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Lemonade Day Kick-Off


Writer  /  Kara Reibel  .  Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan “What is one thing that kids can do to earn money?” asked Ollie Dunn, the daughter of comedian and financial planner Peter Dunn (aka Pete the Planner) to begin the Family Feud game between “The Lemony Crickets” and “The Pucker Doodles.” Gerry Dick, creator and host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, was quick to hit his button with the reply, “Sell lemonade!” This was the top answer on the game board, and his team, The Lemony Crickets, team were quick to dominate the game. Gerry’s fellow team members included ...

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Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Legacy


Writer  /  Kara Reibel Photography provided The association between Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality and Restaurant Group and auto racing is virtually synonymous. The late founder Jonathan Byrd was a larger than life figure with an even bigger heart, who along with his love of God and family, loved motorsports. However, the family origins with racing began with his mother, Lala Byrd. She owned a stock car in the late 1960s, becoming a pioneer for female race team ownership. It wasn’t until 1982 that her son Jonathan started his own race car legacy. Jonathan Byrd Racing would continue until 2001 with Jonathan ...

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Reflections on the Boston Marathon


Local Runners Talk about Their Experiences in the Race Writer / Rebecca Wood As I was wheezing and trudging up Heartbreak Hill in the Boston Marathon, I decided a new pastime was in order. Needlepointing, for example, seems to involve less pain and perspiration. I’ve never heard of anyone landing in the ER due to origami. And can you lose a toenail while arranging flowers? I scanned my fellow runners. Many wore pained expressions. Some laboriously walked while hunched over, clutching their sides. As a group, few of us modeled the sport well. But, this was Boston. And even the ...

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Time to Upgrade to Original Art?


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Perhaps it is time to replace the prints hanging on the walls with original art. Buying art can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin and what is available within your budget. The good news is there is affordable, original, quality art on the market, and there are local gallerists who are as passionate about promoting art as they are educating their buyers. There is a difference between buying art and collecting art. Buying art is more of a random activity based on likes, preferences or attractions at any given ...

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Knocking Out Parkinson’s Disease: Local Woman Fights Back


Writer / Rebecca Wood Photographer / JJ Kaplan Linda Porter first noticed a tremor in her hand. She believed it was the result of a pinched nerve and sought medical assistance. Minutes into a doctor visit, her physician delivered a heavy diagnosis: Parkinson’s disease. “I was speechless,” Linda laments with tears welling in her eyes. “I thought, ‘How can this be?’” Don Porter, Linda’s husband, calls the physician’s diagnosis “shocking” and “unexpected.” “The idea of having a disease is bad enough, but having one that we had no real chance of fighting is unnerving,” Don adds. Linda, age 72, knew ...

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All She Wants to Do Is Teach Dance

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Zionsville Woman With Illustrious Past Teaches New Generation of Dancers Writer / Rebecca Wood Photographer / JJ Kaplan Kirsten Ferger believes she has a calling, a duty of sorts. She feels a deep responsibility to pass along the art form that has played a dominant role in her life. Ferger is a former professional dancer with a distinguished resume that includes performing with prestigious ballet companies and the “who’s who” of the dance world. Today, at age 54, Ferger is pouring that experience into teaching the next generation of dancers at the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel. Dancing has ...

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Business Spotlight: Inga’s Popcorn and Sweet Shop


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / Lori Koppold Do you have an old candy favorite? You know, that one candy in particular that was absolutely “off-limits” to trading with friends or that was cleverly concealed from your siblings. Inga’s Popcorn is excited to announce their latest expansion now offers customers an impressive variety of retro and current candies that takes you back to simpler days. Celebrating three years on the historic brick street in Zionsville, Inga’s Popcorn has become a household name through the greater metropolitan area. Their delicious gourmet popcorn selection has grown steadily over the last few years. ...

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Russian Festival

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On Sunday, May 22, the second annual Russian Festival will take place on the campus of University High School in Carmel. The Festival is organized by the volunteers of the Russian School of Indiana to raise funds for the school’s programs and activities. The Russian School of Indiana – a Sunday enrichment program – started in the summer of 1993 literally under a tree in an Indianapolis apartment complex. The new immigrants from Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics were concerned with the rapid deterioration of connections to their children. The kids were learning English and losing ...

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Gleaners Announces Shoe Guys for May Event


The Third Annual Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) event, presented by USA Funds, is a day of fashion and wine in support of the Gleaners BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. This year’s sold-out event will help Gleaners pack enough BackSacks to feed 1,500 kids for a year, but even with that help, our work isn’t done. Fighting childhood hunger is a passion for many, but for the WW&S Shoe Guys, it’s a cause worthy of their time and effort in spreading the word and raising funds! Shoe Guys volunteer before and during the event to help raise money and compete ...

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Living With Purpose: Shining a Light on Parkinson’s Disease

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Writer  /  Janelle Morrison  .  Photographer  /  JJ Kaplan This is the story of a mother, a wife, a counselor and songwriter who is living with Parkinson’s disease. Lisa Cox embraced her diagnosis and chose to share her experiences in hopes that she can teach others how to be compassionate and accepting of people with Parkinson’s disease and inspire those with diagnosed with it to live their lives with purpose and courage. “I am a elementary school guidance counselor with Parkinson’s disease, a spinal tumor and a spinal cyst,” Cox shared. “I want to share my story because I think ...

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