Open the spigots, but do so sparingly

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Hopefully, this is a case of better late than never, but Zionsville last week lifted its mandatory water restrictions for all water customers. The drenching our town received on the tail end of what was Hurricane Isaac didn’t necessarily make up for the summer-long paucity of rainfall, but it did help. Cooler temperatures are headed our way, and, we assume, the usual autumnal rains, so there should be little to no strain on the utility’s resources. The city said compliance with the restrictions was significant. If you were a participant, you did the right thing, so take a bow. “Voluntary water-use restrictions still are necessary, however, to ensure town water resources are fully recharged by next spring,” the town stated. “If dry weather reemerges and voluntary water use restrictions are not effective, mandatory restrictions could return.” Citizens Energy Group has requested we participate in limited water use in the following ways: residents and businesses should limit watering of established lawns and trees to once per week; new sod and seed should only be watered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday; and residents are asked not to wash cars or use hoses to clean sidewalks, driveways or other surfaces.

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We offer a hearty round of applause to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, who teamed last week with state Attorney General Greg Zoeller to warn Indiana retailers that they can expect a formal notice that continued synthetic drug sales could cost them their businesses. Simply put: Sales of “spice” and “bath salts,” among 60 or so similar products, must end. They are a scourge.




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Hopefully, this is a case of better late than never, but the City of Westfield last week lifted its mandatory water restrictions for all water customers. The drenching our city received on the tail end of what was Hurricane Isaac didn’t necessarily make up for the summer-long paucity of rainfall, but it did help. Cooler temperatures are headed our way, and, we assume, the usual autumnal rains, so there should be little to no strain on the city’s resources. So, it might not be too late to “rescue” flowerbeds and vegetable gardens which benefitted from August rains. Lawns, many of which had gone dormant, should be able to revive themselves with watering. The city said compliance with the restrictions was significant. If you were a participant, you did the right thing, so take a bow.

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We hope you’re planning to be a part of Westfield’s Grand Junction Funktion between 2-8 p.m. on Sept. 29.  There will be live music, food and drink vendors and a marketplace all in action as a backdrop to the Outrageous Race, the city’s scaled-down, irreverent answer to the Indianapolis500.South Union Street becomes a racecourse to gravity-powered, homemade derby cars competing in bracketed heats until winners are declared. For more information, visit www.dwna.org.

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We offer a hearty round of applause to Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, who teamed last week with state Attorney General Greg Zoeller to warnIndianaretailers that they can expect a formal notice that continued synthetic drug sales could cost them their businesses. Simply put: Sales of “spice” and “bath salts,” among 60 or so similar products, must end. They are a scourge.




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