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“Kassel” A Movie


Writer  /  Leia Barker The movie “Kassel” explores the internal struggle of a Germany soldier returning to his home at the end of WWII. The main character was the pillar of his community, and at the same time, he lost everything including his family. The film was produced and directed by Greenwood resident Earl Crabtree II. Crabtree wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by his father, an Army veteran, who was stationed in Germany for over a decade during the 1970s. “He never disclosed what he was doing in the military. I only know he flew helicopters and built them,” ...

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Center Grove Boys Basketball Preview


Writer & Photographer / Matt Roberts After struggling to a 9-16 record last year with a very young, inexperienced team, the Center Grove High School boys’ basketball team will open its 2016-2017 campaign December 2 under third-year Coach Zach Hahn. Hann said he believes the pieces are in place for the Trojans to take a step forward in 2016. But are the Trojans athletic enough to compete in the rugged Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference with perennial powers like North Central, Pike and Carmel? “I’d definitely say so,” Hahn said while watching a pre-season practice. “Our guards are much more athletic than ...

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Life’s Best Moments Are Worth Remembering


Writer  /  Kara Kavensky MemoryVentures’ motivation and mission is to help people share and preserve their best moments in life. MemoryVentures relocated from Los Angeles to the north side of Indianapolis in 2015, bringing its core group of employees with them. “It became evident that if we wanted to experience growth as a company, relocation was required,” states founder and CEO Anderson Schoenrock. “The economic benefits to our company and to our employees were worth moving to Central Indiana.” At the time MemoryVentures relocated to Indiana, it had just been named the eighth fastest growing company in Los Angeles. Not ...

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Chef Suzanne Offers Favorite Christmas Memories and Recipe


Writer / Matt Keating Chef Suzanne Rockwell, owner of Chef Suzanne Catering, is ready for the holidays, and is ready to share some favorite holiday recipes to help you plan a festive Christmas gathering. Chef Suzanne has been working in the food industry as a private chef, executive chef, and general manager for years. She started Chef Suzanne Catering in 2009. We talked with her recently about how special the holidays are for her, and her favorite Christmas memories. “It is impossible to choose between two favorite Christmas memories,” Rockwell said. “My first would be arriving at my grandparents’ farm ...

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McDonalds Awards Two Center Grove Teachers Grants


Excellent ideas for classroom activities have not gone unnoticed by your local McDonald’s® restaurants. For 17 years, McDonald’s Restaurants of Central Indiana has offered MAC Grants to help teachers Make Activities Count for their students. Laura Gunderson and Autumn Scheer will be awarded MAC Grants this year. Gunderson, a teacher at Center Grove Middle School Central will develop a book club for students to participate in and will be able to use a wide range of books. Scheer, a teacher at Center Grove Middle School North will create alternative work stations for students to explore team building and cooperative learning ...

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Indy Eleven’s Winning Strategy

Jul 9, 2016;  Indianapolis, IN USA;  NASL Minnesota United FC at Indy Eleven  -  match played at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Schlotzhauer

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography provided What a run. What a game. What a team. The Indy Eleven wrapped up its third season by remaining unbeaten at home and making it to the championship game, where they lost on penalty kicks to their North American Soccer League rival, the New York Cosmos. Within three short years, the Indy Eleven has accomplished what seemed nearly impossible, but team owner Ersal Ozdemir is used to achieving the impossible. “Growing up in Turkey, soccer is more than a sport, it is part of the culture,” explained Ozdemir, CEO of Keystone Group LLC. “Like ...

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A Beef & Boards Christmas


Writer  /  Leia Barker The heartfelt joy of the holiday season takes the stage in style at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as Santa and his friends celebrate the 24th annual production of “A Beef & Boards Christmas,” which opened November 25. “I am giddy when November rolls around and we start rehearsals,” said Deb Wims, who co-hosts the show with Kenny Shepard. “Sometimes I have to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do this every year!” Shepard, a Fishers resident, has been a part of the show since 1994. Wims joined ...

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Centerpoint Brewing: Southside Guys Open Mass Ave.’s Newest Brewery


Writer / Heather Simpson Photographers / Matt Roberts & Heather Simpson The Mayor’s Annual Bike Ride October 28 was the perfect backdrop for the grand opening of Indianapolis’ newest craft brewery. A parking lot overflowing with bikes of all types welcomed Centerpoint Brewing to the neighborhood — just right when you’re trying to create great, approachable beer and a place where people can come together. That night I asked co-owner Pete Argiris how tired he was. “On a scale of one to 10? I’m at least an 11,” he laughed. Until about a month ago, Argiris, who lives with his wife ...

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Geist’s Newest Pacer Thaddeus Young


Writer  /  Pat Carlini It’s hard to believe the laid back, almost shy Thaddeus Young that I sat down with one day after practice is actually the aggressive 6’8”power forward for the Indiana Pacers, and not only is he new to the team, he is also our new neighbor here in Geist. “A realtor took us all over,” says Thaddeus, who moved here in June. “But we just kept coming back to the house on Geist —we just love it!” At first he feared it may be too far from downtown, but soon learned it is not a bad commute, ...

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Longtime Hoosier Brad Long


Center Grove Grad Brad Long Talks About His Hoosier Fame Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer After a brief time out to talk strategy, Jimmy Chitwood and the rest of the Hickory Huskers basketball players return to the court to play out the final seconds of the state championship game against South Bend Central. Chitwood sneaks past the guard to advance for his final shot. He jumps, he scores, and Hickory wins 42-40 over South Bend. The final scene in the movie “Hoosiers” still makes my pulse race 30 years after I first saw it. Countless real-life Hoosiers ...

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