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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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Through the Lens

Iris Works provides intuitive business program for photographers Writer & Photographer / Megan Jefferson When you walk into Developer Town (DT), the large building located at 53rd and Winthrop Ave., you see little houses on wheels that serve as offices for the employees. These houses are often reconfigured into village areas within the large warehouse-like space. There are people working in their “office house”, others are meeting and collaborating in the common space in front of large whiteboards and some are taking a break, laughing and playing ping pong. The ceilings are about 60 feet high, so there’s plenty of ...

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Indiana’s 2017 Top Youth Volunteers

Zionsville, Carmel teens honored in nation’s capital Indiana’s top two youth volunteers of 2017, Grace Zhang, 18, of Carmel, and Tara Harmon, 14, of Zionsville, were honored in the nation’s capital for their outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Grace and Tara – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ...

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CHS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar for Indiana 

Story & Photo courtesy of Carmel Clay Schools Carmel High School senior Michael Wang was recently named a U.S. Presidential Scholar for the state of Indiana. Only one male and one female student from each state are selected for the prestigious honor. Michael stayed active in his time at Carmel High School as a GKOM mentor and member of the CHS cross country team and chemistry club. He also regularly volunteers with the United Way and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. Wang graduated from CHS at the end of May with a 4.69 GPA. Michael was also a National AP ...

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Stompin Barley: ’Wine Down’ With Good Company

Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer The owners of Stompin Barley, 14560 River Road, Carmel, want all of their guests to know their restaurant and wine bar is the perfect place to “wine down” with good company. When you enter the elegant but relaxed atmosphere of Stompin Barley, you immediately get the same, warm feeling you would have coming home to family and friends. Co-Owner Alesia DeBoer says she loves it when satisfied guests tell her they enjoy the ambiance, as well as the great food and drinks. “About 75 percent of our business is from repeat customers ...

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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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“The Greatest Spectacle in Cycling”

CycleBar is an indoor cycling franchise that features an IMAX type theater with incredible sound.  Enjoy getting into the holiday spirit and shape with music, FREE give-away, shopping and friends.  #MakingMemories #MakingADifference #CycleToIndy500 CycleBar Trader’s Point opened it doors in April of 2016.  This May, Cyclebar Trader’s Point will launch The Greatest Spectacle in Cycling May 1- 24th.  The member that rides the MOST miles during this time will win 2 tickets to the Indy 500.  The 2nd place winner will win 2 tickets to the IPL 500 Festival Parade (500Festival.com).   We will follow the riders success with a leaderboard ...

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Carmel 2017 Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Carmel Dad of the Year. Visit atcarmel.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Brant Hahn Nominated by Reegan Hahn, who says: I think my dad should be the Dad of the Year because he is a very busy person with four kids to take care of. Even through all the busy moments, he still finds time to spend with family and friends. ...

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Class Dismissed: Carmel High School Principal John Williams Retires

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Carmel High School Principal John Williams is preparing for his next course: Retirement 101. Williams, and his wife Paula, are both originally from Evansville. Paula serves as the Director of Special Education for Zionsville School Corporation and is also scheduled to retire in December. John Williams took the job as Principal of Carmel High School in 2003. “Carmel has been a great school corporation for a long time,” Williams says. “Dale Graham’s 25 years of leadership gets the credited for transitioning Carmel from a rural to suburban high school.” Under Williams, he ...

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