Three organizations have received funds from the City of Bloomington to advance bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Bloomington. The Local-Motion grant program is an effort by the city to obtain bike-friendly community status from the League of American Bicyclists. Three thousand dollars were split between Middle Way House, the Bloomington Bike Project and Friends and the Buskirk Chumley Theater for a bike share program, a fellowship and a screening of Breaking Away. A second cycle of Local Motion grant applications will occur next spring.
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The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act authored by Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is scheduled to receive a full senate hearing this year, but in conjunction with Septembers’ Suicide Prevention Month Donnelly released a statement this week regarding a new report from the Department of Defense. According to the D-O-D in the first quarter of 2014 one hundred and twenty service members committed suicide. The number is right on track with the total number of military suicides in 2013 – which after reevaluation was changed from four hundred and seventy nine to four hundred and seventy five. In his statement, Donnelly said that the majority of assistance goes to those who are active military in their deployment cycle, and that more assistance needs to goes to those to reserve and National Guard members.
Volunteers Jim Griffin and Janet Schell talk about the importance of supporting teacher’s through their work at the Teacher’s Warehouse and about the great resource it provides to Bloomington’s educators and students. Also, more volunteer opportunities to use teaching skills here in Bloomington from the Volunteer Network.
Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.
First aired Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB
☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:
- Bob Gustin, former editor of the Columbus Republic, discusses his perspective on the current state of journalism
- We talk to two young local participants in the National History Day competition held in Washington DC
- Rita Simon of the Brown County History Center discusses the grand opening of its new facility in Nashville
- John Mills, former Brown County School Board member, continues his discussion in part two of the interview we aired last month
- Larry Pejeau and John Mills discuss their early days in the pottery business
- Poetry by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
- Rick Fettig with a Brown County News Update: “Fox News”
- Dave Seastrom delivers another fine essay
- and our musical guest, Barry Johnson, shares stories of his work as a songwriter pitching tunes in “Music City USA”, and we hear demos of his work produced in Nashville, TN.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was 18 when she and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited some literary friends and got involved in a challenge, to see who could write the most frightening story. Out of a group that included the poet Lord Byron, only Mary’s story of a scientist who goes too far has lasted as a landmark of fantastic literature. Mary Shelley was twenty when the book was published.
Frankenstein was published in 1818, as the Industrial Revolution readied for takeoff in Europe. Science held out the promise of mankind’s triumph over nature, even over death itself – and electricity was the key. In the novel, a doctor uses electricity to re-animate parts of human corpses into a whole, living being – who, although hideous, develops intelligence and self-awareness – and finally turns against its creator. Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in 1955, for containing material deemed “indecent” and “obscene.”
On Wednesday, August 27 at 6 pm Susan Ferentinos, Public History Researcher, Consultant, and Writer, presented a program entitled “Historic Preservation as a Green Alternative.” The presentation centers on historic preservation and how it protects community. It also often is a far greener option than new building construction. In this talk, Ferentinos explores recent efforts between the historic preservation and green building movements to create a sustainable future together by combining energy conservation with the reuse of existing building stock. This talk was hosted by Green Drinks Bloomington and recorded by Molly O’Donnel for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.