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City View 2017

River City Revealed

Men About Town

Let’s hear it for the boys! Thanks to the generosity of its members, the Men’s Fund of Vanderburgh County is poised to award $45,000 to local organizations in 2017 — more than four times the amount presented in 2016, the organization’s inaugural year. “Our goal this year is to double our membership,” says Chad Sander, co-founder of the Men’s Fund. “If that occurs, we will be able to distribute a significantly larger amount.”

Evansville Newcomers

You could say Evansville is the “Goldilocks” city — not too big, not too small. That’s what attracts many newcomers to our Hoosier community. For Dr. Snesha Modi, Evansville was just what her family was looking for. The internist at Deaconess Hospital lived in Chicago and Tampa before settling down here. She and her husband loved the Midwest feel but didn’t want to live in another big city.

Interview Evansville

Living in the Past

Tom Lonnberg is a man of history. The curator of history at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science has an intimate relationship with local heritage. “I always was interested in history since I was a kid, so that became my undergrad major, and then at graduate school I had the opportunity to intern at the William Hammond Mathers Museum in Bloomington, Indiana,” he says.

Home Sweet Home

Nine months of the year, Don Mattingly is all business. From spring training until the grueling 162-game Major League Baseball season ends, it is never-ending, 12- and 13-hour days in a rapid-fire succession of cities.

Evansville Living City View

A Call To Serve

A light in the dark. It may not have been the intent behind the installation of lights on the bell tower of St. Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., but it certainly has become a welcomed outcome. “I think in a way, the tower plays a bigger role symbolically than it does physically,” says Fr. Godfrey Mullen, cathedral rector of St. Benedict. “It notifies people we’re here, and sometimes they come looking for help. It calls us to do what we’ve been called to do by Christ.”

Change of Pace

Talk of development in Evansville recently has been centered on Downtown. But the city has its sights on other areas of improvement as well — one of the biggest being the North Main corridor/Jacobsville area. The journey for Jacobsville — a 1.9-square-mile neighborhood situated just north of Downtown with North Main as its business corridor — began about seven years ago when Stephanie Tenbarge, executive director of ECHO Housing, attended an Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) conference in Indianapolis.

Voice of the City

When it comes to journalism, Ella Johnson-Watson has done it all — radio, television, print, and new media.

Slow and Steady

In the Hoosier state, race cars usually are synonymous with IndyCars traveling up to 235 miles per hour around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But talk to someone from the Mater Dei High School Supermileage Team, and they’ll tell you speed is not the name of the game. Instead, it’s about which team can build and drive their car to be the most fuel-efficient. “You go as slow as possible because you don’t want to burn much fuel,” says team captain Grant Weiss, Mater Dei class of 2017.

Picture of Health

With major expansion projects on the horizon, St. Mary’s and Deaconess health systems have sights firmly fixed on growth in 2017. St. Mary’s Health System* has partned with Tri-State Orthopaedics to construct a $95-million, 135,000-square-foot specialty hospital to provide bone and joint care. Construction is set to begin in the spring at the northwest corner of Warrick Wellness Trail and Epworth Road in Newburgh, Indiana, according to St. Mary’s spokesman Randall Capehart.

What We Do

Connecting Community

Warrick County has enjoyed successful schools, a host of sport and recreation parks, and tight-knit neighborhoods for decades. But until the Warrick Trails project, it lacked the pathways to tie together the community and these facilities.

Good Sports

Evansville has a long history of producing student athletes who have excelled at the highest level of their sport — baseball’s Don Mattingly (see story), multi-sport athlete Bob Griese, basketball player Calbert Cheaney, and Olympic swimmer Lilly King are just a few. After talking to area coaches, athletic directors, and individuals with firsthand knowledge to determine some “can’t-miss” high school athletes, seven names emerged as the top of the top.

What We Like

Walk and Talk

 If you want to exercise your mind and body at the same time, a local literacy organization has made it easier to do just that. In October, the Evansville chapter of Altrusa International partnered with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation to install a storybook trail near State Hospital Park’s main entrance by the corner of Lincoln and Vann avenues. Named Trail with a Tale, the paved path is open year round and features a different book each month.

Ride Along

Very rarely do projects for a city come together quickly. With multiple organizations represented, along with certain requirements for plans, it can take years for visions to come to fruition. Such was not the case for Evansville’s Upgrade Bike Share program.