This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally

BY CARMEN SIERING When holiday shopping starts in earnest on Thanksgiving weekend, many folks can’t wait to pack into the big-box stores, pushing and shoving to snag a bargain. But Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., suggests a different scenario for those who want to create a more meaningful holiday tradition. “It all starts with the lighting ceremony downtown,” Coppock says. “The Canopy of Lights the Friday evening after Thanksgiving really kicks it off.” On Saturday, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market turns into the Holiday Market, offering locally grown farm products, arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors, and a visit from Saint Nick and his reindeer. From there, Coppock encourages everyone to visit local retailers for their holiday […]

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Indelible Images: 10 Years of Bloom Magazine Photography (Cover Story)

We at Bloom love photography, and over the past 10 years, we’ve published more than 6,000 images, most taken by local photographers. We know that you, our readers, also appreciate good photography — you tell us so when we meet around town and in the letters and emails you send to us. In the following pages, we present some of our favorite pictures from the past decade. We hope that we’ve selected some of your favorites as well. Bloom has been fortunate, as an unusual number of talented photographers reside in our city. A fair number have passed through as well. The supremely gifted Steve Raymer, who worked for National Geographic for 25 years, took many of our favorites during […]

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Helen Zike, 102, and Still Quilting!

BY CARMEN SIERING When people meet healthy centenarians, they frequently ask the same question: What’s the secret to a long life? If you ask Helen Zike, who turns 102 on September 7, she’ll tell you: work hard, stay connected to family and community, and have a tenacious spirit. Helen Blackwell was born in 1912 on a farm north of Bedford, Indiana. “We were poor, but we didn’t know it,” she says of life in the country where her family, like nearly everyone else, grew most of their food and recycled feed sacks to make everything from blouses to bedcovers. She was just 11 when her mother became chronically ill. It fell to Helen to take on the household chores. “I […]

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Judge David F. Hamilton

BY MIKE LEONARD The chambers of United States Court of Appeals Judge David F. Hamilton are like no other. The Court of Appeals ranks only below the Supreme Court as the highest court in the U.S. judiciary, and Hamilton’s suite in the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University is the only federal appeals court office in the country located on a college campus. The arrangement has multiple benefits for the 7th Circuit Court judge, his staff, and the university. It spares Hamilton, who was President Barack Obama’s first judicial appointment in March 2009, the commute from his Bloomington-area home to Indianapolis, where he typically would establish his office, and where from 1994 to 2009 he served as a judge […]

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