Thursday, May 29, 2008

Join Firefox In Setting A Guiness World Record

Firefox 3 will be released soon! Yay!

Join Firefox in their quest to set a Guiness World Record for the most software downloads in a day. Click the banner below to sign up for updates as well as to help spread the word by getting your own banner for your website, MySpace page, or blog!
Download Day 2008

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Heartland Crossing Has 3 Great Websites!

What a great resource the World Wide Web has become!

The Heartland Crossing website, formerly is now You can find information about the amenities, utility providers, clubhouse rental, services, etc.. on this site.

In addition, another great resource is the Tri-County Neighbors website! Here you will find various classified information, event, real estate, and even contests! Sherry Barnett and Richard Amburgey have put a lot of work into getting this site up and running and encourage folks to get active on the site!

The newest site, that has been created by me, Nicki Laycoax-a Heartland Crossing resident-is designed to promote and encourage our friends and neighbors to get active and make the most of living here! Think of it as a MySpace specifically for Heartland Crossing!

There have been so many times that the people in my cul-de-sac have wanted to get together for a sporting event, but haven’t had enough people to do so. It is my hope that we can get as many people active on this Heartland Crossing Social Networking site and make lots of new friends and create and maintain an awesome support network for a long time to come!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Morgan County Residents QUASHing for Alzheimer's

In response to a Smaller Indiana request for QUASHers to participate in the scavenger hunt to benefit Alzheimer’s research, a team(s) is forming comprised of Morgan County residents!

Thus far, myself-Nicki Laycoax of Squish Designs, and Jon Speer of Creo Quality are in the planning stages of our team! Our winnings, which would possibly be over $7,000, will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Morgan County!

Here are details if you’d like to get involved!

It’s $25 to register a team which covers t-shirts, BBQ after the event, as well as the materials to put the event together. Teams must be made up of no less than 2 and no more than 4. Ages 18 and up. She suggests that you make your team diverse in that you need a nice mixture of athleticism and intelligence/problem solving skills.

Team members must raise $200 each, 100% of which will go to Alzheimer’s support/research.

Prizes for best costume; $1,500. For each $250 that your team raises, your team name is thrown in a hat for a drawing for cash prizes. The winner of the Quash Scavenger Hunt receives $7,000! The prizes are made possible because of an awesome sponsorship by Clear Channel.

The hunt begins at Celebration Plaza at the White River State Park at 10 a.m. It will last approximately 2.5 hours. After the hunt is over, there will be a BBQ as well as an awards ceremony. Bring a map of Downtown Indy, pencils, and money for public transportation.

After Quash is over, you are able to purchase tickets for $10 off regular admission for BrewHaHa, which is a fundraiser for the Phoenix Theater.

To get additional information and to register your team, visit the QUASH website.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What is Squish Designs?

I realize that the majority of my posts are about events that I am either attending or ones that I am involved in the planning of. Either that or I write about things that excite me and I feel will excite others...

I want to take this time in the blogspot of Nicki Laycoax to let my readers know exactly what it is that Squish does.

I tend to say that we do web work... That's a pretty generic description. Squish provides businesses, organizations, and events with useful and practical solutions on the web. Nearly everyone's lives can be made easier with web solutions.
-From static, informative websites, to complex applications that handle multiple operations such as eCommerce, for example...
-We offer solutions for those that need websites that don't want to learn HTML...
-We offer hosting...
-Logo design...
-Web analytics...
-Partnering with other companies on larger development projects
-We welcome the opportunity to provide non-profit organizations with web presences and updates to their current sites either at no cost or very little cost...
-We are the people that you can call up or email at nearly any time of day or night to get advice and get questions answered of why the heck your website and related items aren't doing what you think they should be...
-We love doing anything involving the youth; mentoring, volunteering, teaching...

We at Squish have the mission of improving our communities in a technological way. Contact us to see what we can do for you or your business or group!

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Smaller Indiana Celebrates it's 2,000th Member!

On May 13, 2008 at the Rathskellar, Smoosiers mingled and celebrated their membership of the wonderful online community Smaller Indiana! If you're not a member yet, are a Hoosier and have been dying to become a Smoosier, what are you waiting for? Check it out!

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New Blog for Morgan County, Indiana

I have started a new blog for Morgan County, Indiana. I do a lot of posting on this blog for Indy happenings, and I felt that it would be great to have one specifically for Morgan County!

Here is the link:

If you have suggestions for posts, please let me know!


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Mooresville Community Day

Mooresville Community Day

When: Saturday, July 12, 2008 1:00-5:00 p.m.(youth participating in the Lemonade Stand Competition arrive at 12 Noon)

Where: Uptown Mooresville-Citizen's Bank Main Office Lot

Who is invited: Everyone!

Please join us!

School aged children: Get your friends and family together, form a team of 5 or 6 people with a maximum age of 18 years old to compete in our Lemonade Stand Competition! Build your own stand before the day of the event and bring it in or use the materials that we will have present to build your own before the competition starts. You will be given one hour to build the stand as well as make your lemonade if you opt to do so on the day of the event.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m.: Lemonade Stand competitors will be “open for business”. Lemonade “business owners” will sell lemonade to customers that are attending the Community Day. Prizes will be given based on the levels of creativity expressed, amount of profits, as well as team work displayed.

Profits raised will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Morgan County. The Lemonade Stand Competition is designed to teach the youth about business ownership and entrepreneurship while raising community awareness.

Local non-profits are welcome to set up a table at the event at no cost! Come out and recruit new volunteers and members!

Local businesses are welcome as well! There is a $25 fee for for-profit businesses.

Food vendors are encouraged to set up booths to provide refreshments and gain exposure. There is no fee for food vendors to attend.

For more information, please check out our website:

Lemonade Stand teams and all others wanting to participate in any way, please submit an email to or click the RSVP link on the website no later than June 20, 2008.

Thank you for your support!

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Martinsville Community Day Recap

On May 10, 2008, the 1st Annual Martinsville Community Day was held on the Square in downtown Martinsville. The day included several youth-focused activities, a “fair” of local service organizations, and a blood drive.

The main youth event was a Lemonade Stand Competition and had 16 kids ranging from ages 4 – 13 that participated in setting up lemonade stand businesses. The kids sold an estimated 150 cups of lemonade and rose over $225 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Morgan County.

The other youth event was an idea fair and contest. There were six ideas submitted from kids ranging from ages 5 – 11. The ideas submitted were:

  • Free ice cream given out by local vendors on the square to raise community awareness about the businesses on the square.
  • Baseball batting cages in Martinsville.
  • Places for kids to do arts and crafts in Martinsville.
  • Improving the animal shelters. Help with cleaning, provide more space, and raise donations for the animals.
  • Mini-stadium for youth sports in Martinsville.
  • Indoor shopping mall with name brand / national stores.

All kids that participated in the events were awarded prizes. It is estimated that the cash value of the prizes donated exceeded $2000.

The “fair” of local service organizations brought out 15 different groups. The organizations that participated in Community Day were:

  • American Camping Association
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Central Indiana Regional Blood Center
  • Gentry Martial Arts
  • Martinsville Kiwanis
  • Martinsville East Middle School – Learn & Serve
  • Morgan County Autism Foundation
  • Morgan County Recreational Alliance
  • Morgan County Recycles
  • Morgan County Special Olympics
  • Morgan County WIC
  • Tender Loving Care Animal Hospital
  • U.S. Army
  • YMCA
  • Youth As Resources

The Central Indiana Regional Blood Center had a blood drive during the afternoon. Eleven units of whole blood were donated. A quote from Dave Nash of the Blood Center:

“Eleven units of whole blood can be divided into three useful portions and can help as many as 33 patients. Each donation is useable for up to 42 days. Only 5% of the population donates blood, so each donor is part of an exclusive lifesaving network.”

Without donations from within and around the community, the May 10th event would not have been as successful. The donations provided included:

  • Kroger – Gift cards to purchase lemonade stand supplies
  • Marsh – Gift cards to purchase lemonade stand supplies
  • Bender Lumber – lumber for lemonade stands
  • Sign Here! – Community Day signs
  • Gentry Martial Arts – martial arts prize packs
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Morgan County – Indianapolis 500 Qualification tickets
  • Barbara B. Jordan YMCA – Summer Youth Program Memberships
  • Indianapolis Colts – jerseys, footballs, and souvenirs
  • Citizens Bank – prize cooler full of goodies
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – 2 vouchers (good for 2 tickets each)
  • Dancers Edge – gift certificates
  • Cummins – door prizes
  • Plunkett Family – Indianapolis Indians tickets
  • ComedySportz Indianapolis – family comedy club passes
  • Art Gallery & Framing – free art lesson
  • Cathy Day (Hoosier author) – two autographed novels
  • Ace Hardware – lemonade stand supplies
  • Kellers Office Supply – printing of event flyers
  • Boundless Design – event flyer design
  • Squish Design – youth flyer design and website
  • Indiana Venture Center – financial support
  • Art Work by Elizabeth – face painting
  • Super Sport – discounts on Event Staff t-shirts
  • Indiana Small Business Development Center – literature on services
  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation – copies of INBiz magazine
  • Ron Stanhouse – use of Kivett building for YMCA Relay for Life fundraiser
  • Joanne Weber – use of building for Event Headquarters

Donations of prizes and materials for the Martinsville Community Day exceeded $3000 in value.

The organizers of the 1st Annual Martinsville Community Day would like to thank all of these people and organizations for their generous contributions. We would also like to thank the numerous volunteers who supported and assisted with this event.

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Mooresville Community Day event, tentatively scheduled for July 12, 2008. If you would like to receive notifications about future events, please “Contact Us” at

A special thanks to all of you for participating in this community experience. Without you, there would be no reason for this event. We hope you enjoy yourselves!

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Super Bowl is Coming to Indy-2012!

I just heard the awesome news sweeping the Indianapolis area! We are hosting the 2012 Super Bowl at the Lucas Oil Stadium!

Congratulations Indy! Congrats and thanks to the 8th graders that presented our bid to the NFL!

Stay current by regularly visiting!


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Monday, May 5, 2008

My Indy Experience-Saturday, May 3 to Cinco de Mayo!

What eventful last few days I've had!

My Saturday started began by taking my son to the Children's Museum to experience the new Comic Book exhibit. They have a special section set up in the museum that is attributed to all the favorite comic book heroes. I wouldn't have known about the exhibit had it not been for my friend from Smaller Indiana, Rhett Cochran. Thanks Rhett!

I experienced some excitement as I was walking through the museum recording some video footage of the comic books, costumes, and other superhero paraphernalia... As I was taping, I heard a quiet Toby McGuire like voice behind me say, "you know, my favorite comic book hero has always been..."... so I turn around to see who is nearly whispering in my ear, and it's SPIDERMAN!!!!!! Talk about having the crap scared out of me! My son thought it was the funniest thing he'd seen!

Not only did they have all the paraphernalia on display, but they also had the Batmobile from Batman Begins for us to check out!

I had planned to go see John Mellencamp perform in the free concert on the White River State Park Lawn for Hillary Clinton, but upon arriving an hour and a half early, and seeing the masses of people waiting in line, and looking at the dark skys, and feeling the falling temperatures and wind, we decided to head home for a movie and popcorn. Would love to have seen the performance, but woo! It was chilly!

Sunday-I responded correctly to a trivia question in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra group on Smaller Indiana, to receive tickets to That 70's Showcase-Disco Days and Boogie Nights at ISO! Thanks Scott Harrison! This show was totally far out! One of the performers was Jake Simpson. There was music from the 70's performed starting with Smoke on the Water, the Brady Bunch theme, tributes to Elton John, the Beatles, the Carpenters, the Disco Divas, Gloria Gaynor, and my favorite performance of all......... Performed completely acapella by Chapter 6, Bohemian Rhapsody. I have never seen anything like this before. These guys sang and played "instruments" (instruments in quotation marks because there were no acutal instruments except for their mouths.... you know when you're in the car by yourself, and you're singing a song, and the part of the song comes that you play the "guitar" or a "horn" with your mouth.... Yeah, that's what this was..) Truly amazing. My daughter LOVED this show.

Monday-Cinco de Mayo: I met with my Smaller Indiana Espanol Amigos group for lunch at El Sol de Tala. Thanks to Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Hill, Faith Wesstrom, and Erik Deckers for taking time out of your busy days to have lunch! Great meeting you all!

After lunch, I headed off to the Main Street Expo, sponsored by the Indy Chamber and Sam's Club, held at the Indianapolis Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium after being invited by Erik Deckers at lunch! Thank you! There were so many great Indianapolis businesses that had booths set up, and so much great information available that this event was well worth the $20 and 3 hours that I spent at the expo. There were a few participants that are Smaller Indiana members; Jim Brown of Evereffect, and Will Hardison of Saucepan Creative.

It's been a very fun and busy last few days.. I'm signing off now to relax and have a margarita to celebrate what's left of Cinco de Mayo! Cheers!

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Free Mother's Day Pizza (MOMino's)

Domino's of Central Indiana has a new promotion for wives of soldier's that are serving in the U.S. Military. On May 12 and 13, Military wives can present their current valid Military ID and receive one free large pizza of their choice!

Happy (early) Mother's Day and thank you for all you do for our country!

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