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Special Olympics Indiana Names Noblesville Schools as Unified Champions

Noblesville Becomes Only District in State to Have All Schools Receive Honor Special Olympics Indiana recently named all 10 Noblesville Schools as Unified Champion Schools, the only district in the state to have all of their schools receive this honor. The recognition is designed to highlight schools that make inclusion of students with disabilities a priority. Specifically, Special Olympics Indiana looks for schools that excel in inclusive student leadership, whole school engagement, Unified Sports® and fundraising.  “Noblesville Schools has been the shining example of what an inclusive educational culture can be and should be,” says Jeff Mohler, Special Olympics Indiana’s ...

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Savoring Success

Aspen Creek Grill is becoming a fixture of the Noblesville dining scene Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar One might not readily associate an expansive, 7,000-square-foot restaurant with a made-from-scratch, quality-driven culinary concept. However, that’s exactly the approach that the owners and management staff at Aspen Creek Grill have taken since opening near Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville in November of 2015. “A lot of restaurants say they’re made-from-scratch, but we prove ourselves over and over,” says Mike Bennett, managing partner at Aspen Creek Grill. “Everything here is done in-house. We do all the sauces and salad dressings, ...

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A Stylish Friendship

AH Collection owners talk success, fashion and partnership Writer  /  Allison Yates Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar Since 2012, AH Collection has provided Noblesville with women’s clothing, accessories and cosmetics described as “stylish, fun, unique.” From great gift items like fashionable spirit gear and bracelets to trendy pieces like graphic tees and cutout shoulder tops, women find everything they need to look stylish and feel confident at the right price.    Owners Anne White and Holly Kirsh, longtime friends and business partners, once said they’d never open a retail store. The two had met more than two decades ago while teaching ...

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Keep It Local

Noblesville’s Small Business Saturday Initiative Unites the Community Writer/ Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Small Business Saturday, a national initiative created through American Express, was launched seven years ago as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage holiday shoppers to give their business to local brick and mortar merchants. In Noblesville, Small Business Saturday is hosted by Noblesville Main Street, a stand-alone 501c3 whose focus is to provide positive community experiences by connecting members of the community in organic ways. “We’re here for the good of downtown. We’re advocates for downtown,” says Chris Owens, CEO of ...

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Hamilton Heights Sophomore Wins 4-H Grand Champion Market Lamb at Indiana State Fair

Writer / Allison Yates Photography provided by Indiana State Fair When Hamilton Heights High School sophomore Lane Slaton was invited to speak at the Indiana State Fair’s 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner held on August 16, he had no idea that he would also be celebrating that night. In front of a crowd of more than 650 guests, including Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and “Papa John” Schnatter, founder, chairman and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza , Slaton spoke about what it means to be a champion. Now in his seventh year in 4-H, Slaton has showed cattle, pigs ...

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Noblesville Mini-Marathon Raises $7,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

Writer  /  Allison Yates Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer On August 28, the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville received $7,000 from the 4th annual Noblesville Mini Marathon sponsored by Hare Chevrolet and Riverview Health, held on May 27. The Boys & Girls Club, a cornerstone of the community, provides sports and physical fitness programming and other afterschool programs, all which include elements of character building and leadership activities to “nurture the next generation of leaders in our city, state and nation,” says Becky Terry, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. For Terry, the spirit of the Mini Marathon ...

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Baker Blossoms

Local Mom Creates Online Hair Accessories Store Writer  /  Allison Yates Sarah Baker, the entrepreneur behind the Etsy shop Baker Blossoms, is a self-taught innovator. Once she has an idea, she figures out a way to do it — even if it involves a learning curve. In fact, that’s how her business started over a year and a half ago. Baker, a Wisconsin native, Butler graduate and longtime Indianapolis-area resident with a background in banking and insurance, has always had a knack for all things artistic and crafty. So, when she tried to find deer headbands for her twin daughters’ ...

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Nickel Plate Arts Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Nickel Plate Arts recently celebrated its five-year anniversary on September 16 with a look backward. The organization began in 2012 with the goal of “supporting, promoting and providing outstanding arts experiences along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton.” Along the way, the focus shifted a bit as they found their footing, identifying the gaps in the art community in eastern Hamilton County and southern Tipton County. “We discovered what parts of the arts community were working well and what was missing,” says Aili McGill, ...

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Business Spotlight: Noblesville Dental Associates

Dr. Kurt Rider, a native of Hamilton County, is honored to be part of the Noblesville community. He takes great pride in his Indiana roots. A graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in finance, his early pursuits in the financial world left him wanting more from his career. He wanted to build relationships and make a difference. He saw the impact one could make as a dentist and knew it was the path he was led to pursue. Dr. Rider graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2015 and will be finishing advanced post-graduate ...

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Family Tradition

Stonycreek Farm Holds 45th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Jamie Sangar Loren Schmierer wanted to teach his four young children responsibility and introduce them to agriculture, so he started growing pumpkins on his 8-acre field. When it came time to harvest, however, Schmierer realized there wasn’t a market for wholesale pumpkins. He started distributing flyers around town, inviting folks to pick their own. “That’s how it got started,” Schmierer says. “It grew to be so popular that I needed to find a new location so that I could improve and amplify the experience.” In 1971, ...

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