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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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Rainbow Station in Fishers Offers Excellence in Early Education

Writer  /  Matt Keating The attention to detail and excellence at Rainbow Station, a premier provider of early education, school age recreation, emergency backup care and leadership development, can be seen everywhere. That’s exactly what owners Steve and Debbie Ramos want. “We saw a need in the community and we wanted our school to differentiate from the others,” said Steve. “We looked at a lot of franchises and wanted one that would provide high standards of excellence in pre-school education.  Rainbow Station achieves those standards, our vision is to be the standard of excellence in early education, school age recreation ...

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Former Mr. Indiana Basketball Leads Popular Team of Pacer Game Ushers

Writer  /  Matt Keating Larry Humes, an usher at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is a popular presence at Indiana Pacer games. Fans love to chat with him. He’s well liked by his co-workers. Many Pacers players, Pacemates, vendors, and Pacers’ front-office personnel often stop to shake his hand, admire his rings, or listen to him tell a story. And Humes loves every minute of it. The Madison High School basketball legend, named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1962 after taking Madison High School to the state Final Four, knows how to work a crowd. He is one of a fleet of popular ...

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Daydreaming of Your Garden

Writer  /  Carrie Petty Planning and dreaming a bit is what I am doing during the deep, slumber month of January. Pouring through seed catalogs and drafting my new garden designs in sketch books over a good Merlot. But, February … February is a gardener’s month. Hard to believe, I know. When you garden, your winter is shorter! My “sap” starts to rise as a gardener, there are many chores to be accomplished, and I am seeing daily glimpses of what’s to come: SPRING! As the days are now growing longer, I get out in the yard on the clear ...

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Staying Fit at Geist: The New Year Checkup

Writer / Jimmy Girot III Moving from contemplation to action is a difficult process for any objective. As 2017 begins, many people take action by taking aim at their “resolution.” Inevitably, many of these resolutions fade away, especially those involving fitness. Maintenance, the stage of sustainability after initial action, proves to be challenging for millions of people each January. The “blank slate” motivation people feel when a new year begins can be powerful; however, it is only effective when paired with discipline. To learn more about achieving this sustainability and effectiveness within a fitness program, I spoke to Mike Lewkowicz ...

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City of Lawrence Council Year In Review

Writer  /  Tom Shevlot – Lawrence Council District 5 The City of Lawrence experienced many changes in 2016. On January 1, we welcomed our new mayor, Steve Collier, who committed to the citizens of Lawrence that public safety and community improvement would be his highest priority. The City Council also saw change as it welcomed six new council members to serve our city of over 47,000 people. The city and the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township entered into a strategic partnership that focuses on the success of the city. “Great City, Great Schools” is a marketing campaign that prominently ...

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Helping Paws

Volunteer dog walker community makes a difference Writer & Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence The Humane Society for Hamilton County is Indiana’s only open-admission, truly no-kill animal shelter, with close to 3,000 critters passing through each year. Founded in 1984, the Society has many to thank for the success it has had over the years, from employees to the generous donations made by Hamilton County residents. However, those truly behind the magic are the volunteers. Alan Wlasuk is a retiree who lives in Geist with his wife, Sally. When he’s not sipping on a coffee from Mama Bears or at Geist ...

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FC Pride Soccer Club

Since 2001, the FC Pride Soccer Club has served as the premier travel-level soccer club for the northeast side of Indianapolis and surrounding communities. For the 2017-2018 season and beyond, FC Pride has been the only club in the state selected to be a part of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), providing excellent scholarship exposure for collegiate-bound high school aged soccer players. The ECNL is proven to be the most successful platform for both college and U.S. National Team scouting, as well as offering a consistent top-level competition model. FC Pride fields teams from U7 through U19 for both boys ...

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The Bridge Fund: Filling a Need Gap in Lawrence Schools

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Lawrence residents Chad McCune and Mark Pressley created The Bridge Fund to help students bridge a gap in Lawrence schools. During the 2015-2016 school year, The Bridge Fund reports that 657 students were impacted by its efforts, and the number has doubled during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year impacting more than 1,200 students. Opportunities made available included college tours, scholarships, state certification fees, winter coats, college application fees, medical scrubs, yearbooks, cosmetology kits, performing arts fees, athletic fees, and much more. “We wanted to do something in Lawrence in ...

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