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Money Matters | Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis?

Michelle Floyd, CFP,
Financial Consultant

Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis?

Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during a personal crisis following the death or divorce of a spouse or partner.

We’ve prepared a list of thought-provoking questions pertaining to financial fitness and crisis preparedness. You can use these as a starting point to check how prepared you are to handle a personal financial crisis in your life. Begin by reviewing the questions, determine what you’ve already done, and check those items off the list. For the questions you need to address or take action on, seek the advice of professional advisors and trusted family members.

Asset management

• Do I have a clear picture of where my assets are located?
• Will my retirement assets provide a comfortable retirement for my life expectancy?
• Do I have a well-diversified portfolio?
• Are my investments appropriate in today’s economy?
• Are my assets titled properly?
• Do I have an emergency fund?
• Am I taking advantage of techniques to reduce my taxes?

Estate planning

• Do I have a will?
• Is my will current?
• Have I determined what my family may owe in estate taxes?
• Have I funded my estate-tax liability?
• Have I explored and taken advantage of wealth-transfer techniques?
• Do I wish to provide for charitable giving?
• Are my power of attorney and my living will up to date?

Debt management

• Do I know my credit rating?
• Could I get a loan if I applied?


• Do I have enough insurance coverage to cover medical expenses?
• To provide for disability/long-term care?
• To provide for family members’ security?
• To fund estate-tax liability?

In addition …

• Have I coordinated my advisors’ (attorney, CPA, banker) activities?
• What changes in my life are likely to occur within the next three years?
• Do I know the status of my parents’/children’s financial situation and the implications for my financial well-being?
• Would I be prepared for a family emergency if it happened tomorrow?

Our firm does not provide legal or tax advice. Be sure to consult with your own tax and legal advisors before taking any action that could have tax consequences. Any estate plan should be reviewed by an attorney who specializes in estate planning and is licensed to practice law in your state
This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Michelle Konkle, CFP®, Financial Consultant with Axiom Financial Strategies Group 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.

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Money Matters | What to Expect as an Executor or Trustee

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.

What to Expect as an Executor or Trustee

Being asked to serve as an executor or a trustee for an estate is certainly an honor, but it’s also a considerable responsibility. And knowing and understanding those responsibilities can help you be prepared.

Many people don’t realize what they are taking on and all the duties required, says Lisa Montano, an Estate Planning Strategist for Wells Fargo Advisors. “Depending on the estate’s level of complexity and the assets in the estate that need to be administered, it can be very time-consuming,” she says.

Here are five things you need to know now:

It’s not an easy job. Serving as executor or trustee typically requires a significant amount of time, patience, and organization. It can take up to a year, maybe longer, to completely wrap up someone’s financial affairs, Montano says.

You need to know what the assets are and how to find them. Ask where the will or trust is located and how you will be able to access those documents when the time comes. Also, consider
asking for a detailed list of assets and where they can be found.

You can seek professional help. You can hire a lawyer to help you manage the most complicated duties or to oversee the whole process. You can also engage a CPA to help with tax issues. “Even if the estate is simple, consulting with an attorney is a good idea. There are responsibilities and deadlines you have to meet that are laid out by state law. You also need to follow the instructions as laid out in the will or trust. Sometimes people do things on their own and it gets them in trouble. The court may remove them as executor or trustee, or they may be held personally liable for actions they have taken,” Montano says.

You may be entitled to compensation. Trustees and executors are typically entitled to collect a
reasonable fee, Montano says. The amount may be regulated by state law or specified in the will or trust. You may choose to waive the fee, but you might still want to be reimbursed for travel and other expenses.

You can decline to serve. It’s okay to say you are not comfortable serving, Montano says. If you do, then someone else or a corporate trustee or a third-party executor such as a bank, trust company, or a professional who has experience dealing with estates will need to be chosen.

Our firm does not provide tax or legal advice.

Trust services available through banking and trust affiliates in addition to non-affiliated companies of Wells Fargo Advisors. Any estate plan should be reviewed by an attorney who specializes in estate planning and is licensed to practice law in your state.

This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Todd Harrett, Financial Advisor with Axiom Financial Strategies Group 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.

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Money Matters | Debt Management Solutions

Michelle Floyd, CFP,
Financial Consultant

Debt Management Solutions

Balancing debt repayment with investing goals takes some strategy and planning. Some consider investing as a first line of defense while paying down debt as a second.

The debt dilemma

The process for eliminating debt is anything but an easy-to-solve financial equation. Many people wonder if they should pay off their debt as quickly as possible or invest their money, letting debt payments run their course.

The answer depends on whom you ask. Theories about balancing investing with debt vary widely. Some financial experts say freedom from debt is the most important goal. Others say it’s more about the math: Your money should go toward investing if your investments earn a higher rate of return than your debts cost you. Still others focus on the emotional aspect: How comfortable are you with a certain level of debt?

Neither one nor the other

Better yet, perhaps, is a balanced approach to wealth management. If you’re like most people, you’ll need to manage finances for both present and future needs. That means paying off some debt today while simultaneously investing with an eye on the future.

Although your decisions should take into account your own needs and circumstances, consider the following guidelines for handling debt in light of investing goals:

Save for a rainy day. Before paying down debt (beyond required payments) or settling on an investment strategy, make it your first priority to put funds aside for an emergency reserve. We recommend six months or more of living expenses; an absolute minimum is three months’ worth. These funds should be in traditional savings or very short-term, highly liquid, low-volatility investments.

Put your future first. As a general rule, your long-term investment plan should take priority over applying extra amounts toward debt. Be careful as well not to let “lifestyle creep,” a tendency toward more expensive tastes and luxury consumption, impede your investment outlook.

By contributing to a long-term investment plan as early as possible, you may set yourself up for a brighter future. If paying down debt is also a priority, you’ll want to examine your personal budget to decide how much to direct each month toward investing and how much toward debt repayment. Just remember, there are no magic numbers. In general, the best advice is to make sure your investment strategy fits your financial expectations for the future.

Prioritize your debts. With an emergency fund in place and your investment strategy up and running, putting any extra money toward your debts is also a smart way to go. But how do you decide which debts to pay down first?

One approach is to start with the smallest debts first to eliminate at least some of your debt burden and interest payments in a timely manner. It also makes sense to pay off high-interest debts like private student loans and credit card debt more quickly.

Federal student loans and mortgages might be lower priorities, because their rates are often lower and their terms are longer. Vehicle loans might fall somewhere in the middle. Tax considerations might also come into play.

It’s personal. As you divide and conquer debt, don’t forget to consider the emotional side of your strategy. If paying off a certain debt will help you feel more secure, you might want to go with your gut feeling.You’ll enjoy a growing sense of financial freedom as you stay on course and get your debt under control. As it shrinks over time, you may find you have more funds available for enjoying the present and focusing on the future.

This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Michelle Konkle, CFP®, Financial Consultant 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.

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More than OK

More than OK

On a cross country road trip, just wanting to get through the state of Oklahoma on a trip out west, we randomly pulled off the highway and into a state park to sleep. We had no expectations of the state and was in a hurry to get through it painlessly. Upon waking we were met with the most beautiful and wonderful surprise. Red Rock Canyon State Park was the first of many incredible sights in Oklahoma. I had similar expectations about the musical, set over a hundred years ago and wondering what relevance it could have for me. Derby Dinner Playhouse’s production of Oklahoma was similarly full of beauty and surprise. The seventy-eight-year-old Pulitzer prize winning Rogers and Hammerstein musical is timeless in its universal themes of love and jealousy, intrigue and danger set in the Oklahoma territory in the time leading up to statehood. The director addressed the audience before the play began relating the themes of warring cowboys and farmers in Oklahoma to the world today at large and the need for people with different backgrounds to find common ground and work together, regardless of what you believe or who you love. That statement resonated through the cornfields and the prairie in the love story of Curly and Laurey (Ryan Skerchak and Kaitlyn Sage), and the anger and rage of Jud (played menacingly by Bobby Conte), whose powerhouse voice filled the playhouse. Aunt Eller (Mandi Elkins Hutchins) is the elderly, wise matriarch of the little town outside of Claremont, Oklahoma. Played with wit and humor expertly by Mandi Elkins Hutchins, last seen as a gorgeous and flamboyant divorcee in Mamma Mia. Derby Dinner Playhouse consistently does so many things right from the plentiful salad bar and delicious buffet to the dessert selection. Southern home cooking featuring fried chicken and fish, turkey tetrazzini and carved ham and turkey with all the fixings was almost enough to fill us up, but the temptation was too great to not partake of a new dessert item, the pecan pie cake. The theatre attracts amazing talent as servers who double as footnotes, opening the show and showcasing desserts, drinks and future shows. Some of the servers pull triple duty as footnotes and cast members and never miss a beat in any of them. Oklahoma is chock full of traditional folk type music, Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, square dancing and even lasso tricks all performed exceptionally well. Combined with authentic period costuming, the viewers are transported to a different time in American life. Aesthetically, my favorite part of Derby Dinner Productions are the creative uses of space and set design. Theatre in the round presents unique opportunities for set pieces. The audience was literally on Aunt Eller’s porch and in the blink of an eye (with the help of creative lighting and dropped set pieces) we found ourselves transported to Jud’s frightening and steamy smokehouse. Corn stalks appeared and disappeared from the ceiling and lighting let us know that Laurey was having an intense, dark dream about Jud and Curly. One of my favorite moments came just as Laurey inhaled the smelling salts that would give her the answers she was seeking. Illuminated by a spot light as the rest of the stage slowly melted away in darkness, Laurey reaches back before sleeping. Her pose struck me as an exact replica of a favorite famous painting, Christina’s world by Andrew Wyeth. It was either an incredible coincidence or a bit of directing brilliance. I tend to

think the latter, as so much of Derby Dinner Playhouse’s production was brilliant. Like the diverse and wonderful state, the musical astonishes and delights from one end to the other.

Oklahoma runs through May 27, 2018 For show times and ticket information visit

Derby Dinner Playhouse
525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville IN 47129


News Release – Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase – Thursday, April 19, 2018

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For further information, contact:
Andrew Takami • • 812.590.9185 (office) • 812.207.6666 (cell)
Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University

Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is hosting the community for Purdue’s annual BoilerMAKER Showcase, an event – targeted to the community – that showcases student innovative projects. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM, in New Albany, at the Purdue Technology Center’s Shine Family Conference Room.

“The BoilerMAKER Showcase is an opportunity for Polytechnic students to show off their hard work on projects from the last year,” said Joseph Dues, Jr., associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue in New Albany. “Our classes include real projects from local industry and this is a chance to see the results of those partnerships in the form of prototypes, media and other solutions.”

Through conference style posters and demonstrations of individual and team-based projects, Purdue students will share their projects with the community.

“People ask all of the time what ‘Polytechnic’ means,” said Andrew Takami, director of Purdue in New Albany. “It’s our broad-based approach, using many technologies, to solve real-world problems through innovative solutions,” he said. “The Showcase is very much a mini maker faire.”

In conjunction with Purdue, the event is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is one of nine locations in Indiana that offer the College’s degree programs across the state, through West Lafayette. More than 250 students are enrolled in the Greater Louisville Region – on the New Albany campus – in one of eight bachelor degree programs.

Visit to learn more about Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University.



Press Release | New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Landmarks announced Second Baptist Church in New Albany as the winner of the 2018 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, will present the award at its annual Rescue Party on April 28 in Indianapolis.

“Second Baptist Church matters to people far beyond its small congregation because of the building’s role in the Underground Railroad and the example it represents for us in the present,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. The restoration was a community-wide initiative spearheaded by the Friends of Town Clock Church, the name most people in New Albany use for the building at 300 East Main Street.

Indiana Landmarks has presented the Cook Cup since 2007, when it created the award to honor Bloomington’s Cook family for their restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The Cook Cup recognizes the owner of a significant historic structure that has been transformed through a restoration that meets the highest standards in method, materials and design. The judges also take into consideration the importance of the structure, its condition at the outset, and the project’s community impact.

Five years ago, as Second Baptist prepared to celebrate a milestone anniversary, its 1852 building faced costly challenges—a leaking roof, broken clock, peeling paint, and disintegrating stained-glass windows. The landmark was nearing condemnation, a burden that consumed the small congregation.

“Right about when the situation looked darkest, Jerry Finn and Irv Stumler showed up in my office and offered to help us restore the church,” says Rev. LeRoy Marshall, the pastor. Finn, the executive director of the Horseshoe Foundation, and Stumler, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined others in creating the nonprofit Friends of Town Clock Church. Finn was the primary fundraiser and Stumler acted as the volunteer construction manager.

The group initially intended to fix the roof and clock tower and repaint the trim, according to Alice Miles, who chairs the friends group. “There was so much support for this project, in both money and in-kind donations, that we expanded the scope. We repaired the stained-glass windows, re-created the original main doors and exterior lanterns, ” she said.

Success and commitment inspired the Friends’ board to dream even bigger. They raised $175,000 to re-create the steeple, lost to a lightning strike in 1915. “No one thought we could do it,” says Finn. A grant from the city helped make the steeple re-creation possible.

“No one alive had seen that steeple. I never in a thousand years thought I’d see the steeple back, and I’m an optimist,” notes Floyd County Historian and City Council Member David Barksdale. Padgett Construction donated the cranes and the labor to reinforce the tower and roof with steel to meet the building and seismic codes the steeple required.

Contributions ranged from $5 to $96,000, along with in-kind donations of labor and materials. The clock tells the time and the bell chimes the hour for the first time in four decades.

Second Presbyterian Church, an integrated but predominantly white congregation, built the church from 1849 to 1852. The evangelical congregation was moved by Christian benevolence to minister to African Americans who lived in the city as well as those escaping slavery in the south. Helping slaves escape to freedom was a dangerous business. While Indiana was a free state, in New Albany the city’s major industries depended on trade with the south and pro-slavery forces dominated, according to Underground Railroad historian Pam Peters.

“The church’s 150-foot steeple, visible across the Ohio River in Louisville, acted as a beacon to African Americans fleeing bondage, steering them to a place where they could get medical care and assistance in traveling farther north to safety,” notes Peters, a New Albany resident. In 2017, the church’s designation as a national Network to Freedom site confirmed its role in the Underground Railroad.

The Presbyterians sold the building in 1889 to Second Baptist Church, an African American congregation well aware of the building’s history as a haven. Although the lightning strike destroyed the steeple, it left the clock, which led people to call it the Town Clock Church. The name suggests the sense of community ownership and attachment to the site.

People spent all day camped out to watch when the steeple was hoisted in place in 2016, with many teary-eyed at the meaning and scale of the accomplishment. From many vantage points, including coming across the Sherman Minton Bridge from Kentucky—the steeple stands out. “The brass ball at the top glows like the halo on an angel. It shows there is a God,” says Church Treasurer Monica Sutton.

Although exterior restoration was the initial goal, the Friends of Town Clock Church expanded the scope again when they moved inside, repairing plaster, recapturing the original interior paint scheme and stenciling, restoring the original gasoliers, and refurbishing the lower-level fellowship hall where the congregation worships on most Sundays to conserve energy.

The congregation opens the sanctuary for community events, tours, and special seasonal services. Every third grader in Floyd County schools comes to tour the church and hear about the Underground Railroad. “Churches can get insular, and the restoration has opened Second Baptist up and made us more inclusive and community-minded,” says Rev. Marshall. “Our own congregation has given more, and taken more ownership. The restoration infused us—the church and the community—with enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

“You can do more ministry when you’re not worried sick about how to patch the roof. Through Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places program, Second Baptist is in touch with other churches who share similar ambitions, and we’re getting invaluable training in fundraising and community engagement. We’re formulating a five-year plan—spiritual, financial, programmatic—and it includes construction of a terraced Underground Railroad Garden in our back yard with a gazebo fashioned from the roof of the old clock tower. It’s another place we can engage the community,” Rev. Marshall adds.

Five years ago, there was so much work to do, and complete restoration seemed out of the question. But the Friends of Town Clock Church raised $725,000 to date for the restoration, as well as the  creation of a maintenance endowment housed at the community foundation.

People contributed because the place provides a daily visual reminder of the right way to behave when confronted by injustice and pain, even when helping might be dangerous. “Looking to the future when we may need to take a stand, the Town Clock Church is a living lesson for our community,” says Finn.


Media contacts:
Tina Connor, Indiana Landmarks Executive Vice President, 317-822-7903, cell 317-946-3127
Jen Thomas,, 317-441-2487
Rev. LeRoy Marshall, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, 502-428-7517,
Jerry Finn, Executive Director, Horseshoe Foundation, 812-948-6014,


Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit





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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