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Upcoming Meetings and Civic Events
Until any plans are actually filed with the town, no one really knows what developers might want to do there. The VRA just continues to remind those who are thinking about developing and those who are making decisions at Town Hall that we want to know about any sort of development that might happen and that we would like to be part of the process. We will continue to reach out and do what we can to help remind them that the Village is where we live, that any development that happens impacts us greatly and that we want to make sure that it is the right development for our neighborhood.
One Village Resident mentioned the idea that there should be some VRA representation at the Technical Advisory Committee level of the development process. Council President Papa said that was definitely something that we could discuss. VRA Board members are working now on reaching out to town leaders to discuss how that could happen.
For those that were not at the October meeting, we had the annual VRA Board Elections and we have a whole new Board! I am very excited that we have a great mix of people who are very excited about being part of the VRA Board for 2014. I am sure you will hear more about them in the coming months but these people have a lot of great new ideas and energy for our neighborhood. I hear there is already a North Village vs South Village Softball game in the works for this coming summer!
The 2014 VRA Board looks like this… President Scott Lusk, Vice President Joe Singler, Secretary Sally Zelonis, and Treasurer Todd Rech. They will do a great job next year!
Thanks to Scott for being a great VP last year, and to Guinn Doyle and Carol Dienhart for doing so much for the last 3 years on the board. It has been so much fun to work with you on all our Village Projects.
Make sure you keep your sidewalks shoveled!
After a year off, for 2013 the VRA brought back the outdoor Christmas Magic in the Village. There were over 60 trees ordered and 40 of those were delivered by a hearty band of VRA volunteers.
This project was spearheaded by our very own Jane Forbes who really did all the legwork and promotion and as usual she did a great job. It was a cold job, but the guys and gals made quick work of getting these trees delivered and installed. The best part is that this project netted over $650 for the VRA! Thanks to everyone--both those who purchased the trees as well as Jane and her tree delivering elves!
Christmas in Our Village
by Beth Bugbee
Our tree will be lit and Santa is arriving on November 30th, but there is more to come! Once again, you can get into the holiday season by coming to Main Street in December.
The First Annual VRA Family Tree will be in Lincoln Park. On Sunday Dec 1st at 6pm, you are invited to come and bring a family ornament to hang on the VRA Family Tree. We will have a short family ornament hanging, sing a carole or two, have some hot chocolate. Most importantly, if you would like to bring a toy or cash donation they will be collected there and given to the Zionsville Fire Department for distribution to kids who need them throughout Boone County. If you cannot bring your ornament on Dec 1st, feel free to hang your family ornament whenever you would like during the month. The tree will be brought down on January 2nd and the ornaments will NOT be saved. Please be mindful that the tree is on town property.
On December 7 and 8, you can join Santa for breakfast at one of six Village restaurants. Reservations are required so visit www.zionsvilletrikappa.org to sign up. After breakfast, there will be special crafts and story times. After breakfast, Santa will be in his house at Serenity to listen to wish lists. If you can't come on this weekend, Santa will be back every Saturday and Sunday in December, ending on the 21st.
Holiday festivities aren't limited to kids. There is plenty for the grown ups too! On December 7, you can attend the Wintergreen Market. Local vendors will be selling a variety of wreaths, garlands and fresh blooming arrangements throughout the Village.
On December 12, stores will be open late for Ladies Night. The evening will begin with cocktails and informal modeling from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Sanctuary, then you can stroll down Main Street and shop until you drop.
Let's not leave the men out! The following Thursday, December 19, is Men's Night. Again, the stores will be open late with all kinds of promotions to complete your special shopping list.
Every weekend in December will be spirited in the Village. There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides and live music performances. Street vendors will be selling sweets and roasted nuts so you can maintain your energy level for shopping. Remind your friends to come to Zionsville and shop Main Street.
Growing Their Friendly Visitor Program!
Whether you can donate an hour a week or several hours each month, you will be giving more than just your time, you will be offering companionship and encouragement to someone in need of a friend. Training and support is provided.
Let’s make a connection! For more information, call Judy Brower, Director of Volunteers at (765)482-5220 or (317)873-8939, or e-mail email@example.com.
Boone County Senior Services, with offices in Lebanon and Zionsville, has been providing life sustaining and enriching services for older adults in Boone County since 1978. Learn more at www.booneseniors.org
Notes from VRA Meeting with Councilor Papa
Re: The Marketplace Development:
- He and 2 other Town Councilors and some Town staff have seen some renderings, but no plans have been filed.
- He thought the general idea was for them to file by the end of the year originally, but now they may not file until early next year.
- He and the other Town reps. told the developer that it would be a very good idea to talk to the VRA about the potential residential component of the development.
- He said that there are no mtgs. taking place between the developer and the Town.
- He also said that he met with the developer several weeks ago and has had phone calls with them in the last couple of days.
- He told them the original renderings looked too big.
- The Town has no plan in their hands for a proposed development.
- He said that some people have suggested a new Town Hall be built there, but he thinks its too expensive of a property for that.
- He said he has no specific goal for that property.
- Doesn't know the definition of "Mixed used", but in his mind it means there's a residential component and a retail/commercial component.
- "We're just not going to do something that ruins the Village."
- Any proposal will have to go thru the Plan Commission and T.C., and possibly the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals).
- 3 of the properties in discussion are in the TIF, 1 is not (the Mobile Home Park).
- He agreed with a resident - Ellen Butz - that the Town should first know and decide what needs to be done with that intersection (for traffic) before entertaining any development plan for that property.
- He has not heard any discussion about a PUD for the property.
- Re: aesthetics (in general pertaining to development), Wayne Delong authorizes some exceptions, and Ed Mitro weighs in on those a lot, as well. They send exceptions to the Plan Commission when necessary.
- Resident Jeff Butz asked "how do we get a VRA Architectural person a seat at the table?". Jeff stated that it's not the structure the Town has in place now, but that's something that could be looked at and discussed. He said he wouldn't commit the whole Council to that tonight, but it could be discussed.
Councilor Papa also brought the VRA members up to speed on other happenings around Town:
- Traffic study is being done on the area from the intersection of 106th St. & Zville Rd. to the intersection of 1st St. & Oak St.
- DOW Property - 2 companies are showing very strong interest. 1 is a mid-sized corporate headquarters employing about 100 people. 1 is a small high tech, high salary corporations employing 15 to 20 people.
- Boone Meadow is back in Zville - got it back from Whitestown.
- 40 commercial acres east of Lowes is back in Zville - got it back from Whitestown. It's it's own TIF, relatively new. The intersection (new light) stays in Whitestown for them to maintain - Zville just paid for half the signal.
- Zville backed off of the Worth Twp. annexation in exchange for the 2 concessions above.
- Apts. going up by Royal Run are still in Whitestown.
- PNC property was $650thd. paid for out of the Rainy Day Fund. Still plenty of money in that fund.
- Water resources study is being conducted in conjunction w/ surrounding communities. We are currently OK on water, but in 20 years there will be a severe shortage.
- Heritage Park is about to open.
by Jen Kershner
For the cake:
15 oz can Pumpkin
1/2 c oil
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 c sugar
1 c dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 c chocolate chips
For the whipped cream:
1 c heavy cream
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together pumpkin, oil, eggs, applesauce, sugars and vanilla until well blended. In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and then add to wet ingredients until just blended and then fold in chocolate chips. Pour into well greased bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Let completely cool before removing from pan. Serve with Cinnamon Nutmeg Whipped Cream.
Notes: I always use fresh ground nutmeg and just eyeball those measurements. Also, it is helpful to reserve about 1/4 c of your flour to toss with your chocolate chips so they don't all sink to the bottom of your pan. You could use all oil for this recipe but the applesauce lightens it up and you don't miss the extra oil at all.
By Sarah Zack
Handmade Holiday Ornament / Decorative Keepsake
1.5 Hour Session
· *Model Magic: Red, Yellow, Blue, white
· 8X10 Paper
· Light Blue Pipe Cleaner
· Rolling Pin (Optional)
• Trace child’s hand on a piece of paper. Cut it out carefully creating a positive stencil.
• Take ¾ of your white and ¼ blue Model Magic. Knead the model magic colors together to make a light blue solid color. This will take time; be patient.
• Flatten out the light blue Model Magic with hand or rolling pin until the clay is approximately ½ Inch thick and larger than your hand stencil. Place your hand stencil on the blue model magic (it will stay in place because the model magic is slightly sticky). Use scissors to cut the model magic into the exact shape of the hand stencil. Smooth out any jagged edges & finger prints. Set aside.
• Knead a small amount of yellow, blue, red, and white model magic to make a skin tone for your angle’s face. Roll the mixture into a small sphere and flatten it with the palm of your hand. Place it on the heel of the handprint to create the face. Model Magic will stick to itself.
• To create angel wings. Knead a small amount of the yellow and white model magic. Flatten and shape the yellow model magic to create two wings. Attach the wings to the back of your hand and face. Model Magic will stick to itself.
• To create your angel’s facial features:
• Hair: Roll a small amount of the remaining yellow model magic into a spiral to create angel hair.
• Eyes: Roll a small amount of the light blue into two small spheres for eyes.
• Mouth: Mix a small amount of red and white model magic together and roll into a coil for a mouth.
• Place each item on the face in the desired location.
• Lastly, take a pencil and poke the pencil through the top of the angle’s wing, making sure there is enough space on all sides so it does not easily break.
• Allow your art work to dry for 24-48 hours on a hard plastic surface. Flip it frequently to assist in the drying process. String a piece of ribbon through the hole.
• Hang on your tree, to a door knob, or give away as gift. This is a wonderful Christmas keepsake that will keep for years and remind you of how tiny your child’s hand once was.
Art Elements and Principles: Form, Color, Unity & Functionality
Art Skill: Clay modeling
Art Theme: Holiday
* Model Magic is a Crayola Product available at most craft/general stores. It is an air dry based modeling clay.