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The City of Fishers is preparing to investigate a citywide trash collection contract with a private firm. At the January 16 Fishers City Council meeting, Mayor Fadness’ Chief of Staff Jordin Alexander outlined the process the city will follow, provided by state law. A request for proposals will be issued by the city. The earliest any program would likely begin would be the first quarter of 2025.

The first Fishers City Council meeting of the calendar year in January brought new council members and a new president. Council members elected Cecilia Coble to be president during the calendar year 2024. Pete Peterson was elected vice president. Both were elected by unanimous council votes. This was the first City Council meeting for new members Tiffany Ditlevson, John DeLucia and Bill Stuart.

After serving as Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) school board president during 2023, Dawn Lang handed the gavel to fellow board member Juanita Albright as president of the board for 2024 during the first meeting in January. The vote to approve Albright as board president was 5-2, with Sarah Donsbach and Sarah Parks-Reese voting no. Ben Orr will serve as vice president of the board and Suzanne Thomas will be the board secretary. Also, as part of the consent agenda, the board approved the resignation of Michelle Brittain-Watts. Brittain-Watts had served as executive director of secondary education for HSE Schools since June of 2021.

For a very long time, HSE school board regular evening meetings have started at 7 p.m. The board has now changed that policy.

Evening board meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Morning work sessions will continue to start at 7:30 a.m.

Mark Heirbrandt has been elected 2024 president of the Hamilton County commissioners. Under Indiana law, most Indiana counties have three elected county commissioners that act as mayors for the counties. In Hamilton County, the commissioners traditionally rotate the role of president. Commissioner Steve Dillinger served as president in 2023 and will serve as vice president in 2024. The third commissioner, Christine Altman, has served as president in past years.

The Fishers Arts Council elected officers for 2024 and approved four new members to the board of directors. Ross Hilleary, also planning and zoning director for the City of Fishers, will serve as council president. Chris Hayes will serve as vice president, Doug Dusseau treasurer and Olivia Harris secretary. New members of the board are Sue Dickey, Amanda Wilhite, Latricia Schooley and Tom Rich.

Those enjoying Pinheads were without the services of the local entertainment center following a kitchen fire January 10. The facility opened its doors once again February 1.

Fishers Police arrested a man in late January charged with stealing $90,000 worth of merchandise at Target stores in several states. Authorities identified the suspect as James Covington. Covington had 10 active warrants for his arrest in a number of states.

Following many meetings with local

residents and changes to the plans, the Fishers City Council gave final approval to Drive Planning for its headquarters office near 116th Street and Olio Road. The zoning change from residential to commercial was approved by unanimous vote by the council.

The January 10 meeting of the Fishers Armed Services Commission featured the presentation of the Sagamore of the Wabash award to Eddie Rivers, a longtime volunteer for veterans and other local events. Mayor Scott Fadness made the presentation.

More than 1,200 students at HSE Schools have had their outstanding meal balances completely paid off, thanks to a significant contribution from the Food for Thought Community Fund. The donation, aimed at supporting the nutritional needs of students and families within HSE Schools, amounted to $25,107.18. The Food for Thought Community Fund, established in 2021 and managed by the Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation, played a crucial role in alleviating the financial burden faced by families. The fund, created by a dedicated local community member, has a mission to address insecurity needs among students within the school district.

Spokenote, a local Fishers operation, has signed an agreement with the Indiana Pacers to place QR codes on player uniforms. Entrepreneur John Wechsler is behind Spokenote. “The partnership breaks new ground in professional sports, as the Pacers become the first major professional franchise in the United States to sport a QR code-like jersey patch,” said an NBA news release.

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Healing Hands Personal Services and Home Health provides families with inhome care for their loved ones. Serving pediatrics to seniors, their custom health care solutions can help relieve the financial pressure of caring for a loved one at home.

Originally established in 2018 to serve Anderson and its surrounding areas, Healing Hands recently expanded its services to cover the entire state of Indiana. In 2022 Healing Hands began providing services to minors with disabilities who are recipients of the Aged and Disabled waiver, Traumatic Brain Injury waiver, and CHOICE program. These special clients are affectionately referred to as their medically complex warriors.

Due to the current nursing shortage, parents and guardians are eligible for Structured Family Caregiving and Prior Authorization hours. For families who have a non-parent caregiver, Healing Hands offers attendant care. Caregivers for adults and seniors are also able to participate in these programs.

“There is never an average day when caring for a medically complex child,” says Vice President of Marketing Susan Graham. “Many of these children have feeding tubes or need life-saving medicine administered, so they can’t be placed in an after-school program or day care. We believe that for those children, the best place for them to be is at home. That’s where they’re going to get the best care.”

Parents of minor children used to participate in attendant care too. Unfortunately, Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) recently proposed excluding parents from attendant care, limiting the care options for these families. While the proposed changes

do not affect many adults, families with medically complex children need more care options, not fewer.

Megan, a mother whose 4-year-old son Braxton has complex medical needs, shares her experience with Healing Hands. Braxton suffered a stroke at 3 months old, caused by a brain bleed and resulting in subsequent epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He is also globally developmentally delayed. Megan and her fiancé work different shifts to meet Braxton’s

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“It has been absolutely amazing,” she says. “I would put almost anything on the line for Healing Hands because I know what they do for families of medically complex children. They work tirelessly to ensure you’re taken care of and will do absolutely anything for their families.”

Graham, who understands the struggles firsthand as she has a child with similar needs, acknowledges the sacrifices made by parents caring for medically complex children. Many parents have had to give up their

careers, resulting in a financial impact to their family budget.

Despite FSSA’s proposed changes, Healing Hands is launching a Medically Complex Warrior Program 2.0. This will be a hybrid program that includes Structured Family Caregiving and Prior Authorization hours. Utilizing these two programs, Healing Hands will be able to provide a financial cushion for families like Megan’s.

The dedicated staff at Healing Hands provide more than just assistance to the families they service. They’re often available to listen and give comfort to their clients. Healing Hands offers non-medical personal services, Structured Family Caregiving, and home health. The organization also has plans to expand its services in the future.

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In response to their rapid growth, LGW recently relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility on Britton Park Road in Fishers. Boasting private offices, a spacious meeting room and a large warehouse for storing materials, the new location reflects LGW’s commitment to efficiency and excellence in every aspect of their operations.

In the bustling community of Fishers resides a beacon of excellence in home exterior and interior services - LGW Roofing and Restoration. Founded by Owner Michael Witham over 14 years ago, the company stands as a testament to Witham’s dedication to quality craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Named after his daughter, Lyla, LGW is more than just a roofing and restoration company; it’s a symbol of commitment to homeownership and community stewardship.

At the core of LGW’s ethos is the belief that a home is more than just a structure; it’s an investment deserving of the utmost care and attention. Witham emphasizes the importance of protecting this investment by partnering with clients throughout the entire life cycle of homeownership. From design and construction to restoration and ongoing service, LGW is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of a home is built and maintained to the highest standards.

LGW offers a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of homeowners. From exterior roofing repairs and replacements to interior

What truly sets LGW apart, however, is its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Witham and his team actively cultivate relationships with clients, striving to become their trusted solution partners in all matters related to home improvement. Transparency, honesty and clear communication are the cornerstones of LGW’s approach, ensuring that clients feel valued and respected throughout the entire process.

“We aim to raise the bar in client partnering,” says Greg Weber, a member of the LGW team. “Our goal is not just to complete projects, but to enhance the value of our clients’ homes while minimizing maintenance costs in the long run.”

Beyond their exceptional workmanship, LGW also knows how to have fun. Each summer they host their annual ClientContractor Recognition Outing, a celebration of community and camaraderie, complete with giveaways, food and entertainment. It’s just one example of LGW’s commitment to fostering positive relationships with both clients and the community at large.

Looking ahead, LGW is actively seeking to expand its team of experts to meet the growing demand for services. With a focus on dazzling homeowners and exceeding expectations, LGW is poised to continue its legacy of excellence well into the future.

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On April 18, Assistance League of Indianapolis (ALI) will hold its annual fundraiser, Mission Possible, at Daniel’s Vineyard from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event, which includes dinner, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, line dancing and entertainment, will benefit the organization’s philanthropic programs.

As a local chapter of a national organization, ALI has provided aid to thousands of children and adults since 1984.

This year over 3,000 elementary students received new school clothes and coats, and nearly 2,000 children received new athletic shoes through the organization’s largest program, Operation School Bell. Other programs include Assault Survivor Kits, which provides garments for victims of assault, ALI Bears, which gives teddy bears to hospitals, trauma centers and hospice facilities, and ALI Friends, whose mission is offering activities and companionship to older and disabled adults.

This year’s Mission Possible cochairs are unique because they have been members of the organization for less than a year. The

fundraiser is extremely important to ALI because it raises funds to enable its mission to continue. Janet Simpson and Jenien Beach offered to head up the event because they have a heart for the children and adults served by ALI.

In 2022, Simpson was watching the news when a blurb about ALI flashed on the screen. Volunteers were packing new clothing into duffle bags for children in need. A year away from retirement and working in human resources for the State of Indiana, she grabbed a sticky note and wrote down the organization’s name.

“At the time I thought it would be a volunteer opportunity that my mother and I could do together,” says Simpson. “After I retired, my mom and I joined. Everyone is so kind and welcoming, and they just love my mom. I dove right in. I felt it would be a good thing to get involved in and I could offer the organizational skills I have.”

Beach has volunteered for many organizations since she moved to the area in 1978. Although she worked full time, she discovered giving back to the community was a way to meet people. She was introduced to ALI through a friend.

“I love to volunteer and when I heard about ALI, I wanted to be a part of it,” she says. “Being the co-chairman of Mission Possible sounded like fun. I love Daniel’s. I live right down the road from it and I’ve been there a lot.”

The silent auction will feature several experiences. One item is a vacation at Mayan Palace in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Another is a Nashville weekend including a concert and hotel stay. Those who enjoy entertaining can bid on a meal cooked in their home by a chef.

“Cochairing this event with Janet has been great,” says Beach. “She’s like the sister I never had! I hope people consider attending the event and invite friends. It’s going to be fun, and it benefits a great cause.”

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Transforming your passion into a profitable career is the ultimate aspiration for many individuals. One such inspiring example is Markiss Stone, aka the Traveling Foodie Guyde. Stone ingeniously combined his love for travel and food to create a lucrative business venture.

“I was traveling quite a bit all around the world for fun, and I noticed when I was going out to eat on these nice vacations, I was still ordering the types of food I would here in the United States,” Stone says. “I thought to myself, ‘I have to stop doing this. I must get out of my comfort zone and start

trying new things.’”

Stone returned home with a mission - to indulge in the country’s finest delicacies and document his gastronomic journey. He knew he was sure to amass a large following with his captivating personality.

“I was hoping to offset some of the cost of my travels by partnering with different restaurants,” Stone says. “I got home and immediately booked a trip to New York because I had never been there. After that, I did the same for Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky.”

However, unforeseen circumstances forced Stone to put his adventures on hold when a colleague fell ill, and he had to assume additional responsibilities at his day job. Determined to continue producing content, Stone decided to explore his own backyard for culinary gems. Despite never considering Indiana to have a vibrant food scene, he discovered numerous unique restaurants and delectable dishes within the state.

“I’m not originally from Indiana, so I never really thought about it as having an interesting food scene,” Stone says. “I started

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exploring more places throughout the state and finding out we have many unique restaurants and food right here.”

Drawing on his education in radio and television communications, Stone utilized his self-taught photography skills to capture the essence of each local haunt he visited. While he initially relied on a DSLR camera, he recognized the increasing capabilities of smartphones to create stunning visuals.

“Now we’ve evolved that our phones have such great cameras,” Stone says. “If you know what you’re doing with lighting, framing and composition, you can create some great photos and videos.”

To maximize his online presence, Stone delved into the intricacies of Instagram’s algorithm, posting content frequently and engaging with his followers regularly. Balancing his full-time job, Stone dedicated his days off to exploring four to six restaurants every week.

Stone’s infectious enthusiasm for food, evident in his larger-than-life facial expressions, shines through in his content. Whether flawlessly executing a cheese pull or savoring a juicy burger, he seeks out exceptional pizza pies, tempting libations at breweries and wineries, and unique experiences at trendy attractions. Within a few short years, the Traveling Foodie Guyde has accumulated an impressive 75,000-plus followers.

“I kept making goals for myself and exceeding them rather quickly,” Stone says. “It’s sort of a shoot for the moon and land among the stars. I love establishing a great relationship with my audience. I love talking to people in the comment sections or seeing them in Target when I’m out. The relationship I’ve established in the community is more important than the amount of followers.”

Nonetheless, Stone admits it would be a dream come true if his content creation could fully fund his future travels. Follow him on Instagram @travelingfoodieguyde.

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Peterson’s, a family-owned, award-winning restaurant, is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. The restaurant came into existence because Joe Peterson, a chemist by trade, used to travel around the country for his local business and would often entertain clients at high-end restaurants.

“I’d be so disappointed in the service, the food, or the pricing that I thought, ‘If I were ever involved in a restaurant, I would cater to the customers and treat them right,’” says Peterson.

Although he had no experience in the culinary world, he bought and remodeled the old Frisch’s Big Boy building, hired a top chef, assembled a qualified staff, and opened Peterson’s in March 1999.

“I wanted a place for people in Fishers and the northside of Indy to have a delicious steak or seafood meal, complete with exceptional service and wonderful ambiance,” he says.

People often frequent Peterson’s to commemorate a special occasion such as an anniversary or a birthday.

“If you really want to entertain someone or celebrate with friends and family, this

is a great place to go because you won’t experience any surprises,” says Peterson, who has 50 employees, some of whom have been working there for 22 and 23 years. Peterson’s is open Monday through Saturday for dinner, as Peterson wants staff to have time with their families on Sundays.

He notes that the recipe for a wonderful dining experience is superior service followed by tasty food and nice ambiance, which includes cleanliness, dim lights and soft music.

“People don’t realize that you have to have everything together,” he says. “You can’t just have one good thing and two bad things, or even one bad thing. People are paying good money, so they deserve to have the very best.”

One of their popular appetizers is the Maine Lobster Tempura Fingers, which are served with honey mustard, peppercorninfused drawn butter. They are also known for their juicy, flavorful steaks; the eightounce Center Cut Filet Mignon is their top seller, served with house-made au jus. The JCP Center Cut Double Filet Mignon is a 14-ounce filet named after Joe Peterson. Their dessert

specialty is homemade bread pudding, which includes vanilla bean ice cream and Chantilly cream.

The menu also includes some familyfavorite recipes that go back decades, such as the au gratin potatoes with crispy applewood smoked bacon. They also occasionally offer sugar cream pie that’s rolled by hand to make it crumbly and moist.

“You’ve got to offer some options that people can’t get at other places,” says Peterson.

Bartenders create specialty drinks that regularly win local Indy competitions. Plus, the restaurant team takes pride in having the best wine list in the Indianapolis area.

They have more than 400 wines in stock and have won Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence for nearly 25 years. Other honors include OpenTable Diner’s Choice awards, as well as inclusion in Indianapolis Monthly’s Best Restaurants and Favorite Steakhouses listings.

Peterson’s favorite part of restaurant ownership is hearing the comments from satisfied guests like Dr. Michael Meneghini, who has been a loyal patron of Peterson’s for 15plus years.

“It’s family owned, and you feel it the moment you walk in the door,” says Meneghini. “The service is impeccable and many of the amazing staff have been there for as long as my wife and I have been patrons. The food is absolutely outstanding. Peterson’s is my favorite venue in Indy for a business dinner, an evening out with friends or a date night with my wife.”

Eric Vorm, a frequent guest at Peterson’s, calls it his absolute favorite restaurant.

“The food is always fantastic, and no matter what I order, I’m always delighted with my meal,” says Vorm. “Servers are great and always efficient, happy and polite.”

Mike Bush has selected Peterson’s for his company Christmas party several years


“From the time you’re greeted at the door to sitting at your table - or at the bar, my favorite - the service is unparalleled,” says Bush. “It’s hard to find better service, and variety of top-shelf food and cocktails in a warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Although it was a risky endeavor to open Peterson’s 25 years ago, Peterson says he and his wife, Marilyn, with whom he has four children, take great pride in the restaurant’s reputation for “only the very best.”

“She was apprehensive back when we first opened,” says Peterson. Marilyn, a retired nurse, knew that it’s tough to make it in this industry. She’s learned to trust me and the people I hired.”

He credits the restaurant’s success to his knowledgeable staff and to having a good location in a growing city.

“Twenty-five years ago Fishers was a small little one-horse town and now it’s a growing, top city,” says Peterson, who also owns other commercial properties in the area. “There’s a lot of traffic coming off the interstate so people find us by accident, but most people come here because of word of mouth. People try us, like it, and post about it on social media.”

To celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary, they plan to hold several special anniversary events in April. It’s a way of

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saying thank-you to their faithful guests.

“The celebration will be centered around our loyal customers, not us, because our success is all thanks to them,” says Peterson.

Peterson’s is located at 7690 East 96th Street in Fishers. For more information, call 317598-8863 or visit

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Indiana Eclipse Route featuring DNR properties


1. Brookville

2. Cagles Mill (Lieber SRA)

3. Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon SRA) & Mansfield Roller Mill

4. Hardy

5. Monroe

6. Patoka


1. Atterbury

SCAN the QR code for a full list of properties and viewing times





8. Shades





14. Whitewater Memorial

2. Blue Grass

3. Chinook

4. Crosley

5. Deer Creek

6. Fairbanks Landing

7. Glendale

8. Goose Pond

9. Hillenbrand

10. Hovey Lake

11. J.E. Roush

12. Sugar Ridge

13. Wabashiki


1. Ferdinand

2. Greene-Sullivan

3. Jackson-Washington

4. Martin

5. Morgan-Monroe

6. Mountain Tea

7. Owen-Putnam

8. Pike

14. Wilbur Wright STATE

1. Abe Martin Lodge

2. Canyon Inn

3. Spring Mill Inn

4. Turkey Run Inn





9. Ravinia

10. Selmier

11. Yellowwood


1. Big Walnut (Oscar & Ruth Hall Woods Trail) (Tall Timbers Trail)

2. Bluffs of Beaver Bend

3. Loblolly Marsh Wetland

* Nature Preserves have limited parking

NOTE: The properties located closest to the white center line will have the longest periods of time viewing the solar eclipse in totality.

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Just after 3 p.m. ET on April 8, 2024, Indianapolis will experience darkness for three minutes and 44 seconds as the moon completely covers the sun while passing between the Earth and sun. It will be the first time in 819 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible in Indianapolis, and the only total solar eclipse to occur until August 2044.


Civic Square, Carmel

April 8 at 3:06 p.m., 3 minutes 29 seconds



13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

April 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



12302 Strawtown Avenue, Noblesville April 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



2000 E. 151st St., Carmel

April 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville

April 8



McCordsville and the brewery’s fouracre property are directly in the path of totality and we plan to party! VIP tickets include early entry starting at 11 a.m., commemorative pint glass, spot selection on our four-acre parcel, live music, Total

side roads, etcetera. Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy the eclipse outside on our private property. This is a rain or shine event. Please plan accordingly.

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Spring is Closer Than You Think

There are plenty of things to do with your family right here in Hamilton County. Get out of the house and take your kids on family-friendly adventures at local parks and attractions to beat the winter blues.


Fun fact: Fishers is home to Indiana’s only IKEA and Topgolf. Even if you’re not redesigning your home, IKEA is a fun place to explore. You could even create your own scavenger hunt or “I Spy” challenge to keep the kids entertained. Don’t forget the iconic Swedish meatballs in the cafeteria! After all that shopping, head across the street to Topgolf, a premier entertainment venue where you can challenge each other to addictive point-scoring golf games – no experience necessary.


Spring is when the outdoor grounds at Conner Prairie in Fishers come alive. Your first stop should be the Animal Encounters barn to visit with the baby goats and sheep. Take a ride high in the sky on the 1859 Balloon Voyage, as weather permits. On a clear day, you can even see the downtown Indianapolis skyline. Then, make your way to Treetop Outpost to explore a three-story treehouse, connect with nature and see stunning views of the White River.


Did you know this is Hamilton County’s largest park at more than 900 acres? There’s more to explore beyond the eight miles of trails. Book a guided horseback trail ride or pony ride with K-Trails Equestrian Adventures. Or, try your hand at using a bow and arrow at Koteewi Range: Sport and Target Archery Center. If you want a thrilling adventure, visit Edge Adventures Koteewi: Aerial Adventure Park to conquer treetop trails, ziplines and your fear of heights.


Hamilton County has 600+ miles of trails and dozens of great parks. Get your bikes out of the garage and pedal along the Monon Trail, connecting through Sheridan, Westfield, Carmel and south to Indianapolis. Must-see parks in the area for families include local favorites like Central Park in Carmel, Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers, Forest Park in Noblesville and Cool Creek Park and Nature Center in Westfield.


Spring weather in Indiana can be unpredictable. If the forecast calls for a rainy day, take your adventure inside and visit the indoor waterpark at the Monon Community Center, The Escape Room, K1 Speed, Laser Flash or Pinheads for all-day entertainment.

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Fishers’ Disability Awareness Month celebration kicks off March 1

The City of Fishers and Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability will host their annual celebration of National Disability Awareness Month with special events and initiatives throughout March. The month-long celebration presented by Old National Bank strives to bring awareness to what life is like for those with physical and intellectual disabilities in our community. This year’s theme, Fueled for the Future, features a partnership with the Indy Fuel, who will play at the new Fishers Event Center once it opens in late 2024.

“Our theme is Fueled for the Future due to the many accommodations and programs that Fishers is putting in place for those with disabilities,” said Stacey Oldham, board member of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and keynote speaker at this year’s kickoff event. “The vision is not only for now, but far into the future.”

The celebration will include the return of the popular Ally campaign, which invites residents to become advocates for disability inclusion. Free Ally toolkits will be available for community members to showcase their advocacy, educate themselves and others, and further the discussion on disability inclusion. Toolkits including a t-shirt, yard sign, stickers, and other materials will be available for pick up at the March Disability Awareness Month Kickoff on March 1 at Launch Fishers (12175 Visionary Way) or at the Fishers City Services Building (3 Municipal Drive), beginning March 2. Virtual toolkits, now available at includes information on how to be an Ally; a language guide and FAQ; social media graphics; Zoom backgrounds; and an Ally pledge.




Countdown to the Solar Eclipse on April 8

Save the date - the Total Solar Eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8! Fishers and Hamilton County are right in the path of totality, and Indiana is bracing for hundreds of thousands of visitors during this weekend The eclipse will take place on the last day of Hamilton Southeastern Schools' spring break, so you may want to consider returning home on or before Saturday, April 6, as traffic will be heavy and long delays are expected We encourage residents to watch the Eclipse from their homes to avoid travel delays, and please be aware that if you do travel, you are at risk of extended public safety response times in the instance of an emergency on this day We advise adding a few extra hours to your anticipated travel time Find safety tips and more info at

March Disability Awareness Month

Join the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability for the March Disability Awareness Month celebration presented by Old National Bank. This year, we’re “Fueled for the Future” as we partner with Indy Fuel to showcase their upcoming move to the new Fishers Event Center and the inclusive amenities that this new facility will provide to our community Cheer on the Indy Fuel at Disability Awareness Game Night on Friday, March 22 at 7 p m at Indiana Farmers Coliseum Purchase tickets for a special rate of $25 and a portion of proceeds will go back to support the committee For ticket info, events, and more visit FishersIN gov/DisabilityAwareness

Fishers Snow Fight: Winter Weather

You can help the Fishers Snow Fight team before a snowstorm by moving parked cars and basketball goals from streets, shoveling snow away from fire hydrants, and clearing storm drains of leaves, snow, ice, and other debris Don't forget to give snowplows extra room on the roads during a snow event Learn more at FishersIN gov/Snow

New City Website

Have you checked out the new City of Fishers website? With a fresh, new design and reorganized content, it’s easier than ever to find exactly what you’re looking for Visit FishersIN gov to explore the new site

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Register for Summer Camp

It’s hard to believe that summer is only a few short months away! Registration is now open for Fishers Parks’ summer camps, offered at a variety of park locations, along with art camps at the new Fishers Art Center, opening as part of the Fishers Municipal Complex in June! New this year, check out the Robotics Camp and Jr. Lifeguard Camp offered by Fishers Parks! Visit PlayFishers com to register for parks camps and IndyArtCenter org to register for camps at the Fishers Arts Center

Fishers Parks Spring Break Camp

April 1 - 5 | 9 - 4:30 p m | Ages 8 - 13 | $295/person

Fishers Parks' 2024 Spring Break Art Camp in partnership with artist Jeanette P Parssi is modeled after Fishers Parks' acclaimed summer camp program Campers will “travel” around the globe to visit 5 continents in 5 days, doing art projects drawn from the cultures of a variety of countries Register at playfishers com


Give back to your community with volunteer opportunities at Maker Playground, Fishers Parks’ Nature First Program, Geist Half Marathon, and more! Sign up at

Fishers Parks’ Spring Formal

Saturday, March 2 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Fishers Parks HQ (8100 E 106th St ) | $25/person

Adults and children ages 7 to 12 are invited to enjoy a night of fun and dancing at this semi-formal event! With a full-on spring theme, enjoy the atmosphere with crafts, games, photo opps, refreshments, and more! All attendees (children and parents/guardians) must register at

National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony

Friday, March 29 | 10 a m | Knowledge Services (9800 Crosspoint Blvd ) | Free

The City of Fishers, a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration, honors veterans and their families who served during the Vietnam War period in a special public ceremony. Details at

Run, Walk & Join a Community Tradition

Registration for the 2024 Spark!Fishers 5K presented by IU Health Fishers and the Geist Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is now open! Register for one race and score a $5 off promo code for the other These family-friendly events return on Wednesday, June 26 and Saturday, September 14 All participants receive a race shirt and finisher medal Register at and | March 2024 | 29
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March is recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shining a light on individuals with disabilities and emphasizing that those with developmental disabilities are just as capable as those without.

Outside the Box is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 with the purpose to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward personal growth through education, self-discovery, leadership development, and customized career plans. In July 2023, a second location was opened in Fishers.

“Outside the Box was founded on the thought that individuals with disabilities need something more meaningful to fill their time at day programs and something that empowers them,” says Michelle Miller, executive director.

The Fishers location provides two primary services including a day program and employment services. Miller says it is the first full-time day program in Fishers specifically designed for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities, accommodating clients ranging in age from 8 to 80 years old.

Outside the Box implements Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a foundation for empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, toward unique personal success. The motivational theory says five characterizations of human needs dictate an individual’s behavior, including physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and selfactualization.

A typical day in the program begins with a check-in process for each individual to ensure the success of each. After discussing their daily goals, participants engage in a discussion of current events. Lunch is provided, followed up by chores, a movement activity, and various elective options such as art, cooking, music, games, reading, puzzles and choir practice before the end of the day.

“Depending on the day, we may have one group of people going out into the community for an activity such as visiting Tuttle Orchards or Allisonville Nursery,” Miller says. “Our Fishers location has a great partnership with SouthPointe Apartments, so we do all our cooking and art classes there.”

Miller says while Outside the Box isn’t a school program, their curriculum is designed to reflect

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real-life experiences within a community. Each month focuses on a different theme such as safety, relationships or selfesteem. The organization also facilitates peer matching, allowing participants to learn from each other.

Outside the Box partners with Vocational Rehabilitation to provide career services. Once enrolled, members are paired with one of three highly talented job coaches. The employment specialists are dedicated to helping each client increase independence by providing job exploration, training, procurement, coaching, and follow-along services.

Miller says the organization partners with businesses both nationwide and local to Fishers.

Throughout the year, Outside the Box hosts various fundraising events including the 14th annual Chip In on June 20 at River Glen Golf Course. On May 11, Concerts for a Cause will host talented musical acts Alice Peacock, Jesse Lynn Madera, Dan Navarro, and Kristen Bales at the Indianapolis Art Center, with all proceeds benefitting Outside the Box.

Currently located at 9795 Crosspoint Boulevard, Suite 104, the Fishers campus team plans to relocate to the new Fishers Community Center at Johnson Farms on Hoosier Road once construction on the 105,000-square-foot recreational facility

is completed. This move will enable Outside the Box to expand the range of services provided to clients.

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Calendar of Events


2024 Disability Awareness Month Kickoff & Awards: Fueled for the Future


Friday, March 1 / 8:30-10 a m Launch Fishers Theater

2024 Disability Awareness Month Kickoff & Awards: Fueled for the Future

Friday, March 1 / 8:30-10 a.m. Launch Fishers Theater

2024 Disability Awareness Month Kickoff & Awards: Fueled for the Future

Fishers Parks’ Storywalk: Just Ask Begins March 4 / Daily, dawn to dusk Brooks School Park (11780 Brooks School Road, Fishers)

Friday, March 1 / 8:30-10 a.m. Launch Fishers Theater

Friday, March 8 / 6-9 pm Hamilton County Community Foundation’s FAC Hub Gallery

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OneZone March Luncheon: Disability Awareness Panel

Wednesday, March 13 / 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FORUM Events Center

Preparing for Your Next Employment Opportunity

Friday, March 15 / 9-11 a.m. Grace Church Fishers

Indy Fuel Game: March Disability Awareness Night

Friday, March 22 / 7 p.m. Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Hamilton County Transition Fair

Wednesday, March 27 / 6-7:30 p.m. Hamilton Southeastern High School, enter through door 18

Hamilton East Public Library Workshops

Get Involved with Special Olympics Indiana | Teens & Adults | Tuesday, March 5 | 6-6:45pm | Fishers Library

Dyslexia 101 |Adults | Wednesday, March 13 | 5:30-7:30pm | Fishers Library

Supporting Children with ADHD | Adults | Saturday, March 16 | 2-3pm | Noblesville Library

Notes on Blindness | Adults | Tuesday, March 19 | 5-5:45pm, 6-6:45pm, 7-7:45pm | Fishers Library

Preparing for Adulthood on the Autism Spectrum | Adults | Sunday, March 24 | 3-4pm | Virtual

To register for events, download the Ally Toolkit, and learn more about the work of the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability, visit Follow along on social media at #FishersDisabilityAwareness.

Fishers Arts Council’s 2nd Friday: March Disability Awareness Art Exhibition


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Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE) welcomes all children residing within the school district boundaries Students in HSE are assigned to a school based on their residence.

Save the Date: Kindergarten Open House is April 11 from 5 PM - 7 PM

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Central Indiana families now have a new place for their kids to experience the joy of playing in a sandboxall year long.

Dig Dig for Kids opened in December and features an 1,100-square-foot indoor sandbox. The name for the space was inspired by Owner Justin Lomax’s nephew.



“My nephew was a COVID baby, and my dad was flying out to help my brother take care of him,” Lomax said. “He took him to a place that had an indoor sandbox and my nephew just loved it. We saw how good it was for a kid who was delayed in learning how to play with other kids and share. He just kept saying ‘dig, dig’ and that’s where we came up with the name.”

Lomax and his dad, Billy, looked at around 20 different locations before finding the space near State Road 37 and 126th Street. The sandbox features over 60 toys, and new ones are frequently added.

“We thought, ‘Hey, let’s just build the biggest sandbox we can,’”

Lomax said. “It was pretty much me and my dad and one other guy who built the whole thing.”

There is no cost to make a reservation; families pay when they arrive. Walk-ins are also accepted, but there is a capacity limit in the sandbox. The owners say they’ve found that kids aged 2 to 8 enjoy the space the most.

“Kids get really engrossed in playing in the sand,” Lomax said. “They don’t scream. They don’t really run. It’s a pretty calm and quiet environment. We find that a lot of people are really enjoying the time talking with their friends. A lot of moms come and they don’t have to yell. There’s no place where you can’t see your kid.”

March is Disability Awareness Month in Fishers. To recognize this, Dig Dig for Kids will have sensory hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through the month. Those times will be reservation only.

“That’s another thing that’s been in high demand - a lot of parents

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of kids with disabilities can find it hard to get out,” Lomax said. “We were approached by a couple different people, we took some advice, and we wanted to find out what the best way to offer that was. The sandbox itself is a sensory experience.”

For extra celebrations, Dig Dig for Kids offers birthday parties in a private room. It has its own sandbox and can accommodate about 30 people. On Sundays the entire store can be rented out for events like larger birthday parties or family reunions.

Dig Dig for Kids is located at 12800 Ford Drive in Fishers. For more information, call 317-827-2087 or go to

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PARLOR DOUGHNUTS to WelcomeFishers

Doughnut and coffee enthusiasts rejoice! Parlor Doughnuts, a renowned doughnut and coffee shop, brings its famous layered doughnuts to Fishers, tantalizing taste buds and igniting cravings for these delectable treats.

Founded in 2019 by Darrick Hayden, his son, Noah, and restaurateur Josh Tudela, Parlor Doughnuts quickly gained popularity with its superior-quality doughnuts and specialty coffee. The expansion to Fishers marks the ninth location in the brand’s northwest Indiana expansion, joining the 35 other Parlor Doughnuts shops across 12 states, each sought after for remarkable offerings.

Parlor Doughnuts is celebrated for its diverse menu, ensuring there is something to satisfy every palate. The standout item is the famous layered doughnut, available in an array of tantalizing flavors. From classic favorites like glazed and chocolate to unique and innovative creations such as apple fritter and s’mores, there is a doughnut to suit every craving.

The appeal of Parlor Doughnuts extends beyond traditional doughnuts, with options for those seeking vegan, keto-friendly and gluten-friendly choices. This commitment to inclusivity ensures that everyone can indulge in their favorite sweet treat.

But Parlor Doughnuts doesn’t stop at doughnuts alone. Their kitchen also offers a delectable selection of artisanal breakfast items. Patrons can savor the flavors of a perfectly cooked bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, or satisfy their hunger with a breakfast taco bursting with flavor. For health-conscious individuals, the menu includes açai bowls packed with nutritious ingredients,

offering a guilt-free start to the day. The breakfast options at Parlor Doughnuts are thoughtfully curated, catering to a diverse range of tastes and dietary preferences.

The Fishers location is proudly owned and operated by Marissa and Wesley Barnes, who have already tasted success with their Valparaiso and Munster locations. The couple believes that Fishers is the ideal community to share their passion for high-quality doughnuts, coffee and exceptional customer service. Through Parlor Doughnuts, they aim to create a space where friends and families can gather, make memories and indulge in delightful treats.

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Get ready to be mesmerized by a celestial masterpiece as the communities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the Northern Towns become the perfect stage for the Total Solar Eclipse, when the moon gracefully dances in front of the sun and casts its shadow across the landscape.

Witness the magic of the cosmos with friends and family at official viewing locations like Carmel Civic Square, Conner Prairie, Cool Creek Park, Grand Park Sports Campus, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center and Strawtown Koteewi Park.

Grab your Eclipse glasses, set up your cameras and join Hamilton County in this celestial celebration—it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!



Hamilton County is in the narrow path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse. These communities will be some of the best places to experience prime views of the epic event.

Arcadia 3m 6s

Atlanta 2m 56s

Carmel 3m 29s

Cicero 3m 15s

Fishers 3m 39s

Noblesville 3m 27s

Sheridan 2m 51s

Westfield 3m 19s


Back by popular demand, our Annual Directory & Relocation Guide for will feature all sorts of local extras to make it a keepsake reference for the entire year. In addition to our regular distribution in April, we will be mailing copies throughout the year to the following people:

þ New movers: We purchase a list of new homeowners each month and mail them a complimentary copy via First Class USPS.

þ Relocation requests: Through, people looking to relocate can request a FREE copy.

• Direct mailed to all local residents in April

• Online requests from new movers

• Mailed out to new movers monthly

• Realtors, relocation companies, and real estate developers

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