Thanks to Bryce, other babies can be saved

By: Cindy Kirchhofer State Representative

A Hoosier family’s struggle will help save the lives of others. Bryce Clausen was a one-year-old who was diagnosed with Krabbe, a rare genetic disease, and recently passed away. His difficult journey and shortened life highlight the need to screen newborns for the disease.

There is no cure for Krabbe, but those diagnosed and treated early have better chances of living longer, healthier lives. Once symptoms appear, it is too late for treatment. Bryce was not screened at birth, and his diagnosis came only after symptoms appeared.

In addition to Krabbe, the new law I supported also adds Pompe disease and Hurler syndrome to Indiana’s newborn screening panel. This was the first bill signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb this session.

Our hearts ache for Bryce and his family who bravely shared their story to help save others. The Clausen’s are true heroes who turned their struggle into meaningful change.

In addition to pushing for this legislation, the Clausen’s are raising money to sponsor a theme room in Bryce’s name at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Bryce’s battle and support their efforts, click here.

Bryce’s Story
Written by Joel Clausen, Bryce’s father

Bryce Harlan Clausen was born January 25, 2018 at 10:02am at 37 weeks. Bryce was born via C-section due to a few complications with mom and baby. After birth, Bryce spent 15 days in the NICU while dealing with some lung and feeding issues. 15 of the longest days of his parents life, but 15 days that showed what an absolute warrior Bryce was. So many folks, family/friends/others, reached out to help support the family while Bryce was confined to the NICU. So many people reached out that wanted to help in any way they could which led Bryce’s parents to start a GoFundMe page with the sole purpose of giving back to every single doctor or nurse that had helped care for Bryce while in the hospital. Thousands of dollars raised later and on advise from a nurse family friend, who told the family that nurse break room luxuries are paid for by the nurses themselves, the Clausen’s bought a brand new fridge and microwave for the NICU break room. They also made individual care packages for more than 50 nurses and doctors. Finally, with the remaining funds, a book cart was purchased for the NICU floor, complete with a premie book written by a family friend that has Bryce’s name on the inside of each of the books. Bryce’s legacy was started, seemingly at birth.

For the first few months of Bryce’s life, he was just like any other baby. He was laughing and playing and was as happy as any baby could be. Things started to change with Bryce at about 5 months of life. He became very upset for hours and hours a day. He stopped rolling over and smiling all together. His body became stiff, often times he was so stiff his parents couldn’t even remove his onesies. He refused to take a bottle. He was losing weight. Numerous trips to his pediatrician to try different things to help him all led to nothing more than more questions than answers. Bryce underwent an MRI and on November 1, 2018, Bryce was diagnosed with Krabbe disease. Krabbe disease is a neurological disease that attacks the myelin, the protective covering around the nerve cells. It is an extremely rare disease. There is no cure and unfortunately it is terminal. 60% of babies make it to one year of life, 16% make it to their 2nd birthday. He will most likely go blind and deaf. He has already started to lose his vision. He will never smile again. He will never crawl or walk or talk.

At this point, his parents are trying to make Bryce as comfortable as possible. They are choosing to make his life as great as possible for however long Bryce has. Part of their quality of life is sharing experiences with Bryce. The Clausen’s refuse to call this a “Bucket List”, instead call it a “Greatest Hits List”, in a nod to experiences his parents and family think a boy should experience. Things like, his first NFL game, playing in the snow, finger painting, a road trip, and most importantly…..making a difference in others lives. In January 2019, Bryce was admitted to Peyton Manning Children Hospital for bacterical pneumonia. He and his father, Joel, stayed in room 4003. While there, Joel noticed that the room was bare and no decorations on the walls. Joel inquired as to why the room was blank and was told that the room was not sponsored. Many of the other rooms have fun themes like a superhero room (Bryce had previsouly stayed in that room), a car room, numerous Colt themed rooms, etc. Joel couldn’t let that thought go, that children admitted to the hospital, sick or hurt, going through some of the worst parts of their young lives and having to be in a boring room wouldn’t make them feel any better. Something had to be done. Here is Bryce’s chance to leave his legacy. Here is Bryces chance to make a difference in someone elses life. Here is Bryces chance to cross off another item on his “Greatest Hits List”.

As much as the Clausen’s would love to do this all by themselves, the $50,000 room sponsor fee is just not in their budget. While they focus on keeping Bryce comfortable and keep him on a busy schedule of medicine and doctor appointments (including trips to Krabbe specialists in Pittsburgh) they can’t stop thinking about helping others. They know what these families are going through that are staying in these rooms. They know the simple joy that a fun themed room can do for a child. In a complex world, it sometimes is the simple things. In a life that is being cut short by a terrible, nasty, rare disease….. leaving a legacy that can live on long after Bryce is the greatest hit on the “Greatest Hits List”

 Click here to support the Clausen family’s themed room project at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent!

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How To Save Money On Auto Insurance

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We all are looking to find ways to save money. We don’t want to save money today by dropping coverages that we will need tomorrow. What is important and what are some ways to save money on auto insurance.

Watch this short video for a few options:

How to Save Money On Your Auto Insurance

Other things that can help with your auto insurance, in addition to what the video mentioned.

  • Good credit
  • Driving monitors for the first 90 days
  • Good grades
  • No lapse in coverage
  • Annual reviews of your policy with your agent
  • Vehicles with factory installed safety devices

Call us at (317) 886-0081 to discuss your options or go here and get a quote today: Get a Quote.

Please be safe out there!

Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit

Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit

Indiana Historical Society – Details HERE

450 West Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel: (317) 232-1882

Mar 10, 2018 – Aug 10, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Since 1984, the Indianapolis Colts have captured the hearts and loyalties of central Indiana residents. Memorable players, inspiring coaches, heart-stopping games and two glorious stadiums have cemented the team’s place in the annals of Indianapolis history. Visit Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit to celebrate the team while exploring football’s role in American culture through digital activities, player interviews, original artifacts, photographs and video of the Colts in action.

Discover how American football grew out of the rugby fields of Ivy League academies into the modern game loved by millions through sweeping changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Witness the Hoosier Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium’s rise into the Indianapolis skyline to redefine the city’s image as a championship town. Snap a picture with your favorite virtual Colts player and learn about their views on football, leadership and the NFL. Cast your vote for the best Colts player or the most memorable game moment and see how your choice compares to other fans. See the game through the eyes of officials by making a call on a real NFL play and find out if your decision matches the actual call. Relive the glory of the 2006 season and how the players and the coaches made it all possible. Scramble on the field as the Colts mascot Blue to juke and dodge oncoming tackles using your whole body. Explore the rise of the NFL and how it became the multibillion-dollar juggernaut it is today.

But most of all, connect with the story of the Colts and how they became a team that embodies the values, drive and heart of the city they call home.

Presented by: The Indianapolis Colts

Supported by: PLOW

$1,000 college scholarship – 3/31/2019 Deadline

Applications are now open for the Governor’s STEM Team

Local high school students are encouraged to apply for the Governor’s STEM Team, which highlights the work of young Hoosiers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Those selected will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Indiana’s College Choice 529 Savings Plan and letter jacket identifying them as a member of the team.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to represent our community and showcase their STEM talents.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of STEM experts, including teachers, college and university instructors, and staff from the Indiana Department of Education and the State Board of Education. Winners will be announced at a Statehouse ceremony in early May.

I encourage all interested students from our community to apply online before March 31.

Please share this opportunity with your family and friends, and don’t hesitate to email me at h89@iga.in.gov if you have any questions.

Golf 4 Kids – May 15, 2019

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Every year, hundreds of children from across the state get the experience of a lifetime at The Salvation Army’s 706-acre Hidden Falls Camp in southern Indiana. For many of these kids, a week at summer camp is normally outside of their family’s budget. Thanks to the support of generous donors, The Salvation Army is able to create amazing adventures for children as young as six, where they can try new challenges, make lifelong friends, and explore nature in a safe, Christian environment.

This May, you have a unique opportunity to be a part of the magic that is summer camp. The Golf 4 Kids Outing on May 15th raises money to send kids to camp and to create fun, enriching experiences that they’ll never forget. Whether you are a golfer ready to hit the greens, or part of a company that would like to sponsor the outing, we welcome everyone to reach out to us and learn more about this exciting event.

Buy your tickets online here.

If you would like to pay via check or become a sponsor, please fill out our brochure and mail it in. Download the brochure here.

In addition to great golf on the beautiful Brickyard Crossing Golf course, golfers enjoy a box lunch, a silent auction, and much more. We encourage you to spread the word about Golf 4Kids with your friends, co-workers, and congregation.

Interested golfers can reach out to Deena Ford, Special Events Manager, at  (317) 222-7873 or Deena_Ford@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Interested sponsors can reach out to Andy Amick, Director of Corporate Relations, at (317) 914-8046 or Andy_Amick@usc.salvationarmy.org.

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Check to see if you qualify for a FREE Indiana tax filing!

What is Indiana freefile?

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INfreefile was developed in 2003 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and tax preparation software vendors. INfreefile allows customers with lower adjusted gross incomes (AGI) to file their federal and state taxes for free using simple question and answer type software.

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Over 2 million Hoosier taxpayers will qualify for Indiana freefile! Are you one?

  • Faster refunds: A paper-filed return can take up to 12 weeks versus up to 4 weeks for an electronically filed return.
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International Women’s Day March 8 – #BalanceforBetter

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength. Learn about the values that guide IWD’s ethos.

Want to know more about today’s event, visit here: International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​

Make IWD your day – everyday.

Are these the best-looking classic sedans?

February 26, 2019 / by John Moroney

When it comes to classic cars, the sporty two-door version of anything is always in higher demand than the four-door family truckster. Nonetheless, collectibles come in all shapes and sizes—even sedans. Here are six beauties for your consideration.

1979–93 Jaguar XJ

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The handsome Series III XJ underwent a subtle redesign by Pininfarina in 1979, with the roof lifted an inch in the rear and fender kick added for some sporty flair. Reliability also began to improve even as the British automotive industry reached a production nadir of 880,000 units in 1982. The 4.2-liter six-cylinder proved robust and is favored by collectors today for its simplicity and relative ease of maintenance. The somewhat finicky V12, though, will always win the heart of the Jaguar enthusiast.

1961–67 Lincoln Continental convertible

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The fourth generation Continental is arguably the most iconic Lincoln ever made. Its simple, clean design was a welcome departure from the excessive chrome and fins that defined the late 1950s. The famous suicide doors were an ergonomic solution implemented by engineers who had problems exiting the rear seat mockup without hitting their feet on the door. In convertible form, the Continental required 300 pounds of extra bracing underneath to keep the chassis from flexing.

1972 Mercedes 280SEL

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The 280 debuted in 1968 with a 2.8-liter inline-six engine and four-wheel disc brakes. In period Mercedes-ese, “S” is for sedan, “E” denotes fuel injection (“einspritzung” in German), and “L” is an long-wheelbase version (“lang” in German). The 280 SEL was second only to the 300 SEL with its 6.3-liter V8.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

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The all-new 1955 Chevrolet showcased the brand’s modern styling. What put the model on the map, however, was the optional new Turbo Fire V8. The small block displaced 265 cubic inches and could be had with the Power Pack option, a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. Oil filtration was not standard, but could be ordered.

The Bel Air was top of the model range and featured additional chrome, full wheel covers, and plush interior trim.

1985–86 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

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The go-fast exterior of the Mercedes-Cosworth 190E is exciting, with road-hugging lower aero, a discreet rear spoiler, and giant “manhole cover” wheels. What’s more exciting is the Cosworth-tuned 2.3-liter four under the hood, with four valves per cylinder.

The model will forever be linked to Ayrton Senna, with his help in development and subsequent Nurburgring GP celebrity race win.

1965 Chevrolet Corvair

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The original 1961-64 Corvair was an innovative and economical small car, with loads of interior room and low maintenance costs. The rear swing axle handling that Ralph Nader took such exception to was eliminated in the 1965 redesign. The new, fully independent suspension and light weight made the car fun to drive, matching the promise of its sporty clean lines, shark-nose prow, and subtle fender arches over the wheels.

Call us at (317) 886-0081 to insure your Classic Car. Scott Lynch Agency

Original Article: MR Motoring Research

 

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Feb 25 to Mar 1

You may be thinking February is not the time of year to manage invasive species, especially work involving plants; however, it is a great time of year to review past efforts, and plan invasive species work for the growing season.  Many landowners in Indiana are doing just that. In addition to planning for upcoming work, we are excited to announce that Indiana is rolling out the Indiana Invasives Initiative (III) and participating in Weed Wrangle Indiana®.

Visit Indiana Native Plant Society for more information.

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12 Best Ways to Heat a Garage in the Winter

Brenda Porter-Rockwell Original Article

Even in winter, projects, repairs and hobbies must go on. And that often means you’ll be spending time in the garage. Instead of risking frost bite, consider these 12 ways to heat your garage safely and reliably in winter.

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Determine Your Heating Needs

How difficult will it be to warm your garage in the heart of winter? How easy is it to get cheap heat in your garage? Consider how cold it gets in your part of the world, the square footage of your space and if you have sufficient insulation. Heat output is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. To get to that number you’re going to need to measure your space and think about how warm you need it to be. After you get that number you’re ready to shop for a unit!

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Insulate Your Garage

Before you invest in a garage heating system, make sure your garage has plenty of insulation. Insulate garage doors where possible as well as walls and ceilings. You can easily and inexpensively add clear plastic shrink film over windows for added protection against the cold. Once you get a garage heating system installed, you don’t want all of your warm air—not to mention the money you spend on utility bills—seeping out through cracks.

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Forced-Air Heater

You can use a forced-air unit to heat your cold garage. These heaters range in price and size and are not as pricey as an infrared heat source. Here are some factors to consider: Forced-air heaters work by blasting hot air into the room. They can be professionally installed to tie into your home’s gas or propane line, too. The downside here is if you do a lot of woodworking, for example, the forced air will blow dirt and debris around, which is a major drawback especially when you’re painting, staining and finishing projects.

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Convection Heater

A convection heater is another versatile option for a garage space heater. You can choose a unit that’s powered by electricity, natural gas or propane. These heaters operate by air convection currents circulating through the unit and across its heating element, thus heating the air around you. Depending on the type and size of your appliance, the unit could heat pretty quickly, while others take a little longer to warm a room. So, factor in how cold your garage gets and how long you’re willing to wait for it to warm up when you choose a convection heating system.

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Ductless Heating and Cooling

There are many reasons to go with a ductless heating and cooling system to heat your garage. Sometimes called split systems, multi-split systems, or split-ductless systems, a ductless system heats or cools with a single unit. They’re an efficient use of energy, thereby saving you money on your utility bill. And ductless systems are eco-friendly since they meet the highest, most efficient energy guidelines. If that wasn’t enough to consider this option, they are easier to install than most HVAC systems.

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In-Floor Heat

Warm floors aren’t just for bathrooms anymore! They’re also great for heating garages and perfect for the part-time mechanic. If you find yourself rebuilding that classic car from the ground up, treat your toes, back, neck and more with an in-floor heating system. This is a great addition to any other heat source you have in the room. Check out how to get started with PEX tubing for your radiant heat system and get one step closer to your toasty-warm dream garage.

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Add a Propane Heater

Whether the garage is the place where you tinker or you do more serious work, you’ll want to be comfortable in winter. When searching for a heat source you’ll come across many options including a propane appliance. Propane, an affordable heat source, also delivers great warmth. With a propane heater you can go big or small, depending on your needs. With this type of heater you add the fuel to the appliance and begin to instantly warm your space. The unit typically provides an automatic setting or manual ignition. Their affordability and mobility make them a great option for warming up your space.

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Electric Ceiling Panels

If you’re looking for a primary way to heat your garage in winter consider the radiant electric ceiling panel. These 1-in.-thick panels mount on the ceiling and can be an energy-efficient option that heats up quickly and cools down just as fast. Plus, if your garage not only needs to function well, but look good, you can’t go wrong with these ceiling-slimming panels.

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Consider a Mounted Electric Heater

Bigger than a portable space heater, a wall-mounted electric heater is among the best ways to heat your garage space in winter. Here you’re typically looking at installing a 240-volt hard-wired unit. Another plus—these heaters can be easier to install than a forced-air heating system, so you may not need to call in a professional for help. If you go with this kind of heater, here are some DIY tips for mounting a heater on a wall to help you.

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Portable Space Heater

A portable space heater—like the kind used to heat up a cold room in your home—is a simple way to augment an existing heat source to better warm your garage on those super-chilly winter days. Depending on how much additional heat you’re looking for, a garage space heater comes in nearly any size to fit any budget. Plus, they’re very portable and readily available. The U.S. Department of Energy’s tips on buying and installing a heater can help you decide what type and size unit is right for your garage.

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Install an Infrared Heater

A low-intensity infrared tube heater can be one of the best ways to heat up your garage. (Not the kind that glows red, since that could be a potential fire hazard.) Instead of blowing air like a forced-air unit, a tube heater radiates heat throughout your space. This kind of heater tends to heat objects first, people second. So, you’ll get comfortable, but it may take a little while. Check out these tips on how to install an infrared heater or a forced air unit, so you’ll be ready to go if you choose this type of system.

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Wood Burning Stove for Cheap Heat

A wood burning stove is an economical way to heat your garage space in winter, if done safely. Just like you take steps to make your indoor wood-burning fireplace safe, you’ll want to do the same with your garage stove. First, check with your local municipality for the permits that may be required. Then check with your insurance company to make sure installation of a wood stove in the garage for cheap heat will not void your homeowner’s policy. After getting the necessary approvals, you can order a wood stove from your local hardware store. Once installed, don’t forget to periodically clean your chimney and flue or hire a professional. Otherwise, you risk exposure to toxic gases.

When installing wood burning stoves – check with your insurance agent for guidelines on installation that won’t void your insurance policy. Shopping for insurance in Indiana – call Scott Lynch at (317) 886-0081 or visit him on line at: Scott Lynch Agency