1,800 Precious Moments

April 24, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Judy Allman celebrates 30 years of the Southside’s Precious Moments Club

By Nicole Davis

More than 1,800 Precious Moments figurines are displayed throughout Judy Allman’s Perry Township home. President and charter member of the Precious Moment club sponsored by Sarah’s Hallmark in Greenwood, Allman says her collection carries along a lot of meaning – from the inspirational titles to the memories certain figurines bring back.

“There’s one in particular, Make a Joyful Noise,” Allman said. “I’ve always stayed positive and happy and loved it because of the title. Not all mean something in particular, some do. It’s just a hobby. Now what I paid $30 for 20 years ago you can buy for $7. But I didn’t get into it (to make money).”

Her first figurine was given to her as a joke. In 1979, her husband presented her a Precious Moment that was a little girl with a frying pan titled Eggs Over Easy, since Allman couldn’t cook eggs well. “Some joke,” she said. After receiving the gift, she started working at a Hallmark store to learn more about the figurines. Though she only worked there a year, she was inspired by the positivity that came along with the titles, usually listed on the bottom of each figure.

“It’s a lasting memory for adoption, new baby, military, occupation, pets and bereavement,” Allman said. “There’s always something for an occasion you can find. It’s memories.”

With such a large collection of figurines, buttons, cards and other momentums, Allman said she is a bit more selective on what to bring home and hasn’t purchased quite so much the last five years. Previously displaying the items in her bedroom, Allman said when she began living at her current residence; she figured the collection should be out where it can be appreciated. A display cabinet from wall-to-wall and up the ceiling holds the majority of the figurines organized by seasons in her living room.

The Precious Moments brand will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year and Allman said she does plan to purchase that commemorative figurine. As part of the celebration, she said she will attend the annual national convention at the Precious Moments Chapel in Missouri in June. Creator Sam J. Butcher designed the chapel and hand painted dozens of murals throughout it. The convention, which used to host 1,000 collectors, now has 400 in attendance. Allman said she has made many friends through the years at this convention, and it’s become more of a reunion for her.

The Southside-based club first began in 1983 and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Allman said when Nikki’s Hallmark in Zionsville, which is no longer in business, had it’s open house, some collectors were standing around the Precious Moments and discussed opening a club. They held their first meeting February 1983. Sarah’s Hallmark on Fry Road in Greenwood, across from the mall, currently sponsors the quarterly meetings.

“That’s my pride and joy,” Allman said. “We just talk about Precious Moments and our charity work. We just have a really good group of people that do a lot of volunteer work.”

Though a large part of the club is discussing new figurines and where to purchase the merchandise, Allman said a main focus is charity work. Throughout the years they have collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, used books for the USO out of the airport and filled Easter baskets with toys for orphanages. At the next meeting, to be held May 6, 7 p.m. at the Southside Church of the Nazarene, 2447 E. Thompson Rd., the group will collect items for women’s shelters. In August, when they will officially celebrate 30 years, they will host a Back to School drive.

“Collecting is fun, but to me now it’s the charity work,” Allman said. “That’s the rewarding part of this whole group. Since I’ve retired, I can enjoy it more.”


Sampling of Judy Allman’s favorite figurines

  1 Make a joyful noise

2 Actions speak louder than words  

  3 God shed his grace on thee

4 Bringing you the gift of peace  

Global Expeditions

April 24, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Heather and Hannah Reid host car wash in Greenwood to help send them on a Global Expedition

By Nicole Davis

Heather and Hannah Reid will board a plane this June in an overseas trip to an impoverished country of their choice. As teenagers, getting off of a plane in a foreign country without personally knowing anyone would typically be unheard of – but this is the sisters’ fourth community service trip through the group Global Expeditions.

“We get to pick where we go,” Heather said. “We made our decisions separate. It’s more of a separate thing we do together. One of the reasons I chose Nepal is they are helping girls rescued from human trafficking. They gave some statistics that said 7/10 girls in that will be HIV positive and die before age 25.”

With the trip a long way off, it’s fundraising time. Heather and Hannah will host a car wash fundraiser to cover the initial $6,500 combined cost of the trip on April 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Donatos Pizza, 2260 S. US Hwy. 31, Greenwood. When the Reid family heard of the Donatos location which allows groups to use their parking lot free-of-charge they knew it was the place to start. The wash will be free, with free-will donations accepted.

“That’s what amazed me about this community,” said Mike Reid, the girls’ father. “We decided on a Thursday to raise this money. The next day we had people saying they’d help donate to this trip.”

Global Expeditions is a nonprofit which hosts a Teen Mania Ministries’ in an effort to provoke the young generation to pursue Christ and take his message around the globe. They help organize these trips, which bring in youth of varying ages to 35 different locations. Each trip is based on physical and mental difficulties, and participants choose where they want to go.

Heather, a Whiteland junior, will travel to Nepal to work with a rescue center that aids women who have just been freed from slavery. Hannah, an 8th grader at Clark-Pleasant Middle School, will live in an impoverished rural village in Panama helping residents and schools.

Both girls said the friendships they have made over the years are the best part of going on these trips. Heather said she is still in touch with participants she met when she began in 2009. Hannah, who went to Mexico last year, said the memories she can bring back make it worth it – like handing over the keys to the house they build for a family there.

“Another thing I think has an impact is day-to-day life, telling people about these trips,” Hannah said. ‘They think, you went to another country by yourself? Well, I wasn’t by myself. Every step of it, there is someone making sure I’m taken care of. I think that encourages people – just being courageous. I’m going to a country to show love. It’s nothing to fear.”

The Reid family recently moved to the Southside from Texas, the state where Global Expeditions is headquartered. They will fly into the Texas headquarters together, where they will then be flown to their selected countries. When they return, the Reid family will spend a week doing another mission trip in Texas then take a vacation after weeks of work.

“I honestly think these trips have not only broadened their view of the world but they’ve come back not just different, but better,” said Becky Reid, the girls’ mother. “They are enlivened and ready for action.”

Cooling inflammation problems

April 24, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

From Alzheimer’s’ to vaginitis, inflammation causes 80-90% of all disease. Continuous, uninhibited chronic inflammation is not normal; a disease condition; the root of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, painful arthritis and much more.

Inflammation, your temple’s normal response to irritating internal damage, is your defense system. Authorities encourage ‘cooling’ inflammation with real, fresh heavenly sun blessed foods, not GMO, or blazing conflagration of industrial strength research laboratory ‘foods’. You can only toss garbage into your temple so long until it freaks out. If you drink booze, eat  doughnuts, fast food, deli, fried foods, gravy, sugar, AP flour, lots of meat, and inhale environmental toxins and ‘Chem Trail’ residue,  but loathe glorious produce, you’re innards are on fire. Inflammation naturally destroys toxic material in damaged tissues before it spreads.  Autoimmune disease is a group of disorders in which your immune system attacks healthy cells in your temple by mistake.

Obesity can cause internal inflammation which leads to cardiovascular and metabolic disease, according to the National Council on Strength & Fitness. Weight loss, though, is related to reduction of inflammation, and the correct anti-inflammatory foods are the tasty answer. Invite spinach, kale, broccoli, and turnip greens to your diet. They brim with magnesium that relaxes heart muscles and improve heart function. Try about ½ cup a day, but if you’re on Coumadin / Warfarin talk with your phlebotomist. Green tea is a potent anti-inflammatory shown to reduce heart disease and cancer risk.

Virgin olive oil’s polyphenols protect the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are converted into anti-inflammatory agents by the temple and can lower occurrences of auto-immune asthma psoriasis and RA.


Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts contain anti-inflammatory nutrients which help your temple rid itself of potentially carcinogenic compounds. Sweet potatoes are groovy sources of complex carbohydrates, golden beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C and dietary fiber. Working in concert, these powerful antioxidants help heal inflammation in your temple. And, wild-caught salmon contains soothing omega-3. Cacao, not cocoa, can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, reduce platelet formation, increase HDL and reduce oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Cacao vs. cocoa is an uber rich source of flavonoids; even more than tea and red wine. Dark chocolate contains more polyphenols and flavonoids than milk chocolate. Sorry, M & M’s don’t count.

Turmeric helps turn off certain genes that cause heart scarring and enlargement. Curcumin or turmeric helps to reduce the heart muscle and also prevents it from enlarging. Regular intake of anti-inflammatory turmeric may help reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting thereby preventing a heart attack.

So cool it by eating fresh.

Obituaries 4/25/13

April 24, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Norbert Ernest Betzler, 84, Indianapolis, died April 19, 2013. He was born on Oct. 18, 1928 in Indianapolis to Harry and Loretta Betzler. He retired after working for 48 years as a union tile setter. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Beech Grove Moose Lodge. He is survived by his sons, Denny (Mary Jan) Betzler, Randy (Tammy) Betzler and Jeff Betzler; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Norman Betzler and Barbara Adrian. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Shirley A. Betzler and his son, Garry Betzler. A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 24 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with the entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 2905 Carson Ave.


Russell E. Blanford, 73, Indianapolis, died April 17, 2013. He was born on Sept. 15, 1939 in Minn. to James and Alta Blanford. Russell was a 1957 graduate of Greensburg High School and served in the US Air Force. He worked as a salesman in the automotive parts aftermarket for many years. He most recently worked as a maintenance engineer at Sycamore School and Perry Meridian High School. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Blanford; sons, Rich and Steve (Connie) Blanford; grandsons, Alec and Nathan Blanford; sisters, Lorraine Rose and Elma Wamsley; brother, Merlyn Blanford. A memorial service was held on April 21 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home.


David K. Coffin, 75, Indianapolis, died April 23, 2013. David was born on Aug. 8, 1937 to parents, Robert Clarkson and Bonita (Heaton) Coffin. David served his country in the U.S. Army. During his career, David worked as a journeyman plumber and was a member of Local 440. He loved music, bluegrass in particular and was a self-taught picker on many string instruments. David was fun-loving and huge jokester. He is survived by his wife, Mary Joyce (Brown) Coffin; children: Mo Coffin, Mary Tutorow (Scott), and Bonnie Hurley (Ronnie); daughter-in-law, Teri Coffin; siblings, Dick Coffin, Donna Hedrick, and Margaret Wilson; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. David was preceded in death by two children, Sheila Garrett and David C. Coffin and brother, Donald Coffin. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at Flanner and Buchanan- Lawrence, 5215 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26.  Burial will be in Summit Lawn Cemetery.


Robert Banes Hampton, Jr., 57, Indianapolis, died April 18, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital South. Robert was born February 24, 1956 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Robert Banes Hampton Sr. and Ruth Eleanor (Pettit) Hampton. They both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death his sister Mary Baise. Robert was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a self-employed painter He is survived by his wife Margaret Anna (Lelak) Hampton. Funeral services with military honors were held on April 20 at the Fountain Square Mortuary on Saturday April 20, with the cremation following the service.


Barbara Jo “Jody” Hunter, 55, Greenwood, died April 18, 2013. She was born Jan. 20, 1958 in Beech Grove to the late William “Bill” and Edna (Swift) Northerner. She was a quality control specialist for Arbonne. She married Erskine “Pete” Hunter, Jr. on April 19, 1975 and he survives. She is also survived by her daughter, Amanda “Mandy” Warren (Doug); son, Erskine Hunter III (Andrea); grandchildren, Makayla Warren, Morgan Warren, Erskine Hunter IV, Halen Hunter, and Emma Hunter; sister, Debe York; and brother, Will Northerner. Services were private. The burial was held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to I.U. Simon Cancer Center, C/O I.U. Foundation for Ovarian Cancer, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266.


Forrest “Woody” Lee Roberts, 77, Indianapolis, died April 18, 2013. He was born on July 20, 1935 to the late Thomas and Edna (McClaire) Roberts in Indianapolis. He was a retired truck driver.  He is survived by his children, Rhonda Mendoza Willis (Ricardo), Bradley Roberts (Robyn) and Tina Smitty; former wife, Sally Turner; siblings, James “Hawk” Roberts (Jerry), Maxine Locket, Jean Palmer and Dorothy Cappadona; grandchildren, Maria Roberts Green (Luke), Andrew Dedeic (Jennifer), Megan Dedeic (Bryan), Muriah Dedeic, Brian Roberts (Chelsea), Jamie Newman (Donnie), Billy Roberts, Amanda Thayer (Robbie), Misty Bruhn (Brian), Christopher Smitty (Ashley) and Arnold Smitty, Jr. (Tiffany); and 20 great-grandchildren.  A funeral service was held on April 22, 2013 at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.


Clara “Jo” Stephenson, 65, Greenwood, died April 18, 2013. She was born on Nov. 9, 1947 in Tompkinsville, Ky. to Amos and Juanita Scott. She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Daniel Stephenson Jr.; parents, Amos and Juanita Scott; children, Pam Stephenson, Sam (Karen) Stephenson; Grandchildren, Timothy Judlkins and Samantha Stephenson; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Zeke Judkins; siblings, Tommie Scott, Richard Scott, Brenda (Larry) Auble, Randall Scott, Robert Scott, Gary Scott and Sheila Bryant; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. She is preceded in death by her brother, George Scott and nephew, Matt Auble. A funeral service was held April 22 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to tuberous sclerosis in honor of Angela Auble.

At Play Calendar 4/25/13

April 24, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana



Roaring Rebelation: The 1920s Roncalli Style • Guests will enjoy dinner, a live and silent auction, raffle and performances by various Roncalli theatre, choral and band students. The event ends with a performance by The Super Groove. | When: April 27 | Where: Roncalli High School, 3300 Prague Rd. | Info: Contact Tina Hayes at (317) 787-8277 or visit roncalli.org.


Fundraiser Car Wash • Teens and adults from several Southside school and churches will come together for a car wash. Proceeds benefit the fight of human trafficking in Nepal and helping poor villagers and schools in Panama. | When: April 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where: Donatos Pizza, 2260 S. US 31, Greenwood. | Info: Call (317) 893-3010.


Hogs for Dogs • Beech Grove Eagle Riders 4167 presents the 5th Annual Hogs for Dogs & Kitties Too Charity Ride/Adoption Fair. Bring in any pet item for a door prize ticket. | When: May 4, kickstands up at 10:45 a.m. | Where: Beech Grove Eagles, 712 Main St., Beech Grove. | Cost: $20 rider, $10 passenger. Lunch provided for registered parties. Breakfast, 8 a.m., $5. | Info: Call Denise Bell at (317) 370-1782.


Jazz Concert • A benefit concert, dinner and dance will be held by the Franklin Central High School Band Boosters. | When: May 9. | Where: Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Tickets can be purchased by contacting treasure@fcbandboosters.org.


CGI Empower Golf Outing • The Center for Global Impact will host a golf outing, open to the public. All proceeds benefit CGI’s mission to empower the poor and open a door for the Gospel through projects. | When: June 7, (registration) 7:30 a.m. and (tee off) 8:30 a.m. | Where: Winding River Golf Course, 8015 Mann Rd. | Cost: Registration is $50 per player prior to May 1st and then $60 until the event. | Info: Visit myCGIstory.com or call (317) 522-6092 for more information on the event and possible sponsoring.




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 paintingsbylinette.com.


Impressionable • Encore Vocal Arts, a premiere chamber choir in Indianapolis, will present a concert celebrating French Impressionist art and choral music. Audience members will have the chance to create their own miniature Monet masterpiece. The lobby will feature an exhibition of three artists’ paintings and prints of classic impressionist art. | When: April 28, 3 p.m. | Where: Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian St. | Cost: $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and students under 18. Children under 18 with an adult are free. | Info: Visit encorevocalarts.org.


Draw Greenwood Community Art Project • The Greenwood Public Library is encouraging the community to draw people, places, things and events in Greenwood. Kits with drawing supplies will be available for check out at the library. The project will culminate with a gallery show of participants’ drawings later this summer. | When: May 1-29; The Draw Greenwood show will be July 3-31. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit greenwoodlibrary.us/drawgreenwood.asp.


Artists in Action • The event is a one day art contest open to all artists of any medium, ages 16 and over. Artists will create their masterpiece in the town of Southport during the contest hours. At the end of the day artists will bring their work together and judges will determine the winner. | When: May 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where: City of Southport, during the Southport Street Fair. | Info: Register online at SoArts.org or call (317) 508-3435.




Celebrate, Rejoice and Sing • The Community Renewal Chorus of Chicago will perform gospel songs, spirituals and anthems. All are welcome to this free concert and worship service. | When: April 28, 10:30 a.m. | Where: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 402 Prospect St. | Info: Call (317) 631-2427.


Jimmy Dooley • The musician will perform a free concert, which exhibits his story about his journey in Christ. Everyone is welcome to attend. | When: April 28, 10:30 a.m. | Where: South Emerson Church of God, 3939 S. Emerson Ave. | Info: Call (317) 788-6845.


Nelson Mass • The University of Indianapolis Department of Music will have a spring choral and orchestral concert featuring Joseph Haydn’s acclaimed “Nelson Mass.” | When: April 28, 4 p.m. | Where: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Call (317) 788-3255.


Music is Magic • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association will present its grand fundraiser, Let Us Entertain You Gala. Proceeds provide support for music education programs for children and adults through Indiana. | When: May 3 | Where: JW Marriott, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis. | Cost: $375 for benefactors, $275 for patrons and $175 for friends. | Info: Call (317) 262-4068.


From Graceland to Indy • Come see Bill Davis perform From Graceland to Indy Concert featuring the band Graffitti. | When: May 4, and the first Saturday of each month, 4-7 p.m. | Where: Karaoke for Squares, 5353 English Ave., Indianapolis. | Cost: $10 each. | Info: E-mail bill@elvisbybilldavis.com or call (317) 408-1915.


Music Collectors Convention • The 245th of a series of the Indianapolis Music Collector’ Conventions will be held with a music show and sale with hard-to-find and out of print music items. | When: May 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Where: La Quinta Inn, 5120 Victory Dr., Indianapolis. | Cost: $3 admission. | Info: Call (317) 882-3378.


The Voices of Franklin • Enjoy a performance of songs from the Silver Screen as the choral group presents their spring concert “Reel Music.” Light refreshments will be served following the performance. | When: May 5, 2:30 p.m. | Where: The auditorium of the Johnson County Museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin. | Cost: $8 | Info: Visit JohnsonCountyMuseum.org or call (317) 346-4500.




Peter Pan • The students of Perry Meridian High School will perform this classic tale of never growing up. An additional performance of “Neverland Adventure” will be performed for pre-school and elementary students to participate in activities with characters from the show. | When: April 25 and 27, 6:30 p.m.; April 28, 2:30 p.m.; (Neverland Adventure) April 28, 1 – 2 p.m. | Where: Perry Meridian High School, 401 S. Meridian School Rd. | Cost: $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. Neverland Adventure is $2 per person. | Info: Call (317) 789-4401 or email perry_musical@yahoo.com.





YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day • This community event encourages families on the Southside to move, learn and live healthier. There will be activities for children such as an obstacle course, crafts and goodie bags. | When: April 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St. | Info: Call (317) 865-6454.


Keep Southport Beautiful Day • The community is invited to come together to restore Southport during a clean up. The event is partnered with Keep Indianapolis Inc. Free t-shirts are given to the first 50 preregistered volunteers. | When: April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Info: Call (317) 442-7349 or visit gsbaweb.org.


Kids’ Sale & More • Spring Break, Spring Clean! It’s almost like a Kids Stuff Only garage sale, with a Boutique table. Booths available. | When: April 27, 9 a.m. – noon. | Where: Zion United Church of Christ, 8916 E. Troy Ave., Indianapolis. | Info: Call (317) 862-2718 or e-mail jackiekeller@franklinisp.net.



Summer Horse Camp • Kids ages four and up can spend the summer learning about horse care, participate in horse related activities and all day campers will ride twice each day. | When: (Ages 11 and up) June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (Ages 7-10) June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (Mini camp for ages 4-6) June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: (ages 7+) $75 per day and (ages 4-6) $45 per day | Info: Call (317) 862-4691. Discounts can be obtained if registration is made by May 1.




110 Year Anniversary • The church is celebrating 110 years of service to the Fountain Square Community. There will be an anniversary celebration service with Pastor Emeritus Rev. Gene Lauterbach preaching, followed by a reception. | When: May 5, 10 a.m. | Where: Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1224 Laurel St. | Info: Call (317) 632-1487.


Chester's Corner

April 24, 2013 in In Spirit, Lifestyle, Living, Religion, Religion by Carey Germana

“Chester goes to Florida”

Jim and his wife FINALLY allowed me to go on one of their trips. In the past he’d make me stay home and he’d mutter something about “three’s a crowd”. I guess they’re a boring old couple now so they brought me along to liven things up. It didn’t work. They went to bed early EVERY night! So I had to go to sleep as well. What a drag! At home I can stay up late to watch TV.

Alas, the weather was too warm, the air too humid, and the ocean too cold. They made me walk all over the place so my legs got tired. Thank goodness the swimming pools were just right. I got stared at a lot. Dummies are not a common sight. I don’t mind. I know I am cool.

We saw a great animal show at a place called “Theater by the Sea”. They had a dolphin and a sea lion performing tricks. The best one was when the trainer said her sea lion could sing a country western song. It sounded like “Ark, ark, ark” but she said it was a Kenny Rogers tune. The key part was “You picked a fine time to leave me you seal”!

Later the other trainer had her dolphin “sing” as well but it didn’t sound good. So the trainer said, “Well, it’s hard to tune-a fish!” And yes even I know a dolphin is a mammal not a fish. We also saw iguanas, wild chickens, crocodiles and parrots. Jim and his wife had their picture taken with each holding a parrot on one arm. What a pair of Bird brains!

Key West was nice- if you like history. They dragged me to the Truman house, the Hemmingway house, the Mel Fisher Treasure museum, and we watched the sunset. So what? The sun sets every night but hundreds of people stood on the dock to ooh and aah. Gosh grown-ups are strange. Still, it was a good trip. I even worked on my tan!

Back in two weeks!


Chester’s Chuckle:

Q: Why did St. Peter retire to South Florida?

A: Because he was the keeper of the keys!

Weekly Movie Review 4/25/13

April 24, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

Oblivion; entertaining, but ultimately forgettable


One look at Tom Cruise’s body of work and you’ll notice he’s done it all. With his latest film, Oblivion, Cruise steps into the science fiction realm.


Oblivion is set in post-apocalyptic USA in the year 2077. In a speedy voice over, we learn humans have won the war against the alien Scavs, machines programmed to destroy, but a select number of humans, Jack Harper (Cruise), had to remain behind to clean up the mess. As a consequence of the war, all humans were subject to a mandatory memory swipe. Memory swipe and all, Jack keeps seeing visions of walking by a beautiful woman in what appears to be New York City.


Main character, drone technician, Jack Harper (Cruise), spends his days going into what remains of Earth repairing drones so they can continue fighting the Scavs. Jack only has two more weeks left of duty and can then join the other humans on another planet. During a routine maintenance outing, Jack discovers a spacecraft falling to the ground. Upon investigation, Jack discovers the woman he keeps having visions of locked into a protective casing. Before the Scavs destroy her, Jack is able to drag her to safety, taking her to his house. After hearing who she is and what she was doing, Jack learns not everything is what it seems.


Oblivion is visually stunning. There are expansive desert landscapes and magnificent sequences of intergalactic matter. The film’s setting is beautiful and you’ll want to keep your eyes on the screen for that reason alone. This is easily the best aspect of the film.


The acting is decent, nothing cringe worthy. However, early on Cruise is robotic and looks uncomfortable. As the film progresses, he relaxes and delivers an average performance. Morgan Freeman, who’s underutilized, is good in his small role.


Anyone looking to Oblivion for action will not be disappointed. Almost from the opening scene, there’s someone running from gunfire and continues to right up until the end credits.


Easily the biggest complaint is the story is so hard to follow. Once you think you know what’s going on, a twist happens and takes the film in a completely different direction. This happens on several occasions. If you’re seeing Oblivion, do not leave your seat until it’s over or you will be lost.

On the Southside 4/25/13

April 24, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

Learning business at a young age

Christian is a good friend of mine. I reckon we go back 10 years or more. He’s regular folk and that’s why I like him.

Christian was giving a talk the other day at a big fancy lunch. He was speaking about and extolling the virtues of our way of doing business in this country and on the Southside in particular. He managed to get on the subject of lemonade stands. He talked about the exuberance of starting a business even when very young and not overloaded with red tape from our, oh so wonderful, government. I suspect a lot of us in the room were drawn back to our own youth and those early forays into capitalism. I know it took me back many years but not for the reasons my buddy Christian put forth.

At the time of my youth in Amarillo, Texas, lemonade stands were on every corner. Such was the oversupply that I determined that “wealth redistribution” was more suited to me. It was my business plan in those very early days to redistribute the candy wealth from Mr. Russell’s store to my own account. Let me state here and now that the statutes of limitations have long since expired.

On a hot August afternoon, I put my plan into practice. A very large chocolate bar was determined to be my first effort. I stuffed the product in my pants and headed out the door in the full confidence. What I did not count on was Mr. Russell’s omniscience and the hot Texas sun. By the time I got home, the beginning and end of my career had melted in my pants AND Mr. Russell had already reported my actions to my Dad. My father assisted me in the determination that wealth redistribution was a poor career choice. In the 48 or so years since, I have remained in agreement. In fact, I have it on good authority that, were I ever in violation of the terms of the pact made with my Dad, he would come up out of the grave and get me.

My friend Christian has it right. The free enterprise system as extolled and demonstrated by the lemonade stand of our early days is the example we all would be well advised to follow in this day and age. Right, Dad?




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

Torry's Top Ten

April 24, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top ten lessons learned following emergency triple-bypass surgery

[Dear friends and readers: Over the years of doing these lists I have usually based them on events in my life. Long-time readers know of my pet pig, my daughter's engagement, my fondness for Long's Donuts, etc. On Wednesday, April 10 my daughter and her fiancé rushed me to St. Francis Heart Center at Stop 11 & South Emerson Ave. Twelve days later I'm back home with the family and a bright red scar running down my chest. Here are a few things I learned about myself and the world...]

10. I appreciate my friends and family who reached out to me and mine during this trial. Thousands of selfless acts, many uncounted at the time, have allowed us to make it this far. My wife truly appreciates that she has retaken the ability to take me out personally.

9. All things considered, a gentle warmth cloth from a total stranger means a lot when you can’t move your arms.

8. I don’t know what it takes to make a great RN but there are some truly great ones at St. Francis… I think it’s something in the water. … Great. Now I’ve started another miracle well rumor….

7. The doctors were somewhat concerned about my intake of pain-killers and other medications. I shared their concern but must admit my appreciation of the way they eased me through the trauma….the crazy dreams about monkeys stealing my pants was a bonus.

6. Thousands of billions of dollars’ worth of medical research have failed to find a replacement for a cool cloth and a spoonful of ice chips.

5. An amateur newspaper comedian on morphine is a hilarious sight. Apparently my best performance ever. … Without the morphine I sound a lot like Godzilla in mid-battle with Ghidrah.

4. The day this all started was spent at my real job hauling couches off a truck. Now I am ordered not to attempt to lift a single cushion off one of those couches. …. I can hoist a fuzzy pillow, though.

3. Somewhere out there is a respiratory technician named Jared who is owed a lot of apologies. I think I went back a few generations while cursing him.

2. Wendell Fowler may be a food Nazi but I think I’ll pay closer attention to his food advice. …. Just find me a way to fit more bacon in the recipe.

1. RN’s know how to apply tape to remind you to be nice.

What's the Deal with prom?

April 17, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis


Prom season kicks off while Southsiders plan exciting after-prom events to keep students safe

By Nicole Davis

With a decline in attendance at post-prom events for Perry Meridian High School, the PTA in charge of organizing the event allowed students, juniors and seniors, to choose this year’s theme and location. Viva Las Vegas won out. On May 4 after dancing the night away at their prom, students will have the chance to win large prizes as they play games set up by Indiana Casino Rentals.

“It is just fun to give students some options to do for an after prom event that provides a fun and safe environment for them on a night that could be dangerous for students,” said Jill Voris, after-prom chair. “It’s fun to work with the other parents on the committee and toss some ideas back and forth.”

Recent past years events have taken place at Expo Bowl and Incredible Pizza. With many themes to choose from, Voris said she thinks the students enjoy the idea of winning the prizes – like big screen TVs, dorm room refrigerators and gift certificates. 2012 graduates of the school, Sam Cooper and Kameron Casey, will DJ during the event. With the Casino-style, when students enter the school, they will be given a designated number of chips they can play with. There will be blackjack tables, craps, poker tables and a roulette wheel. The professional dealers will be on hand to teach the students who don’t know how to play. There will also be alternative games such as Minute-to-Win-It style. When students are finished playing, they can cash in the chips for tickets to put in a raffle. The PTA is still looking for donors and those interested in donating may contact Susan Hammond at (317) 780-6930.

 “Because of the financial challenges to conduct an event of this magnitude we really do look to the community for support,” Voris said. “We couldn’t do it without community support, parent support and the donations we bring in because we certainly don’t have a big budget for this.”

Beech Grove art teachers are hands-on with coordinating prom events

Coordinating Beech Grove High School’s prom for April 20, Kris Higgins and Kate Weller have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making the event an accessible evening for all. The art teachers get creative and crafty to keep costs down for students.

“I’m not sure people really realize how much work goes into this,” Weller said. “We spend a solid five weeks on this. Knowing what the theme will be in advance, we hit garage sales, finding anything that matches the theme. It’s all quality things. Both of us being hands-on people anyway, it’s a lot cheaper to do it this way since we’re not a very big school. It just makes more kids able to go. That’s what this is supposed to be about.”

The tickets start at $25 and price increased closer to the event, which Weller said is still lower than many schools. With the tropical theme this year, the teachers have designed their own invitations, resembling a passport that will be stamped. In the end, Weller said the students’ excitement for the evening is what makes the work pay off.

 “The kids’ enthusiasm is the same every year,” Weller said. “They really look forward to all getting together and seeing each other all dressed up. They come to school, show off their new outfits. We do a lot of work at prom as well, but I look forward to listening to those kids and seeing them because they are all excited for you to see them dressed up, out of the norm.”

When are Southside proms?

Beech Grove High School

Prom: April 20, 8 p.m.

Indianapolis Artsgarden at Circle Center Mall

Cost: Started at $25

Theme: Tropical… “Passport to Paradise”

After Prom: April 21, 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Rascal Fun Zone


Center Grove High School

Prom: May 11, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Union Station Grand Ballroom
Cost: $40 per person

Theme: Vegas

After prom: Rascal’s Fun Zone


Greenwood Community High School

Prom: April 26, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

JW Marriott of Indianapolis

$50 per person

Theme: Wonderful Tonight

Colors: Tiffany blue, black and silver


Perry Meridian High School

Prom: May 4, 8 p.m.

Indiana State Museum

After prom: Casino Night as Perry Meridian High School

11:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.


Roncalli High School

Prom: April 20, 7 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

$50 per person

Theme: Moonlight Masquerade

After Prom: From midnight – 3 a.m. at Incredible Pizza, $10 per person. There will be movies shown and gift cards given throughout the evening.


Southport High School

Prom: May 11, 8 p.m.

Indiana Roof Ballroom

After prom: Incredible Pizza Company