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Greenwood Dad of the Year: Randy Bauer

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Shelby Bauer, 24, nominated her father as Greenwood’s Dad of the Year because in her eyes — and in the eyes of many —he’s mighty special. Randy’s younger daughter, Samantha, was born with Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops, rendering the patient unable to walk or talk. Samantha, now 21, is wheelchair-bound and has been 100 percent dependent on others for all of her care since birth. Though Randy and his wife, Tammy, took turns juggling tasks, with a bit of outside ...

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Geist Dad of the Year: Justin Krowel

Writing / Janet Striebel Photographer / Amy Payne Justin Krowel exemplifies a selfless, loving father who leads his family with dignity and stability. He works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis. Krowel remains committed to his family. For the past year, he and his wife, April, have had to live in separate states so that she can complete her Neuropsychology Internship in Danville, Illinois at the VA Hospital. As a father of two daughters, Abbi (7) and Aubrie (2), Justin has agreed to live in Geist with Abbi while April lives in Illinois ...

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Fishers Dad of the Year: Todd Fandrei

Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Amy Payne From Todd Fandrei’s perspective as a father of two boys, he feels parenting is all about striking a balance. “The biggest challenge is realizing that it’s their life,” he says. “You have to know when to push them and when not to push them. It’s walking that fine line of trying not to push them into something just because I think they should do it and letting them truly experience something for themselves. It’s trying to step back and not always trying to give them the answers and sometimes letting them figure ...

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Center Grove Dad of the Year: Matthew Limeberry

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Annie Syers Matthew Limeberry is a focused soldier currently serving in Afghanistan. He’s also a loving husband to Jessica, a devoted father to Bryon (9), Cohen (5), Grady (4), and Adler (2), and now he is the Center Grove Dad of the Year, too. On a whim, Matthew joined the military with the intention of attending dental school and finishing his collegiate career debt-free. After graduating and becoming a Commissioned Officer, however, he decided that he was committed to serving in the Army in any capacity. A Military Intelligence Officer within the Indiana Army ...

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Carmel Dad of the Year: Joe Hession

Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Diana Asberry When 2017 Carmel Dad of the Year Joe Hession first suggested to his then 5-year-old daughter that he was starting an ESD or Erin’s Special Day, she looked at him “like he had three heads.” Thirty years and two other daughters later, Joe still makes these days a priority in each of his daughters’ lives. For one whole day every year, each girl gets her dad all to herself and gets to choose the agenda for the day. While the focus is on his daughters, Joe says the outcome is different from ...

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Avon Dad of the Year: Brian Wheeler

Writer / Heather Chastain A man rooted in faith and family is Avon’s Dad of the Year. Brian Wheeler is a father to six children. He was nominated by his wife Loree. “I always tell our kids that they hit the dad jackpot,” Loree says. “Brian invests so much time into each of them and makes each one feel special.” Brian and Lorree have been married seven years and say they have entered a transitional time in their lives. “We just had one child get their permit, another is close behind,” Brian says. “We’re starting to go on college visits. ...

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Greenwood Announces New Park

Officials to gather public input on plan, desired amenities for Grassy Creek Park From City of Greenwood GREENWOOD, Ind. – The City of Greenwood has a new addition to its parks system, and officials are expressing their excitement to develop the city’s newest public amenity. This week, city officials announced plans to develop Grassy Creek Park, sitting on roughly 10 acres along Worthsville Road on the city’s southeast side. The park’s official address is 602 E. Worthsville Rd. Grassy Creek Park is Greenwood’s 15th park and brings the total footprint of public green space in the city to more than ...

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A View From the Rear Window of Life

Writer / J. Andy Murphy The little boy was perhaps 3 or 4 years old. He came into the cafe holding his mom’s hand. They picked the only free table, which was right next to me. When he sat down in the chair, his little legs were stretched out so you could see the bottoms of his shoes, which were nearly worn through. So worn, you could see his socks which didn’t match. His mom was thin and her face registered a pain that was easy to see. She didn’t go to the register to order. Instead, she took out ...

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Order Up: Portillo’s Officially Announces Fishers Restaurant

The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location. (CHICAGO; May 11, 2017) – Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, proudly announces details on its newest location at 9201 E 116th St. in Fishers, IN. The company – which currently owns and operates 48 locations – also plans to open three new restaurants in the coming months. “Over the years, we’ve had a lot of requests for expansion in Indiana,” says Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “At Portillo’s, we’re lucky to have a passionate fan base throughout the state, and in the Fishers’ community in ...

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Indiana Native Holly Davidson to Manage Fishers IKEA

Seasoned Regional Retailer to Lead Indianapolis-area Store Opening Fall 2017 CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the appointment of Holly Davidson as manager of its future Indianapolis-area store opening Fall 2017 in Fishers, IN. Until IKEA Fishers opens as the 45th U.S. IKEA store and first in Indiana, customers can shop at the Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, OH; Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg or online at IKEA-USA.com. “We are very excited about opening an Indianapolis-area store, where there are many IKEA customers as well as others who may not know us yet, but ...

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