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Current person in role: Jar Turner (2015-present)

Martha’s House: The Story behind Bloomington’s Longest Running Homeless Shelter

This past June, Martha’s House Incorporated officially dissolved. The organization had run the Martha’s House emergency shelter since 2003. Located on South Rogers in Bloomington, the facility offered forty beds, on a temporary basis, to residents of Monroe, Lawrence and Owen Counties experiencing homelessness. It also provided food, clothing, and personal hygiene products to residents, as well as coaching for …

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Daily Local News – October 5, 2015

The body of 20-year-old Indiana University student Joseph Smedley was found in Griffy Lake on Friday evening; Secretary of State John Kerry will be speaking at Indiana University on October 15th; The Town of Ellettsville is moving ahead with its 2016 budget, a new town hall, and the Heritage Trail project; The Bloomington Animal Shelter is hosting Adopt-A-Dog Month throughout …

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Standing Room Only — City Issues 102: What Does Economic Development Mean in Bloomington?

On September 15, 2015, the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County and the Monroe County Public Library hosted the second in a series of forums designed to inform the public about city issues in advance of the November election. In City Issues 102, Herald Times Editor Bob Zaltsberg acts as moderator for a discussion on economic development …

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Lotus Live – Karolina Cicha & Bart Pałyga

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Our final day of Lotus Live sessions brings us Karolina Cicha & Bart Pałyga! Karolina Cicha’s impassioned, compelling interpretations of the old songs of the Kresy (the Polish Eastern Borderlands) mix folk tradition, rock and pop, and performance art. Cicha sings in the languages of the Kresy—Polish, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian, Tatar, Romani, Yiddish, and even Esperanto — and while her …

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Lotus Live – Martha Redbone Roots Project

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Joining us on our final day of Lotus Live sessions is the Martha Redbone Roots Project! The “charismatic indie-soul diva” (Time Out New York) Martha Redbone is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, and African-American descent. Martha explores traditional and modern variations of folk, roots, blues, tribal, and soul music. She launched the Martha Redbone Roots Project …

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Daily Local News – September 28, 2015

A census report from the Indiana Institute for Working Families has found that more than one-third of Hoosiers live below self-sufficiency levels; Parents of students in local schools are expressing opposition to the gradual shortening of summer break; The state’s utility regulators are inviting residents in Ellettsville to comment on a proposed water rate increase. FEATURE Earlier this month, the …

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Veteran and Housing Status Added to Bloomington Ordinances

Earlier this month, the Bloomington City Council added Veteran Status and Housing Status to the list of protected classes in the Bloomington Human Rights Ordinance. The recommendation to do so came from the city’s Human Rights Commission. At the meeting, the Chair of the Commission, Byron Bangert, and its Director, Barbara McKinney, spoke on this recommendation. WFHB Assistant News Director, …

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Books Unbound – Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s, Conclusion: ‘Two Men,’ Chapters 33-38

Marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, Books Unbound’s summer series “Elizabeth Stoddard and the 1860s” concludes with the final chapters of the novel Two Men. Writing during the war, Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902) set her novel in the antebellum period—probably the 1840s—and published it a few weeks after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Throughout, Stoddard has …

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Lotus Live – Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

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WFHB’s 2015 Lotus Live sessions brings you Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project for a live performance and interview! Focusing on songs collected by legendary folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this “collaboratory” led by Canadian banjo player Jayme Stone brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and re-imagine traditional music. The song …

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Lotus Live – Fanfaraï

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Fanfaraï joins WFHB’s 2015 Lotus Live sessions with an exclusive performance and interview! Fanfaraï joins together a cultural mix of 14 musicians for a colorful explosion North African music. The Paris-based group grew in 2005 out of a smaller Algerian street band, adding musicians from France, Morocco, and India who share a passion for what they call “the traditions of …

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