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Fishers Appoints Lisa Bradford as New Controller

Mayor Scott Fadness appointed Lisa Bradford as new Fishers City Controller. Bradford served under former controller Oscar Gutierrez since Fishers’ transition from a town to a city in January 2015. She brings a wealth of experience and a proposal to transform the department. “Lisa has a real passion for progressing the Controller’s office as well as this organization,” Fadness says. “Lisa has already started assuming her new role, and we’re excited to see what she can accomplish.” A Pendleton High School graduate, Bradford completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Management in 2003 at Purdue University. Shortly thereafter she also ...

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8 Back-to-School Tips For Parents

Being a first and second grade teacher for many years, a parent, and now a pre-school teacher, owner and Director of Education, I have seen firsthand how important it is to provide a consistent, organized and healthy routine for our children. Switching from summer to school schedule can be stressful for families. Although it isn’t easy to start setting the alarm and waking your children earlier than the relaxing hours of summer, we know that all children thrive on consistency. Having a regular routine, consistent bedtimes and preparing for the next school day helps your child get ready and have ...

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A Renaissance of a Geist Estate

Old Durham Mansion is Back on the Market Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar A house isn’t a home until its owners make it their own. This is what John and Kara Gurchiek have done with their Geist estate. Since it was built in 1990, their estate has experienced additions and changes, only to fall into severe disrepair over the last decade. With buying the property as an investment, the Gurchiek’s decided to place extensive TLC into the estate, creating a warm, family-focused home for themselves and their children in the process. It is now on the market ...

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Game On! Stratamax Games Founder Talks Shifts in the Gaming Industry

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar Get into your closet and pull out your Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Dungeons and Dragons and Battleship. “It’s the golden age of gaming,” says Max Michael of Stratamax Games. But Michael doesn’t mean video games. In a surprising twist that points to the need for more human interaction, the trend for the 20 something to 40 something age range is toward playing board games and card games. While no one is telling moms and dads globally to start expecting to see their children abandon their Xbox and online games, Michael says there is ...

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Hike For Hope

Fishers Resident Hikes Appalachian Trail to Raise Mental Health Awareness Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies Each year in this country one million people commit suicide. Sadly, suicide remains the second-leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults in 2014 and 2015, according to the Indiana Youth Institute. Roughly 75 percent of teen deaths by suicide involve teens that suffer from depression. Depression is a treatable disease. Yet there is still not enough awareness about suicide or prevention. That was enough for one Fishers resident to decide that he wanted to make a difference. Derick Walsh decided to combine his ...

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Hidden Rocks Create Happiness

Hamilton County Hidden Rocks art spreads kind messages in Fishers. Writer / Jocelyn Vare Photography /Courtney Burke, Krystal Rock, Shannon Vanderpohl, Jocelyn Vare The littlest thing can brighten your day — a helping hand, an open door, a cup of coffee, or even a rock. It’s true, a rock can create happiness. It happened to me. I was walking my dog at my Fishers neighborhood park recently when I noticed something peculiar on the ground. A rock unlike any I’d ever seen was resting at the foot of a large tree. The rock was painted with colorful hearts and one ...

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Shout It from the Rooftop

YMI Director spends three days on The Edge rooftop to recruit mentors Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Todd Melloh, executive director of the Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI), Fishers, recently shouted some serious messages from the rooftop of The Edge building in mid-July. Literally. Melloh stayed on the top floor of The Edge building parking lot off 116th Street from Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19 in an event called “YMI on the Roof,” to recruit 100 qualified new members to serve in the 2017-18 school year. “We thought this was a really unique way to drum up ...

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The Perfect Pitch

Fishers-based baseball tech company is changing the game Writer / Josh Brown Photographer / Brian Brosmer The game of baseball has evolved. Gone are the days of deciding how great a player is by simply looking at their batting average, how many home runs they’ve hit or how many games a pitcher has won. Those numbers certainly still matter, but with the emergence of sabermetrics, teams are diving deeper into advanced analytics to determine the value of players and future value of prospects. With the popularity of MLB’s Statcast data, baseball teams today are much more focused on analytics like ...

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Not Enough Skilled People to Fill Indy Tech Jobs … YET

The local tech job market is rapidly expanding. The dramatic expansion of opportunities has created a significant gap between the high-paying job opportunities available and skilled workers ready to take advantage. One local non-profit, Eleven Fifty Academy, has set its sights on changing that. Eleven Fifty Academy, located in Fishers, offers immersive learning programs that teach people at all skill levels to embrace the benefits of computer coding. Incoming students range from stay-at-home parents re-entering the job market to high school graduates that have decided a four-year degree is not an option. Programs are fast paced and concentrated on delivering ...

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Dangerously Entertaining

Billy Joel murder mystery musical returns in August Writer / Jocelyn Vare Photography/ submitted photos and Mark Langley A murder is going to take place in Fishers this summer. The scene of the crime is the Historic Ambassador House, and the victim is none other than the legendary entertainer, Billy Joel. And the witness is you. Every guest is a witness at the murder mystery dinner performance. Don’t worry, no one will be harmed in the making of the show. The audience interacts with actors to solve a fictional murder scene while enjoying live music, a four-course dinner and a ...

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