Carmel in brief — June 15, 2021


Carmel girls win relay title —The Carmel High School 3,200 relay team of seniors Annie Christie, Mahalet Zeruesenay, Abbey Grogan and freshman Jasmine Klopstad won the title in 9:11.77 June 5 in the IHSAA girls state track and field meet at Ben Davis High School. In a tight race for the team title, Cathedral won the state championship with 39 points. Carmel placed 10th with 22 points.

Stop the Bleed training — The Hamilton County Health Dept. will host a free Stop the Bleed course from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 24. Participants will learn how to provide direct pressure to a bleeding wound, how to pack a bleeding wound and how to apply a tourniquet. Space is limited. Those interested in attending can register at

GIS Award — The CIty of Carmel won the 2021 Excellence in GIS Award for communities with a population greater than 50,000. Presented by the Indiana Geographic Information Council, the award honors organizations in six categories for their use of geospatial technology. Carmel won for the project Carmel Marathon Mapping: Map Data Consolidation & Operational Real-time Display.

Chemistry Olympiad — Carmel High School students Canaan He, a rising junior, and Jack Liu, a rising senior, are among 20 finalists participating in the 2021 Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp held May 31 to June 11. The students outscored more than 16,000 others on a national exam to qualify for the intensive virtual camp. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will represent the U.S. at the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad from July 25 to Aug. 2. Two additional students will be designated as alternates.

Textile award — Watch Us Farm, a nonprofit vocational training program serving adults with special needs, has received the 2021 Elizabeth and Richard Ashford Textile Award. The Zionsville-based non-profit provides opportunities for high-functioning adults with special needs to learn, work and thrive in a jobs program on a farm. Long term, Watch Us Farm hopes to create a self-sustaining community combining jobs, housing, and social engagement. Learn more at

Solar energy webinar — The Hamilton County Solar Co-Op is hosting free webinars to provide information about solar energy basics and how the technology protects against rising electricity bills. Participants will learn how to take advantage of net metering and the federal tax credit this year and how the co-op makes it easy to go solar by providing technical support and group pricing. The next webinar is at 6:30 p.m. June 24. Register at or email a request to [email protected].

CEF receives grant –– The Carmel Education Foundation has received a grant from The Duke Energy Foundation to support the Carmel Clay Schools summer school program for rising second grade students who have had significant disruptions in their learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $20,000 award will provide decodable text resources, which focus on phonic skills to assure students are at the appropriate reading level when they begin school in the fall.

Honor Society induction — Eleanor Thompson of Carmel was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society. Thompson was initiated at University of North Alabama. Thompson is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting applications for its 2021 class to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. The deadline for applicants to be considered as an inductee is Aug. 1, 2021. Nominees must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana or lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years. They must also have received an honorable discharge from U.S. military service and have no felony convictions. To nominate a veteran, visit

Golf fundraiser — AECOM Hunt will hold its annual charity golf outing on Sept. 9 to support the Assistance League of Indianapolis. Organizers are accepting sponsorships and donations. Learn more at

Pups & Pints — Clay Terrace is hosting the fifth annual Pups & Pints series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month through October at the shopping center’s dog park, 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. Participants can socialize with other dog owners at the free event and purchase beer from Bier Brewery. Water will be available for the pups.

Bike sharing resumes — The Carmel Bike Share program has relaunched under a new vendor, Movatic. To access the bikes, users must download an app from Movatic. The bikes cost $1.50 per half hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $30 annual fee includes unlimited rides under one hour, with additional hours being charged at $1.50 per half-hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period.

Pedal Perks — Hamilton County Tourism’s Pedal Perks promotion returned this month for its fourth year. The goal is to incentivize locals and visitors to explore Hamilton County by bicycle. From May 1 through Oct. 31, more than 30 participating Hamilton County businesses are offering deals and discounts redeemable on a smartphone. Visit to learn more and register.

Host families needed — ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families to host students age 15 to 18 for the next academic year. Students come from all over the world and have received scholarships to study in the U.S. To learn more or fill out an application to become a host family, call 1-800-736-1760 or visit

HCSWCD photo contest — The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting submissions for the seventh annual photography contest from amateur photographers throughout Hamilton County in youth and adult categories. Each participant can submit up to five entries showcasing the contest theme – Nature’s Renewal. Digital files and entry forms must be submitted by June 29. New this year, People’s Choice Award winners in each of the categories will receive a $50 prize. A panel of judges will choose additional winners for a total of four winners to be honored. Photo entries will be showcased at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair July 15 to 19. Learn more at

Weed Wranglers — The Hamilton County Invasive Species Partnership will debut Weed Wranglers events this year to remove invasive species at various locations. Volunteers will learn how to manage a targeted invasive species and work as part of a collaborative effort to improve a natural area. Learn more at Registration is required.

Home sales — Carmel’s residential real estate market was dynamic in May, with double-digit price increases and homes leaving the market very quickly. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the average sale price for a home in Carmel increased 31.2 percent to $558,814 compared to this time last year, and was the highest average home sale price in central Indiana. Homes also left the market quickly in Carmel compared to May 2020, selling 19 days – or 59.4 percent – faster. The average price per square foot for a home in Carmel was $194.67, an increase of 25.6 percent.

Centier VP appointment — Centier Bank has appointed Scott Norman to vice president of business banking in the greater Indianapolis market. Norman joined Centier in April after spending 25 years working in the banking industry. He is an alumnus of Ball State University with a bachelor of science degree in finance. Norman resides in New Palestine with his wife, Melissa, and their two children.

MJ Insurance hires — MJ Insurance has hired Jacob Simon as risk transfer specialist and Ryan Miller as employee benefits consultant. Simon and Miller will join the company’s Carmel headquarters. As a risk transfer specialist, Simon will develop insurance and risk management programs and maintain strong customer relationships. Miller will be responsible for consulting with clients and potential clients to understand their business needs and demonstrate advanced knowledge of the client’s industry. He will also lead the development and execution of clients’ benefit plan strategies.

Franciscan retirement — Peter Murphy, vice president and chief operating officer of Franciscan Health Mooresville and Franciscan Health Carmel, retired June 4 after 26 years of service. Joining Franciscan in 1990, he served at St. James Health in Chicago Heights as executive vice president/chief operating officer and then as divisional president and CEO until 2008. He relocated to central Indiana in 2013 and has served in his current role since that time. In retirement, Murphy plans to stay busy traveling between St. Louis and Mexico and spending more time with family and friends.

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