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Zionsville Mom of the Year: Michal Mellencamp

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer Meet Zionsville’s Mom of the Year, Michal Mellencamp. Though the title is auspicious, she says she doesn’t feel like she’s any different than any other mom out there. But for two little boys, she’s made all the difference in the world. In her nomination letter, Paula Kiraly wrote about how Michal and her husband Phil, after raising two daughters of their own, took in two Hispanic boys who had been taken from their abusive home. The couple kept the boys and eventually adopted them. “Their birth daughters were out of high school, ...

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Mike Cole: Run2Race

Local runner creates racing opportunities to foster love of running Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Years ago, when Mike Cole was playing little league baseball, his parents noticed that he was lightning fast when he circled the bases. “I think we’ve got a runner on our hands,” they said. They were right. He tried track and cross-country in middle school, then became a serious runner in high school and at Ball State University. “After college, most runners give up competition, but I was still hungry,” says Cole, who continued training in various capacities. He raced at the ...

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Colts COO Pete Ward Reflects On 36-Year Career

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer No one will ever forget that snowy March morning in 1984 when the former Baltimore Colts rolled into town and changed the city of Indianapolis forever. Few people can say they were a part of the ball club from its Indianapolis beginnings. Chief Operating Officer and Zionsville resident, Pete Ward, was part of that unforgettable experience that brought the Colts to a rebirth in Naptown. “It was March 28, 1984,” Ward says. “They called me into the office and said, ‘take care of your personal business and be back here at 10 ...

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Moody’s Butcher Shop Delivers Farm Fresh Food, Local Fare

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Palmer Durr A fifth-generation Indiana farmer from Montgomery County, Adam Moody has been a fixture in the Indianapolis community for years, having farmed for more than five decades and, for the last 14 years, running Moody’s Butcher Shop. Moody first got into retail in the late 1990s when he cashed his hog check at the bank, then went to the grocery store to buy a ham for Easter dinner and found he couldn’t afford it. “I realized that something’s wrong with this system if the people raising food can’t afford the food they’re raising,” ...

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Zionsville 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 Zionsville Mom of the Year. Visit atzionsville.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is April 15, and you can vote once daily until then. Jane Winters Nominated by Leigh Ann Akard, who says: Jane Winters works in her family business and is a founding member of The HAWK Foundation (for special needs families) and founding member of ZFD Support Services. Jane is the mother of Kacey (who has Down syndrome) and Clay and ...

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Orangetheory Fitness Comes to Zionsville

In early May, Orangetheory Fitness will open its fifth studio in the Indianapolis area at 106th and Michigan Road in West Carmel. This revolutionary fitness concept was launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and has rapidly spread across the country.  Currently, there are over 550 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the United States and Canada with hundreds more under development. The brand is also expanding into 16 countries around the globe, including Australia, England, Columbia, Mexico, Israel, Germany and Spain. Area developers and owners, Carolyn and Shaun McDonald relocated to Indianapolis from Florida to develop the Indiana market for Orangetheory ...

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Passion to Paint

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Zionsville’s Chris Barr From Painting Writer & Photographer  /  Megan Jefferson Challenges are nothing new to Christopher Barr. He has cerebral palsy but has never let that stop him from doing the things he loves, and developing new skills, like painting. “We all have things we are good at and we all have challenges. Everyone can learn a skill as long as they really want to,” Barr says. Christopher has always been interested in painting. He grew up in Indianapolis, and like many kids, he remembers his first experience was painting with water colors when he was ...

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Slice of Heaven: My Sugar Pie

Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan If you haven’t had a pie from My Sugar Pie in Zionsville, then you’re missing out on this small slice of heaven in Indiana. Located in the heart of downtown Zionsville and serving up fresh pie daily, this small pie shop is a must if you’re looking for a sweet treat. Kelly Maucere, who opened up My Sugar Pie back in 2008, has a passion for baking pies, and you can see her personality shine throughout the small shop. With cute, colorful baking supplies adorning the shelves and walls, and more than 40 pie ...

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Zion Nature Center Summer Camps An Outdoor Extravaganza

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger It’s time to register for Zion Center’s Summer Nature Camps. This summer, tear your child away from the video games and Disney Channel. It’s time for some good old fashioned fresh air, hiking, discovery and lasting friendships. The Zion center at Zionsville Parks and Recreation has all the bases covered when it comes to solving the annual dilemma of how to keep your kids entertained during summer break. “In the sea of summer camp opportunities this program is special,” says Mindy Murdock, Zion Nature Center Manager and Park Naturalist. With a variety of week-long camps and ...

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Bill Hampton Gets Hall of Fame Call

Former Crispus Attucks guard will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Writer  /  Dan Wakefield Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Here are two women who grew up in Indianapolis talking about their father: Tanya: “He’s a lot of fun. We danced, and we still dance! When I come back to Indy we put on Marvin Gaye and Al Green and we dance. Here, he was an athlete and he had two girls who are very girly – not the athletic type. He has a good, kind heart. We were spoiled.” Tina:  “Our dad just adored us. He was ...

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