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Newly appointed Roger Corley, Community Executive Director of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, stands in front of the new outdoor aquatic center in Lawrence.

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Brew Mile organizer Andrea Johnson (left) with host Heather Foster of Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at Geist. Photos and Story by Tom Britt Last month, 120 runners and walkers descended on Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at the Geist Marina to run the “Brew Mile”: A one-mile run through Bridgewater ending with a beer at the finish. “The idea is to get people out and off the couch and get a little exercise,” said Andrea Johnson with BlueMile, the

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Fishers Launches Entrepreneurial Incubator in Library By Tom Britt Stop in any Starbucks during the week, and you see a congregation of professionals working away on their laptops or iPads. Fishers officials want to offer these entrepreneurs a new home in the ground floor of the Fishers Public Library in their forward-thinking venture called “Launch Fishers.” “This is the sandbox I’ve always wanted for my start-ups,” said Fishers resident and long-time start-up entrepreneur John Wechsler who was hired to quarterback the project. Wechsler has founded several technology-based start-ups locally, including Wishoo, Vontoo, Formstack, Formspring, and most recently Developer Town. Launch Fishers, scheduled to open in November, 2012, will feature 16,000 square feet of flexible-use space with a coffeehouse atmosphere. Members will pay around $300 for a swipe card that will allow them 24/7 entrance via a new private exterior entrance on the north side of the library off the newly-renamed Launch Way. For an extra $100 per month, members can rent their own desk, complete with locking drawers and a chair. As businesses grow and they want to cluster or “enclave” desks, they can do so for an additional fee. “This is the town’s way of providing tangible and intangible resources for small businesses,” said Fishers Town Council Member John Weingardt. In addition to providing an environment conducive to high-growth entrepreneurship, start-ups will have access to ongoing lectures, networking, and other shared human

and hardware resources. Launch Fishers will also provide a comfortable co-working common area with open workstations, conference rooms, mailbox service, and locker space. “If you are starting a new business and you’re looking for a home, Fishers wants you here,” added Wechsler. For more information, visit You can also view a video tour with John Wechsler on Tom Britt is the publisher and founder of and the Geist Community Newsletter which is celebrating its 9th year of publication. For story ideas, email

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Josh McNair: A Dedicated Realtor with an Aggressive Web Marketing Strategy By J. Andy Murphy It’s a Monday morning, and you can find Josh McNair in his usual spot at Mama Bear’s coffee shop. This Geist realtor has a unique blend of great communication skills, drive, and a comprehensive web marketing strategy built on his years as an IT small business owner. Josh and his family, wife Jamee and their two sons, Frankie (3) and George (3 months), call Feather Cove I home as Josh focuses his real estate efforts in the Geist area. He has developed his own website, www.HomesAroundGeist. com that clearly demonstrates his ability to help you keep abreast of the homes in the Geist area that are for sale. Those who know Josh will tell you he implements a strong web marketing strategy for his clients, and there’s a reason he does so. “Did you know 90% of all home buyers start their search for a home on the Internet?” he asks.

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Indian Creek Pays Tribute to Veterans By Kara Reibel Walking into the 76th Infantry Brigade Armory on July 21 was like entering a portal to a time not so long ago: Jack Benny comedic skits, swing dancing, Glen Miller band music. Complete with costumes, hairstyles, and memorabilia from the mid 1940s, it’s a step back in time to a USO canteen! This event, the 12th Annual World War II Tribute, originated at Indian Creek Elementary School. Steve Hardwick, now in his 17th year of teaching 5th grade at Indian Creek, began this event to give back to the war Veterans from WWII. Put on exclusively by former and current students of Mr. Hardwick and countless parent volunteers, this year’s event attracted 108 Indianapolis-area WWII Veterans. As the Veterans enter into the building, they are greeted by enthusiastic students waving American flags. The hall is lined with 1940s-era memorabilia, and Glen Miller big band music is playing. Mr. Hardwick is in character as Jack Benny, the notoriously cheap, noted violin-playing comedian. Throughout the variety show, he is brilliantly supported by a cast of students, ages 9-21, who provide additional comic relief, as well as reciting essays on what the experience means to them. Students sing songs from the 40s and also perform dance routines.

(Above) WW II Veteran James McDowell (90), sings the tune “Where or When” to the crowd, just like he did on the BBC in London, England, on V-E Day in 1945. (Bottom left) Students dance to the song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” (Bottom right) Mr. and Mrs. Dough Horth dancing during the Tribute. Horth served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy.


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From its inception, Mr. Hardwick has credited the success of the Tribute completely to the parent volunteers, many of whom have a father or grandfather who was in WWII. Hardwick said, “You may judge a Nation by how it cares for their [sic] Veterans.” The WWII Tribute is one of the nicest means by which to do so. This celebration was designed by Mr. Hardwick to encourage youth to respect, honor, and especially to offer gratitude to our WWII Veterans for their service.

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Participating in the WWII Tribute has a profoundly positive effect on all. Just being in the presence of these brave, selfless men who faced unimaginable challenges and circumstances, makes you want to be a better person. But the Veterans take away as much as the volunteers do. For them, it is like watching their own grandchildren perform, validating the reason they served all those years ago. All of these amazing Veterans who attend look forward to this event year after year, even as their numbers are dwindling. Mr. Hardwick takes note of which student was matched with which WWII Veteran. Unfortunately, given that the war ended 67 years ago, these gentlemen are of advanced age. “If there is a memorial service for one of our Veterans, I inform the parents and students and I personally attend when I can in order to honor them one last time.” said Steve Hardwick.

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games. It’s just a way I can express myself and make my thoughts known in a relaxed atmosphere – like when we’re getting ready for games and sitting around and reflecting on things.” “Do all of the guys buy into your poetry?” he was asked. Moore said the Tigers have a lot of intelligent, creative guys on the team, and that most of them know where he’s

He’s a big kid. He’s easy going on the inside but tough on the outside. And there’s no mistaking that he’s a bad dude when he straps on his football pads. He comes in at 6-foot-2, 280 pounds – quite a load for the opposition to handle and to try to run against and to just plain try to deal with.

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And gun-shy quarterbacks better beware. Not sure there are many other football players in the area better than Cody Moore, let alone as good. “Cody is a tremendous leader on our football squad. He has brought energy and toughness to our defense the past two seasons and will be asked to do the same with our offense this season as he will play a number of snaps offensively as well as defensively,” said coach Rick Wimmer, a two-time state champion coach who’s in his 30th season as a varsity head coach. “When Cody is in the game, it is very difficult to run the ball inside on our defense. Very difficult.” Moore is unassuming when he talks about statistics. They don’t really mean much to him. He’s also pretty laid back off the football field. He speaks softly while smiling as he talks about what he does to stay calm and relaxed. He recites poetry. Poetry? Yep, this physical specimen of a football player recites poetry. “My poetry turns into rapping and it’s pretty popular around here,” Moore said. “It calms me down and helps me focus before

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coming from. “But what about any of the guys who might laugh or snicker at your poetry?” he was asked. Moore just folded his arms and smiled even more, and joked, ”Well, if anyone has a problem with it, we can just strap on the pads and settle it on the field,” he said, laughing. Moore was having an impressive junior season when he tore his ACL in the fifth game. “I’m not much of a stats guy. Just being on the field and helping my team is all the motivation I need,” said Moore, now three months out of recovery time from his injury. “I had seven months to heal and think about the upcoming season, but you’re always wondering how that first hit or first tackle or first hard block will go. Fortunately, I got over it in a hurry and I’m confident I’m good to go.” He’s also quite a team player. He enjoys helping out in all situations and putting others first. One example came in May when Moore drove past an automobile accident that involved teammate John Graves, a 6-2, 175-pound backup safety. Fortunately Graves, who only had his driver’s license for three months, wasn’t injured – just shaken up. Later in the day, Moore went to Graves’ home to inquire about his friend, said John’s dad, Tony Graves. “What Cody did next was quite a gesture, something that we very much appreciated.” Since the car needed some front-end repairs, Tony Graves said that Cody told John if he needed anything, even a ride to practice, all he needed to do was to just let him know. So for the next three weeks, Cody Moore took John to practice and brought him home. Practice started promptly at 6 a.m., so Cody was at John’s house by 5:45. That’s just a softer side of Cody Moore, a very humble and outgoing young man. Moore says he really doesn’t have any personal goals other than just to stay healthy and be able to compete and help his teammates whenever and wherever he can. “I really want to help our team make a run at the (Hoosier Crossroads Conference) championship. We have the drive, and we can make it happen,” he said. “We think we can make a deep run in the tournament this season. We remember what our school did in 2010, winning the 5A state championship. Like I said, we’re driven to succeed. And I’m driven to help the team succeed.” Mark Morrow owns and operates Hamilton County Sports Daily (, the only allsports website in Hamilton County.


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The staff of The Medical Spa (left to right) Dr. Marcus Jimenez, Amy Lewis, Jennifer Howard, and Tiffany Wicker.

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Indiana Vein & Laser Center By Pat Carlini A new full-service Spa opens its doors at 11481 Olio Road offering the Geist/Fishers area a full line of aesthetic services and a special emphasis on vein care. The Medical Spa is headed up by Doctor Marcus Jimenez, a board certified cardiovascular surgeon and founder of the Indiana Vein and Laser Center and medical spa in Fort Wayne. Dr. Jimenez says bringing the Medical Spa/Vein & Laser Center to the Geist/Fishers area has been in the works for a few years now, and they are excited to be here. “This is a growing and vibrant area, and I think we will be a good fit.” Dr. Jimenez, who divides his time between here and Fort Wayne, says there are only about five centers in the country that have their kind of experience with varicose vein work. The aesthetic procedures offered by the Medical Spa include facials, peels, treatments for difficult skin conditions, and laser hair removal for men and women. However, Dr. 20

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Malt Madness By Neal Moore It’s no surprise the idea of launching a live competition to crown Indiana’s best craft beer brewers began germinating at a local watering hole. Such a wholly appropriate setting is where Mike Sale and Ryan Coyle envisioned the BrewBracket Challenge. As the co-founders sipped – well, beer – they brewed up a full-bodied, flavorful idea: Create a bracket-style, single elimination tasting tournament. “The purpose of BrewBracket Challenge is to bring people together to taste and determine the very best craft beers,” explained Sale. “It also serves to promote the brewery that makes it to the top.” In spring, 2011, the inaugural BrewBracket Challenge was held. “We did some small tastings and quickly determined that we could do this on a larger scale,” remembered Sale. About 150 people are expected to attend the fourth BrewBracket event, Bourbon Barrel Aged Beers, Saturday, September 29, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Tomlinson Tap Room in City Market, downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are priced at $45. Eight brewers will compete, this time with a new twist, er, 24

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New Home Decor Shop Opens at Geist By Pat Carlini There’s a new home décor shop in town, this one with a slight European twist! “Décor Aid” opened near Mama Bear’s at Fall Creek and 116th in Geist.

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Owner April Gezgin, who is from Istanbul, Turkey, brings to the area an eclectic blend of modern-day accessories and old world décor. There are brand new and consignment items, many of which come from all parts of the world! On my recent stop in the store, I found new handbags and sparkly cell phone covers on one end, and beautifully etched pieces of mirror from Venice at the other end. “These are primarily accent pieces you will find here,” says April, “not entire dining room sets like you would see in consignment shops, but smaller pieces to add to a room.” Gezgin – a fan of consignment shopping herself — says it’s a great way to recycle, live “green,” and save money at the same time. April plans to add a gift-wrapping section to her store as well as a section for oil paintings from local artists. The Geist resident moved here from Turkey several years ago to study interior design at Butler University. She had her own jewelry business and sold pieces in area malls. She credits herself for bringing the Italian charm bracelets to Indy in 2001. The Décor shop is quaint and fun to browse through, not knowing what you may find next. I found especially interesting a set of feathered wings perched behind the check-out counter. Once part of a Halloween costume, April says they now represent her “taking flight” spirit and jumping into something she had always wanted to do – and that was to open her own store! Décor Aid is open daily and is planning a Grand Opening in September. a u g u st 2 0 1 2 |

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By J. Andy Murphy When Donna Marino was just a little girl, she loved to draw. Not pictures of flowers or animals; instead, she would spend hours drawing floor plans … yes, floor plans. As she grew older, she enjoyed going to visit model homes, drinking in the colors of the walls, the furniture, drapes, and arrangements of furniture for each room. It was indeed a passion, but one that was not acted on early in her life. Instead, Donna dedicated her time to a career in corporate sales and marketing working for top companies such as Roche Diagnostics, Eastman Kodak Company, Rubbermaid, and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Still, there was always this little nagging in the back of her mind that one day she would enter the world of decorating, creating beautiful environments for life and work. So what finally gave her the opening to be her own boss and enter the world of entrepreneurs with her own business? “It was sort of like a bell going off in my head. I had a lifechanging illness hit when I learned I had stage one thyroid cancer. A few days after that, I turned 50; and then a short while later, a dear friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile walked into my new home and said, ‘Oh, I love your house! Who decorated it?’ When I replied, ‘Well, I did!’ he said, ‘You should do this for a living!’” “A feeling hit me that felt so right. I spent the next few weeks thinking about life, each day gaining the confidence that would lift me to stepping out and doing what I had always wanted to do deep inside – be an interior decorator and run my own business! Life can sometimes get in the way of our real passions, but it’s never too late to make a change, especially when it’s something you’ve always wanted to do,” she said with conviction. Becoming a Decorating Den Interiors franchise owner was a solid fit for this business professional who had always



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budget to the full council for vote. The tough economy throughout the country is not lost on the City of Lawrence. As a result, 2013 will be met with many of the same challenges with which citizens, cities, and towns across the nation are dealing. However, this council will work hard to ensure that residents’ tax dollars are utilized to their fullest. The Common Council meets on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center.

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Fort Grille Now Selling Sundae’s Ice Cream By Janet C. Striebel What’s your carbon footprint? According to Wikipedia, a “carbon footprint” is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person. Researchers suggest that the most effective way to decrease a carbon footprint is to either reduce the amount of energy needed for production or to limit the dependence on carbon-emitting fuels. Some townies are doing just this as they choose to buy their products locally as opposed to purchasing from afar. This idea not only helps save on transportation costs, but it also helps encourage sustainability. What’s more, a sense of business comraderie is born, spawning valuable connections. “We’re no longer driving around town to so many places to get our products,” says James Dowless, owner and chef of The Fort Grille located in Fortville. Recently, The Fort Grill has started serving homemade ice cream and South American coffee from Sundae’s, located at 79th and Fall Creek. Sundae’s is known for delicious slow-churned ice 34

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cream, freshly roasted coffee beans, and the delivery of products to its clients. “We’re trying to build some of our desserts around Sundae’s ice cream flavors,” says Michele Dowless, co-owner of The Fort Grille and wife to James. She continues, “Many of our Facebook followers admit, ‘Now, we can enjoy our two favorite things in one place!’” After reading a recent article about this fun family-owned business establishment, James and Michele decided to taste Sundae’s homemade ice cream and knew instantly they had to have it in their restaurant. Now, they serve five different flavors that inspire new recipes. “Our customers say the ice cream is over the top,” says Michele. “You can’t find graham-cracker-flavored ice cream (Sundae’s unique recipe)at the store.” Michele and James are proud to serve original desserts in their restaurant. They work hard to bring a special quality to every meal, providing dishes with flavor and technique that most customers wouldn’t attempt to make at home either because they don’t know how, or they don’t have the time.

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They offer the Raspberry Sorbet Sundae with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Another dessert is the Blondie Sundae that begins with a warm blonde brownie followed by Rainforest Crunch ice cream, a drizzling of homemade caramel sauce, toasted pecans, and whipped cream.

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Then, there’s the specialty most raved about: S’Mores Cake, invented by Michele. This heavenly concoction begins with dark chocolate cake, chocolate ganache frosting, topped with toasted marshmallows, and completed with graham cracker ice cream and homemade fudge sauce. James declares, “We believe in using only fresh ingredients. We either make everything here, or we purchase it locally from others who can produce it.” In maintaining this philosophy, The Fort Grille buys sweet corn from Jacobi Farms in McCordsville. James sautés the corn for their signature crab cakes dinner and spicy barbeque chicken salad with chipotle ranch dressing.

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Alternative Health & Wellness Story by J. Andy Murphy - Photos by Stefanie Turk Let’s explore another approach to health and fitness: Alternative Wellness. Traditional physician health care is ever expanding and is shifting a bit to include identified methods of Alternative Wellness. One could define Alternative Wellness as a proactive process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more healthful being. There are many areas in our lifestyle that we know need our attention: Maintaining a healthy diet, engaging in daily exercise, reducing stress, getting enough rest, and regular doctor check-ups. So what can you do to be more proactive and take more responsibility in your overall state of health? Here’s an example of someone who decided to make a healthy lifestyle change toward wellness. 36

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Jeanne Britt is a busy woman who decided with her doctor to take a medical and alternative wellness partnership approach to managing her healthcare. She realized that her family health history, along with lifestyle, made it necessary to seek out ways to stay healthy. “I would rather adopt lifestyle changes in an effort to ward off illness than go to the doctor for treatment after an illness has attacked. I also wanted to set an example for my family that encouraged them to look at their own lifestyles and form healthy habits early. Being proactive and not reactive can make all the difference in the world,” she said. We have identified four Geist area certified professionals who provide Alternative Wellness care in the fields of Yoga, Digestive/Natural Health, Foot Reflexology and Thermography.

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The Practice of Yoga

The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. This practice of physical and mental exercise brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. The practice is built on three main structures: Exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body; breath control will improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two practices prepare the body and approach to a quiet mind that easy an mind for meditation, allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts produces a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. Melissa Webb received her teaching certification in 2003 from the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She teaches Hatha Yoga to both

nutrition and the digestive system The digestive system is very extensive. Eating properly is key; our organs need proper nutrients to function properly. Too little healthy food and too much unhealthy food can interfere with normal processes of your digestive system. It is important to keep in mind that our organs need adequate nutrients. Without proper nutrients, the cells can die or fail to function properly. Your body also needs fiber and antioxidants – substances commonly found in fruits and vegetables – to neutralize free radicals that can harm your cells. When free radicals attack the cells and impair them, they lose their ability to produce functioning enzymes – specialized proteins needed in every facet of biological activity, including digestion and metabolic processes. It is important to digest enough fiber in your diet and consume plenty of fluid daily. Exercise can also help your digestion. Genie Goykhberg arrived in the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1990. She left her career in mechanical engineering to devote her time and efforts to educating others on how to live long and healthy lives as a

beginning and advanced students as well as classes in restorative Yoga, Yoga for kids, and partner Yoga. Asana, relaxation, breathing, and meditation are all part of her fun and instructional classes. “Movement is a simple way to improve the body, mind, and spirit. I believe Yoga has a very therapeutic side and so, in the years since my certification, I’ve completed a detailed study of Yoga as therapy. I’ve had the opportunity to work with people recovering from illness or injury. I’ve seen first hand the improvements that can be made with a few simple Yoga poses,” Melissa said, adding, “I personalize my classes as much as possible. I get to know my students’ bodies, injuries, and limitations. It is my goal to help everyone feel better as they walk out of class than they did when they arrived.” In Melissa’s class, the emphasis is on health. It’s not just a fitness routine, as Yoga draws you into your inner self. Once your body learns to relax, your mind relaxes as well. It is a balance that is so necessary to your overall health on all levels. For more information on Breath of Life Yoga please call 317.502.5630. Visit her website at or email her at

Certified Digestive Health Specialist and Certified Natural Health Professional. Her mantra is: By improving digestion, our body forgives us many other sins. Genie’s extensive health and wellness services include: Nutrition, Health and Life Coach, Thai Message, Kundalini Reiki, Spinal Touch Treatment, Kinesiology (Muscle Response Test), and Tuning Forks (Sound and Vibration Acupressure) among many others. Her diverse wellness approach is unique and comprehensive to the body’s core systems that help her clients rebalance their busy lives. “One of the most important aspects in achieving a long, healthy, and happy life is to establish who is really in charge of his/her own body. Who is going to monitor the results, and who will daily give the signals that command attention within his/her body?” Genie said. “At Energy Within Us, we help clients hold themselves accountable for their own well being, understanding that each person is truly the driving force in their own bodies. I have developed a powerful and positive command protocol that delivers an outcome of control which helps the body react with improved physical, mental and emotional health,” she adds. Genie has a unique talent, creating a memorable healing experience. For more information on Energy Within Us, call Genie at 317.580.0088. Her office is located at 2935 E. 96th Street, Suite 204. a u g u st 2 0 1 2 |

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University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is a nationally Board Certified Reflexologist through the ARCB. As a professional Reflexologist, she is dedicated to a single purpose … helping to improve the health of individuals in a natural, noninvasive way. It is also noteworthy to share with you that Diane is a former professional ballet dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet and Charleston Ballet in South Carolina. She has BFA from the University of Cincinnati. This professional caregiver is engaging, with a warm energy that crosses over into her patient-care therapy. Diane advises anyone interested in Reflexology to make sure they find a certified Reflexologist, as they are certified to protect the public. The client also needs to know that the practitioner follows safe universal protocols.

Foot Reflexolgoy it is beyond massage! Every organ in the body is reflected within specific areas of your feet. Nerve endings in the feet are inter-connected through the spinal cord and brain with all parts of your body. Each of us has more than 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. Reflexology is the application of pressure onto particular areas of the soles of the feet. A reflex action in another part of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of each specific area. It is important to know that Reflexology is different from ordinary massage, and the public “In an EEG (electro encephalogram), theta waves are should be aware of the separating measured. Reflexo logy goes to a theta state, whereas massage factors involved. is measured at a beta state. It is during the theta state where it is believed that healing really occurs,” Diane said. After What are the benefits of learnin g more about the benefits of treatment through Reflexology Therapy? It can relieve pain and stiffness. Reflexo logy, one quickly realizes how important our feet are Working within the nerve system, foot reflexology can in the connective path to wellness therapy. Reflexology is relieve problems with migraine headaches, stress, asthma, not age related, as it can be used to treat infants, teens, and constipation, sinusitis, and leg neuropathy as well as other areas of the body under stress. It benefits improved circulation adults with a variety of presenting symptoms,” says Diane. Reflexology is, indeed, a wonderful alternative wellness leading to the reduction of stress and disease, and the body’s option that generates results in a relaxed and peaceful manner. function will be naturally turned into its homeostasis (the balancing of overall body system functions). For more information about Foot Reflexology, please call Diane at 317.385.2350 or visit her website at Diane Meils is a Certified Reflexologist from Indiana


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thermography Thermography is used by doctors as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis as well as monitoring therapy progress for an array of conditions and injuries. Although it might seem new to us, Hippocrates, the Greek physician, wrote, “In whatever part of the body excess of heat or cold is felt, the disease is there to be discovered.” The history of Thermography is fascinating and now documented. In 1982, the FDA approved Thermography as an adjunctive tool in breast cancer screening. It is also used in back injuries, arthritis, headache, nerve damage, unexplained pain, Fibromyalgia, RSP (CRPS), dental and TMJ, artery inflammation, vascular disease, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, disc disease, inflammatory pain, skin cancer, referred pain syndrome, sprain/strain, whiplash, and digestive disorders. The digital infrared thermal imaging is a brief, non-invasive, radiation-free, pain free, clinical imaging process. It is quick and easy on the patient. Thermography is cost effective (covered under some insurance plans) and can be done in various regions of the body. As the world of medicine continues to expand, the wonders of specialized imagery is moving toward what might be the difference in discovering a disease well before it has advanced to a life-threatening situation.

It seems very clear that shifting the focus away from “being ill” to “being well,” thereby adopting lifestyle changes that your body needs to be balanced in its core and at peace from stress, is playing a larger role in personal health care, opening up many avenues of Alternative Wellness exploration. Talk to your doctor and explore together option plans that combine the best of both worlds! J. Andy Murphy is a published author and works as a literary agent for regional writers. She serves as the Executive Director of the WriteStuff Writers Conferences and Events.

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Abby Appelt went back to school to achieve her certification in Thermography (CNHP-CCT). She was a woman diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia Syndromes. She went from doctor to doctor, undergoing multiple examinations, tests, blood draws, and consultations. With no improved results, she decided she had to go beyond traditional methods and seek out alternative pathways. “Thermography saved my life and changed my life,” she said, recalling her personal journey to wellness. Today, she is the founder of Thermography of Indianapolis, works with many doctors, and receives referrals from other medical specialists who are also invested in providing alternative methods of early detection. Thermography adds an additional level of care that is vital in preventive measures. It is an important element to consider when looking at your own health and wellness program. For more information about Thermography of Indianapolis, please call 317.370-5111 – Office is located at: 450 East 96th Street, Suite 500 (Between College and Meridian on 96th Street). a u g u st 2 0 1 2 |

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By Ann Craig-Cinnamon Folksinger Joni Mitchell famously sang “pave paradise and put up a parking lot” in her environmental anthem against spoiling nature and overbuilding. Admittedly, she was writing about Hawaii – not Fishers, Indiana. But to hundreds of homeowners in the area of 96th and Mollenkopf, their “gateway to Geist” (as they call it) is a paradise, and it’s in the sights of those who would like to put up another parking lot. Here’s the back story: There are 7-½ acres on the northeast side of 96th and Mollenkopf that are owned by seven families who currently have houses on the land. Those families have banded together and would like to have their property zoned commercial. Obviously, that means they want to sell it to developers; getting it rezoned is the first step. To that end, the Fishers Advisory Plan Commission heard a petition at its meeting August 14 from the landowners. 40

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In his presentation, the property owners’ attorney, Gordon Byers, gave some historical background that the area in question was once under the jurisdiction of the town of Noblesville and that some of the residents have lived on the property for more than 50 years, pre-dating the Geist and 96th Street development. By way of explanation of why his clients want to sell, Byers emphasized that the area has changed dramatically and that because of road improvements, the petitioners have lost 60 feet of front yard and are now on a primary arterial road. He told the commission that this move to rezone has been “baking in the oven” since about 2005 when they first proposed changes to the zoning. He also pointed out that it is unusual that he would be representing the actual owners of the land and not developers in this bid to allow commercial development. Of course, there are many major concerns about what would actually be developed on the land, and the details of that have not been made public. Byers explained that there

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is a contract that all seven of the landowners have signed that binds them to sell all of their property as one entity to one developer and that there are details in the contract that are not being made public – a point that didn’t seem to go over very well with those in attendance who oppose the plan. What he could share was that they want C1 and C2 commercial designation. C2 would be on the west end of the property and would be a building for retail and service-type businesses. To the east would be office buildings which are designated as C1. He emphasized that there would be no fast food or gas stations going up on the land. Byers said any building plan would be sensitive to the surrounding neighbors, a comment that was met with groans by the 50 or so members of the audience. He told the commission that it would not be a big-box retail store, it would have a pitched roof, it would be constructed of stone with upgraded signage and lighting, and that there would be a buffer brick wall on the backside and a mound on the eastern flank. He said they were open to keeping a tree buffer and that there would be a retention area built to deal with drainage issues. When the Commission president opened up the meeting for remarks from any interested parties, there was no shortage of hands that went up from the crowd. In all, about ten residents addressed the Commission. Some came prepared with written remarks, some brought maps and other visual aids, others brought signed petitions, but most just spoke from the heart about what the area means to them and how they don’t want to see it altered. Many of those who made remarks either back up to the property in question or look at it from across the street. They fear that commercial development will spoil the natural beauty of the area, will inevitably create more parking that cannot be hidden by walls and plants, and will,

eventually, harm their property values. Jim Allan, who has lived in Geist Woods for many years, was the first of many who pointed out that there are already three commercial buildings west of the land that have nine vacancies, and he questioned the need for more commercial property. Others mentioned that since the roundabout was built, traffic has been flowing well through the area. However, they are concerned that if more commercial property is added, it will add more traffic. This could undo the positive impact of the new and improved road and could be a safety hazard for children in the area. Several people commented on how they now have a beautiful back yard and if a new strip mall goes up,

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they’ll be looking at a wall. The president of the Geist Woods Homeowner’s Association spoke of changing the fabric of the area and how even if it might happen slowly, it does do damage. Next, Matt Watkins addressed the Commission and spoke bluntly about what he feels is the motivation for the petition: “It’s very evident that whenever you have everything you need within a three-mile radius – Walmarts, CVS’s, grocery stores – that it’s greed at work here and greed is the motivating factor for this and it doesn’t benefit the community at all. And it really poses a safety concern. It really impacts the road construction that they now have made so beautiful and such a great redesign. There will only be more risk now and potentially will cause more accidents and safety concerns.” Most of the people who spoke are long-time residents of the area who bought here because of the beauty and tranquility of the area. One of those residents is Jennifer Bennett who told the Commission, “If I wanted to live in an area where commercial development was in my back yard, I would have bought a house there instead of here. I believe the majority of the residents are in agreement with me.” Several committee members spoke before it was voted to delay a decision until next month’s meeting when more questions can be answered and input can be received from the public. The majority of the commission members appeared reluctant to approve the petition with the exception of Jay Kirby who seemed to have a somewhat favorable attitude when he indicated that he would like to see development in that area and that flexibility is needed. There were certainly a lot of impassioned pleas made at the meeting, but there was no shouting or name calling. The Commission President, Warren Harling, commented at the end that he appreciates the “kinder approach” and hopes it can continue since these issues can get very personal. The fact that residents spoke with great civility about an issue that is extremely important to them and that they fear will change their very lives says a lot about us as

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Besides the United Way, other donors include the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority, Ruth Lilly, Chris Burd, Monarch Beverage Company, Jay and Christie Love, Central Indiana Community Foundation, and the Finish Line Youth Foundation. To date, the Y has raised $900,000 to complete Phase 1 of the project. An additional $700,000 is needed for the second phase, which will include outdoor locker rooms and a splash pad. Through the support of the community, the Y empowers every child, adult, and family to be healthy, confident, and connected. Fort Benjamin Harrison’s members come from a diverse area including Geist, McCordsville, Fortville, and Castleton. Annual contributions also allow economicallydisadvantaged families to send their kids to safe child care, as well as giving older adults a place to build social connections and health-seekers a place to achieve their

wellness goals. The community around Fort Benjamin Harrison is faced with many of the same challenges that other communities face including lifestyle-related chronic illness affecting more youth and adults; the growing need for safe gathering places for families, and opportunities for seniors to stay active and connected. For the last 120 years, the YMCAs of America have been teaching kids and adults how to swim and be safe around water. This family aquatic center contributes to the health and well being of our community growing stronger in spirit and body. The community can donate to this project by contacting Roger Corley at (317) 547-9622 or by emailing for more information to

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“Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.”

-Peter Clemenza, in The Godfather

They are words to live by for Peter Schmutte, pastry chef at the Hawthorns Country Club in Fishers, who is determined to have his diners follow in the footsteps of the don’s henchman. But these days, convincing Hoosiers to order dessert isn’t as easy as Peter Clemenza’s moral manifesto. Take one look at Schmutte’s culinary creations, however, and even the most conscientious calorie counter will become powerless to its prowess. Thousands of Hawthorns members can attest. For more than a year, the Indianapolis native has been cranking out everything from coconut and passion fruit mousse cakes to lavender short bread in an effort to meet the demands of the 60,000-square-foot facility which houses three full-time restaurants. “I’m like a pastry Swiss Army knife. I’ll do whatever’s needed at any given time,” says the 35-year-old, his soft voice masking intense determination. Swiss Army knife indeed. Each week Schmutte not only provides plated desserts for the clubhouse’s two sit-down restaurants, “The Overlook” and “The Player’s Lounge,” but also creates – from scratch – an array of cookies, brownies, and fresh pastries for the more casual “Arbor Grill” which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. It may sound like a tall order, but it’s one for which Schmutte has thoroughly prepared. The Indianapolis native has worked at Chicago’s TRU and NoMI restaurants as well as Wolfgang Puck’s now defunct eatery inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In fact, Schmutte had almost 10 years of culinary experience before even walking through the doors of The French Bakery School in Chicago where he became well versed in the fundamental practices and techniques of creating pastries. “People have been feeding themselves for tens of thousands of years. To say you know how to do it all is pretty ostentatious.” His baking philosophy is anything but. While he may follow techniques from esteemed French master pastry chefs like Pierre Herme and Stephanie Glacier, Schmutte manages to 50

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create his amazing recipes with only a few key ingredients. “You take flour, water, butter, and yeast and you’ve got a baguette. There are so many different things you can do with the same ingredients.” His trick: exploring the multi-tasking potential of everything from Texas toast (as a base for his bread pudding) to Hershey’s syrup (a whimsical throwback to his family desserts of yesteryear). “There’s something so gratifying about putting those ingredients together and putting something in the oven and pulling something out that’s greater than the sum of its parts,” says Schmutte, who appears to take as much pride in ironing his impeccablypressed chef whites, as he does in the workmanship of his product. “If you have a good base recipe the sky’s the limit.” The secret to good baking, he contends, is patience and trial and error. “It’s like these macaroons,” he says, gesturing towards five multi-colored gems on a stark white plate. Their colors are bright, flaunting themselves, unashamed under the kitchen’s fluorescent lighting. “I’ve been making and eating macaroons for years. But it took me a lot of practice to get them where I wanted them. Now 12 years later, I think I finally have them how I want them,” he laughs. Any foodie knows macaroons are the aristocrats of pastry; these brightly-colored mini meringues, daintily sandwiched together with gooey filings, have become a holy grail for cookery fanatics and even have food blogs dedicated to the delicacies. Schmutte doesn’t disappoint. His shells are crispy on the outside, smothered with soft ganache in the middle, and have a lovely little crunch when eaten. Macaroon virgins will be amazed at how much flavor is contained in such a tiny biscuit. “(With the desserts here), I’ve tried to push it as much as I can here to get people to venture out and try something new – without scaring them off.” That’s why when developing his menu, Schmutte didn’t stray far from his Hoosier roots. His menu reads “tradition meets innovation with a side of passion and feel-good sincerity.” “I scaled back the menu this year. I try to do

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things that are a little bit more comforting and a little more recognizable,” he says. “An apple pie shouldn’t be good because it has 17 different ingredients in it. It’s about using the freshest apples possible,” a viewpoint that isn’t so radically different that it’s either ground-breaking or completely crazy. Take, for instance, his bread pudding. For Schmutte, it’s about nostalgia – a yearning for a simpler time when dessert was made from a few common kitchen ingredients. With a few updates, his version of bread pudding remains a soul-satisfying treat with the comfort and ease of a delicious, virtuous meal in a cup. Home cooks be not afraid. Armed with the basics (eggs, milk, sugar, and sour cream) even mere mortals, Schmutte says, can whip up this last course in no time. “You can add a little orange zest to it, throw a little ginger in it, or fresh berries dusted with a little powdered sugar and a slice of vanilla bean and make it your own.” Even if you don’t have the correct vessels (think ramekins), the bread mixture can simply be baked inside ceramic coffee mugs and served with a spoon. The biggest mistake in baking, he says, seems like the most obvious. “Don’t open the oven door, because every time you open the door you lose so much heat. Then you wonder why it’s not getting done. It’s because you’ve reduced the temperature by 150 degrees.” But just when you think his days are filled with fondant, crème brulee, and crepes, think again. Schmutte’s thin crust pizza is a clubhouse favorite. Its sourdough crust took more than six weeks to perfect and uses a 150-year-old heirloom starter that has been passed down from generation to generation. “It’s been alive for a long time.” And given the popularity of his dishes, keeping his customers’ cravings alive won’t be difficult. As long as the last course continues to get top billing, Schmutte, it seems, should be able to keep even the likes of Don Corleone happy – one cannoli at a time. Heather MacWilliams is a reporter for Fox 59 News in Indianapolis. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked as a personal chef and caterer. For more information, visit her website at

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Geist Community Newsletter August 2012  

Featuring the Benjamin Harrison YMCA aquatic pool

Geist Community Newsletter August 2012  

Featuring the Benjamin Harrison YMCA aquatic pool