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2017 Zionsville Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Zionsville Dad of the Year. Visit atzionsville.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Dan Gray Nominated by Linda Gray, who says: Dan is the head coach for lacrosse at Zionsville High School. He also is a personal trainer. He has a masters degree in occupational therapy from IU. Dan was raised by a single mother (author of this submission) with no role ...

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Plumber’s Grief Blossoms Beauty

Jerry Cieslak’s Grand Garden Draws Public Interest Writer  /  Matt Roberts Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Jerry Cieslak is a man of diverse passions. Based on the large plumbing truck parked in his driveway, you might expect the flat, metallic smell of pipes and oil around his yard. A glance at the dozens of trophy fish mounted might remind you of fresh air wafting off a clear Canadian lake. But the intense fragrance all around his home is from the innumerable flowers carefully planted around his property north of Zionsville. “I plant more than 50,000 annuals every year,” he says proudly. ...

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Village Dance Studio Celebrates 40 Years

Mother-daughter duo continue teaching tomorrow’s dancers Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan The Village Dance Studio has been offering dance education and classes for the past 39 years, and there are no signs of stopping. Founder, Annette Pettigrew is passing over the directing reigns to her daughter Traci Broman, so she can keep doing what she does best — teaching students to dance. Annette always dreamed about opening a dance studio ever since she was a small girl. She started dancing at the age of 4. “I could visualize it,” Pettigrew says. “But there was not hip-hop in my dream,” ...

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Pearson Automotive Tennis Club Celebrates Grand Opening

Zionsville now boasts a state-of-the-art tennis facility Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan Four years ago, four men who had a shared passion for tennis had an idea. The  Zionsville residents realized that their town lacked an indoor tennis facility. So, Rick Witsken, Dave Hunt, Mike Marine and Derek Mandel set out to make this idea and dream a reality. The Pearson Automotive Tennis Club is a state-of-the-art tennis facility located in Zionsville that recently celebrated its grand opening. With eight indoor temperature-controlled courts, professional lighting and an upper mezzanine where people can see all courts from above, the Pearson ...

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Zionsville Mom of the Year: Michal Mellencamp

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer Meet Zionsville’s Mom of the Year, Michal Mellencamp. Though the title is auspicious, she says she doesn’t feel like she’s any different than any other mom out there. But for two little boys, she’s made all the difference in the world. In her nomination letter, Paula Kiraly wrote about how Michal and her husband Phil, after raising two daughters of their own, took in two Hispanic boys who had been taken from their abusive home. The couple kept the boys and eventually adopted them. “Their birth daughters were out of high school, ...

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Mike Cole: Run2Race

Local runner creates racing opportunities to foster love of running Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Years ago, when Mike Cole was playing little league baseball, his parents noticed that he was lightning fast when he circled the bases. “I think we’ve got a runner on our hands,” they said. They were right. He tried track and cross-country in middle school, then became a serious runner in high school and at Ball State University. “After college, most runners give up competition, but I was still hungry,” says Cole, who continued training in various capacities. He raced at the ...

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Colts COO Pete Ward Reflects On 36-Year Career

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Brian Brosmer No one will ever forget that snowy March morning in 1984 when the former Baltimore Colts rolled into town and changed the city of Indianapolis forever. Few people can say they were a part of the ball club from its Indianapolis beginnings. Chief Operating Officer and Zionsville resident, Pete Ward, was part of that unforgettable experience that brought the Colts to a rebirth in Naptown. “It was March 28, 1984,” Ward says. “They called me into the office and said, ‘take care of your personal business and be back here at 10 ...

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Moody’s Butcher Shop Delivers Farm Fresh Food, Local Fare

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Palmer Durr A fifth-generation Indiana farmer from Montgomery County, Adam Moody has been a fixture in the Indianapolis community for years, having farmed for more than five decades and, for the last 14 years, running Moody’s Butcher Shop. Moody first got into retail in the late 1990s when he cashed his hog check at the bank, then went to the grocery store to buy a ham for Easter dinner and found he couldn’t afford it. “I realized that something’s wrong with this system if the people raising food can’t afford the food they’re raising,” ...

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Zionsville 2017 Mom of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Mom of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Zionsville Mom of the Year. Visit atzionsville.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is April 15, and you can vote once daily until then. Jane Winters Nominated by Leigh Ann Akard, who says: Jane Winters works in her family business and is a founding member of The HAWK Foundation (for special needs families) and founding member of ZFD Support Services. Jane is the mother of Kacey (who has Down syndrome) and Clay and ...

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Orangetheory Fitness Comes to Zionsville

In early May, Orangetheory Fitness will open its fifth studio in the Indianapolis area at 106th and Michigan Road in West Carmel. This revolutionary fitness concept was launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and has rapidly spread across the country.  Currently, there are over 550 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the United States and Canada with hundreds more under development. The brand is also expanding into 16 countries around the globe, including Australia, England, Columbia, Mexico, Israel, Germany and Spain. Area developers and owners, Carolyn and Shaun McDonald relocated to Indianapolis from Florida to develop the Indiana market for Orangetheory ...

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