Week of April 30th Heavy Trash Pickup

May 8th (Tuesday) Election Day

June 12th (Tuesday) VRA June Meeting; Details TBA

Letter From The President

As I wake up on this chilly spring day, I continue to be excited by all the great neighbors we have here in Zionsville. So many people enthused about their plans and working on the things that are important to them—it is infectious.

After our April 12 VRA meeting and subsequent Creekside Park cleanup I have had a lot of questions and even more comments from our residents, so I am just going to consolidate a few of them into a bullet list of things to think about-

  • We are so lucky to have our beautiful creek and it is so important to make sure it stays clean.
  • Thanks to the Eagle Creek Watershed Alliance for sharing its importance and ideas to continue its quality
  • John Tousley is an amazing asset to the Village, Zionsville and the RDC—thank you for your great work and keeping us informed.
  • The TIF area and the EDC study area is still a confusing thing to get our heads around. It is a vital part of the growth of the community, but how it will directly effect the Village and the schools is still yet to be known.
  • If a huge apartment complex would be built at the Citgo Site, what would the environmental impact to Eagle Creek be?
  • There will soon be a few new Chicken Coops in the Village!
  • Marcia Angstadt is such a wonderful part of our Village fabric—thanks for sharing your positive spirit with all of us-and for being a Village Chicken Pioneer.
  • We have never had so much fun pulling weeds as we did with a bunch of Village residents getting rid of Garlic Mustard at Creekside.
  • The VRA is making a big difference in invasive species eradication, eliminating the potential of millions more harmful plants.
  • A lot of Villagers are working on their gardens and beds, take some time to share cuttings and ideas with your neighbors. See the Village garden club for more info.
  • The plan for the truss bridge on Ford Rd looks to be in danger, perhaps to be replaced with an interstate style concrete bridge. Let your councilor know your thoughts.
  • It is vital to be informed and vote in a few days. No matter what your beliefs, you need to be involved and educated, so get out and vote.

We are planning to have a few more workshops this summer. We will be having a Rain Barrel Workshop out at Maple Lawn Farmstead one Saturday morning late in June. The cost will be approx $60 and you will get your own finished rain barrel.

The VRA will also be having a Digital Photo Workshop later this spring. If you are a budding photographer, need a refresher on digital, or don’t know anything except how to push the button, we will get you up to speed on how to take better photos.

More info, dates and times will be coming in the June 1st Village Voice, so stay tuned.

See you around the neighborhood!
Chris Bucher

 VRA Garden Club News

 By Delma Mindel

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” -Edwin Way Teale

Did you know: dandelions represent three celestial bodies: the sun (the flower), the moon (the puffball seed head), and the stars (the seeds that blow into the air).

Think about planting salvia, commonly known as sage, for butterflies. Salvia produces wonderful nectar flowers that attract hummingbirds as well as a variety of butterflies, and is easy to start from seed. Here are a few varieties for full to partial sun: salvia coccinea (tropical or scarlet sage) easiest to grow from seeds, “Summer Jewel Red” and ‘Coral Nymph” and will lovingly re-seed itself; salvia elegans (pinapple sage) grows best from cutting, plants available at local nurseries as an annual, showy red flowers with pineapple scented foliage; salvia greggii (autumn sage), a Southwestern native unbeatable for heat and drought tolerance, a cultivar worth trying with showy red flowers; salvia farinacea (mealycup sage) native to Mexico, annual, in blue, white or blue/white mix.

About 15 people gathered in the “Pub” at the home of Marianne and Guinn Doyle on March 31. The “Pub” is a craftily and creatively decorated space above the garage, painted in bright lime green, red and blue, with assorted post-WWII antiques and collectables scattered winsomely around. Music was provided by a 1960’s jukebox (or 1950’s?). VRA members happily shared a flavorful variety of fragrant and tasty dishes brought by those who attended. Following our meal, a discussion ensued concerning the summer’s VRA Garden Club visits.

Here are the dates firmly in place:

  • Tuesday, May 15th, 7pm, at the home of Janet and Mervyn Cohen,
  • Friday, June 15th, 7pm, at the home of Brad and Monique Schnabel,
  • July, at the home of Sally and Mark Zelonis, date to be announced later.
  • August, at the home of Beth Bugbee, ditto on the date.
  • September, hosts, date, TBA

Please RSVP your intention to attend to the hosts via their phone number or email. Thank you!

Zionsville Community Schools Referendum

In order to continue with the VRA’s mission of keeping the neighborhood informed of inportant topics, the VRA has asked each side of the referendum to share what they will find at their websites. Please take the time to go these sites and learn as much as you can before this important vote.


Your help is needed NOW to end crowded classes, restore vital science and reading programs and protect Zionsville’s home values.

To find more information regarding the upcoming ZCS School Referendum please go to:
www.ZionsvilleYes.com web page.
There you will find:

  • FAQ’s Document
  • Ongoing cuts (2008-current)
  • Current school funding class size facts
  • How the referendum will affect our schools
  • How to donate your time/money
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Voter Information
  • Referendum calculator

You can subscribe to get up-to-date information and request a yard sign. Zionsville Yes also has a facebook page with daily updates.These are great sources to answer all of your questions.

Scott Robison’s (Superintendent of Schools) presentation from the April 23rd Board Meeting can be found at: http://cms.zcs.k12.in.us/sites/default/files/Documents/Superintendent/BDMtgppt_4-23-2012.pdf. The presentation includes information regarding cuts to staff and school programing.

If you have any questions, please emails: Questions@ZionsvilleYes.com

This election is about education; so get educated!
Thank you for your time your vote.
– Zionsville Yes


The State Board of Education has notified all Indiana K-12 Superintendents and School Boards that the costs addressed in the checklist should be adjusted to respond to the State’s declining revenues. ZTRE has completed thorough research regarding the operating expenses within ZCS and was able to measure how ZCS fared on the Citizens’ Checklist.

At ZTRE’s web site, www.ZTRE.org, you can read all the details about:
Background on The Citizens checklist
ZTRE’s direct involvement with ZCS
Scorecard showing if ZCS has complied with the Citizens’ Checklist
Details of Zionsville salaries compared to peer schools, including graphs
Details of Zionsville health insurance costs compared to peer schools
Details of ZCS retirement plans and savings opportunities

There also are links to request a yard sign, school performance reports, and the complete bargaining contract.

In addition you will find how to donate money to support ZTRE’s efforts, and you can visit ZTRE’s Facebook page to find daily updates.

Questions can be emailed to Help@ZTRE.org

ZTRE is grateful to the Village Residents’ Association to make this information available to help you make an informed vote on May 8th.

Village People, Merchant of the Month: Jewel Box Jewelers, 100 S. Main Street

by Kathy Scales Brown

I’m remembering . . . March 1977 when I moved to Zionsville . . . Boone Village . . . jewelry store . . . diamonds . . . dark, handsome man always in a suit behind the counter . . . oh my . . . needed watch battery . . . hello, Phil Owens!

Eventually Phil found he needed more space so he followed his heart and decided to relocate to Main Street in the Village where Jewel Box Jewelers is still located today at the intersection of Main and Oak Streets. Good decision, Phil!

Their customers come from Zionsville, Carmel, Brownsburg, Westfield, West Indianapolis to purchase bridal, Simon G., Gelin Abaci, Yehuda diamonds, pearls, 14k gold watches, custom jewelry, Ryan, Mossanite, sterling silver, colored stone rings and earrings. They also carry Chamilia beads for bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Jewel Box Jewelers also does on-site repairs and cleaning of jewelry, custom design and redesign work, and battery replacement for watches.

Their Bench Jeweler is Phil’s brother, Victor. Their store manager is Gale Welch, and I can certainly attest that her knowledge and friendly manner is an asset to the store. Phil and wife Regina attend many jewelry shows to keep up on the latest trends. This allows them to personally select every item that the store will display while always looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or stone for special orders and custom designs.

Following her heart led Regina to Phil after he had relocated to Main Street which in turn has led her to sharing precious moments in the lives of their customers who have now made Phil and Regina part of their family circle.
Special moments for me are seeing Phil and Regina in the evenings sitting on the purple bench outside the Jewel Box chatting with those strolling by or reading knowing they will eventually retire to their home above the store. So yesterday yet so today. Regina says living above the store has allowed them to enjoy the beauty of downtown Zionsville – the Village – and be within walking distance of their favorite stores and restaurants.

Phil and Regina, thank you for being “merchants in the Village” and congratulations on celebrating the 39th Anniversary this year of Jewel Box Jewelers. May 2012 be very good to you!

Village Voice Arts

by Sarah Zack

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Zionsville Farmer’s Market: Kicking Off it’s 16th Season on May 19, 2012!

by Patricia Scott

Mark your calendar to enjoy this year’s local harvest available from the Zionsville Farmer’s Market.

Nothing tops Summer in The Village; one of my favorite things about this time of year is strolling to the Farmer’s Market and lugging back way more than I can actually carry- simply because I could not resist all of the wonderful offerings! It is time for another exciting and plentiful season beginning May 19th and continuing through September 29th. Each
Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. the parking lot between First Street and Main Street will bustle with local vendors offering fresh seasonal produce, organic and artisan baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. The Market will be welcoming back many of its veteran vendors as well as introducing new additions. Watch for articles in
future months highlighting information about many of the unique merchants and their offerings.

On June 2nd, volunteers will resume the annual tradition of serving fresh strawberry shortcake to attendees, free of charge, while supplies last. Don’t miss out on the delectable combination of seasonal berries
atop shortcakes baked by one of the Market’s own merchants. The 2012 Market will once again feature live music and monthly chef demonstrations, complete with recipes including fresh ingredients from the Market. Specific dates for upcoming events at the Zionsville Farmer’s Market will be coming soon.

See you at the Market; as always, well behaved dogs on leash are welcome!

Report from VRA Legislative Affairs Committee

Meeting: Zionsville Town Council
Date: April 9, 2012

Agenda Highlights:

  • The council heard a presentation by the Zionsville School Corporation
  • on the upcoming referendum and immediately thereafter adopted a resolution in support of the referendum.
  • The TC considered an ordinance establishing a fee ($3.28) for the Zionsville Stormwater Utility.
  • The fee applies to all lots under two acres. For larger lots, there is a formula to determine the fee and for rural lot, the fee is also adjusted based on the amount of impervious surface.
  • There was a lengthy discussion on what the rate (user fee) would be and how the amount was determined for properties. The TC voted to table the ordinance until next month and in the mean time have a workshop/public meeting about how the Stormwater Utility fee will work.

Meeting: Zionsville Redevelopment Commission
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012

Agenda Highlights:

  • Dow Property Appraisal. Consideration of the appraiser’s response to questions about the Dow property appraisal commissioned by the RDC.
    • The commission reviewed the appraiser’s response to questions posed at the February meeting. The responses were accepted.
    • It was agreed to go ahead and pay the appraiser. The appraisal cost was $4,300.
    • Commission member John Tousley proposed that the commission meet with the broker for the property and a DOW representative to bring to their attention the appraisal’s finding that the entire 126.09 acre property is worth $45,205 per acre while DOW wants to sell the most attractive 99.61 acres of the entire 126.09 acre tract for $100,000 per acre.
  • Micro Loan Program. $200,000 has been set aside to lend to qualified local businesses that are not able to obtain business loans from traditional lenders.
    • Commission president, Mike Latz, and treasurer, John Tousley, agreed to schedule a meeting in April with the bank that will administer the program.
  • Water and Sanitary Sewer Design Work. The commission previously approved sending out Request for Proposal (“RIP”) for the design portion of the water and sewer work along 106th Street.
    • Mike Latz advised that he will meet with Ed Mitro in April to send out the RIPs.
  • ZRAPOA Presentation. Representatives of the Zionsville Road Area Property Owners Association (“ZRAPOA”) made a number of requests to the RDC.
    • Chief was a request that the residences along Zionsville Road and old 106th Street be removed from the Tax Increment Financing district (“TIF”) where applicable, and the Redevelopment Area (excluding the Worman property).
    • They also requested that Zionsville Road be improved in a manner consistent with the Oak Street improvement a few years ago.
    • They were advised that the Economic Development Commission, not the RDC, controlled the Redevelopment Area.
    • A spirited discussion ensued, resulting in a motion to table discussion to allow further deliberation (and see whether the EDC would remove the homes from the Redevelopment Area)

My Favorite Room

by Jennifer Bucher

Some evenings, when it’s not quite dark out but the lights in homes have been turned on, I take a walk. This is a nice peaceful time at the end of the day when I can meditate on how my day has gone and quietly plan for the next…but, let’s faces it; it’s also the best time to get a peek into my neighbors’ homes. I know I’m not the only one who slows my pace in front of a house with the lights on, but curtains or blinds open, just to get a quick look at wall coverings or furniture choices. One of the reasons I live in the village is because I love old homes and I desperately want to see what my neighbors-who presumably love old homes as well- have done to personalize their spaces.

Since recently cleaning up and restoring an old Queen Anne style 2 story, I am always inviting my friends and neighbors in for a look. I’m excited to tell people about the banister that I built with my father, the sash cord windows I re-hung myself, or the extra tall screen door that my husband built out of reclaimed wood.

I figured that most of my neighbors had similar stories about their homes that they’d want to share and the rest of us would be just as eager to hear about them. Who doesn’t have a favorite room?

Laurie and Jay raised a family in their small bungalow, but it wasn’t until after the kids stopped using the porch as a weight room (see before pictures) that they could claim this three season space as their favorite room.

The porch wraps around the front of their home and overlooks Laurie’s lush garden. To achieve its calming and summery look, the room only received simple changes such as a coat of pretty blue paint and new windows. The furnishings, although gathered over time, all coordinate. If you know Laurie like I do, you know she has an incredible eye for putting together a room from almost all used or found objects. On the porch she has gathered furniture from garage sales, Goodwill, friend’s attics and basements (like some of the lovely green and blue glass bottles received from Village neighbor, Betsy Harris) or free on big trash day.

Items with personal meaning also dot the porch. An old dresser holds a Georgia O’Keefe-like sculpture made by Laurie’s daughter. On the porch swing, a mermaid (relegated to the yard in the summer) came from Zionsville business owner, Rob Shafer. Several blown glass buoys held in rope came back with Laurie’s parents who for a time lived in Bermuda.

An avid gardener, who owns her own business — Lucky Me Gardening — Laurie describes how she purposely planted specific trees and flowers to enhance the views from the porch. “This is the sunniest room in the house,” Laurie says. This light filled room is clearly an extension of the garden outside.


Zionsville American Legion Summer Yard Sales Event

Zionsville American Legion Auxiliary announces its first “Got Too Much Stuff” summer yard sales event!

Help us fix our roof by renting a table and yard space to sell your “stuff”. With 100% of table rental fees from sellers going directly to the Roof Fund! No Auxiliary expenses! The Auxiliary will also have tables with items donated to us.

The Got Too Much Stuff yard sale will be every 2nd Saturday from May through August from 9am to 2pm…and if you don’t have anything to sell, stop by to see what bargain you might find! Be sure to visit the Auxiliary’s tables to see our selection of homemade desserts, beverages, and who knows what else!

Rental costs range from $25 for an 8 ft table to $15 for a 4 ft table. Since tables are limited, they will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved one week prior to the sale date. Table rental agreements are available at the Legion, 9950 E 600 S (corner of Ford Rd and 600 S)

In the event of rain, the sale will be moved inside.
Questions? Call Linda Koenig 769-4270 or Chrissy Koenig 733-2035

Along with helping raise money for our American Legion, our Auxilliary supports The American Legion Programs for Veterans in various ways: we donate money items for the Veteran’s in nursing homes, Veterans Homes, homeless Vets. We also send items to our current military who are overseas serving our country and support our local community by helping needy families as well as other needs in our community.

VRA April Garlic Mustard Pull

by Caron Peper

On the morning of Saturday April 14th, you may have noticed people traipsing around pulling weeds in Creekside Park and Elm Street Green. This was all part of “Pull for the Parks”. Each spring the parks department, along with community volunteers (this year included a dozen or so VRA members), focus on preventing the spread of Garlic Mustard. Garlic Mustard is a very invasive biennial plant that has been competing with other wildflowers in our local parks. I am sure most people in the Village have seen it in their or their neighbors’ yards as well. Early in the spring one can find Garlic Mustard all over the Village. To prevent Garlic Mustard from spreading, hold at the base while tugging. It has a single root that is fairly easy to pull out by hand. You must then place the entire plant inside a bag and close tightly to prevent the seeds from dispersing.

Matt Dickey, Superintendent of Zionsville Parks Recreation, gave us this information as to why Garlic Mustard is so invasive and the effect a few hours with a dozen people “Pulling for the Parks” can have for Zionsville’s beautiful parks.

*Garlic Mustard is a biennial. Individual plants produce from 350 to 7,900 seeds in their second year before dying, (I’ll use a 5,000/mature plant average to make the math easy).

  • Dense stands can produce 12,500 seeds per square yard each year.
  • In dense stands of seedlings, survivability until seed production in 2-years is 1%-16% (I’ll use a 10% average to make the math easy)
  • Garlic mustard seeds can remain viable in the soil seed bank for up to five years.

-From my pulling efforts out there, I get at least one, fully-compacted, filled to the brim, 35-gallon bag out of dense stands covering about 30′ x30′ area (or 100 sq. yards).
-If we use a 10,000 seed-count/square yard/ year (down somewhat from Michigan’s above to conservatively allow for some lesser density stands and non-compressed bags).
-Then that could easily equate to 1,000,000 seeds per bag removed from potential germination and possible future ongoing production.
-Your group eradicated enough garlic mustard this year to completely fill 20 such bags (plus a few partials).

So based on the Michigan State Extension information, it is entirely probable the VRA, in this year alone, removed and prevented over 20 MILLION seeds from possible germination and future yearly infestation cycles.

And the probability is the 2-year survivors of those millions of seedlings, if they had been left in place, could easily have produced 10 BILLION seeds in the spring of 2014.

Source: Michigan State University Extension Flyer at http://www.ipm.msu.edu/garlicmustard.htm (Michigan is one of the leading States in the fight against this infestation)



If you or your community group would be interested in volunteering with the Zionsville Parks Department next spring for “Pull for the Parks”, please contact Zionsville Parks and Recreation. http://www.zionsville-in.gov/contact/ #733-2273

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