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at Fishers Junior High Making a Difference By Janet C. Striebel Students at Fishers Junior High School (FJHS) are busy refurbishing old computers and loaning them to families in need. This is just one example of how these students are reaching out to others not only in Hamilton County but also around the world. These student volunteers represent the driving force behind the nonprofit organization Net Literacy. “My students’ goal is to connect with not-for-profits in order to make a difference in the community,” says Deborah Kletch, faculty advisor and science teacher at Fishers Junior High. Kletch serves as the faculty Net Literacy board member and works alongside two middle school student board members. Here is what these two middle school students have to say about their involvement as student board members: 8

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“I feel like I’m doing something for the community that can really impact people. Also, I feel smarter about computers since I’ve been volunteering.” (Liza Fortozo, 8th grade) “I like to help people that are in need of computers. Many schools don’t have them, and this program is really helping education.” (Daniel Schiele, 8th grade) The students at FJHS’s Net Literacy chapter have included four phases in their 2012-2013 goal of community service. They are as follows: 1. Providing Computers for Those in Need at School: The students of the Net Literacy Program have recently completed refurbishing over 70 computers that were donated by businesses and private citizens. They will not only provide 20 computers to qualifying families of

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FJHS students that do not have a computer at home, but they will also train both students and their families on how to use the computers and the programs affiliated with the school, such as Skyward and Angel.

to connect others in need. Not long after, Dan incorporated Net Literacy as a nonprofit. The first officers and board members were all middle school students, volunteering their time.

2. Implementing Community Lab for Underserved: The students will donate computers so that a local nonprofit organization can build or expand its computer lab. Nonprofits interested in learning more should contact Deborah Kletch ( for more information.

Today, this organization has provided over 20,000 donated computers to schools, libraries, nonprofits, and families and has developed an integrated series of digital literacy programs. ( What’s more, its board of directors is 50% comprised of students.

3. Teaching Internet Safety for Elementary Students: The Net Literacy students will continue to educate the youth and their parents about internet safety. They will visit Cub Scout meetings and cover topics such as appropriate identification and user names, keeping information private in social media/ game sites, and cyber bullying.

“In 2003, Net Literacy was founded by middle school students and ten years later, the student volunteers at Fishers Junior High continue this community service initiative as they learn STEM, leadership, and social entrepreneurial skills,” says Dan Kent, president & executive director of Net Literacy. “I am proud of them for the contributions they are making for their classmates and community.”

4. Providing Computers for Medical Purposes in Third World Countries: Net Literacy will support IU Global Medical Brigades by providing computers that will be used by an American mission. As a result, the hope is for IU medical students to track patient demographic information and medical records data for established clinics in Haiti and other third world countries.

Incidentally, Dan just recently presented the Net Literacy model to the United Nations Broadband Commissions in New York City. Net Literacy has established relationships with internet associations representing 270,000 internet companies on six continents, illustrating how engaged youth could help increase digital inclusion around the world.

“We do more than just fix computers,” says Antonio Baltzell, youngest co-chair of Net Literacy and freshman at Fishers High School. “We work on promoting youth philanthropy, problem solving, and teamwork.” Antonio was responsible for starting the Net Literacy chapter at FJHS and is trying to implement a new one at FHS. Speaking from the heart, he says, “I find it motivating to do something to benefit society. I like the feeling of helping others. Most people think kids can’t make a difference; but when they put their minds to it, they can accomplish a lot.”

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Net Literacy Began in Hamilton County and Carries International Impact What began as a middle school student talking to a senior citizen about the need for computer access in his independent living facility has grown into an organization that has received national and international recognition. Net Literacy has been honored by two American presidents. In 2003, a middle school student, Dan Kent, was teaching internet skills at the Carmel Clay Public Library to elementary students and senior citizens. One of the seniors explained to Dan the need for his neighbors, who were mobility impaired, to communicate to their grandchildren via email. As a result, Dan and his friends cultivated a plan

If you are an individual or a business who may be upgrading your computer system, student volunteers would appreciate your contribution to Net Literacy as opposed to recycling them. “The HSE schools donated equipment that was no longer of value to them but is making a huge difference to everyone in the community,” says Kletch. “We are in need of anything in Windows XP or newer, like CPU’s, monitors (which are hard to find), keyboards, and mice.” Please contact to make a donation. You can trust that the students at FJHS will put any donated hardware to positive use as they continue to work diligently in utilizing and restoring technology. Together, these teens exemplify true leadership as they remain committed to making both their community and their world a better place. Janet Striebel serves as a freelance writer. She and her wonderful husband, Doug have three beloved children, Ryan, Jessica, and Justin. After writing for for over five years now, she claims that the best part is meeting all of the amazingly interesting people in our community. october 2 0 1 2 |

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Bryan Kendall (middle) with fellow Muskateers share some laughs at the 2011 Movember kick-off event. By Neal Moore

No, the title of this article isn’t a misprint. That’s because for a growing number of men, the 11th month of the Gregorian calendar is Movember. Allow me to explain. Movember is the name of an international fund-raising campaign to increase awareness about prostate cancer. The source for this odd moniker lies down under – literally. In Australia, the word “mo” is slang for moustache (that’s how Aussies spell the word). Throughout November, participants start the month clean-shaven and then grow moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer screenings and research. The concept started in Australia in 2003 with five guys drinking beer (surprise!) and asking the question, “Whatever happened to the fashion trends of the 1980s


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– including moustaches?” This spawned a moustachegrowing competition the following year that netted $5,000. In short order, the charity event went global. Last year, Movember campaigns in 14 countries raised an impressive $308 million. 2010 was Indiana’s first such campaign as about 900 participants raised pledges equalling $75,000. Last year, more than 2,000 “growers” statewide netted $125,000. Bryan Kendall is chairman of the Movember Indy Committee. “Movember is designed to break down the wall of stigma and shame that often surrounds prostate cancer. We want men to understand that it’s OK to talk about it,” explained Kendall, whose father-in-law is a prostate cancer survivor. Participants sign up online ( where registrants have a unique web page for emailing prospective donors and securely processing credit card payments. Money is pledged in support of a participant’s decision to grow a ’stache. Prostate cancer survivors are encouraged to participate, and they receive a special participation packet. “One in six men will be diagnosed, and more men die from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer,” said Kendall. “It’s one of the most curable kinds of cancer when discovered early.” Several corporate teams are participating including Angie’s List, IU School of Nursing, Sun King Brewing, and Flat 12 Bierwerks. “Many employers have lifted opposition to facial hair, especially for this charity event,” explained Kendall. “We like to think of it as our brown, fuzzy ribbon for men’s health.” A couple hairy parties are planned for Movember. A Kick Off Shave-Off is slated for November 1 at Red’s

Classic Barber Shop, 22 East Washington St., Downtown (shave the date!). An end-of-event party will be held at Tomlinson’s Tap Room, City Market, Downtown, November 30, 7 p.m. to midnight, with a raffle, auctions, and live entertainment. Admission is $10. “Every dime of the admission cost goes directly to the prostate cancer charity,” said Kendall. Movember Indy has paired with several local craft breweries who are donating beer for the fund raiser. As organizers like to say, they’re changing the face of men’s health, one Hoosier at a time! Additional Information about the local Movember events is available at, and at 317.709.0005. Neal Moore has over 30 years of media and communications experience, including TV news anchoring and reporting in Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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Lawrence North High School Digs Into Its History By Kara Reibel In 1974, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence broke ground in a field with intention of building a new high school. Thirty-eight years ago, the ceremony took place on what is now the site of Lawrence North High School. This year, the yearbook staff of LNHS is focusing on its origins. As part of this year’s yearbook project, Lawrence North High School students have been doing extensive research on the history of the school to include in their publication. A yearbook is a piece of history. It is the documentation of the lives and activities of an entire year of the students’ lives. To approach this daunting task, the journalism students, photographers, and graphic design students focus on compiling as much of this information as they can track down. Many of these students are the second generation to attend Lawrence North. 14

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Questions as to the future of the high school have been discussed over the last couple years and will continue to be explored. A proposed merger of Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools would be a reuniting of these schools, but the future is not what is concerning the Lawrence North yearbook staff this year. The students are focused on the present with a look back on their school’s history – not looking toward an unknown future. Reminiscing over the vintage photographs from the groundbreaking ceremony, the current principal of LN, Mr. Brett Crousore, was curious as to where those shovels are now. Through a little bit of detective work, they were found by the custodial staff. One of these shovels now resides in the office of Mr. Crousore. Mr. William (Bill) McColly, who retired as principal of Lawrence North in 1989 and who can still be found as a weekly regular at Bernie’s Place for lunch, looks back upon his years at LN with pride.

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Mr. McColly, the first principal of Lawrence North, was at the helm at the beginning when the school opened in 1976. Mr. McColly was formerly the principal of Lawrence Central for 2 years prior to moving (as he phrased it, “turncoat”) to Lawrence North. “I was very proud of my staff and what we accomplished. It was fun for me to go to work,” said McColly. “We started with zero seniors our first year, then within 5-6 years we were ranked nationally as one of the best high schools in the country.” The yearbook coordinator (and public relations director) for LN, Kathy Francis, sums it up well: “It’s all a learning experience. I have over 30 seniors this year who have been in my class for four years now. I know this is something that will stick with them forever, as they have not only been paying attention to what goes on at LN but documenting it, writing about it, interviewing students and faculty. The best part, of course, is when the yearbook comes out and really tells the story of the year (and shows all their hard work).” Kara Reibel, owner of Geist Pilates, has been a fitness professional for over 25 years. She is the mother of 3 kids and lives in the Geist area.

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Grappling With Success: Mitch Sliga Story by Mark Morrow As we headed down the hallway leading to the wrestling room at Fishers High School, Tigers boys varsity basketball coach Joe Leonard greeted us with his usual easy-going, glad-to-see-you approach. “Hey, you’re with the man. Really, I mean THE MAN,’’ Leonard blurted out with a loud chuckle and a big, appreciative smile top athletes everywhere usually receive. Senior wrestler Mitch Sliga, a state and national champion and a member of the USA wrestling team that competed in Baku, Azerbaijan, this past summer, somewhat bashful, 16

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quietly acknowledged the warm reception. He just grinned. Fleas grin bigger. But yes, indeed, he’s THE MAN. And a 2011 IHSAA state champion, the 2010 USA Wrestling Cadet Triple Crown winner (something that’s pretty rare for someone so young), the reigning national freestyle champion, and a five-star recruit headed for Northwestern University. Sliga, who ranks No. 27 among the nation’s top 100 wrestlers, is a state champion and three-time state place winner in Indiana. He has a resume filled with national and even world credentials in the international styles. He

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earned a spot on this year’s Cadet World Team this year after winning FILA Cadet Nationals in freestyle. He placed fifth at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, at 85 kilos. A member of Fishers High school’s 2010 Class 5A state football championship team, Sliga gave up football after his sophomore season to concentrate on wrestling. He’s the only Fishers High School student-athlete to win state championships competing in two different sports. Sliga, who is a three-time Hoosier Crossroads Conference champion and a winner in the only two Hamilton County Championships contested so far, was ranked No. 1 by in the 2011-12 season. He was a perfect 49-0 en route to winning the 195-pound state championship.

He looked back on what has been a long, challenging road for him. He entered high school with a goal of winning four state championships. In his first two years, he placed third at 189 pounds, wrestling mostly bigger, stronger seniors. “I wasn’t as ready as I thought,‘’ Sliga said. “I did well, but I wasn’t strong enough to beat the elite wrestlers and I didn’t fulfill my dream of 4 state titles.’’ Sliga said there was a lot of build-up his junior year about his chance to win a state title. “It was a great feeling. I finally got the monkey off my back, and it was a big relief,’’ he said as if if he was still picturing it in his mind. Sliga, who spends a lot of time in the weight room, said

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he felt like he was as strong as anyone last year, that he’s even stronger now, and that he plans to be much stronger by next summer. “One reason I feel like I’m much better now and much stronger is that last summer I beat a senior who beat me at state my freshman year. He’s now wrestling for Purdue,” Sliga said. “That was a good feeling. I wasn’t ready back then, but now I am. I feel like I can compete with some of the best. I just want to keep on winning. I hate losing…I really do.’’

he paused, tugged at his ear, and replied: “I’ve earned my way. I worked hard to become a high school champion, and I’ll work even harder to become a collegiate champion. So, no, I don’t see wrestling as my destiny, but I want to excel and do big things in the sport….and I’m driven to get done what I want to get done. We’ll see where it takes me; and whatever I do in wrestling and in the classroom in getting an education, I’m sure there won’t be any regrets. I’ll be fine.’’

He said he sees himself as pretty much being a normal teenager. “Nothing exciting about me or what I do, other than my wrestling,‘’ he said. “My spare time is also consumed by wrestling. That’s how you get better and be able to win. You have to stay focused on your sport. That’s what I do. I’m just doing what I love to do.’’

When asked about his early years in wrestling, Sliga said he couldn’t remember much about what drew him to the sport, only that he was in kindergarten at the time when he went with his Dad (Chris) and mom (Michelle) to sign up his brother (Brad) for wrestling in the fourth grade. “My parents introduced me to it,‘’ he said. “They let me find my own way. They never pushed me, but they’ve always been there to encourage and to support me.’’

Sliga’s dedication, hard work, and overall effort may have best been on display last spring, when he held a camp for various-aged wrestlers, working with them on technique and moves in order to raise money to help send him to the competition at Baku, Azerbaijan. “When you want something bad enough, you do what it takes to make it happen. It was both a fun and rewarding experience,’’ he said. When asked if he thinks of wrestling as destiny for him,

He said that basically his parents just thought he might like it. Obviously, they were right. Getting his first taste of mats and floor burns at such an early age has helped him learn and grow and leave an impressive mark on the sport. “Obviously, I’m glad they did introduce me to the sport. I think things have worked out pretty well,’’ he said with a smile.

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When asked how he wanted people in the wrestling circles to remember him, he said, “….that I did things the right way….worked hard….and never quit.’’ Sliga said he fought through a lot adversity along the way. “I might have gotten down a little early on when I lost at state those first two years. That was probably my biggest disappointment, ever, but I didn’t quit. Wrestling teaches many life lessons. I believe that things happen for a reason and that I’m a better person, wrestler, and competitor because of what I’ve gone through,’’ he said matter of factly.

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Eureka! The Fountain of Youth has been found in a Geist-area strip mall, and it has nothing to do with Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and his mythical spring. Instead of magical, restorative waters, this fountain is a stream of electrical pulses that mimic the body’s natural bio-electricity to work out abdominal and other muscles. Proponents say the result of a “Torc” session, as it’s called, is an eyebrow-raising reduction in waist size that leaves them feeling, well, younger, and infused with vitality. Drop by 7e Fit Spa at 11635 Fox Road, and instead of good ol’ Ponce, you’ll likely bump into Stephen Nielsen, the entrepreneur responsible for bringing bio-electric body contouring therapy to Indianapolis. “Our biggest customers are people ages 35 to 55 who want to maintain their youth,” explained Nielsen, 7e Fit Spa’s CEO. “They’re Baby Boomers who don’t want to get old – who want to live longer and healthier and look better doing it.”

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Here’s the skinny (pun intended) on how bio-electricity and a Torc session works. After a discussion with a spa technician about the client’s desired outcome, two Velco bands are wrapped around the body’s mid-section. Wire leads snaking from the Torc machine are attached to the bands at various contact points. It looks a bit like the rig used for an EKG heart exam, but this procedure is all about dropping a pant size or two, not arrhythmia. Clients lie comfortably in a private room where a spa technician sets the appropriate Torc level. Immediately, a sensation of tingling, massagelike waves pulse across the body’s mid-section as muscles are systematically constricted. The Torc’s intensity is slowly ramped up, but never beyond the comfort level. “Torc is an FDA-approved device that contracts muscles, simulating exercise about 150 times more effectively than with exercise,” said Nielsen. “First-time users can lose one to three inches around the waist. We can also apply the Torc to your thighs or buttocks which has been very popular with women.” According to 7e Fit Spa’s website, Torc utilizes several proprietary waveforms for a strong, yet comfortable, contraction and relaxation of the muscles producing intensified results in a short period of time. It helps to flatten your stomach, reduces cellulite on thighs, and improves posture by strengthening your core muscles. Clients swear by its effectiveness. Nielsen says a 30-minute Torc session produces remarkable results, but only for people who try it. “That’s probably the hardest obstacle – getting people to believe that there is actually technology out there that can contour your abs and take off an average of three inches in 30 minutes,” said Nielsen. “That’s because it’s almost unbelievable. But, after the first session, 80% of people purchase more sessions. The

cost of trying it out is cheaper than a personal trainer.” 7e Fit Spa, located in a former tanning salon, takes its name from eastern medicine and holistic values, including the Seven Life Energies and Seven Dimensions of Wellness. Nielsen discovered the Torc technology while researching Johari Digital Healthcare Ltd., an Indian manufacturer of medical and spa equipment. After 25 years in the health spa industry, he said the U.S. market had developed a sameness about it, and that he wanted to differentiate from the competition. With Torc, Nielsen believes he’s found the answer. “We’ve established a model in Indianapolis that can be replicated,” he said. “We have stores in Florida and Arizona, and our growth will be as fast as we can handle. Already, we’ve done more than 10,000 treatments in Indy in our first year.” 7e Fit Spa also is aggressively pursuing franchise agreements locally and across the country. Nielsen explained that he’s looking for operators who have a passion for helping people. While a spa/fitness background is ideal, it’s not required. Instead, the company is targeting people with drive and ambition and who understand what it takes to be successful. The entry fee is $50,000 and includes a lease program for equipment with a lifetime warranty. “A lot of applicants are doctors,” said Nielsen. “Health care reform – Obamacare – has caused decreased revenues, and they’re looking for investment options.” Additional information about 7e Fit Spa is available online at Neal Moore has over 30 years of media and communications experience, including TV news anchoring and reporting in Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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Mitford Office Suites are now looking for new tenants above Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and Geist Fitness. Left: Paul and Wendy Mitford moved their custom home business out of their home into their new Mitford Office Suites. By Tom Britt There are a lot of home-based business owners around Geist that could use a working sanctuary close to home. So when a local home builder invited me up to check out their new Mitford Office Suites at the Geist Marina, he not only made news in the Geist Community Newsletter, he also gained a new tenant: Over 4,500 square feet of office space spanning the second floor above Eddy’s and Geist Fitness is being converted into private offices and cubicles, answering the call for many entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for work space close to home with a view of the Geist Marina to boot. Behind this venture is Paul Mitford, a 25-year custom home builder and Fox Hollow resident who has found a way to not just survive but thrive in an otherwise suppressed home builder market. “We can build a custom home for the price of what other track home builders charge,” said Mitford. Price aside, 24

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Mitford leverages his long-time contractor relationships and old-fashioned customer service to build about 25 homes per year. Over simplifying his success, he credits “just keeping people happy.” Mitford has been running his construction business out of his home for years and finally negotiated an agreement with Marina Limited to rent the second-story office space at the Geist Marina for his own staff. Thinking that other business owners might be looking to move out on their own, the idea of short-term office suites was born to fill the space. Prices start at $295 per month for one of eight cubicles and go up to $695 for a large 16′ × 15′ office with a private entrance. Lease terms are flexible, either six or 12 months in length. Amenities include wifi, shared conference room, individual mailboxes with separate addresses, shared break room, plenty of parking, and all utilities. For more information or for a tour, call 317-900-1956 or visit As for, we’ll be in Suite 202 just over the entrance to Eddy’s. Feel free to stop by and say “hello.” Office-warming presents are always welcomed.

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By Pat Carlini “I’m 64, and I made it!” laughs Sue Anne Gilroy as she talks about completing this year’s Walk of Hope (October 6) to benefit the patients of St. Vincent Cancer Care. “I didn’t know how far I would get; but I had so much fun enjoying the Zionsville scenery along the way and talking with other walkers, that I ended up walking the whole walk.” Gilroy, a Geist resident, is the executve director and vice president of development at the St. Vincent Foundation, and you might say she really steps it up for the Walk of Hope. Gilroy forms her own team – “Gilroy’s Gang” – and together with a band of walkers has raised tens of thousands in the last two years. “This event is unique in that all the proceeds from the Walk of Hope stay in Central Indiana for cancer patients,” says Gilroy.” We don’t have to share with a national headquarters somewhere.”

of loved ones lost, and those who just want to help a great cause. “I even saw Tony Bennett (state superintendent of public instruction) push his wife in a wheelchair the entire walk because she suffers from plantar faciitis and couldn’t be on her feet!” says Gilroy. “Its just a great group of people.” Gilroy, by the way, is no stranger to successful campaigns and hard work. This Geist resident was the first female secretary of state from 1994 to 2003. After that, she took a hiatus from public service and started her own business consulting for nonprofit groups. Today, she enjoys her role with the St.Vincent Foundation. She sees the patients facing the challenges of cancer every day and she knows the annual Walk of Hope will help make a difference by raising money ,and hope, in the fight against all cancers…one step at a time.

More than 400 walkers participated in the second annual Walk this year and raised $365,000 for cancer care. Participants form teams and raise money throughout the year leading up to the event. There are 15-mile, 3-mile, and 1-mile walks to choose from – the 15-mile walkers are the Women (or Men) of Hope and raise a minimum of $1000 to benefit the cause. Gilroy says it’s the participants that help you make it to the finish line – cancer survivors, those walking in memory “Gilroy’s Gang” (left to right) Laura Slocum, Melissa Barnes, Erin Goolsby, Janet Adams, and Sue Anne Gilroy stepped it up for this year’s Walk of Hope.

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Debbie Ecksten is a successful businesswoman who, years ago, made a firm commitment to be involved in her own health care, especially when it involved pain and the aging of joints. This commitment led to the discovery of an amazing new product: Play Again, an oral, liquid formulation of injectable hyaluronan that many believe is the last joint solution a person will ever need. Her new company, Viscos, LLC, which she now serves as president, introduced Play Again in 2012. The product is a unique and revolutionary viscosupplement consisting of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA) patented for the relief of joint pain and discomfort due to arthritis and fibromyalgia. In non-technical language, HA is the main natural constituent of synovial fluid. This fluid is quite simply the shock absorber that keeps joints lubricated and prevents bone-on-bone friction that causes inflammation and, ultimately, arthritis. As we age, synovial fluid deteriorates; and that is when we start to notice the aches and pains of joint stiffness. HA indeed plays quite a role in our bodies, it is the molecule that holds in place all the moisture in your body. It is present in the fluid that coats the muscle sheaths in your connective tissues, in your eyes, your skin and hair, as well as in your joint fluid. Web: www.playAg 55-284-7267) 855-2VisCos (1-8 1e fre ll to e: on Ph Email: info@play n directly at act Debbie eckste You can also cont . 95 Phone: 317.697.14 30

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Debbie Ecksten displays a bottle of Play Again, a break through product to ease joint pain and discomfort.

way through a placebo-controlled, randomized, double blind clinical trial, the gold standard for any clinical trial. In a world with so many supplements, Play Again is at the top of the list as a safe and effective natural liquid oral supplement with an 87% success factor (within 14 days) for pain relief and increased range of motion in a patient field study. (See Note.) Studies also show that radioactive-tagged, orally ingested, liquid hyaluronan was detected just hours later in joint fluid. This is important because pill forms of powdered HA must go through the entire digestive tract, breaking down the HA molecule increasing the time it takes for any remaining available HA to get to the joint fluid and the rest of the body. While most people begin taking Play Again because they are having mobility challenges or joint pain, Play Again is an excellent preventative solution. Athletes can benefit greatly from taking Play Again on a daily basis before any symptoms appear, keeping joints well cushioned and thoroughly lubricated before and during rigorous exercise. “It has been my pleasure to introduce Dallas Clark as our first Brand Ambassador,” commented Ecksten. “As both a

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City of Lawrence Council Update

Well, what a month makes. In the October edition of atGeist, I shared what I thought was some hopeful news that we would be able to spare the elimination of 24 EMTs from the City of Lawrence’s Fire Department. However, at our first full council meeting in early October, Mayor Jessup informed us he was withdrawing Lawrence City the public safety tax levy ordinance he Councilman Tom submitted to the council for consideration. He was no longer pursing the merger of Shevlot our EMT force with Indianapolis EMS.

This last-minute change of course concerned many of us on the council. As previously shared with readers of atGeist, public safety service levels (fire & police protection) were of the utmost importance to the council, and there was great concern that removing civilian EMTs from the fire houses would potentially compromise these service levels. Mayor Jessup felt he had no choice but to eliminate these employees from our public service ranks in order to shore up a financial shortfall the city was expected to have in 2012 and in 2013. Although the 2011 council passed a balanced budget for 2012, which did include spending down most of the cash reserves, forecasted tax revenues came in less than projected and expenses continued to rise above what was budgeted. The council presented several revenue enhancements and an expense reduction option to the Mayor to avoid the elimination of 24 EMTs; however, it was not to be. It’s still too soon to see if this was the best route to take to address our weakened financial situation the city faces; but now that the decision has been made, I am confident our fire department will continue to do their job as the professionals they are all while keeping public safety as their primary mission.

have reached out to the city and offered opportunities to those recently-released EMTs. On October 24, the City Council passed the 2013 budget. In addition, the city also addressed some issues that were of concern to the Council with regards to the salary ordinances that needed to be re-aligned. They also removed some positions that were no longer needed or utilized. Two thousand thirteen will still present its challenges, and the Council will be focused on reviewing how the administration is staying within the budget that was passed as well as continuing to work with the administration on streamlining our processes and services. By doing so, the objective will be to move the city to a culture where business and communities thrive and to leave behind doing “business as usual.” The citizens of this city are looking forward where public safety and stewardship of their tax dollars are invested wisely and yield prosperous returns. The City Council and committee meetings are open to the public. Our full council meetings are held on the first Monday of each month in the general assembly room at the government center. Committee and board meetings are all noted and can be found on the city’s web site,

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Keely Thomlinson, assistant brewer (left) makes a toast with Marcie Hubbard of Hubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea. This coffee porter tastes delightful!

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By Janet C. Striebel If you like chocolate, coffee, and beer, then you’ll absolutely love the Hubbard and Cravens Coffee Porter draft made by Thr3e Wise Men Brewery in Broad Ripple. Although this porter is dark in color, it is light and airy upon that first sip. Beneath the frothy head lies a lasting mocha flavor that keeps your taste buds craving for yet another and another. Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company located at 1021 Broad Ripple Avenue has teamed up with Hubbard and Cravens Coffee and Tea, also in Broad Ripple at 6229 Carrollton Avenue. Together, they have established an exceptional recipe. Incidentally, Hubbard and Cravens supplies all the coffee and tea for all the Scotty’s locations. “We look for the right balance of acidity, body, and taste,”


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says Jerry Cravens, co-owner of Hubbard and Cravens Coffee and Tea. “It’s been an experimental process along the way. We originally started with a dark roast profile and gradually perfected the feel on the palette comparing levels of acidity or how bright the taste is, and body or thickness (oil versus water) until we ended with the desired flavor.” “This particular porter draft made with fresh coffee is a sweeter version of stout, Nick Wente, assistant brewer, cleans the Brewhouse at the end of his shift at but not as sweet as other porters,” says Thr3e Wise Men in Broad Ripple. Keely Thomlinson, assistant brewer at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery. “Considered medium bodied, this beer has a roasted chocolatey feel to it. The main ingredient is malted barley (chocolate and black). To what degree the barley is roasted or kilned determines the darkness of color and chocolate flavor.”

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THR3E WISE MEN BREWING MORE THAN JUST BEER Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company opened on January 17, 2011. This is one of nine Scotty’s locations which span across Indiana, including Bloomington, Muncie, Columbus, Southport, and Geist. This particular setting reflects a lodgelike appearance with exposed beams and rustic wood walls that portray a welcoming and casual environment. Thr3e Wise Men now delivers their full menu and growlers within a three-mile radius every day after 5:00 p.m. (no growler delivery on Sundays). In case you’re wondering, a growler is a container that holds 64 ounces of your favorite draft beer that can be enjoyed at your own home and refilled again.

so much more. The menu offers pizza, calzones, homemade stuffed breadsticks, salads, desserts, and even elephant ears— a signature item! All the pizza dough, pretzels, sandwich bread, breadsticks, Zoe mustard, and homemade marinara contain beer within the recipe. Besides the local beers, many of the food items are homegrown here in Indiana as well. “Like the other Scotty’s locations, we get many of our food and beverage items locally whenever we can. This is important to us,” says Russ Chargualaf, kitchen manager and assistant general manager of Thr3e Wise Men Brewery. “Our meats come from Lone Pine Farms, locally owned by the Moody Family, and from Smoking Goose, locally owned by Christopher Eley. Our cheeses come from Swissland Cheese Company, in Berne, Indiana. The complimentary popcorn that all our guests receive comes from Gutwein Popcorn Company from Francesville, Indiana. As you can tell, we want to support local as much as we can.”

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f you drive through Fishers, it’s hard to miss the competing signs urging you to vote “Yes” or “No” on question 1. At stake is whether the Town of Fishers goes forward with the Reorganization Plan with unincorporated Fall Creek Township or it becomes a second-class city and joins the likes of neighboring Carmel, Noblesville, and Indianapolis. Either way, Fishers becomes a city. But the outcomes are drastically different. By way of background and perspective, I was intimately involved in the land fight that ended in 2010 with the Town of Fishers annexing over 2,000 Geist homeowners. After an ugly, expensive legal battle that spanned five years, there were hard feelings on both sides. Most of Fishers’ newest residents went on with their lives. Meanwhile, a small vocal group is still hell-bent on regime change to oust the current Town Council at any cost. Introducing City Yes PAC. Comprised mostly of Democratic political wannabes, a fired Fishers town employee, and a sitting Fall Creek Township board member, City Yes organizers pushed to get the secondclass city option on the ballot by getting signatures on a petition. Their yellow and black signs, and sentiments, are reminiscent of the “Say NO to Forced Annexation” signs that populated every street corner of Geist for years. To help understand why the City Yes PAC pursued this option to begin with, it’s helpful to look at how they benefit from the Town of Fishers becoming a second class city. Three major changes would benefit City Yes PAC organizers if you vote “No” on question 1: 1. Elected Mayor: Electing a mayor, regardless of cost or subsequent gridlock, outs current Town Council President Scott Faultless. Over the years, Faultless has become the head of the proverbial Town Council snake, and nothing would give City Yes organizers more satisfaction than taking him out of power.

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2. Council District Elections: As a town and under the proposed reorganization, town/city council elections are voted on at large. Everyone in the town/city votes for all the council members making it nearly impossible for a Democratic candidate to win in a Republicandominant town/city. A second-class city is their best – and maybe only – option of getting a Democrat on the town/city council. 3. Fall Creek Township Remains Intact: Even though the Fall Creek Township Board endorsed and approved the reorganization plan, one board member decided he wanted to keep his salaried position and support City Yes. Considering how little time the board spends on township business, I’d take that job any day.

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A better option to becoming a second-class city is on the ballot by voting “Yes” to Question 1: The Reorganization Plan. Under this plan, the Town of Fishers goes away, Fall Creek Township goes away, and they merge to form a new city with a new tax identification number called the City of Fishers. By doing so, Fishers residents will save an estimated $1 million each year, keep the Council-Manager style of governance, and keep taxes lower than every city in Indiana but one (Sunrise, Indiana).

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Even though the current employees of the town have remained quiet on the issue, if you talk to them off the record, they want the Reorganization Plan to pass in a bad way. They don’t want a 4-year term put on their jobs. Who would? Talk to the Fishers firefighters or police. They are in favor of Reorganization because it allows them to opt into the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund, saving the new City of Fishers approximately $800,000 annually and giving them a better retirement program to boot. Over the last couple years, I, like many Geist residents involved in the annexation fight, have buried the hatchet and embraced the Town of Fishers. Fire Chief Steve Orusa, long-time Police Chief George

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If the current town council had run up debt like neighboring Carmel, doubled the number of city employees like the new City of Westfield, or raised taxes like Noblesville, then I would say that the time had come for a big change in the town council. But this is not the case. Fishers has the lowest expenditures per capita in Hamilton County ($882.52 vs. $1,978 in Carmel), fewest number of employees per 1,000 residents in Hamilton County (4.91 vs. 10.74 in Westfield), and the secondlowest property taxes in the State of Indiana ($0.56 vs.

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$1.15 in Noblesville). Not a bad track record for the current form of governance. In contrast, City Yes PAC can only poke holes in the Reorganization Plan and claim through their signage that voters are being “tricked.” At the Hamilton County courthouse one Saturday during early voting, one City Yes PAC supporter was yelling to voters as they passed the Reorganization Plan supporters, “They’re lying!” If you don’t have a strong position, just yell really loud and try to shoot holes in your opponents’ position. Citizens to Reorganize Fishers (www.ReorganizeFishers. com) has some useful information, videos, and links to help understand how the Council-Manager government works. Most importantly, they have positive reasons and present a compelling argument to vote in favor of the reorganization plan. Voting “yes” on Question 1 allows the new City of Fishers to form on January 2, 2013. The current town council, 4 of whom were just elected a year ago, becomes the new city council. They will, in turn, elect the city’s first mayor, which is merely a name change for the current town council president. Two new city council seats will be created to give Fall Creek Township representation on the city council until the first municipal election in 2015.

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After going through the information presented in the Reorganization Plan, talking to other elected officials outside the Town of Fishers, listening to a few legislators close to the Indiana Code 361.5 Government Modernization Act, and the treasurer for the HSE School district, I have full confidence that transforming the Town of Fishers into a reorganized City of Fishers is the most cost-effective way to proceed. I strongly urge all Fishers residents to go to the Fishers website ( and click on the non-partisan “Future of Fishers” link to learn about both sides to this issue. You will most likely come to the same conclusion I have. My vote is for “yes” on question 1.

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The Infamous Deer Story By Matt Potts It was a seemingly normal Saturday morning around the marina. I start the day off with a morning golf cart ride, as I do every morning. However, on this particular morning fate would intervene, and would forever change our modest marina. We were a much different staff in those days, this was an era we must not forget, we must cherish. For this was a time long before our favorite headliner, Cheeno. To sum it up you can divide the marina staff into two different eras; before and after “The Deer Incident.” Many of you may have heard the story passed down from generation to generation, however there are few staffers left to tell the story first hand. Rather than letting the story fade away, or be embellished and told improperly from a second hand source, I will pass the story on to you as a front seat witness to what could be the greatest story ever told. So like I said I was on the golf cart when I was approached by a frantic man, “you have a serious problem out on your docks,” the man said emphasizing the fact that this was my problem. When I asked him to tell me what the problem was, he just said that he couldn’t explain it I had to come and see it for myself. I walked down, reluctantly, to the end of the peer only to find a deer with its antlers stuck in the dock. I didn’t think of this as much of a problem at the time, I bent down to kick the deer out from under the dock, when I realized that wasn’t such a good idea. This had become quite the spectacle and there were too many people standing around watching for me to turn a deer loose around a group of kids watching and praying for the deer’s safety. I decided to leave this up to the professionals. I calmly called the fire department from my marine radio, and went about my usual business.

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et a bunch of women together for a fashion show and there is bound to be lots of excitement, not to mention hairspray, in the air. But get a bunch of breast cancer survivors and supporters together for a fashion show, and there is electricity in the air. That was certainly the case September 28 at Bella Vita Restaurante during the Project Pink fashion show. Project Pink actually developed from a brilliant idea on the part of the Central Indiana Komen for the Cure staff: They had some leftover Race for the Cure tee shirts that they offered to fashion students from the Art Institute of Indianapolis to design unique clothing and accessories. Sarah Schmitz, the operations manager for the Central Indiana Komen office, says their office, which is located in the Pyramids, is in the same building as the Art Institute and its fashion department. Sarah says she reached out to the Beau Monde group to see if they would be willing to come up with some fun fashion designs and accessories using the leftover tee shirts. They were more than willing to do so, and the idea became a reality. Using the TV show “Project Runway” as the inspiration, the plan was to highlight the designs in a fashion show in which breast cancer survivors and co-survivors would model the repurposed shirts. A panel of judges would pick a winning design. What resulted was a fashion show like none other with AtGeist’s own Tom Britt serving as emcee, former Pacer Vern Fleming acting as one of the celebrity judges, and a former Miss Indiana doing some modeling. In all, there were 16 breast cancer survivors and co-survivors who walked the runway.

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event. Women that are currently in treatment are talking to women who have been in their shoes and survived.” One of those women is Becky Sage who has been a breast cancer survivor for 15 years now. Becky has been involved with Komen off and on over the years but has become very involved in the last five years. She is the chairperson for Race for the Cure this year, and she says she “stepped outside her comfort zone” to participate in Project Pink. It was a different world when she was diagnosed 15 years ago and there weren’t all the treatment options that there are now, Becky says. As a result, she had a radical mastectomy, followed by chemo and several reconstructive surgeries. Luckily, she had a great support system including that of her husband of 36 years. As a 15-year survivor, Becky says she hopes that she is an inspiration to women going through a recent diagnosis and treatment. “A 90% cure rate is great, but living with it, you have to realize all the changes down the road in your life. So I hope I am an inspiration”.

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Jenna Gelhausen with Sarah Schmitz, the operations manager for the Central Indiana Komen office, and Becky Sage, a 15-year survivor and Chair Leader for the upcoming 2013 Race for the Cure. (Below) The youngest breast cancer survivor Adrienne Harlow was diagnosed at age 19.

“It seems silly but putting a smile on their faces seemed to galvanize people” she says of the Project Pink experience. She says there were lots of tears – but not just sad tears, happy tears, too. She thinks Project Pink opened people’s eyes. It’s certainly eye opening that women are still dying from this disease. Project Pink was dedicated to those who have lost their battle with breast cancer, including Sara Moyer Carpentar who was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 26. She lived cancer free for four years and was pregnant with her first child when she discovered her cancer had returned. Sara died the day before the fashion show, leaving behind her husband and 17-week-old baby daughter. Sarah Schmitz says she is amazed and inspired by how

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Guitar/Music Lessons: Local professional with 40 years of teaching and performing experience has openings for students of all ages. I have taught 100’s of people how to play and made sure they all have fun while they learn. Currently my students range in age from 8 to 54. You’ll get a thorough musical education while playing the songs you’re interested in. Whatever style, be it Rock, Blues, Jazz or Country, I can show you the techniques and tricks to accomplish your goals. Lessons are $20 per 1/2 hour. For more information contact Larry Baker at (317) 523-3120. Carpentry Services - Window sill repair. Repair, caulk, and paint in lead-free homes from 1978 forward. Crown mold and chair rail installed. Full-service interior painting. Insured by Erie. Bob Baker 317-625-1087. House Cleaning Service: Dependable, customized, and thorough cleaning, 25 years experience in the Indianapolis area and have references. House and pet sitting available for clients, insured. Call for an estimate (317) 509-5456. Convert Your Videotapes to DVD: Weddings, your baby’s first steps, family vacations, and graduations, your old videotapes

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