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Press Release | Celebrate Mom All Month Long at French Lick Resort

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2018


A “Mom”entous Month of May at French Lick Resort

FRENCH LICK, IN (March 7, 2018) – As influential and invaluable as moms are, they deserve more than just their 24 hours in the sun on Mother’s Day. That’s why French Lick Resort is extending the celebration to 31 days of love that will span the entire month.

“Celebrate Mom All Month Long” will treat mothers and their families to special programming throughout the month of May and all across the resort. Whether mom’s idea of fun is a day on the links, a night at the casino, putting paintbrush to canvas or unwinding with a good glass of wine, there is something to make every mom’s month special.

The centerpiece of the month for moms is Mother’s Day weekend, with a Sunday brunch on May 13 as well as a Mother’s Day package including overnight accommodations at West Baden Springs Hotel, brunch for two and flowers delivered to her room. Mothers can also take advantage of a complimentary round of golf from Friday, May 11, through Monday, May 14, at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick where moms can play free with a paying guest.

Moms enjoying crafty ventures will also want to partake in a brand-new event being offered at French Lick Resort for the first time. Cheers to Pallet Painting, set for Monday, May 7 (6pm), allow the chance to relax, sip and paint in an instructed class yielding a decorative creation to take home as well.

With spring in full gear, French Lick Resort will be buzzing in May with a wide range of events and activities that moms could indulge in. Here is the rundown on some of them:

Afternoon Tea • Every Saturday, 2-4pm; May 12 Afternoon Tea in Sinclair’s Restaurant

The West Baden Springs Hotel atrium is the ideal setting for a proper afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours served alongside a selection of gourmet teas.

Wine Pairings • Friday, May 4 • 8 pm

Experience wine tasting with American and European wine presentations by the house wine expert at West Baden Springs Hotel. Wines are paired with a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

Mother’s Day Brunch • Sunday, May 13 • 10am-3pm

Treat mom to a meal with everything. The Mother’s Day Brunch in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium features everything from comfort food to seafood plus omelet and waffle stations, carved meats, a variety of entrees, a children’s menu and a wonderland of desserts.

Mixology Class • Sundays, May 6 & 20 • 5pm

Get a spirited education behind the evolution of the cocktail. Our West Baden mixologist will provide demos and samples of drinks served alongside hors d’oeuvres.

Wine and Canvas • Saturday, May 12 • 5:30pm

Raise a glass and raise a paintbrush as two relaxing pastimes come together in a memorable afternoon at West Baden Springs Hotel. Participants will have a one-of-a-kind creation to take home from this instructed class.

Pour a Glass, Paint a Glass • Tuesday, May 22 • 6pm

Pop the cork on your artistic side and learn basic tricks and tips for painting wine glasses. Have a glass with us, then have your own customized glass to take with you.

Wine and Dessert Soirée • Friday, May 25 • 8pm

Indulge in house-made desserts paired with wine varietals from around the world.

French Lick Family Classic 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1 Mile Mini • Saturday, May 19; kids’ race at 8:15 am and 5K race at 9:30am

Race in for our annual 5K and kids’ race, which will feature other family-friendly activities like a bounce house, Pop-a-Shot, art station and crazy hair station.

French Lick Resort also features hotel packages that are ideal for treating mom to a full experience:

Mother’s Day Package: This makes Mother’s Day a breeze for everybody. Treat her to an overnight stay in the Old World elegance of West Baden Springs Hotel, and a special Mother’s Day brunch for two in the atrium. Flowers for mom delivered to your room are the cherry on top of this weekend.

SpaCation Package: Experience the ultimate in relaxation with a SpaCation at either of our two world-class spas. Reserve overnight accommodations and receive $200 in spa credit for any special treatment of your choice.

Girlfriends’ Getaway Package: The ultimate rest-and-reboot sabbatical. Includes an overnight stay, bottle of Champagne and chocolates for your group to share. Start the day off right with a $100 breakfast credit, and plan a girls’ day out at one of our world-class spas with a $400 spa credit.

The gift of choice is always a perfect option for mom, and French Lick Resort gift cards can be redeemed at a range of resort venues such as restaurants, retail shops, spas and golf courses. Gift cards never expire and can be customized in amount.

To learn more about gift cards, hotel packages and the other mom-centered activity across French Lick Resort coming up in May, check out our website.


About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 165,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Dyan Duncan
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort

Thank you,

French Lick Resort
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
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Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again

Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again
By JD Dotson

It is, simply put, impossible to resist Derby Dinner Playhouse’s production of Mamma Mia, the 1999 hit musical set to the songs of ABBA. Everything about this production, including dinner, was perfection.

My husband and I started out with dinner – buffet style – and the salad bar. I felt it was my duty to try everything for the sake of being really thorough. My spinach salad was fresh and delicious, the salad bar was loaded with toppings as well as broccoli and tomato/cucumber salads. I have a strict rule to not fill up on salad when a buffet is involved but made an exception for the sake of journalism. The buffet was equally delightful on my second trip to it as it was on my first. Fried chicken, pasta, carved turkey, broccoli and rice and a baked potato, I worried that eating a huge meal like this would lull me to sleep. Mamma Mia is a musical that promises falling asleep is impossible. Also, we had dessert or pecan pie and hummingbird cake in our future during intermission.

It is fascinating how the songs of the Swedish pop band from the seventies combine together to tell a cohesive story. Mamma Mia tells the tale of the upcoming wedding of Sophie and Sky (Kayla Eilers and Nate Willey) on a tropical Greek Isle. Sophie’s mother, Donna (Jillian Prefach) runs the Taverna Resort, building the resort from the ground up while being a single mother. After finding Donna’s diary, Sophie invites three potential fathers, men from Donna’s past, to her wedding, unbeknownst to Donna.

In addition to American architect Sam (Stuart May), British banker Harry (Bobby Conte) and Australian adventurer Bill (Matthew Brennan), the wedding guests include Sky’s buddies/resort employees, Sophie’s girlfriends, and Donna’s best friends and former backup singers, the Dynamos: wealthy divorcee Tanya (Mandi Elkins Hutchins) and single, carefree Rosie (Elizabeth Loos). The men, all former lovers of Donna, were all under the impression they were the actual father of Sophie. Single Phil, former wildman turned banker Harry, and Donna’s true love Sam wove their stories and their loves through the songs of ABBA.

Being a longtime fan of ABBA, it was hard not to want to sing along and dance, but I wouldn’t want to take anything away from these amazing performances. Each actor did a great service to my memories of the band with wonderful voices. Sophie and Sky were perfectly cast, young, attractive kids in love and spent the pre-wedding nights in bachelor/bachelorette island partying amidst Sophie fretting about which invited guest was her father. The friends and islanders were such good energy, flipping and dancing all over the stage, popping in and out of windows set around the theatre and generally acting like young people celebrating upcoming nuptials, it was hard not to smile and sing along. Part of the magic of Derby Dinner Playhouse and theater in the round is the action is happening all around us, stage entrances and exits and every seat is a good seat in this theater. Derby Dinner does a phenomenal job of remembering where their audience is and playing to everyone. All of these performances were spot on, wonderfully acted, the choreography and stage direction were wonderful.

The main gist of the story is about the young kids getting married and finding out which man is giving the bride away. However, the scene stealing trio, the original Girl Power Group of Donna and the Dynamos, chewed up every scene they were in together. Donna, Tanya and Rosie had such great chemistry and comedic timing together, you really were transported to that Greek Isle and easily believed these women were the best of friends and realize the story is about much more.

I’ll refrain from sharing any spoilers, but I will say after everyone has taken their final bows and disappeared off the stage, the audience is given an enjoyable, unexpected surprise.

Whether you’ve never seen it or have watched the show in various forms a zillion times, you haven’t seen it like Derby Dinner does it.

Mama Mia runs through April 8. For show times and ticket information visit:

Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive

Pictured from left to right: Mandi Elkins Hutchins as Tanya, Jillian Prefach as Donna, and Elizabeth Loos as Rosie.

Press Release | Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!

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Clarksville, Indiana                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!, opening February 21 and running through April 8, 2018. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — a dream that includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, MAMMA MIA! is a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

MAMMA MIA!, with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is a musical based around the music from the band, ABBA, of which Andersson and Ulvaeus were both members. Active between 1972 and 1982, the Swedish pop/dance group is one of the most popular international groups of all time. Memorable songs included in MAMMA MIA! are “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and many more.

MAMMA MIA! is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with choreography by Heather Paige Folsom and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley. The cast will include Jillian Prefach, Kayla Eilers, Mandi Elkins Hutchins, Elizabeth Loos, Matthew Brennan, Bobby Conte, and more.

This enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship features explosive dance numbers and a trip down the aisle you won’t soon forget!

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February 13, 2018


JEFFERSONVILLE, IN — The numbers are in, and 2017 was a very good year for the metro area women who delivered their babies with WomanCare. WomanCare delivered 845 babies during the year, with our Certified Nurse Midwives delivering 375 of those little ones. Regionally, WomanCare delivered 60% of the 1409 babies born at Clark Memorial Hospital, and handled 32% of all Southern Indiana deliveries!

Sometimes Cesarean section is necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery. But natural birth is recommended whenever possible for the health of both mother and baby. Cesarean delivery rates in the U.S. continue to decline and were at 26% according to most recent data. (Kentucky’s rate in 2017 was 27%; Indiana’s was 24%). WomanCare’s C-section rate for women receiving a C-section after having one previously for 2017 was 12% of total deliveries, or half the state average, with our Certified Nurse Midwives even lower at 5%. Even better, our primary C-section rate — the percent of women receiving a C-section for the first time — was just 7% overall, and 3% for our midwives.

Natural, vaginal birth is still possible for moms who have previously had a C-section. Research shows that about 60% to 80% percent of women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean have a successful vaginal delivery. At WomanCare, our 2017 VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) success rate was 88% overall — and 96% for our midwives!

At WomanCare, labor induction is used to stimulate contractions before labor begins on its own and is only performed when health risks are present for mom and/or baby. In 2017, our midwives’ induction rate was 15%, far less than the national average of 24% according to most recent CDC data.

WomanCare is making an effort to reduce the number of mothers who receive an epidural, as this pain relief method can increase the risk of several complications for mom and baby. Almost 60% of women in the U.S. receive an epidural, while WomanCare’s epidural rate in 2016 was down to 44% overall and only 35% for our midwives.

WomanCare is located at 301 Gordon Gutmann Boulevard in Jeffersonville, next to Clark Memorial Hospital. With three board-certified physicians a nurse practitioner and three certified nurse midwives, the practice provides a comprehensive array of OB/GYN services for women of all ages, including preconception and family planning, infertility evaluations, complete care through pregnancy and delivery, laparoscopic surgery, hormone replacement therapy, wellness care and more.


301 Gordon Gutmann Boulevard, Suite 201, Jeffersonville | 812-282-6114 |

Christopher S. Grady, MD | Ronald L. Wright, MD | Amanda Davenport, MD
Elizabeth A. Bary, RN, CNM | Alison Reid, RN, CNM | Nicole M. Sichting, RN, CNM | Chelsae Nugent, APRN, WHNP

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:13-14a


Press Release | Bruce Windell of New Middletown, Indiana joins Paul Kiger Group at RE/MAX Advantage as a licensed REALTOR


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Paul Kiger
January 31, 2018

Floyds Knobs, Indiana – Bruce Windell of New Middletown, Indiana joins Paul Kiger Group at RE/MAX Advantage as a licensed REALTOR®

Paul Kiger Group of RE/MAX Advantage is excited to welcome Bruce Windell to the team! It’s all in the family as Bruce is married to Paul’s mother and is a well- loved member of the family. A lifelong resident of Harrison County, he brings broad professional and personal experience to this dynamic real estate team.

In 2009, after 37 years as a chemical operator for Rohm and Hass, Bruce retired and took a nice long break while enjoying great travel and lots of golf. By 2015 he got a little restless and began driving for Fed Ex because “driving and talking to people are two of my favorite things”. His routes through Harrison, Crawford and Washington Counties expanded his already deep ties to Southern Indiana.

Bruce, an Air Force Reserves veteran, served on the Corydon Planning and Zoning Commission for over 8 years and was instrumental in the 2004 Comprehensive Plan which guided the actions and decisions on the use of Corydon’s land. His role as a Zoning Board member was a challenge he thoroughly enjoyed. His commitment to preserving Corydon as a great place to live guided his opinions and votes. He also served the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission as a Harrison County Board member.

These days, Bruce enjoys his morning coffee with friends at McDonalds, lots of time with his wife Linda and their combined 7 children and 18 grandchildren, and his Masonic membership in Corydon. He attends and volunteers regularly at Northside Christian Church. And of course, his golf game is still important!

Bruce kicks off 2018 with a new adventure as a licensed REALTOR®. His vast professional experience and deep community ties combined with the support of his Paul Kiger Group teammates ensure that his adventure will become a successful venture!


LifeSpan Resources Promotes Active Living for Seniors with 12 Week Program


Date: February 13, 2018
Clarksville, Indiana
For Immediate Release


LifeSpan Resources has partnered with Clarksville Parks to host a 12 week program promoting active living for seniors. Even though the strong association between physical inactivity and health problems is well documented, 60% of the population is inadequately active or completely inactive. Traditional methods of prescribing exercise have not proven effective for increasing and maintaining a program of regular physical activity.

The Active Living Every Day Program uses facilitated group-based problem solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living. The goal of the program is to help people ages 55+ make positive changes that improve their health and well being.

The program will be on Mondays beginning March 5th and will run until May 21st. Start time is at 10:30 am and goes to 11:30 am at the Clarksville Community Center 2311 Sam Gwin Drive. LifeSpan can also assist with transportation for those ages 60+ who would like to attend.

There is a $20 fee for the 12 week program. If you are interested in registering please call 812-283-5313.

For more information please contact LifeSpan Resources at 812- 948-8330 or email Lucy Koesters at


Money Matters | Elder Financial Abuse: The Silent Crime


Michelle Floyd, CFP, Financial Consultant

Michelle Floyd, CFP, Financial Consultant

Elder financial abuse has the potential to impact all of us on some level. Whether you are protecting a loved one from becoming a victim or actively taking precautions to protect your personal estate, fraud and exploitation is a risk that grows as people age.

It is important for individuals to understand the magnitude of this crime, identify ways to both actively prevent and stop abuse, as well as understand how to escalate if it is suspected.

Understand. Seniors lose an estimated $36.5 billion every year to the crime of elder financial abuse.i In fact, according to the 2010 Investor Protection Trust (IPT) Elder Fraud Survey, more than seven million older Americans — one out of every five over the age of 65 — have fallen victim to a financial swindle. [i]i As Baby Boomers turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, the threat of potential abuse heightens.

It is imperative we take preventative measures to confront this epidemic, including educating ourselves on the potential warning signs and using the resources and tools available to stop fraud and abuse from occurring.

Identify. Spotting exploitation can be difficult as the perpetrators of these crimes tend to be close friends or relatives. Studies project that approximately 70 percent of elder financial abuse is committed by family members, friends, trusted persons or others known to the individual being exploited.[ii]i This increasingly blurred line of those who have one’s best interest at heart and those who don’t makes spotting these scams a challenge.

Here are a few warning signs:

  • Sudden reluctance to discuss financial matters
  • Sudden, atypical, or unexplained withdrawals or wire transfers from their accounts, or other changes in their financial situations
  • New best friends and “sweethearts”
  • Behavioral changes, such as fear or submissiveness, social isolation, withdrawn behavior, disheveled appearance, and forgetfulness
  • Changes in the will, especially when they might not fully understand the implications
  • Large, frequent “gifts” to a caregiver
  • Missing personal belongings

Report. Reporting is single-handedly the most important step to escalating suspected elder financial abuse. Studies show that as few as one in 44 cases of elder financial abuse are reported.iv Victims tend to keep details secret for a number of reasons – fear of being victimized again, reluctance to incriminate a family member or friend, or admitting vulnerability are among them. To properly report suspected elder financial abuse, contact a state agency or the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Remember, elder financial exploitation is not exclusive. Consider the below to help protect yourself from potential abuse:

  • Organize your estate. No matter how old you are, it’s a good idea to update and organize all your financial documentation, including your will, financial powers of attorney, real estate deeds, insurance policies, pension and trust documents, birth and marriage certificates, and Social Security paperwork. Maintaining an organized file, and helping others (such as a parent, uncle or close friend) do the same, can make it easier to spot the inconsistencies and red flags that could signal financial abuse.
  • Make a list of financial contacts. Bankers, insurance agents, attorneys, accountants, stockbrokers, and other professionals should be on it. Share your list with these professionals and with family members you trust. In addition, ensure you have a trusted contact on file. This is an individual who the advisor could contact in the event of an emergency or suspected abuse.

i True Link Financial. “True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse,” 2015.

ii Investor Protection Trust (IPT). “IPT Elder Fraud Survey,” 2010.

iii Jewish Council for the Aging, National Center for Elder Abuse. Paley Rothman article, “Who Commits Elder Financial Abuse and Why Isn’t It Reported?” 2016.

iv National Adult Protective Services Association. “Policy and Advocacy.” 2017.


This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Michelle Floyd, CFP®, Financial Consultant with Axiom Financial Strategies Group in New Albany, IN 47150 at 812-948-8475.

Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

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Money Matters | Is Divorce on the Horizon?

Todd Harrett, Financial Advisor with Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in New Albany, Ind.

Todd Harrett, Financial Advisor with Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in New Albany, Ind.

A divorce is obviously an emotionally charged time for you and your family. You’re juggling a lot of arrangements and financial details. Most divorce attorneys suggest thinking about how to divide your financial responsibilities as early as possible ‒ particularly if you have shared debt.

Look at shared debt. With the help of a mediator and/or your financial advisor, you may be able to decide which of you will take which debts. You may consider paying off or closing any credit accounts before you divorce. Most states allow you to settle debt issues between you. If you can’t come to an agreement and the court has to decide for you, the divorce can get very complex and expensive.

Another reason to be proactive about your shared debt: It can help you both maintain good credit ratings after your split and, perhaps most important, prevent uncomfortable conversations about unresolved debts with your ex-spouse in the future.

Get help as soon as you consider a separation. Meet with your financial advisor at the first hint of impending separation. A good financial advisor will be compassionate and willing to remain neutral if he or she serves both you and your soon-to-be-ex. Your advisor can revisit your investment portfolio and do a cash-flow analysis to illustrate what you might draw as future income. He or she can also offer advice about which shared debts might be best for you to take on (or avoid), given the amount of risk with which you are comfortable.

Start with your credit report. A smart way to begin reviewing your debts is to request a copy of your credit report so you can verify which liabilities are in your name. If your spouse is willing to share his or her credit report, that can help you get a full breakdown of all shared debts. Your obligations might include assets such as a primary home, vacation home, vehicles, credit cards and lines of credit, family business–related debt, and possibly student loan debt.

Once you have a full picture of your debts and assets, you can discuss dividing them.

What about the house? Research confirms most divorcing women want to keep the matrimonial home whenever possible, especially when children are still living there. The spouse who keeps each home should also take responsibility for its loan, refinancing it in their name if at all possible.

Information is important to handling debt well during a divorce. One situation where you might have to continue working together with your ex-spouse on a shared debt is if you have an unresolved tax obligation. You should talk to the IRS about setting up separate payments on that joint debt.

You may not agree on how to split contentious debts, such as secret credit card debt created by your spouse. In that case, your state’s laws will come into play. For instance, in most states, ownership of debts is decided by “equitable distribution.” A judge or mediator assigns debts to spouses according to factors such as who signed for it, got greatest value from it, or has the larger income.

Overall, information is the most important key to handling debt well during a divorce. Collect tax returns, credit reports, and bank and brokerage statements as early as possible. The more you know about your marital finances, the easier it should be for you to negotiate over outstanding debts at the settlement table.


This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Todd Harrett, Financial Advisor with Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in New Albany, IN at 812-948-8475.

Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

© 2017 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved.  CAR 0217-04883