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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Project: Honoring Veterans with Jill Fewell


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography  provided Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans is an initiative created by the Department of Defense to honor those who fought for our country during the Vietnam War. 2015-2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the homecoming of our troops from this unpopular war. Their return was far from celebrated, and these recent efforts are better late than never. Marking this historic anniversary is the creation of a Commemorative Gift to be given to all seven million Vietnam veterans with 150,000 of these brave men and women in Indiana. The gift is the first of its kind to ...

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Historical Hamilton County Settlement Receives Marker

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Writer / Janelle Morrison In June 2014, we brought you the riveting history of Roberts Settlement located in northern Hamilton County and of the families’ annual homecoming celebration. The descendants of Elijah Roberts, Hansel Roberts and Micajah Walden are celebrating the installation of a historical maker received by the Indiana Historical Bureau at their July 4th Homecoming gathering. The Indiana Marker Program Manager Casey Pfeiffer spoke on behalf of the Indiana Historical Bureau. “On Saturday, July 2, 2016, the Indiana Historical Bureau welcomed the addition of a new historical marker to the Indiana State Historical Marker Collection when we helped ...

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Biking Around the Circle

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Monument Circle holds the 7th Annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival Writer  /  Demi Lawrence Downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle will be alive and booming on Saturday, July 9 as it holds the 7th Annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This family-oriented event is free to the public, offering amateur and professional bike racing, a Freewheelin’ Family Fun Ride with 1 mile and 3 mile events, BMX stunt shows and so much more. 100 percent of the proceeds from this all-day affair will go toward benefiting Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local youth development organization that uses bicycles ...

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Sue Ellspermann is Leading by Example


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography  provided We teach what we’ve been taught. We help others in the manner that we have experienced. Sue Ellspermann shares her mentors and those who have impacted her life along with her plans for leadership of Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country. The new President of Ivy Tech Community College, Sue Ellspermann hails from the beautiful town of Ferdinand where she’s lived since the age of 2. One of six children, Sue and her two sisters worked in their father’s small jewelry store after ...

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OneZone’s Value Proposition Expands


Writer / Janelle Morrison We sat down with OneZone president Mo Merhoff to discuss new programs and opportunities for members. Since the merger last year, OneZone has continued to expand their menu of offerings and business-centric programs. “There’s an old chamber saying – ‘If you’ve seen one chamber of commerce, you’ve seen one chamber of commerce,’” Merhoff said. “Chambers are very diverse organizations, depending on the business communities they serve. What we have in common is our belief that strong businesses make strong communities. We interpret that as meaning what’s good for local businesses will be good for Carmel and ...

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Life’s a Beach Whiskey

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Writer / Janelle Morrison  Coming soon to a liquor store near you, the smooth and exceptional Beach Whiskey brand will be debuting “re-imagined” whiskey in the Indiana markets by the end of summer. Beach Whiskey LLC Chief Executive Officer Smoke Wallin is a Carmel resident and is a well-known “serial entrepreneur.” Wallin is also CEO of Carmel-based Taliera. He has a successful track record in the beverage industry. He created Cameron Springs Company, the bottled water company that was eventually sold to Nestle Corporation in 2000. Among many of his accomplishments, Wallin was the founder of eSkye.com, a software company ...

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OneZone Member Spotlight: Its Business is Brands


Jarden Home Brands, a subsidiary of Newell Brands, Inc. (formerly Newell Rubbermaid Inc.), is enjoying growth and prosperity just a little over a year since its relocation to the city of Fishers. Jarden Home Brands was previously a subsidiary of the consumer products giant Jarden Corporation until mid-April of this year. Jarden Corporation and Newell Rubbermaid Inc. merged, creating a $16 billion entity that continues to trade on the New York Stock Exchange as “NWL.” Jarden Home Brands offers its consumers a litany of products among its portfolio of over 120+ brands. Under the guidance of current senior management, Jarden ...

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Building Up Hamilton County’s Kids

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Writer / Janelle Morrison The Merciful H.E.L.P. Center has a long history of providing assistance to parishioners and others in Hamilton County. One of the ministries is the Tools for School annual event that will be held at the center located in Carmel on July 21-24. The Tools for School event is designed to assist qualified families that live in Hamilton County with backpacks, school supplies and other important school needs according to the children’s supply list(s). Hamilton County Kids Coats will be on hand to supply used spring/fall coats, and Book in Hand will provide a new book for ...

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The Art of Automobilia


Writer / Janelle Morrison • Photographer / Anthony Ross Tyler Each year, Artomobilia features a distinct gathering of collector cars, automotive enthusiasts and recognized artists that are showcased on the streets of the Carmel Arts & Design District. Artomobilia boasts one of the most eclectic gatherings of original period-correct automobiles anywhere, including Supercars, Exotic, Sports Cars, Classics, Racers, Historically Preserved, Indiana Built, Sedan/Coupe and more. The event brings in an estimated 20,000 spectators and enthusiasts into the heart of the city of Carmel. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 27 and feature approximately 400 cars, an impressive ...

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A Summer Guide to Better Health


Writer / Stephanie Carlson Miller Do you want to feel energetic? Prevent illness? Ease chronic pain? Relieve stress? Remove toxins and heal naturally? Get moving on the path toward improving your quality of life by transforming your mind, body and spirit. Dive into goal setting and commit to wellness, a habit-forming, motivating way to live a more balanced and productive life. Regardless of your current level of fitness or age, from young mothers and seniors to cancer patients and those who suffer from serious ailments, a community of competent coaches and specialists are lined up to help jumpstart your sprint ...

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