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Neal Tire and Auto Service at Geist


Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Keeley Miller The neighborhood tire and auto store just east of Olio on 96th Street now has a new name and face. Formerly Cooper Tire, Neal Tire and Auto Service bought the store last year by adding it to their 26 other retail locations. With its 27 retail stores and six distribution warehouses (operating under the name Ben Tire) in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The size of the organization provides the buying power to compete with any discount tire merchant with tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama and Cooper. Automotive services ...

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Fishers YMCA Campaign Breakfast: Strengthening Our Community


Writer  /  Janet C. Striebel For 171 years, the YMCA has focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The philanthropic organization doesn’t just bolster bodies; it shapes the future of our community by taking on challenges like the educational achievement gap, adult and childhood obesity and diseases such as the diabetes epidemic. “Many people don’t realize that the YMCA is a nonprofit organization, and we fundraise,” says Jake Reardon-McSoley, Executive Director at the Fishers YMCA. “I am excited to come to work each day to work towards our mission of awarding over $700,000 in scholarships to 7,200 folks ...

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Enhancing the High School Experience: College and Career Academy


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The College and Career Academy, known as the CCA, at both Fishers and HSE high schools provides a unique learning environment for students. The five-year process of planning the necessary expansion to accommodate the number of students at the high schools explored several possibilities, eventually settling on the CCA as the best option. The welcome voice of the students aided in the decision to pursue this design element. A social anthropologist followed students around and realized that instructional space could be creative, such as a hallway or stairwell. These nontraditional spaces are ...

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Local Author Madalyn Kinsey


Writer and Photographer  /  Kara Reibel Madalyn Kinsey spent her summers at her grandparent’s farm in Fishers. Back in the 1960s, driving from Indianapolis to Fishers seemed like a long journey out into the country. During these visits, Kinsey and her cousins would explore the farm, which included a creek, woods and a cemetery containing a mysterious gravesite for a Civil War soldier. “As kids, we always wondered about this man’s story,” recalls Kinsey. “I recall being able to view the cemetery off into the distance from the back bedroom window and wondering if we’d see wisps of translucent white ...

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Making Waves with Billie Dragoo


Writer / Kara Reibel Photographer / Amy Unger RepuCare Founder, President and CEO Billie Dragoo has an office so heavily decorated with awards and accolades that it appears to be a trophy room at a Hall of Fame museum. Dragoo is honored to have received every award proudly displayed in her office. When asked about her most coveted achievement or award, Dragoo doesn’t hesitate to say “the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Junior Achievement Award I received alongside fellow Laureates David Simon (SIMON Group), Dave P. Lindsey (Defender Direct) and Michael Smith (Anthem) the same year.” Make no mistake, ...

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Fishers Freedom Festival is Calling Out for Volunteers


The Fishers Freedom Festival will host its first meeting of the year on Monday, February 8th at 6:30PM in the Festival Office.  The Festival Office is located at 8591 E. 116th Street. The office is on the south side of 116th Street across from the Municipal Complex and directly behind Gallery 116.  The office is near the service department building on the property of  the Fritz in Fishers car dealership. Enter the drive on the east side of Gallery 116 on Manship Lane.  For more information contact the Festival office at info@fishersfreedomfestival.org or (317) 595-3195.

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Batter Up: Fishers Sports Academy


Writer / Kara Reibel Photography / Amy Unger Little league teams practicing their fielding skills, high school athletes working on their swing, professional instruction for pitchers – these are just a few of the activities happening inside the Fishers Sports Academy (FSA). Offering professional instruction, training camps, batting cages, a full-size practice infield and an overlook event/meeting space, the Fishers Sports Academy was built to serve area teams for indoor training and practices. Recently celebrating their official grand opening, the 14,000 square foot indoor baseball and softball training academy is proud to serve their community. “Our goal is to not ...

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Fishers YMCA Campaign Breakfast: Strengthening Our Community


Writer  /  Janet C. Striebel Supporting the YMCA is a positive way to start the New Year. This philanthropic organization has been around for 171 years focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA doesn’t just bolster bodies, it shapes the future of our community by taking on challenges such as the educational achievement gap, adult and childhood obesity, and diseases such as the diabetes epidemic. “Many people don’t realize that the YMCA is a non-profit organization and we do fundraising,” says Jake Reardon-McSoley, Executive Director at Fishers YMCA. “I am excited to come to work each ...

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Fall Creek Trustee to Run for Hamilton County Council


Jeff Hern, Fall Creek Township Trustee, has filed to run for Hamilton County Council in the May 3, 2016 Republican primary. Hern, serving in his second term as Fall Creek Township Trustee, has worked diligently to serve as effectively and efficiently as possible by an increased level of collaboration with other government bodies, schools and community organizations. Fiscal responsibility remains his top priority, while providing the best services to residents. “My experience has prepared me to take this next step to county council,” said Hern. “I firmly believe in fiscally conservative government and would like to continue my efforts on ...

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Youth Mentoring Initiative Takes to the Ice


Writer  /  Laurie Quinn  .  Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer January is National Mentoring Month. Take a moment and let that concept sink in. Are you aware that there are five schools in the HSE school district that have a free mentoring in-school program called Youth Mentoring Initiative? Within these five schools, over 100 students are being mentored on a weekly basis each year by Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI). While this program is at no cost to the students, this program requires funds to operate. It costs $500 a year to support one student with a mentor each year. $500 a year ...

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