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Village of WestClay News Magazine Kathy Mielke • General Manager (317) 850-0968 Carol Brewer • Homeowner Association Liaison (317) 416-3540 Monica Shumate • Sales Representative (317) 840-1482 Joe Kempler and Kari Schoonover • Neighborhood Editors Capture Media • 1555 West Oak Street Zionsville, IN 46077 • (317) 733-4300 This News Magazine is published by Capture Media Services Inc. Front Porch News • August 2008


Coming This Month . . . Summer Tennis Mini Camp Extension by Melanie Scheetz & Shari Abbott

Dates: August 4 - 7 Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Tiny Tots, ages 4-6) 10:00 a.m. - nooon (Futures, ages 7-11) Location: Provost Tennis Courts Cost: $120/week, $35/day

Looking for something fun to do the week before school starts? This four day mini-camp will complete the summer tennis season and your kids will have a great time. This will be a Prince sponsored event and will top off with a prize give away on the last day. Friday will be reserved as the rain make up day. Due to court availability registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to weekly registrants. Please email or call 341-3622 if you have any questions and/or would like to register.

Garden Club by Audrey Nelson

Day/Date: Tuesday, August 12 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Green Room

Please plan to join us on August 12th as Tatjana Flynn presents a program on the Art of Flower Arranging! Please note this is a date change from our original schedule. This will be a very interesting program for all you gardeners out there with a cutting garden....or for those who just love to pick up a bunch of flowers at the local supermarket. Bringing flowers indoors is a lovely way to enjoy your garden around the clock and year round. Please plan to join us on Tuesday evening, August 12th in the Green Room of The Meeting House. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Nelson at 810-0938.

Zipp WestClay Classic Day/Date: Sunday, August 17 Time: Throughout Day

A cycling event is coming to the Village of WestClay. This is an outside event which a part of IN-KY Cup Cycling Championships which also benefits JDRF to aid the fight of juvenile diabetes. To get more information about this event, go to www.begasports. com. Free Kid’s Helmet giveaway and Bike Safety Rodeo at 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Concert Series by Joyce & Jim Winner

Day/Date: Sunday, August 17 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: University Green Sponsored by: The Stratford at WestClay Performing: Toy Factory


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Be prepared for a repeat engagement of the Toy Factory in the Village. Last year, they debuted under the Gazebo and were SO GOOD, we had to have them back! Toy Factory is an exciting 8-piece R&B/Dance act and has been nominated for American Music, Golden Globe Awards, Co-written Grammy Award winning songs, and has years of professional experience.

Coming This Month . . .continued Toy Factory is a hi-energy act with tight in-the-pocket grooves. This act is a constant in the equation for a good time! It has also been known as “The COLTS party band”. This concert is being sponsored by The Stratford at WestClay which is in operation across Towne Road. Residents of The Stratford at WestClay truly enjoy a distinctive lifestyle, with the finest of amenities and services. The Stratford at WestClay is a premier active senior living community. Created within the Village of WestClay, the Stratford offers a sophisticated design, lavish landscaping and miles of walking paths. If you haven’t seen the Stratford, you are in for a treat. Thanks to the Stratford for their continuing support of the concert series. We are looking forward to seeing many of the new and prospective residents at the concert. For those of you new to the Village of WestClay, the Summer Concert Series brings our community great sounds on University Green throughout the summer months going into Fall. Generous sponsors, like The Stratford at WestClay, make it possible to bring this talent to the Village. Thanks to Bill & Mickey Adkins, residents in WestClay and owners of Mickey’s Irish Pub (136th & Meridian … a GREAT spot to enjoy more talent during the month!) – we enjoy the sounds without having to leave the community! Bring a picnic … throw out a blanket … pitch a tent … invite family and friends – it’s a nice time to mingle and have some fun. Come early and stay as long as you like. One thing we would like to ask is that you just help pick up around you before leaving so that the park is left as pristine afterward as it was prior to the event. If you would be interested in helping set up this event or stay a few minutes afterward just to make sure things are in order, feel free to contact Jim or Joyce Winner by calling 571-0514.

Texas Hold’em by Joe Kempler

We’re back to the Provost Clubhouse for our monthly game of Texas Hold’em. If you haven’t played yet … come on over and have some fun. It is a very Time: 7:00 p.m. casual group and low stakes … $20.00 buy-in to Location: Provost Clubhouse play. Feel free to bring some light snacks and your favorite beverage to enjoy as well. There are usually anywhere from 10 – 18 players and anyone can win! If you would like to be part of our email invite reminder list, just send a note to Joe Kempler at and you will be added. It’s a great group and who knows, you could walk out with more than you came with … but, regardless, it’s a nice atmosphere and fun!! If you have any questions, send Joe Kempler a note or call 523-6405. Day/Date: Thursday, August 21

For all Purdue Alumni, Fans and Friends by Jan & Jim Julian.

Day/Date: Friday, August 22 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Home of Jan & Jim 2264 Gleve Street

This is an open invitation for Alum and other Purdue friends to attend a social at The Julian’s home located at 2264 Glebe. Consider it a warm up to the new season or just an opportunity to meet and talk with others that share something in common … the old gold & black! Guests will be coming from the campus.

Snacks & beverages (cocktails) will be available for your enjoyments. Contact Jim at 402-3559 or Jan at 402-3560 with any questions and to let them know you are coming. Continued on the next page Front Porch News • August 2008


Coming This Month . . .continued Neighborhood Pool Party by Erin Sullivan

Day/Date: Sunday, August 24 Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Provost Pool & Clubhouse Sponsored by: Mike & Melanie Scheetz Century 21 Scheetz

Can’t believe it’s here already … seems like summer just began … but, the annual end of the year “Neighborhood Pool Party” is taking place on Sunday-August 24th. Fried chicken, hot dogs, lemonade and water will be provided – please bring an appetizer / side dish/ dessert to serve 10 people (assigned according to your last name). • A-H - Dessert • I-P - Side Dish • Q-Z - Appetizer

Please note: no alcohol or glass containers permitted. Over the past years, this has been a popular family event, so please come and enjoy the company of your neighbors and swim buddies. And, thanks to Mike & Melanie Scheetz for sponsoring this event again this year.

VoWC Book Club by Sharon & Steve Terry

Day/Date: Monday , August 25 Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location: Green Room of the Meeting House

This is the last meeting of the season for the VoWC Book Club. It will be held in the Green Room of the Meeting House on Monday, August 25th from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The book for discussion will be “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. There is no need to sign up. Just read and come.

If you have any questions or if you have any suggestions for books to read in the future, call any one of the following committee members: Eileen & Steve Bradicich


Mary Lou & Jim Fry


Becky & Charlie Rogers


Nancy & Brent Sutton


Sharon & Steve Terry


We are still gratefully accepting all donated books for our Library shelves in the Peach Room of the Meeting House. Just put the books you are donating into the Peach Room bookshelves and borrow what you want.


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Coming This Month . . .continued VoWC Dance Club by Mary & Tim Greist

Day/Date: Wednesdays - Every Week Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Stratford at WestClay

The WestClay Dance Club started a new group of beginners the later part of July in the ballroom of the Stratford … so now’s the time to get started. The original dance club members were promoted to intermediate level and will continue to meet at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.

Women without partners doing mostly salsa will continue to meet at 8:00 p.m. This is a great time for anyone who has been thinking about participating to get involved. The instruction is superb, and all of the participants are low-key and friendly. So dance for fun, exercise and learning new moves . . .Every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Stratford at WestClay. Instructors, Gert and Kirsti Roselender, are masters of the trade and provide “step by step” guidance and demonstrations throughout the evening. If you have questions, you can call Mary or Tim Greist at 815-9786 or e-mail at No preregistration is required---just show up on Wednesdays and join the fun.

Village of WestClay Owners Association News by Angie Garrett

New Directories The new printing of the Village of WestClay Neighborhood directory has arrived! Stop by Trustee’s Hall Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pick up your updated copy.

Community Reminders All pets are to be kept on a leash at all times when walking them. Please clean up after your pet as these are both City ordinances. If you forget a bag to clean up after your pet you can come pick one up at Trustees Hall! Also, please remember that all trash containers are to be stored inside your garage.

Owners Association Website This website is another great resource for the residents in the Village of WestClay. This site is focused on the community and operations. Trying to find someone, a business, forms to make changes to your landscaping or structural changes, reserve space in the Meeting House … you can go to this site. . This web site will also link to the Social Committee’s web site for easy access. If you are not registered, just follow the instructions and you will have almost everything at your fingertips!

With summer in full swing, please remember to keep your speed down when driving through the neighborhood, as there are many more children out walking, biking and playing.

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Recent Happenings … Garden of the Month – July 2008 by Judy Fisher

Our July Garden of the Month (GOM) is a blast of patriotic colors! The red, white and purple petunias showcase the flag and buntings on the front porch. The red “knockout” roses, the bright red geraniums in the window box and planters and the Shasta daisies, New Guinea impatiens and purple clematis give the gardens that “All American” look! Even the hostas get in on the act with their purple blooms. How appropriate, since the gardens are Bob and Brenda Berding’s at 12452 Burke Drive. Brenda was the founder of the Fisher’s Freedom Festival, some twenty years ago! Bob re-landscaped the entire gardens when they moved from Michigan to the Village of WestClay two years ago. They have several unique and sentimental items that make their garden so special for them. Brenda has a “Lenten rose”, that actually blooms in March and Bob has a white birch they call the family tree. They always have a white birch where ever they live, and he was given this one on Father’s Day. The winding path that Bob put in connects the front with the side and back gardens. Please walk by our July, patriotic garden and admire Bob and Brenda’s work to make our village beautiful.

Record Numbers Attend Social!! By Robin Powers & Jackie Winchester

A Blustery day on the Village Green did not keep over 650 from enjoying the Village of WestClay’s 7th Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday - June 29th. Everyone enjoyed the Bike and Golf cart parades, Old fashioned lawn and carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, Sidewalk chalk art contests, the cake walk, demonstrations by the Wheelmen of Indiana, our DJ Mike and of course, ice cream. Congratulations to our Tournament winners! So dedicated to their sport, they played through the rain and wind. Croquet Tournament: John and Cheryl Ericson Bocce Ball Tournament: Tony Idone and Robin Powers The following were winners of the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. There was a lot of excellent artwork by all the participants this year! Congratulations to… 1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Ashley Anderson

Catelin Clark

Amber Johnson

Tyler Barton

Colina Miroff

Roxanna Nour

Katie Green

Frances Rafferty

Jack Talbert

Bria Morales

Marnie Schroder

Will Webster

Jacob Schroder Of course we can’t thank our volunteers and sponsors enough! The Ice Cream Social is one of the largest and most popular events in the Village and without the support of our sponsors and the help of many volunteers and social committee members this event would not be possible. Please be sure to thank and support the following sponsors:


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Grand Sponsor: Brenwick Realty Tournament Sponsors: Beazer Homes Classic Cleaners Oberweis Dairy, Home Delivery Service State Farm Insurance (Andy Southard) Games Sponsors: Chase Bank in West Uptown Indy Dental Group The Stratford at WestClay Be sure to check the website for photos of the 2008 Ice Cream Social at (Event Pictures).

VoWC Garden Walk Huge Success by Audrey Nelson

45 people attended the Village of WestClay Annual Garden Walk this year and no one was disappointed! The “Secret Gardens of the Village” were beautiful, brimming with gorgeous blooms, and bursting with trees, plants and bushes, we even enjoyed a backyard pond this year...who knew all those beautiful gardens were tucked behind the homes in our village? It was a wonderful evening and a great inspiration to all to get home and start planning for next year’s garden. A big “THANK YOU” to the following homeowers who shared their love of gardening with us: Kevin and JoLynn O’Neill Gary and Deborah Wright Elizabeth Goff Jim and Joyce Winner Karl and Ashley Besel Jim and Susan Anderson We would also like to thank The Stratford for welcoming us to their beautiful courtyard for our “after walk reception”, and a big thank you to Bill Liggett, Jenny Hendricks, Judy Fisher, Betty Johnson, and Sharon Terry, for putting together this wonderful evening for all of us to enjoy.

Cool Concert With threatening weather conditions before the concert, Mother Nature was again kind to us … cooling off the heat and paving the wave for the cool sounds of The Tides Band! Bringing a little of the Caribbean to the Village that evening. We want to again thank our concert sponsor … Marine Bank (CIB Bank) and congratulations to the gift winners – Hal & Rhonda Darring. Marine Bank has been a concert sponsor from year to year and we appreciate their support of community events. For those of you who are new to the Village of WestClay, Marine Bank is conveniently located in the Village Center across from the Meeting House. Feel free to stop by anytime to say hi or to ask about some of the different financial offerings they have for individuals, business and children. To view pictures that were taken during the concert, go to and click on the Event Pictures tab to download. Front Porch News • August 2008 11

Neighborhood Quickies … Water Aerobics at Goldwater Pool


by Audrey Nelson

by Leah Dundar

Day/Date: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Every Week Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Location: Goldwater Pool - West Village Water Aerobics continues all summer long every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Goldwater Pool in West Village. The pool opens at 10:00 a.m., so please try to arrive at 10:00 so we can promptly start our class at 10:15 a.m. This is a wonderful way to get goo aerobic exercise, meet new friends and get a great tan all at the same time. We have a fun group and would love to have you join us. Please contact Audrey Nelson at 810-0938 if you have any questions.

The Village playgroup meets every Wednesday at Time: 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged Location: Provost Pool to come! An email is sent out prior to due to our weather changes. To get on the email list or for further information, contact Leah Dunbar … leahkd@sbcglobal. net or Julie Standish … Day/Date: Wednesdays

Sunshine Committee By Mary Jo Bridgford

The Sunshine Committee would be grateful to hear from you if you know of anyone who is ill or who has had a death in their family. Please call : Mary Jo Bridgford at 317-816-0844.

Biking Interest Survey by Max Magnabosco

Do you enjoy bicycling? Would like to share your enjoyment of bicycling with other like-minded people in the Village with rides and activities that are geared to your interests and riding style? Check out the survey on the Social Committee web site ( – Click on Biking Survey Tab) .... and let your thoughts be known. We hope to help you find others with whom you can share the experience of bicycling. For additional input and comments, contact: Village of WestClay Bicycle Club Max Magnabosco 317 848-2566


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Watch Out ... There’s no question that there’s a lot of construction going on inside and outside the Village. With this progress comes more traffic through the Village. Unfortunately, they may be unfamiliar with the pedestrian traffic walking, running or riding their bikes and there have been some very close calls … so, be on the defensive to avoid an unwelcome accident. Likewise, serve as an example to others by obeying the speed limits and stop signs. The newest stop sign at the corner of Broad & Broughton Streets. Make this a safe summer and watch out!

Mark Your Calendars … September Annual Village Golf Scramble by Alex Cain

Saturday – September 6th Don’t miss out on the fun and great prizes that will be given away at the Golf Scramble. A separate article about the golf scramble and registration form is in this issue of Front Porch News as well as located on the web site (www.westclaysocial. com). Get registered today!

Coxhall Gardens Annual Gala by Sharon Terry

Please mark your calendar for: Saturday – September 20th This fundraiser for Coxhall Garden is a wonderful event that is worth attending. More information will be coming in the next issue of Front Porch News. If you are interested in more information before then, please call Sharon Terry at 846-5980.

Summer Concert Series by Joyce & Jim Winner

As the summer comes to a close, so does the Summer Concert Series! Please mark your calendar for: Sunday - September 21st at 6:00 p.m. Peace Train - Sponsored by Khara Spa Note the earlier start time for families with school aged children! Come and enjoy the hot sounds of Peace Train.

Garden Club Upcoming Meetings by Audrey Nelson

Next month’s meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Green Room Or guest speaker will be Ann Richardson from Wild Birds Unlimited who will share her love of the Monarch Butterfly. This is a program not to be missed. SAVE THIS DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH. Our Garden Club program for November has finally been arranged and it is going to be a GREAT one. Mark your calendar now

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for Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. and plan to join us at Drake Interiors when Kathy Chitwood will present a program on Christmas decorating. Kathy has been offering this class at Drake Interiors for many years and has offered us the chance to have a private class for our Garden Club. The class will cover decorating the tree, wreaths, mantels, and floral arrangements. The cost will be $15 per person, and we are limiting the class to 25 people. Following the program we will have a chance to purchase Christmas decorations at reduced rates. Watch the Front Porch News for further information regarding this program as it will be necessary to R.S.V.P. and prepay by early October to reserve your place in this class. Front Porch News • August 2008


Sign Up Now For …

5th Annual Village of West Clay Golf Outing… by Alex Cain

Don’t miss our annual neighborhood golf outing being held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 8:30am. Our premier Event Sponsor is Marcy J Salon and our Beverage Cart Sponsor is Royal United Mortgage, Mike Keleher! Thank you Marcy and Mike for your generous support! We still have (1) sponsorship opportunity available in the form of a Raffle Sponsor ($700). If you or someone you know is interested, please call Alex Cain at 753-3939. Our much appreciated sponsors provide a great experience, fun prizes and giveaways for all. The outing is a scramble format. Everyone is welcome regardless of playing ability! With this format, each member of the foursome hits a ball and all team members play from the best shot, repeating until the ball is in the hole. This way, all ages and skill levels are part of the fun! We have families play together, business associates, neighbors and friends. Anything goes. All participants do not have to live in the Village to play as long as at least one member of the foursome is a Village resident. Lunch, awards and a raffle will immediately follow play. A registration form is provided in this newsletter. Make your plans now and gather your team. If you have any questions, suggestions, etc. please contact me at or 753-3939. A Hole-in-One wins one of the following (four holes; four chances to win): • $10,000 Cash • A 5 day/4 night cruise for two to the Caribbean • Two round trip airplane tickets to anywhere in the Continental US • A complete set of irons Where: Wood Wind Golf Club, Westfield, IN (Formerly Bent Tree Golf Club) When: Saturday, September 6th … 8:30 a.m. Cost:

$66.38/pp includes 18 holes and cart, complimentary beverages, lunch, bucket of practice balls, prizes, tax & gratuity

Special thanks again to our sponsors!


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Feature Article of the Month … Recently, a couple of Village residents were featured on the cover of Carmel Business Leader with a nice accompanying article inside. Rick Barretto and Scott Abbott are the owners of DreamTrust, whose values-based, performance-oriented mission is to be an authentic creator of innovative, highestquality, personalized products and services that entertain, educate, and inspire – while delivering on their corporate, philanthropic, and familial responsibilities. Two of their core businesses include: DreamAuthentics (Personalized Video Arcade Games/ Edutainment Systems). Started by Rick Barretto in his basement in 2001, and now hand-made in their Indianapolis factory, DreamAuthentics are one of the hottest products - globally. In fact, they were voted by ManiaTV as the #1 “must-have” game of 2007, beating out Wii, Xbox, Playstation, and Guitar Hero (the fact that those games can be played with theirs, and reside in their cabinets, is pretty cool as well, as now moms and dads don’t have to deal with all those messy cords and cartridges, and more important, they get their TV back!). DreamAuthentics has corporate clients all over the world, ranging from Fortune 1000 companies, to small and mid-size business. We’ve also got some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment industry, not to mention hundreds and hundreds of folks from all walks of life, (including some right here in the Village of WestClay) playing their family-friendly games. DreamAuthentics are super cool and very affordable, bringing joy to the masses, at dizzying speeds. ( Pinhedz (Personalized, Die-Cut, Reusable, Life-Size/ Life-Like Artistic Fabric Decals). About a year ago, Scott Abbott got a heart-warming picture of his son playing hockey. And he thought, “Wow, that would be pretty cool if that picture could be converted into something big for the wall, like those Fathead guys do with pro athletes.” The problem is, they don’t do that. In fact, nobody seemed to do what he wanted. So, he figured he’d do it himeslf. And therein was born Pinhedz. Using the same high-end printing, laminating and cutting technology that DreamAuthentics uses for their hi-tech arcade systems - and a very cool patented artistic fabric, self-adhesive paper - Pinhedz make standard pictures come to life. Just got to, choose your size and payment, and upload your image – and within days, you get a one-of-a-kind Pinhedz that will amaze all. And they don’t just do this for kids and families and their homes, they also make Pinhedz for companies, fundraisers, hospitals, sports complexes, conventions, and any type of branding, activity or environments that needs impactful, removable, life-size graphics that can go on walls, floors, furniture, and even cars. What’s really fun now, is that our customers are combining our DreamAuthentics personalized arcade systems with their personalized Pinhedz – and putting them together in very creative ways in both the home, i.e. basements, rec rooms, family rooms, garages, offices, bedrooms, etc. - as well as in their corporate environments, i.e. lobbies, break rooms, kitchens, offices, hallways, etc. Pinhedz are impactful, lots of fun, everyone loves them, and everyone should have them. (


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Dental Industry Expert

Start the School Year Off With a Smile By Dr. Raymond Gove

Every child wants to look their best as they head back to school this fall. Studies show that one of the first things people notice about someone is their smile and that a good smile creates a positive self-image...something all parents wish for their children. Back-to-school time is the perfect time to incorporate good oral health habits into a child’s daily routine. Seeing a dentist twice a year during the school-age years is vital because this is a time of great change in the mouth, with kids losing baby teeth and getting in their permanent teeth. Don’t forget after-school snacks, many school children go straight to sporting practices after school and turn to sugary foods and drinks (“sports waters” are loaded with sugar!). Bite-sized carrots, fruits, nuts and bottled water are great after-school snack options and give children the fuel they need to excel in physical activity.


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Beginning next month your neighborhood news magazine will contain a new feature called “Out on the Town”. We are building neighborhood teams that will have the very pleasant task of eating, golfing, visiting a spa and so much more. Local businesses are hosting these teams Out on the Town and on the house. Doesn’t get much better than that. Each month there will be a review of the Out on the Town experience. If you would be interested in being on your neighborhood team and experiencing fun-filled outings with your neighbors to unique local destinations please contact Carol Look for reviews from the following neighborhood teams next month: Village Farms in Westfield will visit Majors restaurant Oak Ridge in Zionsville will experience Entourage Hair Salon West 86th in Indy and Highland Springs in Brownsburg will eat at the Cabana Room Smokey Ridge in Carmel will check out Chappie’s restaurant in the Village of West Clay Windermere neighborhood in Fishers will dine at The Ruby Pear

Calendar for Carmel Clay Schools 2008-2009

Calendar for Carmel Clay Schools 2009-2010

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Samantha Peszek was a member of the 2007 World

Championships and the 2007 Pan American Games Teams that claimed the team gold medals. She placed third in the all-around at both the 2008 Tyson American Cup and the 2008 Italy-Spain-Poland-USA competition. Peszek was named the 2007 TOPs Athlete of the Year.

Peszek is the oldest daughter of Ed, Regional Vice President, and Luan, publications director at USA Gymnastics. She has one younger sister, Jessica, who is a Level 9/10 gymnast. Her parents were athletes at the University of Illinois; her mom was a gymnast and her dad was a wrestler and hockey player. Peszek is a high honor roll student who will begin her sophomore year of high school in Fall 2008. Sam enjoys shopping, boating, hanging out with friends, going to the movies, drawing. She played soccer when she was younger and ran track. She also helps out with Jireh Sports, a sports ministry for at-risk youth. Sam leaves July 16th-20th for the final Olympic Selection Camp in Houston. The Olympic Team will be named on July 19th. Capture Media wants to recognize Samantha and others like her. We support the achievements of our youth and look to them to mold America’s future. To nominate a Millennial that Rocks! please email or call 716-8019.


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Chiropractic Care Industry Expert

Backpack Safety

By Dr. Hillary Hushower DC: Rangeline Chiropractic Care

• Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. • A backpack with individualized compartments will help you position the contents most effectively and ensure that your child’s sandwich isn’t flattened by a heavy textbook. • Tell your child to use both shoulder straps, not just one. • Padded shoulder straps are very important. Not only will they be more comfortable than non-padded straps, but they will also help prevent the straps from digging into your child’s shoulders. • The shoulder straps should be adjustable, so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Shoulder straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably, and cause misalignment and pain. • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk with your child’s teacher. It might be possible to leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter handout materials or work books.

Hillary Hushower of Rangeline Chiropractic Where is your business located? Rangeline Chiropractic is located at 531 N. Rangeline Road in Carmel and can be located on the internet at We can be reached at 575-1115. How long have you had your business? I opened at this location last December. How would you describe your business? Rangeline Chiropractic is a full service chiropractic office. Every client receives a thorough case history and examination to determine whether his/her condition can be improved through the natural healing of chiropractic adjustments. As a proponent of natural healing, I also employ methods of rehabilitation, therapy, and nutrition. I believe that it is important to focus on the health of the total person so that instead of simply treating symptoms I can treat the individual. What makes your business unique? I sincerely take the time to get to know every one of my patients. I work with every patient to best understand his/her needs and will take the time to develop and explain every personalized care plan. Another thing that makes us unique is our commitment to our

community. Every month we donate monies and goods to local food banks and charities. We also provide treatments to patients in exchange for them donating goods. What are you most proud of in relationship to your business? I am very proud of how much my patients improve and how their lives are so positively affected by my treatments. It is gratifying to work with patients on how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. How is your business growing? Most of my clients are referred by other clients. What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur? I love that I can run my business ethically and can use the business to help others throughout the community. Where do you see your business in five years? I would love to expand at our present location and perhaps open a satellite clinic. I will also continue to give back to my community, a community I am very proud to be a part of. Front Porch News • August 2008



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Gardening Industry Expert

Changing Seasons

By Mike Cline - Perkins Landscaping & Rail Trail Gardens

August brings the long hazy days of summer, just in time for the arrival of mid-summer insects, such as Japanese Beetles. If you have not already applied a source of grub control to your lawn and landscape bed areas, now is a good time to do so in order to prevent future problems. Japanese Beetles look for moist areas to lay their eggs, which will ensure that their eggs will produce grub larva for next year’s beetles. By mid-August, you will find that most garden centers offer discounts on plant material, not only to make room for new fall inventory but also to encourage you to add additional plants to your landscape. Now that the days are getting shorter; hence, our watering time has decreased. By the end of August, it is a good time to think about sprucing up your current containers, not only because some of the plant material has begun to fade, but also to prolong the life of your containers. Mums are only but one of many new fall plants that are available, Ornamental Kale, Mustards and Swiss Chard are but a few new and exciting plants that you can use to create color and interest for the fall season.

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very year as the start of another school year approaches, parents make the mad dash for school clothes and supplies, dig deep into their pockets and nearly break the bank. If you find yourself doing this, don’t despair. There are steps you can take to make your shopping less costly.

won’t have everything on your list and you will have to spend time running to another store anyway. Even if they do have everything on your list, you will probably have to pay more for certain items than you would elsewhere.

Take Inventory

Take advantage of back-to-school sales and leave no avenue untouched in your search for clothing and supplies, including consignment shops and outlet stores. Even the garage sale down the street might have that backpack your child wants and it may look brand new. Pay attention to the items you select, especially if they are used, and make sure they are in good condition before you buy them.

Look through the supplies and clothes your kids already have and write down the items that you need to buy or replace. Prioritize the items on your list, so if you have to cut back, you will know on what. Be Savvy Make a budget and stick to it. With your list in hand, estimate how much money you will need and bring that amount of cash with you. Leave your credit cards and checkbook at home so you won’t be tempted to overspend. Should you run out of money before you have purchased everything on your list, look through what you have bought and consider making some returns. Comparison Shop Browse through weekly circulars and newspaper ads to find out where the best deals are. While one store may have school supplies at bargain prices, another may have shoes and clothing at reasonable prices. Don’t try to save time by shopping for everything at one place. Chances are they

Shop Smart

Think Durable Purchase sturdy, durable clothing and supplies that will last. Kids can be rough on stuff. Try to find clothing and supplies that will stand up to whatever your kids dish out and be willing to spend a little more for durable goods. Don’t fall into the trap of choosing less durable goods to save a few bucks. If the item doesn’t hold out, you will have to buy another and will probably spend more for the two than you would have if you had bought the durable one. If you are lucky, some of the durable goods you buy may last into the next year. School clothes and supplies don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. By buying what you need, watching what you spend and shopping wisely, you can save some money and still get everything your children need for school. Front Porch News • August 2008


Indianapolis Monthly Downtown Condo Tour

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beverages and appetizers from Indy’s favorite dining spots while touring the condos. Tour-goers must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Aug. 9’s tour features all eight condos and is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance or at the door. Buy tickets online at www. Check out Downtown’s newest residential properties, learn about the historic Downtown neighborhoods and more at

Are you ready for some football? Come Downtown to partake in the 25th season of your favorite football team – the Indianapolis Colts! Don’t miss the pre-season game and chance to check out Lucas Oil Stadium as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Buffalo Bills home opener Sun. night, Aug. 24.

Aug. 8 & 9. On Aug. 8 from 5 - 9 p.m., enjoy complimentary

Summer music and movies entertain Downtown Indianapolis - Where can you go to listen to live jazz, indie

rock, punk, pop-rock and classical music? Downtown, of course! Downtown encompasses several indoor and outdoor venues that cater to multiple genres and music fanatics alike. This summer there’s a sound for everyone Downtown. Be sure to head to The Lawn at White River State Park Aug. 4 for the head banging beats of Wilco. Then come back to The Lawn Aug. 6 for the Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring Boys Like Girls and Good Charlotte, and don’t miss O.A.R Aug. 15. Enjoy a glass of fine wine and listen to awesome local acts at Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery Tues. and Sat. through Sept. Spend a Thursday afternoon or evening on the scenic Canal for Concerts on the Canal presented by Clarian Health at the Glick Indiana History Center. Head to the Indianapolis Zoo for Animals and All That Jazz Aug. 7, 14 & 21. The concert series offers a rare opportunity to experience the Zoo after hours. Then plan to attend Jazz On the Avenue: Monika Herzig at the Madame Walker Theatre Center Aug. 22.

Want to watch a movie under the stars? Then

be sure to grab some popcorn, your favorite candy and a warm blanket and head to the Indianapolis City Market, The Indianapolis Museum of Art or the Glick Indiana History Center for outdoor summer movies.

Summer sports action continues - Whether on water, land or FieldTurf, Downtown is the place to be for exciting sports action! The 2008 Central MegaZone Swimming Championship, Aug. 6 - 10 at the Indiana University Natatorium. This event brings together the best swimmers from 15 states across the country! 30

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Aug. Bring the family to Victory Field for an exciting game and fun give-aways and promotions including Friday Night Fireworks, Monday Dollar Menu, Qdoba 2-for-1 Tues. and a knit cap give-away.

Family fun, festivals and more only Downtown can offer.

Bring the entire family Downtown to enjoy fresh air and fun at the Celebration Amphitheatre in White River State Park for the FREE Family Art Series. Check out Shakespeare on the Canal Aug. 2 and come back Aug. 23 for Asante Children’s Theatre. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Come see them all at the Indianapolis Zoo at nearly half price on Aug. 5 for Community Tuesday.

Be sure to get a sample of Downtown favorites at the Taste of Downtown street festival Aug. 9. Enjoy delicious wine, specialties from numerous Downtown restaurants and live music featuring Tastes Like Chicken, Toy Factory and The Tides! Are you ready for a big, bold and bodacious celebration of alternative theatre and performance arts? Then head to Mass Avenue for the fourth annual IndyFringe Festival! This splashy spectacle takes place over 10 days of summer Aug. 22 – 31. Enjoy more than 300 artists performing more than 50 unique, cutting-edge stage productions in six theatres featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and more. Come out for a finger lickin’ good time for the 13th Annual Rib America Festival in Military Park August 29th- Sept. 1st. Enjoy award-winning ribs from across the country and listen to live music featuring Peter Frampton, The Elms and Ted Nugent. The sky’s the limit Aug. 30 – Come down to The Canal and White River State Park to see HANK’S Advantage Health Sky Concert. Fireworks, which are synchronized to “Hank’s soundtrack,” begin at 9:30 p.m. Also, the Labor Day Parade kicks off in Downtown Indy Aug. 30. Visit for more Downtown information.For more information about any of these events or IDI programs, please contact Jennifer at 237.2202 or or Megan at 237.2207 or

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During summer break between your child’s junior and senior years, they should call their colleges of interest and arrange to take campus tours and visit a classroom. While at the college, they should visit the financial aid counselor if need be. The results of their ACT, SAT and AP scores should have all arrived at the college by this time. If your child is going to need financial help, they should start sending away for private scholarship applications, especially those available in your area. This is also a good time to start filling out college applications as they arrive. Senior year, and it’s down to the wire. College choices should be narrowed down to those that your child can realistically expect to get into. If the SAT or ACT scores weren’t what your child wanted, they should take the tests again to improve their score. They should also make sure all high school records and transcripts are up to date. Senior year is also when your child needs to ask their teachers for recommendations, making sure they give them plenty of time to complete the letters. Your child should follow up later to make sure the teachers have sent everything in by the deadline. Senior year is also when all financial aid applications need to be sent and first semester grades sent to all the colleges they have applied for, if the college requires them. Two weeks after filing their FAFSA, your child’s SAR (Student Aid Report) should be arriving. They should check the report for errors and be sure to keep a copy with their student records.

or some parents, their child going off to college represents them getting older. For others, it means finally being able to turn that bedroom into an office. For the college-bound student, it means they are getting away from their parents and can now do what they want, when they want. No matter what college represents, the important thing is to choose one that both parties will be happy with. When should this search begin? During your child’s freshman and sophomore years, they should start thinking about the minimum course requirements most colleges have and plan on taking courses that will help them meet those requirements. It’s also a good time to meet with their guidance counselor and discuss their classes and college plans. If they want to participate in college sports, make sure they know the requirements of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). During your child’s junior year, they should sign up to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), as well as start researching colleges and their application procedures. If your child is going to sign up for AP classes sponsored by the College Board, they need to do so by their junior year. After receiving the results of the PSAT/NMSQT, your child should meet with their counselor about their college applications, and if the results were not what they hoped for, it might be a good idea for you to do something to help them do better on the ACT or SAT. They should also register for the ACT. By the end of your child’s junior year, they should have taken the ACT and the SAT I or SAT II subject tests. 32

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College acceptance and rejection letters should be arriving soon. This will help your child narrow down their choices. As soon as one is chosen, make sure your child sends in their acceptance notification and informs any other schools that they were accepted elsewhere. If your child has gotten a financial aid package, they should apply for student loans. Near the end of their senior year, your child should make sure the high school has sent their college their final transcript. If your child is going to be living on campus, they should apply for housing and meals and make arrangements to attend campus orientation. After everything is done, you and your child can sit back and relax for a while. Then, before you know it, it will be time to load up the car and move your child to their new temporary home.

Search Your Genealogy with the Carmel Clay Historical Society The Genealogy Lab at the Monon Center East is open every other Tuesday beginning last January, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Online resources available: Ancestry Library Edition HeritageQuest Online Accessible Archives American Civil War Research Database Footnote GenealogyBank Godfrey Memorial Library National Genealogical Society New England Historic Genealogy Society New York Genealogical & Biographical Society World Vital Records These databases are also available on alternating Tuesdays and every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Historical Society Archives located behind the Monon Depot Museum on 211 First Street S. W., Carmel, IN. Call 317-846-7117 and let us know when you are coming. You may also email the Genealogy Librarian at

For more information on the Carmel Clay Historical Society, please visit The Monon Depot Museum., at 211 First Street SW (one block south of Main Street on the Monon Trail) is open all year every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-12, and 1-5. From March through November, it is also open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. Open at other times by special appointments. Call 317-846-7117.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Industry Expert

Treating Sun Damaged Skin By Catherine Winslow, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Q: It’s the end of the summer- how do I get rid of all the sun damage quickly? A: There are many ways to improve the skin tone, texture and appearance. They differ in cost, risks, reliability and downtime. A few options: Skin care products (prescription strength) with hydroquinone and Tretinoin can slowly fade some dark spots and firm some fine lines. Use with Sunblock, as it will sensitize your skin to the sun! Expect to pay $75 -$150. IPL Lasers or non-ablative skin rejuvenation. No downtime treatment series that will help minimize dark spots. Benefits include minimal pain and downtime. Downsides are the cost (thousands, typically) and need for repeated treatments to obtain results, which will not remove ALL dark spots. Fraxel (many variations exist). Some improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, but results are quite variable and

numerous (2-4) treatments are almost always required for results. Downsides include moderate downtime (2-4 days) with EACH treatment, high cost (thousands) and significant variability with results. Chemical peel (like TCA). Dramatic, predictable results with virtually all dark spots and most fine wrinkles improved but... about a week of downtime. A TCA peels also tightens and firms skin. Price is moderate (<$1500) and one treatment is usually all that is necessary. (This is my favorite option for drama!!) Ablative laser (like CO2). Probably the most dramatic improvements, but for most, the risks outweigh the benefits- lines of demarcation, pain, possible scars, months of significant redness and weeks to heal in addition and significant cost (typically thousands). This list is not all inclusive, but enough to get some general ideas on how to combat those pesky signs of sun damage. Next summer- more Sunblock!!

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Home Construction Industry Expert

What Is A Guaranteed Buyout?

By Suzanne Dennis, Marketing Director Justus Homes, Inc.

Known as a GBO, a Guaranteed Buy Out allows a homeowner to begin building their new home with the assurance that their existing home will sell within a specific timeframe or be “bought out” by the Guarantor - usually the builder, Realtor or other third party investor.

In today’s market, savvy homebuyers are using GBO’s wisely; eliminating the concern that they may become responsible for two mortgage payments. Additionally, a GBO may allow a homebuyer to take advantage of securing lower interest rates. If you are considering purchasing or building a new home, and have a home you want to sell, ask your homebuilder or Realtor about their GBO program.

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Even with these improvements, some school cafeterias still serve unhealthy food. Kids drawn to unhealthy food will continue to eat it. That’s why it is so important that parents teach their kids the value of good nutrition and practice healthy eating habits at home. Commit to helping your kids develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Attend the health fair with your kids, serve healthy meals and keep your cabinets stocked with low-fat snacks. With any luck, your kids will listen, and the next time they’re standing in line in the school cafeteria, they’ll reach for a banana instead of a cookie!

hen you were in school, you enjoyed taking your lunch. You liked your mom’s homemade soup and fresh sandwiches. Your kids, however, think differently and prefer eating in the cafeteria. While that’s good for you and saves you time in the morning, you’re not so sure it’s good for your kids. Pizza, burgers and fries aren’t exactly the healthiest foods in the world. While those foods are still found on many school menus, school cafeterias in general are starting to get healthier. Healthier trends in school cafeterias are on the rise. Some of these include: Lighter menus: Like many fast food restaurants, several school cafeterias are offering students healthier selections. Instead of the usual high-fat fare, students can choose from a wide variety of meals lower in fat and calories. The nutritional content of each meal is listed on the menu, and to give both students and parents a chance to look at the options provided, menus are sent out weeks in advance. Healthier ingredients: As part of their lighter menus, many school cafeterias are transforming high-fat favorites like pizza and burgers into low-fat delights. Students can fill up on pizza and burgers made with soy and low-fat cheese. Juice bars: Gone are the soda machines that so many school cafeterias once housed. In their place are juice bars offering students healthier options for quenching their thirst. Pasta bar: In addition to low-fat versions of their favorite foods, several school cafeterias now provide students with a pasta bar. Students can choose from any number of delicious pastas and sauces. Potato bars: There is nothing tastier than a loaded baked potato. Many school cafeterias have capitalized on this fact and offer potato bars chocked with low-fat butter, sour cream, cheese and herbs. Salad bars: Along with pasta and potato bars, several school cafeterias are tempting students’ taste buds with salad bars. Instead of cookies and cake, students can stock their plates with fruits and veggies and fill up on salad.

In addition to providing healthier food, many schools are teaching students to eat better by conducting health fairs. With a wide range of exhibits available, students can see for themselves the benefits of good nutrition. Front Porch News • August 2008


local events

Noblesville Summer Concert Series -August 7th, 7:00 p.m. at the Events Lawn of Dr. James Dillon Park. Plan to attend the Noblesville Summer Concert Series featuring Dave and Rae Band. Rock and roll mixed with high energy. Playing music from the 70’s to today. This event is free and good for the whole family. Conner Prairie Teddy Bear Picnic - August 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m. Bring your teddy bear out to enjoy the sun. Decorate a frame, and we’ll take a picture of you and your teddy bear to bring home. We will also play historic games. $9/member youth ($10/non-member youth) Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at no charge). Reservations required. Call 776-6000. Bring the Kids to Shakespeare in the Park - August 15, 6:30 p.m., West Park, 2700 W. 116th Street, Carmel. Bring the kids, a picnic and your imagination to Shakespeare in the Park! Presented by Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation and City Center Children’s Theatre. For more information call 317-848-7275. Back to School - August 26, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Washington Township Parks and Recreation, Instructional Room. It is back to school time. We will read stories about getting ready for school. We will make new friends just like at school. We will have a fun craft to make and a snack to finish off the morning. Registration Required by August 12. Age: 3-5. Cost: $8.00. Tour de Carmel - Join us for our most popular special event! Register Now! September 13th, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Clay Terrace. Tour de Carmel is a bike ride (not a race) along 10 and 20-mile routes throughout Carmel. Along the ride, stop at any of our rest stops for a variety of healthy snacks, drinks and entertainment. After the ride is complete hang out at the finish line for more refreshments and awards for the most decorated bike, most participants for one family, youngest participant, most wise participant and many more. To ensure a goodie bag and T-shirt, register by September 6. You can register online or pick up a form at The Monon Center. Check-in on event day is from 7:30-9 a.m. No riders will be allowed to begin the Tour after 9 a.m. and must complete the course no later than noon. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. Helmets are strongly encouraged. All ages. Adaptive Ride: 10-mile Route **This ride is for individuals with special needs only. Individuals will ride as a group on the 10-mile route. Staff will be staggered within the group throughout the 10-mile route. Group will meet at Clay Terrace in designated tent for check-in at 8 am. Group will begin the ride at 8:30 am sharp. 10-mile Route Activity #: 189012-01, 20-mile Route Activity #: 189012-02. Adaptive Route Activity #: 189012-03. To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum - Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd. Now thru September 07, 2008. All day. The IMA will be the first venue to host this touring exhibition, which will include some of the greatest masterworks of the Egyptian artistic tradition from the Brooklyn Museum’s extensive, worldrenown collection. The exhibition, which explores Egyptian 40

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strategies for defeating death and achieving eternal life, will contain over 100 objects including coffins, statuary, jewelry and vessels. The exhibition tells the story of mummification, the funeral procession and rituals, the contents of the tomb, the final judgment, and the idealized afterlife. Each section of the exhibition will allow the visitor to compare funeral accessories that were used by the upper, middle class, and lower classes. Ticket Information: ADMISSION IS FREE. For more information call 317-923-1331. Butterflies - Indianapolis Zoo/White River Gardens. The popular “Buttlerflies” display returns to White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo from March 21-September 2. Hundreds of butterflies flutter among visitors as they walk among the paths inside the glass-enclosed Hilbert Conservatory. Enjoy exotic butterfly species from Africa, Central America and North America. Look for blooming plants which attract the butterflies both high and low. And don’t forget to see what’s blooming in our outdoor DeHaan Tiergarten! The Gardens open daily at 9am, March through September. Closing hours vary. Visit for current operating hours and admission prices, or call (317) 630-2001. Ticket Information: Buyer Types Ticket Prices Adults $13.50, Seniors (62+) $8.50, Youth ages 2-12 $8.50, Children age 1 and under FREE, Parking $5.00. St. Mark’s Book Groups Invite New Members Boomarkers. Interested readers are welcome to join The Bookmarkers book club Tuesday, August 12 to discuss 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphy. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., this informal group of women who meet monthly will share their reactions to Piper’s personal experience after being declared dead at the scene of a car accident. Windows to the World. Tuesday, August 26, the Windows to the World book group will meet beginning at 7:00 p.m. to discuss books about Social Action. This group, which meets quarterly, focuses on various topics throughout the year including Education for Mission, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Spiritual Growth.. For a list of this month’s suggested titles, visit, click on Fellowship Groups, and United Methodist Women. Both book groups meet at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th & Gray Rd. For more information on either reading group, contact St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 317-846-4912 or Community Craft Club - Join with other crafters & dedicate time to your hobby during Craft Work Days at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, located at 126th & Gray Ave. in Carmel. Everyone is welcome - from sewers to needlepoint, scrapbooking, or any other hobby. Choose either Thursday, August 21, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Friday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or both! Call 846-4912 or email kathy@stmarkscarmel. org to reserve your spot at this free gathering. Childcare is available for the Friday morning gathering.

Lawn Care Industry Expert

AUGUST - Summer Stress

By Robert Stalets, President, Green-Scene, Inc.

August can be one of the hottest months of the year taking our cool season grass species right out of their ideal environment. Anything over 80 degrees begins to affect our lawns in a negative way - 90 degree temperatures really add stress to the efforts to keep lawns nice. In August lawns show their true colors. As heat begins to hurt our lawns they begin to show areas where different grass blends were used in the past to over-seed or repair damage. The heat brings out a lawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true uniform (or lack thereof) nature. This occurs at a time when crabgrass begins to show its maturity, greatly reducing uniformity, and the beauty that may have been visible a few months earlier. The rules of thumb for proper watering/mowing play a large role in aiding the return of a more uniform lawn.

Proper watering - If your sprinkler system company turns on your unit it is most likely wrong for the time of year that it was set. Watering averages per location run from 25-40 minutes, with spray head zones on a system ranging from 8-12 minutes. How often:

From 70 - 80 degrees - x 1 per week From 80 - 85 degrees - x 2 per week From 85 & above - x 3 per week

Mowing in the heat should be as high as possible with a sharp blade and as late in the day as possible - later is better!! These simple practices can help minimize lawn uniformity issues during the summer months.

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Remodeling Industry Expert

Aging in Place

By Maxson Remodeling & Construction Staff

No matter how hard we try, we can’t avoid getting older. The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics estimates that by 2010, there will be 40.2 million people in the U.S. age 65 or older. As this segment of the population continues to age, many of these individuals are choosing to remain in their homes or move in with family. This “aging in place” trend poses a remodeling challenge for millions of Americans who want to provide a safe, comfortable environment for loved ones. Today’s remodeling contractors can become Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS). This designation indicates that they have taken a course educating them on the challenges faced by the elderly in the home. If you are considering remodeling a home for an aging relative (or yourself), keep these basics in mind: • Standard doorknobs and light switches can be very difficult for an individual with arthritis.

• Doorways should be at least 2 feet 10 inches to allow for a walker or wheelchair. • If a senior has a hearing loss, utilize items that light up (e.g. – doorbell) instead of making sounds. • Modify counters, cabinets and sinks to allow wheelchairs to fit underneath. • Remove all rises at entrances. • Install rails near the toilet, and replace the shower glass door with a low ridge and curtains. • Utilize bright, contrasting colors (floor/wall/cabinets) for seniors with poor vision. • Good lighting throughout the entire living area. Although we can’t reverse the aging process, we CAN be prepared to deal with the issues in the coming years. A little preparation can make the transition easier.

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canoe from Cave Country Canoes and float down the Blue River. If just being outside is your thing, check out Eagle’s Crest at Eagle Creek Park located at 7201 Fishback Rd. This is an idyllic setting nestled among 50 acres of woods. At the Eagle Creek Marina, you can dine on food prepared by the Jazz Kitchen and relax to an evening of music every Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Watkins Park is the host of free concerts through July, August and September. Check out for details. A Walk in the Park Art Show is taking place on August 10th at Ellenberger Park.

By Dana Renay-Lopes ith the gas prices the way they are it is a wonder we W can even leave our driveway, let alone go somewhere far from home with our families. This summer, take a break and take advantage of the many unique things there are to do before school starts in August. From picking berries or herbs to caving, Indiana has so much to do, right in our backyard. Waterman’s Farm Market in Indianapolis is located at 7010 E. Raymond St. Call 317-357-2989. If you go on a Sunday, your family can join in the fun by having a Sundae on Sunday. You can also pick most produce throughout the summer. They also have a Greenwood location, but the only harvest that are open to the public for self-picking are strawberries in the summer and pumpkins in the fall. Carolee’s Herb Farm at 3305 S. 100 West in Hartford City, Indiana. Call 765-348-3162 or visit This is one of the largest herb farms in the Midwest. Stroll through over 20 different gardens to learn about herbs, flowers, exotic treasures or woodland beauties Patoka Lake in Orange County is about a two hour drive from Indianapolis, and has something for everyone. Rent a cabin, rent a boat, swim, bike, or fish. It’s all there. www. For the more adventurous, travel a little further south, past Patoka Lake, and visit Crawford County. You can visit the famous Marengo or Wyandotte caves. Or, you can rent a Front Porch News • August 2008


Optometry Industry Expert

Before Back-to-School, Get Back-to-the-Optometrist! By Dr. Jeremy Ciano

It’s back to school time, and that means the school supply shopping frenzy is about to begin. New pencils, clothes, and book bags are on most students ‘must have’ list, but what about new glasses? Crisp vision is the single most important ‘back to school supply’ students need for their education, yet it is often the most overlooked. Vision is a dominant process in the growth, development and daily performance of children. In fact, EIGHTY PERCENT OF WHAT STUDENTS LEARN IS THROUGH VISION. And yet, 86 percent of all school-age children have not had a complete eye examination...Ever!

Dr. Jeremy Ciano’s practice, RevolutionEYES, is now located in Clay Terrace. If there are any questions about this month’s article or to schedule your annual eye examination, please call 844-2020.

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Students with poor vision can sometimes be misdiagnosed as learning impaired or as having attention deficient disorders. The truth is some children don’t know they have vision problems, because they don’t know what normal vision is like. School screenings are an adequate starting point, but a comprehensive eye health examination needs to be conducted in order to make a definitive diagnosis and prescribe treatment. Parents and teachers need to know that a complete eye examination is the only true way to rule out any vision and eye health issues. So, as we all look forward to getting the kids ready for the upcoming school year, don’t forget the most important school supply of all, their vision.

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CLASSFIEDS SERVICES & BUSINESSES Auto-Detailing-Boat Detailing-This college student wants to make you and your car happy! Home for the summer, phone today. Eric 317-879-0706. House/pet/tutoring/child-sitting-Responsible w/ references: Worked at a vet, had horse, dogs, cat & been a child-sitter/au pair. DePauw University graduate May 08, taking college classes in Indy part of summer/fall. Contact: Rachel 317-442-2426. Stay-at-Home Mom v. Earning an Income—Inc. 500 Company expanding in this area. Looking for home-based representatives. No Inventory or distribution. Training and support provided. Call for more info 317-848-6043. Customized In-Home Pet Sitting-While you’re away I can keep your pet happy and comfortable in their own home with professional, personalized care. Mid-day Walks, Daily Visits, Overnights. Bonded & Insured. Contact Brooke Cunningham: 697-4278 Private Piano Instruction-given at students’ homes by professional pianist. Graduate of Butler Univeristy with Master of Music in piano pedagogy. Teaching all levels and ages 4 years and up, including adults. References available upon request from Village of West Clay residents. Call 317-946-3020. CARPET CLEANING & STAIN CORRECTION--The cleanest carpets you’ve ever had after a cleaning guaranteed. We specialize in stain removal: pet stain/odor, kool-aide, paint, nail polish & more. We also repair & restretch. 10% off w/ad. ALL PRO 317-345-4300. HOME IMPROVEMENT AND REMODELING. Call RJ & E Corp for basement and attic finishing, room additions, repairs, decks, trim, crown molding, pole barns, any new construction interior or exterior. Jobs completed in timely manner. Fully insured-BBB 317-403-8931 www.rjecorp. com. Waggin Tails Pet Sitting--Mid-days/vacations/free meet and greet. Insured. Call Jami Graves @ 844-9879! Looking for innovative products (containers to keep your produce fresher for longer and so much more!) for the on the go family, toys, or great gifts all year round, visit Www. Feel free to contact me at or 317-410-7169.

FRENCH NATIVE TUTOR-TEACHER licensed & experienced with Master of Education- individual or group instruction for any age/level! Call Françoise 691-1985. Traditional and Digital Scrapbooking--Overwhelmed with your photos? I can help. Look on-line for products and class schedule at Liz Dapp – Unit Leader – 815-5741 – ALTERATIONS AND CUSTOM DRESS STUDIO In the village above Andy’s Real Estate and The Pilates Studio on Rhettsbury St. Call Karen White 341-4762 for appointments. Boden trunk show representative. A great line of clothing for men, women, boys, girls and baby: September 1st through the 7th - approximately 300 items from the fall 2008 line available for you to assess fabrics, colors, sizes and coordinate outfits. Contact Erin Sullivan at 317-817-0411 or Benefits include: view clothing in person, 15% off entire order and FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders of $150.

WANTED VWC resident looking for responsible person w/ car to drive my 2 children to St. Luke Catholic School and Beth-El Zedeck (both around 75th and Spring Mill) for many Tuesdays during the school year. $25 per Tues. (neg.) Marybeth Morris 260-6633. Are you constantly juggling work and/or kids, pets and the house? Look no more; middle schooler that’s dependable and conscientious who can help you straighten out your schedule. Babysitting, pet sitting, and/or house sitting. Katie Gao 7050923. Responsible person w/ reliable vehicle wanted to drive 13 yr old to/from sports practice 3 afternoons/week after school midAug thru Oct. Avail for similar Spring schedule desirable, but not req’d. 10 miles R/T from VWC. Wage+exps paid. 575-9095. BUTLER/HOUSE & PET SITTER - Professional house manager living in the village is offering his services for your private home and office party needs as well as house & pet care needs. Call Lloyd White 750-3248. Data Support ServicesDesign, develop and maintain databases for all your business or personal needs Let us put together a plan for you J&R Data Support Services jrdss@yahoo. com 317-574-0558. Young Chefs Academy is actively recruiting for energetic, personable Instructors and Assistant Instructors who love to work with kids. Call us 371-0770.

Need help organizing your life; childcare, errands, personal/ executive assistant for your business? I am a very prompt, highly organized, dedicated, high-energy person. Contact info: 317-490-1381

SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP 2008: For children 3-7 years of age. Call now for details, or to register your child. Sharon Emanuel, Montessori Teacher/Experienced Homeschooler 317706-8509, Village of West Clay.

Allergies, asthma, breathing difficulties, pet odors, mold or mildew? Concerned about viruses, bacteria, germs? Call 645-3627 or go to for more info or to order ActivePure technology with SurfaceGuard protection today.

MATH TUTOR-Licensed math teacher that lives in the neigborhood will help your child (any grade level or subject area of math)...please call for tutoring. Thanks! Contact info: Holly at 503-0327.


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“Got some love to spare?” After school help needed. I am looking for someone to care for my 3 children after school in my home in The Village of West Clay. Teenagers, Stay home moms, grandparents looking for some extra income? Call Linda at 654-9400.

FOR SALE Experienced child care provider wanted to care for newborn during the day. Full-time M-F, approx. 7:00 am-4:00pm, starting late October in your home or ours. Please contact Katie at 513207-0818.

Living Room Set-- sofa, 2 chairs and ottoman, light yellow, microsuade fiber, gently used/like new. $1200.00 Please call 317-946-3020. Saxaphone, King, Alto Sax. Includes everthing you need to start playing. Ideal for beginner.(mouthpiece, reeds, stand.) $300 Call Melissa or Jamie in VoWC 317-843-1957. Dual Use Poker Table which provides a 2 in 1 table featuring a (felt top)/dining table with 4 adjustable leather/wood swivel chairs. Brand new. $1500, best offer. Captain Chair Bar Stools with arm rests. Brand new. $275.00 best offer. 6 Available. Call Bryan or Rachel at 317-289-2443 for more information, pictures of items are available upon request. John Deere riding lawn mower STX 38 ($825), Glass Top Office Desk ($75), Lenox Air Conditioner 13 seer 3.5 ton never used ($850), 2001 V6 Yellow Ford Mustang 77,000 miles ($7,500) Contact Ryan 733-2282 or Circa 1900’s antique oak chest of drawers recently refinished @$300.00. Nikon digital camera Coolpix 990 @$125.00. Antique English wooden biscuit jar with porcelain interior @$200.00. Hand forged wrought iron head & footboard (brown) for queen bed. Simple design. @ $200.00. Boutique parlor chair @$100.00. Small green leather & oak foot stool @$50.00. Large pirates trunk recently refinished. @$200.00. Green Samsonite “hard case” matching luggage set from the 1970’s (5 pieces)@ $50.00 Kent A. Miller, Cell Ph# 317-507-4758, Used Lawn Mower-Toro Recycler II, pull start, runs good, $75.00, call Audrey Nelson at 317-810-0938. FOR SALE: Brown Leather Natuzzi Sofa. Good Condition, perfect for a home theatre/basement. $550. Come and see it, call 317.580.0383- Treaty Line St.

Rollerblades adjustable sizes 1-4 youth $20; Razor scooter $30; large wooden dollhouse assembled; $200 OBO; call Carol in VOWC 810-0693. Amby Baby Hammock $200-natural,color, great condition. Helps babies sleep with a womb-like design and gentle motion. Good for babies with reflux, colic, & premies. Complete set (bed, sheets, snugglers, jump jump, and travel bag). 317-773-0267. Interior Decorate Accessory. Individual designed all kinds of interior accessory. Hand made toys, designed jewelers. Price is from $5.oo and up. Call Liz 258-8258. Washing Machine- Heavy duty Whirlpool, white, top load excellent condition, $140.00 317-815-9883 or 317-501-0952. Comode Sink:elegant custom comode sink with walnut finish cabinet, marble top and fluted porcelain sink. Save several hundred dollars. 815-9883 or 501-0952. Car for sale-Audi 2003 A4 3.0 Quattro,Dark Blue, 64,500 Miles, Loaded. $14,900. Call Stacy to learn more at 317-816-2684. Hooker Entertainment TV Cabinet: solid wood; large; 61”high, 46”wide, 25”deep. Excellent condition; photos on Ebay--item number 330215073707. Does not have to be bought through Ebay. Email:

FOR RENT For Rent-Village of West Clay Brownstone, end unit, 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath, includes appliances. $1,850.00/ month. Available July 1st,Call 317-571-1886. New Condo for rent- One level, 2 BR, 2 BA, includes all appliances and window coverings, washer/dryer, 2 car garage, wooded lot, fireplace, end unit w/lots of windows. West Carmel/Zionsville, non-smoking, no pets $1700.00 month Call 966.0916. Vacation home rentals on Perdido Key, Florida. Visit www. for more details. Condo for rent in the Village. Flexible lease terms available. Call 317-402-1393. VACATION RENTAL CAPE COD-Come to old Cape Cod this summer! 2 Bdrm cottage in Osterville. Close to beach. Free Pass. All weeks in June at off-season rates. July 4th Week open. Contact or go to: www.cyberrentals. com/rental/p166038

FOR SALE: 55” Panasonic HD DLP TV. Can be used with or without matching stand. $1000 OBO. Call Bill 317-582-0524. Canadian Maple Office set. Corner PC desk with 2 shelves, 2 two-drawer file cabinets, 1 single drawer file cabinet. Credenza and 3-tier bookshelf. Chair and extra side table included. Like new condition. Purchased at Danish Inspiration for $3,400.98 Sell For $1,012.53. Call Jack Gorecki @ 317-574-9815. Loveseat - 69” length, 36” high, 36” depth. Excellent condition with neutral beige, white and taupe pattern. New: $895. Now: $175. Come and see it. Call 317-844-8711. 2 brand new metal bar stools counter height, with leather seats in beige. paid $350.00 each will sell for $100.00 each. Very sharp. Call Jayne @330-716-3030.

How to Place a Classified: Classifieds are a free service for all residents. To place a classified, please go to and click on Classifieds. Submissions can not be longer than 40 words and will continue to run monthly until removal is requested. They need to be received by the 15th of the month to be included in the following month’s publication. If you wish to place a classified in any other Capture Media publication, the cost is $25 per town per month.

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Shaun Forkin What is hope but a shift in perspective, an active desire to face down fear and to live more at ease in one’s world, an active desire to feel or be something else yet still to be? What is hope but the blessing love gives again and again and again? Unfortunately, so often in our modern society, hope is treated like a commodity purchasable only by those with the finances to do so, a commodity priced beyond the reach of those most in need. So often hope is an active desire unable to be acted upon. There are individuals, however, whose faith in humanity isn’t tempered by the daily challenges modern life exacts but instead is strengthened by them; people who everyday define wisdom and sensitivity through their commitment to an unselfish heart. There are individuals who believe that hope, being a necessary component of one’s healthy relationship with the world, should not be procured with dollar signs but with humanity. Shaun Forkin is such an individual. Shaun lives his life exuberantly, as though to be passionate about anything means being passionate about everything. He is that rare man who seeks, through thoughts and actions, not to help the world go around but to inspire the world to move forward. His enthusiasm informs both his private and public lives as he makes it a point to grant both power and time to the people and things that he loves. In this way he has become a successful husband and father, friend and businessman. A resident of The Village of WestClay, Shaun moved to Indiana from Chicago three years ago to become the Director of Sales for Proliance, a natural gas supplier based in Indianapolis. Shaun lauds his company for treating its customers and employees compassionately, a rare and innovative approach in today’s business world. He also praises the company’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves through donations of both time and resources to local charitable and non-profit agencies, arts and cultural organizations, and high school and local sports teams. Proliance also sets a standard by encouraging its employees to sit on the boards of directors of local organizations they can personally invest themselves in. For Shaun, who in 1999 lost his beloved sister to breast cancer, this meant taking on the challenge of becoming involved with Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis. Little Red Door strives to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved 50

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residents of Central Indiana. They assist with free cancer screenings, facilitating year-round screenings for breast, cervical, colon, oral and prostate cancers. They also provide free public education programs that teach individuals how to assess their cancer risk, learn early detection techniques and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. For those who have received a cancer diagnosis, Little Red Door becomes an important beacon of hope, a life-line that removes some of the burdens inherent with fighting such a relentless disease. Their services are numerous--medical equipment and supplies are provided, wigs and scarves for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, nutritional supplements to maintain health, support groups and continued education, and transportation to and from medical appointments are but some of their services. They also organize a camp for pediatric cancer patients that allows children to focus on being children and not being defined by an illness. All of the small and large concerns associated with coping with cancer are addressed by the organization’s dedicated staff of employees and volunteers. Continued on next page

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Shaun Forkin Shaun, active with the agency for almost one year, becomes animated when speaking of all that Little Red Door offers the community. He stresses the importance of their mission and the importance of the support that comes from the community. Individual contributions make up about 15% of the agency’s budget and over 85 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards supporting services that benefit individuals who are in need. With new and ever-changing barriers to care, however, such as the rising fuel costs that place unfortunate limits on transportation services, individual donations become of even greater importance. To this end Little Red Door now offers The Face of Hope Tour, where they invite community leaders and members of the public to go behind the

scenes of the agency to better understand and appreciate the scope and the significance of their services, services geared towards providing perhaps the most important component when dealing with cancer—Hope. Shaun Forkin understands that our legacies are not the things we leave behind; our legacies are the people who our lives have touched, people who continue our stories by living their own stories of humanity. Legacies are made through our open engagement with the world around us. Legacies are made through the blessings love gives again and again and again. To donate time or resources or to inquire about The Face of Hope Tour you can contact Shaun Forkin at 231-6850.

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