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As kids we do crazy things. The street I grew up on ended with a cul-de-sac. There was hardly ever traffic that traveled down it. My childhood best friend and I would lie in the street and stare up at the stars. Why we couldn’t do this in the grass, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it was the warmth from the asphalt that made it comfortable. There was a sense of wonder when gazing up toward the moonlight. When alone, I found refuge on the rooftop outside my bedroom window, much like Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor…
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JAVIER’S BISTRO

“In Puerto Rico, everything is about love, and so it is with the art of making food. It’s about nurturing it.” So says Javier Mendez, of Javier’s Bistro in South Bend Indiana. His burgers are exceptional, as well as his varied menu, partly because he doesn’t believe in just tossing something in a pan to cook it. His burgers are rubbed with herbs and spices before cooking, and entrees are seasoned and balanced across the food groups. Puerto Rican flavors begin with fresh vegetables and spices, blended to impart that layered flavor that is much more satisfying than adding more…
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Trails to Love

The annual Covered Bridge Festival brings thousands of people to Parke County, Indiana every year, providing a boost to their local economy in a short period of time. The Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association is working on creating a more permanent flow of tourism by building connecting liner parks. In 2009 the Association, a501c3 non-profit, was formed, by a group of folks who are not avid cyclists or runners, but people who care about the future of Parke County. They are concentrating on a 12 mile trail development from Rockville to Rosedale. Through the Rails-to-Trails program Governor Daniels started, they…
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Indy Urban Acres

Indy Urban Acres

Any gardener will tell you no tomato from Florida can begin to compare with one grown in your backyard.  They’ll tell you that corn and beans from the garden in summer are something wonderful. Enjoying fresh, locally grown produce is one of the great joys of summer. Unfortunately, many urban dwellers don’t have access to this bounty. Now thanks to a unique partnership between Indiana University Health and Indy Parks, many low income people can have access to these healthful foods. Indy Urban Acres is a small organic farm on the east side of Indianapolis.  It was funded by the…
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Union Hospital Creates Community Garden

Union Hospital Creates Community Garden

Union Hospital  will be opening a community garden on their campus in Mid-May. Before they embarked on such challenge, they looked to their neighbor Indiana State University for advice. In 2008, ISU started a community garden. Roughly a year after they opened to the public Patti Weaver, a local Master Gardener, stepped up to help manage the garden. Weaver has been gardening since the early 1970’s. She first learned from a neighbor, who she watched and helped work the soil with her hands. From that experience she slowly developed her education on gardening. Every since, Weaver has passed on her…
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