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Recipes for Fall from ‘Earth Eats’ Book

For more than eight years, WFIU-FM has provided locally sourced food ideas via its weekly Earth Eats radio show. A cookbook written by the program’s former host, Annie Corrigan, along with program contributor Chef Daniel Orr, allows foodies to keep Earth Eats at their fingertips.

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Aliya Rife Youth Leader

Like any high-achieving high school freshman, Aliya Rife thought it would be a good idea to get some volunteer service on her resume before she started filling out college applications.

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Jessica Strunk Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor

When Jessica Strunk came to Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington in 2004, the career path she imagined for herself was confined. “I had my life all figured out,” she says. “I wanted to get an associate degree in office administration, and then I planned to be a secretary forever.”

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Fred Parker Jazz Promoter

When the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network gave its 2017 Be More Creative Award to Fred Parker for his decade-long work promoting jazz in Bloomington, they intended to spring it on him as a surprise. They almost succeeded.

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Waew Chantar: Entrepreneur

Since leaving Surat Thani nearly 30 years ago, Waew Chantar, now a Bloomington resident, has launched successful businesses on two continents.

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OUR TOWN

Recipes for Fall from ‘Earth Eats’ Book

For more than eight years, WFIU-FM has provided locally sourced food ideas via its weekly Earth Eats radio show. A cookbook written by the program’s former host, Annie Corrigan, along with program contributor Chef Daniel Orr, allows foodies to keep Earth Eats at their fingertips.

Read More

Aliya Rife Youth Leader

Like any high-achieving high school freshman, Aliya Rife thought it would be a good idea to get some volunteer service on her resume before she started filling out college applications.

Read More

Jessica Strunk Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor

When Jessica Strunk came to Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington in 2004, the career path she imagined for herself was confined. “I had my life all figured out,” she says. “I wanted to get an associate degree in office administration, and then I planned to be a secretary forever.”

Read More

Fred Parker Jazz Promoter

When the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network gave its 2017 Be More Creative Award to Fred Parker for his decade-long work promoting jazz in Bloomington, they intended to spring it on him as a surprise. They almost succeeded.

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Waew Chantar: Entrepreneur

Since leaving Surat Thani nearly 30 years ago, Waew Chantar, now a Bloomington resident, has launched successful businesses on two continents.

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Daniel Larsen: Smart Kid

At the end of May, when many of his peers were kicking back and putting seventh grade behind them, Daniel Larsen was traveling to Washington, D.C., to compete in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Doris Sims: Public Servant

In February, Doris Sims, director of the City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, was named a Living Legend at the Black History Month Gala. “I thought, ‘Oh, to be put in that category!’ I never set out to be a legend,” Sims says. “It was humbling.”

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Ransom Haile: Rocker

Back in the day, Ransom Haile was among Bloomington’s busiest musicians. Most notably, he played lead guitar for the Dynamics, one of the Midwest’s most celebrated funk bands. These days, though, poking at a fire and sipping kombucha, Haile seems much more attuned to the birdsong in his wooded yard southwest of downtown.

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John Patten: President, Smithville Communications

When John Patten was named the first non-family president of Ellettsville-based Smithville Communications in 2016, it was the culmination of a journey that began in south-central Indiana and came full circle more than four decades later.

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Jean Capler: Social Worker

When Jean Capler was named Bloomington’s 2016 Woman of the Year, it was something of a surprise. “I was really honored, but I looked at the list of other women who have received the award and there were a lot of impressive women doing pretty impressive things,” she says. “And I just do what I do.”

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Jon Chickedantz: Restaurateur

For more than 20 years, a visit to Malibu Grill meant a visit with JB (John Bailey), the downtown restaurant’s loquacious long-time managing partner. When JB took off for Nashville, Tennessee, at the end of 2016, some folks wondered what that might mean for the popular restaurant.

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Jeanne Smith: Change Maker

If there is any thread that connects the disparate aspects of Jeanne Smith’s life, it’s her ability to reimagine the world. Whether it’s recreating herself to become the person she was meant to be (Smith, now 64, lived as a man until age 55), refurbishing items so they can find new purpose, or participating in politics, Smith makes change happen.

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Matt Bailey: President of IU Health, South Central Region

One afternoon in 2016, Matt Bailey was at the Indiana University Golf Course driving range hitting a bucket of balls when he suddenly had the thought, “I just drove a tee shot through the window of what’s going to be a six-story building,” he recalls.

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Sean Starowitz: City Arts Advocate

To Sean Starowitz, the city’s new assistant director for the arts, advancing the arts means expanding its reach, acting as a liaison to artists, and developing imaginative approaches to weave arts into the fabric of the city.

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