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After 40 Years, Musicians Reconnect for New Album

An acoustic guitar player, Caesar Pacifici founded The Flying Cloud with British-born bouzouki player Brian Brooks. The group recorded an album for Adelphi Records and toured the British Isles and the United States. Then, the band split up and the two men fell out of contact for more than 30 years.

Long Leather Works A Quiet Success Story

Forty years ago, Mike Long walked into a Florida leather shop and asked for a job. The owner asked if he knew how to make sandals. When he said no, the owner replied, “Yes, you do,” and, soon enough, he did. “I found it very easy,” Long says.

Kelley School Grads Develop Allergy-Friendly Snack Bar

According to Food Allergy Research & Education reports, 15 million Americans have serious food allergies. From 1997 to 2008, nut sensitivity in children has tripled. Another 30 million people are indirectly affected by others’ food allergies.

Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

Autumn is the Time For Irish Red Ales

As Indiana University students return to campus, Bloomington is once again taking on shades of cream and crimson. While I’m an ardent IU supporter, in the fall my favorite place to see those hues are in my beer glass, as my tastes turn toward malty red ales.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, Everyone’s a Winner!

The winners of the annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K are the participants who band together to celebrate survival over cancer, to honor the memory of a loved one who lost the fight, or to encourage those just beginning their battle.

Yaël Ksander, City Communications Director

As a broadcast journalist, Yaël Ksander estimates she has interviewed more than 7,000 people. Now that she’s been appointed communications director for Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, she’s becoming comfortable on the other side of the microphone.

Bumble Bee Watch, Science for True Bee-lievers

His face patina-ed with sweat and panic, I recently watched as my neighbor hopped around inside his screened porch swatting a couple of “bumblebees” which had gained entry.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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Long Leather Works A Quiet Success Story

Forty years ago, Mike Long walked into a Florida leather shop and asked for a job. The owner asked if he knew how to make sandals. When he said no, the owner replied, “Yes, you do,” and, soon enough, he did. “I found it very easy,” Long says.

The Many Ways Our Food Bank Gathers Produce for the Hungry

With its bustling farmers’ markets and ever-growing interest in farm-to-table cuisine, it’s no secret that Bloomington residents have an appetite for locally grown produce. What people may not know is that the farmers who bring their goods to market also make fresh vegetables and fruits available to people seeking food security.

Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

Autumn is the Time For Irish Red Ales

As Indiana University students return to campus, Bloomington is once again taking on shades of cream and crimson. While I’m an ardent IU supporter, in the fall my favorite place to see those hues are in my beer glass, as my tastes turn toward malty red ales.

Nurse-Family Partnership Means Healthier Babies

With a focus on the development of healthier families, the IU Health Community Health Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) pairs first-time, low-income, expectant mothers with a registered nurse during pregnancy and through the child’s second birthday.

The Appeal of Begonias

Begonias are a diverse family of 1,500 plant species native to tropical and subtropical regions of all continents except Australia.

Yaël Ksander, City Communications Director

As a broadcast journalist, Yaël Ksander estimates she has interviewed more than 7,000 people. Now that she’s been appointed communications director for Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, she’s becoming comfortable on the other side of the microphone.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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