Sponsors Wanted: Campaign On To Replace Sick Trees

BY PAUL BICKLEY When Jim Murphy, president of CFC Properties, Inc., and an officer on the Bloomington Parks Foundation board, noticed the trees around the Monroe County Courthouse weren’t looking as healthy as they had in the past, he didn’t just wonder what could be done, he decided to do something. “The trees were getting old and weren’t ones normally planted in urban areas,” he says. Murphy pitched a tree-replacement plan to city officials, then toured the downtown Square with them to identify trees that needed to be replaced. Replacement began in 2014 with two trees on Kirkwood. “Most of the trees weren’t ready yet,” Murphy says. “Now they are.” At the city’s Arbor Day ceremony in April, the Parks […]

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Mild-Mannered Architect Doug Bruce Savors Alternate Life in the Fast Lane

BY MOLLY BRUSH Architect Doug Bruce’s passion for racing first took root when he was growing up near the Bloomington Speedway, where he watched sprint cars race around the dirt track. It grew during annual trips to the Indianapolis 500 with his grandfather. When he was in high school, his father bought a vintage Triumph Spit re, sparking in him a lifelong love of classic British sports cars. It was this combination of racing fandom and an affinity for classic cars that led Bruce, owner of Bloomington-based Tabor/ Bruce Architecture & Design, to vintage racing in 2007. By then the owner of a 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 and a 1968 Austin-Healey Sprite, Bruce attended his first vintage race that summer, watching […]

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The Glenn Carter Memorial Toolshare: Grief Inspires a Way To Help People

BY BARB BERGGOETZ The idea of tool sharing came to Charis Heisey almost immediately in the dark hours after the suicide of her friend, Bloomington metal sculptor G. Glenn Carter. Carter was 51 when he died on December 9, 2014. He had done metal work for 20 years — a self-taught artist whose work was displayed at regional shows, primarily in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Nashville, Indiana. He was fascinated with nature, his friends say. They describe his naturalistic renditions of animals and also creatures carved out of his own imagination. “Every one of us who loved him has spent hours in his workshop watching amazing things happen with his art,” says Heisey. Another friend, Ryan Conway, says Carter struggled with […]

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New Community Cat Program Controls Feral Cat Population

BY JULIE GRAY Recent visitors to the Monroe County Humane Association (MCHA) Facebook page have been treated to a video showing a homeless black-and-white tomcat (let’s call him Tom) joyfully leaping out of a humane trap back to his old life after being neutered and vaccinated for rabies. The reason for the spring in Tom’s step is the medical treatment organized for him by the brand-new Community Cat Program. A joint effort between MCHA and City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control (BACC), the Community Cat Program’s goal is to control the population of free-roaming cats like Tom. Known as feral or community cats, these undomesticated felines are happily living outside in colonies of four to 15. They would never […]

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10th Dancing with the Celebrities Aims to Hit $1 Million Mark

BY JULIE GRAY On September 24, Bloomington’s Dancing with the Celebrities, a competition that raises money for local charities, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Barbara Leininger, the event’s founder and organizer, hopes to mark the occasion by reaching the $1 million mark in cumulative funds raised. Leininger, who owns the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, modeled the contest after ABC’s legendary Dancing with the Stars reality series. As on the television show, amateur dancers are paired with professionals (in this case, instructors from Leininger’s Arthur Murray studio) to perform routines in front of an audience and a team of judges. The grand prize, the Mirror Ball, goes to the dancer representing the charity that has accumulated the most audience support. […]

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