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Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you Growing up without a dad was very difficult, as I’m sure some of you have experienced. He was not around when I played sports in high school, graduated high school, finished law school, or was sworn in as an attorney. He will not be there when I get married or attend the birth of his first grandchild. I know the reality of losing a parent and someone I love, because he was taken far too soon. Although he did not lose his life in battle, my dad served this country honorably for many years. He was Superman to his little boy. There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of him. I wonder if I am living up to his expectations. Am I making him proud? What would he tell me now? Far too many of us go through these questions. However, I take O ne item proudly displayed in my office is a pewter statue depicting a U.S. Army drill sergeant standing at ease. It belonged to my father, Sam Fleschner, and I keep it nearby as a daily reminder of my dad. Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was a freshman in high school. As a child, I would ask to wear his drill sergeant hat. It was always too big to fit on my small head, but I wore it with pride and got to tell people my dad was in the army. The values he learned while in the service — to fight and move forward even when the odds are stacked against you — he instilled in me at a young age. Duty, honor, and country were words my dad lived by, and I still live by them.

pride in the legacy that my dad left and how it lives on through me. This month, we celebrate a holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Only a small fraction of Americans serve or have served in the military, but there are emotional reminders everywhere you look.

Americans all over this country will be going to parades, and young boys and girls will sit and wave their flags. Families will have cookouts or spend the day at the beach. Memorial Day is a day to be with family and to remember. As President Reagan said, “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children.” To me, Memorial Day is the pewter statue in my office. To others, it is placing flags on graves. I encourage everyone this Memorial Day to find their “statue.” Take a moment to honor the sacrifice made by many so you and I could live in this great country. To those who are reading this who have lost loved ones who served, I know there are no words I can say that will help express my condolences or my appreciation for the sacrifice they gave to protect my freedom. I will end with these words written by President Lincoln to a mother who lost five sons in the Civil War: “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

Caleb Fleschner Attorney

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Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event.

road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment.

he or she get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins.

Include the Whole Family

Pack a Travel Game

Play an Audiobook or Podcast

Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.”The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles,

When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids

We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe.

with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers

offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers BUT THEY ALSO BRING WRECKS

1. Delay driving. If conditions are bad, postpone the trip. The saying “it’s better to be safe than sorry” is very applicable to driving in unsafe conditions. 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction. When it starts to rain, the water mixes with dirt on the road, making it slippery and harder for your tires to do their job. You should reduce your speed at least by a third (sometimes more) when it’s wet or rainy. Additionally, check the tread on your tires. Good tire tread is vitally important when driving in the rain. 3. Use headlights. Even if you do not think you need headlights, it is important to use them when it’s raining. In fact, it is required by Indiana and Illinois traffic law. You can rest assured that having your headlights on does make it easier for other drivers to see your car. 4. No cruise control. Many of us use cruise control when we should not. Cruise control can be dangerous in wet conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on average, there are 1 million vehicular crashes each year due to wet pavement . These crashes, unfortunately, result in the death of approximately 5,000 people, and they injure another 400,000 each year. Now that I’m a grandparent with two young grandchildren, I worry about my grandchildren’s safety — particularly when they are riding in a car. You probably have the same concerns I do. Most of us have driven so many times in rainy conditions that we are surprised to find out just how many deaths and injuries are caused by rain. Rain is even more dangerous than driving in snow, sleet, or ice. Our law firm has represented hundreds of clients who have been injured as a result of careless drivers who did not take the necessary precautions to drive safely on wet roads. Hopefully these tips will help you play it safe while driving in the rain. 2 www.FleschnerLaw.com

We forget cars frequently hydroplane while on cruise control. If your vehicle hydroplanes, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that your car needs to go. Do not slam on your brakes or make sudden turns. 5. Visibility. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. If they’re leaving streaks, take a cloth and wipe them off. Personally, if I know I’m going to be driving in the rain, I spray some Rain-X on my front windshield. 6. Back off. Most drivers are taught to stay at least four or five seconds behind the vehicle in front of them in dry conditions. If it is raining, you need to increase the time and space between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

We hope the above tips help you and your loved ones stay safe.

We Handle case types Did You Know We Handle All of These Types of Cases?

• Bicycle crashes • Car accidents

• Medical malpractice • Wrongful death • Social security disability • Family law

Brenda started working at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos &Newlin on December 2, 2002— almost 16 years ago. Brenda is a very important part of our law firmand the first friendly face people see when they walk in the door. Her favorite thing about working at FSTN is that we give people hope! She likes being part of an organization that cares about its clients and employees. Brenda Palmer a n i p C

• Pedestrian injuries • Slips, trips, and falls • Brain injuries

Our Clients Say It Best

“FSTN is wonderful. I’m so glad I found them. They helped me get my disability, and I can’t thank them enough. They always kept me informed and up-to-date with everything. If you’re looking for a great firm, look no further because you found it!” -Shelby J. “They have been wonderful in helping my daughter try to get disability, as she has fibromyalgia to the point that she has memory problems when she’s in so much pain and doesn’t get any sleep. My son is also going for disability, and they’ve been good with him, too, as he has spinal stephanotis, and it’s getting harder for him to use his legs. They’re very friendly there. I would highly recommend him.” –Debra F. “They are amazing! All the ladies up front were so sweet and went out of their way to make my visits very comfortable. My case manager made sure he got every detail, and thankfully, I didn’t even have to go to court to win my case. If I should ever need an attorney again, I will definitely be going back there.” –Sherry W.

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3/4 cup vegetable shortening 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

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2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)

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¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)

1 egg

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Heat oven to 375 F.

2. Beat shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until well- blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. 3. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet 3 inches apart. 4. Bake 8–10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11–13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely.

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The Key to a Memorable Vacation

Enrich Your Vacation Buy Local When You’re Abroad

Art Just as your town probably has local artisans who produce unique and interesting work, the same is true for your vacation destination. Anyone can get a gift shop bauble that was mass-produced somewhere else. Take the time to peruse market stalls and craft fairs while you travel. It can lead you to some truly special souvenirs, and you’ll support the arts and traditions of the region! People While you’re out sampling local restaurants and exploring local markets, you’ll meet plenty of local people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a friendly conversation. You can make new friends around the globe and learn about their unique experiences. One of the most enriching experiences in life is meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. Memories Treasured memories are the best souvenir you can bring home from any vacation. So you owe it to yourself to get out and explore!

The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they’ll miss out on some of the best aspects of the culture they’re visiting. Part of the joy of traveling is having new experiences you can’t have at home. Whether you’re in another state or another country, you owe it to yourself to seek out the unique aspects of that location. But to find the character and quirks of your destination, you’ll have to explore beyond the hotel lobby. Food Why have a cheeseburger from a fast-food chain when you can try a local favorite? A great way to start is by asking your taxi driver or hotel concierge about their favorite place to eat. You’ll discover new foods and flavor combinations, and the locally owned restaurant is sure to appreciate your business!

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