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Indiana Earthskills Gathering Features Hands-on Workshops on Skill-Building

Ever wonder how to make moccasins, identify herbs to use for medicine, or learning other wilderness, earth-friendly skills? On the weekend of May 13-15, Indiana will have its first “Earthskills Gathering,” a family friendly event that features hands-on workshops on skill-building: making things by hand, learning about nature, camping, theatre, music, storytelling and theater. Monique Philpop, one of the event …

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Voters Will Decide Whether Property Owners Should Provide Support to the Brown County Career Resource Center

Brown County voters will decide on Tuesday whether property owners should provide support to the Brown County Career Resource Center and the school district’s general fund. Brown County taxpayers are in the final year of paying a 1-cent tax to support the career center. Officials say the referendum is needed to keep the career center open and help maintain the …

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Bloomingfoods Closing Elm Heights Store

The Bloomingfoods board of directors announced today that the co-op will be closing down the Elm Heights location in May as part of their consolidation process in the face of financial strain. Both the Elm Heights store and the commissary kitchen employ up to 50 workers, who are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. While a …

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Monroe County Emergency Dispatch Center additional funding

Monroe County residents may be paying an additional tax to fund the Monroe County Emergency Dispatch Center and other safety initiatives. A proposed ordinance to create the tax would eventually have to gain approval from the County Income Tax Council. The first stop for the proposed ordinance, though, is the Ellettsville Town Council. If the ordinance passes, it will next …

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Recent Bill Allows Use of High-Powered Firearms While Hunting

Later this year, Indiana hunters will be free to use high-powered rifles and handguns to kill deer. Indiana lawmakers passed House Bill 1231 earlier this year. Phil Bloom, from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, explained the recent legislature, “What it does is it provides additional equipment choices for people who deer hunt. Beyond what we already have for legal …

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BMV Extends Hours to Increase ID Cards Ahead of Election

Next Monday and Tuesday, branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will stay open late. The purpose is to allow more time for issuing ID cards and driver’s licenses that will be used for identification at polling stations for the election. Note that these license branches will only be processing new, amended or replacement ID cards, licenses and learner …

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Indiana Limestone Symposium Announces 20th Annual Event

The Indiana Limestone Symposium announced its 20th annual event to take place from June 5th through the 25th at Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsville. The event’s mission is to teach and share the art and tradition of carving. A member of the Board of Directors, Bill Holladay, explains the history of the event, starting back in 1995. “Amy Brier and …

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Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Farm Bureau are Welcoming Nominations for the 2016 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation

for the 2016 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. Nominees must provide a detailed history of their farm, and how the farm’s agricultural features are used and adapted to meet current day-to-day needs. Additionally, nominees must provide photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. This award is named in honor of John Arnold, a farmer from Rushville who, …

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Commission of Aging Invites All to Attend Annual Creative Aging Festival

The City of Bloomington’s Commission on Aging invites all to attend the sixth annual Creative Aging Festival. The festival takes place every May, in honor of Older Americans Month. This year, the event will start Friday, May 6th at the Monroe County History Center. The Festival includes art exhibits, musical and theatre performances, poetry, gardening, and more. These events allow …

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Indiana Arts Commission Calls on Hoosiers to Help Plan Future Projects

The Indiana Arts Commission is a state agency that distributes grants for art projects across the state. Every 5 years, the Commission develops a strategic plan in order to, quote, “positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State’s citizens and communities” Endquote. …

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