For now, the subject appears harmless.

Recommendation: Continue to monitor the subject- and hire a new joke writer.

Signed: Dobbs, Louis, Chief Detective



Chester’s Chuckle: What do you call a gopher who attends church?

Answer: A holy moley!

Weekly Movie Review 3/28/13

March 29, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

Olympus Has Fallen and so has everything else



What would happen if the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. was overtaken by terrorists?  How would Americans react if our Commander in Chief was taken hostage? Those are two scenarios explored in Antoine Fuqua’s new film, Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.


Olympus Has Fallen is about former secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) who works a desk job at the Department of Treasury after a fatal accident. Banning soon finds himself in the White House after a Presidential meeting with international leaders turns out to be more than expected. The White House is taken over by terrorists and the President (Eckhart) and cabinet members are taken hostage. Banning must race against the clock to foil the terrorist’s sinister plot to save the President and the country.


The story is basically a rehashing of every major 90s action film. Olympus Has Fallen pits an average, ordinary guy who’s recently gone through professional issues against seemingly insurmountable odds as the fate of the world hang in the balance. Those story lines have produced a number of entertaining films, but Olympus Has Fallen brings nothing new. The story is incredibly outlandish and unbelievable. The White House is taken over way too easy and as soon the residence is occupied by foreign combatants, we see swat teams pull up. The absurdity of the story is maddening and annoying.


Olympus Has Fallen produces some of the dumbest characters and cheesiest lines in recent memory. For example, at one point the person leading the coup of the White House talks on camera to a room full of high ranking military and governmental officials and no one recognizes him. Twenty minutes later, we learn he’s one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, but the people responsible for knowing that information had no idea. Also, we get lines like “America does not negotiate with terrorists” and many more like it.


Olympus Has Fallen badly wants to be the first Die Hard and Mike Banning wants to be John McClane neither comes even close. It’s hard to believe Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen is directed by the same person. One is great and the other not so much.

On the Southside 3/28/13

March 29, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

A Southsider’s journey to Vegas

By the time you read this, I will have journeyed to and from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have never been to “Vegas.” I did pass through the airport twice but was not there long enough to form an opinion. I can state, though, that there are more of the so-called “one armed bandits” in that airport than I have seen anywhere else.

In preparation for this business trip, I inquired as to the nature of the place so as to prepare myself for what may lie ahead. Being as how my daughter and elder son have been there, my inquiries started with them. My son, who happens to live a three hour car drive away in Utah, advised me in the strongest terms to acquire and use a set of horse blinders while there. I do not possess said horse blinders and do not know where to get any. When informed of this, my son stated in simple terms, “Dad, you are on your own.”

Now, my daughter was stationed near Vegas while in the Air Force and she chuckled when I told her my plan. “Well, Dad,” she said. “Do not take any business cards from anybody hanging out on the corners.” Having heard that bit of sage advice, I am going to have to take one of those cards just to see what the fuss is all about.

In order to get a different take on the subject of Las Vegas and its people, I asked some folks at work what they thought of the place. It has been recommended that I, at the very least, take a stroll through what is known as “the strip.” This is where (so I am told) all of the gambling casinos for which Las Vegas is known are located. I am uncertain as to how big this strip is or if there is anything other than casinos there but I will see if I can fit a stroll through the strip in. I am also told that it is near impossible to walk down the street on the strip without walking into a casino. That must be a marvel of engineering or somebody messed something up in the planning process. I’ll let you know what I find out.

There are other things that I have been told about with respects to Las Vegas and its environs. Some of the cautions that have been forwarded to my attention are difficult to imagine. I will make careful notes while there and report back to you in next week’s column.

I have a feeling Las Vegas is a little different from my beloved Southside. We shall see.



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

Torry's Top Ten

March 29, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top ten reflections upon owning what started out as a cute little piglet

by Torry Stiles

[ Dear friends: Regular readers will recall that last September I became the proud owner of a small pot-belly pig. Porkrinds is now seven months old and life in the Stiles house has been interesting, to say the least. ]

10. The first rule of pig management: What goes in the pig comes out of the pig. …and pigs out-grow a normal sized litter box very quickly.

9. Do NOT give a pig chili. Trust me on this one. Just don’t do it.

8. Cats love Porkrinds because she generates more heat and moves less often than humans.

7. Pigs have pointy little toes that hurt when they step on your big flat feet.

6. She eats anything you don’t want her to.

5. If you attempt to move her out of her way she cusses at you. I’m not sure what she’s saying but I know she’s cussing.

4. We rarely have to look for her as she is pretty easy to spot and often in the way.

3. Pot-belly pigs don’t like snow. I can’t blame them: if my nipples were barely an inch off the ground I doubt if I would be out in two inches of snow.

2. Pigs are not known for their fetching abilities. Basically, if they can’t eat it they don’t care about it. If they can eat it then you ain’t gettin’ it back.

1. The person who sold us Porkrinds assured us she would grow to “about 35-45 pounds.” … She lied. … Big time.