Did it strike you, too, as interesting, if not semi-curious, that Gov. Mike Pence spoke last week at the notable Hotel Adlon by Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate? He ripped Russian aggression and fairly demanded the White House bring back the mothballed missile-defense shield for Eastern Europe. He was taking a break from a privately funded trade mission to Germany. Pence seizing the moment – even though his comments were right on point and delivered with force – certainly looked to us as an opportunity to get some face time and elevate awareness in case he decides to chase the presidency in 2016. Last year, we wrote in this space when the subject of a possible President Pence came to light that he needed to make more inroads in the Hoosier State. In the interim he has done that on several fronts, and so maybe it is time for him to begin thinking about casting his bid for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We’re just not sure the awareness is “there” yet, but we’re not stating that it couldn’t happen. It’s just fascinating to us that he would interrupt the trade mission to deliver his comments. We all should stay tuned to this one.
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Congratulations to our town, which the Arbor Day Foundation has named a 2013 Tree City USA. The 11th-consecutive award comes in recognition of Zionsville’s commitment to effective urban forest management. The town collected the honor by having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of a minimum of $2 per capita and an Arbor Day proclamation and observance. Well done!
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The town points to a mobile app for iPhones and iPads. The app was developed with funds – well spent, we believe – from the Zionsville Redevelopment Commission. The problem is, it’s not in the App Store, and no one with the town could tell us where to find it. Puzzling. It would be the perfect tool to help lure business and show off our town. A web site, www.focusonzionsville.com, is for other mobile devices.