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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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Ducking Death & Loving Life

May’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: Jeff Hull Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing They say “third time’s a charm,” and that’s certainly the case for Jeff Hull, who has cheated death twice and now has been named May’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive by Hoosier Park Casino. It was 2014 when Hull started experiencing flu-like symptoms that wouldn’t subside. After enduring multiple digestive problems that landed him in the hospital twice, he traveled to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for further evaluation. “They tore me apart,” says Hull, noting that he had pancreas problems, an enlarged spleen and a liver that was being destroyed by cirrhosis ...

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Start Your Engines!

Avon Celebrates RC Track For many, the 83-acre Avon Town Hall Park is a hidden gem in the center of the fast-paced town. Located at 6570 E US Highway 36, directly behind the Town Hall is a quiet, serene and family friendly park, perhaps overlooked if not for the unique features. The Parks Department and Town Council have worked tirelessly to maintain a beautiful landscape and inviting atmosphere. A few years ago, they added a disc golf course, recently updated the children’s playground and in the far right corner, added a permanent remote control (RC) Track. They received the 2016 ...

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A Glimpse Inside the Senate

Writer  /  John Crane “How’s it going in the Senate?” Hardly a week goes by when I am not asked that question. Just a matter of months ago I was on the outside of the Statehouse, not privy to the inner-workings of the legislative process. Early on the morning of November 9th, after being elected the night before, I found myself sitting in a special meeting with six other freshmen Senators and the rest of the 41-member Senate Republican caucus. Since then, I have found myself with a dizzying sense of the surreal while navigating a Ph.D.-level crash course in ...

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Avon High School Celebrates 100th Anniversary of First Graduating Class

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Photography  /  Washington Township Public Library The Avon High School graduating class of 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class in Avon. The first graduating class was back in 1917 and only had two graduates – Russell Blair and Mary Davis. The class of 2017 will have 680 graduates. Avon graduate Marsha (Quearry) Acton (Class of 1960) was surprised to hear how many were preparing for commencement since she only had 56 students in her class. She married her high school sweetheart, Lloyd Acton (Class of 1959). “When we were in high school, ...

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AHS 2017 Teacher of the Year: Chris Hill

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Avon High School’s Chris Hill is the 2017 Teacher of the Year. The Vermillion County native teaches Engineering Technology. He is also Lead Mentor of the successful Robotics Club, the Roborioles. “Being teacher of the year has been an honor,” Hill said. “I am fortunate to live and work in a community that holds teachers and education in such high regard. As far as I am aware, there is not an official definition of the Teacher of the Year, but I do not think I am even close to the best teacher in Avon. “I am ...

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The Burgess Bunch: Family of 11 Runs Successful Goat’s Milk Soap Business

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Thirteen years ago, the Burgesses were a happy family of five. Living on nine acres of woodland in Hendricks County, Karen homeschooled their three young children while Kevin worked as a senior data analyst at Galyan’s Corporate in Plainfield. Though their lives were already plenty fulfilling, they both felt a desire to expand their brood. They began the process of adoption and in 2010, they adopted a daughter from China. Almost immediately they knew they wanted to adopt again — a sibling group, if possible, since they had the room in their home and in their ...

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Business Spotlight: 9Round Kickbox Fitness

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing  A kickboxing themed fitness center for people who want a fun workout with phenomenal results, 9Round Kickbox Fitness incorporates aerobic, anaerobic, strength, and resistance training into each 30-minute workout. For several years, Craig Valier has owned 9Round Kickbox Fitness in Greenwood and Southport. In January, he opened a third location in Avon at 7615 E. U.S. Hwy 36. A big draw to such a gym is that even someone on the go can squeeze in a half an hour to exercise. Plus, since a new round of circuit training starts every three minutes, clients can work ...

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2017 Avon Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Avon Dad of the Year. Visit avonmagazine.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Bill Query Nominated by Stacy Harrop, who says: My dad is an Avon realtor, who quietly spreads random acts of kindness throughout the Avon community. He’s given a handful of gift cards to a cashier at Taco Bell in need, given Christmas to low income families, excessively large tips ...

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Escape From Vietnam

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing The scorching sun beat down on the streets of Saigon as Tim Nguyen and his nine siblings ran errands for the family business. It was the 1960s and Tim’s dad, Phat van Nguyen, owned a small Vietnamese general store that sold the essentials — rice and Coca-Cola. Tim has fond memories of his childhood, attending school six mornings a week, playing with his brothers and sisters, and collecting customers’ empty Coke bottles at week’s end. Save for his older brother, Tom, who ventured to the U.S. in 1972 to attend college, the entire Nguyen family lived ...

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