Carmel in brief — March 10, 2020


Basketball honor – Indiana University East women’s basketball player Reagan Hune of Carmel made the All-River States Conference second team. The all-conference teams are determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. Hune averaged 14.1 points per game and led IU East with 7.5 rebounds per contest.

Civil War Roundtable – Tom Williams will speak on Jackson’s Valley Campaign during the March 11 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable set for 7 p.m. at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Williams, who has lived in Carmel for more than 40 years, has been interested in the war since eighth grade, and since then his research has included studying the war’s original documents at the National Archives and Library of Congress. The event is free and reservations are not required.

Museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., will present sculptor Gary Schmitt at noon March 11 during a free Celebrations of Creativity and Craftmanship event. The series continues at noon March 25 with former poet laureate of Indiana Shari Wagner reading from her books. The museum will present Create Your Own Mini Art at noon April 8. Participants can create a 2D or 3D work in miniature at the free event. Materials and instruction will be provided. Register for the April 8 workshop by calling 317-575-9466 or emailing

Grant supports Kiwanis camp – The Kiwanis Club of Carmel’s Kids Serving Carmel Camp has received a grant from Kiwanis International’s Children’s Fund. The weeklong summer day camp for students age 10 to 15 provides an opportunity for participants to learn about community needs and participate in service activities. The grant will allow the camp to accept more students and offer scholarships through the Carmel Youth Assistance Program. The camp is set for June 22 to 26 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1402 W. Main St. in Carmel. Register at

Board appointment – Dr. Gregory Hale of Carmel, a private practice psychologist, has been appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to the State Psychology Board. Hale’s term will run through Feb. 29, 2024.

Construction scholarship –Old Town Design Group of Carmel has established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton or Boone County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. For the 2020-2021 school year, the Orchard Project will award two $2,500 scholarships. Hamilton and Boone county high school seniors or undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a construction related program at an accredited college, university or technical school may apply. For more information or to request an application call 317-816-3151 or email

Flower sale – Carmel Elementary will kick off its largest fundraiser, a flower sale, on March 6. The flower sale has been raising funds for Carmel Elementary for more than 40 years. The sale runs through March 23. It includes flowers and plants, from potted annuals to hanging baskets. The sale has allowed the PTO to fund field trips, provide classroom grants, purchase playground equipment, and assist families in need. Learn more or place an order at

Puppy named Karmel – The Carmel Fire Dept. has selected the name Bella’s Vermont Karmel – Karmel for short – for the newest puppy for the Kasey Program. The department received more than 200 suggestions from the community before choosing a name. Karmel will receive training to help teach fire safety to children across the community.

Women’s Press Club workshop – Garden writer Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp and Rachel Sahaidachny, executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, will speak at the Women’s Press Club of Indiana’s Spring Workshop set for 11:30 a.m. March 21 at George’s Neighborhood Grill, 6935 Lake Plaza Dr. The event is open to the public but reservations are required by emailing Bridget Carson at

Tru Direction scholarships – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant (maximum $5,000 this calendar year) as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school. Applicants must be attending school a minimum of nine hours, or the equivalent, per semester. Preference will be given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at

Republican club chili supper – The Carmel-Clay Republican Club will hold its annual chili supper and pitch-in at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd. in Carmel. Developer and Indy Eleven Soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir will be the featured speaker. The club will provide chili and fixings. Attendees whose last name begins with A-M are asked to bring a dessert and those whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring a salad. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required at or by emailing

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.

Home prices rise – Carmel home prices continued their upward trend to start the new year. According to F.C. Tucker Company, $427,910 was the average sale price for Carmel homes in January 2020, a 15.9 percent increase from this time last year. The average price per square foot for homes in Carmel also increased 6.6 percent, to $148.98, from January 2019. Homes in Carmel spent an average of three days longer on the market, selling 4.6 percent slower than this time last year.

Fundraiser to support club – RE/MAX Ability Plus Realtor Jeff Sheets and Milestone Home Lending mortgage loan officer Richard Lampe will co-host a client appreciation event and fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville from 2 to 5 p.m. March 21 at Stacked Pickle, 12545 Old Meridian St., Suite 150, in Carmel. Sheets and Lampe will be available to answer questions regarding real estate and mortgage services. Appetizers and drink tickets will be provided.

Realtor honored – Century 21 has recently recognized Carmel Realtor Jason Rose with the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award and the Master’s Ruby award and. To receive the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, a Realtor must receive customer surveys from at least 80 percent of their transactions and net an average survey score of 95 percent or better for two consecutive years. The Master’s Ruby award was given for closing a minimum of 35 homes during the 2019 year.

Seven Corners president – Carmel-based Seven Corners, Inc., a travel insurance and specialty benefits company, named Jeremy Murchland as president. Previously, Murchland was serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to Seven Corners, Murchland served as vice president of business development for ALOM Technology as well as executive director of sales for Ingram Micro. Murchland received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Bellevue University.

Jiffy Lube honored for art – Jiffy Lube of Indiana recently received the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award, one of only 10 U.S. companies honored and the first company in Indianapolis to receive this award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s “Every Part Matters” project started as a way to cover up graffiti at a local store and has progressed into partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In addition to supporting and hiring local artists, they’ve also created a new apprentice program that will give paid experience to emerging artists. Two of the murals are in Carmel.

Firm hires chief innovation officer – Carmel-based Katz, Sapper & Miller, an accounting and consulting firm, has named Fady Qaddoura, former controller and CFO for the City of Indianapolis, as its first chief innovation officer, effective Jan. 13.Qaddoura joins KSM after a decade in public service, first for the Indiana General Assembly, then the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, before being appointed the controller and CFO for the City of Indianapolis by Mayor Joe Hogsett in 2016.

Merchants Bank hire – Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana has hired Tony Holtzman as a Small Business Administration professional. Holtzman, a founding member of First Colorado National Bank, will hold the position of vice president of SBA Lending at the company’s Indianapolis office. To learn more about Merchants Bank, visit

Accounting firm grows – Katz, Sapper & Miller announced that Indianapolis-based Caskey & Daily, P.C. has joined the accounting and consulting firm. Caskey & Daily’s notable healthcare practice will enable KSM to expand its own healthcare practice, which serves as a provider of tax and accounting services, consulting, fair market value assessments, transactions and valuations for the complete spectrum of healthcare organizations. Caskey & Daily will move to KSM’s Carmel office at 800 East 96th St., Suite 500.

Student to represent Cedarville – Luke Mennen of Carmel has been selected to represent Cedarville University in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day on March 10-11. Mennen and 59 other pharmacy students will spend two days learning and advocating for national health care issues. Mennen will be the first representative from Cedarville University to attend this event.

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

Yoga training scholarship – Owners of The Hot Room, a hot yoga and hot Pilates studio, have created The Hot Room Leadership Institute Scholarship for People of Color. The full-tuition scholarship is open to any self-identified person of color who would like to deepen his or her yoga practice and gain skills to lead yoga classes. The scholarship will be available for each training hosted by The Hot Room Leadership Institute, a school for dedicated practitioners. The institute will begin its next training in April and is accepting scholarship applications through March 3. For more, visit

Visitation policy – With the escalation of flu-like cases, Franciscan Health is has implemented a temporary visitation policy at its Carmel hospital. Only immediate family as identified by the patient or the patient’s designated representative will be allowed to visit. Visitors younger than 18 are not permitted unless they are seeking medical care or are the parents of pediatric patients (exceptions are made for postpartum visits). Visitors with influenza symptoms will not be allowed. For more information, call the Carmel hospital at 317-705-4500.

Hearing loss group – The 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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