Carmel in brief — September 3, 2019


Remembrance ceremony – A 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance is set for 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11 at Carmel Fire Dept. headquarters, 2 Civic Square. The 20-minute event will remember the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bike ride, coat drive – Union Brewing Company, 622 S. Range Line Rd., will host the third annual Rib Fest and Bike Ride for Hamilton County Kids Coats drive Sept. 1. Live music will begin at 1 p.m. with food ready at 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a clean coat in any size. Learn more about the early morning bike ride on Union Brewing’s Facebook page. Learn more at

Teacher of the Year advances – Prairie Trace Elementary teacher Amanda Dillon is one of 10 finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year. The Indiana Dept. of Education is expected to name the state’s top teacher this fall.

Stark Consulting Group develops training – ChekCoach has added child sexual abuse prevention and response training to its national certification process for amateur youth sports coaches. The training was developed by Stark Consulting Group, founded by Carmel resident Toby Stark. Stark Consulting Group focuses on helping amateur youth sports organizations get into compliance with the Safe Sport Act by writing policies and procedures.

Tourism award – Hamilton County Tourism won the Destiny Award presented by the U.S. Travel Association at the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations conference in Austin, Texas. HCT earned one of 23 Destiny Awards for its “Closer Than You Think” campaign, which targeted the Chicago market.

Native trees for sale—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual native tree sale has begun. In addition to native trees, 15-gallon watering bags also are available. The sale is the HCSWCD’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds go back into conservation and education. Thirty-nine varieties are for sale for $28. Pre-orders will be accepted through Sept. 30, and orders can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the llama barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Details on tree species and growing conditions, as well as online ordering, are available at

CCHS annual meeting – Members of the Carmel Clay Historical Society are invited to attend the annual meeting of the general membership from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on the lower level of Woodland Terrace, 698 Pro-Med Lane. Executive Director Deb Gangstad will share a Year in Review and what is in store for 2020. Members present will vote on the slate of officers and board members. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

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

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 are working overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Drivers should expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

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

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 [email protected].

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

School supply drive – David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, hosted its fifth annual, companywide School Supplies Drive in 18 cities across the nation. In Indianapolis, school supplies were collected for Teachers’ Treasures, which obtains and distributes school supplies to teachers in Marion County and surrounding school districts to provide to students in need. In addition to the supplies collected by David Weekley Homes from team members, homeowners and real estate partners, members of the community also donated items to the local nonprofit organization. Through these combined efforts, the Teachers’ Treasures school supply drive provided more than 38,400 students from 96 schools with the supplies needed for the school year.

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

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.

Healthy Living Supper Club – The Healthy Living Supper Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Road. The theme will be “How Much Sugar is too Much?” The free event will include a plant-based meal followed by a presentation on how much sugar the typical American diet includes and tips for recognizing and reducing sugar intake.  Register at

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


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