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A Beef & Boards Christmas

Writer  /  Leia Barker The heartfelt joy of the holiday season takes the stage in style at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as Santa and his friends celebrate the 24th annual production of “A Beef & Boards Christmas,” which opened November 25. “I am giddy when November rolls around and we start rehearsals,” said Deb Wims, who co-hosts the show with Kenny Shepard. “Sometimes I have to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do this every year!” Shepard, a Fishers resident, has been a part of the show since 1994. Wims joined ...

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The Best Kept Secret in Fishers

IU Health Saxony Delivers High-Tech Heart Health, Health & Hope Closer to Home Beyond the golden-tipped fields of native Hoosier grasses and through several of Hamilton County’s famed roundabouts sits a nearly hidden gem in Indiana’s healthcare landscape. Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital, located at 146th Street and Olio Road, is one of the best kept secrets northeast of Indianapolis.  But Edward Harlamert, MD is determined to spread the word. Dr. Harlamert, founding physician and director of cardiovascular (CV) services at IU Health Saxony, proudly stresses how he and his partners offer the highest level of Cath Lab technology and ...

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The Windowbox Gardeners: Mary Starnes and Gretchen Jacobs

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Nathaniel Edmunds Photography Mary Starnes loves container gardens, and what once was merely her hobby has turned into a successful business. The Windowbox Gardener has now been dressing window boxes and containers professionally for the past 12 years. “My first home had window boxes built in,” Starnes said. “I loved the freedom and flexibility of doing these arrangements, and it grew from there.” During her sixth year Starnes partnered with Gretchen Jacobs, who left a career in real estate to join Starnes. “Our boys were on the same baseball team,” Jacobs said. “The Windowbox ...

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Geist’s Newest Pacer Thaddeus Young

Writer  /  Pat Carlini It’s hard to believe the laid back, almost shy Thaddeus Young that I sat down with one day after practice is actually the aggressive 6’8”power forward for the Indiana Pacers, and not only is he new to the team, he is also our new neighbor here in Geist. “A realtor took us all over,” says Thaddeus, who moved here in June. “But we just kept coming back to the house on Geist —we just love it!” At first he feared it may be too far from downtown, but soon learned it is not a bad commute, ...

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Longtime Hoosier Brad Long

Center Grove Grad Brad Long Talks About His Hoosier Fame Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer After a brief time out to talk strategy, Jimmy Chitwood and the rest of the Hickory Huskers basketball players return to the court to play out the final seconds of the state championship game against South Bend Central. Chitwood sneaks past the guard to advance for his final shot. He jumps, he scores, and Hickory wins 42-40 over South Bend. The final scene in the movie “Hoosiers” still makes my pulse race 30 years after I first saw it. Countless real-life Hoosiers ...

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Planning Your Pregnancy

Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence Deciding to start a family is something that many couples could not be more excited about. That excitement, however, can turn into stress or worry if you don’t feel like you are prepared to begin trying to conceive or don’t have all of the answers you are looking for to start down the path of parenthood in the healthiest and most well-informed way possible. That’s where the new Fishers location of the OB/GYN of Indiana can help you. With six dedicated physicians at the Fishers office, you can count on being given ...

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HSE Teacher Jamie Follis Inspiring Students Through Creativity

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence His day job may be as a social studies teacher for Hamilton Southeastern High School, but like everyone else who works in the building, Jamie Follis has an array of outside interests. What’s interesting about his life outside of teaching is that he works at conventions for Lucasfilm, sculpts, has created figurines that have gone viral and has launched cosplay participants to explore a new realm of steampunk. Follis brings his creative element into his classroom by creating a course on comparative religions, inspiring learning through games and by creating a film ...

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The Well Coffeehouse: Brew with a Mission

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol Does it surprise you that indulging your daily caffeine addiction can help someone besides yourself? It turns out that a cup of Joe can do just that when you buy it from The Well Coffeehouse in Fishers. Four years ago, Indianapolis physicians and husband and wife Debbie and Tony Zancanaro were looking for something to invest in that would allow them to have an impact on people “in their present situation.” Backstory A friend connected them with Rob Touchstone, director of missional entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University. While completing his master’s degree, Touchstone wrote a vision for ...

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Building A Better Life and Body

How faith and the right support team transformed Dan Hagan from an alcoholic to a champion Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photography provided “Your most significant calling is on the other side of your darkest valley.” That’s a quote from Pastor Tim Dunn of Heartland Church during a recent Sunday message that really resonated with Dan Hagan, HSE grad and recently named Overall Men’s Physique Champion for the NPC Natural Indianapolis. Dunn, a mentor and friend of Dan’s, seemed to be speaking directly to him on that Sunday. Despite his recent success in his fitness pursuits, the journey to wellness and sobriety ...

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Four Day Ray: Fishers Welcomes a New Brewery into the Nickel Plate District

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer “Four Day Ray” was a nickname given to a railroad worker who called off work one day a week. The acronym FDR also pays homage to our 32nd President who, during his first year in office, ratified the 21st Amendment and brought an end to prohibition. A new brewery in the Nickel Plate District of Fishers pays homage to both by borrowing their name and initials for a new venture centered around craft beer and a gastropub bistro. Four Day Ray brings together beer lovers Brian Graham, Mitch Ackerman, Matt Troyer and ...

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