• April 7 (Tues) 7pm – Town Council Candidate Forum at the SMCC
  • Contact Jennifer Blandford to participate in the May 16 Z’Village Yard Sale
  • April 15 (Wed) – Deadline for entry in the Lincoln Park Concert Series Art Contest 
  • April 30 (Thurs) – Deadline for entry in the BCSSI Art Photography Contest
  • May 12 (Tues) 7:30pm – VRA meeting at the SMCC

President’s Letter

Hello neighbors,

I hope everyone is well.

First, I wanted to remind everyone that we have a Town Council Candidate Forum April 7 at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center. Please note that this event will begin at 7pm vs. the normal 7:30pm start.

Second, do you need to do some spring cleaning? Then take part in the Z’Village Yard Sale on May 16th from 8am to 4pm. All Village residents are invited to participate. Thank you to Jennifer Blandford and Carpenter Realtors for organizing and sponsoring this event. “We’ll draw the crowds, you put out the stuff.” Contact jblandford@callcarpenter.com to get your address included on the map at NO COST.

Finally, mark your calendars for the May 12 VRA meeting with Tom Santelli of the Boone County Council and Dan Porzel and Cara Weber speaking about the new “Passive House” in the village at Cedar and 6th.

I hope to see you soon,


Village News and Events

Z’Village Yard Sale – May 16th 8am-4pm

Has your spring cleaning left you wondering what to do with your extra stuff? Plan to participate in the Z’Village Yard Sale. Email Jennifer Blandford at jblandford@callcarpenter.com with your name and address to be included on the sale map, advertising, and directional signage.

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Zionsville Cultural District Presents: Lincoln Park Concert Series Art Contest 2015 
Who: Student Artists in grades Preschool­ – 12 
What: Create an original work of art celebrating the free summer concerts in Zionsville’s Lincoln Park. Think music … Think summer … Think the gazebo in the park …and create your artistic interpretation of the free Wednesday evening concerts held during the months of June and July. Artwork must be: 8 inches by 8 inches in size (a square), must be in color, and must include summer colors like green and yellow and red and orange. Photos of 3­D art cropped to 8 inches by 8 inches are acceptable. 
When Where: Turn in your entry (with the form at the bottom taped on the back) to your ZCS Art Teacher or SullivanMunce Cultural Center by Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 
Why: Create a winning design … and your artwork will be included on all of the promotional materials for this beloved annual event, this includes: posters, programs, and newspaper ads. Winners will also be recognized at the first concert of the season on June 3, 2015!

SullivanMunce Cultural Center Gets Surprise Visitors!

On Friday, March 13, 2015 SullivanMunce Cultural Center got a surprise visit from the direct descendants of William Zion, Zionsville’s founder. Angela Zion Wood from Marietta, GA and Erica Zion Field from Tallahassee, FL visited the museum. William Zion’s portrait hangs in the museum’s “A Place Called Zionsville” exhibit where the picture was taken. They shared stories of William Zion and his wife. They enjoyed visiting the museum and genealogy library and loved the town of Zionsville!

Boone County Senior Services Announces Art and Photography Contest
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Village Gourmet Garden and Beverage Society

by Delma Mindel

“Karel Capek, who wrote The Gardener’s Year in the last 1920’s, lived in turbulent times. Hitler appointed Himmler and Goebbels as Nazi party leaders. Stalin in power in the U.S.S.R.. Meanwhile Edwin Hubble discovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way and showing the universe itself is expanding. Karel Capek though was busy planting seeds, first marveling to his readers at the different seed themselves. Some are “like blood, red fleas without legs;” others “thin like needles.” They can be “big like cockroaches”, and tiny :like specks of dust.” “I simply don’t believe it.” he writes. The world goes on. Karl watches his seeds, waiting for the soil “to be silently forced apart” and the tiny plant to emerge miraculously “lifting the seed on its head like a cap.” ~GreenPrints, The Weeder’s Digest
One of the attractions and comforts of gardening is this seemingly miraculous process by which a fully blooming and vigorous plant emerges from the process of that first tiny seed and seedling. We gardeners are the support system, waiting, praying, hoping, watering, fertilizing, thinning, transplanting. If only our day to day turbulence could be managed in such a practiced fashion. “And all shall be well, all manner of things shall be well.” ~Julian of Norwich

Spring is definitely arriving. Temperatures tomorrow, we are assured, shall be well into the “70’s. Hurray! Walking around the garden however is the reality of the tasks to be performed if all manner of things shall be well in my garden. Leaves to be raked up, sticks, picked up, if our dog Chip will allow it. Last falls dried stems and leaves to be cut back and bagged. So when you have your sharpened pruner in hand, check as to whether or not the plant you are contemplating really should be pruned right now. 

Hydrangeas, for instance. Do not prune until after the first flowering. Of course that mean you did not prune it at all after July so you now will be rewarded with a late spring, early summer flowering. Rule of thumb: paniculata and arborescens bloom on new wood only. Trim hard in the fall. Rule of thumb: if they need pruning, do it after they bloom. The blooms are coming from deep within the plant and it will recover. Marophylla hydrangeas are another matter. (Of which I have 5 planted by the west front yard fence) They are not so forgiving. If they had heavy frost; freeze damage, they may not bloom at all this spring, summer. (Note to self: buy more protective coverings next fall for those hydrangeas)

Here’s what to do this spring:
1. Get all the remaining leaves out of the yard, flower beds. They just rot making a slimy mess. They may harbor fungus and pests as well. Do not compost. Bag and trash pickup.
2. Remove the tops from the perennials, Hosta, daylilly, hellebores, iris. (Iris should have been divided last fall). Trim trees that need trimming while they are still dormant, no new leaves yet. It is the least stressful pruning you can do.
3. Take a good hard look at the landscape. Are there plants and shrubs that have outgrown their usefulness? Take them out, or cut them way back and see how they look.
4. If the shrub deserves a second chance, cut it back really hard. You might be surprised 6 months from now.
5. Promise yourself you will do a little gardening every day. The 15 minute rule. It will keep the doctor away!

More news: The annual meeting of the Village Gourmet Garden and Beverage Society met last evening at the home of Janet and Mervyn Cohn, on 6th and Poplar. Twenty-two people attended, bringing with them a variety of tasty foods from appetizers, dip, salad, main dishes and of course desserts! And beverages! The business end of the meeting found us suggesting many ideas for events this coming summer. Every month except September is planned. Watch for more details in the Village Voice in the months to come. Hint: 100 Acre Woods tour to see the wildflowers in May, at the IMA. Tour guide Mark Zelonis. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact Monique Schnable, at fordmoniq@sbcglobal.net, or 317-873-5003. (note: there is no “ue” after fordmoniq)

Lusk Home to be Designated Zionsville Historical Society Century Structure

by Heather Lusk, Scott Lusk, and Ralph W. Stacy- Zionsville Historical Society Century Structure Chairman and President

The Zionsville Historical Society is delighted to announce the approval and designation of another Century Structure here in the Village that honors our town’s historic architectural, residential, and commercial structures. The standards that were established on October 18, 1987; was that, “the structure is at least one hundred years old at the time of application.  The structure has not been unreasonably altered in exterior design and façade.  One of the tests for this determination is whether the original owner would recognize the structure.  The style of the structure shall be representative of its local time period style and not a replica of an earlier style.”

The home to be recognized with this honor is that of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lusk and family located at 285 West Hawthorne Street.  The architectural design is of Queen Anne style and was built around 1901 by widower James Hoffman on Lot 10, Crosses First Addition.  This addition was recorded in 1854 and Elijah Cross was owner of the land.  At that time, what is now Hawthorne Street was platted as Center Street and was that until November 11, 1935 when town street names were changed by Town Board Resolution.

The land is listed in the Lebanon Courthouse records in book 1, page 549, as being initially purchased by Patrick Henry Sullivan from Elizabeth Wyley for $950.  Lot 9 was purchased for $150 from Elijah Cross.  In 1872, both lots were purchased for $1500 by William Essex, and then the land was sold every two to four years. 

James Hoffman bought the land in January, 1900 from Charles T. Gartman, Sr. for $1,000.  That was for lots 9 and 10 (the new Century Structure house and the Hussey Memorial Library house to the east).  Mr. Hoffman who was living on a rural Hamilton County farm moved to their new home, which was built by local carpenters with some timber from his Hamilton County property. His two unmarried daughters, Laura B. and Amy Etta resided with him and his wife, the former Hanna McNutt, had died of cancer in 1899.

The first record of the home’s existence is l907 – records prior to that are missing in the Boone County Courthouse.  That year lot 9 (less 5’ to the west) was owned by Milton Hussey but no record of when the transfer took place.

James’ granddaughter Olive Hoffman lived in the home for a while.  She was close to her cousin, Lora Hussey, who lived next door.  Today, a Hussey Mayfield Library meeting room is named for Olive.

On July 20, 1928, Hoffman sold the property to Pirtel Nelson Shaw.  He was an auto dealer.  His son Marion was a clerk at Knox Grocery and was living with his parents, unmarried.  In l940, Marion was married to Eunice and had become a dentist.  Pirtel at that time was Eagle Township Trustee.  Pirtel’s, wife Iva Ottinger; Marion and Eunice were all living together at the home along with daughter Dorthea, a student.    

The property owners also owned 5’ of land on the west end of lot #9 (which became the library) until 1954 when Cecil and Bonnie Barger sold that 5’ to Lora Hussey.  In 1941 the Shaw’s sold the home to Warren B. and Juliet Rawlings.  On April 23, 1943, the Rawlings sold to Esta W. Stultz at a value of $400 (5’ of lot 9) and $2,000.

In 1949 the home began to have a number of different rental residents until 1970 when in the estate of Martha Jane Burkett sold the home to Martha McKinsey Wharry.

In 1974 it was sold by Wharry to Jim and Linda Lowry, who undertook significant renovations including changing it back to a single family home. There were renters on the property when they bought it.  Much of the exterior original wood poplar clapboard siding had been covered by asbestos shingles, with many of the wood sashed windows being original.  The gingerbread is replicated with the front porch and is close to the original size. The Lowry’s sold the home to Tom and Cynthia Yeo in 1979 and Tom Yeo sold the home to Scott and Heather Lusk in March of 2010.  This lovely home was listed in the Zionsville Interim Report- Indiana Historic Sites and Structure Inventory published in October, 1983 as “outstanding” by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana survey.

Join the Zionsville Lions Club

Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the World. The 1.4 million members from nearly 200 countries live their motto,” We Serve”. The Zionsville Lions Club was founded in 1930 and since 1940 the Zionsville Lions Club has owned and maintained the Lions Park. Each year the Park is the focal point of many family oriented events such as the Eggnormous Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Celebration, Zionsville Little League and Softball league, Fall Festival, Concerts in the Park Series and Pumpkins and Hayrides.

Lions Clubs are often referred to as the best kept secret in their countries and communities and for the most part that is the way Lions Club members prefer it. However this is sometimes a disadvantage in recruiting new members. All Lions Clubs depend upon  people who are willing to give of their time to better the lives of their fellow citizens. It has been estimated that the Zionsville Lions Club members collectively have given more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service in this past year. The majority of these hours have been given in support of programs right here in Zionsville. Lions Park is a significant asset to Zionsville. It is a source of community pride and an important meeting place for our citizens. A large number of the service hours each year are spent in upgrading and maintaining the park. The Zionsville Lions Club is able to do this because we are one of the largest clubs in Indiana. However, even the strongest clubs need constant renewal through new members to replace people who have left the area, who are no longer physically able to do the work or unfortunately have died. Each year the Zionsville Club loses between 8-12 members and must recruit new members to replace them just to maintain its current strength. If the Club is unable to attract new members over time it will lose its ability to support the programs we have come to enjoy.

If you are recently retired, if you are an empty nester, if you are a young single or married couple who have time and an interest in serving your community we could sure use your talents and help to continue the work of the Zionsville Lions Club. There are many ways you can help by being a member. The Club initiatives require all types of skills and much of the time required can be on weekends or at your convenience. Over the next couple of months there will be a number of activities designed to reach out to the citizens of Zionsville to encourage them to become members of the Lions Club. We hope you will respond as you always have when there is a need in this community.

If you are interested in becoming a member or you would like to know more about being a member please contact the following: Keith Hughes, khughesblues@aol.com, or  Dan Dumbauld, ddumbauld@outlook .com., Membership Co-Chairs. Alternatively you can visit the Zionsville Lions Club website, www.zionsvillelions.com.

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