At Play Calendar 8/29/13

August 28, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana


Rummage sale • The Ave Maria Guild, St. Paul Hermitage, will host a rummage sale with clothing, purses, shoes, linens, books, toys and more. Donations are welcome. | When: Aug. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Where: 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. | Info: Contact Linda Augenstein at

CARE Pantry Food Drive Challenge • Center Grove Alternative Academy CARE Pantry is hosting a food drive challenge at the Center Grove vs. Whiteland football game. Trojan and Warrior fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations. | When: Aug. 30, 7 p.m. | Where: Center Grove High School Skillman Football Stadium, 2717 S. Morgantown Rd. | Info: E-mail


Gateway Festival • The Gateway Community Alliance and Southport Artistry Committee will host the Gateway Festival art fair, and Miracle Mile Parade. The event includes an area for organizations, activities for the public, free giveaways, a Kid’s Zone and the fair. | When: Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Where: 2931 S. Madison Ave. | Info: Visit

Miracle Mile Ride • Show pride for the Southside with an inaugural bike ride to kick off the Miracle Mile Parade. | When: Aug. 31, 12:45 p.m., 11 a.m. registration. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. | Info: Visit

Harlem • Acclaimed writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of Harlem Is Nowhere, will speak, presented through UIndy’s Sutphin Lectures in Humanities series. | When: Sept. 4, 4:30 p.m. | Where: Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Call (317) 788-3395.

Chat n Chew • Join for presentations, conversation and food. Sr. Julie Sewell, OSB, will present “Walking in Twilight: Interior Pilgrimage of Life.” | When: Sept. 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove. | Cost: $15 includes lunch. | Info: E-mail or call (317) 788-7581.

Quilt Connection Guild • The QCG will host its monthly meeting with Catherine Redford from Naperville, Ill., who will talk about African Folklore Embroidery. | When: Sept. 5, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. | Cost: Workshop and kit $30 for members, $45 nonmembers. | Info: Call (317) 850-8424.


nd.0815.FatherofBride2013.jpg Father of the Bride • Beef & Boards Dinner theater presents the comedic play, Father of the Bride. | When: Now through Sept. 29. | Where: 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. | Info: Visit


Music in the Garden •Sponsored by Friends of Garfield Park, this is the final event of the season, featuring the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. | When: Aug. 29, 7 p.m. | Where: 2505 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.

America We Remember • For the 16th time, the Friends of Garfield Park present the annual tribute to fallen warriors, featuring Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers and 7 Bridges. | When: Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. | Where: 2524 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.


Story Time & Crafts • Preschoolers can stop by every Thursday and join BGPL staff for stories and crafts. | When: Aug. 29, Colorful World. 11 a.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Visit

Zentangle: Doodle Magic • Adults can learn the basics of turning your doodles into fine art using the Zentangle technique with Pat Voelz. | When: Sept. 3, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 881-1953.

Job Center • In partnership with WorkOne and EmployIndy, the library presents a free class for unemployed or underemployed to receive one-on-one assistance to enhance their employment skills. | When: Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sept. 4, 11, 18, 18 & 25, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Where: Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4510.

Ready Readers • Children who are beginning readers can listen to the story of The Red Lemon by Bob Staake. They will also make a lemon fuzzy drink. | When: Sept. 4, 4 p.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch, 550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.

Mystery Dinner• Take a step back into the ‘80s music scene for “Like, Oh My Gosh Murder” mystery dinner party. Registration is required. | When: Sept. 6, 5 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 881-1953.


Forms in Silver • Photography by Gayle Moore and Top Potter will be presented. | When: Now – Sept. 27, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays A reception Sept. 9, 1-7 p.m. | Where: UIndy’s Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Call (317) 788-3253 or visit

J.P. Leiendecker • The Funkyard Art Gallery & Coffee Shop presents Artist of the Month J.P. Leiendecker, Ethereal Photo Manipulation. | When: Sept. 6, 7-10 p.m. opening reception. Work on display through September. | Where: 1114 Prospect St., Fountain Square. | Info: Call (317) 822-FUNK.

Dietel •Marge Christie Dietel is the featured artist Sept. 4-28 at the Southside Art League Off Broadway Gallery. Marge will discuss her work in watercolor and oils at her reception.| When: September 7, 2-5 p.m. reception. | Where: 299 E. Broadway, Greenwood. | Info: Call Marge at (317) 422-4014.

Obituaries 8/29/13

August 28, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Elmo Markem Burks, 81, of Franklin, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born May 22, 1932 in Tennessee to the late Jess and Eva Burks. Elmo was employed by Kawneer and Stokely Van Camp before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and trading knives. He is survived by his wife, Mary Burks; children, James Burks, Debra Hayes and Donna Speck; stepchildren, Alan Nalley and Steve Nalley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Phillip Burks; and sister, Lorene Randolph.  He was preceded in death by a son, George Burks; step son, Mike Nalley; and his siblings, Ray Burks, Houston Burks, Jesse Burks and Lovie Reed. A service will be conducted Aug. 29, 1 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel, 951 N. Main St., Franklin.  Elmo will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery.


Frank “Frankie” Kevin Coonfield, 59, of Indianapolis died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Beech Grove on July 22, 1954 to Glen M. and Eunice I. (Wallace) Coonfield who preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother,  Edward L. (Barbara Davis) Kellett; sisters, Donna M. Hacker, Barbara J.(Darrell) Radford and Patti (Bart) Kreig. Visitation is Friday Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. until service at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with Pastor Larry L. Dalton, officiating.



Rosita Cotter, 89, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. She was born in Rome, Italy on May 2, 1924 to Paolo and Ida Lentini. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Cotter on Sept. 23, 1998 and her sister, Silvana Ferri on July 3, 2012. Rosita is survived by her children, Robert L. (Jody) Cotter, Paul P. (Sue) Cotter, Daniel F. Cotter, Stephen J. Cotter, Kathleen Cotter, and Loretta Rachek (Paul); sisters, Mina Bushek, Adriana Suchy, Gianna Richardson; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Rosita enjoyed being a mother and raising her children. She was a wonderful grandmother and cherished spending time with her grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Jude Catholic Church. Visitation was Aug. 28 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Sharon Lee (Kemme) Domino, 66, of Indianapolis died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sharon married Michael Addison Domino prior to moving to Indianapolis. Michael preceded Sharon in death in 2009. Sharon was an Executive Administrative Secretary in the Indianapolis area for many years; she was artistic and loved crafting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sharon is survived by son, Thomas A Domino (wife, Josetta); mother, Darlene “Polly” Parrott; sister, Judy “Jude” Bousquet; brother, Ralph Parrott; two grandchildren, Griffin & Hailey Domino; and nephew, Brett Jungbluth (wife Denise, and children, Liam & Emma). A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. until service time. Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.



*Photo: John Cameron Jackson, 62 of Indianapolis, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. He was born to the late Robert and Ruth Jackson. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. John is survived by his wife Christine Yvonne Jackson; children, Thomas Andrew (Anneka) Jackson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, James Jay (Noel) Jackson and Jay Cameron (Sara) Jackson. Grandchildren Katelin Jackson, Megan Jackson, Kodie Jackson, Cameron Jackson, Ava Jackson and Isaiah Jackson. Memorial services will be held Aug. 30 at Grinsteiner Neighborhood Funeral Home, 1601 E. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46201 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at New Crown Cemetery, 2101 Churchman Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203.




Jack Stuart Lewis, 82, of Greenwood, died Aug. 19, 2013. He was born Sept. 16, 1930 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Lenora Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (James) Lewis; his children, Karen (Bob) McAllister and Kevin Lewis; and his grandchildren, Hailey Bair, Tanner Bair, and Delaney Hyde. Services were held Aug. 23 at Washington Park East Cemetery and Aug. 22 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.



Teresa Faye Oberting-McElroy, 49, Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1963 to Louis Gordon and Brenda Mae Frock Braswell. She was preceded in death by her brother, Todd Braswell and is survived by her daughters, Ashley Oberting-Robbins and Kristi Oberting; mother, Brenda Mae Westerfield; sister, Stephanie Westerfield; brother, Jim Braswell and grandmother, Ruth Frock. Teresa had a vibrant personality and was loved by everyone that she met. Services were held Aug. 24 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or



Nicholas Anthony Oberting, infant, was born on Aug. 15, 2013 and died on Aug. 17, 2013.  He was the son of Michelle Oberting. He is also survived by his grandparents, Ken and B. Kyle Oberting; great-grandfather, Ken Oberting; aunt, Toni Oberting; uncle, Kenny (Nicole) Oberting and cousins, Payton, Teagan and Matthew. Services were held Aug. 24 at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 30 S. Meridian St., #200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.



James “Jim” Alan Northcutt, 64, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 3, 1949 to Marvin James Northcutt and Mary “Bette” O’Neill Northcutt. He graduated from Chartrand High School in 1967 where he played basketball and baseball. He attended and played baseball at Marian College, and worked at Asphalt Materials for more than 40 years. Upon the birth of his first grandchild, he chose the nickname “Dodo” to which he was lovingly referred by family and friends. Throughout the years, he was active in Soap Box Derby with his daughters, supporting his sons in soccer, football, and wrestling and enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren. Jim was an avid country line dancer, enjoyed collecting antiques and in his last few years of life, dedicated his time to supporting fellow lung transplant patients. He is survived by his wife, Velma (Kaufmann); his two daughters, Kimberly Preciado (husband George), Kellie Estes (husband Michael); his sons, Brett Northcutt (wife Susan) and Benjamin Northcutt (wife Dania); step-sons, James Kaufmann (wife Heather), Kenneth Kaufmann and Brian Kaufmann (fiancée Megan Deakins); daughter-in-law, Adriane;  14 grandchildren; sisters, Maureen Madden (Joseph, deceased), Sheila Northcutt (partner Pam Vitale), Debbie Fabert (Eric), Donna Hinrichsen (Erik), Dora Trittipo (Paul); and brother Timothy Northcutt (Cheryl).  Also surviving are the mothers of his children, Cathy Northcutt and Marcia Gordon Northcutt. Donations may be made in the name of James A. Northcutt to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Roch Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. Friends may call on Aug. 29 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.




Wilma Jeanne Disney Pearcy, 80, of Indianapolis, died peacefully Aug. 21, 2013. She was born June 28, 1933 in North Salem, Ind. to the late Joe C. and Katherine Disney. She was preceded in death by herbrother Wayne “Diz”. She attended Arsenal Tech High School. However, her fondest school day memories are from the years she spent at
Florence Faye School 21. Jeanne worked at A&P Tea Company and retired from
Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jeanne also worked as a food server in various
restaurants. Jeanne is survived by her son Michael (Jackie) Pearcy; daughter Rhonda Smith (John Pyle); four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life took place Aug. 26 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel,
7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. No graveside services will take place. Donations may be made to Shrine Hospital for Children, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.



Carl Eugene Pratt (Gene) was born on Nov. 18, 1931 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Gertie Pratt. His grandfather Pratt moved the family to Boone County when Gene was five years of age. He is survived by his longtime companion Ines Lester, two daughters Lieta
LaRoche (Phil), Dawn Gibbs (Tony) and son Kim Michael. He is also survived by five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister Patty Wethington (Tom), Uncle Joe and Aunt Regina Hawkins, brother-in-law Bob Ping, sister-in-law Loretta Pratt, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He had a deep Christian faith. He knew the balance between having a good time and hard work. He enjoyed playing golf, square dancing, playing cards, travel, solving crossword puzzles, wood working, interacting with children and enjoyed the friendship of good friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill, Raymond, Jim, Skip and sister Carole. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years, a member of the American Legion, Veteran of the United States Navy, and retired from Naval Avionics as a Forman for Quality Control. A Celebration of Life will be held at Community Church of Greenwood on Aug. 31 from 2 – 4 p.m. with service at 4 p.m.



Tracy Ann Radford, 51 of Indianapolis died Aug. 22, 2013. Tracy was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Beech Grove to the late James Radford and Betty(Huntsinger) Radford Jones. Tracy was also preceded in death by her step-father Gene Jones; sisters, Cindy Cambell and Debbie Trammel; and brother, Terry Radford. Tracy is survived by sisters, Sharon (Mike) Scott,  Diana (Jack Buzzard) Radford, Donna (Scott Caraway) Radford; brother, Darrell (Barbara) Radford. There will be no visitation. Private Services will be held. Final arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.



Bobby E. Ross, 65, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.  He was born on Feb. 14, 1948 to the late Silas Ross, Sr. and Pearlie (Watson) Ross in Danville, Ky. Bobby was proud to have served in Vietnam and was the past Commander of the V.F.W. Post 5626 in Beech Grove and a member of the V.F.W. Post 5127 in Whitley City, Ky. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Delores (Ghent) Ross; daughters, Tammy Farrar (Andy) and Tabitha McGuffin (Patrick); siblings, Janice Ross, Laura Partin (Earl) and Glenford Ross; and grandchildren, Shelby and Jacob Farrar and Chayse, Hunter and Katilyn McGuffin. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Silas Ross, Jr., Lois Collette and Thelma Ross. A memorial service was held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Service, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis.


Billy “Blue” Joe Walker, 59, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born Feb. 28, 1954 in Detroit, Mich. to Joseph H. and Helen L. (Morris) Walker who preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion of 27 years, Teresa June Stuart; son, Billy Joe Walker, Jr.; daughters,  Raquel Walker, Reda  and Brandy Stewart; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Visitation will take place Aug. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with a cremation following.



Ruth O. Watson, 81, of Indianapolis, died on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.  She was born on March 30, 1932 to the late William H. and Edith Mackey Scott in Indianapolis. Ruth was a proof-reader for Allison Coupon Co. prior to her retirement. She loved to work puzzles, read and watch the birds. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marion L. Watson; and her siblings, Robert J. Scott, Vivian Fifer and Edith L. Scott.  She is survived by her children, Marsha K. Smith (David), Michael K. Watson, Carol J. Rhoades (Greg), William H. Watson (Tina) and Jeffrey L. Watson (Angela); and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 26 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial took place in Riverside Cemetery, Carthage, Ind.

Teach your children well

August 28, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living by Wendell Fowler

Kid’s food needs are the same they were 20 years ago; however, the food they eat today is doggie doo; horrid; in fact, science says they cause sterility, obesity and diabetes.  ‘Lunchables’ is a diabolical specimen. Temptingly marketed, this Demon is laden with an un-Godly amount of salt, HFCS, bad fats, food colorings, nitrates, wheat and immune-depleting sugar. But, man is it profitable.


Kids’ temples need 40 vitamins and 90 minerals daily. Megavitamins, large doses of vitamins, aren’t a good idea for children. To accomplish this, kids need a variety of fresh, chemically-free, nutritious food. Today’s fake foods are nutritionally D.O.A.; a result of industrial modification.

Kids need whole foods prepared with mom’s nourishing kitchen love. Growing bodies require quality materials to grow big and strong. Prepare wholesome, balanced lunches at home. Are their bag lunches based on your convenience or their needs? It’s time for loving parents to update their nutritional know-how and stop projecting their silly fears of food upon their kids. Let them make up their own minds. We’re not born to fear fruits and vegetables, we’re taught. Time-strapped parents tell me there’s no time to prepare healthy lunches. Gimme a break! One child told me her parents give her a ‘Poop Tart’ and a can of Mountain Dew for breakfast. Sigh.

Harris Polls estimates about 1.4 million American youth are vegetarian, while about three million never eat meat. Vegetarian kids have lower risk of obesity, cancer and heart disease.  Give them a kid’s multi-vitamin-mineral supplement too. It’s essential that offspring get plenty of clean protein, vitamins B12 and D-3, iron, calcium and many other nutrients and minerals most people get from meat, eggs and dairy.

Face the reality; today’s children are heavier than ever and face serious lifetime health consequences. An overweight child is more likely to become an overweight adult. Parents have the greatest influence on their child’s diet and exercise habits and make daily decisions that will affect your child’s current and future nutrition and health patterns. Parent’s responsibility is to teach children to lead healthy lives now and when they’re adults. Helping children maintain a healthy weight doesn’t have to be a battle. Don’t put your child on a ‘Fad’ diet. Popular with adults, they’re not designed for children. A balanced diet is the goal.

Lovingly teach them before unhealthy choices become habits. Explain you’ll be making important changes in family meals; eating will be different but fun.  Allow sweet treats in moderation rather than eliminate them. Rewarding them with a Snickers Bar if they eat their broccoli says candy is more valuable.  Be a role model. If you eat right, your children will too. Your beloved kids love, adore and need you. Love them back with healthful role modeling.

Experience Exchange

August 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Southside foreign exchange students learn about a new culture while sharing theirs

By Nicole Davis

Imagine being a teenager and packing up your possessions to move halfway across the world for a year. The food is different. Your home is different. School is different. For many, the idea would be terrifying, but it’s what foreign exchange students have done for years. As exchange students recently arrived on the Southside, it’s not just them that are learning about a new culture; they are spreading information about their cultures to those around them.

“It’s a surprise but a good surprise,” says Leonardo Castagna, a Brazilian exchange student at Beech Grove High School. “The school is totally different. We don’t have a gym in the school, lockers, or fields in Brazil. We just have classrooms.”

As the students get used to their schools, they have been swarmed with questions. The most asked one for Beech Grove foreign exchange students Katja Henke and Levin Zimmermann, both from Germany – “Does your country have a McDonalds?”

“People ask foreign exchange students strange questions,” said Penny Hall, Roncalli High School employee who has hosted students for six years. “One kid asked if they have lakes in Germany. I think what that question means is those kids are realizing there is more than just Indiana. They’re really just learning that the world is different.”

Exchange student coordinator for Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Vickie Nelson, says everyone benefits from a foreign exchange program, from the student, host families and those all over the world.

“We’re changing the world by bringing these kids over,” Nelson said of the program which works closely with the U.S. Department of State. “(Students are) shocked by how much community service we do in the U.S. They go home and they in turn then do it. The government is really supportive. Their take on this is if the kids come here and see all the goodness, they bring that back to their countries. It will change the world.”

Nelson, of Perry Township, became involved with the program in 1998 when an exchange student desperately needed a home. Since then, she and her husband have hosted 37 kids of their own and she worked with CIEE to place 112 kids in Indiana, working primarily on the Southside with schools such as Southport, Perry Meridian, Center Grove, Greenwood Community and Franklin Central. Her job entails finding suitable homes for the students – a family or individual who can provide three meals a day, their own bed and love to help immerse the student into the culture here. Host families can typically choose which child stays at their home. The students all speak English, and are tested on their language skills before they are placed.

“I have one family in Southport I was given the name of by a number of people,” Nelson said. “She said no because, ‘we don’t do anything.’ I said, ‘you don’t have to.’ It’s for kids to come over and be immersed in your family. It’s an academic thing. Do it, don’t be afraid. It’s not hard. It’s life changing in every way. You will have a daughter or son the rest of your life. I think people are just afraid to do something different. If you have a local coordinator, I’m there to help you.”

Hall said her interest grew in becoming a host family after hearing a story from a friend who did it. She says through the last six years, she has learned so much about different cultures, as well as about herself.

“Kids are kids, no matter where they come from,” Hall said. “It’s fun to show someone your world if they’re interested in it. We did not start this thinking there’d be any benefit for us, and yet we have benefited hugely. We have friends all over the world now. I think I’m very enthusiastic about it because it’s a very easy way to bring something new and interesting into my life. Ten months is such a short time. To open up your home and try this once, a school year is so short.”

Food is a big part of the change for foreign exchange students. Hall said she has yet to host a student who has tasted peanut butter. For the first meal, she says she typically cooks chicken and noodles since most countries have a dish similar to that. The three Beech Grove exchange students shared of their surprise to see so many fast food restaurants.

“It’s been different, but a good different,” Henke said. “You start learning stuff on your own that you had to do with your parents. I think it’s a good place to be in because it’s next to a big city. Here, everyone knows you.”

Only in the country for two weeks, the students still have a lot to experience.

“I wanted to learn about the culture,” Zimmermann said. “I only knew about the U.S. from television. I wanted to see how it is in real life. It is much different.”

To learn more about the exchange program at CIEE, visit

85 years of Love

August 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Beech Grove native Mary Love turns 85 while sparking up laughter in those around her

By Nicole Davis

Mary Love says that no matter how much or how little she had in life, she always felt the need to watch out for other people, do the little things to make them smile. Love will celebrate her 85th birthday on Sept. 4 and is still going strong, cracking jokes with everyone around her and sparking up conversations with every person she meets.

“I just get along with people,” Love said. “I haven’t met a stranger, a person I don’t really get along with. I more or less do what I can do to help somebody. I want to give back the happiness God has given me. Even as a kid that was a good feeling to me. I think if more people would just really look in the mirror and say there’s a lot of things I’ve done in my life, but today is different. You can do things for people, just to see them smile.”

Love grew up in Beech Grove with four siblings, all deceased except for her younger brother, Jimmy. The family moved a lot, so she went from attending Beech Grove High School to a school in Irvington. She says not much exciting happened in those days, as she went to work at nine years-old, cooking and cleaning for a woman in the neighborhood. Love began working in hospitals at age 17, where she met her late husband, Gene Siphert. After they married, she moved to his Brownsburg home. Love retired from Methodist Hospital in her early 60s, and says that she has enjoyed the last 25 years of retirement, reading, writing, dancing, singing and spending time with her family.

Life isn’t always easy, and Love comments on how she has escaped death four or five times now. The biggest life-changing event was in 1963, when she attended a Holiday on Ice show with her husband, friends and in-laws at the State Fairgrounds coliseum. A propane leak at a concession stand caused an explosion which killed 74 people, including Love’s in-laws. Love had her rib cage and some fingers broken. Love says it’s a topic she has written a lot of, to share of what she experienced and what she learned from it.

“When I remember the bad things, I try to put something else in that slot,” Love said.

Love remarried at age 77. She was introduced to her husband, Bob, through a friend of hers. They married at their church, Unity Church of Indianapolis. As she approaches her 85th birthday, she says does look forward to it – especially for birthday treats.

“If it’s anything like my 80th birthday, I’m excited,” Love said. “My kids always say I don’t need a bunch of stuff. I say I don’t need a bunch of stuff unless I can eat it… I feel if I didn’t hurt, I don’t feel like 85. I like to be out, doing things.”

Her oldest son, Mike Siphert, says his mother has always been that upbeat person.

“I hope she has a very good birthday,” said her oldest son, Mike Siphert. “The best thing for all of us is to just concentrate on gratitude in our lives, whether you’re 85 or younger. I just wish her all my love for her birthday.”

Stepping up

August 28, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

Bunker Hill Elementary and The Southeast Project work to raise shoes for WaterStep Foundation

By Nicole Davis

Two thousand, one hundred thirty-five shoes lined the hallways of Bunker Hill Elementary recently as students fundraised for the WaterStep Foundation, a nonprofit which focuses on solving the world’s water problems. Students were so enthusiastic about donating shoes that a couple even offered to give the ones off their own feed, said guidance counselor, Alison Pickett.

“Bunker Hill is a really special school,” Pickett said. We’re kind of our own community here. It seems if our students or families here are in need, we have everyone pitch in. So I knew it would be a successful fundraiser but I had no idea we would raise that many.”

The project idea was brought to the school from The Southeast Project, a church who “adopted” the school and helps with things such as landscaping projects. Together, they collected 2,175 pairs of shoes. WaterStep takes the shoes and sells them to an organization that starts microbusinesses. The money is the foundation’s primary source of income to place clean water systems into developing nations.

Pickett announced the final total of shoes raised this week to Coralyn Turentine, representative for WaterStep, who she says immediately began crying. It’s the largest donation the foundation has seen.

“I couldn’t believe these kids,” said Ryan Carrell, lead pastor of The Southeast Project. “It’s amazing to see them have a global perspective at such a young age. We would like to maybe next year see if we could do a district-wide type thing. Any way to keep doing it and make it bigger is a good thing.”

Weekly Movie Review 8/26/13

August 28, 2013 in At Play, Opinion by Adam Staten

The World’s End; a smashing good time, it is


The Rolling Stones, fish and chips, the Office and Monty Python are all different aspects of British popular culture that have found success in the good ole US of A. The two blokes (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), with such films as the irreverent zombie comedy Shaun of The Dead and buddy cop film Hot Fuzz to their names, are well on their way to being added to that list of successful British imports.  Once again, the two chaps, Pegg and Frost, star together in their newest collaboration, The World’s End.

The World’s End is about a band of mates who have drifted apart and lost touch during their 20 years since graduating high school. In an attempt to get the boys back together and relive the good old days, Garry King (Pegg), organizes an evening of hard drinking as the rag-tag group attempts to complete their hometown’s pub-crawl, a feat none of them were able to finish during their last try 20 years earlier.

Getting the guys together for a night of drunkenness, slurred speech and poor decision-making proves to be harder than Gary thought. We see Gary connive and scheme in order to convince his reluctant high school chums to come along for an evening to relive their good old days and to get blackout drunk. Little do they know, their once quiet town has changed; no one recognizes them and all the townspeople are stoic and mellow without the slightest bit of personality. Long story short, quickly Gary and the gang soon realize robots have replaced the entire town. Yes you read that right, robots.

As you can probably already tell, from my short little synopsis of The World’s End, it’s different from anything else out in theaters.  As odd as the story of The World’s End is and it just gets weirder and weirder as the movie progresses, strangely, it’s ok. Instead of another stupid, unfunny comedy or another superhero film, The World’s End is unusual and gets some points for at least daring to try something new.  However, there are sometimes, especially in the film’s initial sequences, that drag a wee bit too much and some of the jokes are as about as old as Mick Jagger and the rest of the Rolling Stones.

Simon Pegg takes on the leading man duties here as Gary King, a hard living, hard drinking, motor mouth, who’s still stuck in his high school years. Frost plays Gary’s conservative, uptight best friend, Andy. Pegg and Frost and the rest of the talented cast are decent to good. Everyone plays very well of one another as they beat each other with one insult after another. Surprisingly, each has their time to shine in the film and does so admirably. The driving force of the film, however, is the obvious rapport and chemistry between Pegg and Frost that keeps the film interesting and moving.

To say that The World’s End is a little out there would be to put it lightly. But for all its misses, it makes up with twice as many hits.

There is more than enough laughs and blue robot blood to make The World’s End a jolly, smashing good time it is.

On the Southside

August 28, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

A strengthening trip down memory lane

Those of you who are approaching or in the years that qualify you to order from the senior citizen’s menu at the local eatery will appreciate this story.

I decided to get into shape not long ago. My dear bride had dropped a hint or two in that direction. I remember when I was in the Army that we did a lot of calisthenics and running. The latter was never an activity that I enjoyed but the former was indeed something I could do with a certain level of devotion. So it was that I drew some of my former calisthenics from my memory of days in the Army. It would be a painful trip down memory lane.

It was my plan to do calisthenics five days a week, taking Wednesday and Sunday off. It started well and I was super-motivated at the end of the first week. It was Tuesday morning of the second week that my body decided to teach me the lesson that I was no longer in the Army and should not act as though I was. Working from the middle, my back entered into full rebellion. It did so while at work and in the presence of my co-workers. The pain was beyond anything I had endured since the last time I took a “whupping” as a young ‘un. My back calmed down a little bit after a time (and sufficient “I told you to be carefuls” from the Mrs.) then my shoulders took up the siege and let it be known that they were not going to do pushups or any other kind of “ups” thank you so much. The knees put in the coup de grace on my program to return to “Army Strong” shape and refused to do anymore squats.

After all this abuse, I went to my doctor (a Southsider, of course) and told him of my dilemma with the hopes that he could help me make myself behave and get into shape. He took the side of my back, shoulders, and knees with the “You’re not a kid anymore,” speech.

Fine. I’ll sit here and watch TV. That’ll show ‘em.

Torry's Top Ten 8/29/13

August 28, 2013 in Opinion, Torry's Top Ten, Uncategorized by Torry Stiles

Top ten words of wisdom from the pig

by Porkrinds Stiles

10. “Pigs get along with most people better than most people do. I think it’s because pigs look at other people and only see another person they would like to know.”

9. “If they didn’t want me in the cat food they would’ve made the bag stronger.”

8. “Love is over-rated. I am just as happy with normal tolerance as long as the pantry is full.”

7. “Turkey bacon is great! It’s not turkey or bacon but everyone should eat it.”

6. “That pig in the Geico commercial won’t write me back. I send Geico my picture and they just send me back rate quotes for skin care insurance.”

5. “Some of my best friends are vegetarians. I wish everyone was.”

4. “Beauty is from the inside. I gots lots of insides just waitin’ to get out.”

3. “Sleep is better than exercise. I’ve never pulled a hamstring while sleeping.”

2. “Picky eaters need to be hungry more often and they won’t be so picky.”

1. “If people acted more like pigs and less like people they’d be happier, well rested and less likely to fight. Their table manners would be atrocious, of course.”

Dale’s Restaurant honors WWII hero

August 21, 2013 in Community by Carey Germana


Former TJ’s Kitchen has new identity, new food items

By Brian R. Ruckle

An American naval hero who survived three sunken ships during World War II and who served many years as a union leader has been memorialized for skills known only to family and close friends: gardening and cooking.

Located at Emerson Plaza Shoppes Shopping Center at Thompson Road and Emerson Avenue, TJ’s Kitchen on Aug. 1 became Dale’s Family Restaurant. The restaurant is now named after the late Beech Grove native Dale Beikman.

Beikman’s grandson and restaurant owner Dennis Beikman became sole owner of the restaurant in December of last year.

“When I bought out my (TJ’s Kitchen) partner in December, I decided the only person I wanted to name it after was my grandfather. I chose him because I learned all my work ethic, morals and business sense after him,” Beikman said, noting that his grandfather passed away two decades ago. “Our whole family is excited about the tribute.”

Beikman said that he was very close to his grandfather and spent many weekends of his youth with him in Seymour, Ind.

“We would go fishing nearly every weekend, and we were always either in the woods collecting firewood for the winter or working in the garden growing vegetables that we could eat throughout the winter. Also, if we weren’t doing that we were in a garage that he had turned into a workshop in the back yard. He was always working on some kind of project,” said Beikman.

Dale Beikman grew up during the Great Depression and started working a milk route when he was 11 years old. He had 12 siblings for whom he had much responsibility. At age 17, he joined the US Navy and fought in World War II. After the war, he married Laura May Bolton and they had four children including Dennis’ mother, Karen Beikman Hood. Beikman worked for Uniroyal as a union secretary and later served as president of the union.

Dennis Beikman started his food service career at Ponderosa, and later worked at Grindstone Charlies and the Blue Heron at Geist.

“I’ve I always enjoyed cooking. My grandfather did a lot of cooking and I think I picked it up from him,” he said.

After spending several years selling real estate, he partnered with Tom Black to start TJ’s Kitchen in 2010.