Carmel in Brief — February 1, 2022 • Current Editions

Carmel ranked as ‘most caring’ – Carmel has been rated the “most caring” city in Indiana according to Insurify, a company that compares car insurance quotes. Insurify analyzed its database of over 4 million auto insurance claims, where city, state and major occupations are listed, to determine the ranking. Insurify’s data science team has identified the following professions as the most caring in 2022: caregiver, counsellor, firefighter, hospice volunteer, nurse practitioner, paramedic, physician/physician, teacher, therapist, and social worker. Carmel’s 3.94 percent share of drivers with those occupations was 55 percent above the state average.

Project Orchard Scholarship – Old Town Design Group established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton, Boone, or Johnson County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. Applications are accepted until March 18. For more information or to request the scholarship application, email [email protected].

Carmel Marathon Alumni Update – Two Carmel Marathon alumni will be included in the women’s elite field for the 126th running of the Boston Marathon scheduled for April 18. Kathy Derks of Appleton, Wis., and Ziyang Liu of Kirkland, Wash., will compete in a field that includes Olympians, Olympic medalists and former Boston Marathon champions. At the 2021 Carmel Marathon, Derks and Liu finished first and second, respectively.

training sock – Sun King is partnering with the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance to be a drop-off site for the second Sock On sock drive to benefit the Indiana homeless community and Horizon House. The new socks can be dropped off at Sun King, including Carmel located at 351 Monon Blvd., until February 18. To find out more, visit

Earth Day Art Contest – Carmel Green Initiative invites K-12 students to participate in the 2022 Earth Day Art Contest. Artwork will be featured in multiple community exhibits to give young people a voice, empowering them to inspire the community to live more sustainably. Participants will receive a free postcard with their work. Registrations are due February 18. For more details, visit

New director of the FFA – The Indiana FFA Association and the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture announced the hiring of Tamara (Tami) Ketchen as the new director of the Indiana FFA Association. Ketchen is currently the Assistant FFA Director for the association and previously served as Director from 2015-2018. Indiana FFA is a youth organization that provides students with opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success. . Ketchen graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Prior to her position as Deputy Director of the Indiana FFA Association, Ketchen served as Field Atlas Program Manager at AgriNovus Indiana.

CCPL West Branch Closed to In-Person Visits – The Joyce Winner West branch of the Carmel Clay Public Library is closed to in-person visits until further notice due to the COVID-19 alert level in Hamilton County. Curbside hold pickup remains available at the branch from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The branch’s exterior return slots are open to accept returns. The main library in Merchants’ Square remains open during normal hours. Learn more about

Apply for Governor’s STEM Team – Governor Eric. Holcomb, Education Secretary Katie Jenner and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell invite Indiana high school students to apply for the 2022 Governor’s STEM team. Program honors four high school students for their efforts and their achievements in one of the STEM disciplines. The winning students each receive a $1,000 deposit into an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 direct savings plan and letter jackets identifying them as members of the Governor’s STEM team. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 4. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Statehouse in early May. To apply to

Hasbrook Award nominations are open – Bosma has opened nominations for the 2022 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to supporting people with disabilities. Bosma is looking for candidates who exemplify a strong community service orientation through advocacy, leadership, and program development and who help people with disabilities realize their potential. Applications should be sent to [email protected] Along with the nominee’s name, indicate why this person would be a suitable candidate for this award. All nominations are due by February 1.

Governor’s Scholarship – Governor Eric Holcomb is accepting applications through Jan. 28 for the 2022-2023 Governor’s Fellowship, which places fellows in various state agencies on a rotational basis throughout the year. The program is open to university graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree in the summer or fall of 2021 or who will receive it in the spring of 2022. Fellows are full-time paid employees who participate in the day-to-day operations of state government . . Applicants should find out if they have been selected for an interview by February 14, 2022. The scholarship will start on July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting applications for the Class of 2022 through August 1, 2022. To be eligible, the applicant must have been born in Indiana, entered military service in the Indiana, having lived in Indiana for at least five years. years old and have no felony convictions. An application form is available at To find out more about the association or to make a tax-deductible donation, go to

Winter Blast returns – Clay Terrace will host the seventh annual Winter Blast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 19 at the Village Green near Hoosier Sister. The free event includes horse-drawn carriage and train rides, face painting, a hot chocolate course, ice sculptures, guaranteed snow and more.

Wild Birds Unlimited Recognized – Wild Birds Unlimited, an international bird food and nature franchise, once again cemented itself as one of the nation’s top franchise opportunities with another spot on the annual Entrepreneur Franchise 500 rankings. based in Indiana, which has a location in Carmel, was ranked No. 188 in the 2022 ranking thanks to the strength of its brand and its constant expansion. WBU’s inclusion in the list marks its 26th consecutive appearance and fourth consecutive year in the top 200 brands.

30th Honored Scientist – Carmel-based 3Oe Scientific, a science-technology company advancing the science and benefits of ozonated water, has been announced as a winning company at the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards. This recognizes 3Oe Scientific as one of the best tech companies to work for in emerging tech communities beyond Silicon Valley. The winning companies were selected based on data collected from companies for their company profile on Powderkeg, supplemented by publicly available third-party data. Businesses can add data to their Powderkeg profile, including company size, benefits and benefits, funding, industry, and employee testimonials.

The big dinner – The Great Dine Out restaurant promotion returns through Jan. 31 in partnership with Hamilton County Tourism and local restaurants. More than 40 participating Hamilton County restaurants are offering deals and discounts for dine-in and take-out. The Great Dine-Out is a mobile-exclusive program. Customers must have a smartphone to take advantage of offers at participating restaurants. Visit and enter a name and email address, and a link to the mobile passport will be texted to the participant. Learn more about

Free at-home COVID tests – Orders can be placed for free at-home COVID-19 testing with the federal government. Each residential address is authorized to receive four rapid antigen tests. The USPS will begin shipping the tests in late January. Anyone currently showing symptoms of COVID-19 or in need of a test can visit to find tests available elsewhere. Visit Where order tests.

BenchMark opens Carmel Clinic – BenchMark Physical Therapy recently opened an outpatient clinic at 14580 River Rd., Suite 170, Carmel. BenchMark offers in-clinic and telehealth options for outpatient orthopedic physiotherapy and occupational therapy, including manual therapy, injury prevention, return to performance, total joint replacement, concussion management and programs vestibular rehabilitation. To make an appointment, call 463-223-7770 or visit

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