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Q & A with Avon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Downard

Where are you from? I am from Indianapolis. I was raised on the west side and went to Ben Davis High School. I attended Indiana Central University (University of Indianapolis) and received my Bachelor’s Degree. How long have you been with the Avon Chamber of Commerce? I have been a member of the Avon Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 1997. I have been the Executive Director since January 2000. What led you to this position? Being a business owner in the community, I wanted to be a part of growing an organization that would help our community grow ...

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Cardiac Stents That Dissolve

IU Health West Cardiologist explains new technology that the body can absorb Each year, more than half a million Americans undergo a procedure to place cardiac stents – small, metal mesh tubes used to prop open and de-clog arteries. Metal stents have become the gold standard over the years, but a new kind of cardiac stent recently approved by the FDA dissolves in the body instead of staying in place indefinitely like metal stents. They’re called bio-absorbable vascular scaffolding, or biodegradable stents. “These are stents that have a scaffold, or body, made of polylactic acid that dissolves over time,” explains ...

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Great Fermentations

Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan If someone was interested in starting a new rewarding hobby, Anita Johnson could probably convince him or her to try home brewing with one visit to Great Fermentations. With a passion for craft beer, home brewing and teaching people new skills, Johnson, Great Fermentation’s owner, is one of the lucky people who gets to do her hobby as a job. Great Fermentations is a local business that since 1995 has sold beer and winemaking supplies and offered home brewing classes in Indianapolis. Originally opening in Broad Ripple, Great Fermentations opened its second location this ...

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Avon 200 Sculpture Artist Randall Flake

Writer  /  Heather Chastain A man with a passion to mold steel has crafted a permanent legacy for the Town of Avon. Randy Flake, a heavy mechanic, designed and built the 200 sculpture at Town Hall. The sculpture celebrates Avon’s 20-year anniversary and Indiana’s 200-year anniversary. “This is just a hobby I’ve taken to the extreme,” said Flake. “I just have a need to create. I’ve been doing it all my life. I like taking an idea, using my creativity and then raw materials and making something. I enjoy the challenge of trying to make steel move in a direction ...

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Family Promise of Hendricks County Offering Help, Hope and Housing to the Homeless

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Lisa, a working mother and full-time college student, was involved in a serious car accident last year. This set into motion a domino effect of bad fortune. Unable to drive, she couldn’t get to work. Not working meant no income, so she couldn’t pay rent. She and her two daughters eventually found themselves living on the streets. Desperate to turn things around, Lisa connected with Family Promise of Hendricks County, whose mission is to help homeless individuals overcome barriers that keep them from obtaining employment and, by extension, permanent housing. According to Stacy Schilling, director of ...

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New Openings: Haus of Hooray

Haus of Hooray is an exclusive party shop and retailer based in Indianapolis. We are founded upon taking the typical balloons and transforming them into a beautiful wedding, gifts, and more. With exciting party supplies that can’t be found locally, we take the traditional party and turn it into a unique and exciting experience. Watch our custom balloons and party decor grab everybody’s attention while creating the opportunity for something memorable.

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Cass & Company Salon

Nestled off U.S. 36, in a cozy Avon Business Center park, you’ll find a salon known for warmth, welcome and comfort. An Avon staple for 15 years, Cass & Company Salon, takes their community commitment seriously. “We want to be the best part of our client’s day,” said owner Angi Snodgrass. “We are constantly working with our technicians. We want to educate, mentor and help them succeed,” said Snodgrass. Education is key. Snodgrass regularly hosts industry professionals as well as attends educational events with her team to better themselves in customer service, technique and personal development.  “We want to build ...

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Indiana Canine Assistant Network Aims to Unleash Hope

Writer  /  Heather Chastain    Photographer  /  Liz Kaye At Community Chiropractic in Hendricks County, hope is being unleashed, as well as chiropractic care. Community Chiropractic’s owner, Dr. Vicki Danis, is working with an Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) dog at her business. ICAN believes dogs can be catalysts for positive change in people’s lives. By building partnerships through the training and placement of assistance dogs, ICAN creates opportunities for at-risk youth, adults and people with disabilities. Dr. Vicki has been a volunteer with ICAN for three years helping to train assistance dogs for placement. “These dogs inherently know how ...

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Love is… Adoption: Will and Adrienne Pfaffenberger’s Path to Parenthood

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Avon residents Will and Adrienne Pfaffenberger began their journey into parenthood through the traditional route and then weighed fertility options, eventually deciding on adoption as their best course of action to become parents. Both Will and Adrienne Pfaffenberger are Avon High School graduates. Adrienne is a pediatric physical therapist and Will has been part of the Smiley Morning Show on WZPL for the past six years. Both are outgoing people and, given Will’s public persona on the radio each weekday morning, being open about their fertility adventures seemed natural. Not that they had much of a ...

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Yearly HCDGC Tournaments Raise Funds, Canned Goods for Those in Need

Writer  /  Steven Penn Every winter, the Hendricks County Disc Golf Club braves the elements with a purpose: To help those in need. For the past few years, January and February have provided opportunities for the club to raise funds and collect canned goods while playing disc golf. The club has two fundraisers scheduled for the beginning of 2017. “One tournament is part of a series named Western Indiana Frozen Fundraiser Series,” said John Strifler, co-president of the Hendricks County Disc Golf Club, along with John Lowery. “These events are hosted throughout central and western Indiana, with each host site ...

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