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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Ball Jars and Moonshiners

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00:00 am

The Prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s generated plenty of colorful stories about rumrunners, bootleggers, and speakeasies. Moonshiners—those savvy entrepreneurs who produced their own high-proof distilled spirits—have their very own colorful Ball canning jar stories.

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Anderson Joins Muncie in Celebrating 150 years

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:00:00 am

Muncie’s neighbor to the southwest is also celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. Yes, Anderson is 150 years old in 2015. Muncie and Anderson have a lot in common, including names derived from a shared Native American heritage, glass and auto manufacturing, and, of course, basketball.

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Think Big!

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:00:00 pm

Large annuals may be just what you need in certain spots in the landscape. They can add some height to a flower garden. You can also get more for your money by filling up a large space with just a few plants. Large perennials, like grasses, could also be used for these purposes. These are great because they come back every year, but unlike annuals they take more than a year to reach their full size.

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Accessorize Your Ball Jars

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30:00 pm

Ball jars have been in resurgence over the last couple of years, haven’t they? You can find them everywhere—restaurants, trendy boutiques, back yard barbeques, and, of course, in people’s basements and on their shelves, still full of delicious food.

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Quilts Displaying History

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm

The history of Ball Corporation in a quilt! In 1976, this is what well-known Muncie artist Barbara Moll created for Ball Corporation’s new headquarters. Her five-panel creation documented the history of the company from its founding in 1880 in Buffalo, New York to the company’s entry into aerospace to the lid shortage of 1975.

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Living on “McCall Street” in “Middletown”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

It must have been a sight to see when local photographer Roger Pelham drove through the streets of Muncie taking pictures of houses in neighborhoods, from Westwood to Avondale to Normal City, for a special edition of McCall’s Magazine. This edition played on the notoriety of Muncie as the typical American community, as depicted by Robert and Helen Lynd in the Middletown books. “In order, therefore, to show these people of “Middletown” as PEOPLE, and not merely as statistics, we visited “McCall Street” in Muncie, photographed the home of everyone who subscribed to McCall’s in 1937, and talked with many of them to find just how McCall’s entered into their lives.”

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Plant Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers and Other Tips for Successful Annual Plantings

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

As I write this, the weather forecast is calling for snow. But believe it or not I’m finalizing our summer annual order. Since Minnetrista buys the annuals whole sale, we put in the order early to make sure it is ready for late May.

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