Village Voice 05 2021: May

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President's Letter:

Hello Village residents,

If April showers bring May flowers, I’ve wondered what an April snowstorm brings. Evidently it brings more rain, as the next few weeks are forecasted to be damp ones. Fortunately they’ll also be relatively warm. With more light in the evenings, take some time to walk outdoors. This week’s Village Voice features a Fairy Garden Walking Tour by residents Mia and Debbie Forbeck.  It’s a perfect activity on a sunny afternoon or after a baseball game at Lions’ Park. 

May brings many other events – mark your calendars:

The Zionsville Farmers Market will be returning to the Village, but now on the bricks between Pine and Hawthorne starting May 22. 

You may recall an article from February’s Village Voice about beekeeping. Maplelawn is hosting “Introduction to Beekeeping” and “Honey Harvesting” classes beginning May 22. Children aged eight and older are invited to attend, and those under 15 are free: https://maplelawnfarmstead.org/events2/

Mark your calendars for a May 20 virtual VRA meeting. We’re scheduled to learn more about the Gateway Project. 

Lest we forget, May also brings a certain race to our state. The Indy 500 returns May 30 to a reduced capacity crowd. 

And May is also the time for end of school tournaments, exams, dance recitals, and more. Many of these events are being held in person because Boone County vaccination numbers are impressively high. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, just do it. The sooner the public reaches herd immunity, the sooner people can stop wearing masks. This weekend my niece told me she hadn’t been vaccinated because she’s afraid of needles, then she conceded that she has multiple tattoos. She promptly scheduled the vaccine. Some are worried about side effects, although most people I know had no issues at all. I had one rough day, but it was no worse than the flu. Considering I haven’t been sick for more than a year (masks and sanitizing everything will do that) it was truly no big deal. 

Please. Get. The. Shot. And stay safe.

Heather Lusk

president@zvra.com



Town Council:

Happy Spring.  Here’s to no more snow!

When you think of Town Council meetings, most think about the various ordinances, resolutions and budgeting process that is introduced, debated and voted on during our meetings.  Recently we’ve seen an uptick of an additional element of Council meetings which is presentations.

We like having these meetings as an opportunity for various organizations to discuss their involvement in our community and how it benefits the residents.  In addition to informing the seven Town Councilors, it has an added benefit of introducing or updating members of the community that watch our meetings.  The interest in our meetings has grown over the years as people realize the decisions made locally can often times have the most impact on their day-to-day lives.  As such, I’m happy to offer these groups some free advertising for their mission.

In April we had four such presentations and all are available online if you want more detail.  In summary, the presentations were:

  1. Boone County Solid Waste Management District : This group is made up of local elected officials including Boone County Councilors, Lebanon Councilor/Mayor and Zionsville Town Councilors.   The District is responsible for implementing programs and educating Boone County residents to reduce, recycle or properly dispose of their residential waste.  This includes recycling programs, tox drop days, expired pharmaceutical collections (a drop box is at ZPD), needle/medical disposal and other programs like shoe collection for donation.

  2. Zionsville Historic Preservation Committee : I’ve spoken about this group in a prior posting, but for those not familiar, this is a neighbor-led initiative to create a preservation district within the boundaries of the Village for certain homes.  They were able to clear up a lot of misconceptions about their goal and more information can be found here:  https://www.preservezionsville.com/

  3. Hickory Hall Polo Club : This group puts on Polo matches at their facility in Zionsville that benefit non-profits.  I’m hoping to attend one of their family-friendly events this summer as it sounds like a lot of fun.  It is run by a father/son who have a passion for the sport and attracts participants from around the country.  You can learn more, and see the schedule, at their website:  http://www.indypolo.com/

  4. Parks & Recreation : Our local parks superintendent (Jarod Logsdon) and our parks board president (Tim Casady) updated us on a number of initiatives going on within the parks system.  That includes the completion of our newest park, and walking distance from the Village, Overly Worman Park.  That facility will include walking trails, a fishing pond, frisbee golf (frolf?) and a very cool bridge as an entrance.  We also talked about expanding the dog park due to demand as well as our summer programming.

  5. Property Taxes Overview : The Town’s CFO (Tammy Havard) presented on how property taxes are calculated.  As seems to be the case with government, it can be confusing as to how the State comes up with your property tax amount and where that money goes.  Between gross assessed value, deductions, net assessed value, tax rates and other variables like voter approved initiatives there is a lot that goes into your bill.  She did share a site where you can see this all at work : https://gateway.ifionline.org/CalculatorsDLGF/TaxCalculator.aspx 

I’ve always encouraged people to attend these meetings.  You can currently attend in-person (limited capacity), through Zoom or watch anytime on YouTube.  They aren’t always the most entertaining thing to do on a Monday morning or evening, but you can learn things about your local government and stakeholders as a result.






















Picking up chicks

by Heather Lusk

It’s not often that we bring home chicks from Broad Ripple, but that’s exactly what we did in mid-January. They made a bit of a racket on the drive, but they were such cute little balls of fluff it was worth it.

More than a year ago we inherited a small flock of older hens from our neighbors. We’ve lost a few over the years due to illness, a hawk and old age. Recently an idea hatched to replace our losses.

We purchased our little ones from Agrarian (agrarianindy.com). They’re a second-party distributor of chicks specifically for urban farmers. They purchase the chicks directly from a large-scale operation which allows Agrarian customers to get the type of hen they’d like in much smaller numbers, even as few as a single chick. Alternatively buying chicks online, there is often a minimum order of eight and sometimes as high as 15. Agrarian sells 61 different breeds, although each breed is not available each week. Because the chicks can be challenging to distinguish, they often will only sell different looking varieties in the same week.

Agrarian has a money-back guarantee that chicks will live for the first 48 hours. For an additional fee they offer rooster insurance and will replace or refund eligible male chicks. Their pickup service is quite simple and they sell anything an urban farmer might need.

We discovered that raising chicks isn’t as complicated as it might appear. There are a few necessary household items, and anything else can be picked up at Tractor Supply or Agrarian. We borrowed a large tub (to serve as a brooder) that we filled with pine shavings. Then added a small waterer and feeder, a heat lamp bulb attached to a regular lamp, and a thermometer to ensure the temperature is warm enough. As the chicks continued to grow, we transferred them to a dog crate. Their only requirements are ensuring the temperature in the brooder is comfortable, that they have consistent food and water, and that their brooder is cleaned every few days.

Our current flock is growing older – chickens lay eggs for the first six years or so of their life, and then only live a few years after that. New chicks begin laying eggs when they’re 18 weeks old and their egg production will be consistent for the next two to three years before it begins to slow. The addition of ChewBOKa, Hen Solo and Cluck Vadar will ensure we have eggs through the winter.

We’ve watched the chicks with fascination as their fluff turned into feathers and as their curiosity has taken over. Soon we’ll merge them into the existing flock and that will be a completely new adventure. 




The Village of Zionsville Annual Fairy Garden Walking Tour




By Debbie Forbeck and Mia Forbeck

*Note: Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for tour.
  1. Starting point is the Village Christmas Tree on Main Street.
  2. Go South on Main Street until you reach the SullivanMunce Cultural Center sign.
    1. on the corner of Hawthorne Street and Main Street.  
  3. Cross the street to reach the South side of Hawthorne Street and turn Right/West on Hawthorne Street.
  4. Walk West on Hawthorne Street towards SullivanMunce Cultural Center.
  5. Pass SullivanMunce Cultural Center on your left, and 10 yards ahead on your right, find the “Thinking of You Fairy Garden.”
  6. Continue to walk West, and ½ a block on your left, find the “Teapot Fairy House”.
  7. Turn around and head back to the corner of Main Street and Hawthorne Street
  8. Head North on Main Street and enjoy our local Village businesses until you reach the corner of Main Street and Walnut Street.  
  9. At the corner above, on the West side of Main Street, look for “The Village Fairy Garden”.
  10. Now, continue walking North on Main Street and enjoy the view until you reach Ash Street, and turn Right/East on Ash Street.  
    1. On the corner, on your right, under the corner tree, find the “Daffodil Fairy Garden”.
  11. Go East on Ash Street until you reach Maple Street.  Cross Maple to get on it’s East side.
  12. Turn right/South on Maple Street and welcome to “Fairy Garden Row”!
  13. At the corner of Maple Street and Ash Street, look on your left for the “Boot House”.
  14. Continue to walk South on Maple Street until you almost reach the corner of Maple Street and Walnut Street.
  15. Right before the corner, look for the “Gaslighter Fairy Garden” on your left, and 5 yards later, look for the “School House Garden”.
  16. Cross Walnut and coming up on your right, on the next corner, is the “Gnome Sanctuary”. 
  17.  Keep walking South on Maple Street for ½ a block and watch for the “Leaf House Neighbors” on your left.
    1. Detour: Cross the street to the West side of the street and find the “Blue Bird Fairy House”.  Now, go back to the East side of the street.
  18. Keep walking South on Maple Street to find on your left the “Frog Heaven”.

  19. Continue walking South on Maple Street and find on your right  “Tinker Bell’s Haven” and “Gnome Town” not too far away at the next tree 5 yards away. 
  20. Turn Right/West onto East Poplar Street, to cross Maple Street, and go North on Maple Street, on its West side, to find on your left “The Glass House Fairy Garden”.
  21. Now, go South on Maple Street again to reach East Poplar Street, once more, and turn Right/East.
  22. Go East on East Poplar on its North side and on your left is the “Hedgehog Fairy Garden”.
  23. Continue West on East Poplar until Main Street and turn Left/South on Main Street.
  24. Go South on Main Street until you reach Cedar Street. 
  25. Turn Right/West on Cedar Street, on its South side, and head West towards Lincoln Park.
  26. Keep going West on Cedar Street past Lincoln Park, and within a block, look on your right for “The Tulip River Village”. 
  27. Keep going West on Cedar for some time, until you reach the corner of Cedar Street and 5th Street and cross Cedar to its North side and head West again on Cedar, and look on your left for the “Sleeping Mushroom Fairy Village.”
  28. .That’s all folks!

  29. Now “All you need is Faith, Trust and a little bit of Pixie Dust.” -- Tinkerbell
  30. Go back to Main Street and enjoy the rest of your day in town at one of our lovely local businesses or local attractions.

Giving local business a boost

There are plenty of ways to help Zionsville businesses right now. If every village resident did just one of these things each week, that could make a difference in a business staying afloat.
  1. Shop in person: If you feel comfortable going out and shopping or dining, please do so.  Often sitting down at a restaurant, many people get a glass of wine or a beer with our food resulting in a nice dining experience and a higher ticket for the restaurant. Go into a retailer and shop.  Now would be a great time to pick up future birthday or anniversary gifts, plus individuals can shop while there is less traffic.
  2. Shop Online: If you would prefer to carry out food, consider picking up from a local business once a week. Supporting local restaurants via carry out is a great way to keep businesses open and people employed.  If you do not want to shop in person and would like to shop locally from home, try our www.shopzionsvillechamber.com option. You can find many of our local stores there and shop from them just like you would from their own websites, but in one place.
  3. Pick-up and delivery: Many stores have delivery or curbside pick-up options.  Call, place your order, drive up and get your items.  Easy!  Some local businesses will even leave their items on your doorstep. Easier!
  4. Leave a business a positive review:  Take an afternoon and leave a positive review for your favorite businesses.  Many people look at reviews when making a purchase, so let’s tell everyone how great our Zionsville shops and restaurants are!  Good places to leave a review are Google, Yelp or Facebook.
  5. Encourage friends and family to shop locally: It’s simple, right? By encouraging those outside of the Village to shop our Main Street, we increase the customer base of businesses and help others discover the many treasures that we have downtown. Just tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on and so on and so on!

 
(tips courtesy of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce)


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