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  • Craft Fair at the Senior Center

    November 17, 2015 No comments

    Holiday-Craft-FairAre you looking for unique Christmas gifts?  Gifts that are hand made by a local crafter? Then you need to visit the Hendricks County Senior Services annual Holiday Craft Fair on Thursday, December 3rd from 10:00a.m. to1:00p.m.  You will find fabric items, afghans, scarfs, woodcarving and wood burning items, paintings, jewelry and much more.  All items are hand crafted by members of the Senor Center.  The senior center is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

     

    Members of the Senior Center who have items they have made, are invited to participate in the craft fair. Please register as a participant by calling 745-4303.

     

    Hendricks County Senior Services is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Senior Services is funded in part by United Way of Central Indiana, CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and community organizations. Service is provided without regard to sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.

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  • Seniors Wanted to Participate in Butler Research Session

    November 17, 2015 No comments

    Butler University’s Dr. Tara Lineweaver and her students are conducting a research study examining perceptions about memory. Participation in this research would involve 30 minutes of time to fill out some questionnaires and take a short memory test. Participants will be paid $10 or receive a small gift of equivalent value.     The sessions will be held at the Hendricks County Senior Center on Monday November 30th.  Session times are at 8:30a.m., 9:00a.m. or 9:30a.m.  To participate, please call, 317-745-4303 or stop by the senior center to register.  The senior center is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.  For questions about the research call Professor Lineweaver at 317-940-9848 or email her at tlinewea@butler.edu.

    Hendricks County Senior Services is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Senior Services is funded in part by United Way of Central Indiana, CICOA Aging and In-Home Services and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and community organizations. Service is provided without regard to sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.hendricks-senior-sevices-logo

  • AAA Forecasts 46.9 Million American Travelers During Thanksgiving Holiday

    November 17, 2015 No comments

    imagesIndianapolis, IN – Nov. 17, 2015 – AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year and the most since 2007. With 300,000 additional holiday travelers, this marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for the Thanksgiving holiday season, a period defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

     

    In Indiana, an estimated 1,050,493 Hoosiers will travel this season, a 1.1 percent increase from 2014.

     

    Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year.

     

    For Indiana residents, AAA says 941,231 will drive to their Thanksgiving destinations compared to 928,909 one year ago.

     

    Air travel is expected to increase by 0.1 percent, with 3.6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations.

     

    AAA notes a slight drop-off in the number of Indiana residents expected to fly this holiday period…78.967 this year compared to 79,066 in 2014.

     

    Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers.

     

    Lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years expected Drivers nationwide continue to experience significant yearly savings in the price of gas and AAA estimates that consumers are saving nearly $265 million on gasoline every day compared to a year ago. This has helped boost disposable income, enabling many Americans to travel this Thanksgiving. Most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.145 which is 74 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.80).

     

    Indiana’s current statewide gas price average is $1.987 compared to $2.902 on this date in 2014.

     

    Holiday travel expenses According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are projected to decrease 10 percent this Thanksgiving, landing at an average of $169 roundtrip across the top 40 domestic flight routes. Rates for AAA Three Diamond rated lodgings are expected to remain relatively flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night. The average rate for a AAA Two Diamond rated hotel has risen four percent with an average nightly cost of $118. Daily car rental rates will average $60, eight percent higher than last Thanksgiving.

     

    #AAAToTheRescue for thousands of motorists this Thanksgiving AAA expects to rescue more than 360,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway. Also, have vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.

     

    Download the AAA Mobile app before a Thanksgiving getaway Before setting out on a Thanksgiving trip, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

     

    With the AAA Mobile app, travelers can also find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants via TripTik Travel Planner. AAA’s is the only rating system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

     

    AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Global Insight 2015 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast can be found here.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Local Author Will Autograph Book

    November 17, 2015 1 comments

    MansfieldBookCoverINDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 16 — Local author Linda Mansfield will sign copies of her book, “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas,” at the Barnes & Noble in Plainfield on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

     

    The popular bookstore is located at The Shops at Perry Crossing (formerly Metropolis Lifestyle Center), 2540 Futura Parkway, #135, Plainfield.

     

    “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” offers a baker’s dozen of fictional but realistic stories to provide adult readers with short breaks during the hectic holiday season. It makes an ideal gift, and Mansfield will provide complimentary gift wrapping.

     

    The book is also available as a Nook book, a paperback and a hardcover worldwide at BarnesAndNoble.com.

     

    “I’m very appreciative that my local Barnes & Noble is offering me this opportunity,” Mansfield said. “Our Plainfield Barnes & Noble is very active in the community. We’re very lucky to have such a nice, friendly bookstore on the west side.”

     

    Some of the stories in “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” are set in the Indianapolis area, and all of them were written here.

     

    “I decided to write these stories last Christmas after I watched several stressed-out women in big black SUVs compete for parking spaces at a local shopping center,” Mansfield said. “They were so busy and so stressed that they weren’t enjoying Christmas at all, and their driving scared me to death. I thought ‘They need a time out!’ so I set out to provide 13 short breaks for them at subsequent Christmases. Each story is less than 2,000 words and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to read. The stories require far less of a time commitment than reading a novel, so you can read one, put the book down, and return to it later without having to remember anything.

     

    “There’s almost an even split between women main characters and men main characters, so the book should appeal to everyone,” she said. “None of the stories are romances. Some of the characters live in rural areas and some live in cities; some are rich and some are struggling,” she noted. “I really tried to provide something for everyone.

     

    “Hopefully the free gift wrapping will save readers some time and aggravation too,” she added. “Come with a list of names; I’ll take care of it!”

     

    Susan Schoch, a reviewer for Story Circle Book Reviews, had this to say about the book: “‘Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas’ is a little like grabbing a cookie or two at a time. There is a sweetness to these stories….These are not children’s stories but the language is plainspoken, easy to anticipate, and that makes the book perfect for a busy schedule….Mansfield is not writing little romantic vignettes. She is imagining ordinary people whose lives are changed by choosing love….She is offering you a Christmas break, manageable moments of connection, so that you come away refreshed and ready for more. And maybe with a little sugar high to keep you going. ‘Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas’ is a small book of loving reminders to be better, do better, and change your life, by choosing love. It’s worth noting that it could be a gift you give to others, as well as to yourself.”

     

    Due to the success of this collection, Mansfield is hard at work on three sequels centered on spring, summer and fall stories. They will feature the same characters that appear in the Christmas volume.

     

    Mansfield is an experienced journalist, editor and public relations representative. She has worked on the copy desk of a Manhattan publishing house; written numerous articles that have appeared in mainstream and specialty publications, and edited six books by other authors. She owns a motorsports public relations firm, Restart Communications, and her work is regularly featured in “Speed Sport” magazine. “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” is her first work of fiction to be published in book form.

     

    For more information, see LindaMansfieldBooks.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at “Linda Mansfield — Author” and on Twitter at “RestartLMAuthor.”

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  • The Indiana Democratic Party Formally Endorses Shelli Yoder for Congress

    November 16, 2015 No comments

    shelyode_lrgINDIANAPOLIS – Receiving unanimous support from the Democratic State Central Committee, the Indiana Democratic Party today announced its formal endorsement for Shelli Yoder to be the next congresswoman from Indiana’s 9th U.S. Congressional District. 

    “Shelli Yoder has made a huge impression with the Indiana Democratic Party. Between raising more than $150,000 in just 45 days on the campaign to sharing her commonsense vision to improve the lives of all Hoosiers while in Washington, Shelli has proven to the Democratic State Central Committee that she has what it takes to solve today’s problems facing our nation and Indiana,” said John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “Shelli Yoder won’t be like out-of-touch politicians such as Todd Young – who have thrust their ideology ahead of the well-being of their districts. She will bring her experiences as a professor at Indiana University, a local representative on the Monroe County Council, and her life as a mother to help unite and lead all Hoosiers into the future.”

    Shelli Yoder previously ran for Congress in 2012. With having never ran for public office before, Shelli captured the Democratic nomination in a crowded five-person primary. Shelli teaches at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is a county councilwoman for Monroe County. Shelli and her husband, Josh, live in Bloomington and are raising their three children.

    With a great vision for her campaign, higher name recognition, and the financial backing needed to run a successful campaign, the Indiana Democratic Party has no doubt that Shelli will have a great opportunity to recapture Indiana’s 9th U.S. District for Democrats. 

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor, First Lady to Kick Off Third Annual Information & Awareness Adoption Fair

    November 16, 2015 No comments

    Indianapolis – Today, Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence will host their third annual Information & Awareness Adoption Fair at the Statehouse. A short program beginning at 4:30 p.m. will feature remarks by Governor Pence and Indiana Department of Child Services’ Director, Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, as well as a closing prayer offered by First Lady Karen Pence.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Phone Calls Allegedly from Indiana State Police are “Spoof” Scam Calls

    November 16, 2015 No comments

    Evansville – The published public phone number of 812-867-2079 for the Indiana State Police in Evansville is reported to have been spoofed over the last 24 hours. A person notified the Indiana State Police this morning that he received a phone call from 812-867-2079 and the person calling identified himself as a police officer.  The caller further explained that he owed money to the Internal Revenue Service and that if he didn’t pay he would be arrested.  This is a common scam and Indiana State Police are NOT calling residents about their unpaid taxes.

    As defined by TechTarget, call ID spoofing is a service that allows a caller to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient’s caller ID display.  Just as email spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any email address the sender chooses.  Caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to come from any phone number the caller wishes.

    The Indiana State Police would like to remind everyone that the IRS Scam is still very active and to following these simple safety tips from the IRS:

    The Internal Revenue Service will NEVER:

    • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
    • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
    • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
    • Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

    If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

    If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Suspends Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Indiana

    November 16, 2015 No comments

    untitledIndianapolis – Following reports that a Syrian refugee was among the perpetrators of the terrorists attacks that took place in Paris on Friday, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:

     

    “In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, effective immediately, I am directing all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in the state of Indiana pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved. Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers. Unless and until the state of Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place, this policy will remain in full force and effect.”

     

    The Refugee Resettlement Office in the Division of Family Resources in the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) administers the Syrian resettlement program.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Indiana State Police Will Conduct D.U.I. Checkpoint

    November 16, 2015 No comments

    Screenshot_2015-11-16-11-28-29-1_resizedOn the evening of November 20th and the early morning hours of November 21st, 2015 Indiana State Police troopers will participate in an enforcement check point targeting impaired drivers in Marion County. After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indianapolis District which covers Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hendricks, Hamilton, Hancock and Boone Counties.

    “The purpose of enforcement checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways” stated Indiana State Police District Commander Lt. Jeff Payne. “Checkpoints also educate the motoring public of the ongoing efforts by the Indiana State Police to reduce the number of impaired driving crashes and deter anyone from driving while intoxicated.”

    Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:

     

    • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.
    • Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or a sober friend. A cab ride is cheaper than a D.U.I. arrest.
    • Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys.
    • If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
    • Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.

    Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description and direction of travel.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Free Hearing Screening at the Senior Center

    November 13, 2015 No comments

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    If you think you may be having problems with your hearing perhaps it’s time for you to take advantage of a free screening.  Free Hearing Screenings will be held at Hendricks County Senior Services on Friday, November 20, 2015.  The screenings will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon. They are provided by Community Hearing Health Center. Reservations are required.  To make your reservations please call (317) 745-4303.

     Hendricks County Senior Services is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Senior Services is funded in part by United Way of Central Indiana, CICOA Aging and In-Home Services and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and community organizations. Service is provided without regard to sex, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin.

     

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