The Mighty Portland High School

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

The Jay County Historical Society in Portland, Indiana has a great collection of photographs and other memorabilia from the eight high schools that once existed in the county. The schools included the “Big Four”—Dunkirk, Pennville, Portland, and Redkey High Schools—and the “Little Four”—Bryant, Madison, Gray, and Poling High Schools. Currently, there is just one Jay County High School.

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4 Great Grasses

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

Ornamental grasses can bring height, texture, and color to your garden. They also provide food, shelter, and nesting material for birds and other wildlife. When you stop by your local plant seller, consider trying one of these.

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What to expect in the world of canning at Minnetrista!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

IT’S MAY! Can you believe it?! I think I get shocked by May every year. I mean, it seems like winter lasts forever but then, BOOM! It’s spring! Well, May means time for planting gardens for canning. It also means canning programming at Minnetrista is right around the corner! A few months back, I ran a few possibilities for canning workshop recipes by you. Now I’d like to tell you what I have planned so you all can mark your calendars!

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A Walk through Historical Muncie Coming Soon

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

Recently, I told you about upcoming renovation work to be done on the Oakhurst house. It must be the season to refresh and re-do. Work has been going on in The Center Building’s lobby for the last several weeks, and now the Heritage Collection Gallery is getting new carpet.

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Is it time yet?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm


The weather is warming, the days are longer, and the familiar sight of daffodil and tulip foliage emerging from their dormant rest is telling us it is spring! I’d say that this time of year, like no other, really gets the gardener motivated.

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Benefits of Gardening for Food Preservation

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

I don’t know about you, but the first nice day of this year, which happened to be the first day of spring, I got out in my yard and started to prepare the soil for my garden. I don’ t know if I should actually call it a garden…more like a little patch where I can grow a few plants. One day I WILL have a garden though!

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Refreshing Look to Come for the Oakhurst Home

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:15:00 pm

Oakhurst, the home of George and Frances Ball and their daughter Elisabeth, celebrates both its 120th and its 20th anniversaries this year. The house was built in 1895 and opened for public tours on May 27, 1995. It was designed by Indianapolis architect Louis Gibson who wanted the house to fit naturally into the oak grove selected by the family. Gibson did not paint the house, expecting that the wood siding and shingles would age naturally. Eventually, though, the house was both varnished and painted.

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A Look Back at a Powerful Flood

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

This month marks the 102nd anniversary of the devastating flood of 1913. On March 24 and 25, rain inundated Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York. With a late spring thaw, the ground was either saturated or still frozen. In Indiana, the Ohio, White, and Wabash Rivers and all of their tributaries rose rapidly; causing massive flooding.

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Ephemeral Beauty

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:30:00 pm

Did you know that some flowers begin growth in the winter? Spring ephemerals often start blooming before spring even arrives. Even now, with six inches of snow accumulation and a temperature of 14 degrees, winter aconite, scilla, , crocus, and many more are inching above ground, unfurling leaves, and producing flower buds. The best time to see these early beauties is approaching—they bloom from mid-March through April.

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Booze in Jars

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm

When people see my canning storage at work, they often ask questions about why I have mostly empty bottles of rum, tequila, and brandy. What kind of canning workshops am I running?! I usually begin my response with some kind of joke about where all the booze went. Then, I give the real answer. Part of what I try to do at the canning workshops is try interesting, unique, and fun recipes that deviate a bit from the norm. The “norm” is usually just a recipe I’ve made or tried before—it is very subjective.

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