Center Grove ICON April

Volume 3 Issue 06
Photo by Nicole Davis
Phil and Lauren Daniels’ Center Grove Touchstone Energy Home, the first of its kind
in Johnson County, is 50 percent more efficient than the average house. Page 7
April 18 – May 15, 2015
Where Are They Now? Page 13
Center Grove Alumni: Kristen Szczerbik
Sugar Grove
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Classes offered
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Free breastfeeding classes have been scheduled at Johnson Memorial Hospital in the
1125 S Building on May 7, June 4, July 2 and
Aug. 6 from 6 – 7 pm. The program is designed for new moms or newly pregnant
women. The breastfeeding class is sponsored
by the Johnson County Women’s Care Group,
Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County
and the Johnson Memorial Hospital Foundation. Register online or for more information,
visit or call (317) 736-2657.
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The Office of the
Comptroller of the
Currency (OCC) has
appointed five new
members to its Mutual Savings Association
(MSAAC). Dan Moore,
president and chief executive officer of Home
Bank SB, was named as one of those new
members. He will join the committee of ten
bankers from around the United States serving on this national committee.
The MSAAC’s responsibilities include assessing the condition of mutual savings associations, regulatory changes or other steps the
OCC could take to ensure the health and vitality of mutual savings associations, and other issues of concern to these depository institutions.
Moore has worked in the banking industry
for over 40 years, joining Home Bank in 1978.
He is a graduate of Indiana State University
and holds a Master of Science in management
from Indiana Wesleyan University. Moore is
currently in his second term as a director for
the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
and is a former director of the Indiana Bankers Association.
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Get out
and vote
Thanking teachers
and Rep. Price
With all the hype surrounding the recent
announcements for presidential candidates
in 2016, we thought it might be helpful to remind folks that there are local elections happening this year that are every bit as important—yes, even the primary in May.
Last year’s primary elections saw a dismal
turnout across Indiana and Johnson County
was no exception. By press time, the deadline to register to vote in May’s primary election has already passed, but it’s still not too
late to register for November. Visit online at to register, find your nearest polling place and find out who your elected officials are. This is especially important
for young adults who have just turned or will
be 18 by November—your vote counts!
The act of public service is serious business,
just as is running for public office. Many candidates have declared their candidacy for the
primary election, and some of them even attend public meetings, like those of councils
and boards. Some. Others are content to just
hit the trail. It seems to us that if one wants
to serve, he or she should make it a point to
attend and grasp the goings-on of such panels. Knowing the issues, challenges and opportunities and fully understanding them are
separate animals. Ask your candidates (unless
they already serve): Do you attend the meetings, and what have you gleaned from them?
Then listen carefully. It will help you cast an
informed vote on May 5. We’ll see you at the
polls, right?
“Hoping to live days
of greater happiness,
I forget that days of
less happiness
are passing by.”
~ Elizabeth Bishop
Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each month, we’ll
share one with you.…
In New York, it is illegal to congregate in public with
two or more people while each wearing a mask or
any face covering which disguises your identity.
The ‘W’ in teams
may surprise you
eams. Everything is done in teams. teams with more men. Grab a tissue, gentleTeamwork is now a side curriculum men, because the reasons are enough to make
at nearly every educational
you weep. Women have an ability to
institution. No one works alone. It’s a
intuit emotional states better than
team or nothing. You either learn to
men, generally. They score higher
contribute to a team or you can’t work
on tests where one must determine
anywhere in corporate America. How
an emotion in another with only the
does stuff get done? Teams. Groups.
eyes showing. I took the Reading
Partners. It’s not just your workplace,
the Mind in the Eyes and I didn’t do
it is everywhere. From your nonprofit
very well. Women, in hip language,
to the administration of your
“feel” the other members.
daughter’s soccer league. There is
The effect is that the group indino “I” in team. Like no “I”deas, no
viduals participate more. ConstrucGus Pearcy
“I”nnovation and no “I”nspiration.
tive criticism is a regular part of the
So it could come as no surprise
process. Groups with high social
that team dynamics or effective
sensitivity also listen to other memteamwork has been
bers. There is a more
analyzed by a team
of scientists. Here is
rather than a male
what their team can
blowhard with no sentell you about your
sitivity. However, cogteam.
nitive diversity (i.e.
First, this may seem
personalicounterintuitive, but
ties and different apteams of geniuses can
proaches to problem
have just as bad outcomes as teams of orang- solving) is ultimately good for group intelliutans. (Please accept my apologies, orang- gence. But participation from all group memutans of the world.) In other words, smarties bers and a sensitivity to soft sell the criticism
combined do not necessarily raise the intel- seem to create the best teams.
ligence level of a team. Smarter teams make
Although sensitive males are out there, the
better decisions, but genius-loading a team easiest way to achieve this is to include some
doesn’t make the team smarter as a whole. women. You can’t have a team of all women
The same holds true for group satisfaction, either. It’s more important to have the divergroup cohesion, or group motivation. None sity, if you want your team to make better deof these raised the collective intelligence of a cisions.
team. So, if you can’t overload the team with
geniuses, what is the best makeup of a team?
Gus Pearcy is a contributing columnist to the Center Grove
ICON. He may be reached at (317) 403-6485 or pearcy.
Studies have shown that teams with more [email protected] Gus blogs frequently at guspearcy
women did better on simulated tasks than
“You either learn to
contribute to a team or you
can’t work anywhere in
corporate America.”
ith spring break behind us and a
little more than a month to go in
the school year, it’s time to thank all
the teachers who work so hard educating the
children of the Center
Whether they work for
Center Grove Schools or
Saints Francis & Clare, or
any of the other private
schools in the area, they
are to be saluted. It’s
not an easy profession
these days and they
Rick Myers
seem to get fewer and
fewer accolades. Much
appreciation also goes to
the many parents who are actively engaged in
their child’s education. I’ve said it many times
and it bears repeating: we can throw all of the
money in the world to education, but if it is not
valued at home by parents, it will not translate
into success for the student. The cornerstone of
a successful community is good schools. Center
Grove is doubly blessed. Here’s to a safe and
productive remaining few weeks.
A big thank-you to Rep. John Price for authoring HB 1036 which passed the full Senate 31-19 on April 13. The bill removes the
requirement that the state legislature has to
authorize an interstate going through Perry
Township. This now paves the way for I-69 to
be constructed in Perry Township. Senators
Richard Bray and Greg Walker, who co-sponsored it in the Senate, voted in support. Senators Brent Waltz and Patricia Miller, who both
represent Perry Township, voted against.
Here’s to progress.
The ICON’s parent company, Times-Leader
Publications, LLC, celebrated its 9th anniversary a few weeks ago. It was formed in March
of 2006, after acquiring The Southside Times.
Aside from the Center Grove ICON, TL’s
portfolio includes: Carmel Business Leader,
Hendricks County ICON, Hendricks County
Business Leader, Southside Business Leader
and The Times, a weekly, which is celebrating
its 87th-year anniversary this year.
This old Ball State photojournalism grad,
whose initial professional aspiration was to
shoot for Sports Illustrated, couldn’t be happier.
Thank you for your support over the years.
Rick Myers is co-owner of Times-Leader Publications, LLC.,
publisher of Center Grove ICON, Southside Business Leader and
The Southside Times. Write him at [email protected]
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April 18 – May 15, 2015
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Music Man Jr. • Center Grove Fine Arts will
present this musical with more than 100
youth performing. | When: April 17-19 and
April 24-26. Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 7
p.m.; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. | Where: Center Grove
Church, 340 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. |
Info: Visit
Color Their Legacy III • Greenwood will host
its third annual color run. | When: April 18, 9
a.m. | Where: Craig Park, 10 E. Smith Valley
Rd., Greenwood. | Info: Visit
Spring Flower Craft • Craft spring flowers using a variety of supplies, including tissue paper and paint, for children in grades K through
five. | When: April 20, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Where:
White River Branch Library,1664 Library Blvd.,
Greenwood. | Info: Visit
Backyard Birding by Sight and Song • Retired teacher, nature photographer and master birder, Joni James, shares how to identify
common birds in Indiana by watching them
and listening to their songs. | When: April
20, 7-8 p.m. | Where: White River Branch Library,1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. | Info:
MashCraft Giveback • Join co-owner, John
Lee, as he tends bar and humors the crowd
during MashCraft’s open hours. All of John’s
tips will be donated to Reach for Youth, a
Johnson County nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk children. | When: April 22, 4-9 p.m. |
Where: MashCraft Brewing, 1140 N. State Rd.
135, Greenwood. | Info: Visit mashcraftbrews.
The Boaz Projects 5K Run/Walk for an Orphan • The Boaz Project will hold its 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk for an Orphan. It includes
family friendly activities and professional chip
timing, all to benefit orphans. Strollers and
pets are welcome. This event is a fundraising
effort to support our mission: to inspire leaders to care for orphans in their own communities. Currently, The Boaz Project is active in
Russia and India, covering 8 orphanages in
Russia, 8 in India. | When: April 25, 9:30 – 11
a.m. | Where: Craig Park, 20 E. Smith Valley Rd.,
Greenwood. | Cost: $15 for students grades K
through 12. $35 individuals. $70 for family up
to five members. | Info: Visit
All About Tornadoes! • Join as meteorologists from BAMChase Weather Team discuss
how tornadoes form, how to identify them
Spotify to improve music “discovery”
In an attempt to thwart the same type of person who might judge a book by its cover,
Spotify is making a slight change to its music-streaming experience that will allow users
to “preview” albums and songs before actually selecting and perusing through them.
This new feature, dubbed “Touch Preview” hopes to make finding new music easier. Not
only is this adjustment an attempt to improve user interface, but it’s also part of Spotify’s
business plan—the more users click through the app and listen to more songs, the more
revenue Spotify will see from ads and streaming. – CNET
Microsoft unveils Windows 10 as free upgrade
For Microsoft users currently working with operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8.1
and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free “for one year
after the operating system launches.” This has come as welcome surprise to many who
expressed displeasure with Microsoft’s unveiling of Windows 8—which made numerous
users forego upgrading and staying with Windows 7. Stipulations include various
hardware and software requirements along with the exclusion of the Enterprise OS and
Windows RT/RT 8.1. – PC World
Brainwave tech finds creative uses
Improvements in technology have continuously affected the way
artists and creators interacted with their works. Despite the most
recent innovations in digital art, yet another bit of technology has
arrived on the scene to make a splash in the artistic community—
responsive brainwave interfaces. Recording brain activity
(electroencephalography or EEG), has been around the 1800s, but scientists
and software designers are only at the tip of the iceberg as for its potential
creative uses. Commercial applications may be widely available before the end of the decade.
– Yahoo Tech
and how to stay safe. | When: April 25, 10:30 –
11:30 a.m. | Where: White River Branch Library,
1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. | Info: Visit
Kegs and Eggs • A monthly breakfast returns
with five coffee-infused beers from our collaboration with Bee Coffee Roasters. Biscuits
and gravy, hash browns, scrambled eggs, and
bacon are all on the menu to pair with beers. |
When: April 26, 9 a.m. – noon. | Where: MashCraft Brewing, 1140 N. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. | Info: Visit
Derby Day Party • The Johnson County Community Foundation hosts its Second Annual
Derby Day Party. Ticket price includes a private, trackside tent, live racing, live broadcast
of the Kentucky Derby, Southern-inspired buffet, $10 free Casino play (day of event), Derby Racing program and favors, live entertainment, free photo booth fun and more. Must
be older than 21. | When: May 2. | Where: Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. | Cost: $75. |
Info: Visit
Johnson County Garden Club’s Garden Celebration • The 11th annual Garden Celebration, sponsored by the Johnson County Garden Club and Purdue Master Gardeners will
feature plant and garden-related vendors
indoors and outside, food and drink will be
available for purchase. Guest speakers will
present programs throughout the day. Tree
saplings will be given away; first come, first
served. | When: May 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where:
Scott Hall, 250 Fairground St., Franklin. | Cost:
$2. | Info: Call Lynne Schuetz, (317) 736-5609
or Carolyn Williams, (317) 736-8080.
Meditation Monday at Mallow Run • Start
your week with relaxation, strength, clarity
and wine with a yoga session. Participants are
encouraged to being a mat and wear comfortable clothing. | When: May 4, 6:30 p.m. |
Where: Mallow Run Winery, 6964 W. Whiteland Rd., Bargersville. | Cost: $20. | Info: Visit
Girl’s Pint Out Cinco de Mayo Celebration
• Taxman Brewing Company will host this
festive celebration. The event will include a
build-your-own taco buffet, chips & salsa,
adobo chicken, pulled pork, rice & beans, 4 oz.
pours of Taxman beer and Vintage Daisy Cupcake.| When: May 5, 6:30 p.m. | Where: 13 S.
Baldwin, Bargersville. | Cost: $20. | Info: Visit
Video Games: Keep Your Kids Safe in the
Virtual World • Almost all games have a social
component that allows kids to talk to friends
– or strangers. Learn techniques to handle
these interactions. | When: May 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
| Where: 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. | Info:
17th Annual Senior Expo • Meet representatives from more than 100 different companies serving those 50 and beyond in the area
through this Senior Expo hosted by The Social
of Greenwood. | When: May 7, 9 a.m. – noon.
| Where: The Gathering Place at Community Church of Greenwood, 1495 W. Main St.,
Greenwood. | Info: Call (317) 882-4810.
Hugh Andrews Memorial Golf Outing •
Franklin College will host the annual Hugh
Andrews Memorial Golf Outing, a fundraising
event. Title sponsor is Johnson Memorial Hospital. The event will be a Florida style scramble. Cost is $100 per player or $400 per team.
Non-golfers are invited to join participants for
dinner at a cost of $25. Registration deadline
is April 30. | When: May 7, 11 a.m. registration,
shotgun start at noon. | Where: The Legends
Gold Club, Franklin. | Info: Visit
Ladies Spring Tea • Smith Valley Baptist
Church will host a Ladies Spring Tea featuring fashion accessories, a luncheon, featured
guest speaker Scott Swan of WTHR Channel
13 News and more. | When: May 9, 11 a.m. |
Where: 4682 W. Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood.
| Cost: $8. | Info: Email [email protected]
Safe Sitter One Day Class • Safe Sitter is a
full-day babysitting course recognized by the
American Academy of Pediatrics. It teaches
11-13 year olds how to be safe and nurturing caregivers and handle emergencies. Bring
a sack lunch. $18 is due the day of the class.
| When: May 9, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Where:
White River Branch Library, 1664 Library Blvd.,
Greenwood. | Info: Visit
What the Heck is CrossFit • Adults, grades of
8 through adult, can join trainers from Indy
South CrossFit to learn more and do a beginner’s workout. | When: May 13, 7-8 p.m. |
Where: White River Branch Library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. | Info: Visit
Golf Scramble for Red Alert Robotics • The
Center Grove Red Alert Robotics 1741 team
is seeking area golfers to participate in a fundraiser. A silent auction will also be held. |
When: May 16, 7:15 a.m. and shotgun start at 8
a.m. | Where: Winding River Golf Course. | Cost:
Entre fee is $55 per person or $220 for teams
of four. There is a $5 discount per player if registered before April 25. | Info: Visit http://golf. or
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Daniels’ home. Dennis Copenhaver, completed Yensel’s class in 2009.
“Dennis has been a real joy to work with,”
By Nicole Davis
Yensel says. “He understands the value of
Phil and Lauren Daniels shared the same being able to build high efficiency homes to
vision of what they wanted in their forever- home values. These folks to not have to lose
home from the beginning of their decision to any comfort levels in their home to control the
build in the Center Grove area. An open floor energy bills.”
plan allows more space for them to entertain
The Daniels elected to build above Touchin the kitchen. From the ceiling structure to stone’s standards in their home. They chose to
floor materials, every little detail was chosen install geothermal energy, a heat pump water
carefully. Not only did the Daniels move into heater and have a foam lid in their attic so no
their dream home in December, but they also heat will escape – all upgrades that are not rehave a house that is 50 percent above average quired by the program but add to their energy
in energy efficiency compared to others of a efficiency rating.
similar size.
“We considered an
“It was very exciting to
energy efficient home
see everything we had been
• Indiana ranked eighth among
from the beginning,
planning for two years in
the states in coal production in
knowing this was our
real life and see all the lit2013. Coal-fired electric power
long-term house,” Phil
tle details,” says Lauren,
plants provided about 85 percent
says. “We will never
who grew up in the Cenof Indiana’s net electricity
move again.”
ter Grove area. “We spent
generation in 2014.
Phil and Lauren say
hours searching the Intheir electricity bills
• Indiana is a major producer of
ternet for ideas and to see
this winter have been
ethanol. As of February 2015,
those in place was rewardthe same for their new
Indiana’s ethanol plants were
ing. I feel like that’s why it
6,300 square-foot, allcapable of producing more than
was so rewarding. Nothelectric home than their
1.2 billion gallons of ethanol per
ing was just picked. Everyprevious 3,000 squareyear.
thing was really thought
foot home which had a
gas furnace.
• The largest geothermal heating
Johnson County RuWhen going through
and cooling system in the United
Memberthe planning process,
States has been installed at Ball
ship (REMC) and Hoothey looked at the iniState University in Muncie, Ind.
sier Energy presented the
tial cost at each energy-
Daniels with a plaque in
related expense and the
commemoration of their
time it would take pay
Touchstone Energy Home
that off or see return on
on March 25. Hoosier Energy generates and investment. Some things like the geothermal
transmits electricity to 18 electric coopera- made the most sense, because after a 30 pertives in Indiana and one in Illinois. Johnson cent tax credit for the installation, the cost was
County REMC distributes that energy to more comparable to a traditional HVAC system.
than 21,000 members throughout the county.
“Keeping expense down was really appealJohnson County REMC offers the Touchstone ing to me,” Phil says. “All that upfront thinking
Energy Home Program, which benefits the and planning paid off.”
homeowner by adhering to building standards
More than three months into living in the
for home energy efficiency. The Daniels have home, the Daniels say they’re happy with the
the first Touchstone home in Johnson County. way everything turned out. Their 3-year-old
“Your home will perform 50 percent bet- son has plenty of room to play and neighborter than the average home. That’s better than ing children to play with, they have a house inour Touchstone energy average. Our average viting to entertaining guests and their energy
is 47,” says Holly Yensel, with Hoosier Ener- bills are already showing a difference.
gy, at the presentation. “There is very little you
“The Daniels are privileged to have the first
could have done to improve upon that num- Touchstone Energy Home,” says John Gates,
ber. Be excited about that.”
director of Membership Services for Johnson
Yensel teaches classes on Touchstone En- County REMC. “We’d like to have more buildergy Homes, which builders must take prior ers in Johnson County on board with the proto participating in the program. Dennis Co- gram.”
penhaver Custom Homes was the builder for
Center Grove Touchstone
Energy Home, the first of its
kind in Johnson County, is
50 percent more efficient
than the average house
Holly Yensel shows Phil and Lauren Daniels the statistics behind owning a Touchstone Energy Home.
John Gates talks about water heaters with the Daniels.
Photos by Nicole Davis
April 18 – May 15, 2015
Center Grove ICON
at CG
The Johnson County Museum is a little unsure of the
year of the photo, but this picture celebrates Joyce Jones at
her 50th birthday party in her
classroom at Center Grove High
School. Birthdays are always exciting. Did you know that Center Grove schools will be celebrating its 132nd anniversary
this fall? Center Grove opened
as a corporation in 1884.
Compiled by David Pfeiffer
and Katie Mosley
Photo courtesy of the Johnson County Museum of History
Center Grove recognized for
cutting-edge technology
Red Alert Robotics 1741 qualifies
for FIRST World Championship
For the second time in four years, Center
Grove High School’s Red Alert Robotics varsity FRC team will be heading to the FIRST
World Championship in St. Louis to compete with outstanding teams from around the
globe. The FRC team secured its berth by accumulating points during District qualifying
events at Lawrence North H.S. on February
28-March 1 and Purdue University on March
20-21, as well as at the Indiana District Championship held April 3-4 at Warren Central
H.S. in Indianapolis.
Points are earned based on performance in
the robot game itself, as well as for robot de-
sign and programming, team conduct, spirit, business plan and community outreach
throughout the year. This year’s game, Recycle Rush, required teams to build a robot
capable of strategically moving and stacking
multiple totes and placing bins containing
“trash” on top of them within a two-and-ahalf minute window. Groups of three teams
formed alliances and worked together to accomplish these objectives. Red Alert and its
alliance members—1747 and 4982—advanced
to quarterfinal play at the District Championship after multiple qualifying matches. Visit or to learn more.
Center Grove Community School Corporation (CGCSC) received a top ranking for the
second year in the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) and National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Digital School Districts
Survey. Center Grove received a sixth place
ranking among schools with enrollment between 3,000 and 12,000.
“School districts, with the support of their
school boards, continue their commitment
to initiatives that enhance learning through
innovative technologies,” said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital
Education. “As a result, students are using all
kinds of cutting-edge tools that assist learning, inspire creativity and help prepare them
for the future. It’s my privilege to congratulate
these school districts who are leading the way
towards modernizing education.”
CG Teachers of the Year announced
Center Grove Community School Corporation (CGCSC) is announced the Teachers of
the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. Each
teacher was recognized as making an extraordinary impact among students and colleagues in his/her building: Joe Lamb, science
teacher for CGHS; Barbara Dunn, third grade
teacher for Maple Grove Elementary; Jeanne
Schwartz, seventh grade teacher for Center
Grove Middle; Linda Snyder, kindergarten
teacher for North Grove Elementary; Barbara Johnson, Aware (P.E.) teacher for Center
Grove Middle School North; Barbars Sylvester, fourth grade teacher for Pleasant Grove
Elementary; Kim King, first grade teacher for
Center Grove Elementary and Doug Wooton,
fifth grade teacher for Sugar Grove Elementary.
The teachers in each building select their
Teacher of the Year. The overall district Teacher of the Year will be chosen by an outside
university committee. The CGCSC Teacher
of the Year will be announced at the Teacher
Celebration Night in the Center Grove High
School Auditorium on April 28 at 7 p.m. Each
building nominee will receive special recognition from their building principal, along with
a crystal apple award.
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Kinky Smurf
Jessica Powers
Noodles & Company
Ingredients and
directions: In a glass
with ice, add ¼ oz. blue Kinky Liqueur, ¼
oz. pink Kinky Liqueur, ¼ peach vodka,
one ounce of DeKuyper Island Blue Pucker
Schnapps Liquor and a splash of Sprite.
Garnish with a lemon and serve.
The scoop: One of the more unique
restaurant chains is one where you can get
spaghetti and meatballs, steak stroganoff,
mac and cheese, pad Thai, Indonesian peanut
saute, Japanese pan noodles, and Chinese
dumplings. Noodles and Company offers
international favorites from Wisconsin to Asia
to the Mediterranean. You can customize
your dish choosing from pork, chicken,
steak, shrimp, or organic tofu. Add extra
vegetables, or a side of soup or salad. If pasta
and noodles aren’t your thing, order one
of their sandwiches: BBQ Pork, The Med or
Spicy Chicken Ceasar on flatbread, Wisconsin
Cheesesteak. Instead of ordering a salad
as a side, choose instead one of their salad
entrees. Noodles and Company gives you the
option to order online before you leave work
and your order will be ready when you arrive.
What do you like about this place? I like the people there. They
provide very good service. It is clean, friendly, and family owned.
The Mediterranean Grill is located at
10230 E. US Hwy 36 in Avon.
The phone number is (317) 273-8570.
face to face
Cheri Malloy of Center Grove
“Focus on others: as a soccer coach, supporting church and helping
other people. Our church (Mount Pleasant) is building houses and
feeding people across the world. So I’m making the most of my
spring by helping other people.”
Location: Greenwood Place
7853 S U.S. 31, Indianapolis.
Todd Wagner of Center Grove
“I’m just going to be spending time in my yard, enjoying flowers
and time with friends and neighbors.”
Phone: (317) 882-9100
Tami Downs of Center Grove
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What do you like to eat there? I like their falafel, hummus, their
gyros, tabbouleh salad, I go there about once a month with my wife
and daughter and sometimes with a friend.
“The family would like to get in some early camping before the
weather gets too hot. We don’t like to go camping in the summer
and so we go in April and May. Also we want to get out and walk
more with our dogs. We have senior dogs and they can’t go very
far and can’t do anything in the snow. Now that it is warmer we are
walking them three to four blocks.”
Specialties: Noodles, pastas, soups,
sandwiches and salads.
Hours: Sunday to Weds., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fadi Masad, realtor and broker with F.C. Tucker Company, Inc., 705
South S.R. 135 in Greenwood
Q: It’s officially Spring! How do
you plan to make the most of your
springtime this year?
Type of food: American, Asian, Italian, etc.
Recommendation: Bangkok Curry
Where do you like to dine? The Mediterranean Grill in Avon
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April 18 – May 15, 2015
Andrea Doyle
posted on April 2
“Hanging out with my son outside, throwing balls with our dog
and planting flowers.”
Haley Darland of Center Grove
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On the Cover: Kyndall Quintann showed how food dye can change the color of
carnations with her science fair project. Blue demonstrated a faster color change than
red, showing results after six hours. Top, left: Fifth grader Kiersten Smith determined
how different liquids changed the size of gummy bears for her science fair projects. Top,
right and middle: Jacob Newlin hypothesized that white bread would mold faster than
wheat bread for his science fair project. He shared that his hypothesis was incorrect, and
wheat bread molds faster. Left, middle: Pearl Vineyard, fifth grader, earned second place
for 5th grade entries at the Sugar Grove Science Fair for her project Memory Mnemonics.
Bottom, left: Edward Harney helped judge the
Sugar Grove Science Fair, saying that he learned
a lot from the students as they discussed their
projects. Bottom, right: Kyndall Quintann
discusses her project with John Rugenstein,
Science Fair director.
Sugar Grove
science shines
Elementary students share
their hypotheses and findings at
annual Sugar Grove Science Fair
Photos by Nicole Davis
By Nicole Davis
Which bread molds faster? Does BB weight
effect shooting accuracy? How big can a gummy bear get in different types of liquid? Students asked themselves a lot of questions
prior to the Sugar Grove Elementary School
Science Fair on April 7.
“It gives these students interested in science a time to shine,” says Science Fair Director John Rugenstein, who has been involved
with the fair at Sugar Grove for 16 years. “It
seems each year the projects keep getting better. It’s all about the science and not as much
about the process – it’s about which student
knows more... I love seeing the students light
up. These are our future scientists. It’s neat to
see these kids work so hard and cross the fin-
ish line without quitting.”
Students are judged on the criteria of scientific thought, thoroughness, an interview, creative ability, level of difficulty, visual effectiveness and their written report.
Thirty-three students in the fourth and fifth
grade participated. Fourth grader Jack Forrest was named Grand Champion for his project, Which Whitening Toothpaste Works the
Best? Chayleigh Swartz won first place for the
fourth grade level for Organic Food Labels
Change and Eliya Moody won first place in
fifth grade for Which Fruit has the Most Vitamin C?
“I hope they can take that the things they
learn in class have a practical application,” says
4th grade teacher Chris Shadday. “They have a
real world value.”
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James Ison
What was your inspiration to become a police officer/firefighter?
My uncle was a police officer. As a kid, I
always looked up to him. I liked police type
movies. I was just drawn to it. It was a calling
for public service.
What has been one of your favorite moments on the job?
There are several. What I find most rewarding is the opportunity to be a positive influence in a child’s life. So often this career brings
us into contact with children who are abused,
neglected, and have very little positive adult
interaction. Most of these interactions unfortunately come at time in which the lives of
these children are turned up-side-down. So
for them to have an adult, and more specifically a uniformed officer to be there for them
and provide them with a sense of security and
Greenwood PD sergeant takes pride in serving
the community where he grew up
James Ison always had an interest in police work. In high school, he was brought into
the Greenwood Police Department for an internship as a bicycle patrolman for two years.
He attended IUPUI and became a cadet with
their police department. He went through the
police academy and was hired full-time as a
campus police officer until 2001 when he was
brought in full-time to Greenwood.
“I still love it; I really enjoy helping people,”
Ison says. “More so now I’ve taken on a supervisor role as a sergeant where I get the opportunity to lead and mentor younger officers
and help them in their day-to-day duties.”
Through his years with the Greenwood department, he served on SWAT for five years,
was promoted to Sergeant in 2007, served as
assistant police chief from 2011 to 2012, received the Medal of Valor in 2011 and was the
Greenwood Police Department Supervisor of
the Year in 2014.
Ison, who grew up in Greenwood, currently
resides in the Center Grove area with his wife,
Mindy who is a probation officer in Greenwood, and two children.
“There’s a certain level of pride and gratification in protecting and serving the community that you’ve always lived in and grew up
in,” Ison says. “One of the things I’m relatively
proud of is that Greenwood has a relatively
low violent crime rate. It’s very often that we’ll
arrest someone that is from another community and we either hear, ‘I was told not to
come to Greenwood and do this’ or ‘I should
have never come to Greenwood.’ (It’s rewarding) to know we have that reputation to uphold the law... We have officers that get out
there every day and take a lot of pride in their
job. That’s why Greenwood is the safe community it is.”
April 18 – May 15, 2015
TOPSoccer program begins
This spring, young, budding athletes with
mental or physical disabilities will have the opportunity to learn and play the game of soccer
at the South Central Soccer Academy. Executive Director Steve Campbell announced that
SCSA, located just south of Indianapolis in
Bargersville, will offer the TOPSoccer program
beginning in April. TOPSoccer, The Outreach
Program for Soccer is a community-based
training and team placement program for players ages 7 and older with disabilities. TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the Indiana Soc-
cer and US Youth Soccer mission statement
which is, in part, “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of
America’s youth through the sport of soccer at
all levels of age and competition.”
SCSA will offer the TOPSoccer program on
six consecutive Saturday mornings at 10am,
April 18 through May 30. The program is available free of charge, but registration is necessary
at For more information contact
Campbell at (317) 557-4564 or [email protected]
WRTFD activates ‘smart’ signals
Photo by Nicole Davis
James Ison
reassurance, it can have a lasting impact on
how these children view police officers for the
rest of their lives. This can be something as
simple as buying them a Happy Meal or giving
them a stuffed animal.
The White River Township Fire Department
(WRTFD) activated 14 Opticom GPS “smart”
signals at key intersections in their district on
March 2, allowing for traffic light preemption
for their emergency response vehicles. Four
additional locations will be activated later this
year. At the intersections equipped with the
Opticom system, the system “sees” the oncoming WRTFD emergency vehicle and gives
responders a green light, temporarily stopping cross-traffic in the direction the vehicle
is traveling. The system can determine the
speed of the vehicle, turn signal status, and location and can change signals up to two in-
tersections ahead of the vehicle. The system
is automatic and requires no driver action allowing the driver to concentrate on navigating traffic. WRTFD purchased the system in
2014. Installation of the system was completed in early 2015. Each of WRTFD’s primary
emergency response vehicles are equipped
with the Opticom system. Currently, 11 intersections on State Road 135 and three intersections on State Road 37 have been equipped
with the system. Plans to add four additional
locations on Morgantown Road are scheduled
to be completed later this year.
What aspect of the job do you find most
It’s a rapidly-changing environment for police officers. It’s so diverse. The way that the
laws are constantly changing, policies and
procedures are always changing.
What do you enjoy doing in your off-time?
Spending time with my children. I have a
7-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. We
like to fish and go to amusement parks. Most
of my off time is with them.
What are your future goals, professionally
or personally?
I think you always have to strive to better
yourself and take that next step of accomplishment. I have served as assistant chief of
this police department, so my ultimate goal
would to be chief of police here. I’m only 15
years in my career, so I have a long way to go.
What would you have done if you hadn’t of
became a police officer/firefighter?
This is always something I’d been focused
on. I knew what I was going to do and nothing would have deterred me. I probably would
have gone into some sort of business management type role.
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for thos
By Lori D. Lowe
More benefits to being married have been
revealed, especially if you’re married to your
best friend. The National Bureau of Economic
Research has found more reasons to get and
stay married—and they don’t all have to do
with economics.
Their findings suggest that marrying your
best friend can give you greater life satisfaction and help you navigate the stresses of life,
cushioning the down times. The economists
controlled for pre-marriage happiness levels to separate the issues of whether marrying actually makes people happier or whether
happier people are more likely to marry. They
found the former was true.
People who are married are happier and
more satisfied with their lives on average than
are people who stay single. This is especially
true during times of stress, such as during a
midlife crisis.
They confirmed that college educated individuals with higher incomes are more likely
to get and stay married (we knew that). Re-
searchers further added that married couples
gain family stability, financial stability, higher
happiness levels and lower stress.
Happiness levels were maintained longterm, not just immediately after the marriage,
particularly when couples found friendship
as well as love in their marriage. As marriage
has changed in recent decades, spouses have
broadened their roles from merely economic and social partnerships and have become
friends and companions as well as lovers.
The researchers found the benefits of marital
friendship were greatest during middle age,
when demands of career and family are high
and life satisfaction tends to ebb.
Some interesting conclusions:
• Individuals who consider their spouse to
be their best friend get about twice as much
life satisfaction from marriage as others.
• Women benefit more from being married
to their best friend, but men are more likely to
call their wife their best friend.
Being married to your best friend may be
a wonderful way to keep life’s stressors at bay
for the long haul. Positive long-term relationships, especially marriage, can help buoy us
in our troubled
whom marriage
seems out of reach
(financially or culturally) may be at an even
greater disadvantage in life, unfortunately, making the bumps in
the road feel that much harder. The
economists wrote that those whose
lives are the most difficult would benefit the most from marriage.
Cultivate not just your love relationship, but also your friendship with your
spouse as you grow older together. And
if you’re married to your best friend, count
yourself fortunate and give your spouse a big
thank you today.
Lori D. Lowe is an author and a marriage blogger at Lori and her husband of 18 years live in Indianapolis with their two children.
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to have a sleepover
with your best friend,
every single night
of the week.”
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By Nicole Davis
Kristin (Simonelic) Szczerbik says that she went into law school to give
people a chance to have their voice heard. She runs Law Office of Kristin
Szczerbik, serving as a public defender in criminal law, family law and
complex litigation. A 1992 graduate of Center Grove High School, Szcerbik says there was a teacher that would often comment “you’re always on
your soap box.” Even then she took it as her duty to speak out for her fellow students and defend issues of importance.
“When my parents, my senior year of high school, said you need to sit
down, look at your skills and abilities and decide your career path, that’s
literally what I did,” Szczerbik says. “I was known for getting up in English class, standing on my desk and ranting and raving about the latest
issue in school. That’s when I decided.”
Szczerbik attended North Grove Elementary, growing up in the North
Carefree neighborhood.
“It was an amazing neighborhood,” Szczerbik says. “I loved where I
lived. I am still best friends with the people that were my neighbors.”
Szczerbik was active in high school: reporting for the school’s morning
news show, competing on the speech and debate team, on the National
Honors Society and playing cross country, gymnastics and track. She lettered in each sport.
She attended IU Bloomington where she received two degrees, in psychology and sociology. Szczerbik took a year off and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations before starting law school. She graduated
from IU – Indianapolis in 2001. While in law school, she worked for the
Attorney General’s Office and then interned with the state penalty office.
After school, she worked for the Terre Haute prosecutor’s office before
she decided to step down to stay at home with her children. Once her
children were all starting school, she went back into law and opened her
law office.
She ran for state senate as a Democrat in 2004 “basically to get my feet
wet,” she says. She wasn’t elected but the following election cycle she ran
for county council in Owen County and won, serving four years. She ran
for prosecutor, lost and hasn’t run again since, but says she’s been thinking about it.
Szczerbik says much of what she’s done in her adulthood can be traced
back to activities she participated in while at Center Grove schools. She
took her interest in debate and started a speech and debate team in Cloverdale, where she resides. The morning news program was conducted
through the photography class she took, later going on to have a photography business on the side. She says looking back, she had many advantages from attending a large school system such as access to more equipment and programs.
“It gave me an opportunity that unfortunately other schools don’t
have,” Szczerbik says. “I think it prepared me really well.”
April 18 – May 15, 2015
Kristin (Simonelic) Szczerbik transforms a high school passion
of being the students’ voice to a career as a public defender
Getting to
know Kristin…
What’s some advice you wish
someone had given you when you
were younger? I would wish someone
would have given me advice when I was
younger. I think you have to experience it
to really learn it.
In your school-age years, is there
a person who had a significant
impact on you? Who and why?
Several people: My second grade teacher
at North Grove, Mrs. Jan McNaught, who
I will never forget. She is the one who
inspired me to write. The first story I ever
wrote that was published was in her
class. That story was about a Christmas
ornament that was new out of the box and
was hung on the tree. That was published
in the newspaper along with other
students’ work. I always loved that story
and she praised me so much. That really
inspired me to keep on writing. My dad
actually took that story later on, changed
it a little bit and got it published as a kids
Two teachers in high school – Mr. Roach
was my photography teacher. Before
I was an attorney, I was a professional
photographer. Mr. Girdley has since passed
away. He did an earth science trip that was
life-changing for me. It made me see things
I had never seen before. It gave me a new
perspective on things as simple as a rock
and as big as life.
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Kristin Szczerbik, High School Years
What do you do in your free time?
I have very little free time. I’m with my
children. I also volunteer and do a lot of
stuff through different organizations.
I teach Sunday school and have for 21
years. The kids and I are always outside,
active and doing something. I throw axes;
it’s my stress reliever. I have a high-stress
job and it makes me feel better.
What are some goals you’d like to
accomplish in the coming years?
At this point in my life, just to be happy
and see my kids be successful. I would
like to be a judge one day, or be back into
a political office in some sort of aspect. I
stepped away from politics for a while but
I see myself getting back into that.
When my parents, my senior year of
high school, said you need to sit down, look at
your skills and abilities and decide your
career path, that’s literally what I did…
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April 18 – May 15, 2015
Little grammar question
on the prairie
had only been a state at that point for about
20 years (it was entered into the Union in
1848), and Kansas’ statehood was in its infanQ: “My sister and I are working on handcy (it was admitted into the Union
stitching Laura Ingalls Wilder
in 1861).
quilts. We are also both reading
All of that is to say that the books
all the Little House on the Prairie
place in parts of the country
books to get into the whole
were language often took an older
pioneer frame of mind. I was
and more stratified form. Homesurprised to come across the
word ‘boughten,’ which Laura
steaders often lived far away from
uses to describe anything that is
one another, keeping contact and
store-bought. I looked it up and it
exchange of language to a miniis actually a word! (Even though
mum. Access to formal education
I see my spell-checker doesn’t
wasn’t assured, nor was it necessarJordan Fischer
agree.) states
ily a priority. And finally, many of
that it is a Northern and North
the homesteaders themselves were
Midland U.S. nonstandard word.
era: Laura’s father Charles
I am from Illinois and we never used that
in 1836, and her paternal
word. It’s always been “store-bought” when
describing items that were not hand-made. grandparents (both of whom appear in at least
Do people still use this word today or is the first book), were born in 1810 and 1812.
I also have a feeling, admittedly unsubstanit now out of fashion, (as the Little House
books were published between 1932 and tiated by my research, that the word “bough1943)? Was it out of fashion even back then ten” carried a special meaning in places where
yet written into the books as it was a word almost everything was homemade out of neshe may have used as a child and the books cessity. If I recall the books correctly, the Inare written from her childhood days? Or galls had glass window panes they had purwas it a perfectly acceptable word to use chased from a store that they carried around
at the time of publishing? (Or now, too, for everywhere with them like a treasure. I imagthat matter)? It just sounds so weird and
ine they probably were, being nearly irreplaceincorrect.”
~ Becky Kelly able in the prairie of 1870s Kansas.
What it boils down to is that, no, people
probably not saying “boughten” very ofA: This is a really interesting question,
Becky, and I love the “Little House on the Prai- ten by the 1930s when the books were published, but Laura very likely did hear it often
rie” books, so I’m excited to have received it.
The earliest recorded use of “boughten” I growing up on the prairie. And I’m OK with
could find was 1738. Several sources identify that. To me, it seems like a very quintessenit as a Midwestern word – and it does have tially Midwestern word.
that sort of feel to it – but I suspect a better
description would be a “homesteader” word.
While the “Little House” books first began publishing in the early 1930s, the first few
books were set during Laura Ingalls Wilder’s
childhood in the 1860s in what was essentially the undeveloped wilderness of Wisconsin
and Kansas (and later Minnesota). Wisconsin
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[email protected]
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Not your regular garden:
Herbal wine bouquets
By Charles R. Thomas, M.D.
ject of types of wine as characterized by their
aroma/bouquet profiles. Most of us like to
characterize or divide wines by red, white, and
pink or by still, sparkling, and fortified and so
on. But one of the more descriptive and useful
categories is fruity, tropical fruity, herbaceous,
and floral. Most all wines can fit into one of
Herbaceous - The character of smelling like
or reminiscent of herbs and/or vegetables.
It’s really interesting how some words can
have a negative rather than a positive connotation simply by the spelling or sound of
the word itself. Perhaps that is because
I didn’t eat my vegetables when I was
a kid, especially broccoli. Beyond that,
herbaceous suggests a complete array of
words and meanings that refer to flowering plants that contain no wood and
the edible portion is referred to as vegetable. The most common scents found
in herbal wines suggest vegetables,
grass, hay, and peppers. Most of the
herbal aromas are present in the grape
or its juice before fermentation, but others are derived secondarily from polymerization (the joining together of different molecules to form a new molecule
of distinct aroma or flavor) during fermentation or aging.
One of the most dominant and common aromas in the herbal class is that
of green bell pepper (03-methoxyperazine), which unfortunately can exist to
an extreme and convey the distinct aromas of cat urine. Virtually all the wines
producing this aroma are in the Cabernet class (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
Malbec, Carménère, and Petit Verdot).
This is so true that, if you can verify that
aroma in a white or red wine, you are
guaranteed that the wine is one of the
those four categories, which – in addition to
The other dominant aroma in herbal wines
aiding in dividing the wines into useful comis a background of hay, grass, straw, or eucalyppartments – can help with the understanding
tus. Sauvignon Blancs are often described by
of the relationship and heritage of those wines
wine writers as being “grassy” or “not grassy.”
in the same group and
The third prominent
also invaluable in deciding
aroma in herbaceous
what foods will be best to
wines is green olive, but
accompany that wine at a
spices such as anise, as- up the subject of types of wine
paragus, celery, cilanas characterized by their
cuitro, coriander, cumin,
sines include Mediteraroma/bouquet
fennel, green pea, oregranean, vegetarian, Calano, and tea leaves are
ifornian, and simpler
commonly detected. In
preparations from France and Italy. Best methmost, the fruit aromas dominate. If the wine
ods of preparation include grilling, roasting,
is barrel-aged, bouquets of dried fig, nuts, tofbraising, cooking in oil, and smoking. The
fee, vanilla, biscuit, vanilla, and caramel can be
white wines pair well with shellfish, fish, chickrealized.
en, salmon and goat and Parmesan cheeses.
Wines that have an herbal character other
The reds are best with poultry, most meats,
than those in the Cabernet family are Cayuga,
soy and red wine sauces, and aged, hard, and
Dornfelder, Frontenac, Niagara, Norton, Nebyellow cheeses.
biolo, Semillon, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and
Brunello di Montalcino.
Charles R. Thomas, M.D. owns Chateau Thomas Winery with
This month’s definition brings up the sub- locations in Plainfield, Fishers, Bloomington and Nashville.
Contact him at [email protected]
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April 18 – May 15, 2015
Beef up your backyard gatherings
For CG ICON by Family Features
For many families, gathering around the table is a treasured tradition. With universal appeal, cuts of tender, juicy beef are ideal for a
wide range of family-friendly dishes — from
appetizers to special occasion entrees.
There are as many ways
to prepare beef as there are
cuts to choose from. The
best approach depends on
the type of flavor you want
to achieve, and how you’ll
ultimately serve the dish.
One popular option that
creates robust, hearty flavors perfect for dinnertime feasts is braising. This celebrated technique is featured in this Omaha Steaks family
recipe for Braised Beef Brisket.
Find beef preparation tips and recipes at
Braising Tips
• Braising (from the French word “braiser”)
is a combination cooking method that uses
both moist and dry heats. Typically, the food is
first seared at a high temperature, then finished
in a covered pot or pan at a lower temperature
while sitting in some amount of liquid, which
may also add flavor.
• The purpose of braising is to break down
the connecting tissues, enhancing the meat’s
• Some examples of cuts that are typically braised include: Chuck (Chuck Eye Roast,
Chuck Arm Roast, Chuck Shoulder Roast,
Short Ribs); Brisket (Whole
Brisket, Brisket Flat Roast,
Brisket Point Roast); Shank
(Cross Cut Shanks, Whole
Beef Shanks) and Round
(Top Round Roast, Bottom
Round Roast, Eye Round
Roast, Boneless Rump
• First brown your roast
using a large pan and some
oil over high heat, seasoning the protein first.
• Once the roast is browned, “deglaze” the
pan using wine or some of the liquid that will
be used in the braising process, to capture drippings from the pan that are loaded with flavor.
• Once the roast is browned you will want to
place it, along with all the liquid including the
pan drippings, in a Dutch oven or deep roasting pan. It is very important to cover the top
of the pan as tightly as possible so steam and
pressure will build up during the oven cooking
• The liquid for the braising process can vary
depending on the dish you’re trying to make.
For example, barbecue sauce would be used
for a barbecue brisket, and beef broth would
be used for a pot roast. Usually if using a thick
liquid such as barbecue sauce you will want to
thin it down with wine, broth or water. It will
thicken as it cooks, and if it gets too thick it will
• You can also experiment with putting root
vegetables in the braising pan along with your
roast to create a complete meal and enhance
the flavor.
• The oven part of the process is usually done
at 250°F and can vary in time from 3 to 8 hours,
depending on what cut is being braised and
how big it is. A general rule of thumb is that the
protein will shred easily with a fork when it is
properly braised.
Braised Beef Brisket
This recipe has graced the table of the
Simon family, the owners of Omaha Steaks, for
generations. Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time 8 hours; Servings: 6–8
• 1 Omaha Steaks Brisket (3 pounds)
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 4 teaspoons Omaha Steaks
All Natural Seasoning
• 2 cups diced yellow onion
• 2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
• 1 cup bottled chili sauce
• 1 package dry onion soup mix
• 1/2 cup beef broth
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1/2 cup red wine
1. Thaw brisket overnight in refrigerator.
2. Heat canola oil in large pan.
3. Blot brisket dry with clean paper towel
and generously season each side with 2
teaspoons seasoning.
4. Brown brisket in hot oil on both sides for
about 2–4 minutes each side. Remove
brisket from pan and place in crock pot,
raised side braising pan or Dutch oven.
5. Add onion and garlic to hot oil and cook
until transparent. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour sauce into
crock pot, raised side braising pan or
Dutch oven.
6. If using crock pot, cook on low for 6–8
hours. If using braising pan or Dutch oven,
cover tightly with foil or lid and place in
oven at 250°F for 6–8 hours.
7. Serve the same day or cool overnight in
refrigerator before slicing and reheating
in sauce.
April 18 – May 15, 2015
TsT Home Improvement Services LLC
Tip of the Month
By Tom S. Truesdale
Home additions come in all shapes and sizes
This month I am providing some dialog and
thoughts regarding home additions. The possibilities for an addition to your home range from simple to complicated. Here are a few examples in no
particular order. Bathroom wall expansion, back
porch enclosure, garage buildout, second story addition and garage expansion. Virtually any wall in
your home can be moved or expanded, however
the location and structural configuration will determine the complexity and in turn cost. Examples
and points to consider:
Bathroom Wall Expansion:
• If more bath space is needed, before you
renovate, planning a small wall expansion can add
a great deal of flexibility when designing your
new bathroom.
• Windows, fixtures and vanity locations should
all be considered during planning of a bathroom
wall expansion project.
Back Porch Enclosure:
• Enclosing a back porch or screened-in porch
can be a very economical way to add interior
square footage to your home.
• Consider if this space will be
conditioned year around.
• Consider electrical needs in the space.
• Think about finishes, floor, and ceiling
depending on how the space will be used.
Garage Buildout:
• Finishing and enclosing the garage space
can provide a great way to add attached square
footing to your home.
• Space can easily become a new living room,
new bedroom or a recreational space.
• As mentioned above, consider conditioning and
finishes depending on how the space will be used.
Second story expansion, garage expansion
or traditional room addition:
• All three of these examples can be the most
complicated addition to complete, but
all are very possible.
• Each example should be well planned and bid
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Cancer’s nemesis—proton therapy?
There are many methods of treating cancer, and successful ones like
chemotherapy work much of the time but also harm healthy tissue. For
years, doctors and scientists have been trying to find a “magic bullet” that
will attack solely the cancer and leave other healthy cells unscathed. Belgian
engineer and nuclear physicist Yves Jongen may have discovered a new therapy
that attacks cancers with proton radiation—something that allows for precision and
minimal side effects. Because of the method’s precision, however, it is not effective against
every type of cancer “(leukemia, for example, where cancerous blood cells are throughout
the body.” – CNN Tech
Brain-invading tapeworms
by a qualified General Contractor.
• Common construction activities such as
foundations, wood framing, insulation,
drywall, electrical, roofing, masonry, plumbing,
painting, finishes and concrete could all be part of
the project depending on the scope.
Planning and Construction:
• Permitting is generally required - make sure
you check with your local jurisdiction.
• Matching exterior materials - Brick can be
challenging to get an exact match
• Siding can offer a good alternative and an
opportunity to accent the exterior ascetics.
Planning and Bidding:
• Consult with a qualified local construction
professional to assist in both planning and
• Remember the lowest price is not always the
best, take time in evaluating your Contractor,
relationship and trust are key!
If you have any concerns or questions don’t hesitate to contact a local Contractor and Construction Professional for help and guidance. Hope this
months tips are helpful, enjoy the spring! TsT
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Once consumed, these parasites can move throughout the entire body—eyes, tissues,
and perhaps most frighteningly, the brain. Though only 300 cases of persons infected by
the Spirometra tapeworm have been recorded between 1953 and 2013, they are believed
to be more common in parts of Asia, and unfortunately, little else is known about these
worms. The adult form is known better as a parasite of the intestines in dogs and cats,
but as worms lay eggs—the animals’ feces can enter and contaminate water. Though
relatively uncommon, frequent travelers should be extra cautious and aware of regions
where parasites and infectious diseases are more easily spread. – CNN Health
Daily aspirin use not so healthy
Patients with certain heart or blood conditions may have heard a doctor’s advice to take
a daily aspirin in order to prevent blood clots—the culprits causing heart attacks and
strokes. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a new study that
claimed one in 10 people “were either prescribed an aspirin regimen or daily they were
taking one preventively when it wasn’t necessary.” The recommended dosage for a person
on a daily aspirin regimen is only 81 milligram—equivalent to the dose of a baby aspirin
in the U.S. Too much aspirin can cause the blood to become too thin, which causes other
health complications. – CNN Health
Don’t sweat the stress
Stressors can often appear to come solely from external sources—job stress, financial
struggles, marital problems, etc. But many approach dealing with stress by attempting to
correct or alter the external world. However, pain, pleasure, stress, happiness, sadness—
these emotions and experiences are subjective and more importantly, internal. One person
may enjoy smoking cigarettes while another abhors even the thought. This depends
entirely upon the individual’s relationship with the world around them. If something goes
awry in the external world can be corrected—it should be. If it cannot be corrected, it
must be accepted. This mindset leads to fewer instances of feeling disappointed. Viewing
persons, places and things—situations and environments—as what they are instead of
what they would be ideally is the first step in having a greater appreciation for life and
reducing stress. – CNN Health
Relief for people with psoriasis?
Psoriasis, a condition that affects the skin and the life cycle of skin cells, can be difficult to
treat—oftentimes requiring several different medications including oral, phototherapy
and topical treatments. A new drug, Cosentyx, which has just been approved by
the FDA may pave the way for better treatment of the chronic issue. It works by
injecting an antibody called secukinumab beneath the dermis—then it halts
the inflammatory reaction leading to the cells affected by psoriasis.
Though the treatment
is still new, doctors
are confident that this
breakthrough will lead to
better treatment for persons
suffering from psoriasis in the
future. – Yahoo Health
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Getting rid of unwanted computers
Q: I have accumulated a couple computers
over the years that I have not gotten rid of
because I am worried about someone acQ: I have always used a Windows comcessing my tax returns and famputer, but recently I switched to
ily pictures that are stored on the
a Mac. I used to use Control-Altcomputer. One of the computers
Delete to open Task Manager
still works and the other doesn’t
and stop programs that weren’t
turn on anymore. Do you have a
working properly. It seems like
suggestion on how I can safely
there should be something simiget rid of them?
lar on my MacBook, but I can’t
A: This is a common concern
find it. Do you know if there is a
with tightening regulations of what
way to do this?
can be thrown in the trash and what
A: On a MacBook, and other
cannot be. This concern, coupled
machines with modern Apple opRegina Miller
with concern about privacy and
erating systems, you can depress
identity theft, makes the course
Command-Option-Escape simuleven more difficult to navigate.
taneously to open a dialogue box
While every community and trash service
that will give you an opportunity to select the
policy may vary, generally speaking circuit
problem application and force it to quit. Your
boards aren’t welcome in landfills. Not only
instinct is right – most of the shortcuts that
is there a concern about the safety of throware available on Windows machines are availing them away, but also many times there are
able on Macs with different keystroke combimaterials in electronics that can be recycled
nations. Many of these are actually very simiand used to make new fun gadgets. As far as
lar, but use the Command key instead of the
the data goes, Geek in Pink always accepts
control key. Many good shortcut cheat sheets
unwanted computers for recycling, and your
are available online to tide you over until you
files are deleted before the computer even
get the hang of it.
leaves our shop for recycling. In fact, we do
this because we don’t want your data in the
wild. In celebration of Earth Day, Geek in Pink
also gives you a $10 gift certificate for future
service in addition to recycling your computer for free. Full details can be found at www. Monitors are more
difficult to get rid of. We are unable to accept them. Many local charitable organization donation sites still accept
working ones and are able to get
them into hands of people who
need them.
Regina Miller owns Geek in Pink. Contact her with tech
questions at [email protected] or (317) 882-1606.
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Mrs. West is the most caring,
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What really makes Mrs. West
stand out is how helpful she is.
She explains things very well,
which helps us understand the
subject. Mrs. West shares
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From left, Mrs. West, Gabbi Higginson,
touching too. She knows that
Carolyn J. Hobson, assistant vice president/
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family time comes first and
that homework should only be
given if it serves a purpose. And she makes us feel like we are an
important part of her life. I nominate Mrs. West for “Teacher of
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Matter of the disappearing shower
eaders to this column will recall that this ness owner understands. This shower goes
author has little faith in the efficiency of against the regulations at the planning board.
the federal government as to aiding the To allow this shower, we must have an identicause for business, big or small. To
cal or better one downstairs for genquote a favorite old dead president,
eral public use. Now, when is the last
“Government is not the solution, it is
time you went into a dealership for
the problem.” I live life with a series of
service and had an insatiable desire
truisms; my friends humorously call
to take a shower? You get the picthem “Howardisms”. Never one for
ture; nix the upstairs shower.
much self-promotion, let’s look at one
I recall in one of my international
of my truisms here: state government
public speaking tours, I was speakis two times more efficient than
ing at the Indianapolis City Market
federal government; that just makes it
with former Indianapolis Mayor Bill
the lesser of two evils for the business Howard Hubler Hudnut. We were celebrating the
new law, American with DisabiliIt is more efficient as it is 1/50 the
ties Act (ADA). Yes, I was one of
size of the federal bureaucracy. Adsix local businessmen to support it.
ditionally, elected people are more account- Those who were against it felt that once the
able at the local level as they can all be reached law was ensconced into the public law morass,
in person or voted out of office.
it would lose its innocence and just cause misI hate to make a rap at the state-level gov- chief. Oh, the innocence of youth, I am older
ernment, but recall, they are not necessarily now, and now paying for the error of my ways.
rational; they are just better than the federWe are also creating a lounge for our meal government. Enter the matter of the mys- chanics in this building. They have never had
terious disappearing shower. I am currently one before and are excited. The limited space
planning an auto dealership building with my is given over to an ADA-sanctioned oversized
daughter Christi. In the upstairs owner’s office restroom suitable for a wheelchair. This uses
of the building, a shower was planned. This is up valuable space in the lounge. No matter
for all the reasons that an enterprising busi- that a wheelchair cannot make it up the stairs
in the first place. (I hope some bureaucrat
does not read this column and impose a lift on
me!) Americans with disabilities have made
huge strides over the years since the ADA was
passed, but being an auto mechanic, working
under cars, changing tires and working hanging over engine compartments are not among
them. Again, no matter… and no matter that if
an unusually talented person in a wheelchair
did master the craft, that there is a wheelchair
compliant rest room on the main level with
obviously easier access; this injects too much
reason into the discussion.
This is (as my liberal friends tell me) the
government at work for me. I do not know if
they are serious or not, but they say this with a
convincingly straight face. Go figure.
“No matter that a wheelchair
cannot make it up the
stairs in the first place.
(I hope some bureaucrat does
not read this column and
impose a lift on me!)”
Howard Hubler can be reached at [email protected]
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n Nine unexpectedly
low-paying careers
1. Marriage and Family Therapists
- median income: $48,160
2. Firefighters - median income: $45,600
3. Mental Health Counselors
- median income: $40,580
4. Reporters, Correspondents
- median income: $35,600
5. EMTs and Paramedics
- median income: $31,270
6. Radio and TV Announcers
- median income: $29,020
7. Preschool Teachers
- mean income: $27,570
8. Legislators - median income: $20,620
9. Recreational Protective Service
Workers - median income: $19,040
n Ways to save money at the supermarket According to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, an American family of four
will—on average—spend approximately $1,300 on food consumed at home
per month. Additionally, families may be
spending more than necessary due to a
few consumer habits. For example, stocking up on your household staple items
while they’re on sale can save you from
paying full price at the register. Sometimes, however store marketing tactics
may mislead consumers by making sale
items appear to have the best deal—be
wary of half-gallon milk sales, for example,
especially when the price of two exceeds
that of a one-gallon jug. Another way to
avoid this is to check the cost per unit on
similar products and being open to alternatives. And finally, after checking
out, give the receipt a cursory glance to ensure that you received the sale
price for each
item purchased; everyone makes mistakes from time to time.
n Bad news gasoline credit cards According to a recent report from, gas station-branded credit
cards have higher interest rates, fewer rewards and the nature of fluctuating gas
prices means the value of the cards will
fluctuate, too. Generally speaking, gas
cards offer 10-cent discounts per one gallon of gas. At the national average (as of
March 2015) of $2.44, that’s only a total
savings of 4 percent when there are other credit cards available to consumers that
offer 5 percent cash back on purchases of
gasoline. And as gas prices rises, gas card
savings decline. Additionally, gas cards
may impose minimum spending requirements, purchase restrictions among other
stipulations. – CNN Money
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Leadership: The secret sauce is…
I have always wanted to be a great cook. Secret #3: It’s not about
Great chefs rarely follow a recipe; they just the facts?
People, especially employees, want to know
know the right things that can be combined
together to make for a great meal. They usu- more than just the facts of a situation. They
ally learn from trial and error, by listening to desire to understand the why and the how.
Why is this happening? How are we
other great cooks and reading up
going to accomplish this goal? Why
on great recipes. Leadership isn’t
did you make that decision? How
much different. Much of what I have
will this impact me? If you’ve truly
learned has been through the same
listened, you’ll know exactly what
examples as above. The similarities
questions your employees are askof great chefs and great leaders coning and how to answer. This doesn’t
tinue on. There are all types of great
mean you should neglect the facts;
chefs that make all types of great
you just have to make it a priority
food. With leadership – there are
to leave the person or team with the
lots of traits that make leaders great.
key take-aways they needed.
Consider some of the greats—MarMike Heffner
tin Luther King, Winston Churchill,
The secret sauce isn’t really so seJohn F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatchcret. Ultimately, you will not sucer and Ronald Reagan. They were
all very different people from diverse back- ceed professionally, or personally, if you lack
grounds, yet they were able to inspire others the ability to communicate. As a leader who
and their messages have stood the test of the has been tasked with inspiring your team, astime for one reason—their ability to commu- sisting your customers and building a successful company, your effectiveness rests on
nicate. That’s the secret sauce.
Every leader should strive to be a good your willingness and commitment to become
communicator, and practicing communicat- a great communicator. Now,
ing and learning from your mistakes will help go out and cook and
you reach that goal. I have found that there are enjoy a great meal!
three secrets that will help you become a great
Secret #1: It’s Not About You.
Really, this isn’t just a secret of communicating but a secret of life in general. It took me
a while to figure this out. I have found that
when you’re communicating, you have to
always be conscious of the fact that
it’s not about you! It’s about
your people. Do they understand, relate to, connect with
or react to what you’re saying? Does the message meet
their needs and expectations?
This isn’t the easiest sauce to make.
It takes practice and diligence.
Secret #2: Hello?
Are You Listening?
Being a great communicator isn’t about talented speech writing, amazing articulation or
spreading information and ideas. At its core,
communication is about listening. Every time
you communicate it is in response to something, whether a direct question, a situation or
a need. And your response will mean nothing
if you haven’t truly listened. I have found the
best way to communicate is one on one. This
ensures the other person knows you are listening and know that it’s an intentional direct
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Holy highlights
Center Grove’s Yvonne and Bryan Perkins look forward to worship at Emmanuel Church of Greenwood
Center Grove resident Yvonne Perkins says
attending Emmanuel Church of Greenwood
is the highlight of her week. She and her husband, Bryan, began attending the Greenwood
church almost 23 years ago, where they raised
their three children.
“The preaching and Bible teaching at Emmanuel has always been down-to-earth and
very applicable to everyday life,” Yvonne said.
“The atmosphere is very comfortable and inviting. Being a musician, the music is something that I particularly enjoyed!”
Yvonne has a music studio at home and has
taught private piano and voice lessons for 32
years. She is also on the praise and worship
team at Emmanuel for Vocals and Keys. Bryan
is a physician at Southside OB/GYN, practicing out of Franciscan St. Francis Health and
Community South Hospital.
The family has been involved with a number of outreaches with the church, locally
and globally. Yvonne says Emmanuel partners
with ministries such as The Refuge, Shepherd
Community and Wheeler Mission, along with
three global partnerships: SMI Haiti, Hope
Road Nicaragua, and Exodo Church in Colombia. She and Bryan have been to Colombia on eight mission trips, the most recent in
January 2015.
Even after 23 years, Yvonne and Bryan say
they continue to look forward to church service.
“The messages are very inspiring and engaging,” Bryan says. “I love how Pastor Danny
brings biblical messages that are very applicable to day to day life. They speak to me in a
fresh way each time.”
By Pastor Chris Philbeck
Here’s an interesting question that all of us
should think about for a while. What would
you do if you knew you had just a few days
to live? Would you go away? Would you go
home? Would you do some last minute sinning, or would you do some last minute repenting? Would you be sad? Would you be
angry? Would you be hopeful? Would you
be afraid? How would you spend those final days? Who would you spend them with?
What would be your focus?
When you get to chapter 13 of the Gospel
of John, you can’t help but get the feeling that
Jesus asked himself this very question. John
What is it about ECG that helps you to
grow spiritually?
Yvonne: There is a saying at our church,
which has proven to be so true: “Circles are
better than rows,” meaning that deep spiritual growth happens best within smaller groups
within the church, rather than in the rows in a
weekend service environment.
Yvonne & Bryan: We have participated in a
Small Group at Emmanuel for about the past
13 years, and have been leading one now for
the past year and a half. In addition to studying topics related to the messages, we have
studied various books of the Bible.
Yvonne: Women’s Bible Study at Emmanuel has helped me tremendously in my spiritual walk. I have been involved in WBS, either as a participant or a leader, for about 15
years. The sound biblical teaching it has provided me has been invaluable to my spiritual
and personal growth. In addition to learning
so much from God’s Word, I have developed
friendships with several women in the church
whom I otherwise would not have known.
What is it about ECG that helps
you feel connected to your spouse,
children, and parents?
Yvonne & Bryan: We feel like we are totally on “the same page” with how we feel about
our church and our worshipping there. As we
study and talk about the same biblical truths in
our Small Group, we feel even more connected to one another. Our children have always
loved Emmanuel, which has been a blessing
to us as a whole family. Over the years, they
each attended various camps and youth activities, as well as played in the Jr. High and High
School praise & worship band. Our daughter
Submitted Photo
From left, Blake and Janalyn Powers, Bryan and Yvonne Perkins, Bryce Perkins (back), Trent Perkins (front) and his
fiancé, Trisha Bender.
and her husband are both involved in a Small
Group, and our daughter sings on the Praise &
Worship team with Yvonne. Our youngest son
is away at Liberty University, but he teaches
Boy’s Sunday School in the summers. Working in various ministries within our church
has helped us to feel even more connected as
a family.
What is one meaningful event
that has taken place at ECG?
Yvonne & Bryan: After receiving Christ at
home, all three of our children were baptized
at Emmanuel.
Why would you recommend
Emmanuel to someone?
Yvonne: The mission statement of our
church says it all: “We exist to see people
One week to live
writes in John 13:1, “Jesus knew that the time
had come for him to leave this world and go to
the Father. Having loved his own who were in
the world, he now showed them the full extent
of his love.” So, what did he do?
First, he chose to wash his disciples’ feet,
which is to say, he did the work of a common
servant, ministering to those who were closest
to him (John 13:2-12). Second, he comforted
his disciples. Even though Jesus had already
told them that he had come into the world
to die, they never seemed to grasp what he
was saying. But as his death drew closer, they
knew something was not right and they were
troubled. So Jesus comforted them (John 14).
Third, after Jesus comforted the disciples, he
tried to prepare them for a future without him
by encouraging them (John 15-16). Fourth, after he encouraged them, he prayed for them
(John 17). And finally, after he washed their
feet, comforted them, encouraged them and
prayed for them, he died for them (and for you
and me and all humankind as well).
Jesus spent the last days of his life fulfilling
his purpose in life, which could easily be described as serving others. I’m not writing that
because I think it sounds good; I’m writing
that because that’s what Jesus said. In Mark
10:45 He said of Himself, “For even the Son of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus
spent his time serving those who were closest to him and then he served all of humanity by dying on the cross to pay the penalty
come to Christ and grow in Christ.” We are all
about reaching others with the love of Christ,
while helping those who already have a relationship with Christ to live and become more
like Him.
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Greenwood, IN 46143
(317) 535-9675
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for our sin.
Looking at the way Jesus spent the last days
of his life certainly challenges all of us to evaluate, not just what we would do if we had only
a few days to live, but also what we should
be doing with every single day of our lives.
There’s no question that we live in a world
that’s marked by selfishness. Perhaps that’s
the very reason why Jesus left us with such a
clear example of the power of serving. Jesus
changed the world not by what he expected or
demanded, but by what he gave. I can’t speak
for you, but I want to follow his example, not
just in the last days of my life, but every day.
Chris Philbeck is senior pastor of Mount Pleasant Christian
Church. You may email him at [email protected] or
call (317) 881-6727.
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of the
April 18 – May 15, 2015
Kevin Conrad
Kevin Conrad has offered high school sports coverage to the Center Grove community since
2008. He conducts live announcing and webcasts of Center Grove varsity football and basketball
through Center Grove Sports Network and is hired to do some league events. Sponsorships
cover many expenses, but it’s mostly a “labor of love” for the Center Grove sports enthusiast.
“I love the Center Grove community; the parents and kids,” Kevin says. “There’s something
special about it when we do these games. They really appreciate what we do. Some schools don’t
have the coverage we do in Center Grove. It’s like we’re giving back to the community.”
Kevin is a 1989 graduate of Franklin Central High School, where he participated
in high school radio and where he says his love for the industry began.
He attended University of Indianapolis, did sports announcing and
earned a degree in radio/television and a minor in business. Upon
graduation he spent three years in sports radio professionally,
but then took his career path in another direction. He currently
works as a sales representative for SlyFox Creative, a sign,
graphic and custom apparel company.
The way technology has advanced allows Center Grove
Sports Network to get the webcasts to more and more
families, with listeners deriving from all over the world.
Kevin says he’s had military dads send him ‘thank you’ emails
and grandparents who can’t make it to games express their
He says he’d like to offer more sporting events, but
since it’s a hobby, there’s only so much time available
for him and the volunteers. However, social media has
become another format to spread the word of deserving
athletes and events happening in his community. He has
more than 2,000 followers between his Facebook and
Twitter accounts. Center Grove Sports Network can be
found at, on Twitter:
CGSportsNetwork and by searching CG Sports Network
Here, we learn more about our Center Grove Icon of the
Month, Kevin Conrad:
What do you consider your greatest virtue? I would have
to say patience. I love coaching youth basketball. It takes a lot
of patience to teach the skills and fundamentals of basketball
to young boys.
What do you most deplore in others? When an individual
doesn’t work hard to reach his or her fullest potential.
What do you like most about living in Center
Grove? The people. A lot of great people live in
our community. We have great schools, youth
leagues, fine arts, churches and businesses.
If you had to live anywhere else in the
Metro Indianapolis area, where would it
be? In Franklin Township on the Southeast
side of Indianapolis. That’s where I went to
school and grew up. It’s also another great
If you could begin life over, what would you
change? I would take more computer classes in college.
Computers and technology are such a big part of our professional
and personal lives.
If money were no issue, how would you spend it?
I would travel the world with my wife and three boys.
What makes you happiest? Spending quiet time with my wife and three sons.
Compiled by Nicole Davis
What is your favorite vacation spot? We take a family vacation every summer to Traverse
City in Michigan. We do a lot of swimming, boating, fishing, jet skiing, and s’mores.
What do you do with idle time? I like to watch movies and coach youth basketball. I do
some freelance sports writing. I also enjoy posting CG sports information on my CG Sports
Network Twitter feed and Facebook page.
What is it that makes you angry? Negativity. When I broadcast Center
Grove youth sporting events I try to be as positive as possible. Young
student-athletes are trying their best to compete and win. No
need to be critical of their efforts.
What do you do to escape from reality?
Go to the movies with my wife and sons.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My wife,
Stacy. We are coming up on 21 great years of marriage
this September. And we are very blessed to have three
wonderful sons.
Which living person in Center Grove do you most
admire? Ray Skillman. He has done so many great things
for CG. We are truly blessed to have Ray in our community.
What is the quality you like most in a man? Humility.
What is the quality you like most in a woman?
Sense of humor.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I love eating out on the weekends with my family.
What are your fears/phobias? I don’t like heights.
What has been the happiest time of your life? Watching or
coaching my sons in their youth sports activities. I’m very proud
of their hard work and accomplishments.
Which talent would you most like to possess? I wish I was a
better athlete. I accomplished a lot in sports growing up through
hard work, not because I possessed great athleticism.
What do you most value in your friends? Sense of humor.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Growing
up I played basketball, baseball and tennis. As I mentioned
before, I had to work hard to make up for my lack of
athleticism. The professional athletes I identified most with
were Larry Bird, Pete Rose and Jimmy Connors.
All three had great work ethics.
What is your greatest regret?
Not pursuing a TV sports career once I
graduated from college.
What tenet do you live by? I’m always
telling my three boys to work hard and do
their best.
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