• March 1-30 National Youth Art Month at various locations throughout Zionsville
  • March 1-22 Letter collection for Indy Honor Flight
  • March 2nd (Saturday) 6pm Garden Club Meeting at Marianne and Guinn Doyle’s home
  • March 16th (Saturday) 5-10pm St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party at The Friendly Tavern
  • March 30th  (Saturday) Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt at Lions Park

Letter from the President

I just had a very nice chat with a VRA member whom I had never met before and we talked about a number of things. It reminded me that even when you have a difference of opinion, it is important to discuss these things, that rarely are things so far apart that a middle ground can’t at least be seen. This made me think that I need to remind you that if you have any sort of issue or problem that myself and the VRA leadership are here to address concerns of the Village. Feel free to contact any of us anytime.

We had a fantastic trip to the Zionsville Police Department at our February meeting. As usual, the Chief Knox’s boys in blue were polite, friendly and informative. Knowing that our small group of dedicated officers are out there every day making the Village one of the safest places to live in Indiana is truly a blessing. Make sure you say Hi and thanks to them the next time you run across one of them. One thing they brought up was a “Neighborhood Watch” program. If there is anyone who is interested in being part of this please let me know an we can get the ball rolling.

We have some fun and informative meetings and events planned for this year. One thing that I am particularly excited about is that a number of VRA members are planning to do some volunteer work with the Indy Honor Flight… http://www.indyhonorflight.org/ . The mission of the honor flight is to get the veterans of World War II the opportunity to take trip to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial. It take tons of people and effort to show these amazing men just how important they are to our country and community.

If you are interested in being part of this, please get in touch with me or Jane Forbes and take a few minutes to share your appreciation for what these men and women did for us. For more information about Honor Flight, check out the link above and to see the impact of the Honor Flight, check out the trailer for the Honor Flight documentary —

Have a great March!
Chris Bucher

VRA Meeting held at Zionsville Police Department

The VRA was treated to a special program by the Zionsville Police Department in February. Village families were  given a tour of the department, including a chance to sit in a real police car.

A special thank you goes out to Chief Rob Knox, Sergeant Sam Dennemann and Officer Drake Sterling who answered our questions and showed us the ins and outs of a Police Department.

Garden Club

by Delma Mindel
“How can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?”  ~ John Steinbeck

Indeed, we are having plenty of “cold” to give spring the warmth and the added sweetness we crave. Forecasters predict a “normal” summer, because so they say, we are having a normal winter, meaning “cold”.     Hurrah!     So intrepid gardeners, you who have survived two, nearly three summers of drought, dying dianthus and shriveled shrubs, not to mention departed hostas.      What are you plotting and planning for this spring and summer?     Are you waiting to see what will emerge from barren soil after last summer’s torrid heat?     Happily perusing garden catalogs and magazines, in a heap beside your favorite chair or piled next to your bed?     The best magazine so far this winter I think, is Taunton’s February   Fine Gardening.  If you are a seed-starting wannabe, you’ll benefit from the cover story “ Successful Seed Starting”.     And if you desire to “stay active decades beyond those of past generations” you’ll love reading   Gardening Into Your Golden Years” which suggests replacing finicky gates, lessen the need to bend over, choosing gentle slopes and so on.     “Designing with Shrubs”  has many fine ideas for a lower maintenance garden using shrubs, developing a plan that uses shrubs with different habits to get a balanced layered look, urging the reader to “mimic the woods for a full effect”.     The article on ligularias give pictorial suggestions about top performers that will “make your shade shine” with a list from Chicago Botanical Gardens of twenty types, both gardens standards and new hybrids to help you think beyond your usual perennials. And last but not least of my favorites is   Beyond Pachysandra”.   If you’re looking to liven your garden beyond ordinary ground cover and boring mulch, this is the article for you.     I am ordering, wait for it, “pink running pussy toes”.     Chortle!     Can’t wait for spring to plant it and show it off     to garden visitors. Botanical name:   Antennaria dioica “Ruba”.
Happy gardening!     See you March 2 nd , 6pm at Marianne and Guinn Doyle’s for our annual garden planning, dining and meeting, “ a convivial, coy and charming group”.

Village News and Events

Zionsville Village Residents’ Association Collecting WWII Veteran Thank You Letters for April 2013 Indy Honor Flight

Photo from September 2012 Indy Honor Flight

The VRA is assisting with the Indy Honor Flight program to gather Thank You letters for World War II veterans who will be flying to Washington DC on April 20th to visit the National WWII memorial. As a part of the Indy Honor Flight, veterans are treated to a “mail call” on the return flight. During the war, “mail call” was the one opportunity soldiers had to receive personal letters from home. Indy Honor Flight recreates this tradition for veterans and is seeking letters that can be distributed to those participating in the program.

Each Veteran will receive a packet of 10 letters, examples range from a simple card, a handwritten letter or a coloring page from a child. Letters need to use “Dear Veteran” as the salutation and should not be dated. 

Photo from the September 2012 Indy Honor Flight

Please mail your letters to:

Village Residents Association

PO Box 831

Zionsville, IN 46077

CPR Class April 18 6:30-9pm

The Zionsville Fire Department offers CPR Certification Classes. The VRA is working with the ZFD to offer this class to VRA members on April 18th at 6:30. The cost is $30 per person and there are limited spaces. If you are not available that day, we can put you in touch with ZFD to go to one of their regularly scheduled classes on the first Saturday of the month. If there are enough people who are interested in this, we can do additional classes. Please contact rsvp@zvra.com to sign up or ask questions. Payment is due by March 30th.

DK Pierce to remodel and expand at 112 N. 9th St

3-13-13 Neighborhood meeting to introduce project to neighbors and Village HOA at 6:30pm in DK Pierce conference room 112 North 9th Street. The VRA and any interested neighbor has been invited to attend this informational meeting.



Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.



Artwork created by students of the Zionsville Fine Arts Department (Grades 1-12) will be on display at the following Zionsville establishments:

A Space to Create

Eagle Creek Coffee Company


Art IN Hand

Earth Explorer Toys

State Bank of Lizton

Avalon Jewelers

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center

Ballerinas and Bruisers

Black Dog Books

Old National Bank

Patrick’s Kitchen Drinks

Zionsville Community School’s   

Educational Services Center

CCA Gallery


Zionsville’s Welcome Center

Corner Vise Gallery Frame Shop

Robert Goodman Jewelers

Zionsville Pizzeria


First Friday Youth Art Month Reception: March 1, 2013 at Robert Goodman Jewelers from 6-8pm. 

Free Art Classes will be held at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library each Saturday during the month of March.

March 2 @ 3:00pm: Zionsville Community Schools “Art for the Heart” / Ages K-12

March 9 @ 2:00pm: My Art “Create an animal drawing inspired by the artist Laurel Burch” / Ages K-6

March 16 @10:30am: A Space to Create “Explore the amazing art of Pablo Picasso” / Ages 5-9

March 23 @ 2:00 pm: Sullivan Munce “Create a mobile inspired by the artist Alexander Calder”/ Ages 8-12

Additional information and registration is available at: http://www.zionsville.lib.in.us/hmmpl/page/events

The Zionsville Fine Arts Department is selling Window Clings ($5) Yard Signs ($20). All proceeds will be used to support Art programs in the community of Zionsville.  Window Clings will be available to purchase at each ZCS School and supporting Zionsville establishments. Please contact egoodman@zcs.k12.in.us for a Yard Sign.


Check the Zionsville Fine Arts Department /ZFAD/ Page on Facebook for updates throughout the Month of March.

51st Anniversary of the Zionsville Historical Society

Compiled by Ralph W. Stacy

First Zionsville Historical Society President Imo Brendel (Mrs. Frank)  Dunn stands left next to the Psi Iota Xi Trolley float entry in the 1966 Zionsville Lions Fall Festival parade.  Lynne Brown Manning is waving from far right  window at the age of ten years old and Lynne’s mother, Martha Frances (Mrs. Philip) Brown is visible in the next window to the left.

In January, 1962 it was noted that the Zionsville Colonial Village Reconstruction Committee had suggested the formation of the historical society.  Around the same time Eleanor Dunn Moore who was President of the Woman’s Club of Zionsville had appointed a committee to investigate the formation of the Zionsville Historical Society. This study committee was chaired by Imo Dunn, Mary Jane Gierhart, Doris Knox, Jennie Tudor, Marie Witherspoon, Bernice Phillippi, Esther Shelburne, and Mable Sparks.  The Zionsville Historical Society was first organized and incorporated March 11, 1962 at the Zionsville Methodist Church.  The first officers elected to our Historical Society were President, Mrs. Frank Dunn; Vice-President, Marshall Brown; Secretary, Mrs. John Moore; Treasurer, William Haugh.  The first directors were Adron Sluder, Gailord Ford and Clora Bramkamp.  During the first year the membership grew to 97 members with junior memberships available. The purpose was “to develop and promote interest in the history of the Zionsville area”. 

Over the decades the Society had a number of projects that included a booth at annual Zionsville Lions Fall Festivals, hosted Christmas wassail parties at the Sullivan Museum now named Sullivan/Munce Cultural Center, carry-in luncheons in the middle of March and October with a guest speaker, and the researching and erection of numerous historical markers in appropriate locations, which continues today.  Initially a list of appropriate locations was provided by Adron Sluder, a local historian, educator and businessman.  Beginning in 1962, a series of at least 10 markers was placed in the community with others to follow over the decades.  During the 1960’s and 70’s the historical society played an integral part in supporting the organization and building of the Patrick Henry Sullivan Museum, which was dedicated to local history , as stipulated by its benefactress, Iva Etta Sullivan.  During our United States Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, there were numerous activities from helping with a large commemorative quilt that was displayed and stored at the Sullivan Museum.  Also, the placement of a time-capsule in Lincoln Memorial Park south of the Lincoln Bronze Plaque Site with the intent of it being reopened in 2076.  Other current activities are the authentication and bestowing of Century Structures designation on structures that are one hundred years old at the time of application, not unreasonable altered in exterior design and façade, and the style of the structures shall be representative of its local time period style and not a replica of an earlier style.  There are 18 structures in the Village of Zionsville that display this distinctive plaque. 

The Historical Society was most helpful in Maplelawn Farmstead acquiring a registration as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in 2012.  The Zionsville Junior Historical Society was established in 2010 and has regular monthly meetings at Maplelawn under the adult leadership of Marianne Doyle and Lynne Manning.  ZHS Board-Member-at-Large Joan Praed Lyons has compiled a new publications- “A Chronology of Zionsville, Indiana Events” that will be published this year by the Historical Society   This fascinating document details important milestones in the area’s history from 1678 through 2003.

The current Historical Society officers and Board are Ralph W. Stacy, President; Becky Furste, Vice President; Sharon White, Secretary; Guinn Doyle, Treasurer; Marianne Doyle, Immediate Past President; and Board Members-At-Large; Joan Faulkner, Joan Lyons, Jan Stacy and our Newsletter Editor, Lynne Manning. Our annual membership is $8 a year or a Life Membership of $100 payable to the Zionsville Historical Society, c/o Guinn Doyle at 635 West Pine Street, Zionsville.       

Village Voice Arts

by Sarah Zack
Zionsville Village Resident and Certified K-12 Art Teacher


Approximate Time:  1-2 Hours (can be split up)

Materials needed:

  •  Paper Plate
  •  Tissue Paper/Crape Paper/Streamers in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
  •  Pencil with a New Eraser
  •  Bottled Glue
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper (to protect the work space area)
  • Ribbon



  • Cut a hole in the center of the paper plate
  •  Cut/rip the paper into 1-2”squares; they do not be need to be precise
  •  Pour glue into a bowl
  •  Center a tissue square and twist it on to the eraser end of your pencil. Dip the tissue into the bowl of glue (just a dab will due).
  •  Place the tissue onto the paper plate. Hold for approximately 5 Seconds, sticking the glue to the plate. Lift your pencil, leaving the tissue on the plate, then repeat.
  •  Work your way around the outer edge of the plate with red. Then repeat using the additional colors, in rainbow order.
  •  Let sit to dry over night
  •  Attach a ribbon to the back of your wreath and hang for decoration.

Art Elements and Principles:  Shape, Color, Form, Design, Functionality

Art Integration: Environmental- Reusing, Holiday 

*Photo courtesy of Spoonfull.com

by Patricia Scott

This is great for an open house on a cold Winter’s day.  I know, I know:  everyone has a favorite chili recipe.  Give this one a try; you won’t be disappointed!

Serves 12

4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 pound ground beef, lean
3/4 pound lean pork shoulder
2 medium onions — coarsely chopped
1 cup celery — finely chopped
4 cloves garlic — chopped
6 cups kidney beans, cooked
2 1/2 cans tomatoes, canned — 16 ounce
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 large green peppers — coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons cumin seed — ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 bay leaf

Heat oil in large dutch oven. Add onion, celery, and garlic. Saute for 15 minutes. Add meats and brown.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Serve with cooked spaghetti, rice, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, onions, tortilla chips, and sliced avocado.

Per Serving: 275 Calories; 12g Fat (39.2% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 32mg
Cholesterol; 92mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat.

Government Updates

February RDC meeting 2-24-13

Final RDC Appointment:

– Luke Phenicie is the new and final voting member of the RDC for 2013. He is a partner at Hammond, Kennedy, and Whitney, a private capital firm.


– Town / Rockland Development LLC submitted a request to DOW with requested “alternatives”. Joe Stein (new school board member, new liaison to RDC) asked if any elaboration could be given on what “alternatives” were requested. The answer was “no” at this time.

– Due Diligence was to be completed by the Town / Rockland by January 30th. A 4th time-extension amendment was submitted to DOW requesting that the Due Diligence deadline be extended to coincide with closing (end of Feb.). It is my understanding that no response has been received.

Micro Loan Committee:

– Luke P. will be the Treasurer of the RDC this year, and therefore a member of the Micro Loan Committee. Natalie Kruger expressed the desire again to continue to serve on this committee.

Harris Properties (Love Furniture, Bub’s Burgers):

– Working to obtain grading permits.


– Grading permit is in hand. Awaiting a pre-construction meeting.

106th St. Water/Sewer Bennett Pkwy Extension:

– Water lines will be on East side of Zville Rd.
– Sewer lines will be on West side of Zville Rd.
– Sewer line on 106th St. will be hybrid – a mix of gravity and force main, to alleviate depth issues. I do not know what this means – sorry.
– Construction will begin at the north end of Zville Rd. and extend south.
– Bennett Pkwy. extension will begin when the right of way is granted to the Town, which is expected this week.
– Compensation changes have been made to the BLN Construction Observation contract. Over compensation decreased by 20% – BLN will use the same engineer to oversee Bennett Pkwy. and 106th St. simultaneously.

TIF Revenue:

– 2013 expected revenue into the TIF is $1,415,000, which is similar to the revenue generated by the TIF in 2012.

Boone EDC Executive Director (replacing Dax Norton):

– Board is interviewing candidates on 3/4, should make a final decision on 3/24 at their regular meeting, and new director should be in place by 4/1.

BZA meeting 2-12-13
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting 2-12-13

– Walmart was the predominant issue discussed. Walmart presented their petition for a 156,000 square foot building, substantially over the current legal maximum of 60,000/125,000. Town Planning Staff gave Walmart a negative recommendation to start, and approx 12 remonstrators gave their testimony regarding the community’s beliefs on why Walmart should not be granted the variance to Zionsville’s laws. The request was denied unanimously.

-Walmart has a short window of time to appeal this decision to the Boone County Courts. After that it there is no telling how long that appeal could take.

-Walmart could come back with a revised plan in one year.

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