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Geist Half Marathon Grants an Additional $9,600 to Schools Geist Half Marathon organizers recently announced that six schools will receive grant moneys totaling $9,600 to fund health and wellness initiatives in Geist area schools. This brings the total disbursement from the 2009 running of the St.Vincent Geist Half Marathon Presented by Comcast to $45,600 over the last six months.

St. Simon the Apostle, Fishers Junior High, Indian Creek Elementary, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High, Woodbrook Elementary and Holy Cross Lutheran schools were all named beneficiaries from the recently announced Geist Half Marathon Grant Program. “All these schools were either developing new health and wellness programs or expanding current programs,” said Tom Britt, president and founding board member of the Geist Half Marathon. Holy Cross Lutheran School which has grades kindergarten through 4, received $2,000 to fund their Holy Cross Blaze Running Club, purchase pedometers and buy miscellaneous equipment for their new gymnasium.

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“Timing of this gift was perfect,” said Laura Brisben, cocoordinator of the after school running club. “We need so many things and these dollars will go to great use to get our kids active.”

America’s favorite underwater sponge is returning to this year’s “Race Around the Reservoir.” Thanks to Comcast, SpongeBob Squarepants will be making an appearance at the start line of the Half Marathon and 5K races, cheering on his adoring fans. The Geist Marina will be giving him the royal treatment, shuttling him to the finish line via a boat soon after the start of the 5K race to greet runners during the postrace party. Bring your cameras!

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The Geist Half Marathon Inc. is an Indiana non-profit organization 501(c)3 with the mission to inspire health and wellness in the children surrounding Geist Reservoir. Working closely with the greater Geist community, the Geist Half Marathon Inc. raises funds to benefit physical fitness proPublisher & Sales Tom Britt (317) 496-3599 Accounting Jeanne Britt (317) 823-5060

Contributing Writers Jen Alderman Laura Brisben Lena Lucas Michelle Momper Neal Moore Matthew Newell Mary Ryan Dick Wolfsie

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A crowd favorite at last year’s race, SpongeBob Squarepants will return to this year’s St.Vincent Geist Half Marathon & 5K Presented by Comcast on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Visit for more information or to register!

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A Wild Delight on 116th in Fishers By Jen Alderman The restaurant industry is a tough business, and there are so many elements that contribute to the success of a new establishment. There’s location, experience, atmosphere, and most importantly, good food. Naomi & Robert Liu, the owners of the new restaurant Wild Ginger on 116th, have managed to balance all these elements perfectly with delicious results. “We live in Hamilton County, so we were drawn to this location because of the proximity to where our home is,” comments Naomi Liu. “This location is perfectly situated between Carmel and Geist, and right in the middle of Fishers, so it is perfect for attracting foot traffic.” Positioned on the corner of the Fishers Town Commons on 116th Street, the dining room of Wild Ginger has a very modern and clean vibe, decorated in rich reds and calming tans with the outlines of giant wild ginger blossoms adorning the walls. The newest addition to the space is a large vibrant chandelier handmade by the Lius from origami cranes. We started our lunch with a crisp green salad and miso soup. The peanut dressing for the salad was tangy and tart, which set off the cool greens. Fans of the menu at Wasabi, which the Lius previously owned, will be very pleased to find many of their popular rolls on Wild Ginger’s list, including the mistake roll ($7) which Liu often describes to customers as Sushi 101. This spicy tuna roll pairs the crunch of tempura with the heat of the spicy sauce and is a terrific introduction to sushi for a novice. My order of the chicken teriyaki combination March 2010


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platter ($10) arrived with a generous portion of chicken, tempura vegetables, and a California roll. The chicken was aromatic and the roll was fresh and beautifully plated. However, the highlight of the meal can be summed up in two words: Spiderman roll. The Spiderman roll ($15) contains softshell crab, hot peppers, and ponzu sauce. It is indeed the superhero of sushi rolls! The subtle smokiness is delicately layered over slightly sweet and savory flavors, and the crispy crab is an excellent partner to the soft rice. Our meal ended with a dessert treat called banana tempura with ice cream ($8), two scoops of ice cream with your choice of ginger, mango, plum, green tea, coffee, or red bean nestled on top of crunchy banana tempura drizzled with honey. “Our goal was to have people walk in here and have no memory of what might have been in this space in the past,” says Naomi Liu. With the excellent balance of great food and a pleasing atmosphere, the Lius have already far surpassed this goal. Wild Ginger on 116th 8235 E. 116th Street Fishers, IN 46038 (317) 842-9888 Save room for this banana tempura dessert!


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Holy Cross Lutheran School is located at 8115 Oaklandon Road in the Geist area. The school is currently enrolling for the 2010-2011 school year for age 2 – grade 5. Please visit our website at for more information on the school.

This requires the students to track their physical activity with a goal of at least 60 minutes a day, five days out of the week, for at least six of the next eight weeks.

Holy Cross Lutheran School students have spent the year not only learning but staying active. The elementary students (including kindergarten) have P.E. twice a week. The kids are learning that staying active can also be fun as teacher Julie Heideman has been working hard creating some awesome units.

The students of Holy Cross, including the preschool students, have also begun a new program called “Minds in Motion” this year. Rooms are designated to provide students with extra movement. This program also helps younger students and early readers to help stimulate messages between the four quadrants of the brain. The Dad’s Club has also done their part in helping to get the kids interested in sports and staying active. In October, they held a basketball camp for grades K-4. The Dad’s Club followed this up with a soccer camp in February. There were approximately 50 kids at each camp. The kids had a great time and learned many skills. In addition, staff members Meredith Bowes and Laura Brisben began a running club in November. The runners meet each Tuesday after school and will continue to do so until the end of the school year. It is a young group with 1st – 4th graders making up the club. However, the kids and their parents are going to compete in the Geist 5K this spring. The children are slowly trying to build up their endurance to run/walk the 3.1 mile

During the recent Winter Olympics, the students competed in ice skating, snowskiing, and bobsledding during class. The children also completed Dr. Seuss physical activities on the author’s recent birthday! Most recently, Mrs. Heideman has challenged her students to take the “President’s Challenge.”

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Back in 1944, Geist Reservoir was created by damming up the Fall Creek Valley. Essentially, it created a large bowl that collects the watershed from the properties around the reservoir. Over the past few summers, Geist Reservoir has been plagued by toxic, blue-green algae. One of the contributing factors of the algae is the increased amount of phosphorus, which is a direct result from industrially manufactured chemical lawn fertilizers. Fertilizers promote growth by adding nutrients to the soil. Industrially created chemicals are like “steroids” for your grass. The short term result is your grass gets greener and it grows quicker. Chemical fertilizers do have a proven track record to enhance your lawn’s appearance, but at what expense to our environment and the health of our children, grandchildren, and pets?

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if she might have a business on her hands. After selling ten of her slings in just a few minutes at a hospital support group meeting, she had her answer. Sales of the baby carriers took off in gift shops and area boutiques, and later online. With virtually no investment other than fabric costs and her time, Marchal had a cottage industry with a real purpose. “Research shows that babies and toddlers benefit from being closely held,” says Marchal. “They are comforted by warmth, by the sound of a caregiver’s heartbeat, even by their mom’s unique smell.” Wallababy slings are suitable for kids weighing up to 35 pounds – a one-size-fits-all sling; and a pouch, extra small to extra large. Each carrier is reversible with a colorful print pattern and coordinating solid fabric. Jodi says the marsupial-inspired moniker came to her one night as she lay in bed. “Babies want to be held and rocked, but moms are busy people,” says Marchal. “When a child is in the Wallababy pouch, kangaroo-like, your hands are free to get things done.” Marchal still sews each sling herself. Before the economy tanked, Wallababy sales were about $4,000 a month, and Jodi anticipates the company doubling in size within a year. But money isn’t her primary motivation. “I’m passionate

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Top 10 Recommendations to Improve Geist Reservoir

By Matthew Newell, Geist Watershed Alliance

Last week I was explaining to a friend my plans to develop a reservoir friendly residence. He listened thoughtfully and then asked, “I’m not going to find you in a bus in Alaska in a few years, am I?” (Rent “Into the Wild” if you don’t get the reference.)

I spent many nights last winter learning about water quality and urban runoff. But the truth is I have a mediocre lawn and know just enough about watershed friendly property management to be dangerous.

Many of the corrective actions needed to clean up our reservoir are well understood. Probably the biggest barrier to fixing things are cultural. My friend’s comment really drove this home for me. Doing what the experts say is the right thing is often in conflict with our mainstream definition of what makes a beautiful residential landscape. It seems weird.

1. Don’t use phosphorus on your lawn: Truth be told, I think this problem is being fixed by our supply chain. I’ve checked out many local lawncare retailers. It’s hard not to find phosphorus free lawn fertilizer. Still, if you fertilize, please make sure you are buying the right bag. The middle number should be “0.”

Here is a summary of what I learned. More importantly, following are some of the experts and resources that advocate these practices. Top 10 Recommendations for Homeowners to Improve Geist Reservoir

2. Less lawn: Grass roots are about 2” deep and cannot hold much stormwater. Lawns are costly to maintain as they require continuous mowing, feeding, and watering. Lawns provide almost no benefit to native wildlife. 3. More native plants and trees: Natives require little care, benefit wildlife, and have deep roots that hold stormwater and remove the nutrients that hurt our reservoir. 4. Rain Gardens: These are depressions in your property that catch rainwater runoff from your roof. The depression is filled with native plants and wildflowers. Rain gardens remove nutrients from the water before it leaves your property. They require almost no maintenance and can be very attractive. They do not attract mosquitoes. 5. Barrier plantings: Retention pond and waterfront edges should be planted with native shrubs, prairie grass and wildflowers. Their deep roots remove nutrients and reduce the need for chemical and dye treatments. Barrier plantings also keep geese off your property.

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9. Ask an expert: My three favorite resources are the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association, HC Soil and Water Conservation District, and the HC Urban Conservation Association. 10. Get involved: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Superbowl 2012, and Plant a Million are some of the many outstanding organizations that offer opportunities to plant trees. They also host lots of green workshops. The Geist Watershed Alliance also needs your help. Experts and Advocates of Watershed Friendly Residential Landscape Dr. Lenore Tedesco: Director of the IUPUI Center for Earth Sciences and expert in watershed nutrients, cyanobacteria, wetland restoration, and evaluation of best management practices. Shaena Reinhart of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District: Shaena will assess your property and prepare a very cool report recommending native species and locations for rain gardens. And it’s free!

US Geological Survey National Water Information System: A good resource for the big picture view. Indiana has the dubious title of being one of the top 8 suppliers of nutrient rich water that feeds the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to our storm drains, we all have waterfront (and oceanfront) property. Your actions, collectively, can make a big difference. See you on the bus!

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is the fastest growing neurological condition on the planet, and more children will be diagnosed this year than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer, Down syndrome and AIDS combined. The current statistics show that 1 in 91 children will be affected by autism (formally 1 in 150 up until 2009 and 1 in 10,000 in the early 1990s). Various research reports indicate boys have a 4 to 1 chance of developing Autism than girls. Approximately 1 million individuals in the United States have autism. The United States Department of Education has issued reports that autism is anticipated to continue growing at the rate of 10% to 17% annually.

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I recently had surgery on my foot. It was to save a ruptured ligament or tendon or something of the sort. I really didn’t care what was ruptured, I just wanted it fixed. I wanted to be painfree, and able to walk like a human, and not some wretched creature from a Sci-Fi film. So in I went, with my trusted surgeon, an anesthesiologist/comedian with wonderful narcotics, and a dressing gown no thicker than a paper towel. Four hours later, I was relaxing peacefully at home with a bound-up foot the size of a watermelon, and an arsenal of pain medications. A week later, I was ready to face the world. I had a temporary handicap tag for my car, and I had mastered what I like to call the Igor Shuffle (thud, scraaaaape,

thud, scraaaaape). So off I went to Target, with children in tow, to take advantage of a swimsuit sale. For starters, let it just be said that one of my pet peeves is when people take advantage of handicapped parking spaces. You know, when you see someone park, then waltz, tapdance and gallop their way into the store. So driving up legitimately to a blue space was a little daunting. I exited the car as if a S.W.A.T. team was waiting for me. Hands up in the air, I discreetly pointed to my temporary tag and stuck my boot-bound foot out. “I’m getting out of the car,” I yelled at the top of my lungs. “I really am hurt … I can hardly walk. Please put your weapons down,” I added, just in case any law-abiding activist/sniper was spying on me from afar. I told my kids, “If anything suddenly happens to mommy, just run in and get help.” There’s nothing like sparking fear in a child right before a shopping trip. Once safely inside, I limped straight to the motorized scooters. Since this was my first time, I had to take pause to figure out what to do. I knew I had to unplug it (Duh! Scooter 101), but I wasn’t sure how to get it to go. After a short tutoring session with my seven-year-old, I got the baby revved up and ready to go. I want to go on record and say Target’s motorized carts are to die for. They are fast, they can turn on a dime, and the seat is very comfortable. So as we head out to conquer our shopping list, my nine-year-old daughter is rolling her eyes and praying that we don’t run into anyone we know. I’m giggling, because well, I’m having fun. My son is trying to hold my hand while I try to maneuver through the pharmaceuticals. I soon realized I was in for a challenging experience. First of all, my giggling and joking was, quite frankly, offensive to a group of Seniors who were shopping for wares. And rightly so. They looked at me as though I was a piece

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of gum on their Naturalizers, and I don’t blame them. I’m sorry for being glib as I experienced my first excursion. Please forgive me. I then tackled the girl’s swimsuit section. This is where it got nasty. My daughter, being my daughter, darted and scrambled from clothing rack to clothing rack, salivating over two-pieces with matching skirts. I tried to keep up. I took out a rack of spring dresses, and then while reversing out of the mess (beep…beep…beep) I ran into my son. Whack! Right on the knees. He started crying, my daughter was wailing, and the sales clerk called for security. I maneuvered the scooter out into the aisle where I side-swiped an orange cart, tried to make a U-turn and knocked a row of silky pajamas to the floor. Security was closing in. “Quick, kids. Grab the suits and run,” I said as I throttled the cart and deserted the scene. I’m pretty sure I’m banned from the children’s department forever.

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Ultimately, I made it out of the store with purchases and children intact. I was flustered, and had a new respect for all who have difficulty getting around. So if you happen to see me out and about with my booted foot, I have one thing to say. Run.

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Understanding Dementia this condition and the diseases that cause it can at least arm us with information to help us deal with the condition. According to a Mayo Clinic blog written by Angela Lunde, “The term dementia refers to a set of symptoms, not the disease itself. These symptoms might include language difficulty, loss of recent memory or poor judgment.” It follows then that the symptoms of dementia are actually caused by other diseases. Jon C. Thompson, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Services Manager of the Department of Neuropsychology at St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute, highlighted several of the more common causes of dementia, although many others exist. • Alzheimer’s disease • Vascular dementia • Frontotemporal dementia • Dementia secondary to Parkinson’s disease • Dementia secondary to Huntington’s disease • Dementia secondary to head trauma

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It is an unfortunate fact, but one that cannot be ignored: most of us know someone whose life has been afflicted by dementia. It could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or a spouse. Dementia is devastating because it is so personal; it robs a person of the very essence of what makes them unique. When the symptoms of dementia strike someone we love, it can make us feel powerless. Understanding Everyone’s looking for an encouraging sign in today’s economy. The fact is, they’ll see one in over 17,500 locations across North America. Because for over 86 years, State Farm® agents have been there helping people protect the things that matter most. That’s why more people trust State Farm. And we consider that a very good sign.

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Of those, the two most common causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia; the general public is often the most familiar with Alzheimer’s disease because it accounts for over 50% of the cases of dementia. The symptoms, the treatment and the prognosis vary depending upon the underlying cause of dementia. Unfortunately, some estimates indicate that fewer than 50% of people with dementia will be officially diagnosed with a disease. Even after diagnosis, many people with dementia struggle to take their prescribed medications appropriately.

Alzheimer’s Disease Regarding Alzheimer’s disease, doctors diagnose this condition based on symptoms, because a positive diagnosis cannot be verified until the brain is examined after death. Dr. Thompson says that a brain of a patient with Alzheimer’s type dementia will exhibit characteristic physiological markers of the disease including the development of plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. These plaques and tangles cause pathological changes that prevent the neurons from communicating in the brain. In fact, the number and distribution of neurofibrillary tangles in the brain is directly related to the severity of the dementia. Over the years, researchers have tried to pinpoint the causes of Alzheimer’s; for awhile studies seemed to point to links between aluminum and mercury toxicity and Alzheimer’s, but Dr. Thompson says that a strong link for that does not exist today. Rather, right now the best that research can do is to establish risk factors for Alzheimer’s. According to epidemiological research, advanced age is the most consistently identified risk factor for developing 20

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Alzheimer’s type dementia. In fact, the risk for developing Alzheimer’s type dementia doubles every 5 years after the age of 65. In addition to age, several other risk factors have been identified. These risk factors include a family history of Alzheimer’s type dementia, low educational achievement, a history of head injury, and female gender.

Vascular Dementias Vascular dementias differ from Alzheimer’s type dementia in several ways. First, the risk factors of vascular dementia are easily identifiable, and in some cases, controllable. Strokes, TIAs, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes can all contribute to vascular dementia due to the fact that these conditions can create lesions, or area of damage in the brain, that prevent the appropriate circulation of oxygen and glucose rich blood in the brain. As a result, neurons will not receive the nutrients and stimulation they require to survive. When this happens in the central nervous system, the damage is permanent because neurons in the central nervous system do not regenerate.

complications, you may be able to maintain your current level of functioning. In other words, your overall cognitive status may stabilize and there is a chance that you will not experience additional and significant cognitive decline in the future. (Continues)

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An important question that many people wonder about is what, if any, prevention strategies we can implement in our lives to protect against dementia. While nothing is proven to prevent dementia, Dr. Thompson emphasizes the importance of overall brain health. “As we age,” he says, “the neurons in the brain require two different things to stay healthy and active, stimulation and the presence of neurotrophins. The more often neurons are stimulated, the more they release neurotransmitters and general neurotrophins, which are neurochemicals that help support the health and function of the neurons.”

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The second component Dr. Thompson recommends to keep our brains healthy is exercise. “There has been some research suggesting that when people engage in consistent physical activity, they actually perform better than matched controls on various aspects of memory and new learning,” he said. In addition to maintaining brain health, Dr. Thompson suggests that those who have risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s should maintain a good relationship with their primary care physician and possibly a neurologist, especially if they are exhibiting symptoms of memory loss. While medication cannot reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, it can slow the progression of the disease. Therefore, it is important to meet with your primary care physician or neurologist as soon as there are signs of dementia in order to determine which types of medications may be best suited to treat your symptoms in the context of your specific medical history. Dr. Thompson also mentioned that nutritional deficiencies (such as thiamin deficiency) can cause memory impairment. So a nutritional work-up may be an important early step in getting a correct diagnosis. Deficiencies can be corrected with the proper supplementation. Finally, for families dealing with dementia, Dr. Thompson recommends becoming involved with local support and educational organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association. This group can offer support and information for families.

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Dr. Thompson explains that as people age, sometimes the tendency is for neuron stimulation to decrease because people may fall into behavioral patterns—in other words, they repeat the same routines, habits and patterns in their lives that they have cultivated over the years. It is important for people to challenge themselves with new and different mental activity. He points out that working a crossword puzzle can be an effective mental stimulation until it becomes routine for someone. Crossword puzzles tend to repeat the same questions. So, add some new mental challenges, such as learning a musical instrument, or studying a new subject. Becoming a life-long learner may go a long way to helping our brain health.

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Frank Redavide, the owner of Castalia Homes, started to build custom homes in the Fishers and Carmel areas seven years ago. He quickly became known in the community as a “green builder.” In fact, he is one of only four builders in Indiana that had built LEED certified residential homes. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

But why does LEED matter and why should we care? “Once I realized all the benefits of building green, it became a ‘no brainer.’ I was sold and became very passionate about it,” said Frank Redavide. “We not only improve the energy efficiency of your home, we build a high-performance green building, which means you will enjoy better indoor air by not having toxic fumes emitting from materials on your floor and in your walls, save money on water usage, enjoy low maintenance landscaping, and generally build a structurally stronger building.” The answer is very simple, “It is the economy, stupid.” Most fascinating is the fact that you get all of the savings and additional health benefits for the price of a conventionally built home. Sound too good to be true? Check it out for yourself by contacting Frank and talking to his past customers. Castalia Homes will also work with you to make your existing home a high performance green building. 24

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Non-Toxic Manufacturer Holder Mattress Lauren Taylor, despite her young look, is the third generation of local family business, Holder Mattress. She’s been managing their Kokomo factory and two retail locations on a daily basis for the last six years. Holder Mattress was started by Lauren’s grandfather in 1947, and has been manufacturing and selling high quality hand-made mattresses locally ever since. Relentless focus on product quality has been one of the main reasons for the stellar success of the company throughout the years. “The number one thing that sets us apart is the highest material quality and durability of our mattresses,” says Lauren. Indeed, Holder Mattresses are two-sided, made with natural material and coil springs that will last without deforming over 15 years. The company recycles over 95% of the scrap from mattress production. In July 2007, the federal government issued a regulation that had set very stringent standards for flame retardant qualities of mattress fabrics. The mattress manufacturers were required to use various chemicals, or flame retardant fabrics in order to comply with the regulation. The least expensive method and most common in the industry was to spray the mattresses with boric acid and antimony trioxide. Boric acid is a poisonous pesticide that effectively kills roaches, silverfish, ants, fleas, palmetto bugs and water bugs. Antimony trioxide is a known carcinogen. Holder Mattress decided not to utilize the least expensive way, but to retain their high Geist Community Newsletter

quality standards that were in line with the family social values. “It is my guys in the factory that are going to be handling those chemicals. They are my family. I do not want them to be exposed to something that is so dangerous nor do I want my customers to be exposed to the same danger,” says Lauren. Instead, Holder Mattresses are built of non-toxic natural materials such as wool and latex fibers. These materials are inherently flame retardant, hypoallergenic and do not collect dust mites. To make sure your mattress is safe, check the label for the “treated cotton” mark. Better yet, eliminate all doubt and shop from locally owned Holder Mattress in Carmel or Fishers. 25

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Lake-Friendly Curb Appeal Outdoor What can you do today to rescue Geist Reservoir from algae with no extra out of pocket cost? As many of you know, Geist Reservoir is suffocating from the presence of blue-green algae. The Curb Appeal Outdoor Services high nutrient load that comes from leaves, topsoil and ferMike Meyer, manager tilizer runoff contributes to Al Peterson, owner rampant algae growth. The 22880 Anthony Road good news is that you can Cicero, IN help! Since algae are particu317-758-6477 larly keen on phosphorus, you can stop its growth by using phosphorus-free fertilizers and demanding zero phosphate lawn treatments on your established lawns. Curb Appeal Outdoor Services has been serving

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the upper North side for over a decade. They provide most landscaping and lawn care services, from leaf removal to landscape design and installation for residential and commercial clients. “Our company stays ahead of the curve when it comes to ‘lake-friendly’ fertilizers and lawn treatments,” Mike Meyer, the company manager says. Despite their low-key profile, the company has been an industry pioneer by introducing conventional phosphorus-free fertilizers and organic fertilizers in their lawn treatments. The most amazing thing is that it does not cost you an extra dime to use a phosphorus free fertilizer lawn treatment. The only thing you need to do is to call and ask for the zero phosphate lawn treatments. “The important thing for Geist Reservoir residents to realize is that they can do their part by making the conscious choice of fertilizers to use,” says Meyer. For a downloadable list of local phosphorous-free lawn fertilizers, read this article on There is also a list of all area lawn care companies offering phosphorus-free fertilization online.


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Recycling Minded Team Green Dentistr y From NBA Champion to the Champion of Green Steve Green has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years on the Northeast side of Indianapolis. A former NBA player playing for Indiana University basketball team first and then for the Indiana Pacers, Steve is the first “Green” dentist in town. Steve has always been active in the community. Green is president of Donated Dentist Services that donates services to low income Hoosiers. Steve had his defining “green” moment during a Thomas Friedman speech on his latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America. Green recalls, “Friedman said it is time to become patriotic and lead the green revolution in America.” From that day, Green became a relentless advocate for implementing green practices in his dental clinic. Apart from not using amalgam mercury containing fillings for the last 15 years, Team Green dental practice started their path to sustainability by using local suppliers for its products and services; reducing waste to the minimum by reusing and recycling; using biodegradable supplies and not using chemicals to sterilize instruments. “We also are starting a program where we will be donating a percentage from patients’ visits to a designated charity. My hope is to attract people from the community that share my values of sustainability and giving back,” says Green.

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Eco-Friendly Bags How to stop forgetting where you put your keys, purse, cell phone and other invaluable possessions. Pax4U is an Indiana based manufacturer of hands free, stylish and eco-friendly bags. Each Pax4u bag is designed for comfort, style and convenience. Designed for the ecominded active lifestyle woman, they only use organic and/or recycled material in the construction of the bags. Backpacks and over-the-shoulder purses can lead to tension and stress in your neck and back. Pax4U bags fit securely around your hips and/or across your body allowing you to carry all of your belongings safely and comfortably, while leaving your hands free for other things. “Our bags, in a way, are liberating as they provide women with a piece of mind about their valuables,” says Biana Sharp, the company coowner. Biana, and co-owner Janet Sharp-Freedman, recognize the need to balance both quality and eco-conscious living. Whenever possible, they source eco-friendly fabrics and reclaimed leather locally. The company manufactures its products locally as well, in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and in Fort Wayne. “Being green means we look to our closest neighbors first when we purchase materials and local help to help us meet our growing demand. In two commonsense decisions, we reduce global greenhouse emissions and create local jobs,” says Janet Sharp-Freedman.

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Online Director y of Green Businesses No Place Like Home I would like to tell you a story about a profound phenomenon that happened in a small town founded by immigrants from Roseto, a village in Italy. The town is called Roseto as well, only it is in Pennsylvania. In that town, virtually no one under fifty-five has died of a heart attack or showed any signs of heart disease. There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. Few kids left the town as they grew up and no one was on welfare. People die of old age. These exceptional circumstances prompted an investigation by a group of physicians and a sociologist. The doctors looked at different factors that might affect the health and longevity of Rosetans, such as: diet and exercise, genetics, and regional environmental factors. They found that none of these factors were any different from the average resident of Pennsylvania. What doctors realized was that the secret of Roseto wasn’t linked to diet, exercise, genes or location. It was the Roseto community itself. If you walked around the town, you would understand what I mean. You would see Rosetans visiting one another, stopping to chat or cooking for one another in their back yard. You would see how many homes had three generations living under the same roof and how much respect the grandparents commanded. You would learn that there are twenty-two civic organizations in a town of fewer than two thousand people.

organization whose purpose is to engage residents to support local green businesses in order to build economically self-reliant and healthy communities that secure prosperity to our families.

By transplanting their culture and way of life from southern Italy to the hills of Pennsylvania, the Rosetans created a powerfully sustainable and tightly knit community capable to support them economically and insulate from the destructive pressures and stress of the modern world.

Lena Lucas has also developed Indiana Green Pages, www.myhomegreenpages. com, the online directory of Indiana green products and services that help local residents find local green businesses to support local economy.

We want to make our communities to be more like Roseto. Businesses and residents must join forces, to make the Local movement a reality.

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April Showers Bring Hours of Indoor Fun By Mary Ryan Colts long snapper Justin Snow poses with his mascot at Snapperz at 6002 Sunnyside Road in Lawrence. Geist Networking After Hours, 5-7 p.m. April 29 The new National Bank of Indianapolis branch at 116th and Olio Road will be hosting the monthly Geist Business Networking meeting next month. Enjoy a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and even door prizes from Geist’s newest bank. Also, meet bank Chairman Mickey Maurer who will be on-hand. March 2010

It’s raining with no end in sight and your kids are bored to tears. All winter long you’ve tried to come up with ways to entertain them. From movie nights to Wii tournaments, you’re running low on ideas. What’s worse is the snow has finally melted, but now, those April showers are in full force and yet again you’re stuck inside. Fortunately, you’re in luck as we’ve found a plethora of places to play indoors that are appropriate for all ages! First up, Snapperz Family Fun & Sports, located off Sunnyside Road and Pendleton Pike, brings bowling,

bungee jumping, and bouncing to Lawrence. Not only do they promote fun and fitness for the entire family, they literally offer a little bit of everything. Dodge your way through a laser tag course, or take your toddler to the special play area for little ones. Want to involve the whole family? Check out their cosmic bowling at only $2 a game until 3 p.m. and $3 after that (shoe rental not included). Admission is affordable and parents are free! Most other activities like laser tag or bumper cars are $5 or less. On April 23, Snapperz will be hosting an event to raise autism awareness from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. where you can meet Justin Snow and other Colts players! Go to for more information on hours, admission, and amenities, or for event information call 317-823-4327. If arcade games are the way to you or your family’s heart, then head out to Dave and Buster’s. They have something for gamers of all ages from Dance Dance Revolutions to Derby Owner’s Club, a horse racing simulator. My husband and I took our nephew there (a little research for this article) and ended up having way too much fun! Dave and Buster’s is like a little piece of Vegas for all ages. It’s located in the heart of Castleton just off 86th Street and Allisonville Road. 30

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When we go to Dave and Buster’s, we’re making a day of it. I found myself hooked on their enormous trivia game. It’s fun and you could win a ton of tickets for the effort. Speaking of tickets, they cover a broad range of things from video games to clothing. Their food is delicious and the bar is always stocked so mom and dad can refresh if they get parched! You can plan a holiday, corporate, or birthday event sure to please the masses. Visit for more details.

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more to their pace, the toddler area offers smaller obstacles, identity bracelets and video monitoring for safety, and softer toys suitable for children three and younger. In case all the playing works up an appetite, there are concessions available including pizza and ice cream just to name a couple. Located two blocks east of 86th and Allisonville Road, parents can also get some work or relax time while the kids play. The adult area offers a mix of free, high speed internet for laptops or smart phones, and large flat screen televisions set in a cozy atmosphere. Planning a birthday party? Monkey Joe’s can accommodate up to 24 children, but if you have a larger group, you can plan an after hours party. Check out for more information. Bowling is definitely one of America’s favorite indoor pastimes. Pinheads is not just your average bowling alley, with attractions including 40 lanes, a restaurant/bar with live music, and an arcade. Have a competitive streak? Join a tournament. They also host birthday parties and have a pro shop where beginners or experts can receive lessons! Summer leagues start the first week of May and include a Tuesday evening adult/child league. There are several party and birthday packages, as well as all you can bowl deals to fit any budget. Like most children, they can get anxious waiting for their turn if lanes aren’t available. Pinheads is now offering reservations Friday through Sunday for a fee. It is located just south of 141st Street and State Road 37. Visit for more info. Don’t let the next rainy day ruin your family time plans. Sometimes the most fun can be just a short drive away! We all love the flowers April showers bring, but a rainy day can dampen the brightest of moods. Take the kids, their built up energy and your camera to make for one memorable experience. Think local, think fun, think memories in the making! I dare you not to have a good time! 32

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Geist Couple Launches Online Weight Loss Tool By Michelle Momper While doctors, trainers and health gurus alike tell all who will listen the importance of counting calories, most dieters will simply say, “Yeah, whatever.� After all, the idea sounds so cumbersome and overwhelming. Who has time during their day to keep track of caloric intake? Well, according to Geist resident John Porten, owner of Graphite Wellness Solutions, LLC, counting your calories just got easier. Porten and his wife and co-founder Lauri, who is also a personal trainer, have launched a Beta version of the first online tool to calculate both calorie intake and calories burned on a daily basis. The service is based on the Energy Balance principle, which refers to the relationship between caloric intake (in the form of food) and caloric output (in the form of metabolism and activity). The Web-based application allows users to track the amount of calories going in and out by recording meals and exercise activity. Whether the goal is to lose or maintain weight, Graphite calculates the exact amount of calories to be consumed in order to reach a predetermined goal weight, in accordance with a specified timeline. “I have tried more diets than I care to admit and after much frustration, I John Porten, co-founder of Graphite Wellness Solutions. March 2010


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discovered the concept of Energy Balance. I soon realized that the key to long-term weight control is balancing calorie intake with calorie expenditure. But I really needed a tool to help me,” John explains. “Studies show that meal tracking is one of the most effective weight control strategies available. So I started tracking what I was eating, as well as any exercise I was getting, all on one spread sheet. I then started losing weight,” he says.

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To date, John has shed 54 pounds since June of 2008. “Because I saw how well this process worked, I figured I could take that same functionality and build it into a web-based application,” he adds.

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“One of the best things about this online tool is that it allows users to create a personal profile, and the program calculates the number of calories you burn every day, no matter how active you are,” John explains. “Once you set your weight loss goal, you can adjust what you eat according to the amount of calories you burn. Our goal was to create the simplest and most functional calorie tracking application in the market, and I feel that we succeeded,” he says.


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My wife was exasperated. “I can’t handle this any longer,” she said. “I’m all for love and commitment but enough is enough.” “I understand, Mary Ellen. I feel terrible.”

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What led to the sudden onset of Toby’s problem? His recent knee surgery had slowed him down a bit, resulting in a modest weight gain, which is a factor in snoring. I had observed no increase in smoking or alcohol consumption in the hound, another common cause. True, I had promised Mary Ellen I would call the veterinarian, but first I did an advanced Google search to see if others were lying awake at night thinking about this problem. Apparently, there’s a real epidemic of sleep disorders in the canine world: narcolepsy, jet lag, insomnia, night terrors and restless leg syndrome.

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The first thing I learned was that dogs with short, flat faces— bulldogs, pugs, Pekingese—are more apt to snore. That makes it sound like bedding down with a horse is a better option for a good night’s sleep.

Toby shot me a glance. He knew we were talking about him. Dogs always sense that. I felt bad for the pooch. But things had gotten out of hand the last few weeks. It wasn’t his occasional snort that kept us awake; it was a

One site suggested preventing your dog from dozing on his back with his paws up in the air, Toby’s favorite slumbering posture in his doggie bed. When the snoring commences, roust the dog out of his deep sleep, then abruptly flip him

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I’m no canine expert, but if Brutus the Rottweiler is keeping you up at night with his snoring, you might heed the timehonored maxim: “Let sleeping dogs lie….and snore.” In order to keep your dog on his tummy, one pet owner suggested gluing a tennis ball on a leather belt and wrapping it around the dog’s torso, so the bulge on his back would prevent him from rolling over. I tried this with Toby but he was pretty adept at twisting himself into a knot, snatching the ball from the strap and then dropping it on my head so we could play fetch at two in the morning.

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Pet Photo Contest Finalists

We had over 400 photos submitted, all of which were great photos and portrayed such cute pets. I think the “Top 10” were selected because you could see their personality and they somehow told a story. Bonno the Driver By Seema Verma

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We were fortunate to have several local businesses step up and share in the fun. Ameriana Bank will be the official “sponsor” of the contest, hosting a big party on April 9th at the Fishers branch to announce the winners and pass out the prizes. You can download and print out a ballot online and drop it off at their Carmel, Westfield, or Fishers branch to be entered into a drawing for a cash prize at the April 9th party. These ballots will count towards the online voting which closes on March 30th.

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Classifieds Wood Phone Booth: With folding glass door, seat, light, fan and Western Electric pay telephone modified for regular service. Circa 1950’s, reportedly from Chicago train station. 29”w x 30”w x 83”h. Great for recreation room: $1,500 for booth and phone. Near Clay Terrace. Call 317-571-0118. 1 Acre Corner Building Lot in Amelia Bay, Florida: Gated community, beautiful area, close to ocean, water piped in. These lots sold for over $200,000 before recession and likely will again. About 15 miles north of Jacksonville, FL will sacrifice for $64,500. For more information, call 1-317-865-8893. Handyman, Too busy for all the jobs that come with home ownership? I can take care of them for you. Services include, but not limited to: interior painting; ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate flooring installation; light electrical and plumbing. Professional, efficient, reasonable. Call John 317-874-8563. Guitar Lessons in Geist Local professional with 40 years of teaching and performing experience has openings for students all ages. I have taught 100’s of people how to play and made sure they all have fun while they learn. Currently

my students range in age from 8 to 54. You’ll get a thorough musical education while playing the songs you’re interested in. Whatever style, be it Rock, Blues, Jazz or Country, I can show you the techniques and tricks to accomplish your goals. Lessons are $20 per 1/2 hour. For more information contact Larry Baker at (317) 523-3120 Jet Ski Port For Sale: Jet Ski dock/port for sale. Gently used. Why pay retail (upwards of $1,500 new) when you can have a gently used one for a great price! Located at Geist. For more photos or to see contact Mel at 317-590-8886. $500. 2 Bedroom Condo with Boat and Dock on Geist, Fabulous condo at Geist Reservoir in Shorewalk with deeded boat dock and 2002 22 ft pontoon boat. Enjoy maintenance free living and sunset cruises on the boat! Large neighborhood for walking/running/biking in a quiet, beautifully landscaped setting. Spacious backyard and boat dock a minute walk. Vaulted ceilings, updated appliances that stay, new paint, carpet and laminate flooring in Aug 07, new bathroom flooring in Dec 09. Master br has twin sinks, seperate bathroom, and walk-in closet. 1 car garage. Approx 1,550 sq. ft. total. Property features; Fireplace,

Loft, Washer/Dryer Upstairs, Central Air, Community Tennis Court and Pool. Built in 1995, only 2 owners. Excellent condition. Perfect for a single, couple or small family and pets are welcome. Asking price $159,000 for Condo, Dock and Boat. 11336 Fonthill Drive. Call 317-823-2672 for details or email Motivated seller, needing larger space. 2 tickets, Space Shuttle Discovery Launch April 5th Kennedy Space Center 2 adult Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tickets for sale for April 5th launch. Vehicle placard included as well. $100 for the pair and vehicle placard, which is face value listed. These tickets gain you access to the visitors center at Kennedy Space Center on launch day. 2nd closest viewing spot to watch the shuttle. Event is sold out! Contact me at mdalman@ Host Families Needed For French Students, 3 Weeks Only, July 7-27, 2010, all students speak English. · Girls and boys available, ages 14-19 · Students are fully insured · Students bring their own spending money · Host families receive stipend For more information, call

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May 8, 2010 9:00am – 10:30am Indianapolis Yacht Club on Geist Reservoir

Please RSVP by the Monday before the seminar by email at or call 317.846.2600. Space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

“Larry (Greene) guided us and allowed us to make an educated decision. We were completely comfortable choosing Case to remodel our bathroom.” – Shelly, local resident


You will learn: • Kitchen & Bath design trends. • The three levels of remodeling (cosmetic, pull and replace and custom). • What’s “in” for kitchen & bath remodels. • Timeframe for project completion. • Living through a remodeling project. • Budgeting Cost: Complimentary This business is independently owned and is operated under a license agreement with Case® Handyman & Remodeling Services, LLC. • Premium Home Improvement Services, LLC dba Case Handyman & Remodeling. P.O. Box 36097 Indianapolis, IN 46236-0097




Indianapolis, IN Permit No. 100


SPRING CLEAN-UP mulch mulch installation installation nn pruning & bed edging debris removal nn fertilizer fertilizer & & herbicide herbicide application application

MULCH $27/yd

Grade Grade A A Dark Dark Hardwood Hardwood


Dyed Dyed (black/brown/red) (black/brown/red)

Mulch Delivery Available!

Paver patios

Decorative walks


Outdoor grill areas


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Outdoor fireplaces

Geist Community Newsletter March 2010  

Featuring local Green Geist businesses by Lena Lucas

Geist Community Newsletter March 2010  

Featuring local Green Geist businesses by Lena Lucas