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Board Meme

Good Friday morning. This is Fishers Digest, the newsletter that serves fresh Fishers insights. Mint leaves look like yesterday’s news.

⛅️ Today’s weather: Patchy fog, then sunny. High near 78°.

In today’s digest:

  • A sleepy city
  • The worst cook in Fishers
  • Geist half and weekend preview

This issue is 788 words, a 3-minute read.

The Digest

The worst cook in Fishers

Sami White, a 2012 Fishers graduate, is probably not the worst cook in Fishers. But she did participate in the long-running “Worst Cook in America” show. We won’t spoil the show for you (but she did do well 😉). You can watch it on Food Network or Hulu. Go deeper.

Superintendent sunsets 🌅

One big thing: Matt Kegley is the new interim HSE superintendent.

and another: Dr. Yvonne Stokes is out. Her full contract (until June of next year) will be paid out. Including a one-time annuity her original contract had.

Why it matters: The operating referendum for HSE requires a vote in November. An event like this erodes public trust — and could impact the referendum’s ability to pass. City council, school board, and other public officials all support the referendum.

Our opinion: It’s not clear why this all happened. It’s also unlikely it will ever be — as the separation agreement prevents all parties from disclosing.

You can read Dr. Stokes full letter to the district here. Select the board meeting then agenda.

Sleepy city?

One big thing: Mayor Fadness gave his annual State of Fishers. And says Fishers is no longer a “sleepy suburb”. Lol. Facts.

Shaking things up, the Mayor held a panel with three department heads. The police, fire department, and public health. Read more from local journalist Larry in Fishers here.

Improving the Fishers Farmers Market 🎪

As the Summer ends, so do all the good things happening with it 😢 The Farmers Market is in its final weeks — and the city is looking for feedback to improve it. Your help will help grow and develop what the next year looks like. Survey here.

The Happenings

Geist Half & 5k

The most scenic run of the year is here. With the City of Fishers team reimagining the race experience.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Sign-up is still open here
  • Packet Pickup & Expo is on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm at Grace Fishers Church (12450 Olio Road, Fishers)
  • The race is on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 7:00 am
  • On race day, parking is available at Fall Creek Intermediate School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Fall Creek Junior High, and Grace Church Fishers. No parking at start or finish areas!

Bring your race bib to certain restaurants (including new places like Mochinut) for race day treats. And if you’re not racing, there will still be parties and entertainment to enjoy 💯

Weekend preview

High Frequency Arts Open House. Fine art, prints, glasswork, fibers, jewelry, home decor, and more from artisans and makers. 10% of art sales and 100% of bar donations will be donated to a local non-profit, Fight for Life Foundation. RSVP here.

St. George Middle Eastern Festival. Dive into a vibrant mix of Middle Eastern culture, live music, unique food, pastries, and more. All happening this weekend. Learn more.

HamCo Rise Fest. Rock out for a good cause at this free all-day music festival! Eight bands, two stages, and 100% donations go to local non-profits. Don’t forget your chair and snacks for this outdoor event.

Movie night. Every Friday until October 13th, The Yard at Fishers District plays family classics. This weeks movie is Jumanji (definitely a classic). Bring your own chairs/blankets. Starts after sunset.

🎶 Live Music


  • Peace Water Winery | 6:30 – 9:30 pm | Fishers Yard District
  • Ann Hampton Callaway | 7:30 – 9 pm | Hotel Carmichael


  • Noblesville Brewfest | Forest Park of Noblesville | Tickets here
  • Jason Aldean | Ruoff Music Center | Tickets here

Have an event, live music, or similar coming up? Email us to get featured here.


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