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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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Spirits of Zionsville: West Fork Whiskey Company


Writer / Heather Chastain Photograher / Brian Brosmer Hoosier pride and a love of whiskey are the founding principles behind West Fork Whiskey Company. When childhood friends, David McIntyre and Blake Jones decided they wanted to start a spirit brand, they knew they wanted to pay homage to the great state of Indiana. “Indiana has some of the best corn in the world,” said McIntyre. “Corn is what Indiana is known for, so it only made sense for us to produce a spirit utilizing corn.” West Fork Whiskey Company uses locally sourced corn from Sugar Creek Malt Company in Lebanon. ...

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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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Sterling Shields Stables and Riding Academy Makes a Move


Writer / Jane VanOsdol sterling-shields-5 Imagine the quintessential Kentucky horse farm but move it north one state to Indiana, and that’s where you’ll find Kim Shields, owner of Sterling Shields Stables and Riding Academy. Shields recently moved her business from Westfield to the property formerly known as Renaissance Stables. This beautiful Zionsville farm was at one time a well-known Arabian breeding farm owned by Cheryl-Jenn Pollard, daughter of Louis Jenn of Jenn-Air®. In 2010, the Leman family bought the property and undertook a major renovation, turning it into a lessons and horse-boarding facility. The property boasts numerous features: • 19 ...

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Ray Cortopassi: Anchoring Zionsville


Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger He’s polished, professional, often serious and sometimes a little silly. He’s Ray Cortopassi, Fox 59’s morning and afternoon anchor. Cortopassi certainly served up silly when we arrived at the state of the art Tribune Broadcasting station that’s been his home since 2009. Cortopassi brought comedian Piff the Magic Dragon from “America’s Got Talent” in front of the camera along with his dog Mr. Piffles. The humorous spot had those of us in the studio laughing and forgetting Cortopassi’s serious side. “I’m the kind of guy who likes a good laugh,” says Cortopassi, “It’s really a joy ...

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The Indiana Children’s Wish Fund Honors Georgia Buchanan at their 25th Annual “Portrait of Wishes Gala”


Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography provided The Indiana Children’s Wish Fund began in 1984. “Our small staff does huge things,” shares Executive Director Terry Ceaser-Hudson. “We are a local Indiana organization that honors a lot of wishes each year for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Our fundraising is mainly done through unique and fabulous events.” These events include an Airplane Pull with Republic Airways, a celebrity softball event held at Victory Field, Fuelicious the night before Automobilia in Carmel, a Celebrity Golf tournament with Fuzzy Zoeller, Evening with the Stars at Prime 47 in Carmel with a celebrity wait staff ...

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Bicentennial Torch Relay Coming Through Zionsville Thursday


The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, one of the biggest events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration, will be going through both Boone and Hamilton counties with participants making their way through Zionsville and Carmel. Tailored to look like the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version will run through all 92 of the state’s counties and cover more than 2,300 miles over a six-week period. The relay started on Sept. 9, is set to end Oct. 15 and will travel six days per week for five weeks. More than a dozen Boone County residents were selected to participate, and a total of 36 ...

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Trick-or-treat hours in Zionsville 2016


The official trick-or-treat hours in Zionsville are 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. For those participating in Halloween festivities, Zionsville Fire Department has offered the following safety tips: When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see it. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters. Use ...

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