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They Established a Hospital

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Several days ago, a Ball State University student asked to interview me for a video she was making for a journalism class. Her project was Muncie history, and she wanted to talk about the Ball family. One of her questions was “What impact, besides Ball State University, did the Ball family have on Muncie?” There are many ways that the family made an impact, but we’ll start with another institution that carries the name “Ball.”

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Discover Heritage Collection Artist: Oscar Conley Pickett

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Mostly forgotten except by a small group of devoted fans, this artist was once well known in Muncie. He worked as a janitor, a sign painter, a piano player, and composer. He was even known to handcraft violins. Local citizens knew him best, however, as a wandering painter of landscapes.

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Brown Needles on Your Evergreen? It could be winter injury

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

 

After average winters, it can be common for evergreens to show what is generally referred to as “winter injury” in late winter or spring. As you might expect after a winter like we’ve had, it can be even more widespread. You might be noticing this now in your own yard and at Minnetrista I’ve noticed it, too. 

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Best Places To Store Canned Goods

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Before we all get too heavily invested in canning wonderful goodies this season, we should first consider where we’ll store the foods that we preserve. If you are only going to preserve a couple items, perhaps this isn’t a big question for you. You can just store them with your other store-bought canned and dried goods. However, if you’d like to get more heavily involved with canning, you probably should consider storage beforehand.

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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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