New Vet Clinic Offers Services For Low-Income Pet Owners

BY JULIE GRAY Soon after it began operating a low-cost veterinary clinic out of its 700-square-foot administrative offices on South Walnut Street, the Monroe County Humane Association (MCHA) realized the need for services was greater than anticipated. Meeting with low-income clients and their pets two days per month began in March 2016. By September, demand was such that services were being offered eight times a month. That’s when the MCHA knew it needed a dedicated space for low-cost veterinary services. In November, the organization opened the Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic & Outreach Center, located in Ellettsville, just northwest of Bloomington, at 4635 W. Richland Plaza Drive. The center houses a minor medical veterinary clinic, education center, community cat program, and a […]

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Local Minister Hopes Signs Help ‘Tell a Better Story’ About B-town

BY JULIE GRAY It’s too early for crocuses, but you may notice green, blue, and orange signs springing up in yards around town that read, in Arabic, Spanish, and English: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” The signs are part of a national movement that started last year when a Mennonite church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, posted a hand-lettered, black-and-white sign bearing that message. The church eventually spiffed up the design and posted a PDF online for anyone to download. Today the signs can be found from North Carolina to Canada. They appear in Bloomington thanks to Presbyterian minister Mihee Kim-Kort, 38, director of Presbyterian Collegiate Ministries at Indiana University. Kim-Kort first saw the sign on […]

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Fiddling Around 
With Harry Hare

BY JULIE GRAY Joshua Bell is not Bloomington’s only famous fiddler; Harry Hare, who performs with retired massage therapist Lee Mysliwiec, is an up-and-comer. Mysliwiec and Harry, a marionette rabbit, perform along Kirkwood Avenue, at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, and in Nashville, Indiana, when the temperature is above 50 degrees. Mysliwiec, 71, is generous about Harry’s contributions. “The rabbit commands so much attention, it doesn’t matter what I play,” he says. “It’s not about the fiddling. It’s about the fact that the rabbit plays the fiddle.” He notes that adding Harry has dramatically increased revenue. “Before Harry, I might have made only $40 a week,” he says. “Now, on a good week, we can make $350.” Their biggest fans […]

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Marvin Jones Jr.: Mathemetician

Indiana University graduate student Marvin Jones Jr. helps local kids and teenagers learn problem-solving skills through math, and maybe raise their SAT scores along the way.

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‘A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana’ Describes Wonders of Region’s Unspoiled Areas

BY JULIE GRAY “A true measure of civilization is what it leaves unspoiled,” observes noted frontier-fiction writer James Alexander Thom in his introduction to A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana. And thumbing through the guide, recently published by Indiana University Press, you’d have to conclude that southern Indiana is indeed a civilized place. Subtitled 119 Unique Places to Explore, the guide describes the wonders of the region’s remaining unspoiled areas, from vast expanses such as the 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest to tiny patches like the 60-acre Tank Spring Nature Preserve in Martin County. Writer and environmentalist Steven Higgs tells curious explorers how to find these oases and what to look for and do once they have. The founder […]

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