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Greenwood Mom of the Year: Kim Myers

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Kim Myers considers motherhood to be an amazing privilege. Her three sons Jacob, 24, Kaleb, 21, and Nicholas, 19, are the greatest joy and accomplishment in her life. In October, Myers will become a grandmother. Myers’ son Nicholas has special needs and requires full-time care. He was born with a rare genetic disorder that doctors weren’t able to diagnose him with until Nicholas was 16. “I’ve always had a strong passion for people with special needs or any type of disability,” Myers says. “I was very close to my mother, who I ...

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Avon Mom of the Year: Julie Keller

Writer / Heather Chastain “This whole thing has been crazy,” laughed Avon’s Mom of the Year, Julie Keller. “I can’t believe I won mom of the year!” The Brownsburg resident spends a great deal of her time in Avon babysitting her two grandkids, Cameron (5) and Kellen (3). “They are the loves of my life,” Julie says. The spirited winner said she didn’t even know her daughter Robin had nominated her until a friend shared a link from the Avon Magazine website and let her know she would be voting for Julie. “People were calling me and stopping me at ...

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Center Grove Mom of the Year: Regina Miller

Writer / Cathy Wendorff Photographer / Amanda DeBusk Taking it one day at time, and just simply rolling with it, is how Regina Miller juggles her responsibilities between motherhood and business owner. Being selected as the Center Grove Mom of the Year by her community is very flattering to Regina.  Nominated by her youngest daughter, Kelly described her mom as a caring and loving individual, who always makes time for her family, while owning Geek in Pink Computer Repair. Regina has been married to Ed Miller, an Indianapolis Police Officer, for 28 years, and she has five high-achieving daughters and ...

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Noblesville Mom of the Year: Amy Lutz

Local mom is also a firefighter and EMT. Writer & Photographer / Allison Yates “You’re never too old to go after what you want,” says Amy Lutz, Noblesville’s 2017 Mom of the Year. The Noblesville graduate and mother of five knows this better than anyone. Ever since she was a young girl, she has dreamed of being on an ambulance. Then, she raised her children as a stay-at-home mom and worked as a hairdresser, but the thought of being an EMT was something that continued to gnaw at her. “I would have never moved forward with my dreams if it ...

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Zionsville Mom of the Year: Michal Mellencamp

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer Meet Zionsville’s Mom of the Year, Michal Mellencamp. Though the title is auspicious, she says she doesn’t feel like she’s any different than any other mom out there. But for two little boys, she’s made all the difference in the world. In her nomination letter, Paula Kiraly wrote about how Michal and her husband Phil, after raising two daughters of their own, took in two Hispanic boys who had been taken from their abusive home. The couple kept the boys and eventually adopted them. “Their birth daughters were out of high school, ...

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Carmel Mom of the Year: Kerri Dooley

Writer & Photographer / Allison Yates “She’s fun!” exclaims Finn, 7, one of Kerri Dooley’s five children. Along with Finn, his twin Greta, 7, and sisters Grace, 11, Silvi, 5, and Tess, 2, all agree their mother is well deserving of this year’s Carmel Mom of the Year Award. Dooley is a mother of five who’s dedicated to teaching her children faith and values while not taking herself too seriously. Standing in her kitchen, her impeccably dressed, cheerful children laugh and admire her. The feeling is mutual. Dooley only grew up with one brother, but her grandmother, who met her ...

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Geist Mom of the Year: Nickole Patton

Local mom talks beating breast cancer Writer / Lynda Hedberg Thies Photographer / Brian Brosmer The 2017 Geist Mom of the Year, Nickole Patton, nominated by her husband Eric. Eric was worried at first that Nickole might be upset with him for nominating her because she does not like to be in the limelight. “She is the woman that is always putting others needs first and cheering on others to be in the limelight,” he says. “And with the way she handles everything she has to deal with I just felt she deserved it.” Nickole’s story is one of endless ...

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Fishers Mom of the Year: Cindy Holladay

Writer / Janet Striebel Photographer / Brian Brosmer Cindy Holladay, mother of three, found a church home at New Hope Presbyterian, where she serves on a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) committee. Anyone who knows Cindy can’t help but see a positive spark plug who ignites the energy within others around her to make something encouraging happen. For instance, after seeing the need for water in Flint, Michigan in 2016, she started a water drive. As a result, in less than two weeks, her MOPS group raised 77 cases, 32 gallons and nine liters of water. Around this same time, one ...

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Back by Popular Demand: It’s Time for Yacht Rock Revue

Writer / Jessica Lollino The “Greatest Band on Surf”, Yacht Rock Revue (YRR), is docking at the Vogue Theater in April to soothe the always sold-out crowd into swooning Midwest surfers. One part tribute band and one part comedic act, crowds are filled with nautical fare and many, many captain hats. YRR’s jokey demeanor and fun, on-stage antics bring a bit of flare to the somewhat cheesy, but also classic, music they play from the 70’s and 80’s. It must be catching on because Yacht Rock Review plays all over the country. It seems everyone enjoys the escape. I had ...

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Beautiful Music At An Affordable Price: The Hendricks Symphony Orchestra

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Benjamin Del Vecchio first stepped onto the podium at 16 years old. Now, some 58 years later, he’s still there, conducting, instructing and mentoring as the music director for the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra. Del Vecchio founded the non-profit volunteer organization in 2007 with a vision to provide great masterworks of the orchestral repertoire for area residents at a reasonable cost. At $15 a ticket (that’s the maximum charge as discounts are provided for seniors, students and advanced purchase), the price is a dynamite deal. The Hendricks Symphony Orchestra puts on six subscription concerts a year, in ...

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