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Geist Lake Coalition founding board members (left to right) Brian Hall, Ed Villanyi and Scott Rodgers prepare for the annual “Blast On The Bridge� on Sunday, July 4

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2010 Geist Fireworks Fun Facts By Michelle Momper Coordinating the Blast On The Bridge at Geist fireworks display on the Fourth of July is complicated. It takes weeks of planning, not to mention the actual launching of explosive materials off a floating barge, and oh, by the way, timing everything to music. But Geist resident Marty Miller, vice president of Midwest Operations for Mad Bombers Fireworks Productions, has it all under control. Although his company will be handling a total of 86 fireworks shows over the holiday weekend, Miller will personally manage this annual event in his hometown. “Without a doubt, every show my company produces is special. But this one is dear to my heart since it’s in my own neighborhood,” says Miller. “I want to make sure it’s perfect.”

Visit www.GeistTV.com to see a video interview with Marty Miller talking about the Geist fireworks display. and equipment.

So what is involved in producing a fireworks display on water that is ultimately worth over $40,000? Lots of attention to detail. Here is a glimpse into the production of this holiday event:

• Four 8 ft. × 24 ft. floating barges will be connected to form the platform for launching the fireworks. • Fireworks launched from a barge require extra planning in order to ensure that the weight of the explosives is evenly balanced to avoid splashing.

• Planning for this caliber of show begins in mid-May, and includes choosing the music, types of fireworks

• Six to eight anchors are used around the perimeter of the barges to lock the platforms in place and avoid shifting. • This year’s show will use over 3,000 fireworks shells.

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• The shells are set up in order on the barge in specific slots. Each shell is connected with an igniter, which starts an electricity flow, ultimately transferring a fireball that hits the wick.

Contributing Writers Pat Carlini Mindy Fleming Genie Goykhberg Lena Lucas Michelle Momper Mary Ryan Eric Sanqunetti

• Each shell will be ignited manually by clicking a separate switch located on a firing panel. • From start to finish, the show will last approximately 30 minutes.

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Local Chef Shares Personal Grilling Favorites Russ Chargualaf is a resident of McCordsville and is an executive chef for Houlihans Restaurants. Unlike most grillers who use either gas or charcoal, he uses 100% wood! He shared with us some of his grilling tips and personal grilling favorites…

in the middle to add flavor. With steaks, a generous layer of Montreal Seasoning will do wonders. I pull steaks and burgers off the grill a little bit before the desired temperature. Remember that meats continue to cook after they are pulled off of the grill. Always finish a steak with a little bit of butter, it makes a huge difference! If you are cooking seafood, remember that the food will let you know when it is ready to be turned – don’t rush it! Grilled fish and shrimp will release from the grates when ready. A little trick when it comes to ribs – start them off on the grill and finish them off in the oven. Comes right off the bone!

When it comes to grilling I love to use seasoned wood. Not gas and not charcoal. Whenever possible, I try to use four parts oak or ash to one part mesquite. Mesquite is very strong and can sometimes overpower and make your foods taste bitter. When cooking with wood it is necessary to start the fire about an hour before you are ready to grill. The goal is to have red hot coals covering 2/3 of your grilling surface. This creates an even cooking surface and prevents flare-ups and burned meat.

Bottom line, have fun with grilling. Don’t rush it. Allow time to get the grill hot, cook, and enjoy! Here is an amazing, simple recipe for ribs that are out of this world:

When I’m ready to grill, I lightly oil the grates. In order to get those great grill marks, try not to bother the meat too much. Depending on the desired temperature, place the meat on the grill and turn it once 90 degrees. Halfway through the cooking process, turn it over and repeat. If you don’t think the meat is cooked to the desired temperature, place it on the other 1/3 of the grill that doesn’t have any coals underneath it and let it cook slowly. This will prevent burning the exterior and having an undercooked interior.

• 1 rack baby back ribs (pull the thin layer of skin off the rib cage) • 1 cup light soy sauce • 3 cups white vinegar • 2 tablespoons fresh cracked black pepper • 3 tablespoons garlic powder • 1 whole white onion, sliced Whisk all of the ingredients together and combine with ribs in a one-gallon ziplock bag. Let it marinade for at least 12 hours, and then be ready to enjoy a one-of-a-kind rib recipe. Bon Appetit!

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Bangs Cause Pangs For Local Wimp I am terrified of fireworks. Not the kind that you sit and watch at night, lit by well-trained professionals. I’m talking about the kind you buy and light yourself, especially the ones that look like tiny dynamite sticks and come all linked together in one package. Here’s why:

So here’s where it turns medieval. My older brother and friends (who, by the way, did not to my knowledge grow up to be felons), would conduct experiments. Give a group of bored 13-year-old boys some gunpowder and a snake and, well, let’s just say the memory alone is worthy of therapy. I, being naïve and easily bribed, was always designated the lookout. So there I’d be, nestled away in the cluster of pine trees in the corner of our backyard, sweat and sap coating my sunburned shoulders, covering my ears and ready to scream and/or run at the first glimpse of a local black-and-white. Talk about trauma.

When I was a little whippersnapper growing up in northwestern Oklahoma, the By Michelle Momper month of July was hot, dry, windy, and did I say hot? Where walking outside felt like entering a mind-altering sweat lodge, standing around with lighters and Black Cats wasn’t at the top of my list. Turns out, I was the exception rather than the rule.

All the older neighbor kids would play games like, “How High Can We Make the Metal Trash Can Blow Up in the Air?” and “How Many Smoke Bombs Does It Take To Fumigate Old Man Tate’s Garage?” These antics were only preludes to the anticipated “Aim Bottle Rockets At Pedestrians” extravaganza, which made me have nightmares for days. I have no idea where all the parents were during these manic episodes. I would guess they were collectively hiding in somebody’s basement with cocktails and lots of prayers. Me? I tolerated the endless stream of ear-numbing booms and bangs, while developing a tic in my neck that reappears like clockwork whenever I hear loud noises.

I lived in a one-stoplight town that averaged a population of maybe 2,500, and scurrying about igniting M-80s was not only a fire hazard, but a forbidden fruit. In fact, setting any kind of firecrackers off within city (loose term) limits was illegal back then.

As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, the entire town would congregate in the sweltering mid-morning hours to watch the annual parade drift its way down Main Street. The local Rodeo Queen would marshal in the high school marching band, and clowns with grotesquely melted faces would run around throwing candy and scaring all the small children. Did I mention my fear of face paint?

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An Interview With Jason and Kelly Byrd of Geist Martial Arts Photos and Interview by Eric Sanqunetti

October, 2003.

How did you two meet?

What made you decide to move to Geist from Fishers?

We met after a late morning service at Grace Community Church in Noblesville in April of 2000. We still attend Grace.

Jason: We moved to Fishers from Virginia in early 1997 and took over a school that my instructor had helped get started in late 1995. A student of that school began teaching at his own school in Noblesville in the summer of 1998, and we decided to combine the schools at the Fishers location in 2000. In 2008, after much prayer, Kelly and I felt led to start a new school in this area near our home and near where Kelly grew up. I sold my share of the school to my business partner and used the money to pay for the start up of this school in Geist.

What degree of black belt do you intend to conquer, Jason? Kelly? Jason: I intend to keep going as long as I’m able and the Lord allows. The highest rank in our style of taekwondo is 9th degree. Kelly: I am on hold right now with a baby coming, but we’ll see what I am able to do after that.

Rough estimate of your most popular ages in ratio form, i.e. 10% adults, 20% teens, 50% tweens, 20% little ones?

When did you start your training?

• 75% are kids ages 5-10 • Approximately 15-20 adults attend kickboxing classes • A combination of 15 adults and teens attend taekwondo • 10 are in the age 3-4 range

Jason: I started at the age of 16 (beginning of 1993). The school was owned by a husband and wife (Robby and Jenny Lacy) and was about an hour’s drive from our home. My parents started lessons with me because I was too nervous to go by myself.

The majority of our students are part of families that attend together.

Kelly: I started fitness kickboxing classes during the summer after we met. I had three more years of school in Maine to finish my degree and did not begin taekwondo lessons until after school, wedding, and board exams in late

Did you both graduate with degrees in higher education? If so, what are they and what made you decide to go for the Karate Instruction? (Continues)

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(From Previous Page) Jason: I have an Associate in Science degree in Engineering. I was planning on completing my next two years for a bachelor’s degree in engineering when my instructor, who I worked for during college, offered me the opportunity to move to Indiana and run my own martial arts school. My parents advised me that if I had a chance to make a living doing what I liked, then I should give it a try while I was still young and had no family to support. If it didn’t work out, I could return home and finish school at Virginia Tech.

Fitness Kickboxing is focused mostly on the workout. We teach a practical approach to boxing and kickboxing fundamentals, mixed with personal defense techniques.

Kelly: I have a master’s degree in Physical Therapy, and practice at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood four days a week. I was very happy to find a job that would allow me to be able to practice as a physical therapist, but also be able to take care of my family and help my husband run a business.

Do you offer private lessons/classes?

What are the benefits from attending your karate and kickboxing classes? Taekwondo: Improves a person’s mental and physical focus, builds confidence and coordination. While we teach perseverance and self-defense in all our classes, we tend to teach kids and adults with different focuses. For kids, we focus on courtesy, self-control, and a “never give up” attitude. Adults are a bit more focused on fitness and self-defense.

Can ANYONE (unfit people) do your normal classes? Jason: By all means! We try to get people focused on what they are learning. If a person experiences something that’s fun and engaging, the journey to what they want to accomplish is just that much easier.

Jason: Not at this time. We believe in giving our students extra help in our classes with lots of personal attention. Can you give us a brief overview of what you want to accomplish with your students? Jason: When I first began teaching, I was very focused on making great martial artists with the whole courtesy and selfcontrol thing a secondary benefit. Over the years, though, when parents would mention their kids were doing better in school, sports or just life, I began to think of martial arts as a vehicle to teach people things that carry into their everyday life. I know that’s not an original idea by any means, but most martial arts instructors I know still happen upon the

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character developing benefits of what we do as something expected to happen as people develop in their training. I believe it’s very important to start instilling self-control, determination and focus, especially with kids, right from the start. It’s the difference between knowing what you should do and doing it consistently. Although it may not make sense at first, you must really learn to respect and take care of the people you train with. You can’t get very far without the help and cooperation of your fellow students. You need one piece of iron to sharpen another, so it’s always to your benefit to “invest” in the people who work with you. Conversely, many schools get “overrun” by a couple of “bullies” who actually lose out on any increasing development in the long run because they chased off a lot of the people who could develop and challenge them to get better. In our classes, we do require students to test for their belts even though it might mean they will not always pass on the first try, particularly at upper levels. This concept has fallen out of favor with many schools, but we believe this philosophy provides a better training ground for life as it is one thing to talk about perseverance and another to provide opportunities to practice it.

Top: Three and four year-olds prepare for their martial arts class. Middle: A young green belt breaks boards with his feet. Below: Byrd teaches defensive move to teen.

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or many Geist residents, watching lakeside fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday is a tradition. But in previous years, if you didn’t own a boat or have access to a lakeside home, it was hard to see the show. This year will be different. According to organizers, the annual Blast On The Bridge at Geist, which is the signature event held on July 4 and organized by the Geist Lake Coalition (GLC), will be bigger and better than ever. And most importantly, it will be a show for the entire community. “Last year was actually the first year we moved the location of the fireworks to the bridge,” says GLC co-founding director Scott Rodgers, referring to the Fall Creek Bridge at the Geist Marina. “It was a great event, but the weather was so bad, not as many people came out to enjoy it as we had

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Geist Lake Coalition founding members (left to right) Brian Hall, Ed Villanyi and Scott Rodgers anticipate more spectators than ever for this year’s annual Blast On The Bridge. hoped.” In fact, last year’s holiday weather included record cold temperatures and constant rain. This year, however, marks the debut of a new and improved show, with fireworks lit from a barge near the marina, and a wide array of activities for families to enjoy. With the bridge as the gathering point, visitors will be able to enjoy a full evening of activities, including a ski show, boat parade, music, food and beverages, and an intricate fireworks display synchronized to music. 16

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Here is a glance at the event schedule: 5:30 p.m. – Bridge closes for pedestrian traffic 5:30 p.m. – Decorated boats meet at Diamond Point 5:45 p.m. – Boat parade begins 6:00 p.m. – Bridge party begins. Food and beverage vendors will be on site, and a local DJ will provide music. 7:15 p.m. – Parade ends, boats gather for judging 7:30 p.m. – Water ski show 10:00 p.m. – Fireworks begin 11:00 p.m. – Bridge reopens to vehicle traffic The theme for this year’s boat parade, sponsored by N3 Boatworks, is “A Patriotic Salute to the ‘70s.” In the lead boat, and serving as this year’s grand marshal, will be sixyear-old Geist resident Luke Andritsch. All decorated boats will complete a parade lap around the lake, and then will be judged in the marina. The first place winner will receive a traveling trophy and the choice of a boat slip or winter storage at the marina. The second place winner will receive a complimentary boat winterization package, and the third place winner will receive two teak rocking chairs, compliments of N3 Boatworks. Parking will be available at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist Catholic Church, located at 10350 Glaser Way, at 6 p.m. Visitors can walk to the bridge via the causeway. Chairs and blankets can be brought into the event, but no outside food or beverages are allowed. Ed Villanyi, GLC co-founding director, says it is exciting to be a part of the holiday party. “It’s a great unification event at the lake,” he says. “The lake is such a tremendous local resource, and events like these help bring everyone together.”

Fellow GLC co-founding director Brian Hall says this year’s event will be a crowd pleaser. “It’s so up close and personal! You just can’t get a better seat,” he says. “With the marina in the foreground and fireworks in the background, it’s spectacular. Boats will be on the lake with lights on… it really is a great community event.” Although the fireworks display around Geist Lake has been an annual event for years, the location hasn’t always been so accessible. Before September 11, 2001, the fireworks were set off from the Geist Dam. For security reasons, the fireworks were then moved to the islands located off of Diamond Point, but only those living around the area, or boating on the water were able to see the show. Two years ago, members of the GLC decided to explore how the Fourth of July celebration could better serve the community as a whole. “We thought of the bridge as a possible site for the show, and decided to give it a try,” says Hall. “So we made a few calls, wrote a few letters, and that’s how it all got started.” Today the GLC not only organizes the Blast On The Bridge at Geist, but also focuses on keeping Geist Lake a safe, healthy, and enjoyable asset through various initiatives. Established in 2000, the GLC is a nonprofit coalition of neighborhoods surrounding the Geist Reservoir that is managed and operated by volunteers who are passionate about the health, safety, and enjoyment of Geist Lake and the community. For more details about the Fourth of July celebration, visit www.geistlake.org. For more information about the Geist Watershed Alliance, visit www.geistwatershed.com.

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The huge gray square of a building is what its executive director, Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin, calls the best kept secret in Indiana. “And we don’t want it to be,” he says. With that in mind, there’s been an expansion of its public image with special events that have included Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard’s swearing-in ceremony. In a profound gesture of respect, veterans who have entered the service from Indiana now have the right to a funeral in the Memorial, with no charge for the building. “Our mission statement is to honor Hoosier veterans,” says Goodwin. “What greater honor than to offer a sacred environment for them to have their funeral service?” Goodwin says the state has always been patriotic. “In the Civil War, three out of four eligible Indiana men who could fight did fight,” he says. At the time, Indiana was the country’s seventh most populous state. No state sent a greater percentage of soldiers to fight, however, except Delaware. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, on Monument Circle, 20

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“A lot of people are shocked at what we have here,” says Duaine Booker, who served as a tour guide one recent afternoon. “You get a lot of reminiscing (from veterans). They get choked up when they see the berets, the uniforms, the pictures.” Curator Howard Trace adds, “Most people don’t know the depth of the Legion. Going through the museum can give you that.” The same holds true for a stop along the north end of the Canal Walk, at Senate between St. Clair and Walnut streets, site of the… 4. USS Indianapolis Memorial

The USS Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis gives young visitors a brief history lesson while walking or biking the Canal Walk. (From Previous Page) St. Louis solidified its mission. Veterans convinced the newly-formed organization to locate its national headquarters in Indianapolis, adjacent to the Memorial. Like the others, this building is open to the public – with a small museum of its own on the fourth floor.

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It honors those who served aboard the USS Indianapolis, which delivered components for the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian in the South Pacific, and then was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine just after midnight on July 30, 1945. She sank just 12 minutes later. Of the 1,197 men aboard, about 900 survived the sinking and were thrown into shark-infested waters. Because her mission was secret, no one knew the ship had gone down; no one looked for her. On August 2, the surviving crew members were spotted bobbing in the water, by chance by a seaplane pilot. The number rescued: just 317.

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It’s an intriguing story, to be sure. The last naval loss of World War II. The huge loss of life. The subsequent fall of the captain’s career, and ultimately, his vindication. In 1946 the USS Indianapolis’ captain, Charles McVay, was court-martialed and found guilty of “hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag.” In 1968 he committed suicide. Almost 30 years later, a Florida 7th grader became intrigued in the case after watching Jaws and hearing Quint, the boat captain, tell of his surviving the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The 12-year-old made national headlines when his research convinced Congress to look at McVay’s court martial again. In 2002 the captain was exonerated. Pieces of the USS Indianapolis story can be found throughout the country. But the ship’s namesake city holds a special place in the hearts of the survivors, who hold a reunion in Indianapolis every other year. In 1995 the monument to the ship and its crew was erected on the Canal Walk. An outdoor site, it is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From there, take a walk south along the… 5. Indianapolis Canal Walk Here, literally, is history under your feet. The Walk is a portion of the Indiana Central Canal, a 19th century idea spurred on by the success of New York’s Erie Canal. It was supposed to help bring commerce westward. But with a national depression and the arrival of the train, it went nowhere, except perhaps to help bankrupt the state. The canal was never completed. With the emergence of White River State Park in the late 1980s, however, the waterway was revitalized with beauty and recreation in mind. And the ribbon of water that flows through downtown Indianapolis for about a mile and a half, is meeting that intent.

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The new nature park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers 100 acres of outdoor exhibits and trails to explore. The Park is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. The park site is also bordered by the White River and runs contiguous to the IMA’s current 52-acre campus, a large portion of which is comprised of historic landscapes and gardens. There is a scenic pathway running through the heart of it for walkers and joggers. The land, a former gravel pit, has evolved through a natural reclamation into its current state of untamed woodlands, wetlands, and a 35-acre lake. The architecture of the visitors pavilion was inspired by a deteriorating leaf. Parents can point to the ceiling that was designed with alternating planks of wood and acrylic allowing sun to shine through and explain the architect’s vision of sun gleaming through the veins of a leaf. And what kid wouldn’t giggle with glee at the chance to sit on “Funky Bones,” an enchanting grouping of 20 benches that form the shape of an enormous skeleton when looked at from above. Coming up: Another Hoosier half-dozen, this time a short drive from Indy.

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Using Music to Motivate: Kammy’s Kause

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By Mary Ryan A successful summer has several ingredients, including time with your family, outdoor live music, and festivals. Want to experience all of these things in addition to supporting a great “kause?” Meet Kammy’s Kause, a fundraiser set up to raise money for 4p- chromosome disorder research, as well as assist the 4p- support group (www.4p-supportgroup.org). Jared Hiner, president of Kammy’s Kause, has created the only music festival in the United States raising money for 4p- research.

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Jared’s daughter, Kamdyn, is one of approximately 150 children in the U.S. with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. With so few cases of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome in the U.S., funding is very difficult to obtain, but very vital. This alone is what makes Kammy’s Kause such a very important event to support. Jared explains, “Even the smallest of rocks create June 2010

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By Pat Carlini A popular Geist pet boutique is stepping up to help the Hamilton County Humane Society find good homes for some animals. There is a record 350 cats at the shelter this summer. Cats are everywhere, roaming the hallways and sleeping in the storage areas. So, some area pet store owners decided to take some animals into their stores and put them up for adoption. Christi Melson of the Geist Purrs and Gurrs store (116th & Olio Road) is one who has come forward to gather up some animals and take them to her shop.

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Backyard Bashes By Mindy Fleming Luaus – Disco – Fiesta – Olympics – 80’s – Cornhole – Margaritaville – Beach Party… choose your theme, location, food, favors, entertainment, games and most importantly, guests. It’s time for your summer backyard bash! Summer parties are entertaining and loads of fun. I know we all look forward to getting one of those “summer backyard party” invitations. It’s warm in the evenings, but cool enough to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, talk with friends (or meet some new ones) and relax in some comfy, deep seated outdoor furniture or kick it up with some music and dancing, depending on the type of party. However, having a great party comes with a lot of planning. The Party Tree, located in both Carmel and Fishers, offers a complimentary Party Planner booklet for a variety of themed parties. Steve Hecox, general manager of The Party Tree, says, “Our planners are very similar to a detailed wedding planner. The Party Planners give ideas and tips on invitations, favors, games, supplies, decorations, food and much more.” The Party Tree carries a huge selection of party supplies, with several themes to choose from. “Our most popular themes are graduations, Super Bowl, Indy 500, Academy June 2010

Awards, and for the summer, luaus,” says Hecox. And for those of you who are planning a party outdoors, The Party Tree carries over 20 different styles of lighting. “We have the American flag lights, paper globes, margarita glasses, beach balls, palm trees, flowers, the list goes on and on.” Carmel resident Sonya Reis threw an Olympic themed party for her husband’s birthday. “We mowed the Olympic rings in the common area behind our house,” explained Reis. “We had a golfing event, obstacle course, horseshoes, and a water balloon toss.” Reis went on to say she had a blast organizing the event. “It was a huge success. Everyone had a great time.” Reis also said she got most of her party supplies at The Party Tree. “They had every country’s flag there, which made for some great decorations for my party.” So what really makes a great party? “Lots of planning,” says Hecox and Reis. Hecox adds that pre-planning and getting your orders in early is key to a successful party. “You have to make a fun atmosphere for the event to do well,” explains Hecox. “Everything we have here can be coordinated; we work with your needs, and can also help customize.” “I strive to help you with your party and get organized, so you can be ready to rock,” says Hecox. Contact The Party Tree at 317-848-1700 or at www.thepartytree.net. The Party Tree is located off 116th Street and Keystone Avenue in 30

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Carmel and also in Fishers at 116th Street and Olio Road. Another great place to go is Party Time Rentals, which rents a variety of supplies, theme props, linens, and furniture as well as tents and inflatables. So if you want all the goodies, but don’t want to store it, then rent it. Party Time is located in Carmel off Rangeline Road. Reserve your items early for a successful party. Call Party Time at 317-844-5178 for details on rentals. After you start getting your details in order, you’ll want to look at getting your outdoor space ready. “The latest trend is outdoor living, which is basically bringing the indoors out,” explains Rob Delaby, owner of Shane’s Landscape and Hardscape Designs. “Outdoor living can even include a full working kitchen, gas grill with stove top, refrigerator and ice machine.” Another popular trend is fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. “Homeowners can have a fire pit built right into their patio or they can have a freestanding one as well,” says Delaby. “The most (Continues)

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(From Previous Page) important thing of your outdoor living area is maximizing the space and having a design that works with your backyard and home.” Delaby went on to say that adding an arbor or pergola to your space can really dress up your current patio without having to start all over. Shane’s Landscape and Design offers complimentary design services as well as free estimates. “We can help you solve your patio needs,” says Delaby. “We’ll work closely with you to decide what is the best for you and your budget. We provide paver patios, various concrete patios and decks, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, arbors and pergolas, decorative terraces, water features, stone walkways, and extensive landscaping services.” For a more comprehensive list of Shane’s Landscape and Design services, visit their website at www.shaneslandscape.com or call 317-485-6514. Put the finishing touches on your outdoor space by visiting O’Malia’s Fireplace and Outdoor Living in Carmel. It is a full service fireplace, gas grill and patio furniture store. Deep seating is today’s term used for outdoor furniture that looks and feels just like indoor furniture, except most are fade-resistant and water resistant. Most come in sets, such as two chairs, a loveseat, two end tables and a coffee table. Some are also in a sectional format or circular format. There are so many choices! You’ll never want to leave your backyard! O’Malia’s will come out to your home, assess your space and help you furnish it with the right furniture and accessories. Visit www.omaliasliving.com for more information. Fishers residents Kari and Steve Raderstorf have had a

(Top left) Kari Raderstorf holds a cornhole party with her husband, Steve, every year. They set up two or three cornhole sets and the games are on! (Bottom left) Trish Delaby enjoys frequent get-togethers in her backyard. Her paver patio, built by Shane’s Landscaping and Design, features a firepit and built-in grill - which are perfect for hosting the ultimate party. (Opposite page) Noblesville recording artist and song writer Brooke Roe can perform at your backyard bash. June 2010

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cornhole party every summer for the past four years. “It gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Kari. “We have two cornhole games set up and Steve sets up the brackets. He is very serious and intense about the games!” Kari went on to say that their friends are just there to drink and have a good time, not to win the game, unlike Steve who has won the past two years. Kari starts planning about three weeks in advance, starting with sending out e-vites, the paperless, Internet version of invitations. “We just have burgers and hotdogs and everyone brings a dish,” explains Kari. “Last year we got smart and rented an inflatable for the kids.” Kari suggests having plenty to do for the kids, including having their own cornhole set to play with. “I recommend also having an extra cornhole set for the adults as well, for practicing.” Roe, Brooke’s dad. “She performs live with tracks and we also perform DJ style entertainment with a state-of-the-art light show. She is very popular with the kids as well as the adults.” Call 317-538-1497 to book your party or to get more information.

“The winner of the cornhole tournament gets a case of generic beer, like Natural Light,” says Kari. “Steve is determined to win it again this year.” If you are looking for some entertainment for your backyard bash, I now know the perfect element – her name is Brooke Roe. Brooke is a 16-year-old, talented, up and coming country singer. She sings cover songs like Taylor Swift, Myley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few. “We are available for all kinds of parties,” explains Mike

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The current U.S. housing market and national financial crisis has caused extreme stress on the economy and heartache for many American families. Foreclosure is one of the most devastating financial challenges a family can face, and one that many times can be avoided.

Bankruptcy A bankruptcy may stop a foreclosure and allow a homeowner to reorganize his debt and keep his property. The reality, however, is in most cases the bankruptcy only stalls the foreclosure. If the homeowner is not able to make the payments after the bankruptcy, the house will foreclose anyway. It also makes it very difficult for a homeowner to sell the property once he/she enters the process, and it becomes nearly impossible to negotiate a short sale.

There were many variables that caused the market crash. One of the leading causes was adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs). The next avalanche of defaults is predicted to be in the luxury homes market. Many of the jumbo/luxury home loans written five years ago based on self-employed income cannot be refinanced today. Although the homeowner can still afford the payment at the current market rates, the lending institutions now have stricter guidelines, making it impossible for these loans to transfer to a new conventional loan.

Refinance If the homeowner has equity and income, and their credit is in good standing, they may be able to refinance. Typically this is a short-term solution to their problem. Payments may go up depending on fees and the interest rate at the time of refinancing.

For other homeowners, job loss pay reductions and true hardship have left them astray. And to make the dirt a little more muddy, market prices for homes have decreased significantly, therefore making it very unlikely to break even on the sale of the home.

Short-Refi A relatively new phenomenon, this process involves the refinance of a home with a reduction in the principal balance and sometimes the interest rate as well. Homeowners will need to show a hardship and the ability to pay the new payment, often through a fully documented qualification process. This is used in many states where the value of homes has decreased significantly.

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This bill was signed into law (Public Law 108-109) on December 19, 2003. The SCRA provides temporary relief for members of the military that experience financial distress prior to deployment, if the person can show proof of home ownership prior to entering into military service. Other protections fall under this bill as well (www.military.com/ benefits/legal-matters/scra/overview).

Deed-In-Lieu Known as the “friendly foreclosure,” the mortgage company agrees to take the deed back in exchange for the property, and they typically have no further recourse for a deficiency judgment. The homeowner must vacate the home immediately. The shortfall of this method is in most cases it may be

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Classifieds Too busy for all the jobs that come with home ownership? I can take care of them for you. Services include, but not limited to: deck repair and pressure washing, hardwood, tile and laminate flooring installation; interior painting; light electrical and plumbing. Professional, efficient, reasonable. Call John, 874-8563. www.picassosprotege.com Becky’s Home Daycare My normal hours are M-F 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you need an earlier start than that we can work something out. I have been doing daycare for 20 years and been in my home for over 12 years. I do project and circle time daily and read books with the kids. I provide breakfast, lunch, and 2 great snacks daily. Thank you and good luck finding that right person for your child. Rate $115 Full time, $30 part time. Age: 1 year and up. Becky, cookiesforkids@ sbcglobal.net 317-823-3703 Private and semi-private tennis lessons offered for players of all abilities. $30 total for an hour lesson whether 1, 2 or 3 players on the court. I’m a former State High School singles runner-up, college #1 player, Junior Davis Cup player and coach as well as former full time tennis pro at Carmel Racquet Club, The Country Club of Indianapolis and Racquets Four.

Currently teaching part time indoors at the Carmel Racquet Club. I’m available for lessons outdoors around the Plum Creek area. Call Mike Kuhfeld at 6791227 to set up a time. Handyman and Home Improvement; Home and commercial repairs, updates and improvements. Local Geist construction professional with 25 years experience. Small to large projects, interior or exterior. Skilled in carpentry, flooring, tile, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, repairs and energy conservation. Quality work at affordable prices, insured, free estimates, 514-4997

paid. Must be web savvy and entrepreneurial in nature. Email your resume to Tom@atCarmel. com or contact through www. Facebook.com/atCarmel. No phone calls please. Golf Lessons for Children 6-14 Years Old, $30 per hour, 5 lessons minimum. Taught by high school golf graduate who played 3+ years of varsity golf at Bishop Chatard. Call Robbie at 317-366-3670

Post your classifieds for free online at www.atGeist.net. If you wish to have your ad appear here in print, the cost is $20 for a text ad and $40 for a photo classified. You can also call 823-5060 to place an ad.

Part Time Clerical $10/hr. Construction firm looking for immediate part time office assistance. $10 per hour. Includes filing, helping with phones and general office work. This position is required to work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:15 to 3:15. This would be a great job for someone with children in school. Please send your resume to tsauer@gdhcm. com. No phone calls please. Carmel Newsletter Salesperson Wanted: We need someone who is dynamic, networked, and outgoing to grow our Carmel Community Newsletter advertising base. Three month stipend and training to get started. Previous sales experience not mandatory. Must commit 20+ hours per week. Expenses

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Advertisers Directory ABC Custom Painting...................................... 44 Action Air.......................................................... 43 Allegra Print & Imaging................................... 23 Anthem, Rhonda Thomas................................... 8 ARS Rescue Rooter............................................ 5 BellTell Construction........................................ 11 Britt’s Professional Packing & Moving............ 45 Burd Ford.......................................................... 28 CASE Handyman & Remodeling..................... 47 Central Indiana Orthopedics............................. 37 Chef Suzanne...................................................... 6 Cindy’s in Stitches.............................................. 8 Classic Pool & Patio......................................... 11 Comforts of Home Pet Sitting........................... 44 Curb Appeal Outdoors...................................... 47 Dallas Transmissions........................................ 44 Economy Plumbing Supply.............................. 38 Extreme Surface Cleaning................................ 42 Fishers Chamber, Taste of Fishers.................... 39 Fred & Sons Hauling & Lawn.......................... 44 Furniture Outfitters............................................ 40 Garrison Law Firm LLC................................... 31 Geist Family Dentistry...................................... 46 Geist Family Medicine & Pediatrics........................................................... 14 Geist Farmers Market....................................... 11

Geist Station Ad Cooperative.............................. 7 Gettum Associates Inc....................................... 43 Glenn Adams Electrician.................................. 44 Graphite Wellness............................................. 27 Grill, The........................................................... 34 Happy Tails Pet Sitting..................................... 44 Health Zone Chiropractic.................................. 24 Hearth at Windermere, The............................... 26 Hemophilia of Indiana Walk............................... 7 Hillcrest Country Club...................................... 29 Honda West....................................................... 45 I Sold It on eBay............................................... 29 Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial............................ 28 Indy Aero.......................................................... 42 Kiddie Academy of Fishers............................... 22 Kimberly Clark RE/MAX................................. 37 Krystal Kleen Housekeeping............................ 44 Majestic Stone Imports..................................... 40 Marie Holt DDS................................................ 11 Marie Ippolito..................................................... 3 McCune Outdoors............................................. 25 Melissa Webb Breath, Life, Yoga..................... 44 Michael Princell, Smiles by Design.................. 21 National Bank of Indpls............................... insert Nu Sash Basements............................................. 6 Old Oakland Golf Club..................................... 42

Olio Dental........................................................ 33 Pampered Pet.................................................... 44 Patty Torr Realtor.............................................. 44 Phillips Attorneys.............................................. 11 Pinpoint Multimedia......................................... 19 Power Prowashing.............................................. 2 Re-visions......................................................... 27 Reiman Insurance................................................ 9 Shane’s Landscaping......................................... 48 Squeak Dog Photography................................. 41 UPS Stores........................................................ 36 Walker Dixon Orthodontics.............................. 29 Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery........................ 25 Wood Shield...................................................... 35

Ad deadline for the July issue: July 9th Call Tom Britt at (317) 823-5060 or email Tom@atGeist.com for advertising information.

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Free Kitchen & Bath remodeling Seminar at Geist Join us for this informative 90-minute session that will provide you with the basic building blocks plus tried and true advice for preparing you and your family for this important remodeling investment. 2010

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

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

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


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