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Rick Renschen: Building Trust and Superior Designs with MD Architects

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photographers  /  Dale Pickett & Eric Meyer If you ever meet Rick Renschen, a local architect, then you won’t forget his down-to-earth demeanor and warm approachable character. The photos of his projects like Four Day Ray Brewery and Bangs Laboratories reflect topnotch designs with exquisite flair. Yet, his presence in conversation reveal a humble, hardworking and caring professional who’s passionate about meeting the needs of his clients with every mission. Renschen was born in Nebraska, lived in Colorado and Minnesota before moving to Greencastle, Indiana when he was a junior in high school. After taking some ...

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Terrance A. Smith Distributing Joins Stella Artois, Water.org for Buy A Lady A Drink Campaign

Company will provide 30 people with clean water Terrance A. Smith Distributing is teaming up with Stella Artois and Water.org for the Buy A Lady A Drink campaign. The campaign focuses on helping end the global water crisis. Every limited-edition Stella chalice that is sold provides a five-year donation of clean water to someone in a developing world. Terrance A. Smith Distributing is committing to provide five years of clean water to 30 people. “We are extremely proud to join Stella Artois in supporting this important cause,” said Terrance Smith Jr, VP Sales & Marketing of Terrance A. Smith Distributing. ...

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Refining Health and Fitness: SPARX Athletic Refinery

Writer / Jimmy Girot Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence “SPARX is for everyone!” That’s what Courtney Roby told me as I questioned the details of their clientele. SPARX is for everyone, from de-conditioned beginners to world-class professional athletes. If anyone knows what it takes to perform at a higher (read: “super elite”) level, it’s Courtney Roby. After all, the SPARX Athletic Refinery owner is a Super Bowl champion. With a stellar team and a diverse list of training services, SPARX Athletic Refinery will undoubtedly build a family of satisfied clients. I spoke with SPARX owner Courtney Roby and SPARX Operations Manager ...

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HSE/Fishers Community Night

The HSE/Fishers Community Night will be held on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Southeastern High School gym. This free event showcases the amazing work and dedication to the sport of the Art from the Hamilton school district. It is called Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. The HSE School District Groups include: HSE Corporation JV Winterguard, HSE Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (2 total) and FHS Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (5 total). The percussion ensemble will compete this season at the Indiana Percussion Association Invitationals, State Prelims ...

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Spring Gardening In March Madness

Writer  /  Carrie Petty March madness is the appropriate term this month for any gardener in Indiana! My husband always reminds me it usually snows during bracket season. Don’t you just love the Final Four? Our family does the whole bracket celebration. This is a long cherished Petty tradition full of healthy competition among neighbors and coworkers. Between March 14 and April 3, the NCAA gets into high gear. A Reader’s Digest article noted that, “this year, American companies would lose $1.9 billion in wages paid to unproductive workers spending company time on betting pool priorities.“ Gardeners also gamble on the chance ...

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Emmy’s Birthday Food Drive: 10-Year-Old Is Making An Impact By Giving Back

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Emmy Seifferlein is not a typical 10-year-old girl. Her bedroom isn’t pink or adorned with flowers. Instead, it features the Chicago Blackhawks NHL team. She admires Blackhawk right-winger Patrick Kane so much that she wears his number 88 on her travel softball jersey. Though she has birthday parties with her friends, she doesn’t ask for gifts wrapped in pretty paper to open for herself.  Instead, she encourages everyone to bring food and toiletry items to help stock the local food pantries. She even makes her own videos and prepares speeches to promote her cause — Emmy’s ...

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Brickworld Indy Showcases Giant LEGO Creations

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Brickworld Indy is returning March 18-19 to a larger space. This year, the event will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Brickworld Indy boasts 60,000 square feet of spectacular creations built with LEGO bricks by LEGO enthusiasts. Some of the displays are coming from local designers, but others are coming from as far as Minneapolis, New Hampshire and Toronto. “We are always making sure we have the best displays,” said Brickworld Executive Director Bryan Bonahoom. Hobbyists spend countless hours putting together these labors of love. “Visitors can plan to spend a ...

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The LakeHouse at Geist: New Look, New Name

Writer  /  Pat Carlini Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The LakeHouse at Geist (formerly known as Bella Vita at 11699 Fall Creek Road) is now open for business following a month of renovations and menu changes. Now, the once Italian cuisine spot with a great lake view has a fresh new “lake house” look with a new menu to match. “We are so excited for all the changes,” says General Manager Rachel Mills, who joined the restaurant team when new owners Jack Singh and his brother Shaan purchased the restaurant in 2014. “At first it remained business as usual,” Rachel says. ...

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Vicky Andritsch: A Mother’s Hope to Make An Impact For LLS

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, every three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Put another way, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with blood cancer, which is enough people to fill Lucas Oil Stadium 16 times. “My son, Luke, is one of those numbers,” says Vicky Andritsch, who is running for 2017 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Ten candidates within the Indianapolis chapter will compete to see who can raise the most money in 10 weeks. The ...

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“One Bite at a Time” With Health and Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author, Susan Van Hoosen

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The answer to the classic question: How do you eat an elephant? Susan Van Hoosen translates her transformational journey and awakening since the passing of her late husband, Trent, into an honest and inspirational guidebook, “One Bite at a Time.” Upon the sudden loss of her husband, Susan sought strength both internally and externally. The rock at the corner of 116th and Hoosier Road, a seemingly innocuous object, became a symbol of strength for Susan. “This is my strength rock”, she says. In her book, she shares how she and the rock ...

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