New Views on Making Stuff

On Oct. 2, the city proclaimed it Manufacturing Day. Several manufacturing companies opened their doors to show the public, and the media, the stuff they are making. While many in the media (and the public) ignored the festivities, those who attended various events learned a lot about the future of small manufacturers, and the important role they play in economic development, especially on the east side. Officials noted that almost 30 percent of Indiana’s economic activity in 2014 was in manufacturing, the highest percentage of any state in the country. … Read More

Forest Manor Diamonds Get a Facelift

The Forest Manor baseball diamonds got a significant facelift Oct. 5 thanks to the efforts of the Indianapolis Indians front office and the Indianapolis chapter of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI). Many volunteers came out to clean up the ball fields, The Tribe’s staff spent the day serving Indianapolis’ underprivileged youth by refurbishing multiple diamonds at Forest Manor Park which is the primary home to Play Ball Indiana. Bleachers were repaired, diamonds leveled, and the growth around the fences was removed. Head groundskeeper Joey Stevenson … Read More

Volunteers Plant Trees on East Side

INDIANAPOLIS — Volunteers from Lilly and other organizations came out in force on Oct. 1 as part of Indy Do Day, a city-wide program to improve neighborhoods. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful supplied over trees, mulch, equipment and guidance for the volunteers planting the cloverleaf at Shadeland Ave. and East Washington St. The trees will contribute to the city’s tree canopy, plus act as a sound barrier at the busy intersection. The Lilly volunteers also planted trees and beautified the 38th St. corridor and worked on many projects throughout the city. Overall, … Read More

Indianapolis Veterans Court Opens

INDIANAPOLIS — On average, 20 veterans are arrested each week in Marion County. The Indianapolis Veterans Court opened recently and aims to give veterans and current members of the military facing low-level criminal charges — many of whom suffer from … Read More

Volunteers Sought for ReadUP

INDIANAPOLIS — One hundred volunteers are still needed to help Indianapolis Public Schools students reach their full reading potential. With just one hour a week, volunteers can make a huge impact in the lives of students. Now is the time … Read More

Indy Rama Downtown Indy Home Tours

INDIANAPOLIS — The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI), the City of Indianapolis and Downtown Indy are partnering with builders from Redevelopment Group, Trade Design Studio, ZMC and Park 10 to showcase new construction, townhomes, and single-family homes in four … Read More

Theatre Review: The Great Gatsby at the IRT

The Indiana Repertory Theatre kicked off its 2015-16 season with a fine production of The Great Gatsby, playing through Oct. 25. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel by Simon Levy (the only stage version authorized by his estate), the themes … Read More

Medicare Extravaganza Educates Seniors on Insurance Plans

INDIANAPOLIS — Senior Promise, a Franciscan St. Francis Health-based organization is hosting a Medicare Extravaganza Oct. 19, Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 at the hospital’s Education Services and Support Center at 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, one mile south of … Read More

October Declared Energy Efficiency Awareness Month

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a proclamation declaring October as Energy Efficiency Awareness Month in Indiana. The Proclamation encourages Hoosiers to use energy conservation measures that reduce utility bills and energy consumption. Indiana’s weatherization assistance program saves an … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Oct. 9-16

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, October 9, 1915: Dr. R. L. Rockwell, on furlough from the American Red Cross Hospital in France, talked about the war and his work as assistant surgeon at the Yvelot hospital, near Rouen, which is … Read More

The Sea Tells Many Stories, Part 3

Chris and Tony took diving lessons in Cincinnati and drove up to Gloucester where they were taken out to a wreck. It was only the bottom of a ship, but they were fascinated by lobsters swimming around and a colony … Read More


Jewelry goes in and out of vogue. The geometric rhinestone creations of the 1930s, the teardrop earrings of the 1950s, and 1970s love beads have all come and gone. But one piece of jewelry has endured for centuries. Valued by … Read More

Applause!: Oct. 9-16

• Marilene Isaacs Kauffman and the monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery of Dehra Dun, India will be at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E. University Ave. on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for an afternoon of guided meditation, White … Read More

It’s Me, Imani

“Hi, Cool Papa, It’s me, Imani.” When my granddaughter was about 4 years old, and her mother put her on the phone to speak to me, she would always announce herself in that way. I never thought of the announcement … Read More

Sports and More Sports . . .

The Fightin’ Hoosiers The 2015 edition of the Indiana University Big Red football team has shown some real teeth this season. Currently at 4-1, they are coming off a game in which they gave the 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes … Read More

Madge’s Bully Gets His Due, Part 3

Jefferson, Wisconsin Sheriff Joseph T. Lange and Dist. Atty. Harold M. Dakin had a dead body on their hands and a roster of suspects to choose from. Seems like everyone wanted Earl Gentry dead. Gentry, a 6-foot-3-inch 230 pound bully … Read More

100 Years Ago: Oct. 9-16

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, October 13, 1915: The board of school commissioners voted against the proposal to have Bible study made a part of the Indianapolis high school curriculum. Former Indianapolis mayor Caleb S. Denny and Thomas C. Day, … Read More