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Meet Your Neighbor: GUO President Pete Peterson By Tom Britt If you’ve seen Geist United Opposition President Pete Peterson on the local news, speaking on behalf of the Geist residents caught in the Fishers annexation, you probably picked up on his East Coast accent. He’s not originally from Geist, not even Indiana, but Geist residents sure are glad he’s called this his home. Pete’s path to Geist started in

1979 when he left his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut, to attend Ball State University. “I wanted to be a landscape architect and be the next Robert Trent Jones, designing golf courses,” Pete said. “A couple semesters later, I transferred into the School of Business. I didn’t like all the art.” After graduating from Ball State, Pete moved - and moved a lot. Working for an automotive OEM firm, he Continued on page 3

Everywhere I turn these days I’m reminded that summer break is officially over. There’s the school supply list stuck to my refrigerator door. Then there’s the pile of ads on my kitchen counter, packed with deals from retailers vying for my back-to-school dollars. After carefully drawing up my plan of attack, I hop into my van and set out to conquer back-to-school shopping. As I pull out of my neighborhood, I can’t help but remember one item at the top of every school supply list: No. 2 pencils. The reminder comes in the form of a six-foot, neon yellow

pencil standing proud – and looking sharp, I might add – among the other trees on the only non-subdivided acreage along Oaklandon Road north of Fox Road. You could say this Geist landmark really makes a point.

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Pete and Robin Peterson with their son Cole and daughter Carly.

them suddenly sprout up hundreds of new neighbors. A paved pedestrian path on the west side of Oaklandon now allows those neighbors a close Continued on page 4

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I knocked on the door at 8404 Oaklandon Road expecting to find a school teacher. Who else would want a giant pencil in their yard? I was surprised to find out that neither Bob nor Elizabeth Young have any teaching background. The couple, who have lived on the property for 27 years, have watched the corn and bean fields that used to surround

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Meet Your Neighbor: GUO President Pete Peterson (continued from front cover) migrated south to Nashville, Tennessee, up north to Chicago, back to Nashville, then to South Carolina with stints in Charlotte and Greenville, and finally to Santa Ana, California. It was in sunny southern California that Pete met his wife Robin, a native of Newport Beach. “We lived in Newport for over 10 years, and I knew it wasn’t the place to raise our kids,” Pete explained. “Personal income tax was 11% in California, we couldn’t leave our kids out in the yard and there was no sense of community whatsoever. We only knew one neighbor and we lived there for 10 years! Everybody just stayed to themselves. We had our mind made up to move.”

A long weekend trip back to Indiana made the decision on where to move a little easier.

Life was going along well for the Petersons at Geist. That is until they received a tax assessment last fall from Hamilton County.

“Robin and I came back to Indy for a 40th birthday party in Gray Eagle for Leslie Buckner ,” Pete recalls. “We flew in on Thursday, looked at some houses on Friday and then went to the party with all my friends from Ball State on Saturday. Come Sunday, Robin did not want to go back.”

“They were assessing my home for $300,000 more than what I paid for it! That really got under my skin.” A few weeks later, Pete was talking to Cambridge resident Lisa Verona at the Fort Ben YMCA, where the discussion centered on the Fishers annexation of Geist. “She was telling me about an email she got from Mike Fisher (Cambridge resident), who was on the Geist United Opposition board. His email led me to Rachel Quade (also in Cambridge), and she invited me to come to one of their weekly meetings right after New Years.”

Fraternity friend, custom homebuilder and host of the 40th birthday party, Tom Grinslade built their home in Canal Place, and the Petersons made the big move in the fall of 2002. For Pete, it was the return to his old college stomping grounds. For Robin, it was her first bout with Indiana winters.

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“I’ve got an English bulldog named Linus,” Pete said. “You know how bulldogs get when they have their sites set on something; they don’t let up on it. I’m a lot like Linus.” His bulldog tenacity is contagious. Pete has been a visible and vocal opponent of the forced annexation of Geist by the Town of Fishers. In addition to leading the bi-weekly GUO meetings, he’s also helped orchestrate a fundraising campaign that has generated over $90,000 for the antiannexation legal fund. (continued)

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pencil,” Elizabeth says. “I say, ‘Oh yes, it’s a No. 2 pencil.’”

note saying how much she enjoyed the giant pencil.

The story of the giant pencil started four years ago with a common problem: What to do with a dead tree. The creative solution was inspired by the Young’s daughter, Angie Apley, who lives near Indian Lake.

The Young’s son, Rick, used a chainsaw to shape the old stump and give it a point any schoolteacher would be proud of. Every couple of years, Elizabeth gives it a fresh coat of Crayola Fuchsia Yellow paint.

Especially during this time of year the pencil stands as a reminder to students, teachers and even us parents to stay sharp – and don’t forget to buy

It turns out Angie had the same problem a few years earlier and transformed a dead tree in her yard into a pencil. But Angie can’t take all the credit, either. She fashioned her pencil after one sculpted by family friend Todd Riefer. So maybe the Young’s pencil is really a No. 3 pencil, but don’t tell that to the kids who wander off the path to hug the giant writing utensil. “They always ask if it’s a No. 2

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Over the years, the Youngs have received lots of comments on their pencil. “A friend of mine says it’s a hillbilly yard,” Bob said.

Ironically, the Peterson’s home is only a couple hundred yards down the street from the President of the Fishers Town Council, Scott Faultless.

However, the pencil usually receives good marks. The Youngs’ nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren love having their picture taken with it. One time, a woman anonymously left a pencil picture frame in their mailbox with a

“It has been great getting to know all the other GUO board members and all the people I’ve met through this process,” Pete said. “This has really brought our community together and given us all an opportunity to meet our neighbors

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Lucky Lou to Host Pre-Oranje Party and Creating Hope Benefit By Susan Zingraf A taste of the downtown art scene is coming to Lucky Lou on Thursday, August 31 for an evening of art, music, wine and giving back. Store co-owners Danielle Luhmann and Heather Pirowski are hosting a PreOranje Party to feature works of some of the artists participating in Oranje, an annual interactive art and music event taking place in downtown Indianapolis on September 16. The Oranje event will feature everything from art to music to fashion to film, and this preview party will showcase just a few of those artists. Tying all of this into our local community, Lucky Lou will donate 10% of store sales from the entire day to Creating

Hope, a local organization that provides art kits to cancer patients in the community. “We felt it was a perfect fit to give back from our Pre-Oranje Party to this local cause that helps people through art,” explained Pirowski. Additionally, Oranje organizers Adam Crockett and Ryan Hickey will donate $5 from every Oranje ticket sold at the preview party to Creating Hope. “This is an exciting event for us. It’s a wonderful example of community support for a great cause, and we are so grateful to Lucky Lou and Oranje for their generosity,” expressed Tina Gianfagna, President of Creating Hope.

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Geist Woods Estates to Begin Construction After Rocky Start By Sharon Listenberger If you’ve driven Carroll Road lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the activity just south of 96th Street on the east side of the road, bordering the town of McCordsville in Hancock County. There now stands a sign announcing the new Geist Woods Estates development. For years, we’ve wondered what would unfold for that heavily wooded property and attractive location. Curtis Rector, owner and founder of Arbor Homes of Indianapolis, has partnered with Rory Underwood of Revel and Underwood LLC to form TEXMI, LLC. Together they will develop the new custom home residential community.

The purchase of the prime real estate was not without challenges. Discussions with the landowners began in March of 2004 with the zoning and approval processes; the construction of the first section was finally able to begin in July of 2006. Richard Henderson, Construction Manager for the project, is also with Arbor Homes. Bringing his 20 years experience in the field, Henderson has participated in the purchase, zoning, platting and construction of the property. The primary obstacles TEXMI faced were regarding access, sanitary service, wetlands, architectural standards and price, according to Henderson. “It was a difficult process, worsened by remonstrations from residents of surrounding

properties as well as worried town and county officials,” he reports. The original plan was for Geist Woods Estates to be an exclusive Silverthorne Homes custom home development. Along with the concerns for access, pricing and style, the neighboring residents protested that

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modifications would be made. Henderson explains that “a compromise was reached allowing Silverthorne 50% of the community, with the rest open to a minimum of six other custom home builders who meet the development’s architectural standards and hold membership in BAGI (Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis).” The Silverthorne model, and another by Bedrock Homes, will begin construction this October. The remaining builders are invited to build models or spec homes, but it is expected most will prefer to secure a buyer for each building site before commencing any construction. At a glance, it is clear TEXMI has placed great emphasis on

the integrity of the natural beauty of the site. Mature trees are being preserved throughout the property platted into 82 lots, each having a minimum lot size of 95’ x 150’ on 52.736 acres. According to the Geist Woods Estates Commitments and Standards, 25% of the community is wooded open space, including a wetland, a retention pond, an existing creek and streams running through three common areas. The builders will be responsible for preserving existing trees as are feasible or practical on each lot.

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All Geist Woods Estates homes must meet the Architectural Standards for Residential Districts identified by the McCordsville Overlay Ordinance, subject to certain modifications: All homes will have a 3-car side load or court-


argue that price determines whether or not a home is custom, while someone else bases that judgment on the origin of the floor plan. By one standard, $450,000 or above is certainly a custom home price tag, but to another standard that might not be “affordable,” whether custom or not. What is unquestioned is that Geist Woods Estates is going to be a beautiful setting for upscale homes that are affordable, and comparable at the very least, to homes in the bordering neighborhoods. And for those of us who have a fondness for new construction, design, style and quality, it will be a pleasure to watch the progress. How do you feel about this development and others east of Geist? Go online to and post how your thoughts!

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Unique Car Taking Geist by “Storm” By Jill Supancik

exchange for prayers, he would accept cars, especially Rolls Royces!

Have you seen the most talked about car in Geist gliding on roads near the lake? Taking Geist by “Storm”, a 1982 Silver Spur Rolls Royce with a rich history has rolled into town. The quite lavishly painted Rolls Royce has been flying around Geist with an unusual past. But where did it originate and how did it get here? It all started in the 1980’s with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the head of a commune in Oregon. He had a following of approximately 2,500 people who were called Sannyassins. His philosophy included “getting beyond his limits” and nature. Rajneesh’s dream was to build a fleet of 365 luxury cars, one for each day of the year. In

One of his followers, Swami Peter, would custom paint his cars often reflecting a physical item such as the colors of his kimono, a Christmas ornament, or a symbol of nature. Each custom painting would have cost up to $30,000. There is actual video tape of Rajneesh riding in his car being pelted with flowers during one of his rides through the commune.

the fleet that graphically represents Rajneesh because the bright light of the sun (like the light of his wisdom) is more prominent around the driver’s window. The Storm is also said to be in a state of transience, taking one from the serene of the sun to the rocky storm.

The Geist Rolls is known as “The Sun and The Storm”. It was the first Rolls Royce in this fleet to be painted. It reflects that all is in constant motion as the scene moves from the blue sky and sun to gray sky and storms / lightning bolts. Also, the car is unique because it is the only vehicle in

In November of 1985, Rajneesh was deported back to India, his native country, for immigration law violations while his commune was left to

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Fashion with Compassion Aids Fishers Boy at the auction including the Storm. An Ohio dealer named Mr. Allan Nott purchased the Storm which ended up in Lima, Ohio where it was in storage and used for parades until purchased by Joe and Cindy Weingarten in June of 1999. Incidentally, Mr. Alan Nott also died after he purchased the remaining cars which makes one wonder if the fleet of cars is indeed cursed. Okay, maybe it was just old age! Joe and Cindy moved to the Geist area in January 2006 bringing with them the Storm. The car only has 9,100 miles on it and is in immaculate condition! Look for the Storm around town and give Joe and Cindy a wave! The car has been featured in “Life Magazine” (Feb 86) and “The Flying Lady” (Nov/Dec 00).

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four years that we now donate a portion of the proceeds and accept donations for a good cause. This year we raised about $1,500 dollars for five-yearold Jackson Palmer of Fishers, who was diagnosed earlier this year with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Fashion and a little compassion helped make the annual Summer Open House in Geist a success once again. Every year I team up with AH Collection’s Anne White, Holly Kirsch and more than a dozen “mompreneurs” to offer a one-day shopping extravaganza. The offerings include handbags, clothing, handmade jewelry, cosmetics, hand painted glassware, home accessories and handmade bags for the beach and baby, too!

We now call the annual shopping delight the “Compassion is always in Fashion” Open House, hosted by Pat Carlini and the AH Collection. We couldn’t be more pleased with the turnout.

It’s an opportunity for area entrepreneurs to showcase their wares and a chance for shoppers to pick up some one-of-akind finds. The event has grown so quickly over the last

Holly Kirsch, Pat Carlini, and Anne White host “Compassion is always in Fashion” in Cambridge to benefit a 5-yearold cancer patient in Fishers. Thanks again to all of you who stopped by not only to support our local mompreneurs, but also to help us offer a helping hand to little Jackson Palmer. We hope to see you again next year!

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First Primrose School in Indiana Breaks Ground at Geist By Susan Zingraf The rising heat didn’t stop Mindy and Scott Smith from staging their ceremonial ground breaking of their preschool, Primrose School, on Tuesday morning, July 25. The Smiths were joined by family, friends, town of Fishers officials, Primrose representatives, Riley Hospital officials and the Primrose mascot Percy to break ground on the new construction. During the ceremony the Smiths made a book donation to Riley Children’s Hospital through the Reach out and Read charity program. “Primrose is different in so many ways that we felt our ground breaking had to be different too,” explained Mindy, “and our donation was a great way to give something back to

the community. We had the children pull the wagons and donate the books so they could experience the joy of giving, which is great character development learning.” The new Primrose School will be a private preschool offering childcare for infants through kindergarten and after school care for children up to 12 years of age. The facility will be over 10,000 square feet when completed, with eleven classrooms and four age-appropriate playgrounds. Nestled in the Hamilton Southeastern school hub area, the Primrose School will be conveniently located just north of Fall Creek Elementary School at 12290 Olio Road.

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When the Smith’s jobs brought them to Indy and with a new baby in the family, they searched for care equivalent to what they had experienced in Colorado but never found a place that felt the same to them as Primrose. They felt so strongly about finding childcare similar to their Primrose experience that they decided to take matters into their own hands and open their own Primrose School in Fishers. As timing would have it, the Primrose School Franchising Company had already selected Fishers and Carmel as locations for expansion when the Smiths came calling. That was in December of 2004, and in May of 2005 the Smiths signed their Primrose franchisee agreement for the Fishers location. This led to the land development

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“Primrose is different in so many ways that we felt our ground breaking had to be different too.” quite a journey for the Smiths, one that is bringing a caliber of childcare they desire for their own children to families in the Geist and Fishers communities to experience as well.

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HSE Dedicates New Fishers High School Hamilton Southeastern Schools dedicated the new Fishers High School on August 12th. It is the first completely new high school to open in Indiana since the mid-1970s. The school welcomed 1,460 students on opening day in Grades 9-11. In 2007-08, the school will house over 1,900 students in Grades 9-12 and celebrate its first graduating class. The school is located at 13000 Promise Road, Fishers, just east of the intersection of 131st Street and Promise Road. For more information, contact Principal Dr. Scott Syverson at (317) 915-4290 or, or contact the Administration Office at (317) 594-4100.

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Yaprak Boutique Offers One-of-a-Kind Outfits and Jewelry By Laura Gates Just because you’re over 30 doesn’t mean you have to leave fashion behind. But shopping in the Juniors section for mini skirts, hoop earrings and halter tops won’t do, either. Ladies of Geist, Yaprak Yorulmaz is here to help. This Turkey-born mom of two has just opened Yaprak Design Studio and Boutique at 11230 Fall Creek Road, next to Geist Market. Yaprak specializes in custom-designed jewelry and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. “I’m totally geared to women who don’t want to look like their teenage daughter, but they don’t want to look like their mother, either,” Yaprak said.

Her business began a decade ago as a hobby, born out of what Yaprak refers to as “desperation.” As a petite woman, she found it hard to find jewelry that suited her style and body type. Most pieces looked too heavy and masculine, she said. So Yaprak began taking existing pieces of jewelry apart and redesigning them. Eventually, she started totally designing and making her own. Now she leases a studio in San Diego to mass produce her prototypes, but it’s still all hand-made, she said.

shapes and sizes. Her necklaces use lots of wire work (either sterling silver or 14K gold) with organic materials like lava and wood, true gemstones and vintage beads.

“Everything in here is truly one-of-a-kind,” Yaprak said. “No two are exactly alike.” Yaprak believes her designs appeal to women of all body

“It doesn’t look clunky,” she said. “There’s always some-

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But June 16 marked the opening of her self-named, Geist boutique, where she sells much more than her custom-designed jewelry. Yaprak aims to help her customers achieve a complete look, down to the shoes, jacket and handbag. Her regulars rely on her to outfit them with clothing and accessories that are right for their personality and body type. Most clothing in the store fits sizes 2-10. Yaprak carries labels from several up-and-coming designers, including her new favorite, Tom Nguyen. She has also ventured into clothing design herself and is working with a designer in Los Angeles to produce her own line called Yapparel. When you buy from Yaprak,

the high-fashion outfit you walk out with won’t be a clone of your neighbor’s, because Yaprak only orders six or less of the same item (in different sizes). That means you won’t walk into a meeting or social gathering and find someone else with an identical blouse or skirt. In fact, Yaprak promises never to re-order any piece of clothing in her shop, even if it was a best-seller. In a small community like Geist, women appreciate having a unique look, she said. You may think this adds up to hefty pricetags, but Yaprak’s customers don’t pay a high price for fashion. Longtime friend and regular customer Karen Farrell says she usually finds items at half the price she would in other boutiques.

“I want things to turn,” Yaprak said. “I want them to be sold.”

“She’s as honest and kind as the day is long,” said Farrell.

After interviewing Yaprak, I couldn’t resist trying on a few items myself. Yaprak was helpful, not pushy, and she truly wanted to find clothing that fit my personality and sense of style. It’s that personal touch, along with the constant freshness of her inventory, that keep her customers coming back.

September is Grand Opening month for Yaprak, and she plans a month-long celebration with different specials each week. Yaprak is hoping the women of Geist will visit her from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to find a look that’s “unique, chique and one-of-a-kind.”

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Java Junction Coffeehouse & Gathering Place By Sharon Listenberger From depot to post office to coffee shop to the classic gathering-place coffee house—Java Junction’s history is as solid and significant as its architecture. And more importantly, its preservation is in very good hands under the new ownership of Jim Greenberg. The pictures on the walls, of its origin as the Fort Harrison Interurban Station, built in 1906, are an indication of Greenberg’s understanding of the direction the Fort Harrison community has taken in blending expansion with historic preservation. The Indianapolis Interurban was the electric railway system providing transport from Indianapolis to Anderson, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Lafayette, Marion, Muncie, South Bend

and Terre Haute. It served well the soldiers stationed at Fort Harrison through the war years. Then in 1946 the government designated the building as a United States Post Office, and it remained such until 1998. That year Dr. George Vail acquired the old depot, restored it to the Reuse Authority standards and opened for business. The Vail family named their new coffee shop Java Junction and enjoyed a successful operation for several years.

emerged on the Seattle scene. He had been running the Student Union Coffee House on the IU campus and wanted the opportunity to offer “real” coffee and entertainment. Scouring the coffee houses in Chicago and Cincinnati for ideas and feasibility, but not finding one to duplicate, he resorted to his own creativity. Espresso seemed the obvious innovation, and he set out to

The junction had a second brief run with another owner, then was closed and left vacant for about eight months. Enter Jim Greenberg. “Coffee is my passion,” says Greenberg, who in 1971 as a college student in Bloomington opened his first coffee house— about the same time Starbucks

Sarah Lobdell, owner Jim Greenberg and Beth Miller of Java Junction. find the right machine, collecting info at restaurant shows in Chicago. He found only one person selling espresso machines; he bought one and was trained in taking it apart and putting it back together, knowing if it malfunctioned there was no one else to call

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on for repairs. The Two Bit Rush Coffee Company was established as a community gathering place where your cup of coffee cost—you guessed it, two bits! Jim Greenberg saw to it that no one in his establishment (800 square feet housing nine tables) would ever sit alone. He calls it “forced socialization.” He created his own menu and invented drinks, including the frappuccino, which in those days he called the frosted mocha. Two more of Greenberg’s coffeehouses opened—one at Ball State U. in Muncie and one at Purdue U. in Lafayette. Always moving forward, the coffeehouse entrepreneur sold in 1982 and went back to school to finish up his degrees in sociology and telecommunications. Thereafter, he worked

six years for a direct marketing agency in Indianapolis, then in the wholesale mortgage business from the early 90s until this past April. Greenberg bemuses, “no pun intended, but I got tired of the corporate grind,” and, turning to the grind he loves, started looking to buy a coffee house. There were many from which to choose at the time, and Java Junction was found upon answering an ad. The Junction, though a bit dirty and run down, was still impressive. The locals, very supportive of the coffee shop as a community gathering place, were eager to have it open again, and Jim Greenberg was eager to bring the great old architectural gem back to life.

selection is the roaster. “I’m a firm believer in surrounding myself with people smarter than I,” he jokes, and after reading a book written by Harvard grad and owner of the Crimson Cup, a coffee roaster company, he went for a visit to that enterprise. “I found the coffee, the people and the support to be unparalleled,” he said. “I liked their philosophy and the fact that they support independent coffee houses.” Jim has great insight into the coffee business, as evidenced by his observation that “blended coffee is an art form. Armando’s is a blend that was in the making for years and is the best blend ever.” The Crimson Cup supplies the Junction’s coffee and related products.

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signature drink is the Java Junction Mocha, served hot, cold or frozen. It’s priced lower than all other mochas in town and is a blend of white chocolate, milk, whipped cream, and caramel . . . and rich, robust java, of course. Teas, iced or hot are served, as well as smoothies for kids, non-coffee mochas, pastries, muffins, coffee cakes and cheese cakes. A light lunch of smoked turkey or club sandwiches is available, and the offering of soup, salads and bagels is in development. “The menu is constantly expanding and changing,” Jim adds. Java Junction is located at 5625 Lawton Loop, right across 56th Street from the Finance Center at the Fort. Its 2100 square feet of space provides seating for (Continued)


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Windermere Swim Team Ends Season with Giving By Susan Zingraf The Windermere swim team wrapped up the end of its season with a rocking party on Friday, July 21. Food, drink and a DJ made it a fun night for kids and parents as they celebrated the season and the success of their swim-a-thon to raise money for Creating Hope. About 75 swimmers participated in the fundraiser, swimming as many laps as they could and receiving a certificate for their achievement. The entry fee for each swimmer was $10. Entry fees and donations to the swim-a-thon totaled $1,000, which was presented in a check to Tina Gianfagna, President of Creating Hope, at the awards ceremony that evening. “We wanted the kids to partici-

Tina and John Gianfagna of Creating Hope, head swim coach Shannyn Miller, Laura Pulos and Amy Cruell enjoy the festivities

pate in doing something for others, something right here in our community where it affects people here,” explained Laura Pulos, Vice President of the Windermere Swim Team. This is the second year the Windermere Swim Team has done a fundraiser, and the team plans do a fundraiser again next year for a different local cause. Needless to say they’d

like to make giving back an annual tradition. For more information about Creating Hope, visit

(Java Junction, Continued) 45 indoors and 34 out on the patio. There is a convenient drive-through window for coffee drinkers on the go. Plenty of business patronage is a constant through the week, and residents of the community gather on the weekends. Please Note: the Junction is a Free Wi-Fi Hotspot. Hours are: Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entertainment may soon be on the horizon for Friday or Saturday nights, which is expected to be a special attraction for young people. Visit the website now under construction: And be sure to visit the junction to indulge in your favorite java at its best, a little history and a lot of community. Bring your neighbors!

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Geist Family Medicine Welcomes Two New Faces Geist Family Medicine recently welcomed two new doctors to their practice: Dr. Michele Stookey and Dr. Jennifer Hill-Birk. Dr. Stookey specializes in family medicine. She enjoys all aspects of medicine and is especially Dr. Stookey interested in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthcare, exercise, nutrition and preventative medicine. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Community Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. Stookey met her husband, Ken, in medical

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school and he is a radiologist at Community Hospital. They have two daughters, Isabella and Madeline. Dr. Hill-Birk is a pediatrician with special areas of interest in newborn care, obesity Dr. Hill-Birk and fitness in children. She graduated from the University of Evansville and Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children in 2001. Hill-Birk is a resident of the Geist area with her husband, Jason, and two little boys, Henry and Rex.

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Dining Divas Convene at Bazbeaux in Broad Ripple For our July outing, the Dining Divas decided to go for a relaxed atmosphere and headed to Bazbeaux in Broad Ripple for gourmet pizza. Originally located across the street from its current location, Bazbeaux Pizza has been in Broad Ripple since 1986 and was the first pizzeria in the state to offer pies baked with whole wheat crust. While outside seating is available either in front or on the rooftop deck, our group chose to dine inside. The interior has an industrial feel, with exposed ductwork and unique wallhangings, and can easily accommodate small and large parties. While loud at times, Bazbeaux offers a comfortable, casual dining atmosphere for all age groups. Our group of seven Divas was quickly seated without a reservation and immediately waited on.

Bazbeaux provides an adequate wine and beer selection; however, several Divas were disappointed to hear that they could not have a second glass of their selection as the limited supply of the Pinot Grigio had been exhausted. The wine was served in unique glasses that resembled pots, and contained an ample amount of the beverage. Many Divas chose salad for a starter, with the Antipasto Salad and Salad Nicoise being the favorites. The Antipasto Salad offered a huge portion of tossed salad with a nice mix of vinaigrette shrimp, Genoa salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, sliced onion, hearts of palm, and pepperocini. The Salad Nicoise is a tossed salad which contains Albacore tuna, anchovies, egg, pepperocini, red onion, arti-

choke hearts, and hearts of palm. Both salads offer a generous portion that could easily be a complete meal by itself for someone with a smaller appetite. Other salads offered include a Greek Salad, Spinach Salad, and a Crab Salad. While the Divas enjoyed the salads, we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to try the pizzas. All pizzas are made with a blend of provolone,

mozzarella, and Pecorino romano cheeses, homemade tomato sauce (unless otherwise noted) and can be made using either wheat or white crust. The possibilities for pizza creations are endless, as Bazbeaux provides the traditional ingredients (like mushrooms, green peppers, ham, bacon, and

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olives to name a few) to more exotic ingredients such as Andouille sausage, Italian sausage, prosciutto, BBQ chicken, Cajun chicken, crab, shrimp, and hearts of palm, and carrots. One can choose from several different cheeses and sauces to further add zing and panache to your pie. If you are not brave enough to design your own creation, you can choose from one of 20-some Bazbeaux originals. The Divas sampled the Greek pizza with spinach, black olives, red onion and feta cheese, the Garden pizza with artichoke hearts, avocado, spinach, green pepper, red onion, black olive, and ricotta, the Margherita with fresh tomato, fresh basil, fresh garlic, fontina cheese only and contains no sauce, and the Colossus with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushroom, red onion, green pepper,

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and black olive. All the pizzas were delish but our favorite was a toss-up between the Margherita and the Garden.

Ripple neighborhood and enjoy a late summer stroll. Overall, the Divas were pleased with our visit to Bazbeaux Pizza. The casual dining atmosphere, great pizza, attentive and personable wait staff, and reasonable prices,

One Diva opted for a hot submarine sandwich instead of pizza and was equally pleased. Other sandwiches on the menu include the Muffaletta (ham, Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, brown mustard and spicy olive relish), the Popeye (spinach, cream cheese, red onion, green pepper, mushroom, and cucumber dressing), Ham, Tuna, or Cheese Baguette and the Stromboli.

with your own contribution of a few wonderful friends, equals a great summer dining adventure. Be prepared to bring a few bucks with you to pay for parking, and the parking lot fills up quickly so you might have to drive around a bit to find a spot.

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Indy Ski School Gets Shown a Few Tricks By Pat Carlini It was quite a treat for students at the Indy Ski School on Geist this summer as trick skier Molly Harrison from Skier's Edge joined them for a day of fun and instruction on the water. Instructor Derek Dechert invited Molly to join them for a morning ski lesson in June. Students Peri Kane, Krista Whelan, Nicolette Miller, Alexa Miller and Bailey Paxton (all under the age of 12) asked a lot of questions and took turns trying on Molly’s medal, engraved “USA National Water Ski Champions 2nd Place in Women and Tricks, West Palm, Florida 2005.” Molly did some fun twists and

turns on the water. She explained to the students how tricks are scored in competition and that some of the highest scores come from flips—but you don’t want to try that your first time out! The students got to try on a pair of trick skis, which some said felt like “really big shoes.”

as the students do. If you haven’t checked out the Indy Ski School for your kids (or for you), you might want to look into it for next summer. A big thank you goes to Derek for the great ski lessons and to Molly Harrison who shared some of her valuable experience with some young and aspiring skiers. I just might have to take lessons next year.

Molly’s few minutes on the water seemed to be enough to inspire this young group of Geist skiers. After just a few attempts all five students got up behind the boat! It was day three of their four-day session and they were finally all up on skis.

Trick skier Molly Harrison and students enjoyed their day of water skiing with the Indy Ski School.

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Indiana Passes Curfew Law Here are excerpts from a news release that might be of interest to parents of teenagers. They were received Wednesday, July 12 from the Indiana House of Representatives and concern Indiana’s curfew laws: House Bill 1232 was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate to make Indiana’s curfew law enforceable once again. Public Law 82 (HB1232) became effective on July 1st. It allows a minor to be in public past the time adopted in a curfew ordinance only if they have written permission from a parent to attend the specified activity. This change puts back into effect Indiana Code 31-37-3. It is a curfew violation for a child fifteen (15), sixteen (16), or seventeen (17) years of age

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Purity Brings Unique Water Design to Geist By Susan Zingraf You’ve probably seen the construction going on next to Geist Market at Fall Creek and Brooks School Road over the past couple months. Many have wondered what this place is going to be, with its cool koi pond and tile water walls and bar. It’s not a new restaurant or bar, but something a bit more unique—in more ways than one. It’s Purity Innovative Water Designs, a custom designer of indoor and outdoor water-based designs including ponds, falls, streams, walls and just about anything you can imagine with water running in it, over it or through it. Set to open later in August, Purity’s showroom will give customers the ability to see and

experience for themselves the creativity Purity can achieve with water. Owners, brothers Jordan and Trevor Harley, James Meirnyk and David Miller bring a variety experience to this endeavor, which they feel confident will fill a unique niche in the marketplace. Jordan and James bring their artistic talents and years of experience in water design and landscaping to bear on the creative side. Trevor and David manage more the business side leveraging their years of experience as owners of their own telecommunications company. They’ve been literally sweating it out the past couple of months to create some eye-catching water designs; true works of art that are sure to impress and inspire future customers. There’s been a lot of digging,

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Golfers & Members Wanted for Geist Sertoma

The Purity brand, as the owners see it, is a premium, quality, custom experience. A “Purity piece,” as Trevor termed it, is one that is unique—and that’s where they plan to make their mark. Their customers are residential homeowners as well as custom homebuilders, interior designers, landscape architects, corporate designers and property managers. Stay tuned to their website as they continue to update it with information. You can reach Purity at 317.339.4141 and

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We would like to invite you to share your tax deductible advertising or charity budget by donating items that could be used as door prizes or awards for this event. The donation could be in the form of merchandise, gift certificates, free services, discount coupons, cash, etc. Whatever you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Your support is vital to the success of this year’s endeavor. Together we have raised over $10,000 in the past seven years and look forward to continuing and expanding this tradition.

The Geist Sertoma Club is continuing a tradition started by the former Harrison Sertoma Club. We are sponsoring a charity golf tournament (our 11th annual) to assist the children of the Family Support Center of the Indianapolis Children’s Bureau. This year’s tournament will be held on September 14th at Winding Ridge Golf Club. Among its many services the Family Support Center provides respite care and emergency shelter for children at risk in Indianapolis who are less fortunate than ourselves. Without the services of the FSC these children might continue to live in fear and poverty, along with the neglect that they endure daily.

All door prize/hole sponsors will be recognized at the final awards dinner and in the final bulletin. Won’t you please help? We would like to thank you in advance for your generous donation and look forward to having you participate in this year’s tournament. For details of the golf tournament or to become a member of Geist Sertoma contact Russ Desserich 317-579-0925 (work) or 317- 408-4075 (cell). Email:

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Our Own Fort Harrison Transformed By Sharon Listenberger Do you know that Fort Benjamin Harrison is a State Park right in the heart of our community? That the Finance Center is the United States military finance headquarters? That President Theodore Roosevelt named the fort in honor of Indiana’s own U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, at the request of Harrison’s family? That famous Prize Fighter, Rocky Marciano, was held in disciplinary barracks and dishonorably discharged at Ft. Ben? That German soldiers were held prisoner at the Fort in WWII? These facts, and oh so much more, should entice residents of our community to investigate this treasure. Located in Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Fort

Harrison has endured notable changes in the last 100 years— and none more dramatic than its recent transformation into a residential community, a beautiful State Park and a hub of commerce. After the closing in the early 90s, The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority was originated. It has created and implemented a well thought out plan to maximize the economic potential and preservation of the natural resources of the fort, while maintaining its historical significance.

post office to a pre WWII barracks, these new enterprises include a classic coffee house, a career center for high school students, a state-of-the-art YMCA, a hotel and conference center and lots of office space. “Colonel’s Row,” the two-story brick colonials that were formerly officers’ quarters, are now beautifully restored singlefamily luxury homes. Some of these overlook the 39-acre

In the past four years, more than 100 private sector companies and civic organizations have brought new jobs and community support and interaction to the area. Within the Historic District of preserved original buildings, from the old

Retired Army Lt. Col. Jim Spears recalls “we owe our thanks to a retired Army officer who saved Lawton Loop from development in recent years. An interested party has been determined to convert the beau-


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tiful parade ground into residential new construction. However, its would-be savior “managed to get Lawton Loop on the National Registry of Historic Places, making it infinitely difficult to change the grounds in any way,” reports Lt. Col. Spears. As one who treasures his military service and his experience at Fort Ben, Spears is pleased with the plan and performance of the Reuse Authority’s transformation efforts, and says, “They’ve done a good job.” New construction at the fort includes condominiums, apartments, a senior living facility, a medical office complex, an industrial park and other office and warehouse space. There are plans for a new Lawrence government center and a library. An architectural standard has been established and

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maintained to ensure aesthetic consistency of the old and new in the tradition of Colonial Revival.

now the Garrison Lodge, which is central to the park and golf course.

The 1700-acre Fort Harrison State Park is the first urban state park and golf course in the Indiana state park system. The golf course was purchased from the Army by the Department of Natural Resources and was renovated by an Indianapolis architect. In 1998 it was recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the 10 best public access courses of the year. The park provides all you’d expect of a first class state park: hiking fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, sledding in winter and a year-round Nature/History Center. Also part of the Historic District, the former Officer’s Club, constructed prior to 1944 by German Prisoners of War, is

By the time the post closed in 1995, many military retirees had made the area home, attracted by their privileges at the PX and commissary. Though the volume of business is greatly reduced, these entities have survived and remain open to this day. Soon they will likely be moved to the site of the old hospital, freeing the current valuable 12acre site for the new government center. Clearly, the careful blending of old and new, residential and commercial, recreation and education has made the best of


Ft. Ben military camp, circa 1910. (Courtesy Robert Clark) the end of an era at “Fort Ben,” and fosters enthusiasm for the future. The Geist and Fishers communities are certainly favored by the proximity to all that is available at the fort. And for those of us in the community who find great edification in our Indiana and U.S. history, Fort Benjamin Harrison lures us to learn, treasure and enjoy its significance through simultaneous preservation and growth.

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Plan Your Breaks Now for the 2005-2006 School Year By Jill Supancik

you can do to ensure these breaks are a lot of fun.

You have stocked up on crayons, markers, rulers and calculators, and the kids have gone back to school. Where did the summer go? It went so fast. The buses and backpacks are rolling, so make sure to use extra caution in your neighborhoods or on the roads while driving by bus stops and school areas. Let’s make our communities safe.

If you want to plan a vacation during one of the breaks, then start booking so you have it all done in plenty of time. For ideas on where or tips for traveling with kids try The A-Z ideas are wonderful. Other terrific websites are, and

Within the first few days of school, you will be receiving your children’s school calendar and you will want to write Fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring break on your personal calendar, along with any half days due to teacher conferences. You will need to start planning for child care for those dates and or activities

Now, I am lucky enough to have a few friends that happen to be teachers. I have gotten some of the best tips from them about how to supplement what the kids are learning at school by visiting some websites to get worksheets to print out for extra practice at home. My favorite website is

This particular website does cost twenty dollars per year to join; however, I have more than gotten my money’s worth. I have printed several sheets off to keep on hand for trips, breaks, boredom and because they need the help with a certain subject. After Labor Day, the next big

The NCAA Hall of Champions is a great place to visit with your children on an upcoming school break. break is Fall break. This year I know that Hamilton Southeastern schools have a whole week off. There are so many local things to do, you could fill the week.

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For example, the Children’s Museum will have the annual Haunted House. Don’t be alarmed by the word “haunted,” as they also have “friendly” hours too! Also, my kids love their website because they have haunted house games and coloring. Check it out at How about visiting the Zoo? What a perfect time to see some of the 500 animals they have or plants. Did you know that the Zoo houses 360 different species of animals including 14 endangered or threatened species? This is just one of the facts from the Zoo’s fact sheets on their website The Halloween ZooBoo is from Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26-29 should you get a chance to attend. Make sure you sign up for a time to watch the Dolphin

Show when you arrive because the shows fill up quickly! Another quick tip here is that if you need to renew or sign up for a membership, you can do that at the White River Gardens building that sits to the left of the Zoo’s main entrance, as well as the Zoo which is great to know because often the Gardens building is not nearly as crowded. Don’t be afraid to check out discounts for different employers too, as I paid the full price for two years and then found out that we could have gotten a ten dollar discount for mentioning it.

check out what is on exhibit and more info at The Indiana State Museum is an often overlooked site, but is really neat. I enjoyed this myself just looking at some of our history. Why not introduce them to some Indiana history that a textbook cannot? The museum also is home to the Imax Theatre, which is a great way to watch anything. The Imax is hosting Dinosaur 3-D in December - it looks amazing. I know that last year Polar Express was on during the holidays and you might want to check both of these out early as tickets do sell out for these fairly quick. For more info check out

Want a little more culture? How about taking a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. You would be amazed at how much it may open the creative minds of everyone. Get inspired! The IMA also has classes for all ages. You can

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Finally, make sure you let the kids have a few days just hanging around home playing outside, playing board games or cards and having a good family meal together on breaks. It will mean the most and provide memories of their youth when they get older. They really need some down time to rest and rejuvenate after being at school all week. There really is nothing like being a kid; there is so much to learn.

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5 BR, 2.5 bath home. Fin. basement $524,900 All brick 4 BR, 4.5 BA home. Full fin bsmnt w/full bath, w/5th bedroom and large rec rm. ranch home! 9’ ceilings throughout. Huge great room w/elegant ceramic Vaulted MBR w/garden tub, double wet bar. FR w/built-ins w/elegant fireplace and mantle. Huge master vanity and large walk-in closet. FR tile fireplace & mantle. Master suite w/gas frplc. Gourmet kitchen and suite w/whirlpool tub. Gourmet kit. w/garden tub & separate shower. w/stainless steel appliances. an oversized custom deck. Oversized 2.5 car garage. On a pond.

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Township for 27 years. I am currently teaching juniors and seniors at Pike High School. I have a double major, English and French, from Butler University. I would be glad to meet with students in my home, theirs, the library, or any place that is convenient. My fee is $20.00 for one hour. I would highlight reading and the 6+1 Traits of good writing. Please call my cell: 626-6966. Home with a view in Spyglass Falls! 11317 Falling Water Way (By Gene Tumbarello) Immaculate 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in a great community near Geist! 9' ceilings on first floor. Partial basement for rec/bonus room. kitchen with center isle opens to family room with eye drop lights in ceiling above fireplace. Custom built-in bookcases around TV with surround sound. Huge

master suite with double vanity and large walk-in closet. Entertain on the beautiful open brick patio overlooking a serene pond. Call Gene “Top” Tumbarello today! 317-8261377

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LOVING DAYCARE (By Becky) Full or Part time, NONSMOKER, CPR TRAINED, 14 years experience, Learn the Basics (ABC’s, 123’s, shapes, colors) and do projects. Low ratio. Ages walking and up. Thank you for your time and good luck finding that perfect daycare. For more information call Becky at 823-3703. Or e-mail me at perryfamily6@

Don’t miss this great condo in Shorewalk for rent! (By Pam Dechert) Wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo in Shorewalk. Top floor condo with vaulted ceiling, large deck, lovely view of the lake and gorgeous built-in cabinets in living room. This is quiet, maintainence free Geist living at its best. Over 2 miles of trails around the lake, plus swimming pool, tennis court, use of boat dock, and club hous, gazebos etc. Washer & Dryer included. Available Sept 1st. $950/month, pets allowed.

Secretarial Help (By Leigh Kontos) Home business owner has extra time to type letters, invoices, mailings, etc. I have access to a fax machine and the

My wife and I were with one of the major named Insurance carriers for many years and thought we were receiving excellent service and protection. After Ryan met with us and implemented his home inventory program, we were not hesitant changing companies. We feel we now have an Agent that wants to protect our property & belongings like they were his own. You can put your trust in Ryan.

Possible rent to own. To see more pictures or to come take a look, email me at or 317.985.2858 - don’t miss out!

9876 SPRINGSTONE ROAD / CAMBRIDGE@GEIST (By Jerry Lingle) Beautiful Home in model condition, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car sideloading garage. Lowest price in Cambridge $$399,900. Call Jerry Lingle for your private showing today, 317-8484848. more pictures Post your free photo classifieds online,

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12513 Sandstone Run

9783 Wading Crane

10957 Windjammner

Beautiful open-concept 4 bedroom home in Bayhill A towering 2-story great room with a wall of windows to take in the lake view is the focal point. Enjoy all 4 seasons in your sunroom just off the breakfast nook.

Beautiful new home in Fox Hollow with five bedrooms, a full finished lower level with rec room, wet bar, 5th bedroom and full bath, perfect for guest suite. Great floor plan for entertaining.

5 bedroom home set on a beautiful, private wooded lot. A towering 2-story great room with plenty of windows to take in the view. Kitchen features a large center-isle/breafkast bar. Finished walk-out lower level.





12039 Castlestone Drive

11721 Sandcreek

7049 Sea Oats

Split bedroom ranch with Cathedral ceilings and skylites in the great room. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and private bath complete with a shower/garden tub. The backyard is fully fenced.

Beautiful end unit condo overlooking a tranquil pond. A huge kitchen that overlooks a large great room with fireplace. 2 master suites, with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets.



Immaculate 4 bedroom home in great Fishers location. Enjoy your beautifully landscaped yard from screened porch or new wood deck. 3-car garage. Den for in-home office. $244,900

9256 Loganberry lane Stunning 4 bedroom withmain-floor master suite. Full finished basement perfect for entertaining. Kitchen opens to 2-story Great Room. Very open floorplan. 3-car garage. Fully landscaped yard.

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