Southern Indiana Realtors Association (SIRA) hosted its 2017 Installation of Officers & Awards Ceremony Dec. 8 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The evening included a welcome by SIRA CEO Glenda Gasparine, the swearing in of the 2018 SIRA Board of Directors, including Incoming-President Vince Hopper, as well as several awards, including to 2017 Realtor of the Year Kathi Combs Byrd of Schuler Bauer. Juice Box Heroes finished the night with a performance that kept those in attendance on the dance floor.
Photo by Angie Fenton
At 6 a.m. Nov. 16, Q103.1 Morning Host Dingo Crank and Mike Benson of A1 Porta Potty ascended their respective scissor lifts – Dingo at Buffalo Wild Wings on Westport Road in Louisville and Mike at Coyle Chevrolet in Clarksville – where they both committed to reside for the next 103 hours to compel the community to donate new bikes for kids. Despite the wild weather over the next several days, which ranged from 65+ degrees to rain to a hard frost, Mike and Dingo persisted. So, too, did the Kentuckiana community. Early morning on Nov. 20, just before sunrise and with the end of the event in sight, we checked in with Mike, who said he was ready, understandably, for a hot shower but also was emotional about the outpouring of love and donations. Dingo, in his Facebook posts, echoed the same sentiments. (FYI: Dingo did this solo in 2016.) As of press time, 2025 bikes had been collected on both sides of the river with many more expected to be purchased with the monetary donations Mike and Dingo also received. “When I look out, I see each (bike) as a kid on Christmas,” Mike said, choking up as he surveyed the hundreds of new bikes. “We’re just characters up here. This is for the kids.”
Oct. 25 • German American Sellersburg branch
German American Bank hosted Oktoberfest Oct. 25 at the Sellersburg branch. The invitation-only event featured live music, German food, fellowship and more.
Photos by Christian Watson
Nov. 11 • New Albany High School Cafeteria
Photos by Christian Watson
Mayor Jeff Gahan hosted the New Albany Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Nov. 11 at New Albany High School Cafeteria. Lee Kelly served as master of ceremonies, Steve Crews provided the music, Father Eric Johnson of Our Lady of Perpetual Help gave the blessing and the New Albany High School NJROTC delivered the presentation of colors and pledge. Breakfast was catered by Terri Lynn’s Catering by Design. The group It’s All Relative performed. Rev. John Manzo – of St. Marks United Church of Christ – and Oneita Phillips gave the scripture readings. Sandy Boofter led the Thanksgiving Prayer. Extol Editor in Chief Angie Fenton was the guest speaker. Warren Nash gave the benediction to end the 49th annual event.
Sept. 22 • The Grand in New Albany
Photos by Christian Watson
Southern Indiana Realtor Association hosted Monte Carlo Night Sept. 22 at The Grand. Guests were asked to wear flapper- and gangster-style apparel and come out for a night of food, fun and entertainment.
By Ray Lucas
THIS SUMMER, my 5-year-old son peed on the president’s barn.
We were on vacation and had stopped for the day at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. While touring the historic Virginian plantation, we stepped into the presidential stable where my wife and I read about what an avid horse rider Jefferson had been during his lifetime.
I was leaving the barn toward the fenced-in pasture, where TJ’s horses once grazed, when I heard fellow tourists giggling and clicking their camera. Curious, I turned toward the scene that held their attention and discovered my son, shorts and underwear completely around his ankles, peeing on the side of the white-washed barn so dear to Mr. Jefferson. Bare cheeks in the wind, he showed no modesty nor shame.
Containing my smile, it occurred to me in that moment that I was far overdue for a conversation with him about when a boy can and cannot pee in the yard. Walking the grounds toward the Jeffersonian mansion featured on the back of the nickel, we began our talk about being discreet while our fellow tourists were probably posting photos of his transgressions with “Ha-ha” emoji’s on Facebook.
The experience led me to the question, “What other conversations in my life have I been putting off?”
I made a mental list of a few that were seriously overdue.
• “The birds and the bees” part one with the 10-year old son and “the birds and the bees” part two with 17-year-old son.
• “I’m not as crazy about the movie White Christmas as I led you to believe while dating” with wife (I think she already suspected).
• “I’m not so sure Simba really escaped to the woods with all of the other bunnies” explaining the untimely demise of her childhood rabbit, with now 19-year-old daughter. (Sorry, honey!)
IT’S HARD TO TELL YOUR CHILD THAT THERE ARE BAD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND SOMETIMES THEY OVERPOWER THE GOOD IN THOSE AROUND THEM.
A few weeks ago, another conversation came to mind. My wife and I allowed our 5-year-old to watch a movie he had seen the previews for and begged us to watch – King Kong. At the end of the story, our young filmgoer had grown attached to King Kong and was jumping up and down on the couch cheering each time the great ape swatted an attacking biplane out of the sky atop the Empire State Building. Even while his hero took bullets and grew weak, our boy felt certain that Kong would prevail.
Finally, as King Kong slipped from the building and fell to his death our son became sad and confused. He looked at me as if he had been betrayed. His voice quivered: “That’s not supposed to happen.” He couldn’t help himself as he began to weep. He was embarrassed and crying and mad. “Why did the bad boys kill him?” he sobbed. He cried for a solid five minutes as we consoled him. We were both unprepared at how upset the ending had made him.
Obviously, this was another conversation that was overdue – the good guy doesn’t always win. It’s hard to tell your child that there are bad people in the world and sometimes they overpower the good in those around them. One needs only to look at the headlines of the past few months to know this truth.
So why are these conversations hard to have? Sometimes it’s the fear of hurting feelings or bringing up a subject that we find uneasy about ourselves. But these experiences have led me to understand more often than not the hardest conversations to have with our children are the ones that mark the end of a certain innocence that we aren’t ready to see pass.
Most recently I have wrestled with another conversation with our 5-year-old that is long past due: “It’s time for you to sleep all night in your own bed.” We never let his older siblings sleep with us, but as the baby, we would occasionally allow him to slip into our bed in the middle of the night. As a toddler, it was sometimes cramped, but he would snuggle up, put his arms around your neck and smile in his sleep. How could we resist?
Today, he takes up more bed space than I do, kicks the covers off each night and his cold feet usually end up in my wife’s back. We agree that he needs to stay in his own bed, but because we have grown used to the arrangement or because we are typically too tired to get up and lead him to bed, we have not had that final conversation that is way past due. Or perhaps we both fear that this, too, will mark a passing of innocence that we are not ready to see end.
It’s true – our kindergarten son still sleeps with an innocent smile in our bed. Judge me if you like, but at least he no longer pees on presidential barns.
For almost 80 years, Rookie’s Cookies & Cakes has been serving the Southern Indiana community delicious cookies, pastries and cakes.
The neighborhood bakery opened Sept. 19, 1939, in downtown New Albany and quickly became known for their melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies. Once known as the Little Flower Butter Wafer, the sweet treats are still made and produced the same way (sorry, but the recipe is secret) and are aptly named Rookie’s Cookies.
The company also specializes cakes for all occasions – weddings, birthdays, holidays, baby showers – using the freshest ingredients available.
For many of us on the Extol Team, a holiday isn’t complete without goodies from Rookie’s. They make a scrumptious addition to company parties, family gatherings and holiday gifts.
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Sonya Broady vividly remembers when she and Leslie Smith decided to start Smith Broady & Associates, a mortgage company located in Southern Indiana. “We opened in June 2008 in the middle of the real estate downfall,” Sonya said. “Everyone thought we were crazy.”
Now, more than nine years later, there are five members of the Smith Broady team, and they recently relocated from their Blackiston Mill Road location in New Albany to a beautifully remodeled, homey office at 1114 E. Tenth St. in Jeffersonville.
“It’s been almost a three-year process to look for something and find a right price and location,” said Leslie, who shares the principal manager/co-owner title with Sonya. “We have succeeded because of our team. We are family. Now that we’re in our new spot, we’re hoping to grow even more.
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Every step of the way, your Smith Broady & Associates loan officer will keep you informed of their progress toward the closing date. With the large inventory of affordable homes on the market, this is a wonderful time for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home.
At Smith Broady & Associates, we look forward to earning your business and becoming your preferred mortgage company for all your home purchases. From starter homes to dream homes, we’re there for you.
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Celebration served as official start to development of Jeffersonville community
PREMIER HOMES hosted a ground-breaking ceremony in late October at 4029 Herb Lewis Road in Jeffersonville to celebrate the official start to the development of Ellingsworth Commons.
“We look forward to celebrating the beginning of our development of this one-of-a-kind lifestyle community,” said Premier Homes President Jeff Corbett. “Ellingsworth Commons also will improve the quality of life for area residents by increasing the tax base, providing economic growth by encouraging new businesses and addressing the growing housing need due to job growth in Jeffersonville.”
David Blankenbeker, a local surveyor and land planner, worked to develop Ellingsworth Commons by employing some of the concepts put forth by Randall Arendt, author of Rural by Design and a national-recognized expert on creative development design. The property is bounded by Port Road, Stonelilly Drive, Herb Lewis Road and Middle Road. Located off I-265 in Jeffersonville – mere minutes from Louisville – Ellingsworth Commons is a sprawling development that will feature numerous green spaces, three lakes, playgrounds, parks, walking and biking trails, a clubhouse and pool, and more than 500 lots on nearly 170 acres of land. Homes in the family-friendly community will range in style, including craftsman, brick and stone. Prices start at $180,000.
“This is something Southern Indiana has never seen before,” said Premier Homes Sales Manager Cat Stevens. “Ellingsworth Commons is about encouraging camaraderie with your neighbors. This is a lifestyle; this is creating a community.”
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Couple wins all-expenses-paid dream wedding, thanks to local vendors
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY WALTS
Jamie and Sydney (Gohlston) Oliver wed Oct. 14, 2017, at The Loft on Spring after winning the first-ever Get Hitched at Harvest giveaway.
Laurie Haag, owner of Eventful 203, Laurel Wreath Bridal and Loft on Spring, came up with the contest as a way to celebrate Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary. She easily garnered the support of local vendors, all of whom donated their services, and asked the public for email submissions. Then, a committee made up of community members picked the winner: Jamie’s entry about his soon-to-be wife
“You have to fight through some bad days, to get to the best days of your life,” read the submission from Jamie. “A lot of times you hear about the love of your life, but what about the life you’ve grown into by love? I wasn’t always the man I am today. I didn’t always want the things I have today, but because of Sydney and the way she’s always put love first, her love of life, her love of our children and her love of me, I’ve grown – by love. … Sydney is the love of my life and the hardest rock I know. She’s a diamond! When life’s pressures were applied, in the midst of darkness, she turned our life into something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.”
On Sept. 29, Laurie announced on WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!” that Jamie and Sydney were the lucky couple who had won the dream package, which included a wedding dress provided by Laurel Wreath bridal, a rehearsal dinner dress for the bride (and 20 percent off bridal party dresses) from Sapphire on Main, a rehearsal dinner at River City Winery and an Oct. 14 wedding at The Loft on Spring.
“There’s a cadence in which society tries to follow rules,” wrote Jamie in his submission. “Love tends not to follow those rules. It has no rhyme or reason, no fault nor blame and as a pastor once told us, ‘Love holds no records of past transgressions.’ It is unconditional. It may not be the greatest love story of all time, but it’s all love for us.”
HITCHED AT HARVEST VENDORS
VENUE: The Loft on Spring
FOOD: Stumler’s Catering
BAR SERVICE: Wick’s
FLORALS: Merci Bouquet
CAKE: Sweet Stuff
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Walts Photography
BRIDE’S DRESS: Laurel Wreath Bridal
BRIDE’S WEDDING DAY PREP: Laurel and Lavender Beauty Lounge
BRIDE’S MAKE-UP: Beauty by Olivia Louise
BRIDAL DRESS ALTERATIONS: Alterations by Carol
GROOM’S TUX RENTAL: Sew Fitting
GROOM’S ACCESSORIES: Him Gentleman’s Boutique
COMMEMORATIVE SPARKLING WINE BOTTLE: Hoosier Wine Girl
REHEARSAL DINNER: River City Winery
BRIDE’S REHEARSAL DINNER DRESS: Sapphire on Main Boutique
MEDIA PARTNER: Extol Magazine