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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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Treat Yourself

Closet Candy Boutique Celebrates Grand Opening In Clay Terrace Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Amy Payne When Chad and Christina Smith first met, Chad was selling BMWs and Christina was a business manager of a furniture company. They married, had two sons (now 15 and 9), and, in the back of their minds, dreamed of one day working together. They just didn’t know how that would all come to fruition. Five years ago, while living in Arizona, Christina posted a few pictures on Facebook at a tanning salon where she worked and people started contacting her with inquires on where ...

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Center for the Performing Arts Names New Leader

Interim President/CEO Jeffrey McDermott tapped for permanent post After a months-long national search, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has named its interim leader to the permanent, full-time position of President and CEO of the Center and the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation. Jeffrey C. McDermott, a 30-year resident of Carmel and longtime partner with Krieg DeVault law firm, has been serving as interim President/CEO of the Center since the August 2016 departure of his predecessor, Tania Castroverde Moskalenko. The nonprofit organization presents and hosts hundreds of concerts and other events each year on its city-owned three-venue campus, ...

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Conducting A Dream

Jerry Torr to conduct at the Palladium Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Amy Payne While reading Guitar Player Magazine, Torr learned about the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, then known as the Guitar Institute of Technology, or GIT. GIT was started by Howard Roberts, a long time “first call” guy, which meant that when a guitarist was needed in a recording studio, Roberts was the top guitarist on the list. “You’ve heard his work a thousand times but probably weren’t aware of it,” says Torr or Roberts’ work. “The school began as a trade school for guitar players.” Torr spent ...

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Meet “Clony” Dungy

Mike Bostic bears a striking resemblance to Colts Hall of Fame Coach Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Brian Brosmer The similarities between Mike Bostic and former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy are far from strictly physical. It is the striking physical likeness that initially prompted Bostic to don the guise of what he calls Clony Dungy for Colts home games and special events like the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association’s (PFUFA) annual four-day summer event in Canton, Ohio. But the coaching philosophies and professionalism Dungy brought to bear as a coach provided the true inspiration for Bostic — ...

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Boilermakers Look to Bounce Back

New Purdue Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm talks upcoming season. Writer / Matt Roberts Photography provided by Purdue University Athletics Over the last 10 seasons, Purdue football has won 35 games and made two bowl appearances (both losses). In the last four years, the team has scraped together an average of two victories. Maybe most disturbing, Purdue hasn’t beaten arch-rival Indiana since 2012. Several pre-season polls anticipate more of the same, projecting only a couple of wins for the Boilermakers in 2017. New Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm isn’t promising any miracles, but optimism is again stirring in West Lafayette. ...

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