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PumpkinFest 2017 Is Back

Free, fun and filled with family-friendly features October 28 at Carmel Civic Square Kids of all ages are invited to dress up in costume and join the fun at Carmel Civic Square (at the City Hall Gazebo) at the 2017 PumpkinFest presented by the Carmel Arts Council and Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council. The event will take place on Saturday, October 28, from 4-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This is an event that is fun for the entire family with music, food and hayrides. Kids are encouraged to come in costumes and enjoy picking and decorating a pumpkin from the Kroger ...

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Double the Trouble, Twice the Luck

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing We’ve all had bad days, but Carmel resident Gerald Miller may well take the prize for the worst one yet. In fact, all his trouble happened in the span of just a few short hours back in October 1982. Miller, 30 years old at the time, was on active duty in the Navy, stationed as a pharmacist on board the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. The aircraft carrier was undergoing refitting in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, when he made plans to go visit a friend in Norfolk. He hopped in his Chevy Vega and ...

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Big Hoffa’s Bold Flavors

Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is a Westfield favorite Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Jamie Sangar Adam Hoffman, owner of Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Westfield, receives great satisfaction serving food people enjoy and keep coming back for. “If complete strangers keep telling me they have been craving something they ate here before and can’t wait to eat it again, that’s a great feeling,” Hoffman says. “After that, they aren’t strangers anymore. They become our friends, and we can’t wait to see them again.” Guests at Big Hoffa’s know Hoffman is meticulous about all his specialties, meals, sides, sandwiches and other ...

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Business Spotlight: ShelfGenie

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger I dream of Genie. A genie that first keeps my pantry organized and, next, makes it easy for me to access items in my cabinet stashed way in the back. For my third wish, I’d love a system that gives me a little bonus space for new stuff. Pick up your magic lamp and rub it, because Shelf Genie can grant that wish and more. Shelf Genie offers gliding drawer systems, racks and dividers to give you the most convenient and efficient storage solutions designed to put everything in reach. That means no more having to ...

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Ghost Tales

Keep an eye out for these Hamilton County ghosts as Halloween draws near Writer / Matt Keating Photographers Amy Payne & Brian Brosmer When it comes to ghost legends, Hamilton County has its fair share of them. To get you in the Halloween spirit, here are some ghost tales to keep you on the lookout for spirited characters.  The Salty Ghost If you are ever at The Salty Cowboy, 55 East Oak Street, Zionsville, enjoying a delicious burrito or some tasty nachos, keep an eye out for Hazel the Ghost. During a previous feature interview about the restaurant, Jason Hughes, ...

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Teeing Off

Local golf pro qualifies for 2018 PGA Professional Championship Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer/ Amy Payne By age eight Brittany Kelly, the current assistant golf pro at Woodland Country Club in Carmel, was already imagining herself competing as a professional golfer. Riding in carts along with her father and maternal grandparents as they played courses around central Indiana, a young Kelly would be allowed to keep score and hit the occasional ball, stoking her nascent love for the game. “I wanted to start competing in tournaments, and my dad was the one that really got me interested in it,” Kelly ...

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Butterfly Blast

September’s Luckiest Hoosier Alive: James Thompson Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing In 1971, Carmel resident James Thompson was in Vietnam where he was assigned as an adviser to the field maintenance unit of the Vietnamese Air Force division. The Chinook helicopter rotor blades were made of a composite sandwich material that was a fiberglass over a honeycomb and it had the bad habit of unbonding. Though they had a test set to check for issues, it often went on the fritz. One day, Thompson was tasked with finding a helicopter pilot to fly the test set from Bien Hoa Air Base ...

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40 Years In The Making

Woman preserves history by building replica of Williamsburg Governor’s Mansion Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography provided It was a dream that was 40 years in the making, but last fall Mary Frost, just shy of her 98th birthday, saw it come to fruition when she put the finishing touches on her 5 ft. x 5 ft. dollhouse — a perfect replica of the Governor’s Mansion in Williamsburg, Virginia. “She was the quintessential mother, but she also loved both art and history,” says daughter, Mary Eckard, noting that raising seven children left little time for hobbies. After her children were grown, ...

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Los Arroyos Brings West Coast Flavor to Carmel

Writer  /  Allison Yates Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Carmel may be miles away from the west coast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same quality cuisine with the same presentation style. Los Arroyos, an innovative, upscale Mexican restaurant that first opened in Santa Barbara, California, has since expanded five locations and chose Carmel as one of them. Along with what owner and chef Tony Arroyo calls fresh, quality and crafted-to-order dishes, Los Arroyos brings this concept to the area. Los Arroyos is a space Arroyo says is a “friendly, home-style environment that anyone can enjoy.” It’s top quality, ...

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Adventure Time

Children’s Learning Adventure Offers Spectacular Childcare Amenities Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Amy Payne Jeff Haines is dazzled by Carmel’s family-based Children’s Learning Adventure. And he’s not the only one. “I’m blown away by this facility,” Haines says. “The amenities and available programs for children are out-of-this-world amazing.” “What an awesome place,” adds Lillian Gorski Mack. “The state-of-the-art facility is unlike any I’ve ever seen.” Though the Carmel facility opened in October 2016, Children’s Learning Adventure (CLA) Childcare Centers were created in 2008 by founders who had worked in the childcare industry for more than two decades and were determined ...

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