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A Critter’s Chance

Nonprofit Helps Exotic and Farm Animals Find Health, Happiness & Homes Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Founded in February 2006 as a non-profit animal advocacy organization, A Critter’s Chance was run for seven years by wildlife rehabber Michelle Manker who started a rescue center for abandoned and injured exotic animals. Sadly, Manker passed away in 2013 and the group briefly fizzled. In 2014, however, animal advocates resurrected the organization. Amanda Nosie is now the president, and Kelly Thomas, the vice president, lives on and runs the 8-acre property in Avon. The nonprofit relies on volunteers to transport animals, build shelters, maintain ...

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Hearts On a Mission

Local High School Youth Travel to Haiti and India to Help Children Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Local girls Aubrey Jones (14) and Julianne Fowler (17) chose to spend their school breaks helping others. When Aubrey signed up to go to Haiti on a mission trip, she didn’t want to show up empty handed. She sold hand-made cards, held a garage sale, collected change and donated her own birthday cash so that she could buy sports balls and hand-deliver them to the Haitian boys and girls. Ultimately, she raised more than $700, enabling her to buy 100 full-size soccer balls and ...

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Colors to Dye For

The Tie Dye Lab Opens In Avon Writer  /  Heather Chastain The country’s first do it yourself tie dye studio is now in Avon. The Tie Dye Lab, located at Avon Station, opened its doors in June and is already making a colorful imprint on the community. “It’s fun. Everyone seems to have fun doing it,” says co-owner Bart Fisher. “We are big into family. We’ve coached teams and been involved in CYO activities, and we wanted something everyone could do. We enjoy seeing their smiles and watching them create things.” This is the first do-it yourself tie dye studio ...

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A Second Chance

Former Colts Cheerleader Battles Mental Illness, Pursues Lifelong Dream Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing It was 1999 and Denae Ball slipped into her sleek, sparkly Colts cheerleader uniform and marched onto the football field to dance, cheer and wave to the roaring crowd. From the sidelines and in the spotlight, she was the picture of health. Pom-poms in hand, she hit her mark and fit the bill as a bubbly cheerleader. Inside the crevices of her mind, however, something wasn’t right. “I put on a smile and sugarcoated my feelings when I was out in public,” says Ball, who cheered for ...

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Fall Sports Are Almost Here! Prevent Bleacher Back

It’s already August, and that means school will soon be back in session, and a new sports season is just around the corner. The excitement of cheering on your favorite team makes it easy to forget just how uncomfortable those bleachers can be, at least until you feel that dull, aching lower back pain. While there’s not an official name for the discomfort caused by sitting on bleachers, this pain is often called Bleacher Back. What is it about those hardwood or metal bleachers that causes so much pain? “Sitting on hard or metal stadium seating causes pain simply because ...

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Meet Dr. Rachel Scott

Hendricks Regional Health Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Dr. Rachel Scott, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, says a remodeling at the nationally recognized facility has helped to maximize its comprehensive, state-of-the-art oncology, radiology and plastic surgery divisions. “There was already a very well-established radiology section for doing mammography and other breast imaging, but when I arrived and the breast surgeons arrived, we decided to combine forces both from a strategy standpoint as well as geography,” says Scott, who joined Hendricks Regional Health in July of 2015. “Hendricks was able to ...

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Tapping the Liberty Bell

Avon High School Student Enjoys Historic Moment in Philadelphia Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing On July 4th, when the majority of the country was grilling burgers, sipping cold drinks and watching fireworks light up the sky, Avon resident Madelynne Hunter was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, doing something that only a rare few can — she was tapping the Liberty Bell. Madelynne was afforded this unique opportunity because she’s the great-great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Abraham Clark, one of the 56 original signers of the Declaration of Independence. Madelynne, a senior at Avon High School, is not only the first descendant from the Hoosier state ...

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A Warning to Avon Residents

Writer  /  Melissa Gibson My 87-year-old grandfather recently received a call from his grandson, Adam. Adam told him he had been in an accident, was in jail and would require $1,800 for bail. The conversation was charged with emotion. Adam was sobbing, hard to understand, but had pertinent information that made sense at the time. He begged his grandfather not to tell his parents and the pressure to get the situation under control before it got worse was evident. Grandpa spoke to a “lawyer”, received instructions to wire bail money and with heart pounding and a desire to help his ...

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A Summer of Kindness

Avon Middle School Student Encourages the Community to Spread Kindness Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing It came as no surprise to Sylvia Lane when her 12-year-old son, Maddix, informed her that he had thought of a special summer project. His mission? To spread kindness, love and happiness to members of the Avon community. He started by creating cards that impart positive messages and words of affirmation. For example, he drew a picture of a diamond and included the words, “You shine bright like a diamond. Please pass the sparkle on.” He then demonstrates some random act of kindness to a friend, ...

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Business Spotlight: Whipple Eye Center

Whipple Eye Center Celebrates 25 Years In Avon Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Twenty-five years ago, Hendricks County was a relatively underserved area for eye care. That all changed in July 1992 when Dan Whipple opened the Whipple Eye Center in Avon. His first office was at Prestwick. Then, in 1993, he moved to the Hendricks Regional Health building at Dan Jones Road and Highway 36. At that facility he can now see patients for office visits upstairs and perform surgeries downstairs in the Hibbeln Surgery Center. “I like being able to bring cutting-edge technology to Hendricks County so that my ...

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