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Outfitted: Paddling the Lakes and Rivers of Southern Indiana

Adventure-travel writer, outfitter, and explorer of the unknown, Michael Waterford says some of the best excursions can be had in southern Indiana. In this introduction to paddling, he offers suggestions on how to get on local lakes and rivers. It’s the first step, he says, to saving them. Click here to read the full story.

Explore — Even Dive Into — Quarries During Limestone Month

The news about Rooftop Quarry suddenly becoming inaccessible has made many people sad. But during Indiana Limestone Month in June, you can take guided tours of three nearby quarries — and even swim in the quarries at White Rock Park near Shelbyville. Limestone Post’s Editorial Director Lynae Sowinski has all the details. Click here to read the story.

Movie Challenge at Buskirk-Chumley Promises ‘Instant Gratification’

Instant Gratification Movie Challenge celebrates seven years on June 5 at Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Producers Eric Ayotte and Charlie Jones sat with writer TJ Jaeger to discuss their monthly short-film festival, its roots in the “DIY punk scene,” and their effort in “keeping live cinema alive.” Click here to read the full story.

13 Books to Keep Young Readers Entertained on Those Long Summer Days

Whether your child wants to participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program or just browse The Book Corner, experts agree that reading should be part of every child’s summer fun. Jen Hockney Bratton asks the librarian at University Elementary School, Mary D’Eliso, for suggestions to while away the summer days. Click here to read the full story.

IU Health Addressing Push to Provide Nurse-Midwives

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) help with pre- and postnatal care, but none are available at nearby hospitals. Since a local group petitioned IU Health Bloomington to provide a network of CNMs, the hospital has been “actively addressing this need.” First, it must recruit enough obstetricians to support a midwifery program. Click here to read the full story.

These New Photos Show Rooftop Is Inaccessible But Not Destroyed

Rooftop Quarry has been a local landmark for generations. But, citing “public safety concerns,” the company has taken measures to make the popular swimming hole safer by making it less accessible. View new photos of the quarry, which was featured in the 1979 movie Breaking Away. Click here for the full story and to view the photos.

From Blue Grass to ‘Purple Rain,’ Bean Blossom Fest Celebrates 50 Years of Influence

Even before Bill Monroe's first “Blue Grass Celebration” in 1967, Bean Blossom, Indiana, was a home to the style of music Monroe created. Fifty years later, it’s still considered the cradle of bluegrass music. As writer Samantha Eibling tells it, Monroe’s — and Bean Blossom’s — influence reaches far and wide. Click here to read the full story.

Food Insecurity, Part 3: Complex Issues Put College Students at Risk

Concluding her three-part series on food insecurity, writer Sarah Gordon found the obstacles to getting healthful food are different for college students than for others — everything from insecurity within their social groups to disasters in their hometowns or countries. She also found an IU student who is doing something about it. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Spring — Such Bounty, Such Joy

Spring brings such a fresh bounty of veggies and greens, the recipes are bound only by your mood and temperament, says Ruthie Cohen. “In food, in fashion, in life, we are always making choices, assembling, reassembling, collecting, discarding.” Making the everyday unique, making the timeless your own, she says, creates loveliness in the world. Click here to read the full story.

The Mavens in the Food Trucks

With Food Truck Friday in full swing at two locations in Bloomington, an anonymous photographer set out to photograph the people who make it happen. Whether at The Chocolate Moose or in the parking lot at Smith’s Shoe Center on South Walnut, these chefs, cooks, and servers dish out the goods. Click here to view the photos.

Sanders Is Only Presidential Candidate to Visit Bloomington Before the Primary

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been the only presidential candidate of either party to visit Bloomington during this campaign season. An enthusiastic crowd greeted him inside and outside of Indiana University Auditorium on Wednesday. Writer/photographer TJ Jaeger captured the event in words and photos. Click here to read the full story.

Former Foster Child Says CASA Had Huge Impact on His Success

When children enter the legal system due to neglect or abuse, they often confront an ever-changing stream of caseworkers, counselors, and more. As Dorian Phillips learned, their one constant throughout the process is their Court Appointed Child Advocate, or CASA, who stays with each child until the case is closed. Click here to read the full story.