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“My daughter Grace is wearing
a galaxy of stars and cuteness,
thanks to the sewing talents of
Bonnie Jansen Hackbarth.” –
Laura Ross

We Asked – You Answered

@ExtolMagazine

We took to our social media accounts to ask if mask wearing is a regular part of your routine – an overwhelming majority of you said yes – and your favorite place to purchase your face coverings. Here are a few of our favorites.

MASK UP

Still seeking masks? Here are a few of our favorites to shop for facecoverings:

Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany: Purchase from the array of adjustable fit masks for men, women and children or select your own fabric and let the talented team create one – or more! – just for you.

Regalo Gifts, 234 Pearl St., New Albany: Like making people laugh? Prefer a witty face covering? Aren’t afraid to let you’re a little piece of fabric to the talking? Check out the unique masks at regaloart.com.

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“The front desk at a flea market in Salem held it for me when I called after learning they had one with Winnie the Pooh scenes. My students will love it when we return to school.” – Kristin Kleinert

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“Had a lot of help, but made a lot of masks. I feel you find what works best for you. IMO everyone is different. It’s not easy, but kudos to the nurses in N95 masks for 12- hour shifts – suffocating.” –Kelly Rivard

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“My favorite mask is my Steve Buscemi mask, I bought it online. I have about 10 other fabric masks that I made myself. Gotta coordinate!” –Courtney Hill Paris

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“Got it on Etsy.” – Jodi Stiller Meier

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“I make them myself.” – Jennifer Koch

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“A wonderful lady at my church, Wesley Chapel, made this mask.” –Laura Gipe

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“Got this one on Etsy!” – Kris Ritcher

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“Regalo (in New Albany at their) online (shop).” – Kathy Elder

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“It was special made by Val Jeanine Davis-Kavanaugh. Donations went to pancreatic cancer research in memory of her twin sister, who passed away recently. The pink (is) for me as a 12-year breast cancer survivor.” –Trina Davidson Amos

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DIVORCED DAD’S BOOK OFFERS GUIDELINES FOR PARENTING

As he writes in his new book, Steve Adams was an admittedly clueless father until divorce and joint custody forced him to reassess his priorities

By Conrad Jarret


Steve Adams is a successful, hard-working, just-turned-50 real estate agent, a devoted father
of two who always makes time for his children – Rachel, a graduating college senior, and Carter,
a high school junior. But it wasn’t always this way. Only 10 years ago, he was an up-and-comer who never let his family get in the way of a business
deal, a meet-and-greet, a meal or drinks with clients. His career was rising, but his home life
was descending into shambles. “I was never there for them,” he admits. “I
missed dinners and family events. My feeling was, I was providing, and that was all that should
have mattered.”
What changed for Adams? Divorce, and the ensuing settlement battles over finances and custody. And what started out – as he now admits – as a contest simply to defeat his ex-wife in court turned into a complete transformation, a look-inthe- mirror realization that he had an obligation to these two young children (they were 11 and five at the time) that exceeded putting a roof over their heads. He saw that it was what he did beneath that roof that truly mattered. It was that classic realization: “I brought those kids into the world, they didn’t ask to be born, and they certainly didn’t ask for this divorce.”

Now, he says, “Almost everything I do is with the thought of how it’s going to affect them. You
can’t go wrong if they’re your Number One priority all the time.”
Adams didn’t give up his career, nor his will to succeed in business. Rather, he readjusted
his priorities and found structure and balance in his life. “If I had a business appointment that
coincided with Carter’s basketball game, the game took precedence every time. If there was
a parent-teacher conference scheduled on a weekday business morning, that’s where I’d be
that morning — every time.”

He also reordered his domestic priorities. He developed his cooking skills, so those weekends with the kids were not full of pizza boxes and fast-food drive-throughs. “It got so that my kids noticed when they came in the door and there wasn’t something cooking in the kitchen.” And, as he resumed dating post-divorce, “If I wasn’t certain about bringing a woman home to meet my kids, I didn’t do it. It was a litmus test, and most of those relationships failed the test.” Priorities. Structure. Balance.

The effort to rearrange his life, and the lessons he learned, are discussed in detail in his new book, “Now What? A Divorced Dad’s Guide to Parenting Excellence,”
published in 2019 by Butler Books. University of Louisville head men’s basketball
coach Chris Mack said on a cover blurb: “Steve’s book is straight from the heart, on lessons he’s
learned and applied, for helping you be the best father you can be.” Best father you can be – and, as it turned out, best parent, too.

“As I developed the thoughts that went into writing the book,” Adams says, “I realized there was much about being ‘the best father you can be’ that went beyond just the community of divorced fathers. All these thoughts and recommendations and guidelines also apply to any fathers of young children, to divorced mothers and all single-parent households and, in fact, to any parent at all.”

During the course of writing his book – which is available on Amazon, at local bookstores and ButlerBooks.com – Adams talked to educators, counselors, religious leaders, family court judges and sociologists, and he says he was alarmed by some of the things he’d heard. “I talked to Aaron Striegel, the student counselor at Trinity High School,” says Adams. “He shared with me some alarming statistics about what happens to children who grow up in turbulent households
or without a father’s presence. So many of them end up doing time.”

Adams says he was even contacted by a man who runs an addiction recovery program in Nashville. “He wanted me to come talk to his group. I don’t have the specific background issues of his attendees, but he thought my message – of changing, prioritizing and goal-setting – would resonate with them.”

Finally, Adams took aim in his book at a surprising target: Facebook. “People with issues – in their marriages, in their home lives, with their children – broadcast their intimate issues because they think they’re talking to a bunch of sympathetic ‘friends.’ They’re not really your friends; most of them probably think you’re pathetic. I always say, ‘If you think they’re your friends, see which one will respond when you have a flat tire at 3 in the morning.’ Spend all that wasted social media time and effort where it will do some real good: with your kids.”

BIZ BUZZ

Celebrating the latest business happenings and honors

1si Honored as 2020 Statewide Chamber of Commerce of the Year One Southern Indiana (1si) received statewide recognition as the 2020 Indiana Chamber of the
Year today at the annual meeting of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA).

“One Southern Indiana continues to perform at an exceptional level, even in the midst of 2020 national challenges,” said ICEA President Shelli Williams. “The 2020 ICEA Chamber of the Year continues to be bold in their leadership through a powerful strategic plan resulting in outstanding successes for the communities that they serve.”

1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser
said, “I have never been prouder of our team. Being recognized by ICEA as the Chamber of the
Year is a great honor which is entirely due to the professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm of the entire staff. Appreciation for their hard work, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, is well deserved and I want to thank them for all they do.”

By the end of 2019, the 1si team had taken the lead in reaching 80 percent of their goal of $50 million in capital investment. The staff celebrated
an impressive 584 jobs created with new job wages of $32.26 per hour, well-above their goal of $21 per hour new job recruitment. In 2019, the staff successfully relaunched an insurance program for members, launched a YP mentorship program and reformatted roundtable groups to better serve member needs. For the first eight months of the fiscal year, this chamber was on-track. Then came COVID-19.

The organization immediately launched 1si Cares, a three-prong approach to assist businesses
in navigating the current health crisis. The first prong, 1si Connects, provides businesses the resources needed to continue business during this disruption to normalcy. The second prong, 1si Collaborates, was accomplished by staff members stepping up to work with local elected officials and foundations. This resulted in the successful funding of 123 business loan requests, totaling more than $1.2 million directly awarded
to businesses in need. The final prong, 1si Calls, offers daily Facebook Live events called “Ask an Expert,”
allowing businesses to have real time conversation for assistance during the pandemic. These videos posted to their website have been viewed more than 18,400 times since the pandemic began.

The Chamber of the Year award is given annually by ICEA to recognize excellence in the chamber of commerce leadership profession. The chamber of the year application process focuses on four core areas including leadership/governance, finance,
advocacy and programming/membership.

Award finalists were reviewed by a panel of industry
professionals from Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
In addition to the top award, 1si received two 2020 Communication Excellence Awards for the
2019 Annual Meeting “Mission SoIN Possible” marketing campaign and the 2020 Business
Resource Guide, which is a new publication for 1si.

Joe Glover Named President of New Albany Rotary Club Indiana University Southeast Director of Athletics Joe Glover has been sworn in as the President of the Rotary Club of New Albany.

“It is a great honor to lead the Rotary Club of
New Albany. I consider it a great privilege to serve
in the same role as so many of our community’s
greatest leaders over the last 105 years,” Glover
said. “This organization has meant a lot to me since
Bill Ryall encouraged and invited me to come to
meetings and eventually become a Rotarian. My
love for the City of New Albany and my personal
dedication to service make this opportunity
special for me. I look forward to engaging with
our community and working with hundreds of
Rotarians in Southern Indiana to continue to
our goal to make the world a better place while
opening opportunities for others.”

Glover has been a member of the Rotary Club since November 2012 when a long-time mentor
and former IU Southeast Tennis Head Coach Bill Ryall sponsored his application to the club. Glover has been in charge of the club’s social media and public relations efforts previously and has helped with the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree toy drive and Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet.

Glover has previously served the club as Vice-President, Secretary and as a Board Director.
The Rotary Club of New Albany was established in 1915 and enjoys a long history of serving its community through the meaningful acts of service of its members and through philanthropic giving. Rotary membership represents a cross-section of the New Albany’s business and professional men and women and is an organization committed to
peace and helping others.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the
community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Locally, Rotarians develop community
service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues. Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution,
disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic
education/literacy, and economic /community development.

Glover has been Director of Athletics at IU Southeast since 2010. He currently serves as
Board President of the NAIA-Athletic Director’s Association and serves on the NAIA National
Administrative Council (NAC). He is also an active member of both the National Association
of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). Glover serves as the Secretary for the Floyd Memorial Foundation and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Cardinal Ritter Council #1221 in New Albany.

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Letter From the Editor

All good things must come to an end.

That’s just one the realities of life. But a conclusion isn’t necessarily negative; it often simply means change.

This issue marks Extol’s fifth anniversary, a milestone that couldn’t have been reached without the support of our advertising partners, readers, staff, businesses that carry our print publication and the Southern Indiana community. We are grateful, humbled and eager to march forward into our sixth year, but we’ll be doing it without one key team member, Creative Content Developer Christian Watson.

Christian started working with us about a year after he graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 2016. A self-taught videographer and photographer who continues to educate himself in his chosen field, Christian quickly impressed us with his multifaceted skills, creativity, and ability to work both collaboratively and independently. He was also a joy to be around, albeit often a quiet one.

Hard working and introverted, at least at work, it took a while to learn about who Christian was outside of his work life, but eventually we did: He is a talented musician who picked up an instrument beginning at the age of 4. He comes from a close-knit family and is deliberate about how he spends his downtime. He loves art and travel, particularly when it includes photography. He handles stress with a maturity many of us never master. And, he’s incredibly thoughtful and kind, but doesn’t want anyone to make a big deal of it.

When we hired Christian, we knew we were taking a bit of a chance because of his lack of experience, but it soon became clear we had nothing to worry about. He possessed the necessary skills and desire to learn more. He far exceeded our expectations. So much so, I made it a point to tell him a few times over the past year that we knew Extol was just the first stop in what was surely going to be a long, successful, beautiful career of doing what he loves, and when the time came for him to move on to the next chapter, we would be celebrating him and continuing to cheer from afar.

That time has come.

With this issue, Christian’s role with Extol ends and his new one at Doe-Anderson begins. Founded in 1915, the Louisville-based advertising agency has served iconic clients for decades and is known around the country. Christian earned his place on the Doe-Anderson team, and all of us at Extol couldn’t be happier for or prouder of him. We look forward to being able to say, “We knew him when.”

We also look forward to what comes next for Extol as we march forward into this sixth year. Thank you for continuing with us on the journey.


Truly,

Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief

angie@extolmag.com

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Foodie Favorites

Might we suggest a few of our favorite Southern Indiana eats?


In honor of Extol’s fifth anniversary, we’ve created this round-up featuring five of our foodie favorites:

Worth the Wait

There’s a reason why Wild Eggs, 1450 Veterans Parkway in Jeffersonville, often has a brief wait shortly after the doors open: Everything on the menu is delicious. Try the House-Made Cinnamon Roll, Everything Muffin, Wild Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Scramble, Country Fried Steak and Eggs, POP’s Poppin’ Egg Salad or the #MOPOWERBOWL. The Bloody Mary’s are fire, too. (NOTE: If you arrive and there’s a line, don’t let that deter you. The staff is adept at quick seating. Regardless, it’s always worth the wait.)ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_17_Image_0001


Meat Market

Long-time customers know the best place to get meats – and more – is Preferred Meats, 7617 Old State Road 60 in Sellersburg. The shop, owned by Samantha Huber, regularly features unexpected items (like Wagyu beef ) as well as popular picks (fresh, locally-sourced, hand-cut and -ground meats; vegetables; deli meats; sides; beer and wine). Forget milk, eggs or charcoal on the way home? Preferred Meats carries those staples, too. Unsure how to cook a particular cut, want a suggestion for your next purchase or have a question about where the meats come from? Just ask. The staff is knowledgeable and super friendly. Pop in and we’re pretty sure this will be your new go-to meat market for sure. Follow @ preferredmeatsinc on Facebook.

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Olde World Awesome

Family-owned and -operated, Schnitzelbank Restaurant serves up “olde world” German fare that’s perfect any time of year, but if you’re specifically looking for stick-to-your ribs goodness, try the Goulash, Sauerbraten or the Grüne Spinat Casserole. The historic eatery is located at 393 3rd Ave. in Jasper.

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Big Buzz

It’s no surprise that 1816 Modern Kitchen & Drinks, 100 E. Chestnut St. in Corydon, has continued to garner much buzz since opening last year. Chef Scott Dickenson heads up the kitchen with what he calls “southern comfort fusions.” Try the Brussels Sprouts (we love the inclusion of a touch of local honey), Smoked Gouda Stuffed Meatloaf or one of the Sweet Potato Biscuits.

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Membership Has Its Merits

Late last fall, we highlighted Board and You, a then-new business in New Albany that quickly gained a massive social media following and super fans of their custom charcuterie boards (pick up or delivery). Fast forward a few months, and now the business is expanding to Indiana, offers boards of all sizes (including gigantic tables filled with incredible edibles), and is slated to open Board and You Bistro downtown New Albany in May. Don’t want to wait? New to the concept? Like a little bit of exclusivity? The bistro, owned by Zack Flanagan and Sean Lara, is currently offering exclusive memberships that include a variety of benefits over a twelve month period, including the prominent display of your name – or your business name – in the restaurant, discounts, complimentary bottles of wine, exclusive invitations and more. Memberships range from Silver ($250) to Gold ($500) to Platinum ($1,500). For more information, contact Zack at 502.777.6516 or zack@boardandyou.com.ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_16_Image_0004

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LUNCHTIME LOVE

How to take your lunch on a culinary adventure

By Adam & Kristin Kleinert


First, please allow me to apologize. Most FamFitter articles have been penned by my wife, Kristin (aka “The Smart One”). She is in her first year as a full-time special education teacher, taking a few college courses, coaching elementary cheerleading and killing it as a mom like always. So, for now, you get me.

This even busier lifestyle we’ve taken on has given me the opportunity (sarcasm) to help out with a few more duties around the house. Aside from writing this article, one area in which I have enjoyed helping is with the kids’ lunches. When I started, my routine consisted of getting up and then trying to throw whatever I could into a lunch box. If there wasn’t time for even that, it was cafeteria lunch for my crew. This lasted until my oldest son challenged me to think differently.

Elias, a freshman in high school, is very serious about whatever sport is currently in season. He’s always putting in extra work trying to get an advantage. (We are diligently working on getting him to apply that same enthusiasm toward his schoolwork.) Not getting enough out of school lunches or what I was packing, Eli asked if there was a way to not only get more food in the lunch box but he wanted healthier food as well. This was not a request I was expecting from a 14-year-old, especially one who shares my love for doughnuts, pies, cinnamon rolls… Well, you get the point.

I began thinking about the protein (chicken, lean beef, etc.) and how I could supply veggies that would be welcomed. I started with some simple dishes like chicken & rice, pork tacos, spaghetti (pasta made with garbanzo beans) and meatballs. These were usually things I could put together from what we ate for dinner the night before. A saving grace is that he has access to a microwave in the high school, which allowed me to be a little more creative.

Soon our oldest daughter, Sydney, and Kristin were eyeing Eli’s lunches. These two are not picky by any means, but if food is not cooked to their liking, you may often get a bit of an upturned nose. To my delight, they loved my lunch-packing as well. Thus, I found myself having to figure out how to put together three reheatable, to-go lunches for not one but three people every day.

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the concept of food prepping, but let me just reinforce how great it is. I cook on Sundays for the week and make lunches not only for Kristin, Sydney and Eli but for myself as well. I have made a habit of spending part of the day cooking several proteins, some veggies, a baked-good and batch of granola. It feels good knowing I can give my loved ones a little help on their busy weekdays.

You may recall we have four children. I know at least some of you are thinking I’ve completely ignored my younger two, Molly and Brahm. Well, only slightly. They ask me to make their lunch as well, but I am not yet able to give them the same treatment since they do not have access to a microwave in elementary school. I do tell them that if they’d like me to pack their lunches, I won’t pack junk.

This policy did not go over well at first, but we have evolved to a point where they are packing their own lunches with some supervision. Where Brahm and Molly tried before to pack chips, pretzels, popcorn and crackers (you know, the four main food groups according to kids), after some initial coaxing, one of the first things they look for now is even salad (!!). This might be my favorite part of our school lunch culinary adventure: seeing all my kids expanding their pallets and trying to make more conscious choices without a push from this parent.

Here are a few of our favorite dishes:

CHICKEN FRIED RICE

A weekly go-to in our house. This dish is extremely versatile. Don’t feel like chicken? Try pulled pork, turkey and kale meatballs or tofu. Don’t have broccoli or carrots? How about peas, edamame, cauliflower or asparagus? Just raid the fridge and pantry, and see what great new take on this classic dish you can come up with.

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• Fried Rice

– Onion

– Eggs

– Soy Sauce

– Broccoli

– Shredded Brussel Sprouts

– Shredded Carrot

– Toasted Seseame Seed

Here, just cook as much as you want. You know your family better than I do, so I’ll refrain from telling you how much to make.

I bake chicken breasts and then cube them on Sundays. For the fried rice, I usually start with about 4 cups of rice. (I like to cook the rice on Friday or Saturday and let it dry out in the fridge for a few days.) In a wok or large saute pan, I start with a little oil and add some chopped onion. I then add in the rice and let it sit for a minute to try and crisp it up just a bit. Next, I’ll add a couple of eggs and scramble them in. Add your soy sauce to taste, and at the end, I add the vegetables. I don’t want to overcook them. I like them to still have a little bite. Last, I top it off with a little toasted sesame seed.

COCONUT/ALMOND PROTEIN COOKIES

The Kleinerts like dessert! Some of the entrees may not have been as well received if my crew did not have a little something sweet to chew on afterward. These little cookies are low in sugar and pack a protein punch. The recipe below uses dried blueberries and cherries, but if you like chocolate, substitute the fruit for chocolate chips and the vanilla protein powder for chocolate.

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• 5 T Coconut Oil

• 1/2 cup Brown Sugar • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup

• 3 Eggs

• 5 T Coconut Flour

• 1 Scoop Vanilla Protien Powder

• 1 cup Oatmeal

• 1 t Salt

• 1/2 cup sliced almonds

• 1/4 cup chopped pecans

• 1/4 cup chopped dried berries

Melt the coconut oil. Mix in brown sugar and maple syrup. Whisk in eggs. In a separate bowl combine flour, protein powder, oatmeal and salt. Add wet ingredients. Mix in nuts and berries. Scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 until the edges are brown (about 10 minutes). Makes about 18.

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Gabby & Brandon Jones

Sept. 28, 2019

Photos by Krystle Hiott of Krystle Hiott Photography | krystlehiottphotography.com krystalhiottphotos@gmail.com | 317.750.1897


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On a late fall afternoon, with the warm sun just peeking through the beautiful fall-tinged leaves surrounding The Old Barn at Brown County, Gabrielle Boone of Floyds Knobs married Brandon Jones of Columbus, Indiana.

The venue gave the couple everything they wanted for their rustic vintage theme. Two large, beautifully appointed cabins flank the barn, and these were rented by the couple to accommodate their wedding party.

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As the leaves rustled, Gabby descended the wrap-around wooden deck of the bride’s cabin. Designed by Mori Lee, Gabby’s gown provided the chic, eloquent silhouette she had always dreamed of. Ivory in color, with a plunging neckline and open low back, the gown flowed with tiers of alternating striped offray sheer and solid patterned satin. Gabby’s shoes were Kate Spade rose-colored velvet and pearl-studded sandals.

Always wanting an outdoor wedding, the groom was handsomely appointed in a charcoal Bonobos suit and Bruno Magli wing-tipped shoes. Brandon waited, and perhaps shed a few tears, while Gabby made her way across the beautiful, leaf-covered path and down the aisle trimmed with white pumpkins to the small congregation seated on wooden benches. The beautiful porch-like setting was the perfect location for the exchange of vows.

Following the vows, guests enjoyed a beautiful reception decorated with crystal vases, candles, peonies and baby’s breath. In addition to the customary wedding cake, macaroons, the bride’s favorite, were served.

Always looking to surprise and treat their guests, the couple chose a breakfast buffet for their reception meal. Piping hot biscuits and gravy, frittatas and bacon were just a few of the offerings with cocktail hour miniature waffles complete with individual syrup pipettes.

Gabby is a 2014 graduate of Floyd Central High School with a degree in fashion marketing, merchandising and retail management from the Art Institute of Indianapolis. Brandon graduated from Columbus East High School and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

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GIVE ME A SIGN

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By JD Dotson


How many times have I begged the universe to give me a sign? Whether I have a difficult decision to make, a project to finish, or I’m just feeling down, I will look around for that sign to help decide or guide or give a bit of hope.

Some days the signs present themselves in unique ways, like an unexpected phone call or taking a wrong turn that leads to something wonderful. Other days, they present themselves as actual signs that I am fortunate enough to pull my head up in time to see.

Two of my favorites stick out: The first was on a trip to New Orleans on a side street and regular path to the French Quarter, but on this particular day someone had placed a giant “LIVE A GREAT STORY” sticker on a heavily graffitied corner. That lucky encounter has spawned a mantra in my life. The second is near my house and something I had driven by for who knows how long and never noticed. Feeling down and out, I was walking to work due to car problems and most likely an empty bank account when I looked up to see “NEVER GIVE UP” painted on the side of the highway. It was the sign I needed to see at that moment.

This issue’s project is a collection of signs to inspire someone special to me. My hope is that they will inspire or comfort her when she is feeling lost. For you, however, the possibilities are endless, but let’s start with what you want to say and your list of supplies, which are available at Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, the wonderful shop located across from the giant Kroger.

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SUPPLIES:

• Your sign surface (whether a premade sign, slats of wood, or found materials such as yardsticks or paint stirrers)

• 1” wide wood slats for the back

• Clamps

• Wood Glue

• Stencils or Letter Stickers

• Acrylic Paint/Wood Stain/Spray Paint

• Paintbrushes

• Hanging hardware/Jute string

• Staple Gun

• Optional: Wood Burning Kit

Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop420 New Albany Plaza | New Albanybenfranklinartsandframing.com


STEP ONE

Prepare your surface. I found some great premade signs at Ben Franklin that were only in need of a stain or undercoat of paint. If you are building your base from slats or found material, arrange the pieces with the facing surface down. I prefer the uneven edges on mine and then glue the 1” wide slats to the back and clamp until dry.

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STEP TWO

Figure out what you are going to say. Then, how are you going to get your message to the surface? There are several ways to go about it. You can use stencils to draw the letters and then paint inside the lines. You can use the letter stickers as a mask and paint outside the lines or spray paint the whole surface, then peel the letters off. If you have time, patience and a wood burning kit with letter attachments, you can burn each letter into the wood one at a time or even hand letter your saying.

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STEP THREE

Hang it. There are many ways to hang your signs: sawtooth hangers that can be hammered into the back of the piece, picture hanging kits with wire or a long piece of jute stapled to each side of the back.

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STEP FOUR

Finally, hang it and prepare yourself for inspiration. Sometimes, we all need little reminders that there is good all around, that people care for us, that we all matter, that the answers we seek are waiting to be discovered. Hang them where you will see them every day. Hang them so someone in need of a sign will come across it. Attach it to a pole and march that inspiration down the street. Some people will say, “Look at that crazy person carrying that sign” but there will be some that think “I needed to see that today.”

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WHERE ONE DOOR CLOSES…

Made by Morgan

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler


…Another one opens and just like that it’s Spring, bringing us a promise of sunlight, crisp air and fresh beginnings. To welcome the new season, I’m sharing with you a kid-friendly craft that incorporates a little education, too, and started – as always – at Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany. By the way, new store hours went into effect in January. Ben Franklin is open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. If you’re ready to get down and Derby, stop in sometime soon to see the growing collection of fascinators and hats (for men too!) or talk to a staffer about creating one specially for you.

Now, let’s craft!


BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS NEW ALBANY SUPPLIES

• Wooden hanging door

• Chalk paint of your desired color

• Cardstock of your desired color x 2

• Scissors

• Spring items of your choosing

• Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Total project cost = $42


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Find some time when you and your kid(s) can go craft supply shopping together. As you are browsing, start up a conversation about seasons. Use this opportunity to test their knowledge and do a little teaching, too. Start with the wooden door. Because it has 6 “panes,” have your child(ren) come up with six different aspects of spring. Each item will eventually be displayed on your door and will remind your child(ren) what the season is all about. My girls and I settled on rainclouds made from cotton balls with rain made from blue stones, butterflies, a birds nest with eggs, flowers, birds on a twig, and a cross to symbolize Easter.

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Paint! We chose a delicate, light pink chalk paint in a spray can. However, you may use any paint you desire. I like the look of chalk paint for this project, but a flat or matte paint would be pretty as well. The red door from Ben Franklin is also very nice just as it is, if you want to skip this step. We also decided to paint our door handle gold using acrylic paint, because, why not?! Paint and then let the door dry.

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Using your heated glue gun, apply glue around the perimeter of one sheet of cardstock. Apply sheet to the back of your door, covering four of the bottom panes.

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Cut your second sheet of cardstock in half and repeat step three to cover the top two remaining door panes.

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Glue your spring items to the cardstock inside each pane, while talking with your child about why each one is important and/or specific to the season. Again, all of our items were purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, with the exception of our rain clouds, which are simply three cotton balls arranged together. We also found a twig outside to use as a branch for our little birdies. Instead of items for every pane, you and your child also can paint or draw inside one or more panes or you can collect items from your garden.


Note: This door can be updated for each season by easily removing the cardstock from each pane and adding new objects. (You could even update for birthdays by choosing six of the birthday guy or gal’s favorite things.)

Variation 1: Instead of cardstock, you can use felt for the background and utilize Velcro to attach your objects instead of glue. This would make this project even more conducive to changing out with the seasons.

Variation 2: If you would rather have a centerpiece for your kitchen table or kids table, Ben Franklin carries an array of wooden boxes that would work well for this project, too. You and your child(ren) could decorate each side of the wooden box and add a floral arrangement to the top! Voila!

Happy Spring, Extol Readers!

5 Year Spread

5 Years of Celebrating Southern Indiana

OFF THE PAGE with Extol


A RECAP OF EACH ISSUE BY OUR EDITOR IN CHIEF ANGIE FENTON

Five years ago, Extol Magazine debuted as a fledgling publication with a small team that had one goal: to highlight Southern Indiana – and beyond. Half a decade later, we’re still here and have grown into a company that offers far more services than the bimonthly publication that launched us, but that remains our mainstay, our roots. So, we asked our Editor in Chief Angie Fenton to reflect back on each issue over the past five years and go off the page, as she calls it. Here are Angie’s recollections, insight and a bit of what once was insider information.

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In mid-2014, my business partner and eventual husband, Jason Applegate, and I sketched out our dream of launching a publication celebrating Southern Indiana while at Tucker’s in New Albany. I wish I would have saved the napkins and notebook we first used to draw up our business plan. This was our first issue, and we knew we wanted to lead with a great story. WHAS11’s Chief Meteorologist Ben Pine had an amazing one. I wrote this feature and still love it not for my words but because of Ben, his family and their story. How lucky are we to have them still in our midst as SoIN residents.

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I’ve known Tricia Barnstable Brown for years and love her heart. She and her sister, Priscilla “Cyb” Barnstable, have raised millions for diabetes research through their renowned Derby fete, the Barnstable Brown Gala. The fellas featured with her are Brent Rogers and Chris Hughes of Sounds Unlimited Productions, which is a Southern Indiana-based company known across the country and locally at home for producing parties with a purpose like no one else. They don’t just do Derby – they are Derby. And, wow, do they have some celeb-filled stories to tell.

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When Fuzzy Zoeller agreed to allow us to feature him in Extol, we were thrilled. We also knew better than to show up without a plan. So, my team and I practiced how we would photograph him and what the lighting would look like ahead of time, and I had my questions ready to go. Photographer Tony Bennett shot the cover with our Creative Director Adam Kleinert overseeing the shoot either before or after I conducted the interview – I can’t recall. But, what I do remember is how funny and “colorful” Fuzzy was. We had wanted to respect his time, so we were extremely efficient and fast, so much so that when we were done Fuzzy said, “That’s it? You don’t need anything else?” I received a lot of positive feedback from folks after the issue was launched, but I still chuckle at the few negative comments. A handful of readers were appalled that I’d allowed a few swears to make their way into the article. While I thanked them for the feedback, I didn’t apologize. I mean, you don’t tone down Fuzzy Zoeller. You just don’t.

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Writer Stacey Thomas penned the cover story for this issue, which was so heart-breaking and amazing, I wept while editing the article. I’m forever grateful to Jillian Becher and her family for sharing their hearts.

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I loved this issue because it wound up being something completely different than what we thought it would be, which was tough for some of us staffers to stomach. But, that’s a good life lesson, too. We could have stayed stuck in the figurative mud, bummed that our plans completely fell to the wayside, but we didn’t. I mean, we had the next issue to get to.

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Country crooners Dave & Whitney kept us in stitches for most of the shoot. The Southern Indiana natives were – are – so talented and funny. Really, really funny.

ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_51_Image_0002February/March 2016

Photographer Antonio Pantoja made magic during the photo shoot with Terry Meiners at Le Moo in Louisville. The story was about an upcoming charity roast of the region’s most well-known radio deejay. I was one of the roasters and stressed so much about how to roast someone I consider a friend. There’s video of Terry’s roast out there someone. It was definitely an unforgettable night.

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We shot the cover and other photos at Kopp’s Lakes in Clarksville, which my husband and I have frequented several times when we just want to fish but don’t have time to drive very far. If you’ve ever been, you’ll know why most people are surprised this issue was shot there. I mean, Kopp’s is great, but it isn’t exactly what you’d think of when going for glamour. Except, I was pretty sure the location would make a perfect backdrop in the hands of photog extraordinaire Antonio Pantoja and Extol Creative Director Adam Kleinert. Not all of my decisions are gold, but they ensured this one was. Renowned New Albany hat maker Rebecca Vance, who has since passed, made the fascinator specially for this dress. What a special lady she was.

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We definitely had tons of fun on this shoot, which featured Creative Director Adam Kleinert’s son Brahm and an elephant from Wiltstem Wildlife Park in Paoli. Brahm is actually photoshopped into the photo, and, truth be told, while it was an exciting shoot, I had one eye on the exit the whole time. It was just such a BIG experience.

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This issue spotlighting Todd Sharp flew off the shelves and also inspired the name of his former reality TV series, which featured the cover on the national show’s debut.

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It was an honor to feature this veteran. I also love pointing out the shadow behind him. Not everyone notices it. Makes me put my right hand over my heart every time.

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You have to read the story about John Bostock to know why he continues to be the face of hope. John and his wife Jessica provided, and still provide, so much inspiration to others. This remains one of my most cherished stories. Writer Steve Kaufman really captured John and Jessica’s journey.

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On this cover, we included the text: “Eva Bass is going to help shape our world.” My team and I still believe that. #TeamEva

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When I look at this cover, which is gorgeous, I think of everything that went wrong with this issue (minus the cover, which was shot by Danny Alexander after our original cover fell through and we were 36 hours from going to press). I’ll spare you the details, but this issue was a lesson in falling down and finding out just how strong you really are.

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Who doesn’t love Dawne Gee? That’s what I think when I see this issue. And then I always smile.

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The wedding dress on the cover of our inaugural wedding issue was created by Southern Indiana native Francis “Frankie” Lewis. She eventually made it onto Project Runway and is now living and thriving in California.

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I’m a Michigan native who moved to Louisville in 2002. I moved to Indiana in late 2014 but didn’t fall in love with Harvest Homecoming until overseeing this issue. Now, it’s one of my most favorite times a year, which I think means I’m officially a Hoosier.

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Todd Sharp is the only person we’ve featured twice as a cover story, and just like the first time, this issue went fast.

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We gathered a few of our favorite chefs and hit home what many of us know: Southern Indiana is a hotbed of good eats.

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Radio deejay Sarah Jordan rocked this shoot, and I absolutely adore her. This issue was also exciting because we jumped up in pages and were now being distributed by hundreds of locations in Southern Indiana and dozens in Louisville.

ExtolMag_31_Final_Page_58_Image_0002June/July 2018

Shooting this entire issue was such a sweet collaboration with the entire Extol team. While I look at some issues and see the stories, many of them I look at and reflect on what occurred to get the publication to press.

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Stylist Miranda McDonald knocked the photo shoot for our second annual wedding issue out of the park – and she did it in a park-like setting.

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This issue was chock full of business people from around the region who shared valuable insight. I still go back and read the hard copy version.

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Real estate guru bared his heart in this stunning cover story. He is proof of redemption and recovery. It is a must-read.

April/May 2019

Shooting at Angels Envy just across the river was so much fun. And, while we were at it, an internationally known mega rock band walked by on a tour. I can’t spill the beans, but I will guarantee every person reading this would know who they are.

February/March 2019

Looking at four years worth of covers all at once really was a moment for me. This has been a labor of love that included some really tough times, lots of highs and lows, and plenty of opportunity to throw in the towel. I am so glad we didn’t. We’re bigger, better and stronger than we ever could have imagined we’d be. The struggles have been worth it.

June/July 2019

Juice Box Heroes lead singer Dan Farmer has such a great story, and he was hysterical to shot with. Plus, we really, really love his band.

August/September 2019

In this, our third annual wedding issue, we feature an actual newlywed couple instead of models on the cover. Aaron and RuthAnn Burns we’re the sweetest and  the reason why we are going to pick either a Southern Indiana bride, groom or couple on the 2020 edition.

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New Washington State Bank CEO Jessica Carroll is a rockstar in her industry and one of the most impressive people i’ve ever met. As a Southern Indiana resident i am grateful to have her in our midst.

December 2019/January 2020

Lori Unruh was a fabulous cover gal. I also love her bracelets, her family, her story and her heart. This issue also sparked something in me: The desire to change our publication dates. Originally, we debuted so that our first bimonthly issue of every year would begin in February. But now that we have a solid five years under our belt, it’s time for a slight change. With a bit of math magic that means we won’t actually skip a single issue, we’ve opted to hop over February and coin this our March/April issue. That means the first issue of 2020 will be January/February. It probably means very little to anyone else except this type A++ editor.

You can find back issues and stories – as well as the most recent ones – by visiting extolmag.com. Follow @extolmagazine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.