Village Voice 01 2014: January

Letter from the President

My name is Scott Lusk and I am pleased to introduce myself as the ZVRA President for 2014. My wife Heather and I have lived in the village four years with our eight and five year-old girls. We are thrilled to be a part of such a great community. Assisting me on the Board this year are Joe Singler as Vice President, Sally Zelonis as Secretary, and Todd Rech as Treasurer. In addition to thanking them for their future help, I would like to thank Guinn, Carol and all who have held these positions in the past. I would like to especially thank Chris Bucher who has set a high bar for all ZVRA presidents who follow him.

This time of the year is often pretty quiet around the Village, but this year it seems that we have a healthy list of things for the ZVRA Board to consider. Most notably, our meeting with Councilor Papa was interesting and we have sent follow-up emails requesting a meeting with the Council and the Town Manager to discuss how the ZVRA could have formal input into the decisions regarding developments that impact the Village. We are still awaiting a response.

Also, we are discussing the proposed development of the 20 Acres along Eagle Creek on the south end of Main Street. I have had a brief discussion with the potential developer and we are anxious to hear what they have to say. As a result, I recently requested that this developer come and speak with the ZVRA about their proposed development on Tuesday, January 14 at 7 pm. We are still awaiting a response and will set a location if/when they confirm.

In addition to the ZVRA interest in the 20 Acres, there is a separate, broader group of citizens taking an active role in tracking this development. To receive updates from the "Zionsville Neighborhood Action Group" you can register your e-mail with them at

The Village Voice Editorial Board will be working on many great things for 2014. As usual, we need your help. If you have stories, story ideas, or anything you want to contribute or share with your neighbors, we would love to hear all about it. The easiest way to do that is to send your info to If you would like to be part of the Village Voice for any ongoing contribution, please let them know so we can make sure there is room for you. We greatly appreciate any sort of ideas or projects that you would like to share.

Have a great January—and Chris would like to remind you to make sure to shovel your sidewalks!!!

Scott Lusk
Zionsville Village Residents’ Association President

Village News and Events

Village Family Tree

On Sunday, Dec 1st, the Village Residents’ Association held its VRA Family Tree trimming party.  In the photo attached, Annika Bauman and Violet Worth place ornaments on the VRA Family Tree at the Gazebo in Lincoln Park.   Annika Bauman was also the ceremonial and First Ever Tree Lighter.  There was hot chocolate for all, and a few carols were sung while the ornaments were hung on the tree. The VRA also collected donations for the ZFD Boone County toy drive.  The VRA welcomes families from the community to share their own family ornaments on the tree to for the season in what is sure to be a long-standing Village tradition.

A Visit From Santa

On Christmas Eve Santa Claus visited the Village on Zionsville Fire Departments' Engine #91. There is no sight quite like it. If your family is anything like ours, it has become a part of your holiday traditions too.

Village Thefts

Keep your eyes peeled and your Garages locked.

In the past weeks there has again been a theft of household items. This most recent theft was of a grill and an edger which happened in the Alley between Main Street and Maple Street. While this was probably looked at by the Police as isolated incident and as a theft of opportunity, it is still concerning. Please keep your garages and gates closed and locked when possible and make sure to let the ZPD know if you have any sort of issue or info regarding thefts in the Village. We want to keep our neighborhood as Crime Free as possible!

Hawk's Wish

I was witness to the true spirit of Christmas on
Christmas Eve this past week. Led by one of Santa's and Zionsville's loudest Elves, Leigh Ann Akard, a group of Zionsville citizens helped put together a very special miracle for a "Tiny Tim"-like Hawk Ricketts and family, who live right here in the Village. In just about 4 short days they were able to procure a handicapped accessible van with plates and insurance, medical care for the service dog and truck load of household necessities and gift cards for a family that just isn't able to get around our tiny Village due to Hawk's wheelchair.

Leigh Ann found about the family's need when Hawk sat on Santa's lap at the VIP Christmas event that is held for special needs kids every December. Hawk's Christmas wish were all for others and were all for things that most of us take for granted... like being able to go to Marsh or being able to travel to Doctor's appointments.

Perhaps the most moving part of this to me was when the family was asked about what all this meant to the family, Hawk replied simply, "Life".

Below is Leigh Ann's account of the evening's events and this was surely one of the most special events that I have been part of. Getting to share such an amazing night with so many Village neighbors was something that I will keep with me for a long time. Keep the Ricketts in your thoughts as we go into the New Year. We have such a special place that we live in and and there is so much around us that when you see a need, simply ask yourself, "What are we going to do about it?" and get to work.

Chris Bucher

A picture says a 1000 words and a memory is a gift that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all who came out tonight to be apart of the special Christmas Eve. And big thanks to all who donated to this project (if you shared the link please share these photos as this would not have been possible without the support of each and every one of you!).

I told Brenda I wanted to come over and bring dinner to her. I arrived and told her to bring Hawk to the front door b/c I thought there might be something they would want to see. And boy were they amazed!!! When the police and fire truck escort rounded the corner with the van with a bow on it Brenda collapsed to the ground and Hawk was overwhelmed. It was MAGICAL!!! They were in total awe and amazement as she kept saying "we are so isolated in our house, we don't know any of these people.....what is happening?" And just like a Hollywood movie carolers came from around the house singing. It was MAGICAL!!!

As the caroling angels formed a chain to pass the gifts from the van to the house she said "I just have to sit down....what is happening said you were brining dinner." I told her I did bring dinner...and a few extra things

Hawk is growing his hair out long to give to locks of love...what a neat kid! Many times tonight they were both moved to tears. He kept putting his hands together like in the photo to say "thank you" with tears of joy in his eyes. He said that this was the best Christmas ever!

My family got the honor to visit with them for about an hour after everyone left as they were excited to see all the gifts and we moved them to under the tree for tomorrow morning. She was DELIGHTED with all the laundry soap as she told me "I just used my last jug this morning!" And the dog food and knowing Mr Tanner will see a vet soon moved them both to tears again.

This was a magical night for sure...we got a chance to give to them just as the wise men. And we all got touched by the spirit of Christmas in our own individual way. Thank you all!

As the big man in the red suit would say, "Merry Christmas to all...and to all a good night!" And as Hawk typed on his pad as left "God Bless You All"

Leigh Ann Akard

Meet the Neighbor

Kathy Scales Brown
5 N. Elm Street

How long have you lived in Zionsville?
I have lived in Zionsville for 36 years. I live with David Brown and have a son, Todd Scales, who is a Zionsville fireman. Todd is married to Leigh Ann Akard and they have one daughter, Tina. She lives with her two children in Omaha, Nebraska.

Where are you from originally? I was raised on the west side of Indianapolis and attended Ben Davis High School.

What is your profession? For 23 years, I was a recruiter/owner of a WBE-certified staffing agency located in downtown Indianapolis and found jobs for qualified candidates in Indiana and 17 other states. I retired recently and now you can find me at my shop.

What is the biggest change? The growth.

What are your interests? I am a homebody at heart. I love to read, garden, browse through cookbooks, get lost in my decorating magazines, wander anywhere there is beauty, search through other shops as we travel for items our customers might like and dining out.

What is your favorite village shop/restaurant? Love them all!

What is your favorite movie? I could watch movies by the hour with the exception of science fiction or horror. Not my thing!

What is your favorite book? I love to read. I usually have three books or magazines going at the same time. One book at the store, one at home and one in the car.

What are your plans for the future? To see the rest of the world we haven’t seen yet. If wishes could come true (and we didn’t have the stores), we would wake up one morning, see where the best internet deal will take us and from that point wander wherever our hearts lead us for a year!

What advice do you have for other villagers? Those of us who live in the Village are on big family. Jump right in! Everyone is welcome!

Three words that would describe a perfect day: Maui, Maui, Maui.

Jeff and Penny Edmundson
460 N. Maple Street

Do you have children? They have one son, Brad, who is married to Tara and have given them two beautiful grandchildren and another one on the way.

How long have you lived in Zionsville? They bought their house in 2002, and moved in 2005.

Where are you from originally? Both are from Indiana. Penny is from Muncie and Jeff is from Jasonville.

What is your profession? They are both retired. Penny was a Family and Consumer Science teacher and Jeff was a federal employee.

Why did you come to Zionsville? We were charmed by the village. It reminded us of when we lived in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Have you made any changes to home? We did LOTS of renovations to our home, almost a complete makeover. We put additions of our house and garage. However, uppermost in our plan, was to maintain the original character of the home. After renovations, we wanted the house to look and feel as if it “had always been” the way it is now.

What do you think is the best thing about Zionsville? The charm of the Village and the people. Quite simply, small town living.

What is the biggest change? The biggest change has been the expansion of the town boundaries which has caused a significant increase in population.

What are your interests?
Penny enjoys hiking, quilting, reading, volunteering, baking and entertaining. Jeff enjoys hiking, volunteer activities around the state associated with hiking, reading, and working out.

What is your favorite village shop/restaurant? Their favorite shops are Ganache Chocolatier, the Friendly Tavern and Goodman Jewelers.

What is your favorite movie? Penny’s two favorites are Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version) and A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version) and Jeff’s is Little Big Man.

What is your favorite book?
Penny likes too many to pick a favorite and Jeff likes biographies and histories.

Who would you most like to meet? Penny would like to meet Pope Francis and Jeff would like to meet the Dalai Lama, Ghandi, Albert Schweitzer and Warren Buffet. Now that’s a group for you!

What are your plans for the future? Penny wants to keep on doing what she is doing and Jeff wants to spend the next 40 years enjoying life!

What advice do you have for other villagers? Jeff thinks you should embrace your passion and Penny thinks you should be involved in the Village in whatever way makes you comfortable.

Three words that would describe a perfect day: Jeff likes making others smile and Penny likes no obligated activities.

Easy Peasy Pie aka Cookie Pie

By Beth Bugbee

I’ll start off with a confession. I am not a cook or a baker. Going to a pitch-in brings on high anxiety. That is why I was jubilant when I found this recipe on Pinterest. It was something I could actually make that tasted good. So here goes….

Go to the grocery store and buy a graham cracker crust, a family-size box of Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, milk and a tub of Cool Whip. I know these seem like weird ingredients for a pie, but stay with me on this.

Assemble all the ingredients and pour some milk into a cup. Now dip a cookie into the milk and hold it there a few seconds, then lay it on the bottom of the graham cracker crust. Repeat this until soggy cookies cover the bottom of the pie crust. Scoop out a big glob of the Cool Whip and spread it over the cookies. Repeat these two layers two more times to end up with three layers of cookies and Cool Whip. Cover with plastic and place in the frig over night.

Next day, spread the remaining “whipped cream” over the pie and sprinkle chocolate chips or smashed cookies over the top. Your done! It doesn’t get much easier than this.

You can rename this pie anything you like. The two names I have given kind of give away the simplicity of making this pie. So if you want to impress someone, come up with some French name. Honestly, it does taste good. Is there anything about milk and cookies not to like?!