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A nice vintage point

September 25, 2013 in At Play, Community, Fashion, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

FTVintAlena Van Arendonk organizes the Franklin Township Historical Society’s first Vintage Clothing Show

By Nicole Davis

Picking up a piece of vintage clothing, Wanamaker resident Alena Van Arendonk said she enjoys speculating – Who wore it? What did they wear it to? Where they excited when they received it? Did they travel with it? She has hundreds of these vintage garments in her home, as she prepares for the Franklin Township Historical Society’s first Vintage Clothing Show on Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m. at the Acton United Methodist Church, 5650 Senour Rd. The free community event will represent an assortment of clothing from the 1830s to 1970s.

“I love the designs and the vintage clothes have so much more detail in them than modern clothes because nothing was mass produced,” Van Arendonk said. “I really want to talk to people about the clothing, and how of the fashions developed, how everyday life was for people because of their fashions. I’m looking forward to explaining to children to what fashions were like in the days when you had to wear a steel hoop cage under your skirt.”

It’s a lot of work for a three hour show, but event organizer Van Arendonk said they didn’t want to risk damaging the delicate pieces by putting them in a longer display. The historical society does have some pieces on permanent display at its meeting house, 6510 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis.

A week before the clothing show, Van Arendonk was sorting through donations, carefully planning a way to display the pieces without causing harm to them. She said the society hosts a variety of events to entice all interests, and this idea came to her as a result of her other hobby – costuming. After pitching the idea, she says it escalated into more donated items than could possibly be displayed.

“We have a pretty good range of pieces from those decades,” Van Arendonk said. “I’m hoping to have some examples of how fashion has changed from decade to decade and how clothing developed. The outpouring of interest and donated pieces has been very positive. So it turned into a much bigger event than was originally planned.”

Attendants will be able to even try on a few pieces at the show, and are encouraged to wear their own pieces if they have them. The free event is to educate the community, though the historical society will also sell memberships at $10 per year. Free refreshments will be provided. Members have also published numerous books on the township, which will also be for sale.

“There is a lot of surviving history,” Van Arendonk said. “We know a lot about Franklin Township where a lot of towns don’t. We know who was born in an old barn house that was torn down to build a subdivision. A lot of really interesting stories and history have been preserved thanks to this organization that would otherwise have been lost. I am really hoping we can attract new people to the society.”

Van Arendonk became a board member in the early 2000s, joining after being hired to create the society’s Web site. Growing up in Franklin Township she said makes the history even more interesting to her.

Many of the items at the show will be from Van Arendonk’s own collection. She says she grew up interested in history, and shopped for clothing at antique malls and thrift stores. Her great-uncle spent decades collecting civil war era and vintage clothing which his children donated to Van Arendonk, knowing her interest in preservation.

“This is a chance to see a lot of museum quality pieces that are normally not on display,” Van Arendonk said. “These are pieces they may never have the chance to see again.  It’s a chance to talk to other people with similar interests. It’s a very fun, community event. You can come out, eat cookies, look at the pretty things, talk to your neighbor that you might not have known had an interest in history.”

Clothing; 1840 – 70 coat, 1860 tan dress; 1870 purple hemmed dress, worn by a saloon girl; 1890 blue dress; 1910 burgundy dress; 1940 white dress.


Franklin Township Historical Society Vintage Clothing Show

Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.

Acton United Methodist Church

5650 Senour Rd., Indianapolis

Dogs welcome

September 25, 2013 in At Play, Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

DogDayPhoto by Nicole Davis: Phil Wilson, owner of Uncle Bill’s Pet Center will bring small animals to the Dog Day event on Sept. 28.

Baxter YMCA to host fifth annual Dog Day Afternoon free community event Sept. 28


Come to get a bath, nails done, prizes and even a caricature drawn – for your dog, of course. The Baxter YMCA will host its fifth annual Dog Day Afternoon event on Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m. at the pavilion, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis.

“This is my favorite event, because I do love dogs,” said Mary Overstreet, member involvement director and project manager. “I love going around taking pictures of them. For me, it’s just fun so I’m pretty excited. It’s just a good time.”

Overstreet said she came up with the idea while brainstorming ways to raise funds for the Y for All Campaign, which grants money to members that qualify for financial assistance. The money helps pay for part of memberships, which are based on a sliding scale, or for kids’ swim lessons, camps and other programs families might otherwise not be able to afford. This is one of the YMCA’s smaller fundraisers, bringing in an average of $1,000. Uncle Bills Pet Center in Greenwood is the event’s main sponsor. Owner Phil Wilson said his employees will be on hand to answer pet questions and helping with some of the day’s events.

“I live on the Southside and I love giving back to the community and really enjoy talking to people all about pets,” Wilson said. “The Baxter Y is full of friendly people; that’s why I support them as much as I do… It should be a fun time. It was the last couple of years.  With our employees we can provide solutions that are helpful. That’s been a big plus for the people there. We enjoy solving pet problems and have for a long time.”

Events include a mini grooming service, training demos, baths, nail trimming, dog races and more. Some of these services will cost $5, which Overstreet said is still much cheaper than going anywhere else. Last year, Wilson said they brought small animals – ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs – for petting zoo for the kids and will do that again this year.

“It’s an opportunity for families to come out on a nice day on the weekend, bring your dogs with you for a change,” Overstreet said.

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Filling an empty plate

September 25, 2013 in Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

HungerIncPhoto by Nicole Davis: Dennis Thompson has volunteered with Hunger Inc. for 26 of the nonprofit’s 30 years.

Hunger Inc. reaches 30 years of meeting a need in Perry Township and Beech Grove

By Nicole Davis

Volunteers have worked diligently to fill a need with Hunger Inc. for 30 years. The emergency food pantry nonprofit which was started Oct. 1, 1983, has went from serving 10 households each day it was open to 35 households on average now. Meeting that growth is this year’s “celebration,” said Dennis Thompson, president who volunteers with his wife, Judy.

“The growth has to do with the number of people,” said Dennis, 26-year volunteer. “It’s a sign of the economy, and an awareness knowing we’re available. Just meeting the need – that’s our primary mission.”

The purpose of Hunger Inc. is to serve residents in Perry Township and Beech Grove who demonstrate an immediate need of assistance. Those in need must show a proof of residency and can only come once every 30 days. Each household receives 10 pounds of food per person. In a month’s time, the nonprofit will serve 400 households, giving out 12,000 pounds of food. Receiving a large amount of contributions around the holidays, Dennis said there is a need year-round, and is always encouraging donations.

“It’s a challenge right now,” Dennis said. “There were times we had donations that lasted us a whole year. Now we don’t have any reserves. It’s a continuing effort to make sure we have enough food. It’s not just me or the volunteers; it’s the Southside community that has supported us, through donations.”

Hunger Inc. started out of a trailer, on a property owned by Perry Township schools. When the school sold the property, the community came together and helped Hunger Inc. in their fundraiser. They moved across the street, in the building that was formerly Myers Ambulance Service, at 1416 E. Epler Ave., Indianapolis, 12 years ago. It now has approximately 100 volunteers, who work once a month, to have four volunteers in the pantry each day it’s open.

“It’s all about the people who support us and continue to do so,” Dennis said. “(Volunteers) are doing something good for a lot of people in need and work with a lot of people that share that same feeling. We have a lot of good volunteers and we’re always looking for more.”

Throw it!

September 25, 2013 in At Play, Community, Front Page News by Nicole Davis

FrisbeePhoto by Nicole Davis: Joel Hudson and AJ Fledderman, personal trainer, throw around a Frisbee outside of the Baxter YMCA.

New Southside Ultimate Frisbee program is for all ages and physical levels

By Nicole Davis

New youth and adult sports director at the Baxter YMCA, Joel Hudson, said Ultimate Frisbee was a popular hobby for him while attending Anderson University. Now, he will get to coach the sport as part of the YMCA’s new program.

“Since we are a family oriented place, Ultimate Frisbee is something the whole family can participate in,” Hudson said. “All you have to do is decently through a Frisbee.”

The Baxter YMCA has joined with Freedom Park to offer two new programs – Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse. The Ultimate Frisbee program will meet for seven weeks, on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the park, 1600 Averitt Rd., Greenwood. Cost is $20 for Y members and $25 for program members. Participants must be older than 12, though Hudson said this is one sport that the whole family can participate in, no matter their age or physical abilities.

He says the rules of the game are simple; you need a Frisbee and a way to locate out-of-bounds. Depending on a person’s physical activity, it could entail just throwing the Frisbee or running around chasing after it. There is no referee, so the game relies on honesty.

“Anytime I’ve ever played it, I’ve played with guys that will have good sportsmanship so hopefully they can bring that to others” Hudson said.

Hudson said he would like to continue to grow the program, and would like to see more parents with their children and younger ages coming so this could build interest in the YMCA and the other programs it has to offer. Starting out small, he said they need at least 18 participants to continue.

“It’s unique,” Hudson said. “You can just hang out to throw the Frisbee, barely move and you have a good time.”

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Your mood’s in the food

September 25, 2013 in Health, Lifestyle, Living, Wendell Fowler by Wendell Fowler

Your get up and go got up and went? Got a hopeless outlook on life? Can’t concentrate or sleep because monkeys in your brain constantly chatter your fears? Would you believe certain foods can trigger depression symptoms? The CDC says about 9% of Americans say they’re depressed. The CDC reports middle aged men who regularly eat junk food are at greater risk of depression. Those who eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly are at less risk.  Yet, grown men shriek like little girls at the mention of eating fruit and vegetables even though plant food’s proven to ward off da’ blues.


We live in an alternate Universe where our creator’s foods are scorned and everyone’s first choice is fatty burgers, pizza, bacon, white bread, biscuits and gravy, fried foods, sugary drinks and Poop Tarts; foods scientist say can depress you.  Processed foods are a strict no-no if you experience anxiety disorders and sleeplessness. Such foods might trigger depression. Heavily processed foods are laden with sodium, which adds to depression. Therefore, fast food, canned food and pre-packaged dehydrated food shouldn’t be consumed. Ditch the white bread, pasta (made with eggs), white rice, instant oats and similar white foods. These low-grade foods consumed in excess can create the feeling of depression. Anyone who reaches for a sugary snack when grumpy, knows the solace is ephemeral: a few minutes of feel-good followed by a blood-sugar zoom, crash and burn and more moodiness.


If you think of it,  it’s hypocritical for a church to sponsor a Fish Fry when it’s scientifically prove  deep fried anything harms God’s temple with obesity, depression and heart disease, which gives greasy irony to the prayer, ‘Bless this food to the nourishment of our body so we can better serve you, Lord. We give thanks; pray for health and strength to live as you would have us. Amen… Now pass the Tartar Sauce!” We’re an odd species.


CBS TV reported a new study found those who ate most vegetables, fruits, berries, whole grains, poultry, fish and low fat cheese suffered less symptoms and a lower depression risk.

While our grandparent’s diet contained natural sources of omega-3, today’s generation has replaced them with foods containing too high levels of omega-6. A reduction in the consumption of omega-3 foods is another cause for increased depression.


Depression in men can create the heartbreak of erectile dysfunction (ED). Some antidepressants and medications do too. Burly men are too embarrassed to talk about it, mistakenly linking ED to their machismo. In the study men who ate healthiest experienced less assault with a dead weapon. Don’t become a depressing, life-suckling curmudgeon. Avoid dead processed foods and switch to healthy eating for a happier life. It’s rewarding and entirely up to you.

Obituaries 9/26/13

September 25, 2013 in For the Record, Obituaries by Carey Germana

Elzie Eugene Austin was born July 9, 1935 in Dunville, Ky. He was the son of Stanley Austin and Verna Lawless. Mr. Austin grew up in Fountain Square and attended and played football at Tech high school and graduated from Manual high school in 1953. He married Charlene Muse and had three sons Bart, Burt and Gene Austin. Mr. Austin received his degree in education from Indiana Central College was a biology teacher and coach. He went on to receive a master’s degree in administration and was the Vice Principal of Harry E. Wood high school and principal of Manual high school from 1978-1993. Mr. Austin was honored in 1980 by President Bush and the Dept. of Education for leadership in education and a drug a drug free school program. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching his three boys play football for Franklin Central High School and continued to follow them through their collegiate and coaching careers. Elzie served his community as a member of the Franklin Township School board and was instrumental in developing their tradition of excellence. He spent his last several years at Rosegate assisted-living and most recently Clairbridge of Carmel. Mr. Austin was preceded in death by his wife Charlene (Muse) Austin and is survived by his three sons, Bart (Stephanie) Austin, Burt (Barb) Austin, Gene Austin; and grandchildren Ashley, Aaron, Brooke, Jaida, Nicole and Blake. Visitation will be held Sept. 26, 4-8 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel.  Funeral Services will be Sept. 27, 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home in Burial Acton Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Elzie “Gene” Austin’s name to the Flashes Football Foundation, Franklin Township Education Foundation or the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana.



*Photo: Etsuko Bennett, 82, of Indianapolis died on Sept. 18, 2013. She was born on Sept. 15 in Sasebo, Japan. She is preceded in death by her husband Alan D. Bennett, daughter Barbara Bennett, and five brothers. Survivors include her daughter Brenda Mills, her sister Taeko Yamada Yamaguchi, and granddaughter Kelley Webb (Alex). Services too place at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimers Association, 50 E. 91rst St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209.


Lee G. Bishop, 73, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 22, 2013.  He was born on March 9, 1940, in Salem, W.V. to the late Frank and Ora Bishop. Lee was a retired mechanic having worked for GMG Motors and City Motor Mart for several years. Lee is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Chris Bishop, and Garry Toney; daughters, Linda Toney, and Nikki Toney; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five brothers; four sisters; several cats and a dog. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Visitation was held Sept. 25 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the funeral home. Lee will be laid to rest in New Crown Cemetery, Indianapolis.


Samuel E. Blair, 63, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 16, 2013. He was born June 2, 1950 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late Earl Lee & Martha Maxine (Lamb) Blair. Samuel retired from Navistar, where he worked as a pattern maker. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Kincaid) Blair; daughters, Rox-Anne Leveritt, Nicole Knight & Crystal Blancett; brother, Stephen Blair; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rachael Blair. Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.


Gene E. Dietz, 82, Indianapolis, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Gene was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, 1931 to Harold V. and Mary Adeline Sweeney Dietz. Gene was a 1949 graduate of Southport High School and a 1953 graduate of Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) and served in the US Army from 1953-55. He was employed by Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing for 47 years before retiring in 2000 as secretary of the corporation and vice-president of finance. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Harold “Jack” Dietz. Gene is survived by his wife, Kathleen Beck Dietz; daughter, Diane Dietz-Ebbert; and his grandchildren, Kelsey and Jeff Ebbert. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 10 a.m in St. Roch Catholic Church. Visitation was Sept. 25 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home.


Mary E. Dunlop, 76, Indianapolis, died on Sept. 8, 2013.  She was born on Aug. 5, 1937 to the late Charles Z. Monroe and Violet Doyel Monroe in Indianapolis. She was a long-time resident of the Villas of Sacred Heart and was known for her kindness in always offering a visitor or friend a Pepsi.  She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Reeves of Mooresville.  No services will be held and cremation will take place. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services.


Heaven-Lee Christine Faye & Serenity Reneé Hammons, died Sept. 19, 2013. They are survived by their parents, Ashley Daudy and John Hammons; siblings, John Hammons II, Bianca Hammons & Natalie Hammons; grandparents, Michael Fisher, Tamarra Jines, Paula Reddy, Billy Cook, Hattie-ella May Goad, Karen Cook & Lucille Daudy; and several aunts and uncles. Services will be at Sept.27, 12p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Chapel of the Chimes, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of services.  Burial will be at New Crown Cemetery.


James Bill Henson, 64 of Indianapolis died Sept. 19, 2013. He was born March 5, 1949 in Manchester, Ky. to the late Floyd C. Henson and Margaret (Root) Henson. He was self- employed as a truck driver for J and P Trucking retiring in 2003. James is survived by his daughter, Emily Ann Phillips; sisters, Eva Mae Henson and Ida Mae Schmidt- Henson. Funeral Services will be held Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Larry Dalton officiating services. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until time of service. Cremation to follow.



Alois Joseph “Al” Konermann, 78, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. He was born in Brumsel, Germany on May 12, 1935 to Heinrich and Maria Ravermann Konermann. Alois was a cabinet maker by trade and worked for J.L. Fox Inc. before retiring in 2000. He served in the US Army from 1959-1962. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660, Heimats & Preussin, Indianapolis Sanger Chor, and a past member of Indianapolis Liederkrantz. Alois was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Alfred, Frances and Joseph; brothers, Heinrich, France, August, Gary, and Hubert; sister, Thersia Borgel and is survived by his wife, Hermine Binder Konermann; daughter, Erika Huffman (Butch); grandson, Derek Walker; granddaughters, Mary Jenkins (Shawn), Brandy Huffman; great granddaughters, Jaylee, Emma, and Amiyah; many nieces, nephews and cousins in the US and Germany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 11 a.m. in St. Mark Catholic Church. Visitation was Sept. 25 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.



Ruth Ellen Wells Miller, 82, Indianapolis, died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. She was born on Aug. 24, 1931 to the late Ted and Serena Hemmer Wells in Beech Grove. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church.  She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Miller; children, Richard M. Miller (Judy), Mark J. Miller (Lora), Matt J. Miller (Dora), Jean Marie Miller (Gary), Camilla Mauzy (Gary), Edith Marie Miller and Laura Simmons (Lee); brothers, Art and Danny Wells; sisters, Serena McKay, Lois Copeland, Mary B. Giumetti and Rosy Hayes; and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Rebbeca Ann Yager and Frances Marie Miller; and brother, Ted Wells. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 25 in St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul.


Christian Friedrich “Fritz” Moeller, 80, died on Sept. 20, 2013. He was born on March 28, 1933 in Indianapolis. He graduated from Southport High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Butler University. He pursued graduate studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. He is a veteran of the Korean War and while stationed in Korea he personally funded the construction of an orphanage to serve the needs of blind Korean children. Fritz owned Moeller Food Services in Southport for over 50 years, previously called Moeller’s Grocery. He was an avid aviator, having flown from age 16. Fritz is survived by wife Helen Hardegen Moeller; children, Carol Moeller (James) Blume, Elizabeth Moeller (Kevin) O’Reilly; grandchildren, Esther Letha Moeller, Andrew Moeller, Bridget O’Reilly, Meghan O’Reilly, Brendan O’Reilly, Erin O’Reilly and Grace Blume; brothers Carol Summers, Esther (Dr. Larry) Stanton, Ruth (Dr. William) Whitehouse; and many nieces, nephews and countless friends. Fritz was preceded in death by his parents Christian Friedrich and Letha Chupp Moeller, and his sister Elinor Moeller Ryker. Visitation will be held at Singleton Funeral Home, 7602 Madison Ave. on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service was held Sept. 23 at Southwood Assembly, 8700 S. Meridian St. Memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice to further Fritz’ passion of continuing Christ’s ministry.



Sharyn L. Neibert, 75, died on Saturday Sept. 14, 2013.  She was born in Indianapolis to the late Thelma Moody.  Sharyn was an inspector for Eli Lilly. She had a passion for arts and crafts, cooking and enjoyed camping. Sharyn is survived by her sons Richard A. (Debbie) Neibert and Randall S. (Diana Anderson); daughters Cynthia Payne and Kimberly (George) Brown; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Lynda Buchanan; and her faithful Corgi, Annabelle.  She was preceded in death by her husband Richard E. Neibert. Visitation was held Sept. 19at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. Funeral Services were held Sept. 20 at  St. John’s Lutheran Church 6630 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis. Burial is in Acton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to ALS Association Indiana Chapter 6525 E. 82nd St. Suite 115, Indpls., IN 46250



Raymond “Ray” Patrick Parksey, 54 of Indianapolis died Sept. 16, 2013. Ray was born in Kansas City, Miss. on March 11, 1959 to the late John A. Parksey Sr. and Rosemary (Goodman) Parksey. Ray was a truck driver for Heartland Ready-Mix for five years and previously drove for Builders Concrete. Ray is survived by his daughters, Christina “Dinnie” Bussell, Donna Parksey, Michelle Parksey,  Shannon Simpson Skillern; six grandsons; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; brothers, Albert (Jeannie) Parksey and Tony Parksey; sisters, Flora Parksey, Roxanne Parksey, Priscilla (Jimmy) McGill, Teresa Parksey and Alberta Parksey; brother-in law, James Lee Winfrey. In addition to his parents Ray was preceded in death by his son Jason Simpson; brother John “Butch” Parksey; sisters, Ruth Ann Winfrey and Charlotte Parksey. Funeral Services were held in Fountain Square Mortuary September 19.  Cremation followed service.


Infant Dwayne Robert Scott-Pennyman of Indianapolis died Sept. 14, 2013 at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. He was born Sept. 12, 2013 at Community Hospital East to his adoring parents Jessie Robert Scott and Latonya Patrice Pennyman. Private Services were held at Fountain Square Mortuary. Cremation followed Services.


Marjorie “Pam” Ann Pierce 42, of Indianapolis died Sept. 6, 2013. She was born Oct.24,1970 in Indianapolis to the late James and Jane Gause. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her companion Ronnie L. Whitehead. No services will be held. Private cremation will be held. Final arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.



Eva June Brown Rabourn, 83, died Sept. 16, 2013.  She was born in Brownsburg to the late Arthur and Christine Brown. Eva was married to Samuel Dwight Rabourn who preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter Cheryl  Rabourn Cook Burger; son Samuel Rabourn; granddaughters Angela Lynn Cook and Jennifer Ann Cook; sister Elizabeth Amidon; brother Johnny Brown and special friend Robert Shinkle. Visitation was held Set. 20at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel.  Funeral Services were held Sept 21 in the funeral home. Burial is in Acton Cemetery.



Fredrick J. Schoettle, 74, Greenwood, died Friday Sept. 20, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on July 6, 1939 to Harold F. and Florence Jeanette Sims Schoettle. Fred was a 1957 graduate of Cathedral High School and was the vice-president of United Home Life Insurance from 1981-1997. He worked for the Dant Insurance Agency for the past 10 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3660, Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, and served as a member of the board of directors for Catholic Social Services. Fred volunteered his time as a coach for many of the St. Mark School sports teams. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Thomas Schoettle. He is survived by his wife, Sonja “Fay” (O’Brien) Schoettle; children, William “Butch” Schoettle (Carol), Chris Schoettle (Jody), Lora McKeand (Jim), Karen Parson (Jon), John Schoettle (Mary Ann); sisters, Mary Beth Bowling (Don), Perley “Penny” Bowling (Dick), Helen Gilkey, Susie Thornburg (Eddie), Theresa Hull; brothers, Paul, Mike (Jean), Jim (Pam), Ned (Anne), Mark (Theresa), Jeff (Liz), David (Jane); 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 24 in Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church and Sept. 23 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Entombment is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold and Jeanette Schoettle Foundation.



Jeffrey Allen Schmidt, age 39, of Indianapolis, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.  He was born on Jan. 23, 1974 to the late Joseph Wayne Schmidt, Sr. and Betty “Janie” Honeycutt Schmidt in Indianapolis. Jeff was a 1993 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School and worked for the carnival.  He loved camping, fishing and being around family and friends. He is survived by his loving mother, Janie Johnson (step-father, Jerry); siblings, Wanda Sterrett (Tom), Joe Schmidt (Holly) and Waylon Schmidt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jeff’s life was held on Sept. 20 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

At Play Calendar 9/26/13

September 25, 2013 in At Play, Community by Carey Germana


Hope for Heroes • Gamma Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will host Hope for Heroes fundraiser to benefit the USO at Camp Atterbury. They will sell hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink for $2.| When: Sept. 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Where: Kroger store, 1700 Northland Plaza, Franklin. | Info: Visit

Airport Open House • Proceeds from the Greenwood Airport Open House benefit the Johnson County “Shop with a Cop” charity program. Scheduled this year are food and activities, free airplane rides for children, airplane displays and car displays.| When: Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Where: 799 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. | Info: Call (317) 881-0887.

Carz R Us • Beech Grove’s Annual Charity Car Show will benefit Shop with a Cop, Handi-Capable Hands and Noble of Indiana. | When: Sept. 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. registration.  Awards at 2 p.m. | Where: 4th and Main Street, Beech Grove. Send advance entries to 552 Main St., Beech Grove c/o O’Gara’s Irish Pub. | Cost: $15 per entry. | Info: Call John O’Gara at (317) 250-8857 or Jim Oakley at (317) 710-7306.

Dads Club Fish Fry • The Douglas MacArthur Dads Club will hold its annual fish fry community event. There will be an appearance by Chuck E Cheese and drawings for gifts. Money will benefit needed classroom supplies and assist with children’s extra activities. | When: Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m. | Where: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School cafeteria, 454 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis. | Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for kids, 4 years and under are free. | Info: E-mail

Rock the House Against Cancer • In support of the Indiana University Dance Marathon for the Kids of Riley Hospital, the Knights of Columbus South swill host musical guest Lady Luck, a silent auction and free snacks and door prizes. | When: Oct. 4, 7 p.m. – midnight. | Where: Knights of Columbus South, US 31 and Thompson Road. | Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids, $250 for reserved table of 10. | Info: E-mail or call Terri Utterback at (317) 753-2812.


Blessings in a Backpack • Volunteers from the Blessings in a Backpack in Center Grove will be joined by school officials and guests to pull together backpacks of food for students. Blessings in a Backpack is a nonprofit that works with volunteers to collect, package and distribute food to children qualifying for the federally-funded National School Lunch Program.| When: Sept. 26, 4 p.m. | Where: The Care Pantry, 2911 S. Morgantown Rd., Greenwood. | Info:

Card Party & Quilt Raffle • The Ave Maria Guild will host their card party and quilt raffle. Reservations not required.| When: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Where: St. Paul Hermitage, 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. | Cost: $10 donation at the door includes lunch. | Info: Call Linda at (317) 885-5098.

Fall Festival • Saints Francis and Clare Roman Catholic Church will hold their 7th annual Fall Festival. Highlights of the event are Carnival rides, hot grilled foods, live entertainment, a Beer Garden, Monte Carlo, Bingo and Saturday afternoon Art in the Park. | When: Sept. 27, 5 p.m. – midnight and Sept. 28, noon – midnight. | Where: 5901 Olive Branch Rd., Greenwood. | Info: Email Keri Carroll at

Vintage Clothing Show • The Franklin Township Historical Society will host a free Vintage Clothing Show. Some clothing will be displayed on mannequins and dress forms; items that are especially fragile will be displayed on flat surfaces, and a few may be seen on live models. | When: Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m. | Where: Acton United Methodist Church, 5650 Senour Rd. | Info:

Dog Day Afternoon • The Baxter YMCA’s 5th Annual Dog Day Afternoon will offer mini grooming services, training demos, a dog bath, dog races and more. | When: Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m. | Where: Baxter YMCA Pavilion 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis. | Info: Contact Mary Overstreet at (317) 865-6469 or visit

Ice Skating • The Sycamore Ice Skating Club will have their registration for Session One and Two which begins Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. | When: Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – noon. | Where: Perry Park Ice Rink, 451 E. Stop 11 Rd. | Cost: $48 for Session One, plus annual registration fee of $12. Session Two, $72. | Info: Visit or call Barb, (317) 888-6047.

Oktoberfest • Holy Name Parish will hold its 2nd Annual Oktoberfest with locally catered food, music and a raffle. | When: Oct. 4 & 5, 5 p.m. – midnight. | Where: 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. | Info: Visit



The Tempest • The Garfield Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, thought to be the final play Shakespeare wrote by himself. | When: Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 4, 5 beginning 8 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park MacAllister Ampitheater, 2540 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. | Info: Visit


Shake • Percussionist Maddi Shake, student of Dr. Paul Berns, will present a recital. Maddi is a senior at Cathedral High School who had studied percussion since 4th grade. | When: Sept. 28, 1:30 p.m. | Where: St. Paul Hermitage Chapel, 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove. | Info:  Visit

Faculty Showcase • Faculty musicians at the University of Indianapolis will highlight three lesser-known 20th century works. | When: Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. | Where: Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.  | Info: Call (317) 788-3251 or call


Family Film Festival • Join the Fall Family Fun Festival showing Looney Tunes Back in Action. | When: Sept 26, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 881-1953.

Studio 45 • Children in grades 4-5 can join a Rock Star Camp, with singing and creating their own album cover. | When: Sept. 26, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 881-1953.

Rhyme Time • Babies and Toddlers can rhyme their way to reading. They’ll join Miss Elaine and Express Kids for rhyming through music and sign language. | When: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. | Where: Garfield Park Branch, 2502 Shelby St. | Info: Call (317) 275-4490.

Budgeting • Learn how to organize finances and create a budget. | When: Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. | Where: White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd. | Info: Visit

Incredible, Edible Egg • Amanda Jackson of the American Egg Board will stop by Johnson County Public Library branches. | When: Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m. | Where: White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd. | Info: Visit

Try It Tuesday • “No Cook” Snack Making: Pinwheels event will teach how to make a snack with no baking. | When: Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 885-5036.

Read for the Record • Participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Help set a new world record and read Otis by Loren Long. | When: Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. |Where: White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. | Info: Visit

Project Foodie: Comfort Food • The Project Foodie team will explore why some foods are comfort foods and share some favorite recipes. | When: Oct. 1, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 885-5036.

Indiana Author Fair: Writing Your Life • Adults can attend a free workshop presented by the Indiana Writers Center that will provide insight into storytelling. | When: Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. | Where: Franklin Road Branch, 550 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Call (317) 275-4380.

Soap Making • Learn about different soap making techniques from Christine Garrett, owner of Aquae Sulis Handmade Soap. | When: Oct. 2, 6 p.m. |Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit or call (317) 885-5036.


Art Exhibition IX • The public is invited to the Midwest National Abstract Art Exhibition IX, an annual event sponsored by the Southside Art League and hosted by the Garfield Park Arts Center. Forty-One professional artists were juried into the exhibit. | When: Sept. 28 through Oct. 26, with awards ceremony 6-8 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis. | Info: Call SSAL at (317) 882-5562.

One-Artist-Show • Laurie Wright presents a one-artist-show, exhibiting her silk screen prints. She will display the equipment used to make her graphic designs. | When: Oct. 1-31, Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open house, Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. | Where: Southside Art League Off Broadway Gallery, 299 E. Broadway St. | Info: Call SALI, (317) 882-5562 or visit

Art of Human Rights • Join for a series of artist talks, galleries and demonstrations. | When: Oct. 4 – 14, 7-10 p.m. | Where: Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, 1012 N. Dearborn, Indianapolis. | Info: Visit

Heads, Real & Imagined • Bronze Works by Tuck Langland, a taught sculpture, will be presented. | When: Oct. 4-25, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays. Reception Oct. 4, 4-6 p.m. | Where: UIndy’s Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | Info: Call (317) 788-3253 or visit


Mortgage Burning • Christ Our Shepherd, Church of the Brethren, will celebrate a Church Mortgage Burning. The church started in 1987. Hear stories of its history.| When: Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. | Where: 857 N. St. Rd. 135, Greenwood. | Info: Visit


Greatest Spectacle in Racing • The Perry Township/ Southport Historical Society will present a program featuring individuals and businesses from Perry Township and Southport that have been part of the Indianapolis 500. | When: Sept. 26, 6 p.m. | Where: The Atrium, 3143 E. Thompson Rd. | Info: Call (317) 789-3979.

Quilt Connection • The Quilt Connection Guild will host its monthly meeting featuring Suzi Parron, author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. | When: Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave. | Info: Visit


Running South • The Perry Township school district will take gym class a bit further during the Running South community event to honor former cross country coach and biology teacher, Tom Hathaway. There will be a 10K, 5K, 1 mile and Kiddie Romp events, food an carnival activities and health fair. | When: Sept. 28, starting 7:30 a.m. check-in. | Where: Southport High School, Auxiliary Gym, 971 E. Banta Rd., Indianapolis. | Info:

Health Fair • A Southside Kroger Pharmacy will host a Health Fair with a flu shot clinic. Hearing Solutions will have a mobile unit on hand for free hearing screenings, Piority One will offer free spinal screenings and a diabetic educator will answer questions. | When: Sept. 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Where: 5911 S. Madison Ave., Indianapolis. | Info: Call (317) 791-3545.

Change your plate; change your fate • The Southside Times’ Chef Wendell Fowler and Deb Mclure-Smith, a vegetarian cooking instructor, host a two-part series on The Cooking and Planning Basics of a plant-based diet. | When: Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Where: Good Earth Whole Foods in Broad Ripple. | Cost: $40 for 1 class, $70 for two. | Info: Call (317) 253-3709 for more information.

On the Southside

September 25, 2013 in Opinion by Scott Emmett

Older cars are always plotting…

My present daily driver is a 13 year old European sports sedan. I like it and it can be fun to drive when it is cooperative. The operable word being “cooperative” which is less frequent as it gets older. It has a mind to leak stuff on my driveway and garage floor and the security alarm goes off when it gets bored. It’s making a mess in my garage.

I took it to a shop and was told that it would require major surgery to the tune of some $1,500. The car is worth maybe $800 on a good day so I passed it up. Instead, I lined the floor of my garage with cardboard to catch the car’s discharge while I thought over my next move.

My buddy Ed has forgotten more about cars than I know so it was to him I turned for advice and solace. My friend bade me bring my car to his house (he has an equipped shop at his house, complete with lift – I am jealous beyond words) and together we would see if we could locate and fix the leak.

Ed found the leak and determined a fix would be quick and easy. The car had other ideas however. In the repair process, a grommet (the big rubber “thingy” that goes into the valve cover – I have no idea what it does but the car will shower oil everywhere without it) had been installed incorrectly and would have to be removed and reinstalled. I have noooooo idea how THAT happened. It was tough getting it loose but Ed eventually did get it loose enough to pull out.

In my desire to help Ed, I pulled on the grommet as it came lose. The car decided it did not want to be fixed just yet so the grommet jumped out of my hand and down into the nether regions of the engine, never to be seen again. Ed and I looked and searched and took stuff apart to see if we could find the renegade part to no avail. It is still down there somewhere amongst the engine so far as I know.

I was compelled to leave my car at Ed’s overnight and make a downtown run to get the required parts that would include a replacement for the wayward grommet. The oil leak is stopped. For now. Older cars are always plotting….

Torry’s Top Ten

September 25, 2013 in Opinion, Torry Stiles, Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

Top ten random thoughts from the slow cashier’s lane at the gas station

by Torry Stiles

10. Why is the cutest clerk always on break?

9. Your $55,000-plus sports car is parked longwise directly in front of store. I parked my $800 pickup right in front of you. My new best friend parked his $600 rustbucket right behind you. You can’t move. We’re going across the street for a pizza.

8. It’s a gas station. It sells gas. It has only three types of gas and a diesel pump. It has over 25 ways to play lottery games. I think the two people ahead of me are playing all of them. …. Oh, lovely, the computer won’t read their tickets. … Maybe they could open a lottery store….

7. I can get bubble gum-flavored snow cones at the fair. Bubble gum comes in almost every flavor except bubble gum.

6. I know professional wrestling isn’t “real.” I’ve seen Shakespeare’s plays. They weren’t real either.
5. “Zagnut” still sounds dirty to me.

4. Every few customers the cashier has to stop cashiering; open the cash drawer; count out a bunch of big bills; put them in an envelope; sign the envelope and make a money drop into the safe. Why not just put a slot in the cash register than spits it in there?

3. There is no real lemon juice in the store’s soda fountain lemonade. There is, however, real lemon oil in the Tweety Bird air freshener.

2. They have over 50 different styles, types and/or designs of lighters on the counter. Even when I was smoking I never needed that many choices.

1. While driving home from my regular job I pass a roadside vendor offering “Free Government Phones” and I realize they aren’t free because I just worked all day to pay for them.