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Barn Doors and I Do’s

Popular Avon Wedding Barn Donates Percentage of Profits to Missions Organizations Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Darinda and Jim Dragon were sitting on their front porch one Sunday afternoon when a car pulled into their driveway. The passengers rolled down their window and asked, “Hey, any chance we could hold our wedding at your barn?” The Dragons chuckled until they began fielding the same request time and again from multiple sources. Finally, Darinda turned to her husband and said, “Maybe we should consider doing this.” In 2010, they renovated their century-old barn and started booking nuptials. The third one they held ...

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Politically Speaking

Rob Kendall is an on-air personality with a fresh take on politics. Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing It was a career that was launched at just 18 years old when Rob Kendall began working as an intern at the old WKLU studio in Brownsburg. Soon thereafter, he became the radio producer for the Indianapolis Indians as well as the Butler Bulldogs (basketball and football). Then in 2006, Kendall started a company called Audio Sports Online, which broadcasts high school and college sporting events on the Internet. “We do a lot of work with local schools like Avon and Plainfield,” Kendall says. ...

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New Hendricks Regional Health Hospital Opening in Brownsburg

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Hendricks Regional Health has been in Hendricks County since 1962. For 10 consecutive years, Healthgrades Operating Company, a comprehensive physician/hospital rating and comparison database, has given Hendricks Regional a 5-star rating, making it one of only 15 hospitals in the country to get such a distinguished assessment. “We are known for our patient experience,” says Gary Everling, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Hendricks Regional Health. Soon a larger portion of the population will get to enjoy that experience as a brand new state-of-the-art hospital is about to open on the northern end of Brownsburg. ...

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Beauty in Brokenness

An Avon Family Embraces God’s Many Miracles Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing  It was Father’s Day 2016 when Kathy made a simple request to her husband, Mike. She asked him to move a boxed 4-drawer dresser up a flight of stairs so that they could assemble it. Mike got the dolly from the garage and tied the box onto it, then began the slow ascent up the steps. Mike had just made it to the top step when his hand slipped. Instinctively, he reached out and his arm got caught in the dolly’s handle. He did a somersault and was thrown ...

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Have Yourself a Heart-healthy Holiday

Decadent desserts, sweet treats and calorie-packed sides, oh my! Maintaining health goals during the holidays is no easy task. If you have a packed winter season (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), give the first gift to yourself – the gift of heart health. The heart and vascular specialists at Indiana University Health West Hospital recommend these tips for having a heart-healthy holiday season. Incorporate small changes. Focus on small modifications in habits, and avoid changing too much too soon. “I encourage people to incorporate more movement and small changes in food selections,” says Joni Fiscus, registered dietician at IU ...

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Holiday Saving Tips For Shoppers

Here we are with Thanksgiving now behind us and the holiday season well underway. The next few weeks can be the busiest and most hectic time of the year, but it can also be the most memorable. Enjoy all the glitter and fun but plan now to help avoid one of the most common causes of the post-holiday blues — the arrival of the January credit card bill! Here are a few suggestions to help you keep the cost of the holidays under control. Plan your shopping list and stick with it. This will help you shop with a mission ...

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Helping the Hungry

Mary Lee Maier Community Food Pantry provides food for families. Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Holly Clark, a first-grade teacher at Cedar Elementary, is the board president of the 501c3 of the Mary Lee Maier Community Food Pantry. The pantry, which opened over Labor Day weekend 2016, was formed when like-minded individuals came together. Two teachers — Sarah Tuttle from Sycamore and Kayla Kuepper from White Oak — had started a program called “Branches,” which met the food and security needs of students at Maple. In the meantime, Clark and her principal, Kevin Gray, were looking to do the same thing ...

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Avon Education Foundation Supports Creativity, Excellence of Students

Writer / Heather Chastain Avon Community Schools is fortunate to have a non-profit organization devoted to supporting educational needs in all 12 of its schools. It’s called the Avon Education Foundation (AEF). Created by longtime public education supporter Pam DeWeese in 2007, this organization exists to support the creativity, innovation and excellence of Avon students. After the failed referendum in 2011, the AEF became very important to the vitality of Avon Schools. Because of the AEF, several programs exist at Avon that would otherwise not be possible. Specifically, the orchestra for sixth grade students. Dean Westman made this program possible. ...

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AHS Work Study Program Gives Students Confidence, Skills Outside of Classroom

Writer / Jamie Hergott Photography provided by AHS Work Study Program Jas smiled, adjusted her Monical’s Pizza shirt and offered a handshake. While it was the middle of a school day, she was already on her way out the door for her internship shift at the local pizza restaurant. Jas is one of 25 students who participate in the Avon High School Work Study Program, which is specifically designed for students with disabilities who are pursuing a Certificate of Completion. The goal of the program is to prepare them as much as possible for vocational opportunities. There are two phases ...

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Gia’s Fight

Local girl continues battle with cancer. Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Every evening Adriana Muro tucks six of her children into bed before lying down beside her 7-year-old daughter Gia, who, since kindergarten, has been battling acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of blood cancer. “I wake up each day,” Adriana says, her voice cracking with emotion. “And the first thing I do is check to see if Gia’s breathing.” It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for the past two years as Adriana and her husband Cruz raise seven children, all under the age of nine — Kimberly (8), Gia (7), Layla ...

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