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AT&T President Bill Soards on Innovation

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Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Entering the office of Indiana’s President of AT&T is a step back in time to the days of Mad Men. The woodwork and furnishings are of a different era. Yet regardless of the resurgence in popularity of mid-century furniture and design aesthetic, the offices are being updated to reflect a change in the times. As President of AT&T, Bill Soards brings a unique element of youth and energy to his position. Progressive and forward thinking, his leadership comes at a critical time. While all of his predecessors have looked toward the horizon, ...

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Memories of a Lifetime: Talent Search Kicks Off For 54th Circle of Lights

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Writer  /  Tonja Talley Photography  provided Magic and excitement will again permeate the air around Monument Circle during one of Central Indiana’s most treasured holiday traditions – the Circle of Lights®. Presented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481, the 54th Circle of Lights® will kick off the holiday season, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25. The celebration will include acts from around Central Indiana, a performance from the cast of the 2016 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “IPL Yuletide Celebration” and a visit by the big guy himself – Santa Claus. The evening will culminate with the ...

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Power to the Students

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HSSF Board of Directors Adds High School Students to Board Writer & Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation (HSSF) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to benefitting all schools in the Hamilton Southeastern area by offering student scholarships and educator grants. This year, HSSF made the decision to add eight students to their Board of Directors, four from Fishers High School and four from Hamilton Southeastern High School. Open to both juniors and seniors, the Foundation hopes that the addition of students will help them gain experience in leadership, philanthropy and community service. “Student engagement has always been a ...

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Hamilton Southeastern High School Royal Command and Guard Marching Band Invitational

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Writer  /  Demi Lawrence Hamilton Southeastern High School Royal Command and Guard Marching Band will be hosting an Invitational September 24, starting at 3 p.m. With up to 30 schools from around the state attending, this Invitational is also open for the public to view as the schools compete in the Mid- States Band Association competition. Each band will give a performance lasting upwards of 15 minutes and will be judged and awarded on areas of music, general effect and visual performance. Not only do the students get to watch some of the best high school bands and observe exemplary ...

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Fishers Is True Blue

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Writer  /  Janelle Morrison Every man and woman that puts on a uniform representing his or her police department, public safety agency or branch of military is somebody’s someone. They are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers. They have hopes, dreams and fears just like everyone else. What makes these individuals particularly unique is that they are willing to risk their lives on a daily basis for someone that they may never meet. They laugh, shed tears and yes, they can even be wounded and die. As a community, we rely on these brave men and women ...

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Meet Coach Ben Wachtel of Southeastern Swim Club

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Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger He’s tall. He’s talented. He’s a lean, mean swimming machine. Meet Coach Ben Wachtel of Southeastern Swim Club (SSC). Wachtel, former Boiler swim team captain for two years, was hired as the team’s Associate Head Coach for the Seniors practice group under Head Coach Andy Pedersen and Head Coach of the Blue Runners practice group. As if that’s not enough for this Indiana high school swimming and diving Hall of Famer and 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, he’s also serving as the club’s Social Media Director, a role that supports the Club’s mission of ongoing growth. For ...

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The Escape Room Opening a New Location in Fishers This Fall

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Writer  /  Matt Keating When The Escape Room Fishers opens this fall in The Edge building at 8890 E. 116th St., guests can expect five totally new interactive escape room experiences. Brendon Harbron, co-owner and Chief Game Designer for The Escape Room, said the entrance of the new place will look similar to a shop or library. “The lounge will have a secret entrance that will look similar to an old-fashioned speakeasy door,” Harbron said. “I think people are going to love it. It will have five brand new themed and unique escape rooms.” They will include two Race Rooms, ...

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St. George Festival Offers Middle Eastern Food and Dance

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Writer  /  David E. Summer Samantha Saba coordinates the children’s dance performances at the St. George Festival held September 16-17 at the church on 116th Street in Fishers. Samantha, whose parents are Palestinian Christian immigrants, says she is teaching the girls to dance to Middle Eastern songs. The group includes about a dozen girls ranging in age from 3 to 12. “I have always loved kids,” she says. “You can have the worst day possible, but kids can change your whole perspective. They warm my heart.” Besides teaching Sunday School and advising the St. George teenagers, Samantha coaches a YMCA ...

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BoomBozz Pizza Taphouse’s: World Champion Pizza

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Writer  /  Matt Keating BoomBozz Pizza in Fishers was attracting positive attention before it even opened on August 9. Brian Hall, the enthusiastic operating partner of BoomBozz Pizza Taphouse, also started the Carmel location in 2010 and believes the success of the Carmel spot helped ensure customers at the Fishers restaurant. “We didn’t run an advertisement or have a website up, and we had a 45-minute wait on our first night,” Hall said. He adheres to a recipe of success that helped him over the last several years. “I keep things real simple,” Hall said during a tour of the ...

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Olio Road Kroger to Close Prior to New Marketplace Opening

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The new Kroger Marketplace on Olio Road is set to open in the fall. Until then, Kroger shoppers will experience a disruption during the final stages of construction. The 116th and Olio Road location will close in early September, and the new Marketplace will open approximately eight weeks later. “To minimize inconvenience to our customers, the Pharmacy will remain open on the same property in a temporary facility with 24-hour security,” shares Eric Halvorson, Manager of Public Affairs and Kroger Spokesperson. “We want to make sure customers will be able to get their prescriptions with the convenience they expect.” The ...

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