Carmel in brief- March 29, 2016


Ten-digit dialing –All consumers in central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code are now encouraged to use all 10 digits of the phone number, including area code, to make local phone calls. This will help consumers make the transition to mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 317 area code, which begins in September.

GOP Breakfast Club – The Hamilton County GOP will hold its March Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. on March 30 at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 116th St. U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks will be the guest speaker. Cost is $20 at the door. Memberships can be purchased for $150 and include 12 breakfasts. RSVP online at

TechHOUNDS receive award – Carmel High School TechHOUNDS recently received the 2016 Tippecanoe District Chairman’s Award. This is the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. This selection automatically advances the team to the district championship, where they will compete in hopes of advancing to the FIRST International Championship.

CHS radio program honored – The Indiana Association of School Broadcasters named Carmel High School’s radio station, WHJE, the 2016 Radio Program of the Year. This is the fifth time in 10 years WHJE has received this honor.

College news – Carmel resident Kathryn Utken, a senior at Butler University, will be inducted into Butler’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on April 16.

Student pages – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) recently welcomed the following Carmel students to the Statehouse as student pages: Samantha Bischof, Donnovan Duffy, Gracie Fisher, Trevor King, Kaitlyn Mathew, Akshar Patel, Joseph Philleo, Spencer Prine, Sarah Warf, Wyatt Williamson. State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) welcomed Hannah Doran as a page and State Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) hosted Sam Booth.

Military commission – Cory Francis, a graduate of Carmel High School, was recently commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He is scheduled to attend flight training and will be stationed in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and three children.

Fifty years of service – The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple honored Francis (Frank) Hughes by recognizing his 50 years of service to Sertoma. Of even greater note has been his 50 years of perfect attendance, having never missed a meeting.

Art festival volunteers needed – International Talent Academy (ITA) is seeking volunteers to help organize the first Children’s Festival for Arts and Education to be held in September. The festival will include a talent show, games, booths, prizes and more. If interested in helping organize this event, call ITA at 317-815-9381.

Agricultural roots – The Carmel Clay Historical Society presents Agricultural Roots at 2 p.m. on April 9 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Hear about Carmel’s farming roots and the most innovative agricultural techniques and nationally recognized livestock of the time. A panel of presenters will speak including John Graves whose grandparents grew up in the location that is now Bub’s Burgers.

Breyer horses on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents Breyer Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. Enjoy a substantial display of Breyer horses from the collection of Bea and Harold Abbott, enhanced with manes and tails made from real hair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders. Children can paint their own Breyer Stablemate 4 horse with materials provided. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under age 10.

Restoration grants available – Owners of historic properties in Carmel are eligible for a new grant program to restore exterior features. Owner-occupied properties identified in the Commission’s 2014 survey of Carmel and Clay Township are eligible for small, matching grants. The façade application is available on the Commission’s website at To verify if your property is eligible for the program, access the survey online at Applications are due by April 15.

Shredding event – Crime Stoppers Community SHRED-IT day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per shredding box. Help Crime Stoppers raise their reward fund to keep our communities safe. Recycle small electronics and computers with technology recyclers. A $5 fee for glass TV/Computer monitors will be charged.

Vacation Bible School registration – Registration is open for summer Cave Quest Vacation Bible School at St. Marks United Methodist Church. Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon each day from June 13-17, kids will enjoy upbeat mornings filled with catchy songs, teamwork-building games, an imagination station, Kid-Vid Cinema, and more. Cost is $25 per child up to May 15, $30 after May 15. Register online only at For more information, visit the website or call 317-846-4912.

STEM scholarships available – Nominations are open for the 2016 Mr. and Miss Math and Mr. and Miss Science awards. These awards recognize outstanding high school seniors for their performance in science, technology, engineering, and math. Winning students receive $1,000 college scholarships through Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. Nominations can be submitted through April 10 at

Art contest winners on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses will feature the 15 winners of the annual Carmel High School Art Department’s “Minumental” competition. Students were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate song lyrics of their choice. The exhibit will run until May. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Student Design Challenge – Hamilton Co. Area Neighborhood Development and the Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy have partnered to sponsor the Student Design Challenge for high school students. Entrants will design content to raise awareness of lack of affordable housing in the county. Deadline is April 15. Contest rules are available at

Free art activities – The Art Lab, 33 E. Main St., will offer free art activities on The Arts District’s Second Saturday walks. The next event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 9 and is an art tea party. Children bring your favorite doll and create and paint a clay teacup. Parents experience the pottery wheel and get some helpful hints on throwing a pot.

Safe Sitter class – The Carmel Fire Department offers a Safe Sitter course for kids ages 11 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who is choking and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. Cost is $60 and includes CPR training. For more information, contact Keith Freer at 317-571-4245.