Pam Newell: The Art of the Master

The artistry behind the work of Pam Newell is simply artistic brilliance. Her paintings capture the essence of simple, beautiful objects and landscapes in a way that we see with our eyes, but seldom are able to capture with a photograph or to adequately describe with words.

The teal blue teacup, peonies bursting from a vase, roses with their stems seen through a water-filled vase and a copper African kettle seem to be exactly as the eye remembers. The longer I stare at one of her still life paintings, the less I recall that it’s a painting and not the actual objects set before me.

Modest, humble and gracious, Newell says that we live in an artistic vortex in Indiana. “There is so much talent here,” says Newell. “Hamilton County alone has a wealth of artists with incredible abilities.” Newell attended the University of Massachusetts where she studied two-dimensional design and art education.

Being completely unfamiliar with the process of painting with oil and pastels, an informative lesson on the supplies was in order: “Pastel is very immediate and has gorgeous luminous color. It’s pure pigment,” explains Newell, “which is the same pigment in oil, only in pastel it’s held together with a binder.” The word pastel comes from the word paste — not a reference to light colors. Stretched canvas isn’t a preferred surface for Newell. She prefers linen as a painting surface, mostly glued to boards, smoothed and prepped for beautiful possibilities.

A student of Newell’s, Julie McCullough, enrolled in Newell’s class at the Indianapolis Art Center. McCullough, who hadn’t touched her brushes since college, credits Newell for her heartfelt encouragement and instruction, leading her to a place that she hadn’t thought possible to go as a painter. “I believe we get caught up in everyday life and when things begin to calm down, we wish to reach for something within us. Pam has brought that out in me, and I can honestly say she has been one of the best mentors,” states McCullough. The praise for Newell is consistent from her students. “When you leave her workshop, you feel like she has elevated your self-confidence and you are ready to go home and try many of her suggestions,” says fellow student Audrey Fiet.

Newell, who works from home along with her husband, Bruce, who occupies another office in their home, used mostly pastels when their children were young. “I could leave the pastel on the easel and come back to it later, and with little children, the interruptions were frequent,” says Newell. Once she had the luxury of longer, more focused time at her craft, she went back to mostly oils. “I have transitioned to about 70 percent oil paintings,” says Newell, “but I love both media, for different reasons.” Oil is an ideal medium for still lifes, which are the bulk of Newell’s work right now.

On occasion, Newell, like other artists, will paint “en plein air.” This simply refers to painting outside in the elements. When Newell paints outside, she paints almost exclusively in oils, which are easier for her to set up. She indicated that the setup with pastels is heavier and she found that she spent a great amount of time looking in the grass for them. Newell donated two paintings to the Ambassador House, both in pastel, and one was done en plein air on-site.

As a member of several artists associations, such as the Indiana Artists Club founded by T.C. Steele and other notable artists in 1917, Brown County Art Guild, Hoosier Salon, Hamilton County Artists Association and Indiana Artisans, to name a few, Newell has gotten to know many amazing artists around the state. “What never ceases to amaze me is the deep pool of talent here,” says Newell. “We are all mutually respectful and supportive of one another.”

When asked about plein air sites in Indiana, Newell responds, “There is beauty all around. You just need to know where to look. And sometimes it’s right outside your door, with the proper lighting. The only requirement is opening our eyes and our minds.”

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Brittany Kelly- Off the Court and on the Greens

Brittany KellyTalk about a quick rebound! Just weeks after finishing her rookie year as the 2013–2014 coach of the Hamilton Southeastern freshman girls’ basketball team, Brittany Kelly is eager again to feel the texture of the ball in her palm. Only this time the ball will be a little smaller, a little firmer and white in color, as Brittany is also the assistant golf pro at the esteemed Hawthorns Golf & Country Club and by all accounts a scratch golfer!

The Ball State grad golf-pro-turned-basketball-coach has just returned from Florida for continuing education and work on her Professional Golf Management program. Brittany is in the zone and ready to take her coaching skills off of the court and out onto the greens and fairways.

“My favorite thing about coaching is passing on the lessons that were taught to me, seeing the results in the players when they are able to execute the lesson and really enjoy the game,” she says.

Brittany is blessed to have been coached and mentored along the way by the best, HSE girls’ basketball Coach Chris Huppenthal, during her 2005 and 2006 sectional winning seasons. But it was her own father, Ken Kelly, the 2013 head coach of the state champ Carmel girls’ golf team, whose patient and intentional introduction to the game of golf when she was 8 that has made a heartfelt impact on Brittany’s life.

“My Dad inspires me every day. He let me decide if I liked golf or not at a young age and never pressured me to play. Growing up as a coach’s daughter inspired me to be just like my Dad. He is known as a caring, passionate coach. I hope I can make a difference in basketball and golf like he did with his players,” she says.

Her focus now is on the start of her second season at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, where she is organizing the highly regarded women’s league, marketing and preparing the Get Golf Ready clinics. No matter what the task, she tries to pass along the life lessons that were so freely and lovingly given to her: Work hard, have fun, be with friends and love the game. Those qualities are all par for the course for the very accomplished and driven Brittany Kelly.

You can email Brittany at or call her at 317-845-0330, ext. 234.

Writer / Christy Watson

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A Harlem Globetrotter at home in Fishers

Dizzy and FamilyDarrick “Dizzy” Grant, a veteran Harlem Globetrotter, his wife, Carly, and their adorable 20-month old son.

Originally from Princeton, N.J., Darrick Grant played college basketball at the College of New Jersey. He set his sights on playing professionally. After graduation, a scout from the Harlem Globetrotters approached Grant for a tryout with their organization. Having been a fan of the Globetrotters since the age of 7 when he saw the Globetrotters live, Grant was thrilled.

Globetrotters are selected not only for their prowess on the court, but also for their personalities. After all, the Globetrotters are pure family entertainment, and it takes showmanship to pull off mixing it up. Not long after being selected for the Globetrotters, Grant earned the nickname of “Dizzy.” When asked why that name was selected for him, Grant explained, “During a game, I went up against an opponent and spun around him, and he looked dizzy, so the nickname was given.”

The franchise name accurately describes the travel schedule. The Grant family coordinates their schedules to maximize their family time. “It’s a challenge, but we make it work,” says Darrick’s wife, Carly, who is the marketing director for the Applied Behavior Center for Autism. The team plays around 250 games a year, and Grant will be flown out ahead of a game to do public relations. “It’s tough, but I enjoy it,” says Grant.

Along with spending time with his family, Grant enjoys fishing whenever he can. His father and his grandmother used to take him fishing when he was little. He even managed to join the “Bass Dr.” on an episode. “I joined Todd [Hollowell] for a taping of the fishing show in Detroit.” See for further information and a photo of Darrick with two large bass caught during filming.

After eight years with the Harlem Globetrotters, Grant is still going strong. On the website for the team, Grant is one of the featured personalities. He is known for his impersonations of famous basketball players, and there are many video clips of his talents. His impersonation of Kobe Bryant is uncanny!

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Launch Indiana

Launch Indiana - WechslerIn a recent press release, a partnership with the State of Indiana and Launch Fishers was announced by the Lt. Governor, Sue Ellspermann.  ‘Launch Indiana’ will connect Indiana’s innovation-driven entrepreneurs with mentorship, education, and assistance from successful entrepreneurs.

The model for this effort is based on the success of Launch Fishers. Serial entrepreneur John Wechsler is expanding the mission of Launch Fishers, through a partnership with the state of Indiana. “The mission of Launch Indiana is to increase the number of successful Indiana-based innovation-driven enterprises.” says Wechsler.

Launch Fishers has quickly become a successful model for other cities around the state.  What began only 16 months ago, has quickly expanded to nearly 300 members and growing.  Located on the ground floor of the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers, members enjoy the comforts and conveniences of big business amenities without the overhead.

BlueBridge Digital was the first member to join Launch Fishers, and as a double shot, they are the first to ‘launch’ out of Launch Fishers and into their own office space.  BBD also announced recently they will be hiring an additional 200 employees in the near future.  Santiago Jamarillo, who founded BlueBridge Digital, gives credit to Launch Fishers for helping incubate his success.  There are many other small businesses ready to “launch” as well. The hope is that the trend will continue as Launch Fishers continues to add new members and watch them grow into their own space throughout Fishers.

The accessibility of resources, capital, mentoring and connections available to entrepreneurs at Launch Fishers is being emulated or plans are in development around the state in cities such as Lafayette, West Lafayette, Evansville, Muncie, Bloomington, Terre Haute and Shelbyville.

Launch Indiana brings a human capital element to the rapidly maturing collection of co-working sites statewide.  The idea being, if we can create an environment hospitable for start-up businesses, and combine that with the right support, these promising young companies will stay, grown and flourish in Indiana.  The efforts of mentors to assist with these entrepreneurs will bring immeasurable benefits to our state, the least of which is jobs.

The future of business is changing – as illustrated by Jason Nazar, a Forbes Columnist. The workspace model is changing.  More open floor plans and fewer walls separating co-workers – many large Indiana companies are already functioning this way.  According to Nazar, the office will be the classroom and his most striking prediction: 2 out of 5 workers will be entrepreneurs.

Launch FishersEase of use, enabling easy access to resources to help fuel entrepreneurs is what Launch is all about.  Having created many successful businesses, and having worked and lived out in Silicon Valley, Wechsler moved back to not only be closer to family, but to create a thriving entrepreneurial atmosphere at home, in Indiana.  Through Wechsler’s efforts and foresight, he has created the basis of fundamental change in the way entrepreneurs seek help:  he’s made it almost too easy.

Wechsler gives credit for the Launch Fishers success to Scott Fadness, who’s shared vision and values for the Launch idea helped facilitate the entire idea. “The success of Launch Fishers has elevated Fishers’ profile as a leader in how to create strong communities with entrepreneurship as a core value”, says Wechsler.

Launch Indiana is important for our state.  Through the efforts of this project, future leadership, fueled by innovation and focusing on human capital, is working on fostering the next generation of high-profile high-growth companies right here in Indiana.  “Our people are our best resource.  Why not nurture their ideas?” adds Wechsler.

Town Manager Scott Fadness says of the Launch Indiana project, “We are very excited for the next chapter (Launch Indiana) of Launch Fishers and our overall entrepreneurial initiative.  I think this announcement further solidifies this community’s commitment to job and wealth creation and puts us front and center stage at the state level.” And perhaps beyond.

The timing has been perLaunch Fishers-Indiana Teamfect from inception.  Renewals of Launch Fishers memberships are strong, with over 90% retention of members.  Ideas exist, companies just need the help to foster their growth.  With resources like Launch Fishers now available to other areas of the state, is Indiana the next hot bed of capital funding and technology?  Nazar believes the business world is dramatically different even from a generation ago and thinks it will be more pronounced over the next 30 years.  Launch isn’t even two years old – how many changes will take place in the near future?  and with Launch spin-offs around the state, the possibilities are as endless as the imagination.  Get ready, Indiana, to Launch!

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Mathnasium … Making Math Make Sense

MathnasiumMath.  You either love it or you hate it.  As you learn math, you build upon previously learned concepts.  The kids that hate it, often have gaps in their learning that is difficult to build upon, making the subject all the more problematic as they progress through school.  Learning math is like crossing a wooden plank bridge in the rain forest.  Each plank needs to be in place and secure to get to the next plank.  Any concept in math not understood is a missing plank.  Kids can jump over a missing plank to get to the next subject, but will need it later.  The more times they jump over planks, the wider the gap gets and the harder it is to move on.  Eventually, the gap is too wide and kids can’t continue on.

Lucky for us, Mathnasium has come to our rescue!  Mathnasium is a Learning Center that has just celebrated its grand opening in Fishers at 11789 Commercial Drive, off 116th Street, next to Target.  They find those missing planks/gaps in learning through their extensive, risk-free assessment, and fill them in through their instruction.  The owner, Chris Lemieux, decided to open this learning center because “math is non-negotiable.  You have to pass it to graduate.  After talking to various teachers, they thought it was something from which our community could benefit.”

The Mathnasium MethodTM was created by educator, Larry Martinek with the help of his son, Nick.  Since his son was mathematically gifted, Larry had to come up with different ways to present math subjects to him so he could comprehend them at a younger age.  At one point, Nick said, “Too many words, Dad,” which made Larry realize he needed to simplify the instruction.  Together, they created thousands of pages of math curriculum before Nick’s untimely death in a car accident.  To honor his son who wished to share this knowledge with the world, Larry and two other men started the global franchise, Mathnasium. Their mission statement is: “To teach children math in a way that makes sense to THEM.”

Mathnasium’s method is to start off using a sophisticated evaluation to accurately determine what a student knows and doesn’t know.  With that vital information, they tailor-make a personalized learning program, adhered to by the student with the help of a specially trained Mathnasium math instructor.  The educational strategy used by the instructor is a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile and written techniques to help children learn math.  To track a student’s improvement, assessments are given throughout the process to confirm the progress they are making over time.  In fact, Mathnasium uses a third party company to collect, analyze, and validate their results. Multiple independent studies carried out by EyeCues Education Systems since 2004 have found Mathnasium to be effective 100% of the time, increasing student performance on standards-based tests in 20 sessions or fewer. Student skills jumped at least a grade level and in most cases, multiple grade levels. These studies are posted on their website.

You may be wondering, “What makes Mathnasium better than other tutoring programs?”  Here is your answer.

  • They specialize in MATH … and only math.  Having that specialty makes them excel at it
  • Real live instructors, as opposed to computer programs, lead the individualized instruction
  • Program schedules are flexible.  If a child needs more help, he can come in more
  • They use their own proven and proprietary curriculum that has been perfected over 30 years
  • In the assessment, they test the student verbally and in writing to get the most accurate evaluation
  • A customized program is assembled for each student
  • They use a combination of guided practice, manipulatives, and math games to engage students
  • It is affordable
  • They can prepare students for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • They even work with kids excelling in math to keep them ahead of the mainstream 11. Mathnasium MethodTM is 100% effective

The instructors at the Fishers Mathnasium all have very strong math and teaching backgrounds and are trained and certified in the Mathnasium MethodTM.  Marcia Brown, the Center Director, has over 20 years of teaching experience.  Her experience is very diverse, including teaching multiple grades in a one-room Christian school setting and more recently teaching college level math.

“The center is set up like a gym membership,” says Chris Lemieux.  “Payment is taken at the beginning of the month and then students can come in as many times as they want.”  When they arrive, students grab their personal learning folders and sit down at open seats.  The instructors might be working with four students at a time, helping each one individually, and then moving on to the next student while the previous one is completing a problem or set of problems.  That way, each student gets the opportunity to process the information and practice, with help and instruction always nearby.   Each student typically stays around an hour and then puts his learning folder back where he got it.  “No homework is ever taken home.  The task of tutoring their kids in math is taken out of the parents’ hands,” smiles Chris.

Mathnasium distinguishes itself as a Learning Center, as opposed to a tutoring center.  While schools are the primary education provider, Mathnasium is a supplemental education provider.  They supplement what the kids are learning in school.  A tutor’s job is to help a student get through tonight’s homework and upcoming tests.  Mathnasium does help in that regard, but their primary task as a Learning Center is to delve into the reasons why tonight’s homework is such an issue.  The concern is more about the application of math, rather than memorization.  They explain WHY a formula is what it is so the students can actually FIGURE OUT math problems, which is helpful if they forget the formulas later in life.  Mathnasium does not offer a quick fix, but rather a long-term approach to actually SOLVE kids’ problems in math.

If your child needs help in math, it doesn’t take a lengthy algorithm to figure out that Mathnasium could be your solution.  For more information about the global company and teaching method please visit  To learn about the Fishers center and/or to sign up for a free consultation, please visit or call (317) 288-4306.  They are open in the afternoon/evening, Sundays through Thursdays.

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Romance 65 years in the making

Romance 65 Years in the MakingBob Albright and Joy Brindle first met back in 1943. Joy worked at the soda fountain where Bob’s dad was a pharmacist. Bob, who is five years older than Joy, had been out of high school and was preparing to serve his country. Joy was the only one, other than Bob’s parents, who wrote to him while he was overseas. Bob served in the Army as a combat photographer (see archives for July 2013 issue for his WWII story) and claims it was the letters from back home that truly helped morale.

Once back from the Pacific theater, Bob and Joy dated for two years. She was finishing high school when he returned from the war and Bob attended her Tech HS senior prom. Joy was to attend Indiana University, where she majored in education. Bob began working for the Eli Lilly clinic as its first professional photographer. Being in two different worlds, it was challenging for Bob to maintain a long-distance relationship, and one day during the fall of Joy’s sophomore year at IU, the letters stopped coming. “He broke my heart,” said Joy of Bob’s end to their relationship. But Joy continued her studies, where she met her husband, Richard, whom she was married to for 50 years.

In April 2013, I had the privilege of interviewing Bob for the July Fishers Community Newsletter article. Upon my second visit to his home for clarification of details for his article, Bob announced that he “missed out on marrying the love of his life, and he couldn’t stop thinking about her since our first meeting because our last names are similar.” Bob added, “I don’t know if she is alive or dead, but I need to find out and ask for forgiveness.” My first question was, “What did you do that needs forgiving?” His answer: He only wished to ask forgiveness for breaking her heart.

Bob is now 90 years old and has macular degeneration. Upon getting as many of the details about Joy as Bob could share, I set out to find her. Thanks to the Internet and some divine intervention, the task was relatively easy. Both are widowed and live in the same city, which helped the logistics of their reconciliation.

Upon given Joy’s phone number, Bob called her almost immediately. His first words after all these years were, “Joy, this is Bob Albright. Don’t hang up!” It didn’t immediately register with Joy who was calling her, so she asked for clarification: “Who is this?” When Bob repeated his name, Joy, who had been standing by her phone, quickly sat down.

“It was quite a shock,” says Joy. “To hear his voice after all these years, I just couldn’t believe it.” After the call, it wasn’t long before Joy drove over to Bob’s to meet him after all these years. “It was like we had never been apart,” says Joy. “We just talk forever and are having the best time,” adds Bob.

The love story continues. Joy still has a ring that Bob gave her 65 years ago on Valentine’s Day. The couple are now engaged and living together. “I’m 90 years old!” says Bob. “I know who I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

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Team Film focuses on fun, activity and relationships

Founding members of Team Film (back row) Martha Gavit, Kristy Busack, Hillary Church, Casey Kenley, Holly Wheeler, Leann Faust (front row) Tess Joven, Maria Harper and Caryn Green.

For Casey Kenley, the epiphany began as she waddled through a trail run, eight months pregnant with her second child.

She spotted a group of women coming toward her, laughing and chatting as they ran. “I knew one of them, and I thought it would be awesome to have a group like that. They were having so much fun.”

A few months later, after giving birth, Kenley connected with the women and began running with them regularly.

A few years later, the nucleus of the 12-woman group that was to become Team Film had formed. What started out as friends getting together to train has grown into a group that organizes events and raises money to help community organizations.

The group is about running — and biking, swimming and just about any other active pursuit — but, most important, it’s about making that connection Kenley had longed for that day during her run.

Kristy Busak is a Geist resident and co-founder of Team Film.

“We commiserate. We laugh. Sometimes women don’t take the time to do that with other women,” Kenley says. “We need permission to do that, because nurturing relationships with other women is important.”

Beginning in January, Team Film is going to help women in other communities form their own connections. The organization is launching a website that will help similar groups get going throughout Indiana and the nation. Startup kits will be available, as well as athletic apparel, training plans and fundraising advice.

Most of all, Team Film wants to encourage other women to “enjoy and embrace the moment through physical activity,” says member Kristy Busack, who’s been with the group for three or four years.

The group also wants others to know what they do: that you can seriously challenge yourself and have serious fun at the same time. “We’re not just a brand. We’re a lifestyle,” Kenley says.

The name Team Film stems from the group’s entry — production, really — a few years ago in the Dances With Dirt 100K relay in Gnaw Bone, Ind. Members selected a cinematic theme, complete with a red carpet, director, starlets and blaring music. The runners shed their ball gowns in the woods, then took off on the trails.

Lawrence residents Tess Joven, Hillary Church and Maria Harper are also co-founders of Team Film.

They didn’t win based on times, though they did take honors for presentation. “We’re not the fastest, but we have the most fun,” Kenley says.

The group tried other names but kept coming back to Team Film, in part because of the deeper question the runners keep in mind.

“If you were to take a movie clip of your life, right now, today, would you be proud of the life you’re living?” Busack asked.

The types of physical activity the team undertakes vary widely. Sometimes, it’s as simple as the Family Rake the Leaves Day the team held as a challenge in the fall, with participants posting images on social media. Or members might support others during 50-mile runs. Or they might caravan to Florida for spring break, with seven families sharing a house and a week of fun at the beach.

The group includes marathoners, bikers, hikers and even walkers. “Five miles is a great distance for me, and no one cares,” says Maria Harper, who’s building up her distance after a coronary last summer. “We don’t exclude anybody.”

There are women for whom running has been a lifelong passion — four members were cross-country teammates at Carmel High School when they were teens. Others, however, became active later in life. One member didn’t start running seriously until she was in her 40s, and she now does triathlons and marathons, says Harper, who ran her first half marathon in 2012. “I never thought I could do anything like that,” she added.

She’s not alone in finding inspiration in the group. Leann Faust ran a 50-mile race after Kenley shared her experience. “I didn’t know people did things like that. I thought marathons were it,” she says. “Knowing that Casey had done it put that little seed in my brain.”

Busack tried a triathlon, with coaching help from one of the group’s strong swimmers. “I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone, to take a chance.”

Oftentimes, the adventure becomes an integral part of the activity. That was the case with last fall’s 200-mile Bourbon Chase Relay in Kentucky, a journey that the husbands joined, too, offering support as the women competed in psychedelic colors and huge wigs as part of the race’s Jimi Hendrix-centric theme.

“You run through the night, and you really get slaphappy,” Faust says. “You don’t sleep much, and you don’t sleep well.”

Like most everything involving Team Film, the business end evolved. At first members kept in touch via email and texting. Next came the Facebook page at The website — — will be complete in January.

The local members of Team Film — three live out of state — meet at least weekly for runs and socializing. The lengths of the runs vary, depending on members’ training schedules, needs and time, they said. Everyone doesn’t finish at the same time, though they meet up afterward, sometimes lingering for hours.

“What’s really at the core for me is the connections. It’s harder when you’re an adult to make those great connections that you could when you were younger,” Faust says.

Busack agrees. “It’s not about just feeling great about getting a good run in. It’s about being with women who are going through the same life stages I am.”

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John Dick III: The Model Train Guy

John DickFor many of us, trains are a seasonal interest, visited at the Eiteljorg or weaved around the presents underneath piney Christmas trees. For John Dick III, model trains, tracks and towns fill his loft, his heart and much of his time all year long.

John is a self-professed “Model Train Guy” living in Fishers. He is husband to Niki and father to Jake (8) and Evie (4). He grew up around Anderson and majored in music/piano at Butler University. After graduation, he co-founded Premier Music Studios where he is currently co-owner and piano teacher. He enjoys taking his family camping, but his most impressive hobby is the study and creation of model trains.

It’s a family affair. John’s interest…okay, let’s call it what it really is…“obsession” with trains began when he was a small boy sitting on his father’s lap while he built model trains. “My dad loved to build model trains. Still does,“ says John.

His dad, John Dick Jr., found himself interested in trains in the late 1940s when the Ringling Brothers Train would pass through Anderson. “There were stock cars for elephants and horses, wagons for the smaller animals such as monkeys and coaches for the employees,” explains John III.

In addition, his grandpa, John Dick Sr., found trains so intriguing that he would ride the Anderson to South Bend line, just for fun. You might say the electrical track current runs through their blood because even John III’s son, Jake, has his own handmade continuous train track and village model table. Even little Evie finds them interesting.

John Dick Model StoresWhile his dad taught John III how to solder wire to the track and build, paint and decal structures and cars from kits, John’s real passion lies in the scenery and weathering of the structures, tracks and roads. “Clean and new is boring to me. I like to weather everything, bury the lines, stack wood in a truck. That’s the character in it,” he says.

The cost of the hobby varies greatly from a few dollars for a basic kit to several hundred dollars for top-end locomotives. “Hobbytown knows me by now,” John giggles. Occasionally John sells old trains he no longer uses or writes for hobby publications, such as Milwaukee Road Historical Association and Model Railroad Hobbyist for what he calls “hobby money.”

John’s train track models the 1960s era railway from the Bedford quarries to Oolitic, displaying historically accurate under-maintained rails in dirt, stacked limestone ready for loading, big jib cranes, a mill, farmhouse and town. Of course, some artistic flexibility was taken when John personalized the Oolitic town to his family.

If you look very closely, you will notice a pancake house (the kid’s favorite restaurant), Dick’s Saloon and Niki’s Cake Shop (named after his wife). John painstakingly detailed the woods with painted and textured Styrofoam hills, trees he made out of branches and scenery foam, teeny tiny deer and limestone rocks cast out of plaster molds and hand painted. There are tiny people in the town, depot and on the farmhouse’s porch, as well as itsy bitsy gravel in the tracks.

John Dick IIIJust as his model train railway is finely detailed, so is John’s knowledge of train history. His infinite knowledge of the Milwaukee Railroad is humbling to train mortals. He lights up with enthusiasm when pulling out one of his many train books to show historical pictures of a train, track or depot from a time long ago. You can’t help but find yourself wrapped up in the excitement.

John was more than happy to run the trains for me by attaching his Staging Cassette: a wooden, walled bridge-like box that opened on one of the long ends with a train inside sitting on a track. He clamped the opening onto the end of the model track, typed the train number into his Digital Command Control remote and became a train engineer for a while.

At the young age of 38, John says, “I’m in the ‘gap generation’ of model train enthusiasts. Not many people my age are into this. It takes time and patience, and that’s what is treasurable about it. There is no instant gratification.” What does the future hold for John? “Well I’d like to do a branch to Seymour next.” I’m sure it will be detailed and spectacular.

By: Marcy Vigren

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Teverbaugh Dental – Beautiful Smiles Made Here

Dr. Diana TeverbaughDr. Diana Teverbaugh always knew she wanted to be involved in the patient care field, but it wasn’t until she took on a part-time position as a dental assistant that she found her true calling.

“This part-time position allowed me to connect my deep interest in patient care and the artistry of creating beautiful smiles,” Diana said. “I knew in a few weeks that I needed to change my career direction from pre-med to pursue a future as a dentist. I graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2009 and set about to one day have my own private practice.”

“This dream took a few years, but in July 2013, I opened my new office with a beautiful setting here in Fishers, Indiana. I love what I do, and the families my staff and I care for have become, in so many ways, part of my own family. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love every day,” she added.

As a future patient, this new practice extends a welcoming atmosphere with an emphasis on interactive care that applies to the many emerging levels of dental treatment. Each patient room has a beautiful view that lends to the carefully selected office design plan that led Dr. Teverbaugh to pick this particular location. “I spent a lot of time trying to find an office location that allowed a beautiful nature’s view for each and every one of my patient rooms while they were receiving treatment care,” she said.

Teverbaugh Dental LobbyTeverbaugh Dental has created a tasteful and modern office setting which includes custom wall colors that promote a peaceful and relaxing feeling. The office is complete with extremely comfy dental chairs, suspended television views with accommodating earphones and a secure paperless digital process that allows her team to immediately access patient charts, provide an overview of care delivered and see what needs to be corrected with intraoral camera views and X-ray supported pictures. This certainly leaves no doubt about what’s going on inside a person’s mouth.

Dr. Teverbaugh believes that a dentist can never stop their continuing education as dentistry is advancing every day with more technology and new materials that offer long-lasting and cosmetically beneficial outcomes. “You can never stop the education process in the field of dentistry. To me, it is exciting and demanding. My patients deserve the best possible care available, and keeping up with emerging technology is a must,” she said.

Her engaging staff includes Kristal who manages as a front desk coordinating director and Catherine who manages expanded functions as a dental assistant. All staff members interact as supported educational advisers to help each patient better understand the functions of important dental care. Note: patients should always use a “soft” bristle toothbrush. Why? Because it’s easy to apply too much pressure in the brushing process, and this can damage the enamel and hurt tender gum lines.

This exceptional practice is now accepting new patients and encourages new mothers to have their infants checked as young as 12 months. To Dr. Teverbaugh, it really is about family dentistry at any age, and once you meet her, we guarantee you will want to become part of her family. A beautiful, healthy smile is her vocation. Welcome to Fishers, Dr. Diana Teverbaugh!

Services include:
• General dentistry for the entire family
• Cosmetic
• Implants
• In-network with most insurances and Medicaid
• Convenient hours and free parking
• Flexible payment plans
• Se habla español

Teverbaugh Dental
Diana Teverbaugh, DDS
10967 Allisonville Rd., Suite 200
Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: 317-572-8626
Fax: 317-284-1276


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Fishers Pediatric Dentistry

Did you know that it is recommended to have your child seen by a dentist six months after the first tooth appears or by their first birthday? I’m not sure how I missed that tip in all the parenting books, magazines and online articles I read when I was expecting my first child. I now know what I should have known years ago, thanks to the helpful staff at Fishers Pediatric Dentistry.

My boys were much older when they went to the dentist for the first time. I was shocked to learn that they already had several cavities. If only I would have known that taking my children to the dentist earlier was just as important as well baby checks with my pediatrician. Armed with this information, I could have prevented my boys from having cavities at such a young age.

I wondered what other information I may have missed during all of my new mommy reading, so I decided to visit Fishers Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about cavities in children and pick up tips that I could help pass along to other parents.

Fishers Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Ana PhotographDr. Ana Vazquez and her team have been established in Fishers since 1996. I visited the office on a rainy Wednesday morning, and a tropical oasis welcomed me when I walked in the door. Children of all ages were playing while they waited for their office visits. I wasn’t surprised by the friendly office staff or the brightly colored environment because I had previously heard about the excellent customer service and family-friendly office. However, I was surprised by the in-depth information I learned about pediatric dental care and the cavity process.


Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I learned:

  • Did you know that the single most common childhood disease is dental decay? This is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to schedule their child’s first dental appointment by their first birthday.
  • Cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted from mothers to infants even before teeth erupt. This bacteria can be passed from parent to child by sharing the same cup or even when you test the temperature of your baby’s food by taking that first bite. As a parent, it’s important to take care of your oral health to help decrease the chances your child will have problems at a young age.
  • Clean your infant’s mouth after nursing or feeding a bottle by wiping their gums with a wet washcloth. This helps establish an early dental hygiene routine. Use a soft bristle toothbrush as soon as the first tooth appears and brush every morning and night using a smear of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Any sugary liquid like formula, milk or fruit juice causes the teeth to be under attack by bacterial acids. This increases the chance for tooth decay. Bedtime drinks should be water only.
  • Moderation is key in helping prevent your child from getting early childhood cavities. Focus less on what they eat and more on HOW OFTEN they eat. A majority of all foods contain sugars and starches that allow the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids. This acid attack can last for 20 minutes or more, creating a ‘cavity mode’ that leads to cavities.
  • All types of sugars, from candy to crackers, play a role in causing cavities. It is safer to give that ‘special sugary treat’ with a meal and not as a snack.
  • Sipping on a sugary drink throughout the day and making snacks readily available pose a greater risk for creating cavities. Frequency is a key factor for helping your child stay cavity-free.
  • Choose healthy snacks between meals such as cheese, yogurt or popcorn. Most importantly, drink water throughout the day and between meals to help rinse the teeth.
  • Establish a dental home before a child’s first birthday to help build a positive relationship with the dentist and provide important education about preventing cavities.

Wow, this might explain why cavities were found at my son’s first dentist appointment. Brushing twice a day was our routine, but it was when we first woke up, not after breakfast. I have to admit, chewy snacks and gummy vitamins were also a part of our early habits. It all seems so obvious now, but at the time, I didn’t realize ‘cavity mode’ was so important to avoid. Won’t my future daughter-in-laws be lucky someday that I’m now armed with this great information to share with them about dental health?

Fishers Pediatric Dentistry can help you learn more about pediatric dental care. Schedule an appointment online at by calling 317-598-9898. Dr. Ana and her team will help you establish your child’s dental home and make coming to the dentist a fun experience.

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