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Jerry Smith: An Artist of Many Mediums

Until he was nearly 30, Jerry Smith had never painted, but he wondered what it would be like to be an artist. “I just felt this need, this desire, to paint without even knowing much,” he says. Still, it wasn’t until his wife, Cindy, bought him a set of oil paints as a Christmas gift in 1971 that he finally picked up a brush.

Loren Wood Builders: Where the Unusual Is Now Usual

Like a lot of people, Loren Wood, a native of Danville, Illinois, originally came to Bloomington to attend Indiana University, where he earned degrees in secondary education and math. But it was during his summers off, while working construction jobs, that he found his true passion.

‘Follow the Fish’—A Bicentennial Scavenger Hunt

The gilded fish that adorns the Monroe County Courthouse not only spawned a city (see page 106), it has spawned a scavenger hunt. In honor of the county bicentennial, 25 numbered brass plaques bearing its image have been placed on sites of historic or cultural significance around Monroe County.

Where to Find Pre-Owned Bargains and Help Those Less Fortunate

Bloomington’s bargain hunters regularly make the circuit of our area’s reliable resale emporia looking for everything from toys and trinkets to furniture and formal wear—and frequently score unexpected one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s a quick guide to the nonprofit purveyors of deeply discounted goods.

Review: Hive—Healthy Comfort Food and Pie

Start with the pie. Really. It’s all good at Hive but if you don’t save room for the Hive Pie (aka, buttermilk pie) you will have a hard time forgiving yourself. Or, full, you will eat it anyway and pay for it later.

Hundreds of Lifesaving AEDs Are Now All Around Town

While you might not have known what it was, chances are you have seen an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Used to restart someone’s heart following sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs have been placed in more gyms, schools, and businesses in recent years due to increased regulation and greater public awareness of their ability to save lives.

Dashel Oliver: Hockey Player

Thirteen-year-old Dashel Oliver says he doesn’t know when he started playing hockey, just that he’s been on skates and chasing pucks for as long as he can remember.

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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Delinquent Gallery—A Place for Lowbrow Art

Movie monsters and robots replace portraits and landscapes at Bloomington’s latest addition to the art scene. That’s because Delinquent Gallery co-owners Chris McVillain and Brian Aldridge wanted a space where they could showcase what they call “lowbrow art.” 

EllieMae’s Boutique Now Open on Downtown Square

A decade after it opened in Solsberry, Indiana, offering soaps, perfumes, and similar small items, EllieMae’s Boutique has grown up and found a new home on the Bloomington downtown Square.

Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

Friendly Beasts Cider Co. — B-town Home of Hard Ciders

As owners of Friendly Beasts Cider Company, Fatima Carson and her husband, Ben Romlein, enjoy creating hard ciders that they say challenge people’s expectation of what ciders can be, tailoring them to the changing seasons and to a wide variety of tastes.

Hundreds of Lifesaving AEDs Are Now All Around Town

While you might not have known what it was, chances are you have seen an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Used to restart someone’s heart following sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs have been placed in more gyms, schools, and businesses in recent years due to increased regulation and greater public awareness of their ability to save lives.

CASA Has New Eyes & Ears To Check on Welfare of Kids

Due to an increase in abuse and neglect cases in Monroe County, more than 100 children have been waiting for a CASA—a Court Appointed Special Advocate—to represent their interests in court. So the Monroe County CASA office has created a new position to monitor the children until permanent advocates become available.

Dashel Oliver: Hockey Player

Thirteen-year-old Dashel Oliver says he doesn’t know when he started playing hockey, just that he’s been on skates and chasing pucks for as long as he can remember.

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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