Community Kitchen: Providing Meals for All in Need

BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO For more than 30 years, Community Kitchen of Monroe County has been working to eliminate hunger in the area. It provides both sit-down and delivered meals for individuals and families in need. “What we do is such a basic need, and we couldn’t do that if we didn’t have ways for community members to support these individuals,” says Executive Director Vicki Pierce. Community Kitchen is the second largest distributor of food for Hoosier Hills Food Bank and relies on grants, government programs, donations, and fundraisers, such as the Chefs’ Challenge. This annual event, now in its ninth year, features three local chefs competing to create a winning dish. This year’s event takes place October 4 at […]

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Leon Varjian

Leon Varjian at the 1976 Banana Olympics. Photo courtesy Indiana University Archives (P0052847)

BY MIKE LEONARD Indiana University graduate and prankster Leon Varjian was found dead at his New Jersey home this week after he didn’t show up for work at the Midland Park High School where he was in his 30th year as a math teacher. Police speculate the 64-year-old Varjian died of a heart attack. Earlier this year, Bloom interviewed Varjian,a beloved figure to many who attended IU or lived in Bloomington in the 1970s. This story appeared in the April/May edition of Bloom. When Leon Varjian ran for mayor of Bloomington in 1975 he campaigned on the promise to turn the downtown Square into a giant Monopoly board. Running on the Fun City ticket, he also pledged to turn the […]

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