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Doc Oak’s Games: Fishers Resident Invents Children’s Games with a New Twist

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photography  /  Brian Brosmer Fishers resident, Joe Oakley, creates children’s games that help develop positive life skills. He works as a doctor and pathologist at Eli Lilly in oncology research. In his spare time, he works as an entrepreneur, marketing his innovative games — Doc Oak’s Games, which represent a new approach to learning, winning and, of course, having fun. Most traditional games geared for kids are competitive-driven like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble and Sorry, Joe’s games are cooperative-driven, in that players need to work together to win. The games are easy to learn, ...

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Culinary Adventures In Childhood

Writer  /  Seiji Bryant When I was offered the opportunity to work for Rainbow Station, I immediately knew it was the right place for me. Having worked primarily in fine dining, I knew it would be a change of pace to convince small children, from infant to age 5, to experience the wonderful flavors I had been working with for the previous few years. But having two children myself, I already had an idea of how to get farm fresh foods direct to table. Knowing that Rainbow Station wanted a chef and not someone who could just reheat frozen food, ...

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From Finance to the Fairway

Writer  /  Mary Ryan Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer In the early 1970’s, walking the halls of Lawrence Central you could find Steve Sterrett and his sweetheart, Betty Hall. If you asked him where he would be nearly 40 years later, he might have responded, “Married to my high school sweetheart, and living in Lawrence.” What he probably wouldn’t have said however, was “owning a golf course.” But that’s exactly what happened in June 2016 when Sterrett purchased the Old Oakland Golf Club. Steve is a 1973 graduate of Lawrence Central high school and loved his community so much he’s been ...

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Get Your Growl On: Wooden Bear Brewing opens in Geist

Writer  /  Matt Keating Kurt Sundling, co-owner of the new Wooden Bear Brewing at Geist, 10150 Brooks School Road, believes in keeping things simple. So far, it’s been a great recipe for success. “We have stressed having a casual, laid back atmosphere at both our Greenfield and Geist locations,” Sundling says. “We aren’t fancy or trendy. Those places are great too, but our guests love things the way they are here, and they know they are going to get a great beer and good food.” The Geist location opened in early April and has been embraced positively by their guests. ...

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Indianapolis Yacht Club Welcomes New Renovations

Writer  /  Joshua Deisler Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The arrival of summer means a busy season for the Indianapolis Yacht Club. In the past month, the club has unveiled several new renovations. With its inception in 1956, the Yacht Club has moved from its home at Morse Reservoir to its new location on Geist Reservoir. The Yacht Club offers two types of membership, including social and boating, but the club also offers service to nonmembers, including rental of its facilities. The three level “castle” building dates back to 1989. The top floor includes a loft area that seats up to ...

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Daniel’s Vineyard Celebrates Grand Opening

Family-Owned Winery Includes Event Space for Weddings, Celebrations and Concerts Writer  /  Pat Carlini Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer More than 1,500 guests turned out for the Grand Opening celebration of Daniel’s Family Vineyard & Winery at 9061 N 700 W in McCordsville on April 30. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t dampen the crowd’s excitement of touring the new facility, listening to live music and, of course, sipping the wine. Guests lined the 50-foot long wine tasting bar for samples of the five white wines, one rose and four red. The Circle City Red ($42) was a popular choice. ...

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Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes: Creating Your Outdoor Getaway

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger For the past 11 years, owner Rob Delaby and his staff have been creating luxurious outdoor living spaces for their customers. Since he bought the Fishers/Fortville area business, formerly known as Shane’s, Delaby’s vision has been to change the name of the business to reflect who they really are and what they really do. As of May 2017, the business is now called Oasis Outdoor Living and Landscapes. “The new name truly represents our commitment to creating stunning outdoor living spaces for Central Indiana,” Delaby says. “We want to give our customers an outdoor oasis.” Oasis ...

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70-Acre Waterfront Park Coming to Geist

Fishers Mayor announces largest city park yet Writer / Josh Brown Photographer / Brian Brosmer “Buckle up, we’re headed your way.” That’s the message Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness wants to send to residents of the Geist area. Fadness insists that “the long-term vibrancy of the Geist area is critical for the future of Fishers,” and he is doing more than simply talking about it. The mayor is putting a plan in motion that will create more than a small ripple effect on the lake. Dynamic infrastructure projects and initiatives are coming to Geist in a way that residents of the ...

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Geist Lake Coalition Update On 2017 Treatment Program

Writer / Brian Hall Cooler water temperatures this spring, along with heavy rains and muddy water, all resulted in perfect conditions to delay the Geist Lake Coalition’s first treatment. This allowed us to put off two full weeks so we could save our first native treatment for as long as possible. This will also allow us to do treatments toward the end of season as well. We are treating on Wednesday’s this year and, to that end, we will commence today, May 24. That said, treatments will not stop on Sept. 27, as previously planned, instead the last treatment will be made ...

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Geist Dad of the Year: Justin Krowel

Writing / Janet Striebel Photographer / Amy Payne Justin Krowel exemplifies a selfless, loving father who leads his family with dignity and stability. He works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis. Krowel remains committed to his family. For the past year, he and his wife, April, have had to live in separate states so that she can complete her Neuropsychology Internship in Danville, Illinois at the VA Hospital. As a father of two daughters, Abbi (7) and Aubrie (2), Justin has agreed to live in Geist with Abbi while April lives in Illinois ...

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