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A Lifelong Vision for Dr. Nytarsha Thomas

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Opening Visionelle Eyecare, located at 6618 Whitestown Parkway, Zionsville, is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Dr. Nytarsha Thomas. It’s a dream that sprang from humble beginnings and that was made possible by the hard work of Dr. Thomas and her family. Dr. Thomas grew up in very modest surroundings in the Houston area. She credits her family for constantly making the sacrifices of time and energy to provide her the best academic opportunities possible. Dr. Thomas fondly remembers her grandfather frequently driving her long distances, so she could attend the better schools in the area. These efforts were ...

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All Things Amish

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Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer  /  JJ Kaplan Rachel Gallienne, owner of A Taste of Amish, grew up in northern Indiana and was inspired by her Amish family members early on in her life. Gallienne’s father was raised in the Amish community, and during the time of his Rumspringa, he met Gallienne’s mother and ultimately chose to live outside of the community. Her father decided to remain in the Middlebury area, near Goshen, Indiana, and raise his family near his Amish roots. Gallienne’s passion for baked goods, fresh foods and a strong work ethic was derived from growing up near ...

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Design Impact: Darin Grice Creates New Protective Headgear

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Writer / Kara Reibel Photography / JJ Kaplan Inspiration may come in a flash, and for Traders Point Christian Academy’s Darin Grice, his moment happened while watching a football game. As he sat on the couch watching the Indianapolis Colts play, he thought, “The outside of the helmet should have some flexibility.” Grice quickly sketched an external helmet system based on his epiphany. The following day, Grice investigated the patent process and has since received patent protection for his innovative design. “I’m an art teacher,” says Grice, who is also a freelance artist. “You don’t need to be a business ...

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A Big Year for Best Buddies Indiana

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Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / Nathaniel Edmunds Photography It has been an incredible privilege to help promote an organization that is as exceptional as Best Buddies Indiana as well as serve a media sponsor for their annual gala. We are pleased to share with our readers the latest progress that the staff and volunteers have made in 2015 and will continue in 2016 as they enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The efforts made by the Best Buddies Indiana board of directors, staff, gala auxiliary committee, sponsors, donors and volunteers resulted in ...

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Living Well and Loving Chocolate

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Perspectives from a Health Coach Writer / Cindy Argentine Dawn Parker is a Zionsville health coach who helps clients discover the best nutrition for their unique needs, whether they have a food intolerance or other concerns. She initially worked in pharmaceutical sales but made a career change after discovering a passion for holistic nutrition. I spoke with her recently to learn more about what healthy living, and particularly healthy eating, should look like for all of us. You’ve written a book called “The Healthy Chocoholic.” Does that title describe you? I am a chocolate lover – I eat it every ...

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Sheryl Matthys Creates Successful Women Made Here

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Writer / Kara Reibel Photography provided Entrepreneur Sheryl Matthys combines her diverse skill set and her passion for helping other female business owners with her Successful Women Made Here monthly networking group. While working as a news reporter at an NBC affiliate in South Bend, Matthys was moonlighting with a videographer filming material for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” with the Indiana State Police. “I’ve always worked hard and kept busy,” says Matthys. Given her background in radio and TV, Matthys credits her work ethic to her father, a hardworking farmer in South Bend. She attained a master’s degree ...

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Making Waves with Billie Dragoo

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Writer / Kara Reibel Photographer / Amy Unger RepuCare Founder, President and CEO Billie Dragoo has an office so heavily decorated with awards and accolades that it appears to be a trophy room at a Hall of Fame museum. Dragoo is honored to have received every award proudly displayed in her office. When asked about her most coveted achievement or award, Dragoo doesn’t hesitate to say “the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Junior Achievement Award I received alongside fellow Laureates David Simon (SIMON Group), Dave P. Lindsey (Defender Direct) and Michael Smith (Anthem) the same year.” Make no mistake, ...

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A Noble Order Comes to Zionsville

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Leading the Craft Crusade Writer / Janelle Morrison What began as a hobby for the owners of Noble Order Brewing Company is now an award-winning enterprise that has expanded its operations and will be opening its first off-site location, right here in Zionsville. The Zionsville Magazine team took a field trip out to Richmond, Indiana, the birthplace of Noble Order Brewing Company and J & J Winery as a fact-finding mission, of course, and found ourselves in a craft beer and wine nirvana. Complete with a renovated farmhouse, water features, fermentation and other production related buildings, this location is the ...

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ZCS Adds Computer Science and Engineering Classes as well as Robotics, Thanks to New Operating Referendum

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Writer / Janelle Morrison The community of Zionsville overwhelmingly approved a school operating referendum that was poised to expire at the end of 2015 with 67 percent favorable votes. The previous operating referendum passed in 2012 with only 58 percent of the votes. The referendum is for a six-year term and maintains the current tax rate – a maximum of 24 cents per $100 of net-assessed value – and could be decreased but never increased depending on state funding in the next six years. As a result of referendum’s passage, instead of going into the New Year facing teacher layoffs, ...

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