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Circling Indiana This Summer

Writer / Demi Lawrence Check out these awesome destinations when planning your next Indiana adventure! All distances measured from Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Fair Oaks Dairy Farm Distance from Circle: 109 mi. Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and the planet. You can experience The Dairy Adventure at Fair Oaks, in which you will tour the farm and even see a live baby cow be born. A fun adventure for the whole family, Fair Oaks Farms is ...

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GHPOA Board Puts Survey to Repair Geist Chapel Tennis Courts

Writer and Photographer / Demi Lawrence The Geist Harbours Property Owners Association has recently been made aware by the pastors of Geist Chapel on Old Stone Rd of repairs needed to be made to the tennis courts at the Chapel. With no current funds to make the necessary restorations, the Chapel will be forced to close the courts within the next two years due to liability reasons, unless some money is raised to keep these amenities available to GHPOA residents. Based on estimates, the cost to repair the four courts and the entry area to the courts is $35,763. If ...

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Jeff Freeman: CEO of Heritage Christian Honors His Calling

Writer  /  Janet C. Striebel Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Jeff Freeman, a Fishers resident in Windermere, serves as a passionate leader at Heritage Christian School (HCS). He left the corporate world to become the CEO of HCS where he continues to offer his business expertise while perpetuating the pursuit of academic excellence within a Christian framework. As a CPA with former experience at Ernst & Young, he humbly refers to himself as a “recovering accountant.” He worked as an insurance executive at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance for over 20 years with multiple roles, including Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice ...

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Mixtape Starts the Party

Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photos provided Fishers residents (and husband/wife team) Ryan and Lauren Ahlwardt are bringing back your favorite ’90s soundtrack and give you permission to dance your face off! It was no ordinary night on May 13 at Bella Vita on Geist. Not only was it Friday the 13th, but what started as a busy Friday night dinner rush evolved into a full out ’90s dance party by the end of Mixtape’s first song. It was on! Mixtape is not your normal cover band. Although they play all your favorite songs from the ’90s and rock a set ...

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Business Spotlight: IU Health Saxony Hospital

Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies As we reach a certain age, people mistakenly feel that having joint stiffness and pain are a normal part of the aging process, but delaying treatment can actually cause further damage to your joints. Whether you have suffered a traumatic accident, have arthritis or a sports-related injury, you owe it to yourself to find a highly-skilled orthopedic joint specialist. Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers a Joint Replacement Program that is nationally and internationally recognized for its care, skill, research and positive patient outcomes. Comprehensive Care, Best Outcomes Dr. Michael Meneghini, ...

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Redefining Normal

Inspiring the World, One T-Shirt at a Time Writer  /  Mary Ryan Photo provided Want to change the world? Read on! Meet Colleen and Colleen, partners/owners of Mama Said Tees, a T-shirt brand that is so much more than prints on cotton. Mama Said Tees offers customers around the world cute tees branded with phrases of kindness, love and compassion. Colleen and Colleen want to redefine the way society views “normal,” proving different is normal. They’re business partners by choice and friends by coincidence. They are changing the world one person as a time because they are brilliantly kindhearted. Colleen ...

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Leuk-Out! A Fundraiser to Benefit LLS and Hillcrest Country Club

Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photos provided Inspired by their daughter’s successful battle with a rare form of leukemia, Tony and Lori Petrucciani are hosting Leuk-Out, a Swimathon at Hillcrest Country Club. Samantha is the oldest of Tony and Lori’s four children. When Sami was 11, she developed a persistent fever. Tests soon confirmed her diagnosis; Sami had a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. After four months of intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in which her father, Tony, was the donor, Sami continued 16 months of being homebound due to the immune suppression medication. Sami and her family ...

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Warbird Expo 2016

Celebrating the amazing history of military aviation, the 2016 CAF Warbird Expo will be held June 18 with special events the day before. The 2016 CAF Warbird Expo has moved to Indianapolis Regional Airport, formerly known as Mt. Comfort Airport. Last year had close to 10,000 attendees. “Parking was definitely a challenge,” says Van Zant. “Indianapolis Regional Airport has ample space for parking; however, we are encouraging attendees to load up their cars with their family and friends and buy their parking pass early to ensure a spot.” The CAF Warbird Expo was started by the Commemorative Air Force with ...

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Amy Beverland Elementary Nurse Receives 2016 Pediatric Hero Award

Writer / Demi Lawrence Linda Bailey, Community Health Network and school nurse at Amy Beverland Elementary, was awarded the 2016 Pediatric Hero Award by the Indiana Emergency Services for Children Program. Nominated by Lorrie Ramsey, Nursing Director with Community Health Network, Linda was rewarded for her efforts on January 26, 2016 when a bus went over the curb at Amy Beverland Elementary and hit two students and killing principal, Susan Jordan. As a first responder, she tended to those who were injured by the bus and ensured that the over 700 students around reached safety and were dismissed. She was ...

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Heart of a Champion

On April 10, while playing basketball, 24 year old Kris “Lurch” Holland unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. Immediately rushed to the hospital, his heart stopped a second time in the ambulance ride. He was on life support and in a medically induced coma, and was given a 6-10% to live. Kris was kept at Methodist Hospital for 11 days, spending nine of those days in intensive care. After many thorough tests, it was found that he has catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia(CPVT). CPVT is a condition that causes problems with ventricular rhythm and causes sudden fainting and risk of death. The ...

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