Notes from all over the county
June - July 2020
The Southeastern Program of Recreational Team Sports (S.P.O.R.T.S.) changed its name to Mudsock Youth Athletics, as part of a large-scale rebranding initiative. The “Mudsock” name comes from the historic “Battle of the Mudsock” and more recently, from the yearly football game and contests between Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School.
Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) promoted Carmel native Andrea Marley (pictured on right) to Executive Director after nearly two years as Program Coordinator.
Hamilton County Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $105,000 to seven not-for-profit organizations: Children’s Bureau, Inc. $14,000; GCC Foundation $5,000; Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. $10,000; Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry $5,000; Second Helpings $9,000; Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County $10,000; Trinity Free Clinic $16,000. The board also approved the foundation’s continued support of the LINK Advisory Council ($15,000) and a contribution to the Community Scholarship Fund ($10,000).
Hamilton County created a Workforce Recovery Task Force in an effort to jumpstart a recovery plan for Hamilton County businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members include: Bob DuBois, President and CEO of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce; Jack Russell, Interim President of OneZone Commerce; Nick Verhoff, President of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce; County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, County Councilor Amy Massillamany; Dan Clark, President of Ivy Tech Noblesville; Carol Sergi, Director of Workforce Strategy at HCEDC; Chuck Haberman, workforce consultant; Rob Kneberg, Executive Director of Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network; Ed Miller, Work One; and Angela Acrey, VP of Human Resources at Helmer Scientific.
The Fishers AgriPark at 113th Street and Florida Road, one of the nation’s largest urban farms, plans to open this summer. It will feature public fields and gardens, managed by Fishers Parks, and free admission. Residents can pick seasonal produce and cut flowers to take home at no charge. Along with providing u-pick opportunities for residents, a portion of the produce grown will be donated to local food shelters. An animal area will offer opportunities to encounter traditional livestock, such as cows, chickens, and goats. Open fields and a farm-themed play structure, constructed in partnership with Reynolds Farm Equipment, will provide discovery and play spaces for Fishers’ youngest residents. A programming barn will serve as an educational space for both public and school-based programs with HSE Schools. The park will also offer seasonal experiences, such as a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall.
Jessica Williams Schnelker (pictured on left) joined Church Church Hittle + Antrim’s Litigation Practice Section as a trial lawyer.