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From left, Hamilton County Council President Steve Schwartz, Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger, Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, Hamilton County Commissioner Christine Altman, Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, Hamilton County Council member Paul Ayers and Hamilton County Council member Jeff Hern break ground on the new jail expansion project. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

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Hamilton County officials detailed the new Hamilton County Jail expansion project during a ground-breaking ceremony April 10 at the site on the north side Event of the jail, 18102 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville. Phase I construction of the expansion project is scheduled to begin this month, and the $13.5 million project is expected to be complete in April 2019. The first phase will add 120 beds. Phase II, which costs just less than $4 million, will add an additional 136 beds. Hamilton County commissioners are waiting for additional funds to begin Phase II. The Hamilton County Jail originally was built in 1993 to hold 296 inmates. Jail population is now nearing 400 inmates. “I think it’s important to note that Hamilton County is not only one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, but also one of the largest counties as well with a population of over 360,000, which is expected to double in size by 2050,” Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt said. “I think the success we’ve had is really attributed to the collaborative

efforts we have with the mayors and all our towns here, and we work well together to make Hamilton County one of the safest counties not only in the state of Indiana, but in the United States.” In addition to the extra beds, the expansion will have an interior recreation area, a classroom and a medical support area. Dining space will be accommodated in existing space in the old jail. The new addition to the jail will have 11 cell pods with 84 cells consisting of two- and four-man cells. Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen outlined how House Bill 1006, passed in January 2016, affected the jail’s population and the need for expansion. The legislation requires Level 6 felons to serve their terms in county jails rather than state prisons. Bowen said the county tried to mitigate the growth during the past 25 years, such as moving female inmates to the juvenile center. “We have done all we can do, and as the county continues to grow and expand and issues continue to rise, we have no choice but to break ground on a new building,” Bowen said. “We need to be prepared for the future.” For more, visit

Applications for Spark!Fishers entertainers and vendors due April 13 Spark!Fishers is the community’s new summer festival, to be held on June 2930. Local entertainers and vendors are invited to apply to participate in the Street Fair June 30 in the downtown Nickel Plate District. Entertainers will perform on-stage or street-side during the event and will be compensated. Vendors will include food, businesses, artists, nonprofits and educational organizations. The cost for a vendor booth is $100 to $350. The application deadline for Spark!Fishers entertainers and vendors is April 13. Fishers-based entertainers and vendors are especially encouraged to apply. For more or an application form, visit

Dispatches Cadet law enforcement academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is accepting applications for the 2018 class. The Academy is limited to the first 50 applicants. Registration is open to students in grades 9-12. Cost is $300 and is due by June 1. For more, visit trooper. org/camps. Quilters guild meeting – Mudsock Quilters Guild meets on the second Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th St. For more, visit Newcomers Club – The Fishers Newcomers Club meets the second Thursday of most months at 6:45 p.m. at the Delaware Township Building, 9090 E. 131st St. Meet friends, join one of our activity groups and participate in various charitable activities. For more, contact us at


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Good Samaritan Network to host resource fair May 4 By Noah Alatza

rection on getting signed up for those opportunities for aging people or low-income individuals and look at the resources in place contributing to our economy and Hamilton County’s Good Samaritan Netmake sure they get a heads-up in their life,” work will host its ninth-annual Event Resource Fair May 4. Chance said. Chance said there are many More than 2,400 people atopportunities. tended last year’s fair, according to Nancy  “Last year we had huge positive reChance, Good Samaritan Network’s founder views,” Chance said. “People found resourcand executive director. es that they have not necessarily been  The free event will be from noon to looking for because you don’t have to stop 5 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairat every booth.” grounds in Noblesville, 2003 Pleasant St.  Representatives from Westlink Consult Chance said the event is focused on an ing LLC at Riverview Health will be on-site effort to continue promotion of informed to answer questions regarding Medicaid, citizens with opportunities for multi-generMedicare, Social Security, Healthy Indiana ational people. Plan, Hospital Presumptive Eligibility and  “We have a color-coded map to find the other similar programs. resources,” she said. “We put that in place  “Most of our agencies sign up right because it makes it quicker and easier to away,” Chance said. “This has grown beget in and get out.” cause people find we are credible. Nobody  Ninety-three vendors participated last would be coming if we weren’t. They have year. Chance said the fair adds anywhere ideas of things we haven’t thought of.” from 15 to 20 each year. This year’s fair is  A Senior Caregiver Connection area will focused on volunteering and includes a be on display for the second time. specialized senior area, highlighting volun “We have the largest senior population teer networking opportunities and commuin world history,” Chance said. “There are a nity service hours. ah_cottage_current_1_FINAL.qxp_Layout 1 4/10/18 5:07 PM Page 1 lot of people who are moving to Hamilton  “(The fair provides) more support or di-

County to be closer to their family and for quality of their life, and we want to show what our area has to offer. We want to give seniors a heads-up to preserve their health.” Dozens of exhibitors will showcase edu-

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The Good Samaritan Network will host a Resource Fair with approximately 100 vendors. (Submitted photo)

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provide a process or application that will help us do our job better and safer.” Speakers will include U.S. Rep. SuLocal first responders will benefit san Brooks, former Boston Police Dept. from the third annual AT&T #IoTCiviCommissioner Ed Davis, Fishers Mayor cHack, a hacktechnology athon taking Scott Fadness and Indiana State Police Supt. Douglas Carter, among others. place April 20-21 Justin Richardson, manager of data at the new Internet of Things lab, 9059 and analytics at OurHealth, which is Technology Ln. participanting in the event, said he The hackathon brings together deRichardson is excited to see what OurHealth will velopers, designers and technologists bring to the event. to solve a problem, based on the type “We enjoy participating in these of challenges first responders face. kinds of things and playing with the “Public safety is the main focus for new technology they will have availthis year’s event. They have a specific able and really making an impact in focus each time, and this time it so our community,” Richardson said. happens to be public safety, which is “They present us with a set of probawesome since it’s being held right Weger lems and give us some technology to here in our backyard,” Fishers Police work with, and we sit down with some white Dept. Public Information Officer Sgt. Tom Weboards and smart people and try to figure out ger said. “The city as a whole prides itself on how to solve it. It’s really beneficial to both being on the cutting edge of technology, and sides.” the police department is no different. A lot For a full schedule of events or to register, of networking is going to take place, and we are just excited to see what these developers visit can come up with, and hopefully they can

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The Hamilton Southeastern Hockey Club A Team recently won the 3A state championship. Back, from left, coach Alex Chefalo, Keaton Demlow, David Jones, Rutger Poiry, Andy Grasso, Jackson McCoy, Jake Smith, Ben Dufinetz, Nate Crum, Jake Kessinger, Alec Shaffer, David Desplinter, Ty Desplinter, head coach Adrian Render and manager Matt Dufinetz. Middle, from left, Grant Compton, Nick Reynolds, Mike Ivory, Cole Peterson, Luke Owen, Trevor Hayes, Cameron Cocquyt and Conner Anderson. Front, from left, Haley Schultz and Caleb Harris. (Submitted photo)



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abuser was sentenced to 20 years in prison. After the trial, a reporter from the Dallas Morning News approached Quinn about doAlthough she was at one time a popular ing an article. She was 17 at the time, but student at her Texas high school, Jenna she and her family agreed. Quinn said she never considered “The very last thing he asked me herself chaucie’s place a brave is what I’d say to other victims, and I basically was very encouraging person. and asked them to tell, but not just But it was inside her the entire tell someone, but tell someone who time. can get help,” Quinn said. Quinn is now known for Texas’ Jenna’s Law was passed in Texas Jenna’s Law, which mandates that Quinn in 2009. About 30 states have simischools and day care facilities train lar laws. The Indiana General Assembly reschool-aged children, staff and parents on cently approved similar legislation authored the signs and symptoms of abuse. She’s by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper). written a book, given TED talks, spoken to Quinn said more states need to pass such legislators and traveled the nation speaking laws. out against sexual abuse. She’ll be the fea“The work is never done,” she said. “I feel tured speaker at the April 27 Chaucie’s Place like this work is lifelong for me.” Breakfast in Carmel. As a teenage girl, Quinn was abused by chaucie’s place breakfast her basketball coach. To make herself less attractive, she would purposely over-eat. When: 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 27 She’d cut herself. Her grades dropped. She Where: Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian hardly slept. She thought of suicide. St., Carmel By age 16, she said she had completely Cost: Free, but reserve a spot at changed. HQksC1 She finally told her family in 2003, and More info: after a trial that lasted more than a year, her

FISHERS • 106th Street is closed to through traffic from Eller Road to Allisonville Road and from Allisonville Road to Hague Road for the 106th Street Infrastructure Project. Closures also will take place from Hague Road to the Crosspoint Boulevard/ Lantern Road roundabout. The project is expected to be complete this fall.  • Periodic lane restrictions will occur at 131st Street and Cumberland Road for utility relocation. • Lane restrictions will take place along 131st Street between Allisonville Road and Lantern Road for the construction of Conner Trail, which travels from Conner Prairie to the Municipal Complex. This is projected to be complete by early fall. • Eller Road is closed to through traffic, south of White Horse Lane, for concrete work associated with the 106th Street Infrastructure Project and should reopen this fall.  • Lane restrictions will be in place, as weather permits, along Allisonville Road from 126th Street to 131st Street for tree clearing to allow for a roadway-expansion project. Restrictions will be in place be-


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Kacy’s Krew gives back to Fair Haven Foundation By Anna Skinner The sixth annual Fair Haven Art and Craft Market benefiting the Fair Haven Foundation will return from philanthropy 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 for the second year at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 13450 E. 116th St. The event is in memory of Kacy Trick Meyer, who died of colon cancer and spent time at Fair Haven during her treatment. “My family created this fundraiser in memory of my sister, Kacy,” said Tricia Trick-Eckert, creator of Kacy’s Krew, which puts on the fundraiser. “Kacy stayed at one of the Fair Haven apartments when she was undergoing treatment for colon cancer.” The Fair Haven Foundation provides housing near hospitals in downtown Indianapolis for patients and families facing lifethreatening illness such as cancer, highrisk pregnancies and organ transplants. “One of the things Kacy and I talked about is, we had been talking about how to give back to Fair Haven. It was something she felt strongly about,” Trick-Eckert said.

“We didn’t get it started before she died, and I promised her I would give back to Fair Haven in her memory and in her honor, so that’s what we do, that’s why we do this, to help other families going through other life-threatening diagnoses.” The arts-and-craft market features vendors offering handmade items and a bake sale. Admission $1. Some vendors donate a portion of their sales to Kacy’s Krew. All bake sale profits are donated to Kacy’s Krew. “It grows a little bit every year. There’s always something new and exciting,” TrickEckert said. “We are expecting 40 to 45 vendors with unique and interesting handmade and otherwise one-of-a-kind-type items. The bake sale is on vintage plates, and we sell out every single year. The baked goods are packaged on the plates, so it is all wrapped up together, so you kind of get a two for one.” Raffle tickets will be sold for $1. The market is Kacy’s Krew’s largest fundraiser. Last year, the organization raised $30,000. Trick-Eckert said the goal is to raise at least $15,000, which funds an apartment for one year. Although it hasn’t been determined yet,

Tricia Trick-Eckert, right, with her sister, Kacy, before she lost her battle to colon cancer in 2012. (Submitted photo)

Trick-Eckert said the group is working on organizing a lunch sale. For more, visit or the Kacy’s Krew and the Fair Haven Art & Craft Market Facebook page.

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“A new life together!” —Residents, Ed Solinksi & Lori Mansel

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its fifth annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories - Then and Now, and Pollinators in Color. Digital files must be submitted by June 27. Additional information and entry forms are at Safest cities – The National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. The results show Fishers is the fourth-safest city in Indiana. Rankings were based on both violent crimes and property crimes. Source: National Council for Home Safety and Security Child abuse prevention – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Family Support Services of West Central Indiana is urging the community to help bring awareness to the issue. Posters can be obtained by calling 765-653-4820. Grants awarded – A Hamilton County Tourism Inc. program will grant more than $100,000 to community and sports-related organizations this year. Local nonprofits, downtown and arts development organizations and area festivals are just a few of the more than two dozen fund recipients. For a list of this year’s recipients, visit industry.

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Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its fifth annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories - Then and Now, and Pollinators in Color. Digital files must be submitted by June 27. Additional information and entry forms are at Democratic Women of Hamilton County – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 21 at the at Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st St., Fishers.


Fraud prevention seminar – Hamilton County senior citizens are invited to a free fraud prevention event from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 25 at Noblesville Nazarene Church, 1399 Greenfield Ave. The event features exhibitor booths, a screening of “$CAMMED: Investment Fraud Revealed,” a panel discussion, lunch and Q&A. RSVP by calling 317-674-8777 no later than April 20.

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DAR hosts veterans breakfast The Horseshoe Prairie Chapter, National Society Daughters of the recognition American Revolution, recently hosted a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of deployment of U.S. troops to Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U. S. troops from Vietnam. The local DAR chapter each year recognizes “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

The U.S. Congress has designated March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The March 24 breakfast was held at the Noblesville Township Community Center. Korean War and World War II veterans joined the event. Refreshments were served by the Horseshoe Prairie Chapter. Music was provided by local musician Bruce McMahon and a presentation was given by Jeremy Oesterling with Indy Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to coordinating travel for veterans to Washington, D. C. to visit memorials for World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Information about the Indy Honor Flight program can be found at

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County park bridges project recognized The Great Lakes Park Training Institute recently recognized Hamilaward ton County Parks and Recreation with the Outstanding Facility Award for the placement of a pedestrian-only bridge over the White River in Hamilton County. Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. also was recently presented with the Indiana Park and Recreation Association’s Excellence in Landscape Design award for the same project. The project utilized two metal truss bridges from Washington and Wayne Township which were previously slated for demolition. The bridges were saved and restored and then used as part of the project. The new bridge connects the White River Campground to Strawtown Koteewi Park. “This unique bridge project not only enhances accessibility and safety for its users, it also preserves key pieces of Indiana transportation history,” Director of Hamilton County Parks Al Patterson stated in a press release.  For more, visit myhamiltoncountyparks. com.

Hamitlon County Parks and Recreation Dept. was recently recognized for the construction of a pedestrian-only bridge spanning the White River.

From left, Jim O’Brien, chair of the Great Lakes Park Training Institute Board of Regents; Drew Bender, COO of VS Engineering; Allen Patterson, director of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. and Steve Wolter, executive director of Eppley Institute for parks and Public Lands and director of the Great Lakes Park Training Institute, pause during the Great Lakes Park Training Institute Award Ceremony. (Submitted photos)

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Keith Bratton displays one of his whimsical pieces of artwork. (Photos by Sadie Hunter)

The brain of bratton Humor columnist takes a closer look at Fishers man’s inventions Commentary by Dick Wolfsie Former advertising man and World War II veteran Keith Bratton cover story couldn’t get rich creating ads, so he decided to also not get rich by creating off-the-wall ideas, inventions and schemes. He’s been very successful. He hasn’t made a dime. Bratton, 92, moved from Carmel to Meadow Brook Senior Living in Fishers two years ago following a stroke. He was one of the first people I met more than 35 years ago when I moved to Indy. I visit him often. Here’s a look back at some of Bratton’s innovations: First, there were Santa-bolic Steroids, which were tiny pills to boost energy at Christmastime. There was Kosher Konfetti for Jewish weddings, bar mitzvahs and circumcisions.   He invented a tiny mock cable to jumpstart your watch battery from someone else’s. This one-time award-winning account executive for the Indiana State Fair set up a booth between the corn-on-the-cob vendor and the pork chop tent that sold … dental floss. He suggested the fair sell cotton candy that was 60 percent polyester and only 40 percent cotton, so it would be reusable (just fluff and dry). If you’re always depressed when the

Indiana State Fair ends, not to worry: Bratton made “Bags of Air of the Smells of the Fair” for people who wanted the memory to linger. It came in many varieties: Cow Barn, Swine Barn and Poultry. Oh, and there was a clear window in the bag so you could see what you had bought. A higher priced version was vacuum-packed. There was Absorba the Grease, a product to remove stains, and my favorite: The Golf Ball Activator kit, with an antenna on the box. When the package was opened, the spring-loaded ball popped out, accompanied by a buzzer sound. “I only made two, but I could have sold twice as many,” Bratton said. By far his most popular invention was a splash screen for urinals with Osama bin Laden’s picture on it. He did sell quite a few of those, especially to local taverns. But he ran into an unexpected problem. “People kept stealing them,” he said. “It kind of gave me the creeps just to think about that.” Through the years, Bratton has supplemented his income with a unique style of art that he calls “whimsicals.” Each framed picture is a one-panel cartoon. The cartoon is not drawn, but instead fashioned with small pieces of colored paper, creating a three-dimensional effect. “I’m the best in the world at it,” Bratton said. But he also admits he’s probably the only one doing it.

Bratton has sold hundreds of these. Some are his own idea; others were commissioned by clients to emphasize an idiosyncrasy of a friend or loved one that they could give as a gift. One of his creations became the poster for the Indy 500 in l991. It was a montage of the people involved in the event – drivers, cops, vendors, fans – made with dozens of paper cut-outs. He is still making them and selling them to residents at Meadow Brook. “I can’t draw any more due to the stroke, but I can use scissors,” he said. One of Bratton’s favorites is a priest exposing himself in front of three shocked nuns. The priest is fully dressed under his frock, but he is sporting a wild necktie. Another favorite is an Amish artist painting racing stripes on his horse and buggy. For many years, Bratton’s art was displayed and sold at a car wash in Castleton. “Some may have looked down on that, but more people go through a car wash than a museum,” he said. One of his wildest notions was to build the Alco Hall of Fame in Bourbon, Ind. He was joking (presumably), but the idea was to celebrate people who contributed to the world of alcohol consumption, like the guy who invented the swizzle stick or the bar stool. He wanted to build the museum in Rye, N.Y., or Champaign, Ill., but he’s a Hoosier at heart.

When not creating his whimsicals or sporting his walker for his selfprescribed thousand steps a day, Keith Bratton is the Dennis the Menace of his retirement facility. He often amuses his fellow diners by creating works of art with his leftover food, combining the skills of Wolfgang Puck and Picasso. Head Server Christine Hunt said serving Bratton is a treat. “Oh, my gosh, is he so entertaining, cheering people up at every meal,” she said. Then she told me this: “When he first got here he told me that if I sneaked him into my car, we could go to the casino together, gamble and have some wine. How much fun would that have been?” At a previous retirement home, he posted a sign in the lobby that said: “4 p.m. today, Room 404. How to cheat at bingo.” Someone took it down, so Bratton had a better idea, another sign of his creativity: “2 p.m. Tuesday, Room 301. Bingo Practice.” My frequent lunches with Bratton remind me that even though we all are running out of time, we don’t have to be running out of ideas. - Dick Wolfisie

Keith Bratton served in World War II.

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Commentary by Terry Anker With each trip planned and each itinerary booked, we can find ourselves stretched between excitement and anxiety. Even as we eagerly anticipate the chance to break away from our daily routines and find solace in an exotic locale, often unknown to us but for our imaginations, we can harbor a bit of secret apprehension. New foods, new beds, new climates, new languages – each deliver to us an unsettling dose of, well, new. We like what we have – that’s why we have it. Still, we seek something more. Perhaps it is part of our human condition. What we have is never as good as what we want – which is never as good as what we have. The paradox is most confusing. Yet, we cannot find a substitute. Even in a world of social media, virtual reality and Asian-fusion, travel is the most direct way to understand a culture and, perhaps, lower our defenses just a bit. Famed Hollywood actress Shirley MacLaine is attributed with noting that, “The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” Shared human experience, in Istanbul or Rio, serves best to help us find our commonality and to celebrate our difference. One travels to learn about others. But, that education does not stand alone. Very often, we learn more about ourselves. At first, one might wonder why they eat what they eat, do what they do, or live like they live. Then, in a moment of reflection, the question is turned inward. When observing them in a strange land, the questions come easily. What might the mirror say if we asked it the same? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at

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March for Our Lives – way to go, kids Editor, I do dog rescue. I’ve fought for years to get a law passed that says you can’t put a dog on a chain for longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period. The counties surrounding Marion County have no laws in place to protect dogs. You’d think that would be common decency, the least we could do for an animal that is domesticated, right? Wrong. I’ve been relentless, but hard as I’ve tried, I haven’t been able to make any changes in the law. I think I need to turn this over to the young people. They are the movers and shakers that are going to get things done. I am so proud of them but ashamed that as adults, we should have protected our children. After 20 little children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut by a shooter with an assault rifle, I remember thinking, “If this doesn’t change our gun laws, nothing will.” Well, it didn’t. The almighty dollar was more important than innocent little lives. Five years later and hundreds

of lives lost to mass shootings, and nothing has changed. Well, our young people aren’t going to stand for it anymore. They are going to do what we ignored and didn’t do. If Congress doesn’t make sensible gun laws, do background checks and ban assault rifles to civilians, they will vote them out. Assault rifles are for the military and have no place in the hands of civilians. Again, I can’t tell you how proud I am of our young people. They will get things accomplished where we failed. The school walk outs were for a great cause. The message? “We will not idly stand by while our friends and peers are dying. We will not sit in our classroom in fear thinking, ‘Could we be next?’” I stand with them 100 percent, and so should the school faculty. Their lives matter. They are our children and grandchildren. They are our future for a better world and they are smarter than us adults. Joy Wilkins, Fishers

Sing with me and the lead from Europe: “It’s the fi-nal count-down!” We’re in the home stretch, people. The final countdown to summer. Six weeks or so humor until late mornings, homeworkfree nights and, God willing, warm weather become the norm. I’m not sure why I need June to get here so badly, but these last few months have been exhausting. Anyone else? For me, it’s been a slow, almost imperceptible build-up of teaching and parenting stresses combined with schizophrenic weather that has me longing for a beach and a mai tai. But I didn’t realize how tired and overwhelmed I was until spring break because like most moms, I just kept pushing forward, regardless of my own state of mind. After a short weekend in New York City with one of my twins to check out some colleges and stand in line for hours to enjoy a milkshake/cookie dough/Statue of Liberty (in order of priority), I immediately lost a fight to a nasty cold and subsequently did nothing except sneeze and mainline Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet for 72 hours. By Thursday, I was finally able to tackle the long-neglected yard work, taxes and actually cook a nonKraft dinner, but was in bed by 8:30 almost every night. Not exactly the break I had planned, but clearly much-needed. So, as I look ahead to these last few weeks of school, I’m hoping I can make it to May 30. The sun is shining today, which is a good sign, and homework for my kiddos should subside as exams approach. At the very least, I now have a mantra: “It’s the final countdown!” Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at danielle@

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Help Fishers’ children speak up about sexual abuse Editor, When people think of sexual abuse or assault, many of them are confused. I’ll start by saying this one big thing. Sexual assault is not just rape. If you were put in a sexually unlawful situation that you have not consented to, all the way from grinding and grabbing to penetration, you have become a victim of this horrible act. And we have become shaped into this generation where we have to be taught the word “no,” for our own safety. Did you know that most counts of sexual assault happen between people who are not strangers? I never would have thought that the man who came into my life as a “father figure,” the man who made my mom happy, the father of my baby sister, would have put his hands on me. The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was tell my mom what he had done to me that night. There was no intercourse involved, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to me. I will never forget how hurt my mother was. She immediately took me to the hospital she worked at for emergency therapy. I had been going to therapy for

about five years prior to this situation and have continued to keep going five years later. I was already depressed, and this just put a heavier weight on my life. But not everyone will talk about what has happened to them due to a lack of support or a fear of judgement. I am here to speak for those victims. I hope my voice can be loud enough to echo in the hearts of all of the men and women who have been where I have been, who have felt what I have felt. I am from your community and there are other children like me. Please join us at symposium on April 30 by registering at The event is free but helping protect children like me is invaluable. Hailey Davis, Fishers

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Cherish participates in local campaign Commentary by Wendy Gamble and Kelly Reif Cherish is honored to be a part of the No More Secrets no more secrets Campaign. As Hamilton County’s Child Advocacy Center, we see firsthand the brave kids and teens who come forward to share their stories of abuse. We work to provide a comfortable, child-friendly and safe environment where victims can talk to a trained professional. Last year alone, 457 kids came through Cherish’s doors and told their stories, many for the first time. This was an 18 percent increase in the number of kids we served in 2016, and a 42 percent increase since 2010. Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of abuse, almost always by someone they know. There are countless reasons why children choose not to disclose abuse. It may take a child days, months or years to disclose. Above all, believe and support the child. Stay calm and listen carefully to what the

child tells you. Do not interrogate or ask too many questions, but let the child know you want to listen to everything they have to say. Let them know they are loved, accepted and believed. Take any necessary steps such as getting them needed medical attention and keep them safe and away from the abuser. Also, you must immediately report the abuse to the proper authorities. Indiana law mandates that anyone who suspects that a child is being or has been abused or neglected must report it. To report abuse, call the DCS Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556. This hotline is open 24/7 and you can report anonymously. Remember that your reaction and behaviors following a child’s disclosure greatly impacts their ability to deal with their trauma. Your love and support during this time can help their recovery journey immensely. Seek the help of an experienced trauma therapist to aid in their healing. It’s also important to respond to your own feelings and responses to a child being abused. For the full column, visit currentinfishers. com


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IKEA to aid local refugees By Renee Larr •

as part of the Mariel Boat Lift in 1980.” According to the company, IKEA works to make the world and local communiFishers IKEA wants to help local refugee ties a better place by assisting charitable families by donating 18 organizations. giving back full and 33 twin beds “IKEA has a lot of global partand bedding to ners that they work with on refugees who different campaigns to benefit are making a fresh start in the different organizations,” Grant area. The 5,000 Dreams program said. “They like to bring that down is a community donation initiative to the local level and having local focused on supporting the recentpartners. Their mission is to serve ly arrived refugee families in local people across the world and make IKEA store communities. sure we’re creating better lives for “This program has been going Grant people.” on for a couple of years for global Exodus receives notice from its national IKEA,” said Lesa Grant, loyalty manager at office and determines needs based on a Fishers IKEA. “The idea behind the program family’s arrival date in Indianapolis. is to donate 5,000 beds, pillows and bed “We usually get two week’s notification textiles to refugees and having all of our from our national office for the refugee stores participate.” The Fishers store is working with Exodus families coming to Indianapolis,” Haddad said. “We have a large storage area in our Refugee Immigration to assist the families. office. People donate household items and “We are a local agency here in Indiathen we distribute them to our clients napolis that helps refugees to settle here based on the family size and need.” from different countries,” said Ali Haddad, The beds will be delivered to Exodus in housing manager at Exodus. “We help them the next few weeks. It also accepts donastart their new lives in Indianapolis. We tions of household items. For more, visit were established in 1981 after the Cuban refugee crisis (when refugees) had arrived


dispatches Healthy counties – SmartAsset has released its second annual study on America’s Healthiest Places. In Indiana, Hamilton County ranked the healthiest. Rankings were based on life expectancy, healthy behaviors and healthcare access. Source: Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is accepting applications for the 2018 class. The Academy is limited to the first 50 applicants. Registration is open to students in grades 9-12. Cost is $300 and is due by June 1. For more, visit camps. Fortune Academy fundraiser – The Fortune Academy will hold its 16th Annual Celebration Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 21 at 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Tickets start at $100 and include silent auction, raffles, live auction, dinner and cocktails, and live entertainment from Toy Factory. For more, visit STEM contest open – Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s STEM Team. The competition is open to high

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Relationships affect our health Commentary by Dr. Nicole Phillips

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Although personal relationships have a significant impact on our life, we often don’t think about the influyour health ence they have on our health. Studies show that people involved in positive relationships with family and friends tend to be happier and live longer than people who are isolated. As we look for ways to manage and improve personal health, it’s worth considering how our relationships affect our physical health and emotional well-being. Certainly, there can be positive effects. For example, if we surround ourselves with people who eat healthy and exercise, we’re more likely to adopt the same behaviors. Relationships also can result in negative consequences. Although every situation is different, here are some common health concerns that can be influenced by family and social relationships. Depression – Although this condition has many causes, unstable relationships with family members and close friends can contribute to depression. Frequent negative interactions with spouses and children can cause mood swings and emotional distress that over time may affect physical health. Weight management – Managing weight is easier when individuals spend time with people who eat healthy. Conversely, when we’re around people who overindulge, it’s

tempting to follow along. Social outings with friends and co-workers often take place at restaurants, which typically means larger portions and food selections that are higher in calories and less nutritious. Alcohol and drug use – Again, it’s more likely that people will engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as heavy drinking or drug use, when they spend time with others who do the same. Although this can occur at any age or life stage, it can be more common with teenagers and young adults. The first step to making positive changes is to identify and acknowledge when a relationship is negatively impacting health and well-being. A primary care provider is a good resource for exploring possible solutions, which may include referrals for counseling or connecting individuals to community resources or support groups. If isolation is an issue, volunteering or joining a social group are great ways to meet people. Relationships are an essential part of life, so it’s important to establish and nurture the ones that provide the greatest joy. Dr. Nicole Phillips specializes in internal medicine. She is a guest columnist located at IU Health Physicians Primary Care in Plainfield and can be reached by calling the office at 317-754-5080. For more health information, subscribe to Strength in You at

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Goodwin, Ziobro join Feinstein for Songbook reunion at Palladium By Mark Ambrogi • For Julia Goodwin and Nick Ziobro, this concert venue is a home away from home. “The Palladium is where concert I first fell in love with the Great American Songbook,” Goodwin said. “I always say it is one of my favorite venues to perform at, and I feel so at home whenever I return.” Goodwin, the 2013 Songbook Ambassador, and Nick Ziobro, 2012 Songbook Ambassador, will join Michael Feinstein in concert at 8 p.m. April 21 at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. “The audience can expect to see the two of us returning to the place where it all began for us, celebrating the music that made us who we are,” Ziobro said. “I can’t wait to step back on stage at the Palladium with Michael. The Palladium always feels like home every time we come back to perform, and it’s really exciting to be there with Michael, where it all began with the Songbook Academy.” Feinstein is the founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation and artistic director for the Center for the Performing Arts. “Michael is an undeniably incredible talent, mentor and friend. It is always a pleasure working with him,” Goodwin said. “Nick and I have each been very fortunate to perform with Michael many times over the years. Michael has taken us under his wing to places such as Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Jazz at Lincoln Center and more.” Ziobro said Feinstein has been an amazing mentor on those experiences, offering guidance and advice. As the duo Nick and Julia, Goodwin and Ziobro have been performing together for a little more than three years. “However, we’ve known each other since a very young age through community theater involvement,” Goodwin said. Goodwin, 19, is from Baldwinsville, N.Y., and a sophomore at Syracuse University. Ziobro, 21, is from Syracuse, N.Y., and graduated from Rider University.

Indy Film Fest set for 15th year The 15th annual Indy Film Fest will have a 10-day lineup of films from April 26 to May 5. Hundreds of film critics, film lovers and directors are expected to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields to view a lineup of traditional and indie films from around the world, according to a news release. Film fans can see a schedule at of the 140 feature-length and short films that will show. Some expected favorites are “When We Grow Up,” a film with an entirely female crew and creative team and “Film School Africa,” a documentary about a woman who leaves a Los Angeles casting director job to teach filmmaking in an impoverished South African community. The subject and the director of the documentary attended Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Both films will have their world premiere at the Indy Film Fest. Ticket packages for Indy Film Fest members start at $50 and offer year-round benefits. Register at membership.

Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin will perform with Michael Feinstein April 21 at The Palladium. (Submitted photo)

“We’ve known each other for years because we are from the same hometown. However, we didn’t start performing as a duo until about December 2014, so a little over three years,” Ziobro said. They met performing in a “13” musical. Goodwin said she was in awe of Ziobo’s talent and they clicked immediately as friends. “I had heard of Julia before because when she was really young she was a local celebrity,” Ziobro said. “She had some viral Youtube hits, and everyone was really excited to meet her. We performed together onstage in ‘13’ in 2011. Seven

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years later we’re partners in crime.” Goodwin said she and Ziobro will showcase a wide variety of the Songbook songs. “We have a Carole King mashup that I’m particularly excited about,” Goodwin said. “People can expect an exciting evening, filled with music that has shaped us into the people and artists we are today. Especially with the amazing band led by Tedd Firth, it will be a show you don’t want to miss.” Ziobro said he and Goodwin always do a fun duet of the two Harold Arlen classics, “Stormy Weather” and “When The Sun Comes Out.” Goodwin and Ziobro were both on “America’s Got Talent.” “‘America’s Got Talent’ was a very cool experience,” Goodwin said. “Nick and I were on different seasons of the show, but both appreciate the exposure, friendship, and opportunities it gave us.”

Westfield — The Westfield Washington Historical Society will hold the program “Let’s throw a spider onto the fire!” from 7 to 9 p.m. April 17 at the museum, 130 Penn St. The program will educate attendees on pioneer hearthside fire cooking. Carmel — Carmel Tri Kappa will host its fourth annual bingo fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. Dinner is included and a cash bar is available. To reserve tickets, contact Lisa McMullen at  Indianapolis — The Heartland Film Festival will hold “Cultural Journey: Mexico” from April 19 to 22 to celebrate the culture and cinema and cuisine of Mexico. For more, visit Whitestown — The Mighty Pine will perform a concert at 8 to 11 p.m. April 20 at Moontown Brewing Company. Admission is $5.


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Artists’ organization holds event By Rick Morwick • Carmel resident Laura LaForge is a selftrained artist who eschewed formal training because art would never pay Art any bills. Or so she thought. “I have never taken an art class because I was told I can’t make a living with art. However, here I am today, creating art full-time for the last 20 years,” said LaForge, a versatile artist whose work will be on display at the Stutz Artists Association Open House Silver Anniversary Celebration in Indianapolis April 26 to 28. More than 60 studios filled with unique artwork will be showcased at the Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St. The event kicks off April 26 with a Silver Celebration preview from 6:30 to 10 p.m., followed by the two-day Open House, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 27 and 1 to 5 p.m. April 28. Artists and the building, a 400,000-square-foot former car factory, will be adorned in silver. Each artist will have a unique work inspired by silver. Paintings, photography, furniture, sculptures, murals and jewelry are among the many items that will be on display and available for purchase.

Carmel artist Laura LaForge, right, with husband Jim Mitchell with a painting they worked together on. Mitchell made the wood panel and LaForge did the rest. (Submitted photo)

LaForge, who works in several mediums, is participating in her 18th Stutz Open House. Her husband, Jim Mitchell, assists with some of her creations. Her daughter, Tayler Mitchell, is the inspiration for many of them. Sponsored by Raymond James, the Stutz Open House supports the Stutz Residence Program. Admission is $12. Tickets are available at the Stutz Business Office, 1060 N. Capital Avenue, Suite C200 in Indianapolis, or can be purchased online at stutzartists. com. Tickets are good for both days of the Open House.






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Commentary by Mark Johson Where to go: Sahm’s Ale House Where is it: 12819 E. New Market St., Carmel When it’s open: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mark’s take: There are neighborhood ale houses and then there’s Sahm’s Ale House. This is a restaurant that has it all. Comfortable seating and a casual atmosphere is just part of the dining experience. You will find a diverse menu with appetizers, soups, salads and a bevy of entrees that will have you returning. There also are impressive craft beers and wines. Whether it’s a big or small party, you’ll find plenty to like. What to get: This menu is filled with choices. It took me a few minutes to really


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Left, Eva Mozes Kor at the sold-out April 5 world premiere documentary of “Eva: A7063” by filmmakers Ted Green, Mika Brown and WFYI Public Media. A ‘blue carpet’ was rolled out in honor of Eva Mozes Kor, an Auschwitz survivor. Guests included Paul Skjodt, Cindy Simon-Skjodt, Tom and Arlene Grande, Scot and Dawn Pollard and Nancy Leonard along with many other community leaders and local celebrities. At age 84, after decades of pain and anger, Kor travels the world to promote that her life journey has taught hope, healing and humanity. Be sure to save the date Oct. 25 when WFYI will broadcast the documentary. For more, (Photos by Amy Pauszek)

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“Singin’ in the Rain,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

8 p.m. April 17, 19, 20, 21, 1 p.m. April 18 and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 22 (continues through May 26)

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Former Songbook Ambassadors winners Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin will join mentor Michael Feinstein in a celebration of the Great American Songbook. Cost: $15-$145

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“Giselle,” Basile Theatre at Historic at the 7:30 p.m. Historic Athen Westfield April 20-21 The Camel-based Ballet Theatre of Indiana presents a story of “Giselle,” a timeless story of love, heartbreak and the supernatural. Cost: $25


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Called the funniest farce ever written, this Main Street Production presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

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This production of the popular musical features audience favorites Timothy Ford and Sarah Hund, who return to reprise their roles as Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont. Cost: $44-$69 (includes buffet dinner)

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Hoosier Alonzo Fields spent two decades as chief butler at the White House, serving Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. This funny, poignant, uplifting memoir returns to the IRT by popular demand with David Alan Anderson in the lead role. Cost: Tickets start at $25



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CCP presents ‘Ragtime’ By Mark Ambrogi • “Ragtime the Musical” is based on a 1975 novel about the early 1900s but still has relevance today. musical That’s one reason Rich Phipps is pleased the Carmel Community Players is presenting the musical. Phipps, a CCP board member, will appear in the six performances of the musical April 20 to 29 at the Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville. “Even though the story is set in New York at the turn of the 20th Century, it deals with important themes that are very relevant today, such as immigration issues, racial discrimination and social justice,” Phipps said. “It has some serious subject matter and some rough language, but we hope that parents will not hesitate to bring their children and then have some important dialogue at home. I love the way the story weaves in some historical figures such as Booker T. Washington, Evelyn Nesbit, Henry Ford and others. And everyone can enjoy the magnificent musical score which won the 1998 Tony Award.” Director Doug Peet, a Carmel dentist, said the show is very topical. “The show is about racism and ethnic

Heather Hansen, Whitestown, and Rich Phipps, Carmel, perform in “Ragtime the Musical.” (Submitted photo)

prejudice, people from privilege, and it’s about three stories from each of these groups,” Peet said. “It ends with a really nice message.” Phipps, a Carmel resident, plays the father of the upper-class family in New Rochelle. This is the CCP’s first show since losing its Playhouse at Clay Terrace. Although that is disappointing, Phipps said it is a blessing for the show since it is a much bigger venue, with a larger stage.  For more, visit

Resident’s play held at DivaFest By Mark Ambrogi •

Stark. Weiss said Slocum also will play Stark, who Cohen channels in order to gain greater insight. Carol Weiss has been writing about the “As a woman who married early, who art world for more than 30 years. needed to create her own family One artist she wrote play about captured her before branching out into writing, I was fascinated that Margaret imagination. Stark made the opposite choice,” “I wrote this play because my Weiss said. “She needed to estabfascination with the artist Margalish herself as an artist but missed ret Stark did not end with the her the opportunity for a conventional chapter in ‘Skirting the Issue: Stofamily—spouse, children. I feel we ries of Indiana’s Historical Women Weiss represent two sides of a coin.” Artists,’ which I co-authored with Weiss said she met many people who Judith Vale Newton,” Weiss said. “I believe knew Stark, who died in 1988, when reher life’s journey is brave and resonates searching her 2004 book. with others who struggle with the choices “Playwriting is very different from jourbefore them.” nalism and biography,” Weiss said. “Though So the Carmel resident wrote a onethe story is important to all, facts do not woman play called “Stark Naked,” which is dominate in playwriting. Truths are repart of DivaFest. The play debuted April 15 vealed very differently in fiction.” and the remaining performances will be at Weiss wrote for Arts Indiana for several 7:15 p.m. April 20 and 6:15 p.m. April 22 at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St., years before the magazine ended publication. Originally from St. Louis, Weiss moved Indianapolis. Tickets are $15 for adults and to Indianapolis in 1979 and moved to Carmel $12 for students and seniors. Actress Ali Slocum will play Carrie Cohen, in 1992. For more, a graduate student writing about Margaret

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by Titian, who lived in Venice in the 16th century. Much of the art suggests Venice’s miraculous deliverance from the plague. A black dot in the center of the floor, directly below the statue of Mary standing atop the dome’s lantern, is said to radiate healing energy. Every November 21, crowds walk on a temporary bridge built over the Grand Canal from Saint Mark’s Square to the Salute, where they celebrate Mary’s protection of the city. For Venetians and visitors alike, it is one of Venice’s most important days.

One of Venice’s brightest and most uplifting buildings remembers a dark period in its history, when it took a travel miracle to save the city. In 1630, a new outbreak of the bubonic plague hit Venice. A third of its population of 140,000 was soon dead and prayers from local churches had not stopped the dying. With the survivors desperate, the Venetian Senate appealed directly to Saint Mary, promising to build a magnificent church in her honor if the wave of death subsided. It did, and the SenDon Knebel is a local resident who works for Barnes & Thornate immediately initiated a competition for burg LLP. For the full column a suitable design. Baldassare Longhena, visit You may a 32-year-old Venetian architect, won the contact him at competition, proposing an ornate octagonal structure, topped by a CITY OF FISHERS massive dome and entered ADVISORY PLAN COMMISSION through a triumphal arch. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING According to Longhena, PRT-1802-38 the octagonal shape, never NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of Fishers Advisory Plan Commission at 6:00pm, Wednesday, before used for a church, May 9, 2018 in the City of Fishers Auditorium, located on the 1st floor symbolized Mary’s virginity within Fishers City Hall building, One Municipal Drive, Fishers, Indiana. and the overall look, sugREQUEST: At that hearing, the public will be invited to offer comments on the following request (“Proposal”): Consideration of a text gesting a crown, honored amendment to the Northeast Commerce Park PUD. her as Queen of Heaven. A LOCATION: The Proposal is located at Northeast Commerce Park, site was selected at the end generally located northeast of the intersection of Lantern Road and of the Grand Canal across Technology Way. The case file about this project is available for public review in the the water from Saint Mark’s Square. Before construction office of the Department of Planning and Zoning, located on the 2nd floor at Fishers City Hall. The meeting agenda and related information could begin, 100,000 piles will be posted on the City’s website forty-eight (48) hours in advance of were driven into the ground the meeting specified above. Written objections filed with the secretary of the Advisory Plan to support the foundation. Construction of the Basilica Commission before the hearing will be considered. If you would like your written comments to be provided to the Fishers Advisory Plan of Santa Maria della Salute Commission, you must submit them one (1) week prior to the hearing (Saint Mary of Health) began date noted above. Oral comments will be heard during the public hearing. in 1631 and was completed Department of Planning and Zoning 50 years later. The interior City of Fishers of the basilica, commonly 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46038 (317) 595-3120 called Salute, contains numerous masterpieces

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Expiration Date 5/15/18 317-284-9145 Requires purchase on Peterman Protection Club membership. Special price of $16 is for residential customers only and applies to one air conditioning system in the home. Additional charges may apply for additional systems. Not to be combined with any other offers or discounts.

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April is one of our slower months, and we need to keep our great installation crews busy. So to spark business during this slower month, Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing is offering a Bryant 80% gas furnace absolutely FREE with the purchase of a Bryant high efficiency cooling system.

April 17, 2018 — Fishers  

Current in Fishers

April 17, 2018 — Fishers  

Current in Fishers