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Edie Caito: Mom of the Year


Writer / Jessica Pflumm  Photographer / Forrest Mellott Edwina “Edie” Caito is no stranger to the Center Grove area. She has been near here all of her life. Graduating from Perry Meridian High School in 1983, she moved to Center Grove in 1999. Edie has a unique and inspiring story. Rearing three children — two girls and one boy — has given her the opportunity to shine in her role as a mother. So much so that she is this year’s Center Grove Mom of the Year. A mom is the woman who unconditionally loves you from birth, who puts ...

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Achieving Greatness Beyond the Classroom


Center Grove High School Students Shine Writer  /  Kevin Conrad Photos  Provided Center Grove High School has had a remarkable 2015-2016. Students won countless championships, awards and honors in show choir, band, athletics and other extracurricular activities. Center Grove High School Principal Doug Bird is extremely proud of the students’ achievements the past two years. “The best part of my job is seeing the kids that you make connections with during the school day experience a high level of success in areas they are passionate about outside the classroom,” said Bird. SWEET SOUNDS OF SUCCESS The Center Grove choral music ...

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Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County


Working to Improve the Health of Hoosiers Writer  /  Alaina Sullivan Photos Provided A healthier community means a happier and more productive community. This motto is one that drove Johnson Memorial Health to create what is now called Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County (PHJC). Their mission is to plan and implement collaborative, measurable strategies to improve the health of the residents of Johnson County. PHJC developed in 1994 out of a small group of individuals from Johnson Memorial Health who shared the same vision of a healthier community outside of the hospital walls. “This shared vision led to a commitment ...

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Gala for the Grove


The 10th Annual Gala for the Grove was held Friday night, April 2,2 at the JW Marriott White River Ballroom in Indianapolis. The annual fundraiser for the Center Grove Education Foundation attracted a record crowd of 455 people and raised a record amount estimated at over $50,000. The Gala highlighted the Center Grove Classes of 1966, 1991 and 2006. WRTV’s Rafael Sanchez served as the master of ceremonies for the event, and four of the Indianapolis 500 Princesses, all Center Grove graduates, were also in attendance. Find all our pictures from the event on our Facebook page /AtCenterGrove.

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I Hear Music


Writer & Photographer  /  Jim Eichelman As I enter the empty, darkened auditorium, I hear the echoing trill of a trumpet in the wings, running scales to warm up. Then I hear the blatt of a trombonist doing the same. Over the next few minutes, more instruments chime in — a clarinet, a French horn, a couple of saxophones, flutes and so on. I get nostalgic for my high school days in the band room. I realize that I miss playing music, and I’ll bet there are other ex-band geeks like me reading this story that do as well. But ...

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Clear the Clutter


Writer  /  Kate Rhoten In January, I wrote about my newfound tiny obsession – tiny homes that are less than 20 percent as large as the average sized home. In the spirit of having less space for all the stuff, I have made a conscious effort to ‘Spring Clean’ beyond the deep clean and dusting. I have taken the initiative to clear the clutter. The recent edition of “The Minimalists” podcast discussed how to reduce chaos and stress by “living with less stuff.” The hosts are childhood friends, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. They do a fabulous job of ...

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Rock the Block Run/Walk


1,000+ runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Rock the Block Run/Walk on Saturday, April 23. The event raised $15,750 for local charities. “We were thrilled at the turnout and the tremendous support we’ve received from our community,” said Erin Smith, organizer of Rock the Block. Find more pictures on the Rock the Block Facebook page /RockTheBlockRun.

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Chef Bricker Guides Indy’s Food Service Professionals


Writer  /  Frieda Dowler Photographer  /  Forrest Mellott Remember when dining out in Greenwood during the 1970s was limited to a few restaurants: MCL Cafeteria, Jerry’s and Pete Steffy’s? Now we have an abundance of choices. Not many have personally experienced the evolution in Indy’s food service industry over the past 40 years like Chef Bricker, Chairman of Hospitality Administration at Ivy Tech Community College. JEFF’S JOURNEY Center Grove resident Jeff Bricker began working at a family owned Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at age 15. He continued working there after graduation in 1977 from Perry Meridian. Then a couple of ...

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Safe Families: Helping Families in Crisis


Writer  /  Kris Parker Photographer  /  Forrest Mellott Sometimes the struggles of everyday life are too much to handle, especially for those who find themselves without the safety net of friends and family. This is where Safe Families stands in the gap for them, providing hope and help as they get their feet back on the ground. WHAT IS SAFE FAMILIES? As a volunteer-driven nonprofit, Safe Families allows children to stay with loving volunteer host families while their parents take care of the situation that brought them to their breaking point. At the same time, other Safe Families volunteers are ...

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OASIS Tutoring: Treasure, Learn & Create


Writer  /  Jeff Madsen Photographer  /  Chris Williams Moving his finger along the words on the page, Jim Anderson reads aloud in the nearly empty classroom. Jonathon, an audience of one, listens intently, his eyes bouncing along with each word. “Do you know this one?” Anderson asks in a quiet voice. There’s a quick shake of the head. “That’s OK. We’ll get to it.” Anderson, a 79-year-old retired United States Postal Service worker, now spends part of his day delivering TLC to Jonathon Chelf, a first-grader at Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood. In this case, TLC stands for Treasure, Learn ...

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