Hancock County Children’s Choir Continues to Grow

The halls of New Palestine Bible Church were filled with excitement as the Hancock County Children’s Choir held their first rehearsal of the 2014-2015 season recently. Students enjoyed greeting friends they had not seen all summer and welcoming new choir members. And new members weren’t hard to find as the choir has doubled in size from 31 members last spring to over 60 members this fall. Commenting on the unprecedented growth, Artistic Director Gayle Roschi attributed the choir expansion to choir members sharing their enjoyment of the group, community support … Read More

Indy Glass Artists Featured on First Friday

INDIANAPOLIS — The Arts Council of Indianapolis has designated September as Glass Month in Indianapolis. To showcase the many glass artisans in and around the city, this month’s First Friday Art Tour will feature glass works. In Irvington, the Bonna Shops, 202 South Audubon will feature the works of Lisa Pelo of Hot Blown Glass from 5-9 p.m. Pelo’s work has been featured in many local galleries over the years, and she was the head of the glass studio at the Indianapolis Art Center from 2005 to 2010. Indiana Landmarks … Read More

The Rhythm Rats Perform at the Howe-Irvington Block Party Aug. 23

Even though some bands take issue with being the “opening act” at a concert or a festival, one local group is ready to make the most of that position at an upcoming event. “Once we’re on that stage just try to get us off of it!” challenged Dave Mansfield, drummer of the local blues quartet The Rhythm Rats. “We, the band and the crowd, are going to have a good time!” The event that will lead off with The Rhythm Rats is the 8th Annual Howe-Irvington Block Party. And for … Read More

Irvington Ghost Tours — A New Book & Tour Kick Off the Halloween Season

Alan Hunter has always loved history — not the dry-boned recitation of dates and places many people think of as “history,” but as a part of our everyday lives. As a former history teacher, he loved telling the stories behind … Read More

Warren Township Schools Forms Police Department

INDIANAPOLIS — On September 17, the Warren Township School Board swore in the Warren Township School Police Department (WTSPD). Thanks to laws passed by the state legislature, school corporations can create their own school police departments, with all the law … Read More

1964 Scecina HS Football Team Celebrates 50 Years

Recently, the Scecina High School Football team celebrated Homecoming and a 50 year reunion. The team closed the year with a 8 and 2 record. … Read More

Community Health Network Invests in East Side

INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network recently announced a major investment on the east side, which includes a dramatic renovation of Community Hospital East and three new health pavilions in the area over the next  few years. The 2-phased $175 million … Read More

Know Your Primary Care Provider

In today’s climate it seems there’s an acronym for everything! The government and military are famous for this, but medicine is no different. Besides acronyms for medications, immunizations, treatment guidelines etc., your primary care provider likely has one or more … Read More

Theatre Review: Two Gentlemen of Verona at the IRT

Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona is one his early plays, a comedy/romance featuring two friends, Proteus (played by Chris Bresky) and Valentine (Charles Pasternak) who go in search of their true loves. Julia (Lee Stark) and Silvia (Ashley Wickett) play … Read More

Grow Me, But Put Me in a Pot

The large orange-red, two inch papery pods of Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) are often used to accentuate Halloween or Thanksgiving flower arrangements. Although called “Chinese Lantern,” this perennial is actually native to Japan and southeast Europe where it’s sometimes referred … Read More

Scam Targets Taxpayers

INDIANA — Taxpayers nationwide are reporting unsolicited calls from scammers who claim to be with the IRS and demand immediate payment. It has been deemed the largest-ever phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers, costing victims an estimated $5 million in total. … Read More

The Beaten Path

I sat down with my 3-year-old daughter and told her that she had done something that needed to be addressed by a punishment. “I am going to have to spank you,” I told her. I turned her over my knee, … Read More

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe . . .

My last few columns have been about as pop culture oriented as you can get, exploring the supposed “curses” of the 1960-70s sitcoms Family Affair and Bewitched. As it happens, last week I found myself in a couple far away … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

• This Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the ninth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The only restriction is they will not accept new … Read More

Where are we going to put everybody?

I once saw a educational film made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1955. In it, an ag scientist claimed that by the year 2000, the earth’s population could be as high as 2 billion. He was asking how … Read More

Back to Grandma’s Kitchen

While I appreciate the conveniences of a modern kitchen as much as the next woman, if you look behind my cabinet doors you will find my true passion is very little 2014 ……….and very much 1914! Kitchen collectibles have long … Read More

100 Years Ago: Sept. 26-Oct. 3

From The Indianapolis News, Friday, October 2, 1914: Indianapolis marked state-wide observance of “Disease Prevention Day” this afternoon with a parade through downtown streets seen by thousands of people. Armies of rats, cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas and other vermin laying siege … Read More

The Best Kind of Athletes

The date was September 18, 2014. The place was Howe’s football field, or in this case, soccer field. The opponents, the Southside Thunder and The Irvington Preparatory Academy. I was definitely torn. I support and take personal pride in the … Read More

World War I, 100 Years Ago: Sept. 26-Oct. 3

From The Indianapolis Times, Wednesday, September 30, 1914: Discussion of the European War in the Indianapolis public schools, except where absolutely necessary in connection with certain class work, has been prohibited by an order issued by Superintendent Jacob G. Collicott. … Read More

The Games People Play

Phil King, a fine Irvington carpenter/handyman whom we found through an ad in this paper, asked where he could buy a board like ours for the marble game “Aggravation.” (Various stores and Amazon sell them.) Oh my goodness! This set … Read More