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Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon – Featuring Mike Clayton

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The second podcast in the series titled “Happy Hour with Ray and Adam Cox” broadcasted live on July 6 from Elite Beverages in Noblesville. This podcast featured father son duo Ray and Adam Cox and was hosted by Joni Michaels. Special guest Mike Clayton, nicknamed the “bourbon savant”, joined the show. A bourbon aficionado, Mike shared his expertise by telling the viewing audience the requirements for a bourbon to be a bourbon: limestone water, new fire charred oak barrels and 51% of the mix must be corn. To go along with this winning recipe, Mike shared that 96% of the ...

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The Pride of Pittsburgh Opens at HTC

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Writer / Rachel Quade I seem to be the only person in town who had not heard of the famous Primanti Bros. restaurant when it hit Hamilton Town Center this May. Apparently, if you’re from Pittsburgh, have ever been to Pittsburgh or even know how to spell Pittsburgh, you are familiar with (and most likely a fan of) Primanti Bros.! Having eaten there twice now, I can tell you the place is definitely worth the hype. First off, you walk into the restaurant, and you feel like you’re at a party. It’s a very lively atmosphere with large televisions everywhere, ...

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Scarlet Lane Brewery Prospers with A Wide Variety of Craft Brew Selections

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Writer  /  Matt Keating If there were a contest for the most creative beer and ale names, Scarlet Lane Brewing Company might just take first prize. With names such as Laughing Water Australian Sprinkling Ale, Tiberius Double IPA, Dorian Stout, and Marley’s Ghost Stout, Scarlet Lane Brewing Company, 7724 Depot Street, McCordsville, Ind., is giving its growing number of patrons several cleverly-monikered brews to choose from. The beer names have been popular since they opened at the prospering brewery, which has been so successful the co-founders have established a Legion of Ale member club to enhance the Scarlet Lane experience. ...

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Lawrence Mayor Looks Toward a Positive Future

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Writer  / Matt Keating Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier is still getting used to being called Mayor. To many people, he is still Steve. “It has taken some getting used to,” he said. “I still like keeping things informal when I can. That’s just the way I am, and I prefer being called Steve. I’m more comfortable with that, but I’m adjusting to being called Mayor and appreciating the title and its responsibility.” After 33 years as a teacher, coach and administrator for Lawrence Township Schools, Collier has spent the last six months as the new Mayor of Lawrence, and it ...

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Keeping Up With The Williams

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Writer  /  Mary Ryan If you were to ask Ryan and Shauna Williams 20 years ago where they would be today, chances are they wouldn’t answer with married, raising a family together and running their own very successful businesses. Both Indiana natives and Lawrence Central/Lawrence North grads, these two moved to the Geist area 15 years ago to raise their family. Initially, Shauna was an educator and director, holding a degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University, and Ryan was in retail management for the last decade. As demand would have it, both Ryan and Shauna were very skilled ...

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From Old and Worn to Vintage Chic

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New Boutique Junkyard Goddess Reuses Old Objects to Make Home Decor Writer & Photographer  /  Demi Lawrence A new boutique is in South Broad Ripple just off of 54th Street called Junkyard Goddess. Thoughtfully owned by Geist resident Michelle Dolon, the boutique offers beautiful home decor that is not only environmentally friendly, but is made from reused, recycled and restyled items that would otherwise find themselves rotting in a landfill. Six years ago, Michelle got the idea to sell items that she herself either created, painted or refurbished on Etsy as a way to support her growing family. Fast forward ...

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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Project: Honoring Veterans with Jill Fewell

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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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Denise Giannotti: Keep Calm and Dress Smart

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Writer  /  Julie Yates Some people have a talent for foreign languages; other people are skilled mathematicians. Denise Giannotti’s gift is the ability to coach others on how to look their best. The realization that she had this knack not only got her through a difficult period in her life, but continues to brings her happiness as she empowers others to present their best image to the world. Giannotti’s pathway to becoming an image consultant, fashion stylist and custom shopper began when she was in high school in Illinois and worked at a store called Betty’s of Winnetka. Later, while ...

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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

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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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