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When the Smoke Clears

Ron Lipps retires after 21 years with the Fishers Fire Department Writer / Matt Keating Photography provided by Fishers Fire Department After serving as a firefighter for 21 years, Ron Lipps retired from the Fishers Fire Department at the end of October. What he will miss the most about leaving the job is the wonderful people he has met over the last two decades. “This job is very relationship-based, and I have developed some wonderful relationships with the people in Fishers,” Lipps says. “I’ve learned that if you try to be confrontational, you will not win a lot of friends ...

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Hoosier Hospitality

Hoosier Road Elementary Collects Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Hoosier Road Elementary, Fishers, recently came through in a big way for Braeburn Elementary, a public school in Houston, Texas, hit by Hurricane Harvey. Hoosier Road Elementary (HRE) collected a large variety of materials the school desperately needs. Students and staff at Braeburn Elementary, which has students from Pre-K through 5th grade, had to relocate to an abandoned high school building and were in need of supplies for an elementary school setting. So, HRE packed a semi-truck filled with supplies to help students ...

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Big Hoffa’s Bold Flavors

Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is a Westfield favorite Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Jamie Sangar Adam Hoffman, owner of Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Westfield, receives great satisfaction serving food people enjoy and keep coming back for. “If complete strangers keep telling me they have been craving something they ate here before and can’t wait to eat it again, that’s a great feeling,” Hoffman says. “After that, they aren’t strangers anymore. They become our friends, and we can’t wait to see them again.” Guests at Big Hoffa’s know Hoffman is meticulous about all his specialties, meals, sides, sandwiches and other ...

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Duty Calls

Mt. Vernon Schools Superintendent Deployed to Support Hurricane Irma Victims Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Keeley Miller Sometimes a horrible natural disaster such as Hurricane Irma can bring out the best in people. Just ask Dr. Shane Robbins, superintendent of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC). Dr. Robbins, who is with The United States Army and the Indiana National Guard, was recently activated in support of disaster relief for Hurricane Irma and was overwhelmed at the amount of cooperation and support he received from several different corporations and communities. Dr. Robbins’ area of focus was the medical evacuation ...

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Ghost Tales

Keep an eye out for these Hamilton County ghosts as Halloween draws near Writer / Matt Keating Photographers Amy Payne & Brian Brosmer When it comes to ghost legends, Hamilton County has its fair share of them. To get you in the Halloween spirit, here are some ghost tales to keep you on the lookout for spirited characters.  The Salty Ghost If you are ever at The Salty Cowboy, 55 East Oak Street, Zionsville, enjoying a delicious burrito or some tasty nachos, keep an eye out for Hazel the Ghost. During a previous feature interview about the restaurant, Jason Hughes, ...

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Let’s Play

FHS student runs successful NBA YouTube channel Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Austin Buckley runs such a popular NBA YouTube channel, he has amassed a staggering 164,000 subscribers. Buckley, known for his CSB channel’s content, has garnered a large following for his series of NBA 2K “Let’s Play” videos. He gives advice on how to build a better team. Buckley started his YouTube Channel on Nov. 6, 2013. “I knew a lot of people that were playing the same NBA video games that I was,” Buckley says. “I wanted to make my videos to entertain people, and it just got bigger and bigger.” Buckley, a 2017 Fishers High School graduate, has also amassed ...

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Bon Appétit

Auberge Brings Unforgettable French Cuisine to Zionsville Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Amy Payne If you are looking for a taste of France, Auberge Restaurant, 175 S. Main Street, Zionsville, is the place to visit. Entering Auberge feels like walking into a French chateau. Paul Vezolles, owner of Auberge, says the restaurant, located in The Brick Street Inn, offers food inspired by the cuisines of France that are made to be savored. “I love the excitement of providing excellent food and joy to our guests,” Vezolles says. “I want people to have a nice feeling when they are eating ...

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One Stop Pet Shop

Paws Stop Pet Food & Supplies opens new location Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Amy Payne Paws Stop Pet Food & Supplies recently moved into a new building at 8909 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis, much to the delight of its customers. Owner David Moore says the new store is just 450 yards west of its old spot on Pendleton Pike. “We are about a quarter of a mile west of our previous location, just west of Post Road,” Moore says. “We moved into the new building on April 24, and the feedback from our customers has been overwhelming. They just love the unique, new shopping experience, we are so appreciative of their kind words. They love ...

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A New Taxman In Town

Taxman Brasserie & Tap Room Opens in Fortville Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer The highly anticipated new Taxman Brasserie & Tap Room in Fortville celebrated its grand opening on August 11, to an enthusiastic response from both its long-time fans and the Fortville community. Taxman Brasserie & Tap Room, 29 S. Main St., Fortville, has already gathered a large following of loyal customers and new friends. The new location is fully committed to artfully  pairing the highest quality local ingredients with house-made craft beers, wine and cocktails. Taxman Brewing Company, which is celebrating the third anniversary of its Bargersville location this month, is excited to have a new location on the north side of Indianapolis. “The Fortville community has ...

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Get The Scoop

Zionsville ice cream shop serves up delicious treats Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Elizabeth Demaree, co-owner of The Scoop Ice Cream and Treats, 305 South Main Street, Zionsville, says there is a positive message behind the name of her business. “Well, some may not know why our ice cream parlor is called The Scoop,” Demaree says. “Yes, we have scoops of ice cream, but the naming of The Scoop was more a play on words relating to media terminology. This is how we coined our signature creations — Talk of the Town, Brownie Down Low, Peanut Butter ...

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