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Heating Up! Flourish Hot Yoga

| Kara Reibel Hot yoga sounds intimidating, and it should. It’s not for the inexperienced yoga novice. In a room heated to 105 degrees with a water bottle close at hand, be ready for a challenging experience. Yet somehow Flourish Yoga takes the intimidation away and welcomes you with open arms into a safe, professionally-guided class. ‘Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa’ is the place to begin once you feel you are ready for the heat. This intro level class may be all you want. The ‘Hot Vinyasa’ class is for the highly advanced and those ready to push themselves. When asked why hot yoga is so popular, Flourish owner Amy Lin Thomas replied, “It’s all about the individual. Not comparing yourself to others, it’s an individual workout performed in the same room where other practitioners happen to be.” The sweating and toxin release is also a factor. Practitioners (yogis) feel emotionally cleansed at the end of class. “It’s like you are taking a shower on the inside. Thanks in good part to the Ujjayi breathing (pronounced Oo-j-eye), the heat facilitates the release of toxins. It’s a euphoric experience and our most popular class,” says Amy. Amy pushed herself to open this new yoga studio three years ago at Brooks School and Fall Creek Roads. After instructing at another yoga studio on the north side, she was ready to launch her own peaceful space. “It was a big step but felt right with timing,” said Amy. Needing a PE credit sophomore year at Indiana University, she took a yoga class. This new exercise would change her life. She was forced to slow down and stretch her tight quadriceps and hamstrings from playing competitive collegiate soccer. She found an internal stillness. What drew her in was the internal “buzz” she experienced when in Savasana: the coming together of body, mind and spirit in a harmonious, balanced wonderful stillness. After graduating from IU, she lived in California for a while where she attended graduate school. Moving back to Indiana, she has been a counselor for teens and adults. Amy has now incorporated her counseling practice as part of Flourish. The diverse class schedule, counseling services and massage 8

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Amy Lin Blankenship Thomas therapy offered at Flourish mesh well together. Flourish has always honored the ancient traditional healing powers of yoga while translating those teachings into a modern day user-friendly application for our lives today. In early October, Amy is traveling to New York City to participate in an advanced yoga teacher training with Dharma Mittra. He is a Master Yogi of the Traditional 8 limbs of Yoga. More advanced practices in traditional yoga are utilizing more breathing exercises as well as practicing meditation and self-examination. Amy believes that this advanced training will enable her to continue to uphold her mission: to guide and accompany practitioners to nurture and manifest their infinite possibilities and to empower you to achieve wellbeing from the inside out. There are many aspects that Amy loves about yoga. “I love that it is universal – that it isn’t specific to gender, political persuasion, financial status, culture, language, physical ability, religious beliefs, etc. I love that it is portable. I love that I can


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break through a previous limitation on my mat and translate this off of my mat to discover more possibilities. I love that it is a physical exertion as a means to spiritual contentment.” Flourish offers a wide variety of yoga classes. Yoga is typically affiliated with a meditative practice. Some classes are more meditative, such as ‘Gentle Yoga’ and ‘Yin Yoga.’ ‘Yoga Basics’ is the most introductory class available. ‘Kids Yoga’ is a fun option to help with flexibility and calm the stressed student. The class descriptions are accurate on content and help set expectations. For the ‘Hot Vinyasa’ classes, the room is heated to 105 degrees F, and a humidifier is turned on. Participants also do a ‘heating breath.’ This helps intensify the effect of the heat, enabling the muscles, tendons and ligaments to stretch more readily and release toxins through our sweat and exhalations. During ‘Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa,’ the room is heated to around 90 degrees. Non-heated classes rarely go below 76 degrees. The classes are attended predominantly by women; however, ‘Hot Vinyasa’ is less segregated. More men take it than other yoga classes because it’s so physically demanding versus the mellow meditation in other yoga class formats. Each yoga class may be different, but all bring you to the same beautiful state of tranquility. The ‘Hot Vinyasa’ class is the most popular and is described by Flourish: “This dynamic class reminds us that physical challenge and exertion can lead the way to spiritual contentment. Honoring and balancing effort with surrender, Hot Vinyasa class will be a vehicle for you to experience your innate bliss.” Who wouldn’t want to experience this? Namaste. Kara Reibel lives in the Geist area with her family. In addition to writing, she owns Geist Pilates.

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| Janet C. Striebel If you’ve ever visited Murphy’s PubHouse off of Olio and 116th and sat at the bar, you have probably heard the voracious laugh coming from the male bartender who offers you just a modest glimpse of his vocal ability. You can’t count to 30 before you hear his notorious lingering snicker that is

unforgettable and yet quite appropriate as we head into the Halloween season. Depending on whom you ask, some say that his laugh is robust, domineering and infectious. “I’ve been told my laugh is evil,” says Dennis Bowling, the bartender who has been at Murphy’s since it opened.

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“Many say that my laugh sounds like Dracula.” The talent within Dennis is not just his chuckle that resonates within his vocal chords, but the fact that he can sing very well. You see, Dennis is an opera singer. He used to sing in New York but now sings in up to four operas a year at the Indianapolis Opera. (


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Dennis was born and raised in Pendleton. He began playing the oboe in fifth grade. By the time he reached Pendleton High School, he also played the French horn and saxophone while singing in the choir. He admits that he had to eventually drop out of band because it got it be too much doing both, playing in the band and singing in the choir.

bartender that has become a close friend. Her name is Tonya Fodor. They have worked together for almost 10 years. “We kind of read each other’s minds a lot,” says Dennis before he unleashes his evil laugh. Together they have built up quite a reliable clientele. They both came to Murphy’s ( upon its opening, and they continue to find

Dennis studied Theatre Arts/ Communications with a minor in French at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He starred in many musicals and plays while singing in two choirs. He recalls how his voiced changed dramatically. “I went from singing a high tenor to a low bass within a semester. My voice was cracking all over the place.” To maintain his trained voice, he took private voice lessons all through school.


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or families with increasingly busy schedules. IVA welcomes several strong coaches to their staff this season, including college coach Travis Fuller (Purdue University) and Justin Kean (Marian University) who returns for his second year at IVA. Lawrence Central Varsity Coach Kyla Montgomery, who also has college coaching experience, joins fellow varsity coaches Steve Hawthorne, Mark St. Martin, Dee Dee Galligher and Rob Zajdel. IVA also welcomes two of the area’s top youth coaches, Jeanne Boss and Barb Tease, who have been extensively involved with Hamilton Southeastern Volleyball at the high school and middle school level. Regardless of which coach is leading the training, the mission and philosophy remain the same. From the beginner to the elite athlete, players are not only developed with first class technical training, but also with a focus on doing things the right way with teamwork, sportsmanship and character building opportunities, all in a positive and healthy environment for the athletes. Emily Hawthorne enters her second full club season as the Director of the IVA after spending previous years as an elite coach for the club. However, developing youth programs and working in club administration is nothing new for the veteran coach. Hawthorne started running youth programs 15 years ago in West Lafayette before settling in as the Varsity Coach at Zionsville Community High School. The Junior Eagles Volleyball Club, a feeder program Hawthorne started in 2005, continues today, giving youth players a place to play and develop in the Zionsville community.

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Bills Cemetery in the fall. Photo | Lawrence Township Trustee

The Graveyards of Geist | Terence Faherty ctober is the month for stories of ghosts, hauntings and, of course, graveyards. The neighborhoods around Geist Reservoir may be too new to have ghosts, but they actually have graveyards. One overlooks the reservoir itself. They’re survivors from a time before the area was called Geist, and some of their headstones commemorate lives that began not just before Indiana became a state but before the US became a republic.

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You’ve probably seen one or two of these old cemeteries as you’ve driven to and from work or hurried about on errands. There’s Hopewell Cemetery, for example, along a quiet stretch of Sargent Road, and Klepfer Cemetery near the hairpin turn in Fox Road. You may have first noticed them because they recently acquired white fences, signage and a manicured look. Those improvements are part of an ongoing restoration project started by Lawrence Township Trustee Russell L. Brown whose name appears on each cemetery’s sign. It isn’t there to show

who has taken credit for the improvements, says Deputy Trustee Jason Tomcsi, but to show who has assumed responsibility for properties long overlooked. Though Indiana law makes township trustees responsible for orphan cemeteries, those left by forgotten farming communities and defunct churches, not all trustees take that responsibility seriously. The result can be graveyards swallowed up by woodlands and desecrated by vandals. In 2010, Trustee Brown decided that


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Lawrence Township would do more than simply maintain a list of deteriorating properties. He instituted a restoration project that is still a work in progress. The process has four basic steps. The first step is to survey the old graveyards. The second is to give each property fencing and signage. The cemetery names on the signs come from different sources. Some are the names handed down in local tradition, such as Salem, the name of the cemetery near the intersection of Mud Creek Road and Fall Creek Road not far from Geist’s dam. If no such name is known, the burial plots are christened after the family whose

members dominate the ground. After fencing comes brush and tree clearing as well as grass seeding. This work is done by Jeff Balak and his company, Primal Lawn and Landscape. Balak has been involved since the beginning of the restoration effort, since the days when, in his words, the plots were “overgrown fields and a few headstones.” The fourth and final step (and the most time consuming) is the righting and restoration of the stones. This is the responsibility of Brad Manzenberger’s company, Stone Revival. In addition to restoring vandalized and settled headstones, Manzenberger places small limestone markers on unmarked graves, so depressions in the earth,

currently the only indication that such a grave exists, can be leveled and seeded. So far, all 14 of Lawrence Township’s trustee cemeteries have been surveyed. Now 13 have fences and signs, have been cleared and seeded and are being mown regularly. The stone restoration effort is still ongoing. Salem Cemetery is the latest to have that step completed. Tomcsi says the homeowners whose properties border the cemeteries were wary of the restorations at first, but feedback on the completed efforts has been positive. The initial concern comes from fear that raising the visibility of these cemeteries may increase vandalism.

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Tomcsi hopes that vandals will be “deterred by the fact that someone is obviously now looking after these properties.” He points out that neighbors now have someone to call if a tree limb falls or any other damage occurs, itself a major improvement. Balak confirms that he has acted as liaison with homeowners, often walking the properties with them prior to any renovations to determine “what works best for all parties.” Sometimes in the past, it was a neighbor who actually mowed a cemetery’s grass or picked up trash. One of the neighbors of Silvey Cemetery saw to it that a Civil War veteran had a new flag on his grave every year. Silvey has perhaps the most beautiful setting of any of Geist’s orphan graveyards. It’s on a wooded hill on the edge of the Fort Benjamin Harrison property, overlooking a valley near the

intersection of Fall Creek Road and Sargent Road. Silvey contains the grave of a Lawrence Township settler older than our country’s Constitution. He’s John Newkirk, born in 1784 and died in Indiana 80 years later. Newkirk was already 15 years old when George Washington died. Yes, that George Washington. Silvey may have the best setting, but the prize for priciest property may go to Bills Cemetery with a lake view. It overlooks the reservoir from a cul-desac in Admirals Bay on Geist’s eastern shore. According to local tradition, Bills was rediscovered by workmen who were laying out the roads for the development. One group that has needed no persuading regarding the restoration effort are the descendants of the settler families buried in the rescued cemeteries. Not surprisingly, some still live in Lawrence Township. Others

come from far away in search of genealogical information, guided by the list of graves on the Lawrence Township Trustee website. Evidence of family visits can be found here and there, like the flowers near a recently leveled stone in Salem Cemetery. That stone belongs to Samuel and Sarah Morgan, and it’s one of the newer ones in Salem, newer being a relative term. It was set in place in 1906. For Tomcsi, the rule of thumb is a simple one: “If these graves belonged to your family, how would you like them to be kept?” Answering this question should require no great leap of imagination for any Geist resident because, in a sense, the settlers buried in these cemeteries are our ancestors. They’re earlier owners of the land which the Geist community now occupies. When the restoration effort is finished, the old cemeteries will again be a visible part of that community.

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Seasonal Beers of Fall

As the sun sets earlier and the nightfall comes sooner, that usually signals the appearance of malt-driven and sometimes higher alcohol beers. Since the choices available to today’s beer consumer are vast and can vary greatly in character, I hope this guide will be helpful when selecting one of the seasonal craft beers.

OKTOBERFEST/ MÄRZEN History of the style

The first Oktoberfest celebration began on October 12, 1810 and was not a beer festival. It was a celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of SaxeHildburghausen. During this first Oktoberfest, the citizens of Munich were invited to partake in the festivities

Upland Oktoberfest

which featured a horse race at the end of the celebration. The party was such a grand time that it was repeated on an annual basis. Over the years, the festival was moved to an earlier date to assure better weather, the horse races were dropped and the celebration was lengthened. Today Oktoberfest in Munich is a modern example of bacchanalian revelry taken to the extreme.

Joe and I got our hands on a few of the Oktoberfests available locally, and here is some of our resulting conversation as well as a couple of reviews:

The modern version of Oktoberfest/ Märzen beers took form around 1841, and a significant portion of the credit is due to the Spaten Brewery. A proper Oktoberfest is brewed as a lager and should possess great clarity. Hop character is mild, and the initial flavor should be malty in nature, although the beer should finish dry. Mouthfeel should be of medium body and moderate carbonation. “Smooth” would be a proper description of the drinkable nature of these beers. Alcohol content should range between 4.8% and 5.7% ABV.

JOE: I can see your point, but when I want a beer that will inspire me to contemplate the meaning of existence, Oktoberfest is not the style I would look for.

Upland’s Oktoberfest is a golden copper color with excellent clarity and a constant flow of bubbles traveling from the bottom of the glass to the top of the beer. The aroma is a combination of proofing bread dough and baking bread that is about 3/4 of the way finished. The flavor is of toasty bread and some caramel malt with the addition of a faint hop bitterness and flavor. The beer is medium bodied with a dry finish.

JOE: Oktoberfest doesn’t usually excite me as a style. It is too simple. HANS: It is exactly that relative simplicity that I appreciate, especially in these days of over-the-top ales being produced quite extensively here in America.

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Sun King Oktoberfest is a light copper color with the total clarity demanded by the style. It possesses a steady flow of CO2 going from bottom to top. Aroma is mildly earthy, perhaps from the noble hop varietals with a hint of toasty cereal grains. There are some toasty notes and very little hop bitterness. The beer finishes cleanly with a light-medium body. OCTOBER 2013

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Upland and Sun King are not the only local producers of the Oktoberfest/ Märzen style. BIER Brewery makes a world class Märzen, and there are plenty of other excellent examples of the style made in the Midwest.

PUMPKIN ALES Modern pumpkin ales are a distinctly American creation. In this Golden Age of craft brewing in America, there are no limits recognized by our maverick brewmasters. Therefore, to use what is, for many, the key ingredient in a much beloved dessert and to use it in a perhaps unusual medium is a logical step in the evolution of the American craft beer scene.

In the time when America was still comprised of British colonies, pumpkins and other vegetables were used as a source of sugar in the fermentation process; however, the end result would have been quite different from the pumpkin ales found at your local craft beer store. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, pumpkin ales are almost sure to evoke one feeling or the other. If you are looking for a sometimes spicy, often complex and usually robust and filling beer, then this may be a style worth investigating. Joe and I sat down over a few pumpkin ales, and here is a snippet of our conversation along with a few reviews:

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

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HANS: I am very hot or cold towards pumpkin ales. I am likely to be ambivalent to most pumpkin ales; however, I always taste with an open and subjective palate. JOE: Actually I am often fond of the style. Pumpkin ales usually bring big and spicy flavors that remind me of pumpkin pie, and as you might expect, these beers usually pair pretty well with pumpkin pie. HANS: That brings up an important point in this discussion. Some pumpkin ales do not contain any pumpkin in their production, but rather they simply use spices typically used in pumpkin pie. I prefer those pumpkin ales that use pumpkin in the mash and take a soft approach to the use of pumpkin pie spices. JOE: I agree with you about the use of pumpkin, but I enjoy the spices, even when used liberally.

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A note for hopheads

Hops are harvested once per year. In the Northern Hemisphere, this occurs during the fall, and that means there will soon be wet hop IPAs (India Pale Ale) available. Hops are very susceptible to mold, so they must be dehydrated quickly after harvest. Some are left as whole cones while others are processed into pellets or plugs. The drying process protects the hops from spoilage, but it also removes some of the fragrances and flavors from the hops. To take advantage of a recent hop harvest, a very small percentage of hops are hustled from field to brewery, where brewers await with kettles lit, hoping to utilize the precious ingredient that is the wet hop. For many breweries, there is little guarantee of acquiring these hops, and as a result, many do not produce a wet

hop IPA every year. Even the ones who do produce such an IPA cannot produce a substantial amount. Since hops are mostly water, and the removal of water tends to concentrate flavors, brewers must use more hops to achieve the desired effect. Using more wet hops also means adding more water which must (L) Dr. Joe Laue be accounted for in the recipe. r & Hans Maldon ado (R) Brewing with wet hops can be a technically difficult undertaking, to say nothing of the effort, expense and sometimes luck Sometimes wet hop IPAs are called involved in acquiring the ingredients. harvest ales, but be careful as the term There are a few breweries that produce “harvest ale” does not necessarily a wet hop IPA every year. Some of imply the use of wet hops. these include Three Floyd’s Broo Doo, Founder’s Harvest Ale, and perhaps the I hope this has provided, at least, a starting point for your exploration of largest producer of wet hop IPA in the the craft seasonal beers you will find Midwest, Two Brothers Brewing locally this fall. Enjoy! Company’s Heavy-Handed IPA.


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Lawrence Township Inaugural 5K Fun Run is “A Community A-Fair” | Lynda Hedberg Thies


elebrating their 30th anniversary, the Lawrence Township School Foundation will host the inaugural “Unite and Ignite 5K Fun Run: A Community A-Fair" Saturday, November 9 in partnership with Community Health Network. The run will be held at Lawrence Community Park, 5207 N. Franklin Rd., at 9 am. Lawrence Township Schools place a high importance on physical fitness and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. Their “Up and Running” program provides mentoring and training for students to run two races each semester including the Jingle Bell Run and the Geist Half/5K. The students meet two times per week to train and prepare for the event. The program has become very successful for the township. As a result of the “Light Their Future Celebration,” Foundation Executive Director Cori Korn said they felt it was the perfect time to create a run that will benefit the students and programs they provide. With the partnership of Community Health Network, the run will “ignite the power of community” by involving students and their families and friends. After the run, Community Health Network is partnering with the Foundation to provide a free health fair with onsite health screenings and informational booths for run participants and spectators. Honorary Race Chairman Pamela Jessup, wife of Mayor Dean Jessup, explained, “A few years ago, Lawrence was one of the communities chosen by the Centers for Disease Control for their Healthy Communities Program. The Mayor and I are committed to earning a place for Lawrence on that list again. Getting our youth involved in physical activities is one way to influence their future and work toward that goal. A great way to start is to unite our schools, businesses and residents to participate in this 5K run to benefit our Lawrence Township Schools.” The Foundation is still seeking sponsorships and support of the inaugural event. If your company would like to participate, please contact Cori Korn at the Lawrence 36

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Township School Foundation office at Registration is open at until November 7. The race is open to people of all ages, beginner or experienced participants, so come out and support Lawrence Township Schools and enjoy a fun, family-friendly event. Lynda is a freelance writer, entrepreneur and Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne International for over 10 years. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, she is married with two children. What she loves most about her experience is making a difference to others and her community.

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area is situated around a long bar when you first walk into the shop. For $5 (and a quaint wooded token no less), you may sample eight wines. Armed with a provided wine glass and a very large wine list, we were ready to begin our tasting. Chloe, our testing guide, was full of helpful information. The wine list is broken into various

sections such as “Dry White Wines,” “Semi-Dry Wines” and “Sparkling Wines.” There is a brief description of each wine on the list to entice you into sampling. In addition, all of Oliver’s employees are well-trained and educated on the winery’s various offerings, so if the written description isn’t sufficient, don’t hesitate to call on one of the winery’s teammates. Chloe gave some wonderful suggestions to us. As neither of us are exactly wine connoisseurs, her guidance made for an enjoyable experience. Our favorites were Gewürztraminer (or G-Wine) and Creekbend Carbenet Sauvignon 2008. The Creekbend selections are produced from Oliver’s 53-acre Creekbend Vineyard in Bloomington. Creekbend wines can only be purchased at Oliver Winery unlike other varietals that can be purchased at locations where wines are sold. We really loved the opportunity to try the various wines. The wine tasting area tends to draw a crowd, but who minds…you are surrounded by other friendly patrons, and the atmosphere is beyond charming!

When you pull up to Oliver Winery, you can’t help but be impressed by its beauty. There are rows of grapevines as you drive up the long driveway to the lushly landscaped grounds. Along meandering walkways on the property, you will be captivated by the native wildflowers, waterfalls and rock structures. Everywhere you look seems to be a photo op…but maybe that’s just us! Inside you’ll find a shop that sells 36 varieties of wines, a wonderful selection of cheese and other gourmet goodies, fruit ciders and more. You will also find two wine tasting areas. One is located in the back room where the large wine barrels are stored, while the other 38

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to the student paper and has won numerous awards including: • 2013 Lawrence Central Teacher of the Year • 2013 inductee to Ball State’s Department of Journalism Secondary Education Services Hall of Fame • 2013 recipient of a $4,500 grant from ASNE (American Society of News Editors) and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation “I love seeing students shine through


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hough Susan Goodman Komen fought breast cancer just as many women and even some men do, she is remembered as one who made an effort to make life better for others instead of focusing only on herself. Today Susan G. Komen represents the largest mass movement against breast cancer. Since 1982, Komen has invested $2 billion in community outreach and global research studying the causes, treatments and cures of breast cancer. Komen Central Indiana is one of four affiliates in the state. Of the funds raised, 75 percent of proceeds stay within our community, implementing grant programs aimed in helping 30,000+ low-income Hoosiers within 21 counties. The remaining 25 percent of funds are applied to global research grants seeking specific causes, improved treatments and lifelong cures for breast cancer.

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Compassion Can Be Contagious Born and raised as a Hoosier, Dana attended Hanover College. She studied chemistry/biology, thinking she would become a microbiologist, but fate drew her to the nonprofit world instead. She admits, “I have always had a passion for caring for those with low income.” She recalls an unforgettable moment as she was volunteering one morning with onsite registration for “Race for the Cure.” She asked a participant if she was running as a survivor, and the woman replied with tears in her eyes, “Well I thought I was, but I just found out I’m not.” She had been to the doctor the day before to learn that her cancer had metastasized. Dana felt an instant emotional letdown and gave the woman a hug, reassuring her that she would be a survivor. This incident marked a turning point in Dana’s life as she recognized the crucial timeliness for taking action, being proactive and catching the cancer before it’s too late.

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want to raise money and awareness. We believe you should be proactive and catch it early when survival is the highest. Surprisingly, most that get breast cancer don’t have a family history of it. My story isn’t any different than so many other women, but I had insurance. Not everyone is as lucky as I was.”

- Dana Curish, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Central Indiana & two-time breast cancer survivor Photo Courtesy of Toni Folzenlogel When Dana was first diagnosed, she remembers seeing a poster with four women, one of whom was fading in clarity. Its intended message was that only 74 percent of those with early diagnosis would survive beyond five years. Fortunately, she lived as part of this percentage. Unfortunately, a few years after she was appointed as the executive director for Komen, she developed cancer in her other breast which was unrelated to her first diagnosis 16 years earlier; it was discovered in the early microscopic stage. By the time she faced her second diagnosis, she was amazed at how far we’ve come because the current survival rate jumped from 74 percent to 98 percent with early diagnosis. “My mother is the strongest, most inspirational woman I know,” says Kim Capelli, Dana’s daughter. “She has been a strong leader in her personal and work life for as long as I

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can remember. In our crazy, busy lives, we don’t often take time to reflect, but each and every time I walk with my children to the Race in April and look at all the signs on the backs of the walkers and runners, I can’t help but think about my amazing mother. She is a survivor in the true sense of the word. When I wear the pink ‘in celebration of’ sign on my back, I think of her beating cancer, being a strong single mom, an amazing Nana to her grandchildren and a person who anyone would be proud to call a friend and coworker.” In addition to her daughter and four grandchildren, Dana inspires others without even trying. “Dana is strategic, compassionate, congenial and never forgets to keep our mission at the forefront, whether it’s while speaking at an event, visiting with volunteers, fundraising or even just editing a newsletter,” says Elise LeBlanc, Communications and Fundraising Coordinator at Komen. “The importance of what we do stays with her all the time, and it’s a tremendous weight to carry. She has carried it for herself as a two-time breast cancer survivor, for other survivors, those going through treatment, those who lost their battles

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and those who haven’t yet been diagnosed but will eventually need help.” “We were in need of a good director who could take the organization to the next level, and Dana more than filled those shoes,” says Pam Miltner, Komen volunteer of 23 years and breast cancer survivor. “Being a survivor herself, she knew firsthand how important a cure for breast cancer was, and the way to a cure was research and helping those underinsured to have a chance to survive. She knew all the emotions we as survivors were feeling, and she was there to support us all. Our group of people who have worked on Race for the Cure and served on the board over the past 20 years have become known as the Komen family. Dana came into that group and became an important part of that family. She became our leader, and she was awesome!” Janet C. Striebel is a Fishers resident and freelance writer. She and her husband, Doug, have three children: Ryan, Jessica and Justin. She has been writing for neighboring atGeist. com for over seven years and claims that the best part is meeting all the interesting people in her community.

Facts & Stats • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in her lifetime. • 90-95% of women diagnosed have no family history. • The two biggest risk factors are being a woman and getting older. • 2,000 men in the US will be diagnosed this year. • There are different types of breast cancer. Not all have a tumor. • It can take up to 10 years before a tumor grows large enough to feel on your own. • Mammograms can detect growths as small as a grain of salt. • You’re exposed to more radiation in a cross-country flight than in a mammogram. • Someone who is uninsured & diagnosed with breast cancer is 40% less likely to survive it.

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Upcoming Events Dressed in Pink

During the month of October, many businesses get involved in helping raise money. Here are a few examples:

Yoplait Customers can place their lids from Yoplait Yogurt containers into drop boxes. Each lid is worth a 15 cent donation. White Castle White Castle will sell ribbons for $1/piece. Last year, they raised $56,000. Panera Bread Panera will sell pink bagels in the shape of ribbons. Brighton Bracelets This company will sell a special pink ribbon bracelet to help raise money. Pink Tie Ball This annual event will take place February 22, 2014, at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. This is an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and celebrating survivors. Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure The event date is set for April 12, 2014. Started in 1992, this event has grown to an average of more than 25,000 participants. Here is the schedule for the day: 7:30 am – Pink Parade of Survivors 8:30 am – 100 Yard Kids Dash 9:00 am – Competitive 5K 9:15 am – Non-Competitive 5K Walk/Run 9:30 am – 1 Mile Family Walk From the various vendors handing out goodies to dancing with the DJ, there is something fun for all ages to enjoy. You Can Help Save Lives Here

“We rely on volunteers for planning our special events,” says Dana. “There are only four of us working from this office in Indy….We need volunteers for planning our events and for talking at churches and elsewhere about early screening and detection.” Also Komen offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to fit any company’s budget. Dana reminds us, “We’re here for two reasons: first, to make sure that everyone has access to early screening, regardless of where they live, their insurance coverage or anything, and second, to fund research so that we can find improved treatments, prevention and ultimately a cure….Essentially, we live here, we race here and we save lives here.” Go to to become a volunteer, a sponsor or to learn more. o c t o b e r 2 0 1 3 | 45 9/25/2013 5:06:21 PM


Geist Goes Pink Way Beyond the Race | Janet C. Striebel When many local residents hear the word, “Komen,” they immediately think of the Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure that takes place in April. It’s the largest one day fundraising event in Indiana and is considered as one of the largest Komen Races in the world. The 2014 race will be held April 12. “Although it raises the majority of our funds, we’re more than an April race. We work to raise and grant funds all year,” says Komen Communications and Fundraising Coordinator Elise LeBlanc. Although Komen headquarters is located in Dallas, 75 percent of proceeds in Indy fund breast health services in our 21-county service area. The remaining 25 percent of proceeds fund global research seeking the causes, improved treatments and cures for breast cancer.

What Can We Do to Help Our Community? We can help support breast cancer and raise awareness within our community all year round. We can get involved by doing the following: • Host Lunch & Learns – Komen can arrange for brief or longer (up to an hour) presentations about breast cancer and breast health maintenance. These are perfect for an


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Many people know Overhead Door Company for their garage doors, but Overhead Door Company of Indianapolis has been installing entry, patio and security storm doors as well as home fiberglass insulation and windows for the past 30 years! In fact, it is Overhead Door Company who invented the first upward-acting garage door in 1921 and the first electric garage door opener in 1926. More than 90 years later, they have 100+ trucks on the road every day, assisting both residential and commercial customers with a variety of home improvement needs. “Customer satisfaction is not just our motto,” said Christy Spillman, Residential Operations Manager. “This is the way we strive to operate our business every single day.” One benefit Overhead Door Company offers their customers is the ability to upload a photo of your home and plug in the door or window you’re interested in to see what it will look like on your home. Also their energy efficient doors help you qualify for available tax credits which are just one way they help you maximize your home improvement budget.

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n the world of water skiing, Mt. Vernon graduate Nate Smith is on top of the world. Not only is he winning nearly every tournament he enters, but he recently broke the world record at 2.5 buoys at 43’ off. And did I mention he’s only 22 years old?

Entering the professional water skiing tour at the age of 19, Smith was the youngest on the tour by nearly a decade. In his short career, he’s been named USA Waterski Male Athlete of the Year, American Water Ski Association Male Slalom Skier of the Year, Ball of Spray’s Male Skier of the Year, Waterski Magazine Slalom Skier of the Year and on, and on, and on. In addition, he won every pro tournament he entered in 2012 until last September. This year, he didn’t win the opening tournament in Melbourne, Australia, or the Masters but has won every tournament since then including a world record-setting run recently in Covington, Louisiana. “Yeah, it’s been a pretty wild ride,” he said during a recent GeistTV interview in his backyard overlooking Champion Lake where he honed his skills.

Smith's basement is outfitted with several framed posters, photos, trophies and jerseys from past tournaments. This framed jersey was from his first professional tournament in Calgary where he took second place overall. Not bad for a 19-year-old from McCordsville.

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Smith started competing when he was 8 years old. He still has his first water ski in his basement which has slowly been converted into a family-run Nate Smith shrine by his mother, Joan. Jerseys on the curtain rods, magazines featuring Smith on the cover, trophies and a stack of large checks adorn the walk-out basement just steps away from the lake he grew up on and still trains on year-round. For those unfamiliar with how the sport works, here’s a quick primer: a ski boat pulls the competitor at a constant

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hen Purdue graduates and Geist residents Pete Quinn and Jeff McKean met on a Saturday morning in mid-December last year, the question on both of their minds was how could they capitalize on the positive energy generated by the recent hiring of Mitch Daniels, former Indiana Governor and now Purdue University President, as well as new football coach Darrell Hazell. Both felt that if there was ever a time to strike, this was it. The idea to “unite business men and women who have a passion for all things Purdue” led them to join forces and involve other passionate Purdue alumni. This became the foundation for the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis or BBE as it is known in social media circles. Pete says, “The primary objectives of the organization are to capitalize on the strength of central Indiana’s Boiler business network and community leadership, to support the John Purdue Club and Purdue Alumni Association and to promote Purdue University academics and athletics.”


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As the color commentator for Purdue football for the past 22 seasons, Pete knows a little about football. As the center for the 1977-1980 Purdue football team, he was also intent on keeping former Purdue football greats together. Jeff, an attorney by trade, is an avid fan and Purdue football tailgater but also a master of getting things done as a member of the Lawrence Township School Board and keeping the Purdue loyal connected. With blind faith, the two men began inviting Purdue business leaders to join the effort. The response was overwhelming. Support poured in from expected and unexpected sources, and the concept gained traction. “The idea was that Purdue alumni can get organized and have a greater impact by combining our efforts,” said Jeff. Rather quickly, BBE had an impact on its members. This past April, BBE invited Coach Hazell to come to Meridian Hills Country Club and speak to what they hoped would be about 100 Purdue business leaders but instead the crowd swelled to over 400.


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“Over half of those in attendance were owners, CEOs, partners, managing directors and the movers and shakers from the Indianapolis area,” said Pete. “This is long overdue,” Jeff added, and that it “legitimized the demand for strengthening Purdue in the Indianapolis area.” A golf outing soon followed in June. Both events generated enough income to cover expenses, and along with the remaining events, they generated $5,000 toward scholarship funds for local students. The BBE committee decided to focus their energy on maximizing the football season opener scheduled in Cincinnati. They created a super-sized tailgate event and a private event with President Mitch Daniels exclusively for members of the BBE. They set their sights on hosting the tailgate event on Monument Circle. This was the opportunity for Boiler Nation to take over Monument Circle and create a “sea of black and gold.” With the help of Geist resident, Purdue Trustee and graduate Michael Berghoff, President Daniels accepted the invitation to speak prior to the tailgate event at the Columbia Club. President Daniels presented “An Exclusive Look at the First 200 Days as Purdue President” to a standing-room-only crowd of 400+. At the conclusion of the event, the business crowd spilled onto the crowded spokes of Monument Circle to join the energized crowd.

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In addition to President Daniels, Athletics Director Morgan Burke, the atmosphere of Ross-Ade Stadium was in full view. There were food trucks from campus favorites Arni’s and Triple XXX Family Restaurant, a beer garden and the most spirited fleet of tailgate vehicles, creating the perfect tailgate environment. Completing the feel of game day, “The World’s Largest Drum,” the Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete were joined by emcees and Purdue graduates Kevin Gregory and Angela Buchman, also a Geist resident. Special guests included Geist priest Father Phil Bowers and numerous Boiler football and basketball legends. With temperatures soaring to over 85 degrees during the height of the event, the crowd swelled to more than 7,000 fans, enjoying the school fight song by the pep band. But it was the entrance of Coach Hazell and the football team that inspired the crowd. After hearing Coach Hazell and the team captains address the crowd, the team returned to the busses for the drive to Cincinnati. August 30 was officially declared “Boilermaker Tailgate on the Circle Day” in Indianapolis by Purdue graduate and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, but the BBE and alums believe the impact of these events will be felt for months and years to come. Pete and Jeff are proud and energized. Speaking for Indianapolis alums, they have one message: “Get ready because the train is coming down the tracks! Boiler Up!” OCTOBER 2013

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on the case. Dr. Mina, 34, earned her medical degree at the American University of Beirut in her home country, Lebanon, and has been with the IU School of Medicine for a decade. She is a member of what she called “an excellent team” collaborating on cancer at the molecular level using science, clinical trials and DNA research for a holistic approach to the disease. “We have made huge advancements over the past few years with certain kinds of cancer but are far from a general cure,” she said, adding that the important thing researchers now know is that breast cancer is not a singular disease. “We’re trying to figure out the various types of breast cancer and to not treat it as a general disease.”

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| Donna Marino The psychology of color is fascinating! Every day there are more and more studies conducted that reveal new information about how color impacts our lives. As fall approaches, the rich vibrant hues of fall’s outside colors can be brought inside to create a harmonious interior representative of your personality and style. Think about you what you love most about fall…the cool crisp mornings, the bright blue skies, the ever-changing landscape of foliage, sunsets and sunrises. Whatever your favorite things are about fall, bring the outside in as you spruce up the inside of your home with your favorite fall hues! Did you know that…

BROWN A warm and comforting color. Brown lovers are often conscientious and steady in their ways. You tend to be very interested in genealogy and home. The company of your family is paramount in your life. RED Increases the pulse rate, breathing and blood pressure? If you like red, you yearn for the impulsive life. Red is the color of action, love and courage. You are likely to be outspoken, athletic and somewhat fickle. ORANGE An exuberant and bold color. Orange lovers tend to be friendly, 74

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4-H Club to host Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks for a discussion on citizenship The Lawrence Township 4-H Club will be hosting Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks for a discussion on citizenship with club members and parents at Amy Beverland Elementary Cafeteria.

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Geist Fitness and Open House Come tour the new offices of and their downstairs neighbors at Geist Fitness. Free TRX and Pilates Reformer sessions, food and drinks and

Christmas in October Craft Fair The Fishers Freedom Festival will host the annual “Christmas in October Craft Fair” from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Fishers High School. It features over 150 arts and craft vendors with items for sale including handcrafted cards, ornaments, painted glass, jewelry, candles, doll clothes, pillowcase dresses, baby apparel, wooden toys, painted figures and pottery. 13000 Promise Rd in Fishers


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Saint Simon Royal Extravaganza The parish’s largest fundraiser featuring food, beverage, music and live and silent auctions. This year’s event will feature several getaway trips. Tickets are available after mass. 18th Annual Indianapolis Marathon at Fort Benjamin Harrison Race features a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K and 1 mile kid's race. To register, visit



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Neighbors Sharing with Neighbors 5K Run/Walk Every year Holy Cross hosts this event to benefit The Sharing Place Food & Clothing Pantry of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana. Registration begins at 8:00 am Race starts at 9:00 am $10/person or $30/family

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Drumstick Dash to benefit the Wheeler Mission Join us this Thanksgiving in Broad Ripple for the 11th Annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash presented by Huntington Bank! The event is hosted by the BlueMile and will benefit homeless men, women and children in our community.


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Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network andmore satisfy taste buds at the Connect with thanyour 100 Fishers Chamber businesses while sampling the offerings of local member restaurants at the _______________________________________ same time! Fishers Chamber of Commerce inaugural BUSINESS EXPO & FOOD FORUM sponsored by FORUM Credit Union!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 16, 2013 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. October Participating restaurants will offer samplings of their most popular items. Beer, wine, and 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Conference FORUM soft drinks will be available for purchase Center and local musicians will provide entertainment. USA Parkway, Fishers, INin46037 11313 The cost to attend is $5 and tickets are available advance by contacting FORUM Conference Center the Fishers Chamber office at 317-578-0700 or at the door.

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Dear Geist Half Marathon & 5K Supporters,

It is hard to believe, but just six short years ago a small but ambitious group of comm launched the Geist Half Marathon & 5K. Dear Geist Half Marathon & 5K Supporters,

Our initial goals were modest. We hoped to have 1,500 participants that first year. We w of community support, drew in nearly 4,500 participants and donated $20,000 ba It is hard to believe, but just six short years ago a small for buthealth ambitious group ofinitiatives. community minded neighbors earmarked and wellness launched the Geist Half Marathon & 5K. Since then, the “Race Around the Reservoir” has become one of the most successful Midwest, offering a challenging venue nearlyhard, 7,000 participants Our initial goals were modest. We hoped to have 1,500 participants that first year. Wefor worked and with lots and volunteers in 2 of community support, drew in nearly 4,500the participants and donated $20,000 backTownship to Geist Schools area schools largest benefactors for the Lawrence Foundation and the Hamil earmarked for health and wellness initiatives. Foundation, raising more than $250,000 in its first six years.

As we beginone planning seventh eventevents to be of held 2014, it has become cle Since then, the “Race Around the Reservoir” has become of theour most successful its May type 17, in the Midwest, offering a challenging venue for nearly 7,000 participants in 2013 and becoming of of what has beco evaluate and refine and our volunteers efforts to help ensure the futureone viability the largest benefactors for the Lawrence Township Schools and Socrates the Hamilton Southeastern fundraiser for Foundation local students. is quoted as saying,Schools “The unexamined life is not w onsix theyears. Geist Half Marathon, Inc. board believe the noted philosopher’s view is equally ap Foundation, raising more than $250,000 in its first Marathon and 5K – stated another way – our race and especially those it benefits dese As we begin planning our seventh event to beand held May 17, 2014, it has become clear the time has come to commitment to continual improvement. evaluate and refine our efforts to help ensure the future viability of what has become a critically important need has become obvious of us living.” who participated fundraiser for local students. Socrates is quotedThis as saying, “The unexamined lifetoismany not worth Those of usin this year’s race. W on the Geist Half Marathon, Inc. board believe the noted philosopher’s is equally to theunderstandable Geist Halfwould commonly referview to as growingapplicable pains. While given the grow Marathon and 5K – stated another way – our race and especially it benefits deserve constant scrutiny marathon and 5K, athose less than excellent eventour is unacceptable to our organizers, sponso and commitment to continual improvement. partners and, most of all to you, our participants. We are writing to assure you that a launched to identify and correct our deficiencies and take the necessary steps to assure This need has become obvious to many of us not whorepeated. participated in this year’s race. We experienced what most would commonly refer to as growing pains. While understandable given the growth and scale of the half logistical to aspect of the Geistsponsors, Half Marathon and 5K is being evaluated, from registr marathon and 5K, a less than excellent event isEvery unacceptable our organizers, exhibitors, educational partners and, most of all to you, our participants. We are writing to assure that concertedaseffort is beingon this journey togethe refreshments. We value your you input anda opinions we embark launched to identify and correct our deficienciesweand the necessary steps to with assure of 2013 are as well as social medi willtake continue to communicate youthe viamissteps traditional channels most successful race ever in May 2014. In the meantime I encourage you to share you not repeated. website at or to email or President Matt Troyer at mtroyer@b Every logistical aspect of the Geist Half Marathon and 5KTom is being from registration to route planning to Director Brittevaluated, at refreshments. We value your input and opinions as we embark on this journey together. In the coming months We remainchannels resoluteasinwell delivering themedia highest of value to our we will continue to communicate with you via traditional as social to level plan and execute oursponsors, our runners most successful race ever in May 2014. In the volunteers meantime I and encourage you to share with us via our whose lives are po the students fromyour ouropinions area neighborhoods website at or to email orparticipation. President Matt Troyer or Executive Thank you atin advance for your continued support of the Race Around Director Tom Britt at willingness to use your love of fitness to improve the lives of local children. Our entir hearing from you and to sharing another great event next spring. We remain resolute in delivering the highest level of value to our sponsors, our runners and walkers, our devoted volunteers and the students from our areaKind neighborhoods whose lives are positively affected by our regards, participation. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Race Around the Reservoir and your willingness to use your love of fitness to improve the lives of local children. Our entire board looks forward to hearing from you and to sharing another great event next spring. Matthew Troyer President Kind regards,

Matthew Troyer President

Tom Britt Executive Director

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