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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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A View From the Rear Window of Life

Writer / J. Andy Murphy The little boy was perhaps 3 or 4 years old. He came into the cafe holding his mom’s hand. They picked the only free table, which was right next to me. When he sat down in the chair, his little legs were stretched out so you could see the bottoms of his shoes, which were nearly worn through. So worn, you could see his socks which didn’t match. His mom was thin and her face registered a pain that was easy to see. She didn’t go to the register to order. Instead, she took out ...

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Keep It Safe On Geist

Writer  /  Rachel Quade On a peaceful Wednesday evening last July, Bill and Sherry Lambert headed out on Geist Reservoir for what was supposed to be a relaxing evening cruise. It had always been one of their favorite pastimes. An hour later, they were left with a ski boat that was in shambles, hundreds of cuts and lacerations over their bodies and an experience that still brings back horrifying images in their minds. What happened? Around 8 p.m., these Cambridge residents were headed out of the large Cambridge cove back to their boat dock. They saw a boat racing towards ...

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St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild 56th Annual Show House

Visit Kurt Vonnegut’s Boyhood Home Writer / Stephanie Miller “Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.” Illustrating those words penned by Kurt Vonnegut, famous Indiana-born author, the team of designers and volunteers invite you to do just that when touring the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild 56th Annual Show House, which runs now through May 14. Vonnegut’s boyhood home has layers of lifestyles lived since his family moved into the home, built by his architect father, in 1923. Located at 4401 North Illinois Street in the Butler-Tarkington area, guild members worked diligently to unveil its newest ...

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Clipperholic

HSE Senior Lands Writing Gig Covering the Los Angeles Clippers Writer & Photographer Demi Lawrence It started with a Christmas gift, a personal television for then 12-year old Garrett Chorpenning’s room. One night while his parents were watching their own show downstairs, Garrett decided to go upstairs and watch something on his own. “I’d always played basketball, but I was never really big into the NBA,” says Chorpenning, laptop decked out with stickers in front of him. “The first game I saw that was on TV was an LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies game, it was a playoff game. And ever ...

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Key Inventory: The Key to Protecting Your Personal Property

Introducing the newest service to Geist and surrounding areas — Key Inventory LLC. We’re a full-service inventory company owned by Geist residents Keri and Brian Sackowski specializing in residential, estate and small business inventory. It’s a service everyone needs, but many don’t realize it until they suffer a loss or disaster. You may ask yourself, “Why would I need a professional inventory”? The first and most critical reason is for insurance purposes. Check your policy and review the “fine print” under duties of the policyholder after a loss. Yes, you have Personal Property Coverage, but do you know what you ...

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A Cut Above

Primeline Outdoor Living offers a Unique Range of Features and Services Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Northside Indianapolis-based Primeline Outdoor Living underwent an ownership transition in January, and General Manager Russ Greene says several new, innovative offerings are helping to distinguish the 15-year old business as a landscaping, lawn service and outdoor living team. Prior to 2017, Primeline operated exclusively as a softscape, lawn mowing and landscaping business, and before the official ownership transition, Greene sat down with Owner Brett Bontrager and Chief Operating Officer Scott Cooley to discuss a few additional, unique services they felt would ...

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Riley 500 Pinewood Derby Coming to Indy

Eagle Scout creates unforgettable event for Riley children. Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer For many of us, the month of May in Indy means a trip to the track for qualifications, Carb Day or the big race. For many Riley children, the closest they’ll ever come to celebrating our city’s most famous event is watching it on TV. Lawrence North High School junior and Eagle Scout candidate Robbie Bruner decided to bring the race to the kids instead. Sifting through all the traditional Eagle award projects, like building a shed or barn or beautifying a school or ...

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A Perfect Match

Beloved Brides Boutique expands to bigger space in Fishers Writer & Photographer / Allison Yates When Carmel High School graduate Alyssa Kelley went to study fashion design at the Art Institute of Indianapolis, she never imaged she’d open up her own bridal shop. When studying, she naturally gravitated towards formal wear and had internships at two different bridal shops in Indianapolis — she realized this industry was where she belonged. It’s funny, she admits, because she herself, “never wears formal wear.” She may not be wearing formal gowns on a daily basis, but as the owner of Beloved Brides, she’s ...

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Go For It!

Jim Leo and PitFit Training are Transforming Drivers Into Elite Athletes Writer & Photographer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies Meet Jim Leo, owner of PitFit Training and the founder of an industry that was built out of curiosity. Leo’s grandfather sent him a newspaper clipping at the Diesel Engine Manufacturing plant in Michigan where he was working for Roger Penske, as a corporate fitness trainer in 1993. The brief article shared that Penske’s NASCAR pit crew team was taking aerobics classes and they were fast and they were winning. Leo became inspired and wondered whether this concept would work for Penske’s Indy ...

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