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St. Patrick’s Day 2017: On the Southside

Sampling of Southside St. Patrick’s Day events All events are on March 17. This listing is not all-inclusive. Call your favorite establishment to see if it is hosting an event. ShamRock the Taphouse What: Live music in the tent starts at 5 p.m. with 3:1. Dan Melvin plays at 7 p.m. and Flatland Harmony at 9 p.m. Free limo rides. Specials all day. $5 cover charge. When: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Where: McGilvery’s Taphouse, 8249 US 31, Indianapolis Info: facebook.com/mcgilverys.taphouse.5/ 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party What: $5 cover charge. Corned Beef and Cabbage and Irish Stew for a $5 donation, while supplies last. When: Pub opens at noon. Tent opens 6 p.m. Where: O’Gara’s Irish Pub, 522 Main St., Beech Grove Info: facebook.com/OGaras-Irish-Pub-58387007028/ St. Patrick’s Day What: Live music by Austin & Hanna and Blindside Boys, bagpipes, Irish food and more. When: All day Where: The Corner Bar, 5506 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis Info: facebook.com/The-Corner-Bar-665651843521275/ St. Patrick’s Day Block Party What: The city has offered to close the section of Madison Ave. in front of the Taproom. There will be The Blind Pig, live music, food, and libations. Johnson’s BBQ will be on hand as well. When: 7 – 11 p.m. Where: Planetary Brewing, 188 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood. Info: planetarybrewing.com/ St. Patrick’s Day in the Barn What: Live music by Neon Cowboys, 7 – 11 p.m. Food by Weber Grill until 3 p.m. Food trucks from 6 to 10 p.m. $10 tickets. When: noon to midnight Where: Barn at Bay Horse Inn, 1468 W. Stones Crossing Rd., Greenwood Info: barnatbayhorse.com St. Patty’s Day Tent Party What: Heated tent, full bar, NCAA tourney, photo booth and live music by Tastes Like Chicken. When: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Where: Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, 2536 S. Meridian Read More

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Opinion


Torry’s Top Ten: Will Rogers Quotes #25

Top ten recent quotes from Will Rogers (were he alive today) #25 Silver Edition by Torry Stiles 10. “Us Democrats are still ready to do what we can for the party – we just ain’t sure if the party knows what to have us do besides complain…. But some of us are awful good at that, too.” 9. “Sometimes I look for the milk o’ human kindness and I spot the jackass raisin’ nothin’ but Brahma bulls.” 8. “The new bosses in Washington have got quite a problem with tryin’ to get rid of that Obama care stuff. The old bosses spent so much time tellin’ us how much we wanted it in the first place that some folks came to believe they couldn’t do without it.” 7. “They tell me ya hardly had any winter in Indiana this year. That’s good ’cause y’all saved a lot of money on your heatin’ bills. That’s bad ’cause now they’ll have to raise your rates to make their money back.” 6. “One of the problems with electin’ the lesser of two evils is that, no matter what, you still get evil.” 5. “Looks like they’re gonna put more taxes on cigarettes again. That’s be fine but folks are quittin’ smokin’ all the time. That means they’re quittin’ payin’ taxes, too. Now, there’s a habit Congress don’t want to catch on.” 4. “My Indian family back in Oklahoma are thinkin’ their ancestors should’ve built a walk on the Atlantic coast a coupla’ hunnert years ago.” 3. “Our man in the White House can’t seem to stay off of his Twitterin’ an’ Tweetin’. We all like to know what our president is up to but even Mr. Roosevelt only needed to be on the radio once a week.” 2. “Those folks makin’ those lottery Read More

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Weekly Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island; weakly written, but impressively shot Hollywood is a big fan of sequels and remakes. They help to minimize the substantial financial uncertainty most movies present at the box office. In addition to the aforementioned category of films, some characters are so legendary they can spawn quasi sequels and remakes for decades. A movie featuring one of Hollywood’s most memorable characters opened this past weekend. Set in the 1970s, at the end of the Vietnam War, Kong: Skull Island is the story about a group of explorers hoping to examine an uncharted island in the Pacific. After pleading and begging a U.S. senator for assistance from the government to make their exploratory dreams a reality, the men are given the go ahead. Prior to making the trip, several are recruited for their expertise in survival, combat and photography. Upon arrival to the island, the oversized monkey doesn’t exactly provide the warmest of welcomes. A few explosions and a couple of deaths later and the group are separated on opposite ends of the island. It soon becomes apparent King Kong isn’t the only gigantic creature stomping around on the island. While several characters prove to have ulterior motives, the group finds themselves in a fight for survival from the cadre of massive mythological creatures. While King Kong and the other beings are epically strong, the story is similarly weak. For starters, the characters are incredibly underdeveloped and the only one the film makes any real effort to flesh out isn’t introduced until about halfway through. There is some semblance of a cohesive story, but it’s extremely obvious that’s not where the filmmaker’s interest resides. Instead, the film’s focus is on the gargantuan creatures and their many destructive battles. On the positive side, the film’s cinematography is something to behold. Read More

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Living

Alzheimer’s disease: brain diabetes

Early in childhood, you begin designing the blueprint for your future mental health. The quality of the food you eat today determines what your brain may or may not be able to do in the future. Your temple’s brain needs fertilizing just like colorful spring flowers. Alzheimer’s Association says more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. It takes a lifetime of poor eating habits and lack of exercise for inflammatory disease to take root. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is a disease of lifestyle, a processed diet lacking plant food and lack of physical activity. The same pathological process that leads to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may also hold true for your brain. Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes. Insulin plays a big role in helping the brain take up sugar from the blood. Over-indulge in sugar and processed grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by consistently high levels of insulin and eventually shuts down its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, and eventually causing permanent brain damage. Researchers believe vitamin deficiency plays a big role, specifically magnesium, B-12, folate, A, omega-3 and D-3. A plant foods diet has an inflammatory component in fruits and leafy green vegetables that provide folic acid and other B vitamins to help your temple to reduce homocysteine levels. The National Institute on Aging report warns high homocysteine levels may double risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Statin Drugs are shown to increase dementia risk too. Oh my! Rates of Alzheimer’s are four times higher in America than India. Elderly villagers in India have one of the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s; the reason may be the turmeric in their daily curries. Turmeric is strongly anti-inflammatory. The Journal of Neuroscience had Read More

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LATEST NEWS

Two Franklin Central Choirs take Grand Champion

Three FCHS Choirs awarded Best Vocals Franklin Central Choral Department won Grand Champion in two divisions for the third time this season Saturday at Brownsburg High School Spectacular.  The third competing choir was named 1st runner up in the small mixed division. Competing were Franklin Central’s FC Singers, the advanced mixed show choir, High Voltage, the advanced all-female show choir and Accents, the intermediate mixed show choir. High Voltage is a 60 voice female choir in its 12th season, under the direction of Andrew Knaup with choreography by Jarad Voss and Tori Burns.   In addition to Grand Champion, their spirited performance earned them Best Vocals and Best Choreography in the Women’s Division.  Tori Carroll was also named Outstanding Performer.  FC Singers is a 62 member mixed choir under the direction of Bradley Gardner with choreography by Jarad Voss and Tori Burns.  In addition to Grand Champion, their amazing performance earned them Best Vocals and Best Choreography in the Large Mixed Division.  Josh Harrigan was named Outstanding Performer. Encores is a 66 member choir in its 2nd competition season, under the direction of Andrew Knaup and Bradley Gardner.  This talented group was awarded Best Vocals and 1st runner up in the Small Mixed Division.  Mallory Hutchison was named Outstanding Performer. The overall competition day lasts between 17-18 hours and includes both preliminary and final competitive rounds. While not performing, student watch performances by other schools and interact with other student musicians from the other schools. In addition to the choral group performances, FCHS was represented by six Solo Competition entries.  Two top finishers were from FC including Dillon Betz and Josh Harrigan. The Franklin Central Choral Program currently has more than 450 students in nine choirs; the program has enjoyed dramatic growth under the direction of Bradley Gardner and Andrew Read More

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I-69 Section 6 Draft Environmental Document Published for Public Comment

Exhaustive study recommends locations for highway, exits and local access The final leg of Interstate 69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is one step closer to reality with the release of its Tier 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  In addition to increasing economic activity in the corridor, exhaustive studies and public input conclude that I-69 Section 6 will improve safety and travel times between Martinsville and Indianapolis. The Draft EIS recommends a preferred route and footprint for the 26 miles of new and upgraded highway, including the location and types of 10 exits, 16 overpasses or underpasses and new local access roads. The draft document estimates the maximum potential impact that I-69 Section 6 construction could have on homes, businesses and natural resources, and identifies mitigation measures. “This is an important milestone for an important project, and it couldn’t have been accomplished without the significant amount of public input we received from hundreds of citizens, elected officials and civic organizations along the corridor,” said Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuiness. “This draft study moves us closer to what’s been talked about for so, so long – finishing I-69 and having a free flow of traffic from Evansville to Indianapolis.” INDOT will refine the preferred alternative based on public and agency input, and expects the Federal Highway Administration will issue a joint Final EIS and Record of Decision for Section 6 in the first quarter of 2018. The Final EIS will identify refinements to the preferred route based on public comments and agency review. The Record of Decision is the federal decision that authorizes INDOT to proceed with design and construction of the project. Public review and comment The complete Draft EIS, more than 1,500 pages, is available for public review online at www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69/2515.htm. The public may submit written comments Read More

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Mike Heffner of Express Employment Professionals celebrates expansion

A job for every person Mike Heffner’s dream for growth of Express Employment Professionals has come true with recent expansion “I say there is a job for every person and a person for every job,” said Mike Heffner, owner of Express Employment Professionals of Indy South. “I truly believe that is our mindset,” he continued. “We work hard when someone comes in that maybe we don’t have an opening for, to go find a position with one of our client companies.” That mindset, combined with a servant’s heart, dedicated employees and a shared vision for growth, Mike said, has led to the need for the Indy South location to relocate its business to a larger space which will accommodate the increasing demand. Heffner and his staff celebrated an open house on March 9, inviting the community to check out the new professional look at the 201 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 110 office. Express Employment Professionals is an international franchise with more than 780 offices. Heffner opened the Indy South location in July 2005. The business performs in the top five percent of the franchise, having put 2,200 people into jobs in 2016, between the Indy South and Columbus locations. “At the end of the day, what got me into this business was the desire to help people succeed,” Mike said. “This was a franchise that hit all of our values. They are a faith-based organization. It allowed us to be active in the community. On top of that, it allowed me to do what I love to do. This is a sales related business. The majority of our business is sales and business-to-business. It became a good fit.” When Heffner first opened the business, there were three employees, focusing on manufacturing, warehouse and similar positions. In 2011, they opened the Read More

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Haunts & Jaunts: The truth is out there

The truth is out there    Paranormal groups entering into the ghost hunting arena have challenges ahead. It becomes a series of trial and error, checks and balances. Techniques can often be amateurish. The worst case scenario is the tendency to support a preconceived belief in ghosts, rather than striving to discover verifiable evidence while hosting a critical eye. Eventually these groups will purchase lots of equipment to aid them in their investigation of the unknown. Is it worth it?    Photograph and filming can be manipulated to portray something not there. Or, the investigator can themselves be manipulated unintentionally by interpreting ‘something’ resulting from equipment flaws or the environment. Audio recordings—Electronic Voice Phenomena—can have natural explanations: the rustling of clothing, whispers, the clearing of throats, traffic or other investigators stumbling about in the dark. They can also be affected by stray radio frequencies, or magnetic or digital interference.    What continues to nag me after all these years is, if ghosts actually exist and are detected or recorded using this vast array of equipment, shouldn’t we have more evidence or revelation about the existence of those departed? Evidence that would hit the scientific journals, and not just the National Enquirer? We still do not… only theories. Theories are based on assumptions, and there are a boatload of assumptions out there in paranormal land!    I have been a paranormal investigator for many years, yet I sit on the fence with a leg on each side of the debate. On any particular day, it depends how I’m feeling. As my friend and writer Alan Hunter states, “I am para-normally challenged.” I am also, and these are challenging days! What do I believe?    I have experienced ‘things’ over the years I cannot readily explain (visual, audio, group reactions to shared Read More

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Alzheimer’s disease: brain diabetes

Early in childhood, you begin designing the blueprint for your future mental health. The quality of the food you eat today determines what your brain may or may not be able to do in the future. Your temple’s brain needs fertilizing just like colorful spring flowers. Alzheimer’s Association says more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. It takes a lifetime of poor eating habits and lack of exercise for inflammatory disease to take root. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s is a disease of lifestyle, a processed diet lacking plant food and lack of physical activity. The same pathological process that leads to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may also hold true for your brain. Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes. Insulin plays a big role in helping the brain take up sugar from the blood. Over-indulge in sugar and processed grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by consistently high levels of insulin and eventually shuts down its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, and eventually causing permanent brain damage. Researchers believe vitamin deficiency plays a big role, specifically magnesium, B-12, folate, A, omega-3 and D-3. A plant foods diet has an inflammatory component in fruits and leafy green vegetables that provide folic acid and other B vitamins to help your temple to reduce homocysteine levels. The National Institute on Aging report warns high homocysteine levels may double risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Statin Drugs are shown to increase dementia risk too. Oh my! Rates of Alzheimer’s are four times higher in America than India. Elderly villagers in India have one of the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s; the reason may be the turmeric in their daily curries. Turmeric is strongly anti-inflammatory. The Journal of Neuroscience had Read More

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Torry’s Top Ten: Random Thoughts

Top Ten Random Thoughts as I Try to Figure Out What to Do with the 200 Pounds of Sidewalk Salt I Bought in September by Torry Stiles 10. I need to work on shortening my column titles. 9. Where are the good scissors? All I can find are the pinking shears. …and why do we have pinking shears? …and whoever thought to call them that? 8. I need a new hobby if I have enough time to put that much thought into pinking shears. 7. I bet horseback riding was invented by some stupid caveman who lost a bet. 6. Two sounds that always make me put a little hustle into my step: The wife’s car pulling in the drive when I still have laundry to get in the machine and a cat coughing up a hairball on the good couch. 5. The Groundhog wasn’t any smarter than the guy who said we’d have a bad winter. Oh, wait. It was the salt salesman who said that. 4. I know I’m getting old when I no longer have the energy to complain about my lack of energy. 3. Can a snake shrug? 2. I just found another pair of pinking shears. I do not recall ever seeing anyone in this house pinking anything. 1. The neighbor lady just came to the door asking to borrow a pair of pinking shears. I give up.

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Weekly Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island; weakly written, but impressively shot Hollywood is a big fan of sequels and remakes. They help to minimize the substantial financial uncertainty most movies present at the box office. In addition to the aforementioned category of films, some characters are so legendary they can spawn quasi sequels and remakes for decades. A movie featuring one of Hollywood’s most memorable characters opened this past weekend. Set in the 1970s, at the end of the Vietnam War, Kong: Skull Island is the story about a group of explorers hoping to examine an uncharted island in the Pacific. After pleading and begging a U.S. senator for assistance from the government to make their exploratory dreams a reality, the men are given the go ahead. Prior to making the trip, several are recruited for their expertise in survival, combat and photography. Upon arrival to the island, the oversized monkey doesn’t exactly provide the warmest of welcomes. A few explosions and a couple of deaths later and the group are separated on opposite ends of the island. It soon becomes apparent King Kong isn’t the only gigantic creature stomping around on the island. While several characters prove to have ulterior motives, the group finds themselves in a fight for survival from the cadre of massive mythological creatures. While King Kong and the other beings are epically strong, the story is similarly weak. For starters, the characters are incredibly underdeveloped and the only one the film makes any real effort to flesh out isn’t introduced until about halfway through. There is some semblance of a cohesive story, but it’s extremely obvious that’s not where the filmmaker’s interest resides. Instead, the film’s focus is on the gargantuan creatures and their many destructive battles. On the positive side, the film’s cinematography is something to behold. Read More

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