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Race for the Cure

Fishers resident bikes 100 miles to honor mother’s memory Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Amy Payne A life-changing event at the age of 12 set Kyle Vannoni on a path he continues to run. That year his mother, Peggy, lost her years-long battle with breast cancer. A few months later in October their hometown of Terre Haute held its first-ever Wabash Valley Race for the Cure. Vannoni’s father, Paul, suggested that he and Kyle run the race together. Twenty-one years later, Kyle has not missed one race. Their team has since grown to include about 80 members and is ...

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Joe’s To Go

Joe’s Next Door quickly becoming go-to sandwich shop in Carmel Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol Photographer  /  Amy Payne For the foodie fans of Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market in downtown Carmel, the addition of a to-go sandwich shop was a long-awaited event. Customers had been asking owner Joe Lazzara for an expanded menu of prepared foods and sandwiches to complement the hormone and antibiotic-free products Joe’s is known for. That wish came true when Joe’s Next Door opened its doors on September 1, 2016. Indeed, Joe’s Next Door has garnered lots of attention over the last year. It’s been ...

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Nickel Plate Arts Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Nickel Plate Arts recently celebrated its five-year anniversary on September 16 with a look backward. The organization began in 2012 with the goal of “supporting, promoting and providing outstanding arts experiences along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton.” Along the way, the focus shifted a bit as they found their footing, identifying the gaps in the art community in eastern Hamilton County and southern Tipton County. “We discovered what parts of the arts community were working well and what was missing,” says Aili McGill, ...

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Kunal Vyas: Helping Others Create Epic Shifts

Writer / Jane VanOsdol It was at a leadership conference that Kunal Vyas, co-owner of K&H LLC, had his “aha” moment. In the middle of his speech, he knew he was born to be a public speaker, one who would uplift and encourage people. Childhood Helping others is important to Vyas, as he has overcome much hardship in his life. Born in India, he spent his first 14 years living in a hotel-sized apartment, sharing one bathroom with 10 other families. Life was difficult and although his family was poor, Vyas has no regrets. “My million-dollar memories are there,” he ...

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A Wine Maker’s Dream

Hopwood Cellars Winery uncorks local fine wines Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Brian Brosmer Ron Hopwood knew he might be onto something when the wine he made for his own wedding in 2005 proved to be a runaway success with his wedding guests. Keep in mind that Hopwood didn’t just whip this up on a whim. He had been studying the craft and making wine as an amateur since 1994, so the wine he provided for his guests was the result of years of research. From Hobby to Business His “hobby gone wild” quickly took over the house, and ...

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Local Couple Kicks Up Some Dust

Writer / Jane VanOsdol I sit here in the middle of the O’Bannon Woods State Park in Corydon, Indiana, as I write this, woods as thick and remote as I have seen in Indiana. My husband Mark and I have just finished a hike in the woods, where the only sounds we heard were the trill of a warbler, the chirping of insects and the snapping of sticks as deer flit through at our intrusion. We’re waiting for dusk when we’re going to steal back to the edge of the woods in hopes of spotting an owl. I’m on a ...

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Carmel Dad of the Year: Joe Hession

Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Diana Asberry When 2017 Carmel Dad of the Year Joe Hession first suggested to his then 5-year-old daughter that he was starting an ESD or Erin’s Special Day, she looked at him “like he had three heads.” Thirty years and two other daughters later, Joe still makes these days a priority in each of his daughters’ lives. For one whole day every year, each girl gets her dad all to herself and gets to choose the agenda for the day. While the focus is on his daughters, Joe says the outcome is different from ...

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Urban Vines Opens Doors In Westfield

Family-friendly winery coming May 6. Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Brian Brosmer With a Derby Day opening in his sights, Noah Herron is ready to debut Westfield’s first winery, Urban Vines, on May 6. Located at 161st Street between Oakridge and Springmill, Urban Vines is the second business for young entrepreneur Herron. He also owns the successful retail and online homestead store Urban Farmer, just across the street and down the road from Urban Vines. Herron began experimenting with brewing beer and making wine while working at Urban Farmer. His success with these hobbies spurred him on to start ...

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Carmel’s Improbable 1977 Basketball State Championship

Carmel Clay Historical Society to host 40-Year Reunion at Flix Brewhouse Former Carmel head basketball coach Erik Clark always knew that the 1977 Carmel boys’ basketball team was something special. During a meeting with the team after their eighth grade season, he told them they had the potential to go all the way and be state champions. Those words turned out to be prophetic, but it wasn’t an easy coast to the championship as many thought it would be. “When they got to high school, they were successful and did very well,” said Clark’s daughter Deb Gangstad. “Then senior year, it’s ...

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North Star Vitamins & Health Center Provides a Nutritional Foundation

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol The simple thing is not always the effortless thing. Clinical nutritionist and certified massage therapist Pamela Alboher-Ray, Ph.D., sees this frequently as she works with clients at North Star Vitamins and Health Center in Fishers. “Prevention is not an easy thing to sell,” she said. “But it’s true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” For Alboher-Ray and her staff of five, education is the driving force behind what they do. They’ve helped countless individuals over the years by emphasizing a good nutritional foundation. This includes vitamin D, vitamin B-complex and a healthy ...

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