Photos and Story By Richard G. Biever Going the extra mile is what makes Sarah Mahnesmith smile … and tick. In track and field, instead of the one-mile, the Rensselaer Central High senior prefers running the two-mile. In 4-H, she wasn’t just a local leader; she represented Indiana at the National 4-H Congress. In high… Continue reading.
Two-lane highways steadily brought people to Dillsboro over the first half of the 20th century. Then interstates sped them away. What remains of the small southeastern Indiana town, like so many rural towns everywhere, are empty buildings, fading photos, memories — and dreams for a revival that still flicker within. Now, a Smithsonian-curated traveling exhibit,… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever For a county as renowned for its genealogy research center as Allen County, it’s no surprise it traces its own cultural and economic impact back long before the county’s 1824 founding. The confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Mary rivers, where the Maumee River begins, created a natural crossroads that… Continue reading.
Top 3 responsibilities in a day • Answer questions from consumers about power quality or general engineering issues. • Check the outages from the previous day to make sure the system’s coordination worked as planned. • Communicate with my co-workers about various ongoing projects. What part of your job do you find most fulfilling? I… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS A 19th-century description of Indiana’s 13,000-acre Limberlost Swamp advised visitors against a “treacherous … quagmire, filled with every plant, animal and human danger known.” Such strong words would warn off most. Thankfully, Gene Stratton-Porter had quite a few of her own to write about Limberlost. In its environs, the Wabash County native… Continue reading.
BY BRIAN D. SMITH It’s a day made for the outdoors, with temperatures in the mid-70s and a balmy breeze stirring the humid Indiana air. Even your 10-year-old bulldog Max seems invigorated, bolting into your fenced backyard when you open the door. But when you check on him a half hour later, Max looks anything… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS Brown County, just an hour’s drive south of Indianapolis, has become a multifaceted mecca for live music, noteworthy artwork and outdoor recreation. Pick-and-grin pilgrimages don’t get bigger than those to the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom. Founded by the Father of Bluegrass, the park will host the 21st… Continue reading.
BY BRIAN D. SMITH Fifty years ago this month, a man on the moon joined the man in the moon, pressing a human footprint onto the grainy gray lunar surface for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong’s July 20, 1969 milestone step (he was soon accompanied by fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) came 6½… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS Spring Mill State Park boasts the usual activities, campsites and trails (eight to be exact, ranging from 1/3 to 2½ miles). But most parks don’t serve food using cornmeal made from an active, 202-year-old mill. And you’d be hard-pressed to find NASA spacecraft near nature elsewhere. On 1,358 acres about 3 miles… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS Indianapolis may be Indiana’s hub, but the heart of our state’s history hugs the Ohio River just two hours south in Harrison County. Named for William Henry Harrison, who went on to serve as the ninth President of the United States, the county was founded in 1808. Eight years later, on what’s… Continue reading.
Top 3 responsibilities in a day • Monitor the overall financial condition of the electric cooperative. • Provide financial information to help with the decision-making process for various projects throughout the co-op. • Complete any other duties as assigned by the general manager. What’s a typical day like? I wouldn’t say there really ever is… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS Satisfy your sense of adventure by exploring southern Indiana’s cave systems! Formed several million years ago as water dissolved limestone, these systems feature underground streams, bountiful biodiversity and awe-inspiring formations. They’re a preservation of Indiana history, a presentation of nature’s splendor and a perfect road trip! Below are details for four sites… Continue reading.
BY BRIAN D. SMITH The dog days of summer can mean days without your dog – or cat, for that matter. It’s not easy to take pet passengers on a vacation trip, which explains the burgeoning popularity of boarding. Carmen Rustenbeck, CEO and founder of the International Boarding & Pet Services Association, recalls that when… Continue reading.