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 Thursday, December 7, 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Volume 83, Issue 6



Indy toll road proposed
  Sarah Brubeck
     news editor
                                         Commerce        Connector
                                         not only bring dynamic growth
                                                                         would     road.
                                                                                       “If it’s in your backyard or my
                                                                                                                              a company to control the proposed
                                                                                                                              Indianapolis toll road.
                                                                                                                                                                       for an Indianapolis toll road remains
                                                                                                                                                                       unknown. The price of the Northern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    also help complete I-69.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “We believe the Indiana
    Governor Mitch Daniels recently      in counties it passes through,            backyard, it could have a negative             “The company would basically         Indiana toll road sits at 5.1 cents per      Commerce Connector is ideally
proposed a plan to create a 75-mile     but to communities radiating               affect, but less than one-third of         take a gamble. Like Cintra-              mile for a passenger vehicle.                suited for this new mode of
toll road around Indianapolis.          out on other interstates,” stated          one percent of the land in Hancock         Macquarie, they would look at                “If transportation is good, then         construction, which has many
    The      proposed     Commerce      Governor Mitch Daniels in a press          County will be affected,” stated           the project and see how they can         other companies will want to come            additional advances, including
Connector will run through five         conference proposing the Commerce          Indiana State Representative, Bob          benefit. It’s a long term investment.    to Indiana. Indiana is here as a             speed. We think parts of this road
Indiana counties, Madison, Hancock,     Connector.                                 Cherry. “If we don’t do this, what         Over time, it will eventually make       transportation superstore. We have           could be available in a few years and
Shelby, Johnson and Morgan. It               The estimated cost of the bypass      are our other options? We can’t            money. It’s being paid for by the        the ability to be a transportation           all of it in 10,” said Daniels.
suggests the road to run clockwise      lies between $1 billion to $1.5 billion.   widen all the roads. If we do this, we     people who use the road and pay the      crossroad,” said Pierce.                         The plans for the toll road remain
from I-69 at Pendleton to I-70 at the   Once the proposed route passes,            will be planning for the next 10 to        tolls,” said Matt Pierce, Director of        Funds from the Commerce                  in their beginning stages. The
Indianapolis International Airport.     the state will begin looking for a         20 years.”                                 Communications for ITR Concession        Connector would relieve truck                government still regards many plans
    “This road would create six job     company to take the responsibility             Much like earlier in the year when     Company, a private management            traffic through Greenfield and New           to conduct to pass the road. The
magnets anywhere one interstate         for the project.                           the state gave Cintra-Macquarie the        firm who represents the Northern         Palestine. It would also relieve traffic     Legislative must first approve the P3
crosses another. We believe the             The state’s traffic will pay for the   control of the northern Indiana toll       Indiana toll road.                       from I-465 and other roads leading           authority, the authority to build and
                                        construction and maintenance of the        road, the state plans on looking for           At the moment, the price of a toll   to it. The funds from the road could         lease a road.




Local dog park opens gates                                                                                                                                                                 NP United
                                                                                                                                                                                           Methodist
                                                                                                                                                                                           Church
                                                                                                                                                                                           reconstructs
                                                                                                                                                                                               Rachel Rominger
                                                                                                                                                                                                  staff writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                New Palestine United Methodist Church recently
                                                                                                                                                                                            broke ground on their new construction project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The expansion, scheduled for completion in July, will
                                                                                                                                                                                            more than double the church’s current area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “We really needed more room. We felt like the
                                                                                                                                                                                            expansion could facilitate more activities that could
                                                                                                                                                                                            bring in the community,” said church member Maria
                                                                                                                                                                                            Poor. “It has a gymnasium, a stage with a pretty good
                                                                                                                                                                                            sound system, considering it’s in a gym, a walking track,
                                                                                                                                                                                            new classrooms, a worship area, a café, and wireless
  Photos By: Amanda Spearing                                                                                                                                                                Internet access, so people can bring in their lap tops and
 Main: Richard Cripe plays with his dog at Paul Ruster’s Dog Park. It has taken seven years of petitioning by the community for this dog park to become a reality. The park                 use them anywhere.”
 includes two areas of fenced in land for the dogs to run freely. At the moment, admission to the park is free. Annual gate passes will eventually cost $40.                                    The church hopes to reach out to the community by
                                                                                                                                                                                            creating opportunities for anyone to take advantage of
     Rachel Rominger
        staff writer
                                                “When we get the electronic gates,
                                             anyone who wants to visit the park will
                                                                                              on their distemper, parvo, and bordetella.
                                                                                                  “They need to turn in documentation.
                                                                                                                                             find at home.
                                                                                                                                                 Cantin said, “I like everything about
                                                                                                                                                                                            the new facility.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “It’s intended for the community,” said Poor. “The
    Paul Ruster Park recently revealed       need to buy a pass that they can use to          It’s just a copy of their recent shots and     it, especially the sociability of meeting      front part of the church is normally locked, but this won’t
its plans to turn part of the land into a    open the gates. You can get passes that          license. It’s really for the safety of the     other dog lovers. Seeing my dogs               be. If you want to walk on the track, you’ll be free to go
Bark Park for canines and their bipedal      are good for either a day, a month or a          dogs and their owners,” said Hammond.          running freely and so full of spirit lifts     right on in and use it. It will open up some opportunities
companions.                                  year,” said Yvonne Hammond, a park               “We need to make sure that all the dogs        my spirits and it keeps my dogs feeling        for the people nearby.”
    The Bark Park came into reality          employee.                                        are up to date on rabies vaccinations and      very healthy.”                                     The idea of an expansion began four years ago, when
due to the determination of several dog         The park plans to implement                   can be around other dogs safely.”                  The park board hopes to add to the         NPUMC pastors Beverly and Paul Perry created a church
owners and lovers. Eileen Cantin, who        an electronic gate for maximum                       Safety remains a major concern for         Bark Park’s landscaping to bestow the          building committee. They approached several members
visits the park almost every day, joined     convenience. Once installed, the gate            park coordinators and visitors alike. The      park with a more comfortable feel for the      to research the church’s need for an expansion, as well
the campaign to create the park seven        will allow all require potential visitors to     park divides into areas for both the small     dog owners.                                    as what aspects that members wanted to see added to the
years ago.                                   purchase a pass. Gate passes cost $10,           and larger dogs who wish to enjoy the              “It’s a beautiful facility,” said          new building.
    “We started our petition seven years     with the annual passes ringing in at $40.        park. Dogs under four months of age can        Hammond. “We have up new fences, and               “There’s really a big need for it. All the youth in the
ago. We had to get 1,000 signatures,”           “Even the people who don’t like dogs          not visit the Bark Park, and children under    we have plans to work on the lanscaping,       new neighborhoods that are being built need a place to
said Cantin. “We had to raise funds,         don’t object to the idea of having dogs          the age of 12 may not enter the Canine         and add some new benches for the               go, all the young people, the old people, and the little
and work with the parks department, to       kept in a fenced in area. The electric gate      Companion Zone after the beginning of          visitors to use.”                              people with the daycare,” said Head of Trustees, David
let them know how much people wanted         locks, so the park can still be safe for the     the year. No visitor may bring more than           Dog lovers interested in taking            Mercer.
it. We held public meetings to see if        people not interested in the Bark Park,”         three dogs to the Bark Park, and the park      advantage of the park’s facilities may             Once the building project reaches completion, the
people wanted one, and there was an          said Cantin.                                     policy strictly prohibits the admittance of    call the Paul Ruster Park at (317)327-         church hopes to use the new gymnasium to begin a
overwhelming response in support of it.”        All dogs at the park must register a          any female dogs in heat.                       0143. The park, located at 11300 East          church basketball league.
    The park, scheduled to formally open     copy of their documentation on file at               Though the park primarily benefits         Prospect Street, plans to allow free access        “It’s going to help youth with their activities,” said
in January, currently allows visitors to     the park office. The dogs must also wear         dogs, the owners appreciate its benefits       to the Bark Park until its grand opening in    NPUMC youth group member Adrienne Maxwell. “I’m
use the facilities free of charge.           tags documenting their most recent rabies        as well. Dogs release their energy and         January of next year.                          really looking forward to the café and two new youth
                                             vaccination, and must remain up-to-date          get plenty of exercise that they can not                                                      rooms.”




Graduation rates decrease
                                                                                                                                                                                                The plans to include a new café with the addition also
                                                                                                                                                                                            draw considerable attention to the building campaign.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The café plans to remain open 24 hours a day for visitors.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Continual background music and food add to the café’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            relaxed atmosphere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “What can you do after school?” said Mercer,
                                            Sarah Brubeck
                                               news editor
                                                                                            are considered dropouts for the school’s        extreme their drop out problem is and what      “There’s nowhere for you to go once school’s over. This
                                                                                            graduation rate.                                needs to be done about it.
      Tentative                             The Indiana Department of Education                 “Both calculations are accurate. This           “It’s just a way to do the math
                                                                                                                                                                                            will be a safe place for all sorts of people to go and to
                                                                                                                                                                                            have fun.”
   Hancock County                       enforced a new way to calculate the
                                        graduation rate for the class of 2005 to
                                                                                            gives [the state] a better look at students
                                                                                            complete high school within four years. We
                                                                                                                                            differently. They’re defining the graduation
                                                                                                                                            rate differently. We had real facts before,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone interested in learning more about the church
   Graduation Rate                      2006.
                                            In previous years, the graduation rate
                                                                                            have a clearer look at how many students        said Principal Jan Bergeson.
                                                                                                                                                                                            expansion may visit the church’s website and building
                                                                                                                                                                                            blog at www.npumc.com, call the church at (317) 861-
                                                                                            are graduating, dropping out and getting            For some schools, this new calculation      4390, or visit the building at 3565 South Gem Road.
 Eastern Hancock                        was calculated by examining the students            their GED,” stated Michalak.                    has caused the graduation rate to go down.
      2005: 90%                         who entered senior year to those who                    Indiana is one of the first states in the   Mt... Vernon’s tentative graduation rate
                                        exited senior year. The new calculation
      2006: 80%                         measures students from their freshmen to
                                                                                            country to figure the graduation rate with      decreased by seven percent and Greenfield-
                                                                                            this new calculation. The state has given       Central’s rate decreased by 12 percent from
                                        senior year.
 Mt. Vernon                                 “This is a more accurate graduation
                                                                                            each student a student code number. When        the class of 2005 to the class of 2006.
      2005: 89%                         rate that allows [the state] to see what
                                                                                            the students graduate, the state can identify       This decrease in the graduation rate
                                                                                            the student at figure why they didn’t receive   was caused by several different factors
      2006: 82%                         real problems we have in high school                their diploma. If a student moves to another    including students who received their GED
                                        graduation,” said Mary Jane Michalak,               state and the school can’t determine where      and dropped out before their senior year.
 Greenfield-Central                      Communication Specialist with the Indiana           they graduated from, they are considered as         Administrators are still sending in
     2005: 95%                          Department of Education.                            a dropout.                                      their final documents concerning their
                                            In November, the state released the
     2006: 83%                          tentative graduation rate of the state as 75.5
                                                                                                They can use the graduation rate to look    school’s graduation rate. The state’s
                                                                                            back at a class and calculate whether there     official graduation rate will be released
                                        percent. With the new calculation, students
 New Palestine                          who received special education certificates,
                                                                                            were more students who dropped out or           by December 31, 2006. The state will then
    2005: 97%
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo provided by New Palestine United Methodist Church
                                                                                            received their GED. This information can        evaluate the statistics and determine which
                                        course complement, GED, move out of                 be used to help the state figure out how        areas need improvement.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A scale model shows the dimensions of the New Palestine United
    2006: 94%                           state or who take a fifth year to graduate                                                                                                          Methodist Church’s new building expansion. The expansion, due to
                                                                                                                                                                                            reach completion in July, more than doubles the church’s area.




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