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Top Tips for Fall Fitness

The kids are back in school, community pools are closing and it’s hard to believe fall is on the horizon. Can you almost taste the fresh-picked apples and feel the leaves crunching under your feet? Whether you spent the summer hiking beautiful Indiana trails or swimming laps at the neighborhood pool, your fitness routine doesn’t have to end when the first leaf falls. Dr. Robert Klitzman, sports medicine specialist at Indiana University Health West Hospital, offers these fall fitness tips: Watch the weather Weather changes drastically throughout the fall season, not just day to day but hour by hour. Wear ...

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Care to Change

Avon Counseling Group Aiming to Change Lives Everyday Writer  /  Melissa Gibson As director of Sheltering Wings, a home for abused women and children, April Bordeau was constantly looking for Christian counseling for the guests at the facility. They needed direction on many different aspects of life — financial, emotional, relationship and stress. “There was a long wait list for counselors that were like-minded, and as Cassie Martin took over as Executive Director, I started working with one of the founders of Sheltering Wings, asking the question, ‘is this something that others are needing as well?’” says Bordeau, Director of Care ...

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Thinking Outside the Classroom

Avon Outdoor Learning Center Teaches Students in a Fun Environment Writer  /  Heather Chastain A rare resource is helping Avon students learn outside the classroom. The Avon Outdoor Learning Center is only one of five outdoor classrooms across the country. The 7-acre gem includes a garden and is located behind Maple Elementary off U.S. Highway 36. The Outdoor Learning Center was developed in the 1980s by former Maple Principal Mr. Winger. The area was a dumping ground, but Mr. Winger saw the area for what it could be. Now the OLC has two miles of trails, hundreds of trees, wildlife, ...

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Avon Teen Opens Authentic Ice Cream Shop

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Avon’s newest ice cream shop is bursting with authentic Mexican flavor. Danny’s Mexican Ice Cream is not only locally made, but the business is run by a 19-year old Avon High School graduate. “Avon didn’t have a really good ice cream shop, and I thought this would be a great idea,” said Angel “Danny” Benitez, the 2016 alumnus. Just months after graduating, Benitez, then just 18-years-old, opened the shop with his own money. “I’ve worked since I was 14-15 years old and I just saved my money,” he says proudly. Benitez began working with his uncle, ...

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Business Spotlight: Floor to Your Home

Writer & Photographer  /  Allison Yates Floors to Your Home, a beloved homegrown business supporting Indianapolis’s flooring needs since 1921, continues to provide the lowest prices and the biggest selection in the area. It originally started as a wholesale distributor, but since 2008 has sold directly to customers at their retails stores and on their e-commerce platform, which ships nationwide. When customers come into one of the Floors to Your Home retail centers, there’s a lot that makes their experience different. As a family-owned and run business, Floors to Your Home’s dedication to outstanding customer service comes naturally to them. ...

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Sharper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Celebrates Grand Opening

Sharper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recently celebrated its grand opening on August 3. Sharper celebrated with an open house that included voucher giveaways for free consultations as well as other discounts and prizes. Dr. Stanley Harper, a Michigan native, finished his general surgery residency and training at the University of Illinois before moving to Indianapolis where he now runs the new office at 10090 E. U.S. 36, Ste. D, Avon. The clinic offers facial and body cosmetic surgery as well as Botox and injectables, laser treatments, Coolsculpting and more. For more information on Sharper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, visit sharpersurgery.com ...

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A Day of Honor & Remembrance

Indy’s Honor Flight Shows Veterans Love & Gratitude Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing From 1942–1945, Rupert Smith, 99, served in the Army Air Corps (USAAC), the military aviation arm of the USA. Just 23 years old when he joined the service, Smith was stationed in England for two months, North Africa for a year, then spent the rest of his time working late evenings in Italy loading bombs on B-24 liberators. “Our group called ourselves the Liberandos,” Smith says. “The planes would go out in the morning, and we didn’t know how many were coming back.” When he returned from war, ...

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Q&A with Principal Dr. Julie Giardino

“God brought me to Kingsway,” says Dr. Julie Giardino, the new head of Kingsway Christian School. A passionate educator, Giardino has spent the last 27 years in education, 22 of those years she spent in Christian schools. We sat down recently to talk to Dr. Giardino and learn about her goals for Kingsway Christian School (KCS). What made Kingsway the right fit for you? The recruiting process had been long but encouraging. But my one remaining concern was whether the church and school were finding unity. Unity between the church and the school is important. I knew once I had ...

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Business Spotlight: The Real Food Shoppe

A family-owned health food store in Plainfield is working to help your family live a healthy life that’s practical and affordable. “We are passionate about it [healthy living] because we had to be. We were never into this kind of thing at all – eating healthy, taking supplements and using essential oils – but I think that’s what helps me relate to my customers,” said The Real Food Shoppe owner Tabatha Starr. Starr decided her family needed to change their lifestyle after her 9-year-old daughter was born. Her daughter had some development delays and stomach problems and eventually developed severe ...

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Experience the Difference

Avon Barber Shop has a heart for people. Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Step inside Avon Barber Shop (ABS) and amidst the razors, combs, styling products, and Colts paraphernalia you’ll find cross figurines, a prayer board and banners that say, “Jesus is Lord.” You’ll also see men cutting hair who are bearded and tattooed. In fact, a jet-black t-shirt hangs on a wall that reads, “Jesus loves me and my tattoos.” There’s one more sign that is prevalent in the shop, and it sums up the entire atmosphere of ABS: “Experience the difference.” When Dave Collins decided to open his own ...

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