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Q & A with Avon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Downard

Where are you from? I am from Indianapolis. I was raised on the west side and went to Ben Davis High School. I attended Indiana Central University (University of Indianapolis) and received my Bachelor’s Degree. How long have you been with the Avon Chamber of Commerce? I have been a member of the Avon Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 1997. I have been the Executive Director since January 2000. What led you to this position? Being a business owner in the community, I wanted to be a part of growing an organization that would help our community grow ...

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Cardiac Stents That Dissolve

IU Health West Cardiologist explains new technology that the body can absorb Each year, more than half a million Americans undergo a procedure to place cardiac stents – small, metal mesh tubes used to prop open and de-clog arteries. Metal stents have become the gold standard over the years, but a new kind of cardiac stent recently approved by the FDA dissolves in the body instead of staying in place indefinitely like metal stents. They’re called bio-absorbable vascular scaffolding, or biodegradable stents. “These are stents that have a scaffold, or body, made of polylactic acid that dissolves over time,” explains ...

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New Openings: Haus of Hooray

Haus of Hooray is an exclusive party shop and retailer based in Indianapolis. We are founded upon taking the typical balloons and transforming them into a beautiful wedding, gifts, and more. With exciting party supplies that can’t be found locally, we take the traditional party and turn it into a unique and exciting experience. Watch our custom balloons and party decor grab everybody’s attention while creating the opportunity for something memorable.

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Cass & Company Salon

Nestled off U.S. 36, in a cozy Avon Business Center park, you’ll find a salon known for warmth, welcome and comfort. An Avon staple for 15 years, Cass & Company Salon, takes their community commitment seriously. “We want to be the best part of our client’s day,” said owner Angi Snodgrass. “We are constantly working with our technicians. We want to educate, mentor and help them succeed,” said Snodgrass. Education is key. Snodgrass regularly hosts industry professionals as well as attends educational events with her team to better themselves in customer service, technique and personal development.  “We want to build ...

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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Production Features 20 Local Performers

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre announces the young performers who will perform in the three children’s choirs of the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on stage from Feb.2 through March 26. Each choir will perform for about two weeks of the production. Performing in the Blue Choir from Feb. 2-19 will be Lydia Best, Indianapolis; Kristopher Coy, Anderson; Caroline Drew, Indianapolis; Ethan Gold, Carmel; and Sydney Pinchouck of Fishers. Performing in the Red Choir from Feb. 21-March 8 will be sisters Ali and Katherine Boice of Noblesville; Seth Jacobsen, Amanda Kays and Anjali Rooney, all of ...

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Daydreaming of Your Garden

Writer  /  Carrie Petty Planning and dreaming a bit is what I am doing during the deep, slumber month of January. Pouring through seed catalogs and drafting my new garden designs in sketch books over a good Merlot. But, February … February is a gardener’s month. Hard to believe, I know. When you garden, your winter is shorter! My “sap” starts to rise as a gardener, there are many chores to be accomplished, and I am seeing daily glimpses of what’s to come: SPRING! As the days are now growing longer, I get out in the yard on the clear ...

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Fishers High School Rugby Preview

FHS Rugby Seeks Another Milestone Year Writer  /  Josh Brown The Fishers High School Rugby team has taken its fair share of lumps over the years. Each of the last three seasons the Tigers have reached the state championship match, falling short in 2014 and 2015, the latter of which was a two-point loss to Hamilton Southeastern. Last year, though, the team dished out some lumps of its own. The Tigers trounced Avon to snatch the 2016 Division I State Championship — the first in the program’s brief history. “The kids were ecstatic,” said head coach John Harley. “It was ...

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PetSuites Pet Resort & Spa

PetSuites Pet Resort and Spa, the relaxing, luxurious, pet-friendly boarding,  daycare and grooming facility with hundreds of accommodations for both canines and felines, is celebrating the opening of its new Greenwood facility in late January, with exclusive offers to customers during their Open House February 18th, 2017. “We are excited to be open in Greenwood,” shares PetSuites Pet Resort and Spa Regional Director Sherri Arnett. The Greenwood facility is similar to its other locations, but overflowing with more luxuries than ever before. Furry friends get to experience comfortable boarding complete with full-service grooming, We offer 4 hours of group play during ...

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City of Lawrence Council Year In Review

Writer  /  Tom Shevlot – Lawrence Council District 5 The City of Lawrence experienced many changes in 2016. On January 1, we welcomed our new mayor, Steve Collier, who committed to the citizens of Lawrence that public safety and community improvement would be his highest priority. The City Council also saw change as it welcomed six new council members to serve our city of over 47,000 people. The city and the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township entered into a strategic partnership that focuses on the success of the city. “Great City, Great Schools” is a marketing campaign that prominently ...

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Show Choirs Look for Another Nationals Win

Writer / Cathy Wendorff In their new vocal gymnasium, the Center Grove show choirs are preparing for upcoming competitions and aiming for another win at Nationals in March. Warming up with spectacular performances in December, they delivered amazing vocals, while performing difficult choreography in stunning costumes. Together with Choral Directors Jennifer Dice and Jared Norman, nearly 200 students compete across three varsity and two junior varsity ensembles. Not only are they loaded with talent, but also with experience, as the more than 50 seniors are eager to shine. Dice credits the collaboration of directors, musicians, choreographers, vocal coaches, alumni and ...

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