Editor's Column - Mike Corbett
Of all the business stories we tell, one of my favorite themes is the concept of reuse: taking raw materials that others rejected and finding a new way to use them. It requires vision, ingenuity and creativity. That’s why I found this issue’s cover story so appealing. It bothered Jud Scott that thousands of trees that had succumbed to the ravages of the Emerald Ash Borer were being trashed. He figured there must be way to put that valuable hardwood to use. So he started harvesting it and is now turning it into locally sourced furniture.
It took similar vision at White River Campground in Cicero, where Hamilton County Parks recently unveiled three new bridges across the White River to Koteewi Park. Well, they’re new to Hamilton County, but two of the bridges were salvaged from Washington and Wayne counties and the third was reconstructed from 100 year old plans.
These are beautiful examples of turn of the 20th Century engineering technology and serve to remind us of our heritage while providing a useful passage between two parks. INDOT saves these old bridges until enterprising people can find new uses for them. The county parks department did just that, and offers a great example of how some creativity and initiative can enhance the quality of life here.
Of course, we sometimes fail to muster the required initiative as well. You may recall the 100+ year old grain elevator in Noblesville that ceased operation a couple of years ago. It’s now an empty lot and all that lumber from our native trees was sold to people in other parts of the world, who saw value in it that we didn’t. It’s a shame we let that go. I know we can’t save everything but it’s disappointing that a structure that played such an important part in Noblesville’s history is now just a memory with no reminder that it was even there. I’m told some of the limestone from the foundation will find its way to the new park downtown.
Earlier this year I announced a variation on our Hamilton County Home Show for next year that I thought showed a lot of promise. A friend suggested we add pets to the mix to differentiate ourselves and expand the audience. I’m sorry to report that after several months of trying we were unable to recruit a critical mass of pet vendors to complement our home improvement vendors, so we’re calling off the Home and Pet Show for now. I thank the vendors who stepped up but I think we’re all better off cutting our losses now. We don’t want to present a mediocre show. All who paid will receive full refunds.
We’re also retiring Business Spotlight, the monthly networking event at the Fishers Hilton Garden Inn co-sponsored by this magazine. We love to promote local business and the monthly events were going well, but it was a logistical challenge for coordinator Roxanne Leija, who was doing all the heavy lifting. So we’re going to let those sessions go. We made some great contacts there so maybe we can revive something new in the future.
A Final Note:
Harold Kaiser died in November at 96. Harold was an early subscriber to this magazine and provided encouragement when I needed it most. He was a small-town boy from Cicero who saw incredible change in Hamilton County and left his mark on the real estate industry here. OneZone’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Carmel is named after him and rightly so.
See you around the county,