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Legends of the Valley: Region has its share of spooky stories and paranormal tales
“It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, it’s all together ooky,” the Wa-bash Va-al-ley!
Believe it or not — words similar to the old “Addams’ Family” TV show theme song are not far from truth in describing this region that seems to have a high concentration of the paranormal in its legends and modern-day stories — from documented bigfoot sightings, to a long-distance phone call made from inside a tomb, to a ghost at a cemetery you meet after climbing 100 steps — if you dare to count them!
GRAPE SENSE: Mild days in October perfect to clear shelves of summer wines
Leaves are turning yellow and they’re soon to be glorious red and brown so can the frost on the pumpkin be far behind?
It’s a gloriously beautiful time in vineyards across the Midwest as grape harvest has been under way for three to four weeks with another week or two likely in some areas.
But don’t leave summer behind just yet.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A homemade recipe for summer sausage
I have been asked how to make summer sausage or jerky. With deer season upon us, I thought I would start with sausage.
This sausage is really good with the holidays coming up. You can also use hamburger if you don’t want deer meat.
CHRIS DAVIES: Serious about swimming? Check out Total Immersion
Asking someone if they can swim is a lot like asking me if I can golf. Sure, I can do it, but it’s not a pretty sight. Most adults can swim, but they resemble someone in a state of controlled drowning.
Conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 to feature eco-artist, nonprofit summit
Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability will host its third annual conference Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the Sycamore Banquet Center on the campus of Indiana State University.
Terre Foods Cooperative Market plans Oct. 16 informational meeting
Terre Foods Cooperative Market will conduct an information meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Indiana State University Garden House, 219 N. 11th St.
Color run raises funds for United Way
More than 560 walkers and runners took part in the inaugural Color Run on the Rise on Sept. 21. The event raised $9,404.31 to help with critical programming provided by the United Way of the Wabash Valley.
Anniversary listings: Oct. 13, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Bedwell
Mr. and Mrs. William Bouchie
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jones
Engagement listings: Oct. 13, 2013
Our Green Valley Alliance Oct. 31 to honor sustainability efforts
Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability will honor sustainability initiatives and efforts at its upcoming conference on Oct. 31.
Military Note: Oct. 6, 2013
Terry Wilkison, son of Terry Wilkison Sr. and Sondra Wilkison of West Terre Haute, was promoted to chief petty officer while on deployment aboard the USS Hopper.
‘Writing is an act of faith ...’ Visiting writer E.B. White, in Brooklin, Maine
BROOKLIN, MAINE — This town of 820 souls sits in the middle of a wonderful nowhere, its craggy toes dangling from rock ledges that hover above the blue Atlantic. For a place that doesn’t seem to have much going on, it has plenty to see, so one day this summer, my wife and I, a week or so into our New England journey, hoped to find the home of writer E.B. White, who lived nearby for over half a century.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Where is your bag? Grocery stores working to reduce plastic footprint
On my drive to and from work, or on a walk downtown, I can always find a plastic bag caught in something, whether it is a tree, shrub or being suppressed by landscaping mulch. The average person uses more than 500 plastic bags per year, yet only 11 percent of them are recycled. The City of Santa Barbara, Calif., has been aggressively fighting the use of plastic bags since 2007 by asking residents, “Where is your bag?”
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Mother used paw-paws; today we use bananas
When we were young (there’s five of us), we couldn’t afford bananas very often. But we went to the woods to gather paw-paws. If you don’t know what paw-paws are, they taste like bananas.
Take a traveling tour of the National Road in Illinois
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism, announce the 2013 Illinois Scenic Byway Week will take place Saturday through Oct. 12.
DearMYRTLE to teach habits of effective genealogists Oct. 14
The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will sponsor a free, educational forum “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists” on Oct. 14. It will be presented by DearMYRTLE.
Birthday listing: Oct. 6, 2013
Rose Dragon will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends during a Dutch treat luncheon at 1:30 p.m. today in MCL Cafeteria at The Meadows shopping center.
Newsmakers: Oct. 6, 2013
Reelsville resident Bill Hutson is one of six finalists in the nationwide search for the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year, supported by Lowe’s.
- Anniversary listings: Published Oct. 6, 2013
Inventory provides better understanding of state forests
The Department of Natural Resources has released a new tree inventory designed to better inform Indiana residents how state forests are used.
Lessons of the Holy Land: New book explores geographic impact of small, but significant place
The appeal of a book based on the geography of a small stretch of land 4,000 years ago might seem limited.
The key is location, location, location, as a real-estate agent might say.
The focal point of a new release involving Terre Haute authors and editors is a place 50 miles wide and 145 miles long — about 10,000 square miles total, or the size of Vermont. The story of that state in 2000 B.C. might garner a niche audience.
GRAPE SENSE: Huber’s wine wins top honors at international wine contest
Indiana is on a roll.
For the second straight year, an Indiana wine won top honors at the prestigious annual Indy International Wine Competition in early August at Purdue University.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A well-loved and well-used cookie recipe
Boy, this recipe has been used so much! I love this recipe. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I’ve taken this to nursing homes, church dinners and reunions. For nursing homes, don’t put in nuts. Make sure everyone knows if there are nuts in the cookies.
Rockville woman finalist in Blue Bell contest
Liddy Wright of Rockville has been named one of the nine finalists in the Blue Bell Ice Cream Do Tell! contest. Last month the ice cream company asked fans, via its website bluebell.com, to submit a fun and unique personal story about Blue Bell. And now “the best ice cream in the country” is asking for your help to choose the grand-prize winner.
Not-for-Profit Learning Series comes to Valley
Nonprofit staff and board members will be able to benefit from the Not-for-Profit Learning Series, taking place now through the spring of 2014.
Clinton Kid Kare Project receives hair care products
Kid Kare Project Inc. in Clinton recently received a donation of hair care products and other personal care items from Regis Corp. salons to support its direct assistance program.
ENGAGEMENT: Published Sept. 29, 2013
ANNIVERSARY: Published Sept. 29, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Drada
River of inspiration: Adventurous spirit leads artist to paint sights up, down the Wabash
Nancy Nichols-Pethick slogged through knee-deep mud in the woods near New Harmony last month. Her quest was to find the ideal view of the Wabash River and sketch the scenery.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Midwest cities changing ordinances to allow chicken raising
As Americans become more disconnected from the farm, we lose our understanding of where our food comes from. Eating locally and naturally has countless health benefits. To combat the growing epidemic, Champaign, Ill., is in the process of adopting an ordinance that will allow residents to have backyard chickens. Across the state line in Terre Haute, having chickens in an area, unless zoned agricultural, is illegal.
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