Carmel in brief — November 9, 2021


Street commissioner retires — City of Carmel Street Commissioner Terry Killen retired Nov. 1 after a 30-year career with the Carmel Street Dept. He served one year as commissioner. Matt Higginbotham, who previously served as operations manager, replaced Killen as commissioner. Higginbotham joined the Carmel Street Dept. in 2004. 

State commission appointment — Gov. Eric Holcomb has reappointed Carmel resident James Isch, former chief operating officer of the NCAA, to the White River State Park Development Commission. Isch’s term will last through Dec. 31, 2024. 

City updates mobile app — The City of Carmel’s Dept. of Community Services recently updated Carmel’s myCarmel mobile application to include Accessibility Improvement reports. The addition to the app was developed by the Carmel Advisory Committee on Disabilities to make reporting issues involving accessibility convenient and easy to report directly to Carmel’s ADA coordinator. 

CCPR news — Lana Ramer, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation volunteer coordinator, has been appointed by the National Recreation and Park Association’s Education Network as the practitioner-researcher to the National Research Sessions. CCPR Director Michael Klitzing has been elected by his peers to the Board of Directors of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. 

Local DAR chapter sponsors essay contests – The Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of the National Association of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring two American History Essay Contests. The deadline to submit essays is Nov. 5. Students in grades 5 through 12 in Hamilton County are eligible. For essay contest rules and submission details, contact the DAR American History Chairperson at

Sewa Diwali food drive — The Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Bouddh traditions are honoring the spirit of Diwali through a food drive for those in need that runs through Nov. 21. Learn more about acceptable items to donate and dropoff locations at

Holiday Ideas program set – The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers’ Holiday Ideas program is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds OV Winks Building, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program consists of demonstrations, light refreshments, entertainment and a craft. The price is $10, and tropical wear is encouraged. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 12 by contacting the Purdue Extension Service at 317-776-0854. Face coverings are recommended but not required and social distancing encouraged.

Best and Brightest nominations open — Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is accepting nominations for Indy’s Best and Brightest, which honors 100 Central Indiana professionals age 40 and younger. Nomination deadline is Nov. 19. Finalists will be announced in January 2022. Make a nomination at

Glühwein Gallop to debut — The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will host its inaugural Glühwein Gallop 5K from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 4. The course will start and finish at the Christkindlmarkt festival at Carter Green, travel on the Monon Trail and pass shops along Main Street and Range Line Road. The event will include a costume contest. Upon completing the race, those 21 and older will receive a ticket for a free serving of Glühwein or beer. Register at

Invasive species trade-in program — The Hamilton County Invasives Partnership and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District are offering an invasive species trade-in program. For a limited time and as supplies last, property owners can show proof of removal of an invasive species on their Hamilton County property and receive one five-gallon native species specimen valued at more than $50 for free. The three native species available for trade include American hornbeam, hop hornbeam and tulip poplar. Invasive species include callery pear, burning bush, Japanese barberry and Norway maple. Learn more at

Free Thanksgiving meal — St. Louis de Montfort Church, 11441 Hague Rd. in Fishers, will host a free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 for anyone who is in need of a warm meal or good company. The meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and dessert. Pickup and carryout is available. Learn more by calling 317-517-4256. 

Community Assistance Program returns — The Carmel Fire Dept.’s Community Assistance Program will deliver food and gifts to 45 families in need in the community this holiday season. Sponsors, donations and delivery drivers are needed. Learn more at

Young Afghan professionals to speak — The Indiana Council on World Affairs will feature a panel of young Afghan professionals discussing their past lives; current situation in the U.S., Canada and Europe; family members still in Afghanistan; and their view of the future of their nation. The program will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Indiana Humanities, 1500 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis. A virtual option will also be available. Register at Learn more at

Republican interns — The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2022 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students, are also encouraged to apply. Interns earn a $750 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking. Apply by Oct. 31 at

 Teen muralist sought — The Carmel Clay Public Library is soliciting designs from teen artists for a mural for the new teens space at the renovated Main Library. Young people in grades 9 through 12 who live or attend school in Carmel are invited to submit their concepts to the library through Dec. 15. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 stipend and have their work transformed into a wallcovering that will become the bold focal point for the new space. Complete contest details are available at

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. 

Mass vaccine clinic — The Hamilton County Health Dept. has reopened its mass vaccination clinic at the 4H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Only those who are 65 years of age or older as well as those who are 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions or who live or work in high-risk settings are eligible for a Pfizer booster. Walk-ups are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To register, visit


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