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Take a Step Toward Ending Hunger


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Would you be able to detect a food insecure family here in Hamilton County? Would it surprise you to learn that our county is in the only “red” zone in Indiana which categorically means that approximately 30,000 residents are food insecure, some of which may live on the very same street as you? The physicians and staff at the Indiana Spine Group (ISG), a clinical team comprised of board-certified physicians and surgeons, nurse practitioners and physical therapists who work together to provide the best in spine care here in Carmel, learned about ...

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Lemonade Day Kick-Off


Writer  /  Kara Reibel  .  Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan “What is one thing that kids can do to earn money?” asked Ollie Dunn, the daughter of comedian and financial planner Peter Dunn (aka Pete the Planner) to begin the Family Feud game between “The Lemony Crickets” and “The Pucker Doodles.” Gerry Dick, creator and host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, was quick to hit his button with the reply, “Sell lemonade!” This was the top answer on the game board, and his team, The Lemony Crickets, team were quick to dominate the game. Gerry’s fellow team members included ...

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Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Legacy


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography provided The association between Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group and auto racing is virtually synonymous. The late founder Jonathan Byrd was a larger than life figure with an even bigger heart, who along with his love of God and family, loved motorsports. However, the family origins with racing began with his mother, Lala Byrd. She owned a stock car in the late 1960s, becoming a pioneer for female race team ownership. It wasn’t until 1982 that her son Jonathan started his own race car legacy. Jonathan Byrd Racing would continue until 2001 with Jonathan ...

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All She Wants to Do Is Teach Dance

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Zionsville Woman With Illustrious Past Teaches New Generation of Dancers Writer / Rebecca Wood Photographer / JJ Kaplan Kirsten Ferger believes she has a calling, a duty of sorts. She feels a deep responsibility to pass along the art form that has played a dominant role in her life. Ferger is a former professional dancer with a distinguished resume that includes performing with prestigious ballet companies and the “who’s who” of the dance world. Today, at age 54, Ferger is pouring that experience into teaching the next generation of dancers at the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel. Dancing has ...

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Russian Festival

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On Sunday, May 22, the second annual Russian Festival will take place on the campus of University High School in Carmel. The Festival is organized by the volunteers of the Russian School of Indiana to raise funds for the school’s programs and activities. The Russian School of Indiana – a Sunday enrichment program – started in the summer of 1993 literally under a tree in an Indianapolis apartment complex. The new immigrants from Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics were concerned with the rapid deterioration of connections to their children. The kids were learning English and losing ...

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Carmel Bike Safety Awareness

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Writer / Janelle Morrison The warm weather is upon us, and May is officially “Bike Month” in Carmel. The city is pleased to announce the launch of their Carmel Bike Safety Awareness initiative this month. Geared at promoting biking while biking safely, the city wants to educate the cyclists and motorists on how we can share the roads safely. David Littlejohn, AICP, Alternative Transportation Coordinator for the Department of Community Services for the City of Carmel provided an overview of the city’s latest initiative. “The city has been recognized as a ‘Bicycle-Friendly’ community by the League of American Bicyclists since ...

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IndyMom.org Working to Create a Village for Single Moms


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Diana Ratcliff, the founder of IndyMom, is all about connecting single mothers in order to build a stronger community. After living in Germany for 6 1/2 years and the birth of two children, she and her husband divorced. While her husband remained in Germany, Ratcliff moved to Indianapolis with her children, and she rebuilt her life as an independent mother. Ratcliff was married at 25 and left Washington, D.C., so that her husband could attend law school in Baltimore. She left behind a successful career in politics where she had worked on ...

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Collecting with Confidence


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Perhaps it is time to replace the prints hanging on the walls with original art. Collecting art can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin and what is available within your budget. The good news is there is affordable, original, quality art on the market, and there are local gallerists who are as passionate about promoting art as they are educating their buyers. Dianne Wright, co-founder of Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, has a passion for promoting original art. Along with her co-founder, Jane Coats Eckert, Wright brings a carefully ...

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Business Spotlight: LearningRx

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Four Years and Still Going Strong Alex Koenig was the subject of a LearningRx Business Spotlight story in the June 2013 issue of the Fishers Community Newsletter. Many things have changed since then. The magazine is now called the Fishers Magazine, Alex is now 10 years old and in the fourth grade and due directly to the remarkable results Alex’s mother, Heather, saw in her daughter after completing the Learning Rx program Heather now owns the Learning Rx office. In the 2013 story, Heather described Alex before the Learning Rx experience as follows: “At school and home, Alex was experiencing ...

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Gleaners Announces Shoe Guys for May Event


The Third Annual Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) event, presented by USA Funds, is a day of fashion and wine in support of the Gleaners BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. This year’s sold-out event will help Gleaners pack enough BackSacks to feed 1,500 kids for a year, but even with that help, our work isn’t done. Fighting childhood hunger is a passion for many, but for the WW&S Shoe Guys, it’s a cause worthy of their time and effort in spreading the word and raising funds! Shoe Guys volunteer before and during the event to help raise money and compete ...

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