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Brown County Hour – Episode #22 – January 5th, 2014

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs.

First aired Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels
  • a Brown County story from Tramp Starr
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Brown County State Park naturalist Katie Kogler with some interesting facts about spiders
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • another audio essay from BCH co-producer Dave Seastrom
  • a conversation between Father Time and the New Year’s Baby by Rick Fettig, featuring the voice talents of Becky Stapf as the babe
  • and our musical guest, Brown County Music Awards Entertainer of the Year (2013), Cari Ray.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Some Downtown Bloomington Businesses Open Despite Cold Weather

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Non-emergency county and city offices were closed today, as well as Indiana University, many IU Health Bloomington Hospital programs and all area schools. However, several local businesses had their “open” signs turned on despite the slick conditions and dangerously low temperatures.

Downtown outfitter JL Waters’ “open” sign shined through the frosty windows. Employees Emily Hodapp and Kimberly Webber and their canine pal Ranger were in the store and explained why they were open for business today.

“Out of all the stores, the adventure store should be open… No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear,” they said.

Hodapp, the assistant manager at JL Waters, says to choose fleece and down and synthetic insulation in winter gear, and for days like today, to take into account the temperature difference that occurs due to high winds

“We’ve got a lot of things that are wind-stopping, not just wind-blocking, but wind-stopping,” said Hodapp.

Webber also recommend base layers with synthetic or wool materials. Though inside the store things were lively as the employees took advantage of the slow customer flow to rearrange parts of the store, the downtown square was almost entirely vacant.

“Completely dead, pretty much. No one’s braving it. The roads aren’t that bad if you’ve got 4-wheel drive. I’m not saying ‘get out there and risk your life’ or anything, but go play! It’s so sunny! It’s not that bad.”

For those who were in need of a hot meal, the Scholars Inn Bakehouse and Darn Good Soup were both open and serving customers, though like JL Waters, the slow business meant they would close early today before normal quitting hours. Nels Brunner, the owner of Darn Good Soup, said:

“It’s been pretty slow, really. I thought it would be busier. It’s been busy enough to be worth being open, but nothing to write home about.”

Parking meters in downtown Bloomington will not be enforced until 8am on Wednesday.

Activate! – YMCA: Jan Williamson

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Jan Williamson talks about the exciting new west side YMCA of Monroe County. Open since November, the new branch is still looking for community feedback to help shape programming and could always use new volunteers.

Daily Local News – January 6, 2014

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Chief Deputy Mike Pershing gives the latest update of road closings and power outages from the Monroe county sheriff’s office; A winter warming shelter has been set up by the local American Red Cross in Bloomington High School North’s gymnasium; The Shalom Center located at 620 S Walnut Street in Bloomington  has extended open hours until 9pm today and will be serving dinner this evening; Bloomington Transit Bus Service is in service; Twenty Two Residents on Redhill Road in Elletsville will be without power until at least tomorrow at noon due to power outages that Duke Energy says are not worth repairing at this time; several local businesses had on their open signs despite the slick conditions and dangerously low temperatures; Monroe County Emergency Management director Jim Comerford explains what the unit has been doing today to combat the hazardous temperatures in the region.

ACTIVATE!
Jan Williamson talks about the exciting new west side YMCA of Monroe County. Open since November, the new branch is still looking for community feedback to help shape programming and could always use new volunteers.

CREDITS
Anchors: Doug Storm, Maria McKinley
Today’s headlines were written by Alycin Bektesh
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer and executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

Winter Warming Shelter Available

The American Red Cross has set up shelter at Bloomington High School North, 3901 N Kinser Pike. It will be open as long as the need exists. Residents should bring their own towels, blankets and pillows.

Bloomington Transit Line 1N goes to BHSN and is running as scheduled today.

Residents who need assistance traveling to the shelter can call local city or county law enforcement: 812 349 2780.

The Shalom Center, 620 S Walnut St, is available to all residents and is open for extend hours today, until 9pm. Donations of gloves hats socks and coats are needed.

This evenings Daily Local News will have full coverage of the severe winter weather. Also look to @wfhbnews on twitter and Spot Newshound on Facebook for updates.

Books Unbound – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Part 8

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Born in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and painter. His collective works are classified as a reflection of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. His marriage in 1914 to Frieda Weekly, a woman who left her husband and three children for Lawrence, provided inspiration and emotional support for his literary career. Lawrence died in 1930, reaching his peak of fame posthumously.

Banned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the object of numerous obscenity trials in both the UK and the United States up into the 1960s.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first published privately in 1928, was not published openly in Britain until 1960. It tells the story of the love affair between Constance (Lady Chatterley) and her husband Clifford’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, while exploring the nature of relationships between men and women. Besides the evident sexual content of the book, “Chatterley” spurred controversy for its discussion of the British social class system and social conflict. Penguin, the publisher of the unexpurgated text in 1960, was unsuccessfully tried for violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. The prosecutor was ridiculed for asking, “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

bloomingOUT – January 3, 2013

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Native of England, Provincetown MA resident, singer/songwriter Zoe Lewis talks about her career, music, latest CDs, tours and musical scores.  Music selections are “This Skin” from her “A Cure for the Hiccups” CD; title track from “Rotary Phone” CD; and “When Dog Meets Wolf.”  Co-director of Bloomington Pride Film Festival Abby Henkel and volunteer Kyle Hayes stop by with further updates about this year’s event scheduled for 23-25 January at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Canadian filmmaker and founder of Tom Girl Films Production Company Kate Johnston chats about her career, the film industry and lesbians and women in general as well as provides an overview of her film “Storm Cloud” to be presented at the Bloomington film festival.
This show is dedicated to the memory of friend and former bloomingOUT/WFHB volunteer Nita McB who died New Year’s Eve day 2013.  A special edition of her “What’s Goin’ On?” segment recorded in 2005 features a conversation between Nita and Helen about black lesbians, black/white community interactions, Indy Pride, Black Indy Pride and her predictions for the future in queer and race relationships.

Dangerous temperatures expected in South Central Indiana

A winter weather Bulletin from South Central Indiana REMC advises our listening area of dangerous conditions due to low temperatures possible over the weekend:

A significant winter storm could result in more than a foot of snow in parts of Indiana on Sunday, before frigid temperatures settle in. A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Indiana. The low temperature Tuesday morning is forecast at -15 degrees with dangerous wind chills in the -30 to -40 range.

South Central Indiana REMC employees have prepared for worst-case scenarios, should members experience power outages during this time. Please be aware that because of the dangerously cold temperatures, any power outages that occur during this time will most likely be prolonged.

In the event that you experience a power outage, please keep your windows and doors shut, and make sure any generators are properly installed.

The Department of Homeland Security Offers the following checklist for an emergency preparedness checklist:

- Look up electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list
- Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)
- Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio
- Flashlight
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power
- Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)
- Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm
- pet owners need to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside, most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero.

Council Member Chases Down Alleged Burglars

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Early this week Bloomington City Council member Andy Ruff accidentally found himself involved in an issue that confronts the city every holiday season: burglary. Police say the incident, and the foot chase that ensued, resulted in two arrests that appear to have solved a string of east side break-ins. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for a WFHB feature exclusive.

EcoReport – December 26, 2013

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Lucille Bertuccio talks about the environmental lessons of the natural world, as covered in her recently published book of essays.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

This week’s feature was engineered by Dan Young. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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