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S.P.O.R.T.S Youth Soccer Introduces Character Development Program

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Writer  /  Demi Lawrence S.P.O.R.T.S, or Southeastern Program of Recreational Team Sports, is an organization in Fishers that aims at giving youth the opportunity to be part of recreational but competitive sports teams that foster leadership and promote character development as well as overall fitness. This organization is private and nonprofit, but nonetheless, it gives the youth in the Hamilton Southeastern area an immense opportunity to get involved with a sport and hopefully create a lifelong passion for that sport in the long run. “S.P.O.R.T.S leagues provide a great community service. Specific skills and rules are taught about individual sports, ...

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Scholarship Athlete of the Month Julian Spangler

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Writer and Photographer / Keeley Miller Finishing up his first season on the high school track team, HSE freshman Julian Spangler is rounding up an outstanding first year. While competing on the school’s cross country and track teams, Spangler also has maintained a staggering 5.124 grade point average, juggling multiple honors and AP courses. “It’s really a balance,” said Spangler. “Once I get home from practice, I start on my homework and get it done, so I can have some time for myself.” Spangler began running in elementary school in the hopes of staying fit and meeting new people. Now ...

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Still Growing: Allisonville Garden & Home Celebrates 40 Years

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Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Allisonville Garden & Home owner Jeff Gatewood and his team are celebrating four decades of beautification. A keystone business in Fishers, Allisonville Garden & Home (formerly known as Allisonville Nursery) is commemorating its milestone anniversary with a party on June 30, corresponding with the Fishers Freedom Festival and this year’s Bicentennial celebration. Jeff’s father Carl Gatewood along with Jeff’s grandparents owned a vast amount of land along Allisonville Road. Carl was a farmer, excavator and contractor who built roads and streets. However, Carl is probably best known for building the Indianapolis Metropolitan ...

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Lemonade Day Kick-Off

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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

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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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Second Annual Jake Fest at HSE May 15

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Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography provided Jake Fest is put on by the Best Buddies organization at Hamilton Southeastern High School to raise money for scholarships for students who participate in the Best Buddies program. Money from last year’s event will be awarded this year to a graduating senior. “Best Buddies provides an environment where students can develop friendships. The paired students learn a great deal from one another, and the impact is spread to the community,” shares Best Buddies program leader Risa Petty. “We have just over 200 members in Best Buddies this year.” Jake Willmann, whom the festival ...

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Camo Coverage

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Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful. That’s Autumn Letendre, wife of fallen Marine Captain Brian S. Letendre. Captain Letendre died May 3, 2006, in combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the 10 years since Captain Letendre’s death, his widow Autumn has faithfully and tirelessly worked to fulfill her promise to carry out his legacy. Following Captain Letendre’s death, Autumn made a choice to rise from the fog of grief and create a legacy that her husband would be proud of. That’s when she created The Golden Star USA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the ...

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Gift a House Helps Young Couples with First Home

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Writer  /  Keeley Miller Young home buyers and couples are starting to forgo the traditional wedding registries of the past. Instead of asking for blenders, toasters and linen, engaged couples are beginning to ask for help with something much more permanent – unlocking the door to their first home. Fishers local and realtor Yasha Holmes launched Gift a House, an online registry that helps couples get their dream home. Gift a House provides the tools for members to set up a cost-free, personalized down payment registry to share with others. Friends and family will be able to donate money towards ...

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Scott Bradford: Committed to TRI

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Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photographer  /  Amy Unger In January of this year, when most of us are contemplating unrealistic goals we set for ourselves during the New Year’s resolution wave, Scott Bradford made the conscious decision to become a triathlete. “It is more about creating positive change and good habits in my life,” says Bradford. “I am 44 years old and feel I am ready for a challenge.” Bradford confesses to fits and spurts with his fitness history. Although last year with the encouragement from his younger brother Mark, they completed a couple long distance cycling runs, one for ...

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Inaugural Corn Hole for the Cause Raises $2,000

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Writer  /  Tom Britt Our inaugural Corn Hole for a Cause Tournament at Bella Vita Lakeside netted $2,000 for the local Susan G. Komen of Central Indiana. Teams donated $100 each with sponsors Red Bull, Fuzzy’s Vodka and MillerCoors providing prizes, including the $1,000 purse.

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