📰 Newsletter archive: Pumpkin catapults

Good Wednesday morning. This is Fishers Digest. The spice rack of local news that never runs out of salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, 2 pounds of lean ground beef, 1 jalapeño, 1 onion diced, 2 cans of… wait wtf that’s my chili recipe.

🌤️ Today’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67°.

In today’s digest:

  • Investor scams
  • Launch Fishers gets funding
  • Pumpkin trebuchet

This issue is 996 words, a 4-minute read.

Publisher note: Our Monday issue was a little light. I’m not going to blame it on the fact I was in Vegas the whole weekend. Celebrating my little sister’s 21st, but it definitely didn’t help 😂 Thanks for reading, and cheers! -Skyler

The Digest

Investor scam

One big thing: A Fishers (not Florida) man has been charged with stealing money from investors. How? With an investment laser tech club.

For Darrin Blaine’s next trick, he will pull a David Blaine and magically 🪄 make millions in investors’ money disappear. Allegedly, he built a Ponzi scheme to get investor money. Which he then used for personal use.

  • Indiana investors lost ~$680,000
  • Investors across the country lost ~$1.5 million

He got slapped with eight level 5 felonies. If you have worked with Blaine, contact the Indiana Securities Division on their website.

96th street renovation

What do you get when the mayor, police chief, and company drive through 96th Street at 11 pm at night? $3.7 million in revitalization. (This is a real story the mayor told 😂).

🐘 The elephant in the room: 116th Street gets way more love than 96th Street. It’s also getting a little sketchy. $100s of millions have been spent by businesses on property and offices in the area, and the city wants to be proactive about keeping it nice. Here’s what’s coming:

  • New street lights
  • New medians and landscaping
  • Grant money for businesses to make their buildings look better

Read the full press report here.

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The Happenings

🎃 BOOKMARK THIS! Fishers is not just giving you a way to get rid of your Halloween pumpkins. They’re giving you a way to CATAPULT them. Obviously, this all happens after Halloween. The event is free, but they’re asking for $10 donations on-site to support the Fishers Fire Department. Register here soon. I have a feeling this one will be book out.

Wednesday walks with the city happens today from 9 – 10 am. Take an hour of your morning once a month for a casual walk through Cumberland Park with leadership from Fishers. Learn more here.

SNL Star Pete Davidson will be performing tonight at the Old National Center. Tickets here.

Spooky Ruff 5k Run

  • Sunday, October 22 | 9:30 – 11 am | $55 | Dress up your dog in its favorite ‘spooky’ Halloween outfit as there will be prizes for the best dog costume. Benefits the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

🎶 Live Music

Mike + The Boys | Murphy’s Pubhouse | 7 pm

Zac Hill on the Patio | Parks Place Pub | 6 pm
Country Summer | King Jugg

Business insight: Most businesses aren’t using their online presence. Half the businesses we check for this info don’t have it easily available. If you’re a business owner and want to stop being invisible online, reach out.

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

Local Business

Launch Fishers secures the bag 💰️

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (the state business guys), announced 500k in grant rewards. They hope to promote entrepreneurship within the state. Launch Fishers was one of the 16 to receive some of the money. It will be used to launch new media studios available at no cost to entrepreneurs. Launch Fishers is a coworking and event space in downtown Fishers. Learn more here.

🫵 I need your help

Community recommendations are almost always the best way to learn more about a city. So I need your help. Would you be willing to answer these two questions?

  1. What are the best restaurants in Fishers and why? Reply to this email or leave feedback below.
  2. What are the best places to get a pet sitter and why? Reply to this email or leave feedback below.

Quick hits

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a city? Well, you can learn! With the Fishers City Gov Academy program. For nine weeks this spring and a few monthly meetings, you can participate and learn everything you need to know. Applications are live today.

🏈 Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson is “probably” going to miss the rest of the season and have shoulder surgery soon. Jim Irsay feels good still. You have to admire the optimism.

Eli Lilly recently funded a study into the weight loss pill Tirzepatide. Over 12 weeks, participants who took the drug lost 18.4% in weight. Those who took the placebo gained 2.5%. The drug is for diabetes, but Eli Lilly wants to make it a separate drug for weight-loss.

Five new Olympic sports are here. If you thought Fortnite would be the end of somewhat niche sports joining the Olympics, you’d be wrong. Cricket, flag football, baseball/softball, lacrosse, and squash are all primed to play in the 2028 Olympics.


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