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Geist 2017 Mom of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Mom of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Geist Mom of the Year. The deadline to vote is April 15, and you can vote once daily until then. Nickole Patton Nominated by Eric Patton, who says: Nickole was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 1, 2016. Last year, she continued to run our family business, Jack’s Donuts of Carmel, be a rockstar mom for our two children: Evan (6) and Anniston (4) all while enduring 16 rounds of chemo, double mastectomy surgery, reconstruction surgery and daily ...

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Girls Pint Out: Feminine Firepower in Indiana Beer

Writer  /  Jessica Lollino As Indiana grows closer to becoming a craft brewing behemoth like Michigan, more and more people are getting hip to the hops. Women especially are a part of the craft beer revolution, both as appreciators and creators. We sat down to talk to two leading women in Indiana craft beer, Amanda Wishin from Girls Pint Out and Eilise Lane from Scarlet Lane Brewing Company, to bring a little more awareness to the feminine firepower in Indiana beer.  Most people don’t know what Girls Pint Out is or that it even exists. Seven years young and with ...

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Rick Renschen: Building Trust and Superior Designs with MD Architects

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photographers  /  Dale Pickett & Eric Meyer If you ever meet Rick Renschen, a local architect, then you won’t forget his down-to-earth demeanor and warm approachable character. The photos of his projects like Four Day Ray Brewery and Bangs Laboratories reflect topnotch designs with exquisite flair. Yet, his presence in conversation reveal a humble, hardworking and caring professional who’s passionate about meeting the needs of his clients with every mission. Renschen was born in Nebraska, lived in Colorado and Minnesota before moving to Greencastle, Indiana when he was a junior in high school. After taking some ...

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Refining Health and Fitness: SPARX Athletic Refinery

Writer / Jimmy Girot Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence “SPARX is for everyone!” That’s what Courtney Roby told me as I questioned the details of their clientele. SPARX is for everyone, from de-conditioned beginners to world-class professional athletes. If anyone knows what it takes to perform at a higher (read: “super elite”) level, it’s Courtney Roby. After all, the SPARX Athletic Refinery owner is a Super Bowl champion. With a stellar team and a diverse list of training services, SPARX Athletic Refinery will undoubtedly build a family of satisfied clients. I spoke with SPARX owner Courtney Roby and SPARX Operations Manager ...

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HSE/Fishers Community Night

The HSE/Fishers Community Night will be held on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Southeastern High School gym. This free event showcases the amazing work and dedication to the sport of the Art from the Hamilton school district. It is called Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. The HSE School District Groups include: HSE Corporation JV Winterguard, HSE Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (2 total) and FHS Winterguards and Percussion ensembles (5 total). The percussion ensemble will compete this season at the Indiana Percussion Association Invitationals, State Prelims ...

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Emmy’s Birthday Food Drive: 10-Year-Old Is Making An Impact By Giving Back

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Emmy Seifferlein is not a typical 10-year-old girl. Her bedroom isn’t pink or adorned with flowers. Instead, it features the Chicago Blackhawks NHL team. She admires Blackhawk right-winger Patrick Kane so much that she wears his number 88 on her travel softball jersey. Though she has birthday parties with her friends, she doesn’t ask for gifts wrapped in pretty paper to open for herself.  Instead, she encourages everyone to bring food and toiletry items to help stock the local food pantries. She even makes her own videos and prepares speeches to promote her cause — Emmy’s ...

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Brickworld Indy Showcases Giant LEGO Creations

Writer  /  Heather Chastain Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Brickworld Indy is returning March 18-19 to a larger space. This year, the event will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Brickworld Indy boasts 60,000 square feet of spectacular creations built with LEGO bricks by LEGO enthusiasts. Some of the displays are coming from local designers, but others are coming from as far as Minneapolis, New Hampshire and Toronto. “We are always making sure we have the best displays,” said Brickworld Executive Director Bryan Bonahoom. Hobbyists spend countless hours putting together these labors of love. “Visitors can plan to spend a ...

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The LakeHouse at Geist: New Look, New Name

Writer  /  Pat Carlini Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The LakeHouse at Geist (formerly known as Bella Vita at 11699 Fall Creek Road) is now open for business following a month of renovations and menu changes. Now, the once Italian cuisine spot with a great lake view has a fresh new “lake house” look with a new menu to match. “We are so excited for all the changes,” says General Manager Rachel Mills, who joined the restaurant team when new owners Jack Singh and his brother Shaan purchased the restaurant in 2014. “At first it remained business as usual,” Rachel says. ...

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Vicky Andritsch: A Mother’s Hope to Make An Impact For LLS

Writer  /  Janet Striebel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, every three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Put another way, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with blood cancer, which is enough people to fill Lucas Oil Stadium 16 times. “My son, Luke, is one of those numbers,” says Vicky Andritsch, who is running for 2017 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Ten candidates within the Indianapolis chapter will compete to see who can raise the most money in 10 weeks. The ...

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Sunshine Man Steve Gerardi

Writer  /  Pat Carlini Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The next time you attend a fabulous concert or maybe enjoy some great entertainment at your office party, one of our Geist area residents may be behind that show. Steve Gerardi, president of SG Entertainment, has been booking bands and other talent since the ’80s in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. From setting budgets to checking all production needs before a show, Gerardi has done it all when it comes to entertainment, including working with some big names in music. “I’ve worked hand-in-hand with some popular bands: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, John ...

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