Carmel in brief — August 20, 2019


Hoosier Women Forward – Erin Vahrenkamp of Carmel is among 24 Democratic women from across Indiana selected for Hoosier Women Forward’s second class. The Hoosier Women Forward leadership program is aimed at preparing and propelling Democratic women into influential roles in the public and private sectors. The organization will honor its second class during a fundraising luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Learn more at

Chapter recognized for contributions – Eta Delta Chapter, Psi Iota Xi in Carmel, received recognition at the recent Psi Iota Xi National Convention in French Lick for donating the largest amount per capita for all fine arts projects. Eta Delta was also recognized for its contributions to cultural projects and contribution to a single project.

Underprivileged children report – According to personal finance website WalletHub’s report, States with the Most Underprivileged Children, Indiana ranks second of all states for the percentage of maltreated children. Indiana ranks fourth for the percentage of children in foster care, eighth for infant mortality rate and 12th for the percentage of uninsured children. View the full report at

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

O’Conner House event – The O’Connor House, a Carmel-based Christian home for single, pregnant, homeless women, will provide information about its services beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at Books & Brews Carmel, 61 W. City Center Dr. A custom brew, The O’Connor House of Hope, will be available all day, and O’Connor House team members will be on site beginning at 5 p.m.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will join approximately 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will work overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Drivers should expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

School bus stop safety – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received $5,000 from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for increased traffic enforcement at school bus stops. The institute awarded approximately $380,000 to 39 agencies for overtime school bus stop enforcement over the next two months.

Civil War Roundtable – John Summerlot from Indiana University in Bloomington will be the feature speaker at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square.

Mini houses museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St. in Carmel, will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 and 25. The free event will feature musician Eric Garcia, wood artist Tim Kennedy, and weaver Linda Adamson, respectively. On Sept. 11 the museum will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies. It features scenes from favorite pastimes. Learn more at

Host families needed – Youth for Understanding is an international exchange organization that facilitates summer, semester and year-long exchanges for students from more than 70 nations. Families are needed to host 13 high school students who arrive in this fall and will stay for one academic year. The students are from France, Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Mongolia, Ecuador, Kenya, China, Thailand and Japan. To learn more about the program, contact Mackenzie Hale at or 202-774-5254.

Veterans needed – Carmel High School history teacher Will Ellery is organizing a Global War on Terror symposium and is looking for veterans of the war to speak with students in small groups about their experiences. The meetings would be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 10. Almost all students at CHS were born after 9/11, and the event is designed to help them better understand the event. Veterans interested in participating should email Ellery at

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349.

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Centier Bank success continues – Centier Bank announced its ninth consecutive quarter of pre-tax earnings growth as it closed out the first half of the year June 30. The bank was recently named by Forbes as the top ranked bank in Indiana for 2019, an accomplishment that was joined by the bank surpassing $4.7 billion in assets. Centier also achieved $4 billion in total loans in the second quarter. Learn more at

Home sale prices drop slightly – The Carmel housing market saw a slight decrease last month in sale prices. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in July 2019 was $421,258 at an average of $147.88 per square foot, a 0.9 percent price decrease. Homes in the city sold 14.3 percent slower than this time last year at 32 days.

Merchants Bank gives back – School-aged children at the Braeburn Village Apartments, a Merchants Affordable Housing property, were recently treated to food, games and free backpacks and school supplies from Merchants Bank of Indiana and its subsidiary Merchants Capital as part of Merchant’s MPACT program. The inaugural “Back-to-School Backpack Bash” delivered supplies to help give students a head start for the 2019-20 school year and assist parents with the financial strain of back-to-school shopping.

Modern Woodmen exchange – Modern Woodmen of America administrative assistant Katrine R. Hale of Carmel joined 13 fraternal leaders participating in Modern Woodmen’s annual Fraternal Exchange July 23 to 25 in Davenport, Iowa. Attendees sought ways to engage more members in fraternal programs and activities and increase the value of fraternal benefits. Modern Woodmen is a fraternal benefit society with a local office at 580 E. Carmel Dr., Ste. 120. Learn more at

KAR expands in Europe – Carmel-based KAR Auction Services, a global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider, has launched its ADESA Europe digital auction, a rebranding of Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb. Acquired by KAR in February, COTW is now fully integrated into the KAR family. The ADESA Europe brand extends the KAR family of companies’ international name recognition and reputation beyond North America and the U.K. to continental Europe.

Census Bureau looking for workers—The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants for 2020 census work in Boone and Hamilton counties. Job types include clerks, census field supervisors, census takers and office operations supervisors, ranging in pay from $14.50 to $20 an hour. Interested applicants can apply online at

New branch manager – Joaquim Nally has been hired as branch manager of Centier Bank in Carmel, 568 E. Carmel Dr. Nally joins Centier with nearly 10 years of banking and retail management experience. As branch manager, Nally will be tasked with maximizing branch growth, revenues, client satisfaction and connecting with the Carmel community.

Merchants Mortgage hire – Merchants Mortgage has hired Patty Cummins as a mortgage loan originator in Carmel. Cummins brings more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience to the team. She has served the mortgage industry as a mortgage loan originator, home loan consultant, mortgage processor and mortgage servicing manager.

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at