Lucius Styles Ball – Inventor

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

I bet that, in his wildest dreams, Lucius S. Ball, father of the Ball brothers, never thought that he’d be featured in a museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Yet he is.

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What Color Is It?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Everyone is familiar with Ball blue jars and with the company’s clear jars. Many have seen green, amber, sun-colored amethyst, and swirled Ball jars. Very few people know, however, that there was once a white Ball jar and even fewer people have seen or own one.

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DIY Project: Self-watering Planters from Reused Materials

Posted by: Elaine Deichmeister on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm

Are you ready for spring? Jump start the season with this do-it-yourself gardening idea.  This project uses reused soda bottles and household materials to create beautiful, self-watering planters. They are economical, decorative, eco-friendly, and fun to make! 

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Is your canned food still decent?

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

One of the main concerns about canning is the safety of the food. Will it have mold? Bacteria? How will I know? The concern is understandable, but if you follow instructions, use clean surfaces, and use fresh foods, then the risks are minimal.

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Alvah L. Bingham

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

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Alvah was just one of several Bingham family members who made considerable contributions to the success of Ball Brothers Company.

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A Farm Boy from Fairview Succeeds

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

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W. Edwin Fager was born in 1897 near Fairview, a very small town in Randolph County, Indiana, but spent most of his life working in Chicago or spending time at his farm near Michigan City.

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Fake a Topiary!

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm

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Topiaries are great pieces of living garden art that can add form and structure to your garden. You might think topiaries are only made by clipping shrubs into various shapes. While that is one way to make a topiary, you can also fake one by training a vine, like English ivy, to grow on a frame. It’s easier, quicker, and more affordable. 

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Think before you can in color!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20:00 pm

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With the drabby, cold, and gray winter we’ve been having in East Central Indiana, I’m sure many of you are ready for some sun, warmth, and a bit of fresh new color that spring can bring! If you follow Ball Canning & Recipes on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that they are getting ready for Spring with some new green jars and colorful lids and seals.

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A Story Debunked

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm


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For almost 25 years, Minnetrista staff told visitors a passed-down story about the Dr. Lucius L. Ball family home. The story goes that Lucius didn’t build his family’s home but, instead, purchased an existing farmhouse that faced Wheeling Pike (now Wheeling Avenue) and, around 1910, rotated it 180 degrees in order for it to face the river like the rest of the homes. Turns out, the story isn’t entirely true.

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The Muncie-made forerunner of the “Vegematic”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

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Many of you will remember the Vegematic, made by Ronco and heavily advertised on TV.  The promise was that “It slices, dices, chops and peels, makes thousands of julienne fries in seconds!” Well, to show that there is nothing new under the sun, Muncie had its own version of a similar kitchen specialty back in the early 1920s.

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