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December 2005

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Special Feature: Geist Residents Prepare to Fight Fishers Annexation

Calendar of Events December 25th - Merry Christmas!

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By Tom Britt Tom@atGeist.com My, how things have changed in the last month. Just as Geist residents in Marion County were celebrating the end of duck hunting on the reservoir, a press conference on November 17th at the Fishers Town Hall put the Hamilton County residents on their own offensive. As most of you have heard, the Fishers Town Council, led by Scott Faultless, announced their plans to annex over 2,050 homes on and around Geist Reservoir into the Town of Fishers. Property taxes would increase approximately 14% for the affected homeowners which results in a $600 per year increase for every $250,000 of value in their homes. Residents reacted, and reacted quickly to organize and fight the Continued on page 3

10th - Lucky Lou’s Sassy Ladies Tea & Book Club at 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. 18th - Fishers Chamber Luncheon 11:30 a.m. at FORUM Credit Union 23rd - GHPOA Annual Meeting 7:00 p.m. Geist Clubhouse 28th - Fishers Town Hall Meeting, Second Reading of Geist Annexation Ordinances

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5th - Super Bowl XL in Detroit (Go Colts!) For a complete Calendar of Events, visit the atGeist.com “Calendar” section. Submit your upcoming events for free and maybe we’ll put them here for 10,000 of your neighbors to see!

What’s Inside: Mud Creek Players . . . . . . .8 Manloves Launch Blog . . .12 Crossword Puzzle . . . . . . . .14 Hoosier Christmas . . . . . . .18 Potato Latke Recipe . . . . .19 Alaskan Cruise Journal . .22 Professional Services . . . .24

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By Kristin Thomas Kristin@atGeist.com Archer. Captain. Falconer. Master. Educator. When you hear those words, what do you think of? For a lot of people, the answer to that question is Eddie Brochin. Brochin has accomplished so much you have to wonder, is there anything he can’t do? A fifth degree black belt in

Eddie Brochin with his pet and fellow TV star, ‘Mavrick.’ Taekwondo, Brochin leads classes at the TKO Taekwondo dojo, across from St. Simon, in the evenings. His days are spent doing many things. He could be leading fishing trips through his Geist Lake Charter Service, filming new episodes of his TV show, “Outdoors with Eddie Continued on page 5

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Special Feature: Geist Residents Prepare to Fight Fishers Annexation Continued from front page annexation. Within a few days, a website was created at SayNOtoFishers.com as a platform to relay information about the issues, allow residents to voice their opinions, and communicate important dates and meetings for all homeowners. Less than two weeks later on a snowy Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, over 160 concerned homeowners attended an organizational meeting at Fall Creek Elementary. Following the meeting, over 25 residents offered to volunteer to serve on the board of directors which held a meeting one week later at Indian Lakes Country Club. At the end of this closed-door meeting, a nine-member board of directors emerged with two ex-military residents leading the charge:

Saturday, January 28th. Opposition to the annexation plans to have a public meeting in mid January. This break in the action gives both sides an opportunity to research the financial plans and spend time with family.

Jim Spear and Ted Moran. The next evening, the Town of Fishers hosted a “One Night, One Town” meeting on December 1st to introduce Geist residents to the services and leaders of Fishers. Over 300 residents attended and voiced their concerns about the tax increase. Town officials were asked the million dollar question throughout the night, “what is in this for me?” Most walked away feeling like the Town of Fishers was trying to sell residents a horse they already own since they have already paid for or privately contract these services.

If you live in the affected area, please visit the Fishers website (www.fishers.in.us) and the Say No to Fishers website (www.SayNotoFishers.com) to get informed. Both sides have posted a “Frequently Asked Questions” document which attempts to clear up any confusion residents may have. Many of the homeowners associations have taken a neutral stand on the issue since they do not generally tackle political issues. Unlike other media outlets, atGeist.com has vowed to take the side of the homeown-

With the holidays upon us, the political calendar for both sides will enjoy a bit of a reprieve. The next Fishers Town Council public hearing on the annexation is not scheduled until

ers which has been resoundingly against the annexation. By providing a forum for discussion, e-mail notices, form downloads, and commentary from the perspective of the homeowners, we are realizing our goal of providing communication for and between our neighbors at Geist Reservoir.

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Meet Your Neighbor: Outdoorsman Eddie Brochin Continued from front page . . . Brochin,” or going hunting with his pet hawk, Chase a.k.a. “Mavrick,” which is what they call him on the show. His TV series has gained popularity as it’s been on the air. It debuted on UPN 23, a local channel, and then 2.2 million other households were able to see it when WHNB 40 picked it up. Another 20 million could view the show when a DIRECTV station signed on, station 321. Also it will debut on the Sportsmen’s Channel in 2006. One of the episodes features the introduction of “Mavrick-cam,” a true birds-eye view of the hunting experience. Episodes also feature fishing trips, watching Brochin land a 200 pound Mako shark using catfish tackle, or a feature on the capture and training of his hawk.

“There’s nothing like blowing a whistle and your bird comes flying out of the treetops because he’s ready to hunt,” Brochin said.

With the growing audience and popularity of his outdoors show, Brochin recently returned home from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where he filmed a pilot for another show series called the “Ultimate Outdoorsman.” On this show he persuades a group of people to go out in the wilderness where days in Texas can get as hot as 115 degrees and they have to hunt to survive. The people get points for various demonstrations of survival skills and hunting kills. The show, which is now in the process of marketing, is described by Brochin as “the biggest project I’ve ever attempted.”

In order to keep his pet hawk in his home, he had to train with Master Falconer Greg Thomas of Noblesville. When given permission, Brochin had to build housing facilities and secure the necessary husbandry equipment. When that was finished, all of it had to be inspected by licensing authorities before he could even take state and federal tests required to trap and keep a bird. “I really pride myself in their care,” he said. “I want to be able to entertain and also educate people about the reality of hunting and fishing, about the importance of the predator-prey relationship necessary for ecological balanceboth with myself as a hunter, as well as birds of prey.”

Brochin only uses a bow when he hunts and the challenge is what keeps him interested. Hunting with a bow increases the chance of a miss, which adds to the satisfaction when he gets a kill.

When I visited with Eddie Brochin, luckily enough his hawk was with him. He told me that they had been hunting earlier in the day and their truck got stuck in a cornfield. Everyone that came to help them out got stuck as well, so he had to walk to TKO with the hawk to give a Taekwondo class. He was leaving the next day for Mexico so his truck was going to have to stay in the cornfield for 4 or 5 days. If you would like to go on a hunting or fishing trip with Eddie Brochin or just watch some of his video work, you can visit www.geistlakecharters.com. Geist Lake Charters provides professionally licensed guides specializing in live bait fishing, bow fishing, and hunting. All you need to participate is a valid fishing and/or hunting license.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips By Debbie Bracken Perhaps you live in a Geist area home built over a decade ago and would love to update your kitchen. In addition to enhancing the look and enjoyment of your home, most experts agree that a kitchen renovation project can return 100% on investment when the property is sold. Surveys by the real estate industry show that a kitchen is one of the most important features of the home for both residents and prospective buyers. The quality of the kitchen often makes or breaks the sale. For some kitchens, all that is needed are new knobs/pulls on the cabinetry to provide an inexpensive, updated look. While others could benefit from cabinetry in a different color, or perhaps new counter-

cabinetry, countertops, and flooring it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of available choices. A kitchen designer will discuss the family’s lifestyle, desires and priorities to assist in the selection of products and finishes as well as create a detailed floor plan drawn to scale with elevations. To ensure design plan accuracy, a designer will likely require a visit to your home to obtain actual measurements. The best way to find a qualified kitchen designer is through word-ofmouth, but you can also locate one through websites such as kitchens.com or nkba.org.

tops. Once you’ve decided that your kitchen needs remodeled, the next question is, “Where do I begin?” Here are some suggestions to get you started: 1) Collect ideas and information by reading magazines, books, visit home shows and showrooms. It’s helpful to keep a folder of clipped articles and photos that represent your taste and preferred style. 2) Determine your budget. The cost of kitchen remodeling varies greatly and can add up quickly. It helps to prioritize costs by deciding what improvements are most important to you.

4) Once the design decisions are made, you will need to discuss the schedule with your designer and/or contractor. They will determine the installation order based on lead

3) Find a qualified professional to help guide you through the process. With all of the different options in appliances,

times and specifications on various materials. A typical schedule would be as follows: It would start with a complete tear-out, any structural modifications, installation of windows and doors, plumbing modifications, electrical modifications, drywall, tape and texture, painting, floor and underlayment (particle board), cabinet installation, countertops, plumbing and electrical top-out, floor covering installation and appliance installation (followed, of course, by a grand dinner party). 5) Pack up the kitchen well before the remodeling begins. While it’s a great time to “spring clean” your shelves, don’t forget to label the storage boxes well to make the unpacking process easier. Plan a location outside of the area where the remodeling is done

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to act as your temporary kitchen. You will need to find a place to temporarily relocate your microwave and refrigerator (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals!) Consider where your “water source” will be in relation to your temporary kitchen. Unless it is in close proximity, even the simple task of making a cup of coffee can become a major undertaking. Other items to keep conveniently on hand include: coffee maker, toaster, can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, microwavable dishes, favorite spices, salt & pepper, butter, cleaning supplies and dishtowels. Don’t forget about pets - if there isn’t an area to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases, it may be a perfect time to treat them

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Mud Creek Players: Not Your Typical Barn said Dottie.

By Lauren Fitzpatrick Lauren@atGeist.com If you’ve never seen a show at the Mud Creek Players’ barn, what are you waiting for? Like so many other Geist residents, I had driven past the barn, located at 86th and Mud Creek, on many occasions, always thinking, “I should go see a show there.” So, on a Thursday night in December, I finally entered the barn for the first time. Walking into the barn is like - well, walking into a barn. The atmosphere is rustic and cozy, and it seems that everyone knows everyone. If you don’t know anyone there, that will soon change. At the refreshment window, I met Dottie Pierdos, a woman who has been involved with the Mud Creek Players for 45 years, and has become a verita-

Jean Adams, Judy Chroniak and Judy McGroarty (l-r) star in the Mud Creek Players Production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Photo courtesy of director Larry Aull. Dottie and her late husband ‘came in’ in the fall of 1961, and she has been here ever since. “I was here when the barn burned down in 1963 and when we built the new barn,”

ble institution at the barn. “So many people drive by, they look, and they wonder,” said Dottie. “We need an arrow that says ‘Come in!’” Recommended by neighbors,

Dottie has been designing costumes since before there was even a stage at the barn, back when the shows were performed in a corner of the room. She also bakes the famous cookies for the kitchen, acts as the resident historian and even was responsible for cutting the grass at one point. “Once you’re in, you can kind of jump into whatever you’re interested in,” said Dottie. She introduced me to many other members, all who have been involved with different aspects of the Mud Creek Players. “You don’t have to be an actor to be involved with Mud Creek,” said member Kathy Meyer. “It’s great for people who just like to be around theater, as well as those who like to act.” Continued on page 10

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Safety Officials Warn of Ice Danger By Sgt. Gerry Hepp The Fishers fire & police departments warn that neighborhood ponds are beginning to freeze over, and are urging area residents to help prevent drowning this winter. As ice forms on ponds in area neighborhoods, children, pets and even adults may be tempted to wander out onto the ice and explore. The results of this curiosity can be tragic. “Young children and pets just don’t know any better, so they need constant and close supervision around ponds, not just in the winter but year-round,” warned Ron Lipps, Public Information Officer for the Fishers Fire Department. “Older kids and adults SHOULD know better, but often don’t appreciate the danger.”

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Continued from page 8. The Mud Creek Players provide opportunities for adults and kids alike with an annual summer program called Barn RATS (Really Awesome Theater School). RATS is geared towards kids aged 6-12, and covers everything from script writing to performing. “Kids do a performance every Friday,” said Kathy, “and they very often write their own scripts.”

The constant freeze-thaw cycle in central Indiana doesn’t promote the formation of good, solid ice on ponds and other bodies of water. In addition, ponds and lakes have their own warm spots and undercurrents that create thinner areas of ice that are not easily detectable from above. A person who falls through the ice can quickly succumb to the numbing cold water and won’t be able to get back out of the water and onto the ice without assistance.

I sat down with Kathy and her fellow members Carla Crandall and Liz Chandler to watch the holiday production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The show was hilarious, about a women’s theater group and their struggles to put on a traditional production of the Dickens classic. Everyone enjoyed themselves, from the audience members to the

The Fishers Fire Department and Police Department strongly urge adults to monitor ponds in their neighborhood and discourage children from playing on the ice, especially during the winter holiday break. Even more important, adults need to set the example by staying off the ice themselves.

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actors on stage. Before the night was over, some unsuspecting audience members even found themselves involved in the production! The Mud Creek Players are unique in the fact that a membership is required in order to participate in productions. “It definitely means that our members get a chance to be on stage,” said Kathy. “The nice thing is also that if things happen in your life and you can’t be active, that’s OK. You can drop out and then come back in when you are able to.” The Mud Creek Players’ upcoming production is a mystery titled ‘The Premature Corpse.’ For more information on show dates, how to become a member, or Barn RATS, look online at mudcreekplayers.org or call 290-5343.

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Thanksgiving “Black-Out” Prompts IPL to Send Out Gift Certificates By Tom Britt Tom@atGeist.com Like many of you, our power went out on Thanksgiving Day, right in the middle of the busiest day our oven has seen in months. Dinner was served about an hour late after the power came back on after an hour outage. Power went out again around 7:00 pm for about 30-40 minutes, forcing our family to have desert under candlelight. At first I thought the outage was limited to my neighborhood or maybe a few neighborhoods at most. When my daughter went down to Marsh on Fox Road to get some last minute supplies, the doors were locked and their power was out, too. That’s when I realized that this was a much broader problem. The strong winds blew some

that the power outage was due to the power grid not being up to par for the growing northeast side of Indianapolis. Stephen Avery of the Admirals just moved back to the area from South Carolina with his wife Mary Ann. “We are not happy to see power failures in this neighborhood since we had over $35,000 in damage done to our former home by South Carolina Electric and Gas,” Avery said. Power surges and outages were a result of the exponential growth in his former hometown and the local power company’s inability to keep up with the infrastructure upgrades.

trees over onto power lines off of Fox Road on the south side of Geist Reservoir, taking out power to over 2,400 residents on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Crystal LiversPowers with IPL explained that the “outage was entirely weather related, we (IPL) felt bad that it happened on a holiday.” Surprisingly, I received a letter from IPL yesterday with their apologies and a $20 gift certificate for Kroger, “compliments of IPL.” I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life, survived the blizzard of 1978 and even remember “brown outs” during the coal strike in the late 1970’s, but I’ve never seen a utility company apologize for anything, much less send me a $20 gift certificate for my inconvenience.

“That is not the case here,” added Powers. “We’ve had outages on holidays before, but we felt that, given the duration of the outages and the timing of

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them being on Thanksgiving Day, we wanted to do something for those customers who were trying to prepare a meal for family and friends.” If your power went out on Thanksgiving but you didn’t receive a gift certificate, don’t call IPL. “We sent out gift certificates to those that either had two outages or had one outage for more than two hours,” Powers explained. If you don’t need your gift certificate and would like to help out a neighbor, consider giving the gift certificate to Gleaner’s Food Bank at 1102 East 16th Street or donate it to the Lawrence Needy Family Campaign by sending it to 4455 McCoy St., Lawrence, IN 46226.

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Kim and Marissa Manlove Continue Their Mission With Blog By Lauren Fitzpatrick Lauren@atGeist.com As I pulled up to the Manloves’ Echo Pointe house, I was a little bit nervous. Here I was, about to talk to a couple who lost their teenage son, David, to substance abuse. I have never before discussed the death of a loved one with strangers. Suddenly, a hawk coasted overhead, and I instantly relaxed. By reading Kim Manlove’s web blog, I had learned that their symbol for David was the hawk. It turned out that I had nothing at all to worry about. Kim and Marissa Manlove were open, honest and extremely easy to talk to. Though they have undoubtedly shared their heartbreaking story countless times, they continue to do so, and it continues to resonate with all who hear it. We first introduced the Manloves back in April, when they shared David’s story with atGeist.com. Four and a half years ago, David

was a sophomore at Lawrence Central when his life was cut short after using an inhalant. Since then, his family has only strengthened their efforts to educate others about substance abuse. “We’ve come to believe pretty strongly that this is a gift that David has given us the opportunity to share,” says Marissa. “He gave us the strength to share his story, and through the sharing of his story and our story, it might make a difference in somebody else’s life. For us, that’s a powerful reason to keep doing it.” One recent development has been Kim’s new web blog, posted on The Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s website. “I don’t think that I anticipated how cathartic it could be. At first it was kind of hard for me,” admits Kim. “I had to set the time aside to do it. Now it just comes. One of the things we talked about early in our grief, after David died, was

that we get blind-sided by things that happen to us, that take us right back to those early days.”

across the stereotypes that people have - the feeling that ‘it can’t happen to me.’”

“Those things could be sights, sounds, smells, any number of things. Those have continued, but they have become less frequent over time. In some ways, now when those things happen, I try to turn them into blogs. That’s why it has been very cathartic for me. It gives me a way to take those thoughts and those memories and, in some ways, kind of give them wings that help me with my own hope and my own joy.”

Kim and Marissa are very much a team, both agreeing that they are stronger together. They recognize that grief can be a destructive emotion and work to combat its negative potential. “We all experience grief and loss in different ways,” explained Kim. “To avoid getting upset at each other for not feeling it in the same way or expressing it in the same way, we make sure to discuss how we are feeling and why. Grief is a very individual thing.”

Constantly being asked to resurrect such painful memories could be draining, but the Manloves continue to use their experience as a way to help others. “We’ve made a decision not to shy away from telling our story, because we felt like we could put a real face on this issue,” said Marissa. “Presenting our story can cut

The holidays are a particularly emotional time for the Manloves, as they celebrate David’s birthday on December 11th. This year he would have turned 21 years old. “There is no denying that the holidays are hard,” said Kim, “especially with his birthday coming up soon.” Each year on David’s

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birthday, the Manloves bring a batch of cookies to three different locations: Fairbanks Hospital, David’s treatment center; the fire station that dispatched David’s EMTs; and the ER where David was taken. Through this tradition, the Manloves continue to express their gratitude to the people who helped David in his last moments. “We have also started a new holiday tradition of sorts,” says Marissa. “Kim named a star in David’s name to mark the first birthday after his death. I have gotten all new ornaments for our tree, and each one incorporates a star.” The family also continues a tradition that started when David and his older brother, Josh, were young. “Every Christmas Eve, the last thing we did before going to bed was to read The Polar Express,” said Marissa. “We still make it a point to do that every year.”

One of the amazing things about the Manloves is their dedication to using their personal tragedy as a way to help others. “Our focus is on education and prevention,” said Kim. He and Marissa are currently involved with The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Drug Enforcement Agency to increase awareness of substance abuse among teens. Plans are underway to hold a national candlelight vigil on June 8th, 2006, in memory of all of those who have lost their lives to substance abuse. “We wanted to help come up with a signature event that could then be replicated on the same night all across the country,” said Kim.

federal level than we ever had been before,” said Kim. “We may be able to do some more nationwide-type efforts. It’s an exciting time for us.” “In an odd kind of way,” added Marissa, “It’s exciting in an odd kind of way.”

Marissa and Kim Manlove continue to reach out to others to prevent deaths like their son David’s from occurring.

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GHPOA Annual Meeting Reminder All Geist Harbours homeowners are invited to the annual GHPOA board meeting on January 23rd, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Geist Harbours Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is located at 12549 Old Stone Drive in Admirals Bay. Elections for the Board of Directors will also be held, any owner who has purchased property in GHPOA and is current in dues is eligible to stand for election and vote. Eligible homeowners will elect representatives from your community to serve on the Board of Directors with the exception of Admirals Sound

which is not up for election this year. If you have any questions regarding the duties of the Board of Directors, please contact April Richardson at 684-3333.

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Whooping Cough is on the Rise - Vaccine Now Available to Protect Your Pre-teens and Teens, 11 to 18 Years of Age By Dr. Elizabeth Beach Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Right now, adolescents are most at risk of being infected. Children in the United States ages two months to five years are immunized against pertussis in the diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine series. However, immunity against pertussis wanes five to ten years after the last early childhood vaccination. Until now, an adolescent and adult booster has not been available. This situation has made adolescents and adults much more susceptible to being infected with pertussis. Since the 1980’s, the number of

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several months. Adolescents with pertussis usually miss an average of five days of school, but complications could result in pneumonia, rib fractures from coughing and even hospital stays.

reported pertussis cases, especially in adolescents and adults, has been steadily increasing with a more dramatic growth over the past two years. In fact, 8,000 cases of pertussis were reported in adolescents 11 to 18 in 2004. That figure is nearly double that of 2003.

It is true that antibiotics are available to decrease the spread of pertussis. The problem is, those infected are most contagious during the first few days of the illness when they don’t feel sick enough to go to the doctor. Later, when they do see their physician, the antibiotic treatment then fails to have much impact on the severity or duration of the symptoms.

The symptoms in adolescents begin as a mild cough for a few days. In more than two-thirds of all cases, that cough will progress to classic pertussis, involving severe, paroxysmal coughing fits ending in a “whoop” when the infected individual tries to catch his breath (hence the name “whooping cough”). These coughing fits often lead to sleep disturbances, even vomit ing, and can last anywhere from three to four weeks to

The bottom line: the best way to protect your teen against pertussis is through prevention. And that means a pertussis booster vaccination.

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Update on Fall Creek Sidewalk Extension In October, the GHPOA Board approved the extension of the sidewalk at the southernmost end of Masthead on Fall Creek Parkway to connect the walking trail on the dam. Connection to the walking trail will not start until next spring when the final sections are finished by the Indianapolis Water Company.

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My Personal Journal from an Alaskan Cruise ByKristin Thomas Kristin@atGeist.com In mid-August, my boyfriend Jay and I went on a cruise throughout southeast Alaska. I had so much fun that I wanted to share my trip with all of you. I kept a journal throughout the whole week that I was there and I felt the best way to share my trip with everyone would be to share the actual journal. We learned many things on our trip. For example, the winters in Alaska are actually milder than our winters here. The temperature stays in the upper 30s to lower 40s all winter. They get snow, but it usually doesn’t last long because it will snow and then get warm enough to rain so the rain will wash all of the snow away. As for everything else we learned, read the journal . . . Wednesday August 10th, 2005- TRAVELLING DAY

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O’Hare. Shortly after rushing through the airport to get to our next gate we were on our flight to Vancouver. That flight took about 4 hours. From the airport we took a bus tour through Vancouver to the pier to get on

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windy I could barely stand up...and cold! I’m glad I packed my winter coat! Juneau is tomorrow! Saturday August 13th, 2005JUNEAU Slept in this morning and we were already docked in Juneau by the time we got out of the room. Had breakfast and then went ashore and walked around the city. At 2:00 we had our shore excursion. We got on a bus and went on a tour of the city and Mendenhall Glacier. Learned a lot of cool/interesting/funny things about the city. For example...Outside of the city hall building in Juneau, there is a statue of some pelicans diving into water. Well it turns out that some place in Florida was building their city hall at the same time and they ordered a statue of some diving pelicans, while Juneau ordered a statue of a nice, big bald eagle. Somewhere along the

Kristin and Jay pose in Alaska's first city, Ketchikan. line the statues got switched and Florida got the eagle and Juneau got the pelicans. Florida liked the eagle so much that they refused to give it back so now Juneau is stuck with the pelicans. The tour guide assured us that we would not be seeing any pelicans in Alaska. The people here are so friendly! Jay was lining up to take a picture of me when a complete stranger came up and told him to get in the picture with me and he took a picture of both of us. This happened not once but twice today. Not to mention all the random people that just start talking to us. It is a very welcoming city. Saw quite a few bald eagles today and luckily no bears. Well, actually I would like to see a bear, but from far away please!

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atGeist.com Message Boards We are taking a break from the Classifieds this month to highlight some of the comments from the atGeist.com Message Boards regarding the proposed Fishers annexation. We will resume printing highlights from the Classifieds in the January 2006 issue of the “atGeist Community Newsletter”. Stan Eisenhooth: I want to know how becoming part of the town of Fishers is going to improve our neighborhood. Can anybody explain why this is a good idea? Margaret Millar: Although I am not included in the 46256 zip for Fishers annexation, I am close enough to be appalled that my Geist neighbors would just sit back and let this happen without some conversation. The information I see on the news and in the Star indicate this IS going to go through with no opposition at all. Since when does a town have the right to make a neighborhood their domain? Someone needs to lead the fight to conduct further research before just allowing this to happen. Tim Wade: There will be a fight over this annexation. Maybe Fishers is not all that they think they are. Who died and put them in charge of our tax bills. It sounds like the newspaper is in their pockets but anyway you spin this Fishers is just trying to build its tax rolls. We pay enough taxes already. We need to get our Homeowners Associations working together to fight this. I am busy but not so busy I am going to sit back and let these guys get in my pocket for another 2 grand a year. Joe Weingarten: I am building atGeist Community Newsletter

a home on Geist right now and can’t believe that Fishers wants me to call it home. One reason for my site selection was that it was in a township. Taxes in a city far exceed those in a township and the benefits are none. So whatever has to be signed, I will sign and I hope all of you who live in the area do the same. We need to far exceed the 65% rate and show them we don’t want them. This is a clear tax grab and nothing else.

thought we were supposed to have received them last week. Isn’t this a violation of how they filed the annexation? (i.e., we are just being notified now?) She also stated that every envelope she delivered last week was empty. Tom and Sandy Kling: Just tell us what to do and we will do it! Fishers is using scare tactics. Also Realtor Dick Richwine seems to support this Fishers move, according to his quoted remarks in the paper, and that is very worrisome.

Joe Sobek: We keep hearing about the $600.00 tax for the first year, what’s going to happen to taxes after that year is up, they are not telling us the rest of the story once they get their hands on us. Say “No”, its the only way.

Sandy & Tom Struewing: Let us know how we can help fight the annexation in any way. Carrie U: Are Geist folks surprised about the proposed annexation? Do you send your kids to HSE schools? Don’t you think that you should be contributing to the tax base that funds our schools? If not, then incorporate yourselves as Geist, Indiana, keep your services and

Walt Schneider: Live in Masthead at 11609 Fall Creek Rd. Am willing to work and contribute to block the annexation. Will hit the pavement or anything to help. Trisha M.: Does anyone think it’s funny that for years the 96th Street and 69 area has been called Geist Pavilion, Geist Meijer, Geist Kohls? And people think we should get our own town of Geist?

form your own school district . Steve Griesemer: Dear Carrie U, Thank you for a great opportunity to set the record straight. A quick reference to the Fisher’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2004 (available online) indicates that NONE of the taxes paid to Fishers goes to pay for HSE. That’s right, 0%. Why? Because each school district has its own taxing unit, within which ALL residents pay the same percentage. Your message implies that Fishers funds HSE out of its own pocket, which is not true. Property taxes are collected by Hamilton County and disbursed by its Auditor. As Fishers notes its Annual Report, Geist homes are “some of the most expensive homes in Indiana,” so while we may pay the same percentage as Fishers residents within the same school district, in actual dollars we seem to be paying more than our share.

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John Bergin: My family is OPPOSED and we will join the fight! Fishers is drunk on tax money. WE SHALL PREVAIL. Don’t give -up the ship! Sheila Fuzy: I just received my certified letter today. I live in Canal Place and I saw the carrier delivering to other houses as well. When I asked her if this was regarding the Annexation, she said yes and that I should hold onto the envelope as it is dated incorrectly. The town of Fishers did not pay enough for postage so they were delayed. I 26

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