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Garry’s Garage

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Writer and Photographer / Jim Eichelman Garry’s Garage… what images do those two words conjure up in your mind? Maybe you imagine a small town establishment where local characters congregate to pass the time, drinking soda pop and swapping gossip about local happenings. This was a place where attendants filled your gas tank, checked your oil and washed your windshield without you even having to set foot outside your car. And, the station usually housed a bay or two where car repairs were actually performed at the same place you got your fuel. Some may think of the fictional town of ...

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Stones Crossing Road Gets Its Due

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Writer / Dann Veldkamp  •  Photographer / Jody Veldkamp “What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, the origins of many road names in the county are related to their history. Let’s see, Smith Valley Road – I bet that goes to the village of Smith Valley. County Line Road – might that be the line between two counties? Stones Crossing Road – probably something about crossing a creek, perhaps Stony Creek. Wait, there is no Stony Creek. So where did the name come from? The backstory has now been officially documented with a memorial marker in the northwest corner ...

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Hopewell Presbyterian Church’s Corn Roast: Serving Johnson County

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Writer / Joyce Long   •  Photographer / Ron Stiemert Like most kids, Ron Kelsay grew up playing in the dirt, more specifically his family’s 400-acre tomato farm in Clark Pleasant Township. When I-65 construction cut through their land in the mid-1960s, Ron’s interest in farming lessened. “I was the Kelsay who jumped ship,” said Ron. During that time, he enjoyed visiting not only his aunt and uncle on the west side of Franklin but their church, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, where he met Clarellen Simon who would become his wife in 1978. They met while singing in the church’s choir ...

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Fireworks and Fireflies in Our Indiana Backyards


Writer  /  Nancy Craig A highlight of growing up on an Indiana farm in the summer was running across the fields catching lightning bugs. The fireflies swarmed over the long grasses of the pony lots around our farmhouse. They made the summer evening magical as we caught them and put them in a mason jar with holes punched into the lid. So many Hoosiers have fond memories of fireflies that Indiana may soon declare it our state insect. Right now, there are bills in the Indiana Senate (SB 95) and House (HB 1243) to make the Say’s firefly, Pyractomena angulate, ...

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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Project: Honoring Veterans with Jill Fewell


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography  provided Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans is an initiative created by the Department of Defense to honor those who fought for our country during the Vietnam War. 2015-2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the homecoming of our troops from this unpopular war. Their return was far from celebrated, and these recent efforts are better late than never. Marking this historic anniversary is the creation of a Commemorative Gift to be given to all seven million Vietnam veterans with 150,000 of these brave men and women in Indiana. The gift is the first of its kind to ...

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Biking Around the Circle

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Monument Circle holds the 7th Annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival Writer  /  Demi Lawrence Downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle will be alive and booming on Saturday, July 9 as it holds the 7th Annual Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This family-oriented event is free to the public, offering amateur and professional bike racing, a Freewheelin’ Family Fun Ride with 1 mile and 3 mile events, BMX stunt shows and so much more. 100 percent of the proceeds from this all-day affair will go toward benefiting Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local youth development organization that uses bicycles ...

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Sue Ellspermann is Leading by Example


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography  provided We teach what we’ve been taught. We help others in the manner that we have experienced. Sue Ellspermann shares her mentors and those who have impacted her life along with her plans for leadership of Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country. The new President of Ivy Tech Community College, Sue Ellspermann hails from the beautiful town of Ferdinand where she’s lived since the age of 2. One of six children, Sue and her two sisters worked in their father’s small jewelry store after ...

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2016 Greenwood Freedom Festival

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Writer  /  Frieda Dowler An event that draws the community of Greenwood together for one grand celebration is the annual Greenwood Freedom Festival. The festival commemorates summer traditions as they are passed from one generation to the next. The 2016 Freedom Festival is June 25 and is normally held on the last Saturday in June. It always brings fun for families, always ends in an exciting display of fireworks and always leaves the crowd with smiles anticipating next year’s celebration. GREENWOOD FREEDOM FESTIVAL PARADE This year, the Greenwood Freedom Festival parade, starts at noon. is sponsored by McDonald’s and local ...

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From Center Grove to Center Stage: Celebrating Local National Collegiate Champions


Writer / Kevin Conrad . Photos provided In the past five years, six Center Grove residents have helped lead their teams to national collegiate championships in football, basketball, golf and cheerleading. Through hard work and dedication, these individuals were able to rise to the very top of their respective sports to achieve the ultimate collegiate prize, a national championship. AN AWESOME JOURNEY: JOEL HALE Center Grove High School (CGHS) 2011 graduate Joel Hale won three state titles during his years in the Trojan football program. His first two t itles came with the Junior Trojan travel football team when he ...

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Angelcare, Inc.: A Dream Coming True


Writer / Johnette Cruz Photographer / Chris Williams Imagine driving down the road, feeling God speaking directly to you — and not just a “feeling” but a clear direction of where His plans are for you. Rita Norwood experienced this in February 2000. As she drove to work praying, she distinctively heard the Lord tell her, “No radio; we will just ride together in quiet.” Ten days later, Rita heard that voice again. This time, He said, “We are going to have a home for young pregnant girls. They will choose life. It will be called Angelcare.” At that moment, ...

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