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Nick Dellen, owner of Dellen Automotive Family, and Chad Hudson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hancock County, pose before a mini bus donated by Dellen to the clubs. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Car dealership donates mini bus to area club

GREENFIELD — Nick Dellen of Dellen Automotive Family donated a mini-bus to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hancock County to transport more children to the club for after school programming.

The clubs bring children from schools around the county to the Greenfield location in addition to operating satellite clubs at Eastern Hancock schools and in Knightstown.

“The Dellen family has supported the club in numerous ways over the years and we would not be a thriving program without this type of generosity,” said clubs director Chad Hudson. “His donation came just in time for the first day of school for Greenfield-Central students this week.”

Family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, Dellen Automotive Family sells new and used Chevrolet, GMC and Buick vehicles in Greenfield.

Dellen, a member of the board of directors for the clubs, said he was led to arrange for the donation because his company provides maintenance for the clubs’ buses.

Another mini bus owned by the club was getting older, and he knew Dellen would be receiving a bus in better condition.

“It was really tattered, and I hate to see the kiddos riding around in that thing,” he said. “We were able to provide one that’s a lot newer, with a lot fewer miles.”

Second Stories revitalizes vacant building in town

McCORDSVILLE — One of the most popular corridors in McCordsville, Broadway has recently come to life with hues of coral, aqua and lime green. The bright colors aren’t just an exterior make-over, they’re a sign of what’s to come from new business, Second Stories. Owned by mother-daughter duo Angie Cornelius and Aimee Ector, the store is a dream they’ve shared over the years until discovering the ideal location in McCordsville.

“Over the years, we scoured flea markets, garage sales and auctions in search of unique items,” explained Angie, mother in the duo. “We have collected so many treasures over the years, we’ve ran out of room in our houses, garages and sheds!”

After a while, with encouragement from their friends and families, they started fantasizing about opening their very own store. While driving down Broadway, Aimee and Angie saw a “for sale” sign on a beautiful old building that used to be an antique store, and they knew this was it.

“The shop needs a lot of elbow grease and a ton of love, so we’ve spent many days and nights restoring the interior,” Aimee shared. “We’re putting the finishing touches on the main floor, and getting excited to see our vintage, antique and local artists move in!”

Second Stories will open to the public 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The store features vendors selling vintage items, antiques, hand-made art and products made in Indiana.

Thirty more vendor spaces will be available in September.

During the grand opening event, guests can enjoy light refreshments and register for one of four giveaways. Follow Second Stories on Facebook for information about vendors and to see behind-the-scenes photographs of renovations underway. Second Stories is located at 6288 W. Broadway Street.

New 7-acre corn maze opening at Conner Prairie

FISHERS — A large corn maze at Conner Prairie has been designed and cut and is growing tall at Conner Prairie.

The new 7-acre maze opens Sept. 23 and will remain open during regular operating hours through the end of the museum’s outdoor season Oct. 29.

The overall, 300,000-square-foot design was created by Precision Mazes of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. There are actually two mazes inside the experience — a short maze designed to take about 30 minutes to navigate and a longer one that’ll take about an hour or more for guests to get through. The short maze is recommended for younger children.

It will cost $5 for everyone — museum members and everyday visitors — during regular operating hours and $3 for students in school groups to go through.

But from Oct. 12 to 29 during the 34th annual Headless Horseman fall festival at Conner Prairie, there’ll be no charge for those attending the event to experience the maze.

“Given the popularity of Headless Horseman and the record-breaking attendance we’ve enjoyed in recent years, we wanted to provide more activities for people to do and add another marquee attraction to enhance the guest experience,” said Chris Petrelli, director of programs and education at the museum.

Conner Prairie is located in Fishers, about 20 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis. For more, visit connerprairie.org.

Spanning nearly 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.