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Innovation Showcase

Writer / Kara Reibel 74 startups, 70 pitches, one winner: pi lab’s Edwin the Duck steals another show in 2015. First they owned CES in Las Vegas, now the Innovation Showcase on their home turf. “Edwin is no ordinary duck,” says co-founder Don Inmon quoting Edwin’s tagline, “We couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve received. It was a good day.” Edwin experienced some tough competition, including FetchADate, Paxton Medical, WhatfriendsDo, getSayDo, Anagin, and many more. The guiding principal of the Venture Club of Indiana is based upon “creating an entrepreneurial, business-friendly environment attractive to investors”. Which they feel “is ...

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CGHS Front Row: Behind Home Plate

Writer / Leigh Lawson The American pastime of baseball thrives in every community. From those first moments on the ball diamonds where pre-kindergarteners play tee ball all the way to the major league, baseball still captures that American pride and spirit. Center Grove loves the American pastime and equally loves its high school team. While baseball is a part of the community, it is a community within itself. Most of the CGHS team has played within the Center Grove Little League, either together or competing against each other. Beyond those CG Little League days, most continued honing their skills in ...

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Statewide Organization Recognizes Hoosier Military Veterans

Nominations Accepted through August 1, 2015 Writer / Annette Roy The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) is calling for nominations for its second group of honorees. The not-for-profit organization inducted 16 into the Hall of Fame last November. The IMVHOF’s stated objective is “to publicly emphasize the honor brought to our state and nation by the sacrifice of Indiana military veterans and their families.” The IMVHOF is currently virtual via its website; however, the group’s plans are to build a physical monument in the future. Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community ...

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Community Connection: Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County

Writer / Hannah Sturm Karen Magnum, also known as “Suzy Sunshine,” is the well-deserving homeowner for the Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County build of 2015. Magnum always has a smile on her face and is ready to work with an appreciative attitude. After reading an article about the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, Magnum decided to apply, and she has been waiting patiently since 2013 to start building her new home. When talking about the process leading up to the build, she had not an ounce of expectancy in her voice. Magnum was nothing but grateful for the opportunity ...

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Mickey Maurer, Leading By Example

Writer / Kara Reibel  .  Photographer / Brian Brosmer “Take the leap, and the net will appear,” said Sylvia McNair, one of 19 women featured in a book by Michael S. Maurer, “19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women,” IU Press. This statement by McNair adequately sums up Mickey Maurer’s approach to life. Maurer has been many things, and the term “entrepreneur” doesn’t seem to do him justice. He is not someone that knows a little about a lot of things; he knows a lot about a lot of things. Maurer doesn’t take an interest in something lightly; he digs ...

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Center Grove 2015 Graduation

Writer / Alecia Bonson  Photographer / John Simon On May 30, Center Grove High School’s Vandermeer Gymnasium was filled to capacity with parents, faculty and students who were eagerly anticipating the graduation of the Center Grove High School’s 2015 senior class. In total, 560 students walked across the stage and received diplomas that day. Of that total, 233 graduates (almost half) received a Core 40 diploma with Academic Honors — an honor only earned by students who met certain requirements beyond just the Core 40 required by the state. Some of those requirements include extra math, world language and fine ...

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Gardening Nana

Writer and Photographer / Nancy Craig Tussie-Mussies are a fun way of arranging flowers in a small bouquet to tell someone special that you love them or to express other sentiments by using the language of flowers. My great-nieces, Lindsey and Lauren, like to help me pick flowers and love to give them to their mom. We made her a very special Tussie-Mussie. To get started, we used “Lab No. 49: Flower Arrangement” from our book, “Gardening Lab for Kids,” by Renata Fossen Brown. As we picked the flowers, the twins learned that you should leave some of the stem ...

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The Face of Foster

Writer / Kristen Parker  Photographer / Forrest Mellott As I write, a sweet baby naps down the hall. He is not mine for always, but he is mine for now. The toothy smile he flashes while playing peek-a-boo with my boys and the chance to be there for all his “first” moments bring the same joy as with my other children. The Story After my husband and I had our two children, we knew without a doubt that we were done. There were two of us and two of them. We were choosing the one-on-one strategy. Yet, over time, our ...

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Kate in the Middle: Check Out of Hotels, Check In to Airbnb

Writer / Kate Rhoten Summer is here. Vacation plans have been made. I want to share an alternative to hotels if you are traveling or looking at options for future trips. Many of us have stayed in hotels or rented a condo at the beach through a rental management company. Perhaps you have heard of VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) or HomeAway (part of VRBO). We used VRBO once in the past for a summer hiking vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado. VRBO was founded in 1995; HomeAway was in 2006. HomeAway is the parent company of VRBO. They each state that ...

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The Food Trucks Stop Here

Local Treats on the Move Writer and Photographer  /  Julie Yates The food truck trend has traveled to Johnson County. Now that summer has arrived, you can find these vibrantly colorful vehicles at local events such as Bargersville’s Parks Department Concerts, Franklin’s varied events on the Square and Greenwood’s Freedom Festival in Craig Park. Whether they are actual converted delivery trucks or retrofitted trailers, the entrepreneurs in them take pride in serving up their own unique culinary specialties. Our hunt for local restaurants on wheels yielded some delicious discoveries that we are pleased to share. Where There’s Smoke, There’s … ...

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