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Center Grove Show Choirs Named Grand Champions

Center Grove show choirs swept the awards at the Shelbyville Singing Sensational at Shelbyville High School on Saturday, March 11, with Sound System, The Debtones, and Surround Sound named Grand Champions. In the Large Mixed Division, Sound System was awarded Grand Champion, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, with Outstanding Performer, senior, Alex Milligan, and Best Male Soloist, junior, Wilson Smith. In the Unisex Division, The Debtones were awarded Grand Champion and Best Choreography, with Outstanding Performer, sophomore Rachel Taylor. Also in the Unisex Division, Accents earned second runner up, with freshman, Lauren Cooley, named Outstanding Performer. In the Festival Division, Surround ...

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Avon Bridge Construction Underway

Project Should Reduce Traffic Congestion in Avon and Surrounding Towns A major construction project closing Avon Avenue at the CSX rail crossing, just south of US 36, is now underway. The closure is expected to last 15 months. Public Works Director Ryan Cannon said the project has been delayed since October due to utility relocation being incomplete, but he expects residents to see an improvement in the town. “This project will significantly reduce traffic congestion in Avon and the surrounding towns and will remove a major barrier to connectivity in the community for both pedestrians and vehicles,” Cannon said. The ...

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Go-to Design and Remodeling: Gettum Associates

Carmel residents Tracy and Andy Miller had a big renovation project on deck, and they didn’t want to take it on all alone – enter Gettum Associates. The Millers were looking to create a new laundry and mud room in their west Carmel home and heard from a friend that Gettum Associates is a great choice for design and remodeling. “Gettum worked with me on the design to accommodate the specific needs I had,” Tracy says. “The way they combined custom cabinetry with stock cabinetry in the mud room in a seamless look helped keep us on budget. When I ...

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Orangetheory Fitness Comes to Zionsville

In early May, Orangetheory Fitness will open its fifth studio in the Indianapolis area at 106th and Michigan Road in West Carmel. This revolutionary fitness concept was launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and has rapidly spread across the country.  Currently, there are over 550 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the United States and Canada with hundreds more under development. The brand is also expanding into 16 countries around the globe, including Australia, England, Columbia, Mexico, Israel, Germany and Spain. Area developers and owners, Carolyn and Shaun McDonald relocated to Indianapolis from Florida to develop the Indiana market for Orangetheory ...

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EYE Can See, Inc.

EYE Can See, Inc. owner Tom Blackman has a resume filled with experience assisting those with visual impairments. He began his company in 1998 to help bring assistive technology to Indiana and Kentucky, two states that were underserved in the industry. “We have witnessed the difference these products make in the lives of those with visual impairments, and we are happy to serve this population,” shares Tom’s son Greg, who works with his father. The majority of the EYE Can See clients have age-related vision loss, such as macular degeneration. Their clients discover that utilizing a magnifier gives them the ...

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Roncalli Theatre Department Presents “Much Ado About Nothing”

The Roncalli High School Theatre Department will present multiple performances of this year’s spring play, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Performances are March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday also has a 2 p.m. matinee show. Tickets may be ordered by calling 787-8277 Ext. 249 or online at roncalli.org. Just click on the Fine Arts tab, and then select Box Office. Payment is required when tickets are ordered. Checks, cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. All tickets ordered in advance will be available ...

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Passion to Paint

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Zionsville’s Chris Barr From Painting Writer & Photographer  /  Megan Jefferson Challenges are nothing new to Christopher Barr. He has cerebral palsy but has never let that stop him from doing the things he loves, and developing new skills, like painting. “We all have things we are good at and we all have challenges. Everyone can learn a skill as long as they really want to,” Barr says. Christopher has always been interested in painting. He grew up in Indianapolis, and like many kids, he remembers his first experience was painting with water colors when he was ...

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Terrance A. Smith Distributing Joins Stella Artois, Water.org for Buy A Lady A Drink Campaign

Company will provide 30 people with clean water Terrance A. Smith Distributing is teaming up with Stella Artois and Water.org for the Buy A Lady A Drink campaign. The campaign focuses on helping end the global water crisis. Every limited-edition Stella chalice that is sold provides a five-year donation of clean water to someone in a developing world. Terrance A. Smith Distributing is committing to provide five years of clean water to 30 people. “We are extremely proud to join Stella Artois in supporting this important cause,” said Terrance Smith Jr, VP Sales & Marketing of Terrance A. Smith Distributing. ...

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HSE/Fishers Community Night

The HSE/Fishers Community Night will be held on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Southeastern High School gym. This free event showcases the amazing work and dedication to the sport of the Art from the Hamilton school district. It is called Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. The HSE School District Groups include: HSE Corporation JV Winterguard, HSE Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (2 total) and FHS Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (5 total). The percussion ensemble will compete this season at the Indiana Percussion Association Invitationals, State Prelims ...

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Water for Empowerment: Empowering Females to Build Healthy Futures Through Clean Water Initiatives

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photo Credit  / WaterAid & Rodrigo Cruz   Most people spend their first dates swapping favorite movie titles and discussing the silly, superficial things in life. Not so for Dawn Sandoe-Henshaw and her husband, Steve. On their first date, they discovered a shared passion for charity work and saving lives. Dawn told her date she wanted to prevent child abuse and stop human trafficking. Steve, CEO of EnviroForensics (an environmental consulting firm), confided a desire to help establish clean-water initiatives. After being involved in multiple charitable organizations through the years, the couple witnessed firsthand how the ...

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