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Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the latest issue of Extol Magazine – now a multimedia experience! In these digital pages, you’ll find the features you’ve come to expect from us, those that highlight the Southern Indiana people and places that deserve celebrating. But, you’ll find so much more.

Since a majority of our print issue distribution locations are contending with their own challenges due to how COVID has affected all of our lives, we’ve decided going digital is the best option and hope you enjoy this new look, which includes stories, photos and videos, too. And, it’s only going to keep getting better.

We have several new projects coming down the pipelines soon, so stay tuned and be sure to connect with @extolmagazine on Facebook and Instagram.

Have questions? Want to share a comment? Know a person, business,
nonprofit or idea that you’d like to see featured in Extol? Drop me a line:

Happy reading – and if you like what you see, please share!


Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief

Letter From The Editor | October/November 2019

When the Extol Magazine Team opted to make this edition our third annual Business Issue, we spent hours in a meeting debating what that means today.

For some of us, the word “business” conjured up images of professionals in classic attire working for corporations and companies in cubicles and windowless offices still utilizing faxes and copy machines and refraining from responding to people outside of the 8-5 working hours. That model still exists and can be beneficial. But, all of us agreed while the old stereotype of what constitutes a business and a business professional remains true in some aspects and should be acknowledged, it’s time to also extol those who are working in ways that usher in the changing times ahead.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov), the overwhelming majority of businesses are defined as small with a range from 1 to 499 people. Here, in our Southern Indiana community, we see the value of said “small” shops, firms, restaurants and entities as well as the importance of frequenting their businesses. We also appreciate the connectedness such businesses offer that big box chains can’t or simply don’t.

For example, my husband and I recently purchased bunk beds for our soon-to-be 4-year-old daughter from Schmitt’s Furniture. In addition to receiving a follow-up phone call about delivery, we also enjoyed — and I mean that — a post office mailed letter signed by owner Louie Schmitt thanking us for our purchase.

A week before writing this, I shopped at Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany for frames and fall decorations and was greeted by employees who also aided me on my search and welcomed me to return instead of treating me as an annoyance.

At Cricket’s Cafe in Sellersburg, where the Extol Team recently met, the cashier took the time to explain the day’s special and help us find a quiet corner. We were so grateful for the kindness.

Before heading home, I stopped at Preferred Meats, where the helpful staff assisted me in selecting the best meats — and more — for an upcoming family gathering. At other big box locales, this wouldn’t and hasn’t happened.

I could go on and on exalting – extolling – the excellence of small businesses located in our midst. Instead, I’ll let this issue speak for itself as we celebrate businesses, especially those connecting with and in our community in this issue.

As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol. This small business – our magazine – is heading into its fifth year of existence, and we couldn’t do that without you and your support.


Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief


Letter From The Editor


Much Love. On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate my brother-in-law Billy Applegate and soon-to-be sister-in-law Jyl Hildreth on their upcoming nuptials. These two deserve all the happiness.

The Extol Team is excited to debut our 2nd annual Wedding Issue – but it’s so much more. Yes, you will find a number of pages dedicated to all things wedding, including a gorgeous fashion shoot shot at Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica by photographer Gretchen Bell with styling and creative direction from Miranda McDonald. But you’ll also find articles about art, food, philanthropy, crafts, camping, sports, businesses, events and a heartfelt tribute to one of our favorite interviewees on the very last page.

It’s a good thing we have increased our page count because you’ll probably notice the number of ads have increased, too. Thanks to the support of our advertising partners, we’re able to offer Extol for free throughout the region.

We are especially grateful to Mark Bliss of The Calumet Club and One Southern Indiana – along with all of our additional sponsors – for partnering with us on our Aug. 15 Wedding Issue Launch Party. We hope you’ll join us 5:30 to 8 p.m. that day for the free event. Details are on the page adjacent to this one.

As always, thank you for taking the time to enjoy Extol.

From the Editor | October-November 2016


MY RIGHT HAND rests firmly over my heart, and I stand motionless and upright every time I hear our National Anthem, though often I also blink back tears as I face the flag and think about how grateful I am to be an American. I rarely sing out loud — trust me, you’d be grateful for that if you had to stand near me — but I always silently sing the words in my head.

This is how I choose to respond when I hear “The Star-Spangled Banner,” yet, unlike so many others, I’m not enraged or offended by those who opt to respond differently. After all, this is what makes our country great: our freedom. Freedom to take a stand. Freedom to make a statement. Freedom to voice opposition. Freedom to protest peacefully. Freedom to disagree with others’ points of view, acts, beliefs, religions or lifestyles. Freedom to abhor injustices occurring in our country but still love the land where you live.

This freedom so many have fought for – and continue to fight for – is why I stand at attention with my hand over my heart but also am able to appreciate my fellow Americans who don’t. At what point did disagreeing with someone evolve into a license to hate – or worse? And can’t I disagree about how someone chooses to peacefully protest (and that’s specifically what I’m talking about: peaceful protest) but respect them, too, especially when said protest elicits a national dialogue that clearly needs to continue.

These are tough times. We all know this. And no one knows that better than 95-year-old World War II veteran Edward “Duke” Roggenkamp Jr., whom we’ve featured on this cover of Extol. After nearly a century of living, Mr. Roggenkamp has a unique perspective, and during his time with the Extol team he offered a few words of advice:

Listen to both sides – or all sides, because there’s never just two – and “elect people who you know will keep the country’s freedom alive.”

If you’re of age, you have the privilege, right and responsibility of voting in the upcoming election. Cast your vote wisely, but – please – cast your vote. You can be sure he’s going to.
Lastly, said Mr. Roggenkamp, our nation must remain grounded in freedom and we must allow “people to (live) the lives they want to live.”

I appreciate this veteran’s words of wisdom and hope all of us will take them to heart.
Yours truly,
Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief