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New App-Based Delivery Service Gaining Momentum in Indianapolis & Beyond Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing A new app-based, peer-to-peer delivery service is gaining momentum in Indianapolis. Roadie, a less expensive, more convenient way to ship items of all shapes and sizes, is also a fabulous way for folks looking to make a few extra bucks as it’s designed for those who are already headed in a specific direction to pick up and deliver items along their route. “It’s similar to Uber and Lyft, but it moves things rather than people,” says Kelly Bailey, who has worked as a Roadie drive for ...

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Butterfly Blast

September’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: James Thompson Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing In 1971, Carmel resident James Thompson was in Vietnam where he was assigned as an adviser to the field maintenance unit of the Vietnamese Air Force division. The Chinook helicopter rotor blades were made of a composite sandwich material that was a fiberglass over a honeycomb and it had the bad habit of unbonding. Though they had a test set to check for issues, it often went on the fritz. One day, Thompson was tasked with finding a helicopter pilot to fly the test set from Bien Hoa Air Base ...

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From Car Washes to Fuzic Media

Prime Car Wash CEO Launches Marketing Company Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The Prime Car Wash’s concept of a high-end country club feel, was Brent Oakley’s wife, Carlie’s idea. “She felt car washes didn’t need to be so automotive,” Brent says. “They should be built for women and professionals where people could multi task and feel like they were at a cafe. She always had people in her car, and the last thing she wanted to do was to vacuum out her car in the middle of winter.” So Brent, along with his two partners, built a car wash designed for business professionals with women ...

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Avon Schools Announce Kristle Chalos as the Corporation’s Teacher of the Year

Avon Community School Corporation announced that River Birch Elementary teacher Kristle Chalos is the Andy Mohr Teacher of the Year. She was selected from 12 finalists by a committee comprised of local community members. Mrs. Chalos teaches first grade. She has been at River Birch since 2014 serving as leadership team coach, faculty advisory committee member and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) representative. Prior to joining Avon Schools, Mrs. Chalos was a McKinney Vento Tutor, ESL (English as a Second Language) Camp Learning Leader and a founding member of the Elzie D. Patton Elementary School. Teacher of the Year ...

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The Little Things

Writer  /  Beth J Photography /  Applied Behavior Center for Autism Robert Brault once said, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize that they were big things.” Isn’t that what the basic ideology behind applied behavior analysis really is — little things, when put together add up to very big things? For nearly three years, the amazing team at Applied Behavior Center for Autism has been working on each small step in my daughter Kennedy’s progress — her little things. Kennedy was diagnosed with autism shortly before her third birthday. After trial and error, we ...

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Top Tips for Fall Fitness

The kids are back in school, community pools are closing and it’s hard to believe fall is on the horizon. Can you almost taste the fresh-picked apples and feel the leaves crunching under your feet? Whether you spent the summer hiking beautiful Indiana trails or swimming laps at the neighborhood pool, your fitness routine doesn’t have to end when the first leaf falls. Dr. Robert Klitzman, sports medicine specialist at Indiana University Health West Hospital, offers these fall fitness tips: Watch the weather Weather changes drastically throughout the fall season, not just day to day but hour by hour. Wear ...

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Care to Change

Avon Counseling Group Aiming to Change Lives Everyday Writer  /  Melissa Gibson As director of Sheltering Wings, a home for abused women and children, April Bordeau was constantly looking for Christian counseling for the guests at the facility. They needed direction on many different aspects of life — financial, emotional, relationship and stress. “There was a long wait list for counselors that were like-minded, and as Cassie Martin took over as Executive Director, I started working with one of the founders of Sheltering Wings, asking the question, ‘is this something that others are needing as well?’” says Bordeau, Director of Care ...

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Thinking Outside the Classroom

Avon Outdoor Learning Center Teaches Students in a Fun Environment Writer  /  Heather Chastain A rare resource is helping Avon students learn outside the classroom. The Avon Outdoor Learning Center is only one of five outdoor classrooms across the country. The 7-acre gem includes a garden and is located behind Maple Elementary off U.S. Highway 36. The Outdoor Learning Center was developed in the 1980s by former Maple Principal Mr. Winger. The area was a dumping ground, but Mr. Winger saw the area for what it could be. Now the OLC has two miles of trails, hundreds of trees, wildlife, ...

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Avon Teen Opens Authentic Ice Cream Shop

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Avon’s newest ice cream shop is bursting with authentic Mexican flavor. Danny’s Mexican Ice Cream is not only locally made, but the business is run by a 19-year old Avon High School graduate. “Avon didn’t have a really good ice cream shop, and I thought this would be a great idea,” said Angel “Danny” Benitez, the 2016 alumnus. Just months after graduating, Benitez, then just 18-years-old, opened the shop with his own money. “I’ve worked since I was 14-15 years old and I just saved my money,” he says proudly. Benitez began working with his uncle, ...

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Cheers!

Northside Knights of Columbus to Host 11th Annual Oktoberfest Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography Provided The Northside Knights of Columbus (KofC) has literally been catering to the community since its inception in 1952. On September 23rd, the Northside KofC hosts its 11th annual Oktoberfest event. Not only a fun party, it’s a fundraiser for Holy Family Homeless Shelter to help their inventory for Christmas as well as collecting donations for Boulevard Food Pantry. This family-focused event is geared towards children during the hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., then transitions to adults from 7pm – 11pm. The admission price ...

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