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She Goes Out

ON THE COVER Tobi Herron Photo by April Knox

Kelsey’s Trip


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editor's note An amazing thing happened to me the other day. I had just finished cutting the grass in my backyard and was dragging the mower along the side of the house, heading toward the front yard. As I walked, I happened to look down at the small strip of grass between my neighbors’ house and my fence and caught a glimpse of a monarch perched in the grass, slowly flapping its wings. I froze. No way! I bent down to see it closer. Could it be? I looked around to see if anyone else was watching. The coast was clear, so I freely let my elation show. Now, monarch butterflies are beautiful creatures, but I’m sure you’re wondering why this particular one excited me so much. I’m convinced it was the same one I saved just a few days prior. Flash back to the weekend before the above encounter. I’m sitting in my fiancé’s Jeep outside an auto parts store while he makes a purchase. While talking on the phone with my mother, I look out the window to see a brilliantly colored monarch sitting lame in the middle of the parking space next to our car. He was going to get smashed; I just knew it. I figured I’d try to move him and if he flew away, great — at least he was out of harm’s way. I bent down and stuck my finger under his two good front legs and he climbed on. I proceeded across the parking lot to a group of bushes and placed him on a leaf. Flash forward to grass-cutting day. I bend down again and stick my finger under my butterfly friend’s tiny body. Again he climbs on. We look at each other awhile, and then I figure I’ll push my luck and see if he’ll hang out with me for a bit. I place him on my shoulder, and he rides along as I continue pushing the mower to the front yard. I realize I have to get proof of this, so I take another risk and place him on some potted flowers next to my front door and run inside to get my camera. He’s still there when I return, so I take his first photo. Then I pick him up again and place him on me for a group shot. He stays! There we are like two friends crouched as close as they can get while one holds her hand out with the camera to get the shot. Afterward he fluttered a few feet to rest on tall grass next to my driveway. He stayed until dark and was gone by the next morning. Some may laugh at me, call me crazy, but I can’t help but feel like I encountered some form of miracle that day. I have my theories, but I’ll keep those to myself. Let’s just say God works in mysterious ways.

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Well, ladies, we did it again! Last month marked another successful opportunity for women to gather their friends and cut loose. If you missed the Sept. 17 She Goes Out: Pamper Party, check out the photos to follow. The doors of the Goody’s retail space in Fair Oaks Mall opened at 6 p.m. to a steady stream of attendees. Throughout the evening about 600 women filtered through, browsing and shopping at the 33 booths of local businesses, including salons and spas, home decor, jewelry and retail and medical offices. Area restaurants, bakeries, catering services and a vineyard provided yummy snacks, desserts and wine. Women enjoyed free sample massages and mini makeovers.

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It was so great to see groups of women of all ages shaking what mama gave them on the dance floor with our entertainment for the evening, the Dancin DJs. We saw everything from line dancing the Electric Slide to the Viennese Waltz. Thirty-three lucky women also took home gift cards or gift bags from our continual raffle throughout the evening. Perhaps my favorite highlight of the evening was the unveiling of our much-deserving Pamper Party Makeover winners, Columbus residents Sheryl Moore and Sandy Weber.


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I didn’t recognize either woman when she approached me at the party, but once it clicked in my brain, I couldn’t help but let out an excited yelp at the sight of both of them. They looked so beautiful (as you can see for yourself in their before-and-after photos). So, thank you to all our wonderful area businesses for participating and to all of you ladies who made it a priority to do something for yourself that night, especially when it’s all too easy to put ourselves last.

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Foremost Pursuit By Shannon Palmer Photos by April Knox

Tobi Herron is anything but average. Her personality exudes confidence, and her demeanor is flat-out fun. She has the ability to put others at ease, and when this go-getter decides she wants something, she sets her goals and takes action. However Herron is not the type of woman who gets ahead at the expense of others. She makes her own way, and her modesty and manners prove that. Not only is she outgoing, she’s smart too. As a financial analyst for Cummins Inc., Herron finds her days consumed with reports and meetings, not to mention running the Cummins Community Involvement team. In December she will finish her M.B.A., which means between work and school there is not a lot of time to come up for air. But when she does find time, one of the local golf courses is always calling. Herron currently has the title of 2009 Columbus city golf champion and has reigned in that position two times previously. She also holds numerous titles from other tournaments and events throughout the country. Page 10

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Tobi Herron is

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A 1996 Columbus North graduate, Herron began competing in golf her freshman year of high school. By the time she was a senior, it was clear that she wanted to play at the collegiate level, which eventually landed her at the University of Missouri. While excited at the prospect of playing golf, Herron also knew it was important to stay on top of her studies. Majoring in business, with a dual emphasis in economics and finance, she was able to graduate with honors after four years, in spite of the extensive travel that the sport required. “I knew I wasn’t going to play professionally, so I was also focused on studying,” she said. After graduating, Herron took a position in Pensacola, Fla., working in manufacturing finance in the chemical industry. As her career advanced, she relocated several different times, which eventually led her back to Columbus, where she reconnected with a fellow golfer, who became her husband.

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Meant to be “I bumped into Matt Herron on the golf course one day, and I hadn’t seen him in years. He asked if I wanted to play the following day; we had dinner, and the rest, I guess you could say, is history,” Herron said. They had worked together while in high school at Harrison Lake Country Club, and Tobi recalls putting on the course together as children. They married in 2006, and Matt is Tobi’s right-hand man on the golf course at her larger events. When she is playing for fun, Tobi doesn’t need a caddie, but when she is playing at tournaments, she relies on her family for help. “Matt is an excellent golfer, so when he caddies for me he tends to be more technical, focuses on club selection, where my aim should be, etc., and then on the other spectrum my mom is like, ‘Just hit the ball,’ Herron laughed. Karen Probst, Tobi’s mother, insists she is there for support rather than to give advice. “We have fun when I get to be on the golf course with her. When Matt caddies, he is picking out clubs, cleaning them, determining distances. I am the opposite — I usually end up asking her where to stand, and she is usually picking out her own clubs,” Karen said.

“My mom is a ball of fun. She is pretty high energy, and she keeps me loose on the course,” Herron said. When she wants to unwind, she may be found reading, watching a movie or hanging out with Matt and working on their house. Renewed focus In 2004 after getting settled into her career, Herron decided to pick up her clubs and concentrate on her game. That year she was a quarterfinalist in the Women’s Western Championship and the Women’s Southern Championship. She qualified and was ranked in the 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur national tournament. During that season she was ranked as high as 17th on the Golfweek/ Sagarin women’s amateur rankings. Stephanie Priesmeyer, head coach for the women’s golf team at the University of Missouri, is a fellow alumna and longtime friend of Herron’s. “Tobi has great skills, fundamentals, and she is very competitive. She is also at a point in her life where she is able to enjoy golf again, and I see her qualifying for the USGA in the future,” Priesmeyer said.

“Tobi has great skills, fundamentals, and she is very competitive. She is also at a point in her life where she is able to enjoy golf again, and I see her qualifying for the USGA in the future."

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“Tobi is very driven but is

also very selfless and always thinking of others.”

~ Stephanie Priesmeyer

“Tobi is very driven but is also very selfless and always thinking of others. She volunteered to keep track of the funding for the team in Missouri and creates tracking charts and graphs because she wants to, not because she has to,” she said. Tobi’s mother recalls how she used to hit golf balls on their property and how far she has come since then. “People try to give her dad and me credit for her success, but we always redirect that back to our daughter,” she said. “She’s a onewoman show. Tobi has always done this on her own.” P a g e 14

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Tobi's Honors & Medals • 1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship • 2000 Women’s Golf Big Twelve Championship • 2004 Florida Women’s Match Play Championship • 2004 Quarterfinalist: Women’s Southern Championship • 2004 Quarterfinalist: Women’s Western Championship • 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur • 2009 Indiana Women’s Amateur Championship — third place • 2009 Indiana Women’s Mid Amateur Championship — champion • Columbus City Golf Champion — three times (record): 1997, 2008 & 2009.

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UnCommon Cause seeks to elevate

State of the Arts Story and photos by Kelsey VanArsdall

Uncommon Cause is about to go high tech. The annual fundraiser and awareness campaign for arts in the community returns under the title and theme, “State of the Art[s], a Black and White Affair.” “This year’s event will have a slicker, more modern, high-tech feel overall,” said Erin Hawkins, one of the six unCommon Cause committee leaders. “We thought of the theme first, actually two themes that we then combined and planned around that,” said Geri Handley, committee co-chairwoman. Handley and Hawkins, along with Jesse Brand, Hawkins’ sister Brooke and Valerie Chowning and her husband, Chris Raskob, make up the masterminds of unCommon Cause 2009. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the former Goody’s retail space at Fair Oaks Mall. Tickets are $125, and tables of eight or 10 are available for groups and businesses. Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white attire. The evening includes a meal catered by Gethin Thomas Catering, silent and

live auctions, musical entertainment by Indianapolis-area band The Flying Toasters and a few “high-tech surprises,” according to organizers. “It will be a much more visual experience,” said Raskob. “We’ll have a lot of fun videos,” Brand added. Organizers hope for more auction participation this year than has been seen in recent years. They want to embrace the younger generations that don’t have as much discretionary income but that still want to contribute to a good cause. “We hope everyone walks away with something,” Erin Hawkins said. Some of the items on the auction list include a week of personal chef services by organizer Geri Handley and a specially designed costume and backstage pass for one lucky child to the Dancers Studio holiday presentation of “The Nutcracker Fantasy.” State of the Art[s] also serves as a night to honor and highlight the many arts programs in the community, foremost being the Columbus Area Arts Council.

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Uncommon Cause is about to go high tech.

UnCommon Cause co-chairmen, from left, Brooke and Erin Hawkins, Chris Raskob, Jesse Brand, Geri Handley and Valerie Chowning.

“There are so many programs in our community, many of which that are free to the public, that wouldn’t be possible without the arts,” Brand said. Chowning added that the arts focus makes Columbus one-ofa-kind. “We know that nowadays, young people are choosing where they want to live first and then finding a job there, whereas it used to be the opposite,” she said.

“The fact that Columbus is so arts driven is what makes us unique. It makes us stand out.” The committee knows it’s up against a tough economy; however the organizers are encouraged by the community response thus far. “There’s never been a more important time for this kind of support,” Brand said. “Arts in a community are essential to the quality of life.” “It is particularly difficult for non-profit groups to come by these kind of unrestricted funds,” Hadley added.

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Beth Morris

is a passionate believer in improving

health of people and communities By Therese Copeland | Photos by andrew laker

Beth Morris’ petite stature contradicts the phrase many use to describe her ability “to move mountains.” However, once she begins discussing her involvement with Columbus’ Healthy Communities Initiative, it is easier to see where the statement comes from. Morris is the director of community health partnerships at Columbus Regional Hospital, where she has been at the forefront and behind the scenes of some of the most significant advances toward a healthy community in the last 15 years. Her work is one reason why she is the winner of She Deserves It, a series sponsored by Fair Oaks Mall that recognizes women nominated by readers. The Healthy Communities Initiative strives to make a difference in the health and quality of life of residents in Bartholomew County through the work of seven action groups. The seven initiatives fall under three categories. The first, dubbed Access for All, includes the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, the Medication Assistance Program and Proyecto Salud, which provides resources for immigrants that include removing language and cultural barriers.

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The second category is Healthy Lifestyles and consists of the Tobacco Awareness and Self Care programs. The last category embraces Healthy Relationships and is composed of Caring Parents and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. Morris oversees the collaborative efforts of Columbus Regional Hospital, schools, businesses, local government, churches and volunteers working together to address these identified health needs. She attributes her desire to help others reach their potential as the driving force in her career. Morris began her journey after acquiring a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. Before working at the hospital, she was involved in marriage and family therapy and organizational/management consulting. She discovered that the common thread through all these positions is respect and relationships. Morris believes if she has one important skill, it is matching people’s passions, talents and skills with community need. “If I can help remove barriers, then individuals can become engaged in meaningful work, and that is when magic is accomplished,” she said.

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Morris and Healthy Communities members Erin Hawkins and Peggy Voelz stuff packets for this summer’s Mill Race Race.

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Co-worker Laura Hurt, director of diversity strategy with Healthy Communities, said Morris sees potential in everyone. “Beth doesn’t let anything stand in her way until someone is on their way to realizing the dreams and accomplishing the tasks,” Hurt said. “She is committed to fairness and benefit for all and is not shy about defending her stand. “Her feisty approach to proactive discussion of issues always elicits healthy debate and invariably brings out in all people around her the courage and integrity required to address the core of the problems and find the resources necessary for change and progress to occur.” What amazes Hurt is that Morris will not only bring a concern to the table but will dig in and help discover a solution. An example would be her involvement with offering healthier choices in school vending machines. Efficient team “As a clinical social worker I learned that you don’t ever take credit for others’ successes. You help them internalize it and get them to own it,” Morris said. She finds it exciting watching people grow, develop and possess the successes themselves. “I work with an amazingly talented staff, wonderful partner agencies and incredible volunteers,” she said. “This work can happen anywhere, but Columbus is a great town for not accepting the status quo. Helping others is imbedded in the culture here.” Healthy Community Initiatives has twice been the recipient of the Foster McGaw Nomination Award, a National Health Improvement Award that selects the top four organizations in the United States. Healthy Communities was granted $10,000 to expand its work. Morris and her group have their sights on eventually winning the top recognition of $100,000. “Beth stands up for each and every staff member and volunteer within Healthy Communities because she believes in us,” said Peggy Voelz, coordinator of tobacco programs with Healthy Communities.

Beth is a relentless “advocate for needed

resources, a model supervisor, a committed mentor and a cherished friend. — Laura Hurt

“We couldn’t ask for a better leader because she leads by example and instills passion, inspiration, fortitude and strength in our everyday work.” Practice what you preach Not only does Morris talk the talk of a healthy lifestyle, but she walks the walk. She is an avid bicyclist with a goal of commuting 700 miles this year, not including recreational biking. Next year the goal is 1,000 miles. Her son, Elliott, who lives and works in Minneapolis, shares her enthusiasm. “Elliott believes that bicycles will save the world, and I agree with him.” Morris and her husband, Ray, also have a daughter, Rebecca, who is a geologist in Nevada. The mother and wife also lends her alto voice to the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Chorus, where she claims she will be in trouble if they ever make her audition. She believes the arts improve community wellness. Friends describe Morris as one of those people who can remember your children’s names and your birthday while carrying enormous work responsibility, all with grace. “Beth is a relentless advocate for needed resources, a model supervisor, a committed mentor and a cherished friend,” Hurt said.


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Our Northwest Passage: City and Country Merge on the Trail of Latest Summer Adventure



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The Trip Begins I think I can officially say that I’ve gone mountain climbing. Now, let me clarify and explain that no ice picks or snow boots were involved, nor did I span 10-foot crevasses. However, I was among snowy peaks and rocky terrain. Perhaps it was more mountain hiking … is that a correct term? As I eluded to in my column in the September issue, my fiancé and I took a 10-day excursion back to the Northwest we so love, and this time we went a little farther — into Canada. We started in late August in Seattle, which you may remember is where we ended two years ago when we traveled with friends. We spent a few days exploring parts of the area we missed before and then headed up the coast to a little town called Port Angeles. From there we took a ferry to Victoria, British Columbia, and spent a few more days. Then another ferry to Vancouver, Canada, which ended up being more of a drive-by once we got off the boat, and then headed back across the border and down into Seattle. Now, I’m all for a relaxing week on the beach, soaking up the sun and sipping mai tais (note: to be honest, I’ve never had a mai tai, but you get the scene I’m trying to set). However, more often I like active vacations, and Ike avidly prefers them. Our trip fit dead on into the category of “active vacation.” There was no soaking of sun, nor mai tai on a beach; however I swear I came back more rested and rejuvenated than a week on any beach would have afforded me.


Seattle’s second time around Late summer is the time to visit the Pacific Northwest. Our previous trip to the area provided us with views of the stereotypical landscape and climate of rainy and foggy days. When Ike’s aunt and uncle, who live in West Seattle overlooking Puget Sound, told us during our first visit — “we swear, it’s really not always like this in Seattle” — we nodded politely and pretended to believe them. When we arrived, we picked up our cute silver Nissan Versa and headed to Curt and Anne DeClue’s. This time around the Emerald State reinforced their previous claims. We experienced one morning of a slight drizzle, but spent the rest of our trip in radiant sunshine and high 60s to mid-70s temperatures. The favorable conditions allowed us to visit the Space Needle and its 360-degree view of the city. I could imagine the crowds of people and pure energy of the 1962 World’s Fair, for which it was conceptualized and constructed. page 25

The Space Needle marked the end of a day of unplanned historical sightseeing. Prior to that, we had booked a spot on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. The hour-and-a-half walking tour took us through the immaculately refinished (for an underground anyway) original street level of Seattle in the city’s historic Pioneer Square. At the original level, built mostly on tidal flats, the streets would swell with mud and water whenever rain came. That combined with the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 served as a catalyst for restructuring and elevating the street levels. The leftover underground remained open for years afterward, and former storefronts and passages are still visible. Also while in Seattle, we caught a Mariners game. From our seats in the second row on the third baseline, we got to see Ken Griffey Jr. hit a home run. Trip lesson No. 1: Don’t make Kelsey the navigator On our only cloudy, drizzling morning of the trip, we took off from West Seattle up the coast into uncharted territory. I’ll be the first to confess that I don’t do maps. I can’t read them. I can’t find anything on them. When I look at a map, my eyes glaze over and my head starts to ache.

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That said, it will not be hard for you to believe that on our drive northward, I got us lost on the wrong side of the Hood Canal, and we ended up on a single-lane dirt road that snaked around giant moss-covered trees and rocky slopes. Little did we know it would be the first of many winding, non-paved roads down which we’d lead our little Versa. Ike got us back on track, and we continued, stopping for lunch at a quaint place along the smooth, two-lane highway we were supposed to be on the whole time. After lunch Ike took over as navigator, and I drove — the unspoken agreement that stuck for the rest of the trip. Our first major hike would be the Dungeness Spit, a huge 5½-mile sand bar about a half-hour outside our destination of Port Angeles. The coast was rugged and rocky, still run by nature more than man, and the weather was a drastic difference from inland. The spit ended at the Dungeness Lighthouse, which we saw through telescopes but decided not to venture to because of the impending 11-mile walk and evening closing in. We walked about 3 miles, soaking up the sea air, before returning to the car. Port Angeles is a quaint port town with a reasonable downtown retail and dining area, especially for the city’s size; however it’s been thrown into the spotlight in recent years because of a little book series some of you may have heard of called “Twilight.” The town has taken full advantage of this sudden fame. There are stores selling “Twilight” memorabilia. There’s even a special welcome sign and “Twilight” tour package available at the visitors center. I’m a huge fan of “Twilight,” but to spare my fiancé, we didn’t take advantage of the craze and instead found some trails in the Olympic National Forest and enjoyed the area that way. Along came another dirt road That’s where I climbed my first mountain. Er … I guess we decided it was more of a mountain hike. After a 19-mile drive through the park, we ended at a parking lot for a lodge that overlooked the mountain range; however we were supposed to find a turnoff before we reached the parking lot that would lead us to our trail head.

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1.) Ike and I outside the parliament building in Victoria, Canada. 2.) Lost on a dirt road on the way to Port Angeles. 3.) View from a mountain trail in the Olympic National Forest.




We turned around in the parking lot, miffed that we missed the signage. That’s when I spotted the little wooden sign that marked our turn onto a one-lane dirt road that traversed the edge of the cliff. Heights generally don’t scare me; however I found myself leaning toward the center of the car as we snaked along the mountain edge, as though my 100 pounds, centered, would be enough to keep the vehicle from careening down the ravine beside us. Four nail-biting miles later we came to the trail head. Our rocky path was marked only by its light gray shade among the untrampled stone. The mountain side undulated in pockets of rough, hardy plant life contrasted with mounds of ice and snow that had undoubtedly frozen and thawed countless times. We continued up, up, up, and my quads and calves were screaming at me. Ike was fine. Darn him! We decided to snack at a high point where we could see on either side of the ridge. To one side was foggy Port Angeles and the vast ocean. To the other, snow-topped mountains and a valley dotted with evergreen trees and navy blue lakes. Quite simply, it was perhaps the most breathtaking sight I’ve ever absorbed. The jaunt back to the trailhead tested my knee strength, but when we finished I felt so invigorated I noticed no pain. That afternoon we completed another short trail in a rainforest-esque setting before grabbing dinner in downtown Port Angeles. That next morning we left bright and early on a ferry to Victoria, B.C. A city for everyone Victoria is utterly beautiful: a port city of around 400,000 rich in history with a touch of Euro-appeal. Our hotel overlooked the bay with views of water planes offering coastline tours, kayakers paddling along the shoreline and seagulls dipping through the air. A short walk across a bridge got us into the heart of downtown. Bakeries, restaurants and retail shops of every genre fill each block. A square along the water offers vendors selling homemade gifts and foods. One of Victoria’s oldest and most well-known hotels, the Empress Hotel, covered in lush ivy and surrounded by gardens, overlooks the bay. Victoria offers something for everyone. There’s every kind of food, every kind of music, every kind of clothing store you can imagine; however the city manages to exude a small-town feel.

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We spent our mornings on the outside patio of Willie’s Café and afternoons roaming the city shops. We also took a day trip to the Butchart Gardens, about 20 minutes outside the city. More than 100 years old, the 50-acre gardens are all still maintained by hand. The Butchart grounds are an awe-inspiring display of horticulture and landscape design. Started in a limestone quarry by the leading lady of the Butchart family estate, it’s an understatement to say that the gardens are still thriving today. Pathways weave through various settings, from a tranquil Japanese garden area to a stunning rose garden that lists the name of every variety, when it was planted and from where it came. I couldn’t keep my jaw closed as we passed through the 20-foot high, perfectly trimmed hedge wall that greeted us at the end of the tour. The Butchart Gardens mark the perfect display of what God can do through the hands of man. We spent another afternoon touring the non-retail parts of Victoria, including its parliament building. At night, 3,300 white bulbs light up the government buildings. We strolled through a few surrounding neighborhoods and along the Inner Harbour, which houses many street performers and artist booths. Back to reality Shortly after crossing the border we decided we’d try to find another trail to hike in Washington. In our last full day of the trip we scheduled an 8-mile hike along the Boulder River. It must be an unwritten rule that all the best trails in the Northwest are found only by navigating down long, bumpy gravel roads, but we were used to it by then. It seemed a small, inevitable theme of the trip. This hike, though long, was relatively easy because there was no elevation change. The trail led us through lush forest with passes down to the riverbed. Boulder River proved to be the perfect name. Massive, smooth boulders of all shapes and sizes littered the river, as though they’d been picked up and placed like sculptures along a tour path. It was amazing. We boulder hopped along parts of the river, passing over the clear water below. Huge redwood trees shot up into the sky along the forest portions of the trail, and thousands of ferns decorated the forest floor. The trail ended in a secluded campground, so we turned around. Hiking the same trail, only from a different direction, is almost like hiking a new portion of trail. We spotted things we missed before and stopped at sightseeing inlets that were hidden from the other direction. We left the park, stopping in a little town that sat at the foot of a glacier along a two-lane highway for lunch at the aptly named Glacier Café. The day ended with a drive into Seattle and an early night because of an 8 a.m. flight back to Indiana. The Northwest has become one of my favorite travel destinations. With the contrast of nature and city life within miles of each other, there’s always something new to try.


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"I couldn’t keep my jaw closed as we passed through the 20-foot high, perfectly trimmed hedge wall that greeted us at the

end of the tour. The Butchart

Gardens mark the perfect display of what God can do through the hands of man."

~ Kelsey


Boulder River in Washington

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It’s just before dawn and the flowers along the streets of downtown are calling to Becky Church. They need her expert touch. The Columbus resident and owner of Becky’s Flowers was the mastermind behind the giant pots that adorned the corners of Washington Street this summer. However that’s not her usual gig. Church is the green thumb behind 21 other personal and professional properties in Columbus, including the flowers at Indigo Hotel and the eye-catching landscaping of businessman Tom Wetherald’s Washington Street residence. This summer, because of city budget cuts, Church installed and maintained the city of Columbus’ flowers on behalf of Columbus in Bloom, of which she is a member. “Anytime you saw a spectacular show of floral display in the community, Becky was probably the person that did it,” said Linda Nay, director of Columbus in Bloom. Many people wouldn’t envy Church’s schedule for maintaining the city’s downtown pots. “I would usually go either really early in the morning or late at night,” Church said. “Many times it was just me and the guys sweeping the sidewalk. We’d wave to each other.” Church found solace in the schedule, especially at times when she’d wake up early and couldn’t fall back asleep. “I’d just head out to my flowers. The early morning is such a peaceful, beautiful time.” Columbus in Bloom likely won’t be maintaining the flowers for the city next year, as the job is up for bid to outside companies. “Becky did such a great job,” said Nay. “She was so passionate about making sure to keep it as much as we’d seen in past years, even though the budget was cut.” Roots in the soil Gardening comes naturally to Church, who grew up in Columbus. Her grandmother and mother were gardeners, and Church has loved flowers since early childhood. “I can remember waking up and watering my plants and flowers before going to school. I’ve just always loved it,” she said. It is the feel of the dirt and the joy that her arrangements — and flowers in general — evoke in others that Church enjoys the most about her craft. “Flowers do something to the mind,” she said. “They lift you up and put a smile on your face.” Church tends to her customers and their yards yearround, replacing plants for each season.

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She digs

flowers Becky Church helps make Columbus a garden spot

By Kelsey VanArsdall Photos submitted and by Kelsey VanArsdall

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“My clients recognize the importance of beautification. When you approach a business and you’re met with floral arrangements, it’s very welcoming,”

Downtown pots installed and maintained by Church.

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“My clients recognize the importance of beautification. When you approach a business and you’re met with floral arrangements, it’s very welcoming,” she said. Before getting into gardening and landscaping as a career, Church worked full time for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. as a Family School Partner for 15 years — a job that reinforced the importance of family support for children. Her experiences with the program stick with her today as she watches her 10-month-old grandson, Isaiah, grow. “Family is so important, and Isaiah is so loved,” she said. “It makes such a difference. It was so disheartening to see these families where the parent obviously had a rough childhood and that cycle is continuing with their own children.” Church is now on the board of directors for Family School Partners and still keeps in touch with one of her former students, now grown. During her years with FSP, she continued gardening during the summer months. Doing it by herself Flowers became her full-time gig this year, when she officially broke out on her own. Previously she had worked for a few landscaping companies; however she plans to keep Becky’s Flowers a one-woman show. “I’m very detail oriented, and I like to have control over my work and what I produce so I’m not really looking to expand the business,” she said. october 2009 • she magazine

“My husband helps me sometimes, bless his heart, especially when I’m tearing out old flowers and replacing with new arrangements. That’s a lot of work.” On the side, she volunteers with Hospice of South Central Indiana. Church can be seen around town driving her tan pickup, equipped with a huge water basin in the truck’s bed. She uses the winter to research and design. “I’m self-taught, so I haven’t had any formal training, but I do a lot of reading, a lot of research,” she said. “There’s a lot you have to take into account, such as wind and sun exposure, positioning, exposure to pollution, a plant’s hardiness …. It’s not just about watering. There are all kinds of variables.” Although Church professed that she could never pick a favorite flower, she relies on Proven Winners, a grower that produces high quality plants. “Flowers are not forgiving,” she said. “You can’t walk away from them during a dry spell, and you can’t figure that the rain will do your job for you.” Church said rain leaches the nutrients out of the soil so it’s necessary to fertilize after a nice rain. “Some plants do better than others with fertilizer, so you have to know your plants,” she said. “I constantly take pictures throughout the season so I know what works and what doesn’t.”

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Halloween goodies: a little gross, a lot of fun By Arlene Burnett | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Most of these Halloween recipes are geared for children — a

little gross and scary — but could be fun for an adult party,

too. It’s not hard to make gross food on purpose — and it

can be lots of fun this time of year. SHE m a g a z i n e • O c t o b e r 2 0 0 9


I make pepperoni bread for my family. It’s easy when you use frozen bread dough. I found a lot of recipes for mummy bread online, which inspired this idea. 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed 3 to 4 ounces sliced pepperoni 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese 1 egg white Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into a 13-inch-wide-by-16-inch-long rectangle. Place the pepperoni slices down the middle of the dough, lengthwise. Sprinkle cheese over the pepperoni. Slice ½- to 1-inch strips about 5½ inches long on each side of the dough. This will become the mummy’s body. Fold the strips of dough alternately over the filling, tucking the ends of the strips underneath the bread. Form a head at one end of the dough. Use pieces of pepperoni or small slices of green olives with pimentos for eyes. Brush with egg white and bake for about 25 minutes or until bread turns light brown. Serve hot or at room temperature.


These eyeballs are just scary enough, and they’re good. Consider placing two chocolate wafers on a plate, then placing the eyeballs over those and use red licorice to make a mouth and black licorice for eyebrows. ½ cup creamy peanut butter 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1½ cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted 6 ounces white chocolate coating, finely chopped 20 round brown candy-coated chocolate candies (such as M&Ms) Red paste or gel food coloring Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil, smoothing out wrinkles. Coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter, butter and confectioner’s sugar until creamy and smooth. Roll into 1-inch balls and place in prepared pan. Freeze for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate coating in a double boiler or microwave and stir until smooth. Dip balls into chocolate one at a time until completely coated, using your fingers, two forks or chocolate dipping tools. Remove balls and let excess chocolate drip back into pot; place balls back on pan. Press one candy into each ball; these are the eyeball’s irises. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Tint the remaining chocolate coating with red food coloring. Scrape into a zipper plastic bag. Snip a small opening in a bottom corner of the bag and pipe bloody squiggles onto each eyeball. Chill until red chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes. — Adapted from “Holiday & Candy Confections” by Dede Wilson


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Children, especially boys, will love these sandwiches. The hot dogs curl into wiggly worms while cooking. 1 package hot dogs 1 package hamburger buns 1 tablespoon butter Ketchup (I added a teaspoon of yellow mustard and ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce) Slice each hot dog in half lengthwise. Cut each half into thirds. Melt about 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet. Add the hot dog slices and cook over medium heat until the hot dogs are hot and curled. Add ¾ to 1 cup ketchup. Stir to combine. Place the worms on a bun and serve. Makes 8 worm sandwiches. — Adapted from she magazine

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The painted almonds make these so lifelike. 2 tablespoons red food coloring 30 blanched almonds 2 large eggs ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 5 tablespoons granulated sugar Pinch of salt 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper and set aside. Place food coloring in a shallow bowl. Using a small paintbrush, color one rounded half of each almond. Set aside to dry. Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together yolk, remaining egg and vanilla. Set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, confectioner’s sugar, granulated sugar and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add egg mixture and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Divide the dough in half. Work with one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and chilled. Divide the first half into 15 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece back and forth with palms into finger shapes, 3 to 4 inches long. Pinch dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with the back of a small knife. Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white. Position almond nails; push into dough to attach. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool completely. Makes 30 fingers. —

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Another October is upon us. The repetitive message of the importance of breast health awareness begins during this national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Unfortunately, many local women will discount the message. “It won’t happen to me; I am too healthy.” “No one in my family has had breast cancer.” “I am too young.” “I am too old.” But don’t discount the message. Breast cancer awareness and the importance of screening mammography remain a vital focus for all local women and those who love them. Though the message is repetitive, it is well worth it. It can save your life. There is good news to share about breast cancer awareness and the many advances under way. For 2009, we are seeing smaller, early-stage breast cancers with improved survival rates due to awareness levels and technology advances. We have watched over the last 10 years as the majority of breast cancer surgeries have switched from mastectomy to SHE m a g a z i n e • O c t o b e r 2 0 0 9

lumpectomy, allowing a woman to preserve her breast. Old, fuzzy analog films are gone. We’ve seen the switch to the newest technology, full field digital mammography — allowing us to see smaller tumors more readily and sooner. In April of this year, Columbus Regional Hospital’s Breast Health Center added yet another important breast health tool to our state-of-the-art diagnostic tools — breast MRI. Breast MRI is a sophisticated technology that uses a computer, magnetic field and radio frequency to produce images of the breast instead of X-rays. It is a non-invasive procedure that is used in conjunction with screening and diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound to provide valuable information for the detection and characterization of breast disease. It allows physicians to see the inside of the breast and provides information that cannot be obtained by other imaging methods. Breast MRI is always used in addition to, and never in place of, routine screening mammography. All patients must meet eligibility requirements for the procedure and be referred by their physician. MRI can be especially useful in younger women, whose breast tissue is extremely dense and harder to see through with mammography. It is also especially helpful in women with a genetic predisposition for cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene by blood test) as we know

that mammography in these women is less sensitive. For women with breast issues that require problem solving, a breast MRI can be ordered by a physician after appropriate other breast imaging studies fail to answer a question. Women recently diagnosed with breast cancer may have a breast MRI performed before definitive surgery, thereby allowing the tumor to be seen in three dimensions that may benefit surgical planning. Better surgical planning may lead to improved outcomes for women with breast cancer. So while the message may seem old and repetitive, it is still very pertinent. Women can improve their own circumstances. Three simple steps are all it takes: • Breast self-examination every month. • Yearly breast examination by a health care provider. • Yearly screening mammography (age 40 and older). These are the easiest and most efficient breast health tools that women have. Combining the informed woman with advanced technology is priceless for breast health. Deana Tuell is the manager and breast health navigator at the Breast Health Center at Columbus Regional Hospital.

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Cash talk

Paying for college starts with

By Jalene Thompson Hahn

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Fall. It is my favorite time of year. As a child, I eagerly anticipated the start of school each year. I still look forward to the beginning of the school year, although for different reasons. The fall I left home for college, I experienced a mix of anticipation and uncertainty. For my freshman year in college, I left my hometown of 3,000 in central Illinois and headed to an all women’s college on the East Coast. It was a culture shock for me. It was also a tough emotional transition for everyone. As a student, I didn’t think of the sacrifices my parents made to send me to college. In my family it was just a given that we would go to college and my family would find the money to send us. Now as an adult with two children, I can recognize and appreciate those sacrifices. One of my areas of expertise is helping figure out how college costs fit into my clients’ overall goals. There are four basic ways to pay for college: 1. Pay as you go — Use current earnings of parents and/or child. 2. Pay later — Borrow money, generally through education loans, for both students and parents or a home equity loan. 3. Find someone to help pay. a. Scholarships — merit (a scholarship because of some outstanding accomplishment that you don’t have to prove you need financially) or need-based, where you do have to demonstrate some financial need. b. Employer tuition reimbursement. c. Government service programs (military service or schools, Americorps program, etc.). 4. Start saving now. As a financial planner, one of the tools I recommend is a CollegeChoice 529 plan. Indiana used to have one of the worst plans in the nation, and many financial advisers advised clients SHE m a g a z i n e • O c t o b e r 2 0 0 9

to use a different plan. However, Indiana recently overhauled the plan, added a tax credit and associated with the Upromise rewards program. Morningstar, an investment research company, recently ranked the Indiana 529 plan fifth in the nation. What an amazing turnaround. There are several advantages of using a College 529 savings plan. The one most people talk about is that earnings grow tax deferred. Withdrawals are also tax free if used for qualified educational expenses, including tuition, some fees, books, and certain room and board costs. A current advantage for using the Indiana College 529 program is the special tax credit for Indiana residents. The legislature has authorized a state income tax credit of 20 percent of contributions, up to a total credit of $1,000 per year. That means you can contribute $5,000 and take the full $1,000 tax credit. If grandparents are Indiana residents, they can also qualify for the tax credit. The hardest part to get started is finding the momentum and deciding if you want to use the CollegeChoice Direct Program or the CollegeChoice Advisor plan. The CollegeChoice Direct can be used without the aid of a stockbroker or investment adviser. Individuals can go online to www. to open and manage accounts. The Web site is easy to use and offers clear answers to frequently asked questions. Accounts can be opened with a minimum of $25. Additional contributions can be as low as $25. Contributions can be made by anyone. The Indiana Plan has a UGIFT feature where you can send invitations to family and friends to contribute to your child’s education. What a great alternative to traditional gift giving. While it may not be possible for you to save 100 percent of a future college education, starting small and saving something on a regular basis will add up over the long run. Also in these tough economic october 2009 • she magazine

times, it is hard to get a guaranteed 20 percent return on your investment in the first year. I would encourage you to log on to the Web site, look around, and if you haven’t already opened an account, take the plunge and open an account for your child or grandchild. — Jalene Thompson Hahn is a certified financial planner with Warren Ward Associates. She can be reached at 379-1120. Additional Resources • — A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. • (College Savings Plans Network) — A clearinghouse for information about college savings programs. • — A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools. • — A statewide communication effort to raise the educational attainment of Hoosiers. Awesome Web site with tools for parents and educational games for students. • (school and campus code search) — This link provides access to the U.S. Department of Education’s database of federal school and campus codes and lists Title IV eligibility status for eligible institutions. Only Title IV-eligible schools can be used for qualified distributions. • — A good source of information on a range of college savings-related topics, including 529 basics, comparisons of types of plans and how to save for college. p a g e 45


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By Daniel Schuetz So, my wife and I decided to expand our garden this year. We had previously installed an herb garden, and it has been quite satisfactory. We have had tomatoes and such in the past and decided that it was time to reinstate the vegetable that is really a fruit. After deliberating about pattern, size and location, the supplies were acquired and the work was under way. I did some measuring, dug up a patch of grass and made some adjustments. We surveyed the progress and made more adjustments. Then, the digging of the trench around the perimeter — and more adjustments. Paving base, sand, then a course of concrete thingies formed and dyed to look somewhat like fieldstones. More adjusting, more digging, then the second course of stone. So far, so good. Inside the wall went compost and topsoil. Not bad, not bad. It seemed that it would fit nicely in the yard, it looked the way we expected it to look and maybe better. But … would tomatoes, or perhaps additional herbs, grow in it? Time would tell. We selected three varieties of tomatoes and decided that any additional herbs would have to wait until next year if they were not already growing in the herb garden. The tomato plants were lovingly dug in and caged — the latter task coming a bit later than is preferable, but no disaster. As you likely know, tomatoes grow exceptionally well in Indiana. Provide proper drainage, some decent soil, ample water, hope for decent heat and sunlight … and the end product is quite lovely. Delicious, organic tomatoes that travel about 10 meters from vine to table, and that is if we eat indoors. SHE m a g a z i n e • O c t o b e r 2 0 0 9

However, what struck me about our garden this year is what we did not plan or plant. We have a few flowers in pots and have had the past couple of years. A standard is the marigold. Aside from its lovely appearance, its insect-repelling capabilities and its smell — that I adore, but that many find odd — it seems that I come from a long line of marigold growers. OK, that is a bit of an overstatement. But I know that my parents like them (my dad, in particular, likes the way they smell) and that one year my mom gave me marigold seeds that her aunt had harvested. We invested a great deal of time, energy and other resources into constructing an ideal environment for tomatoes, and what did we get? Well, excellent tomatoes, no doubt. But in our tomato garden grew a marigold. My wife was certain that I had, oddly, planted it as it was really well-positioned and of lovely shape, size and color.

Oh, no. It was a volunteer (which I find such a charming term for unintended plants). I really like this plant, if you have not guessed. And, at the risk of beating you over the head and not giving you any credit whatsoever as a reader, I have to say it: Through a great deal of preparation and hard work and perseverance, we did, in fact, achieve the intended result. The process, honestly, was satisfying as well. But it was the unintended result — the surprise — that made me reflect on nature and life, hard work and planning, and orange things with spicy odors. Last year, it was volunteer pumpkins — they did not return this year. Perhaps I’ll harvest and replant some of those marigold’s seeds — obviously this is a specimen of worthy stock. Then again …. — Daniel Schuetz lives and gardens in Columbus with his family. He is an attorney with Eggers Woods.


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Minute Beauty bits Need your bangs trimmed, but have no time to visit the salon? Trim them yourself. While they are wet, pull them forward and divide into three sections. Snip the middle

first, followed by the sides. Snip upwards, at an angle for fringy bangs. —

Recommended reading “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery. $15. 325 pages. Renée is the concierge in a luxurious Paris apartment building, ignored by her tenants who assume her to be uncultured. Little do they know of her knowledge of art, philosophy, music and Japanese culture. She is very aware of them and sees clearly the emp-

tiness of their lives. Paloma is a 12-year-old genius who lives in the building, and, like Renee, hides her intelligence from those around her. They discover each other and soon realize their similar disguises. You will not look the same at those inconspicuous among us after reading this funny and moving novel. — Terry Whittaker, Viewpoint Books

Flu season is in full swing, and this year, medical professionals are predicting a bad one. Be sure to call your health care provider and ask about flu vaccine options. Many hold walk-in clinics.

Whether you’re 18 or 80, protect yourself and get the flu vaccine. — She magazine


Landscape logic Through the end of this month is an excellent time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as crocus, tulips and daffodils. These plants need to develop roots in the fall and must meet a chilling requirement over the winter in order to bloom in the spring. As a rule of thumb, bulbs are planted two to three times as deep as their width. Planting depth is the distance from the bottom of the bulb to the top of the soil. Planting in clumps or irregular masses produces a better display than planting singly. P a g e 48

After placing the bulbs at the proper depth, replace half the soil and add water. This will settle the soil around the bulbs and provide good bulb/soil contact. Add remaining soil and water again. Although there will be no top growth in the fall, the roots are developing, so soil should be kept moist but not wet. Mulch can be added after soil has frozen to prevent small bulbs from being heaved out by alternate freezing and thawing. — Extension educator Mike Ferree SHE m a g a z i n e • s e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 9

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