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IHS Exhibit Explores Impact of Ball Brothers Canning History

By: Rachel Hill Ponko—  The old-fashioned art of canning and preserving foods is enjoying new popularity, and a new Indiana Historical Society (IHS) exhibition is taking guests back to its Hoosier beginnings. The newest Indiana Experience offering, You Are There 1948: Communities Can!, explores the impact the Ball Brothers Company from Muncie, Ind., had on the original food preservation movement across the United States. Communities Can! opens March 5, 2016, and runs through Aug. 12, 2017, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located…

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Applications for 2016 David Sursa Leadership Award Available

Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the annual David Sursa Leadership Award.  The award will reward, recognize and encourage extraordinary leadership by a nonprofit board member in Delaware County. Standing behind the belief that every community benefits from leaders who understand local issues and are able to visualize and promote positivity, The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has established the David Sursa Leadership Award in honor of…


Whitely Community Council to Partner with Muncie Fire Department

By: Rebecca Parker— The Whitely Community Council furthers its Year of Color Campaign by gaining approval from the Muncie Fire Department to paint fire hydrants in the community. This is the council’s first step in gaining access to community property for its beautification efforts. The campaign focuses on the integration of Whitely’s pastel color palette. The color palette represents the Centennial Place properties, which are a distinctive attribute in the community. These initiatives employ goal one and five, beautification and…


Two East Central Indiana Non-profits Merge for Greater Impact

Muncie, IN—The Board of Directors for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana and the Board of Directors for TEAMwork for Quality Living announced earlier today that their organizations have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding by which TEAMwork for Quality Living will merge with Second Harvest Food Bank effective July 1, 2016. A year ago, the Board of Second Harvest began a strategic planning process to determine and shape the organization’s future in an environment that was changing rapidly….


Marta Moody Shares Muncie Downtown Development Partnership Successes

By: Marta Moody, 2014-2015 MDDP Board President— As outgoing president of Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP), I am pleased to share our 2015 overview of Downtown Muncie. Changes over the past few years have been dramatic. MDDP is a self-sustained, private, not for profit organization whose functions are only accomplished with the collaboration and support of our many partners. Our development and marketing efforts Downtown only happen with their financial support and on behalf of the MDDP staff and board of directors,…


Indiana Pacers Darnell Hillman Gives Basketball Clinic at YOC

By: Genet C. Soule— Pacers legend Darnell Hillman, offered a basketball clinic for 32 youth in the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) gym on Wednesday afternoon, February 16th. Hillman began with a motivational talk about old-school values: respect for self and others, dedication, accountability, responsibility and commitment. Then he did some drills around the court. His visit was part of the YOC’s recreational and activities program. Last fall, the YOC added a basketball league to its roster of recreational activities for…


Ontario Systems Congratulates Local Finalists of ‘2016 College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards’

Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections will honor higher education, career focus, culture, diversity and community service February 25th. MUNCIE, Ind.  – Ontario Systems, a leading technology and services provider to the healthcare and accounts receivable management industries, congratulated Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington, along with friend and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections, on their finalist nominations for the College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards today. Pilkington’s nomination highlights his mentorship of Client…


Unitarian Universalist Church to Dedicate New Solar Panels

By: Wayne Meyer— “When the environmental and right thing to do merges with the practical and economical thing to do, then it truly is the time to take action,” according to Wayne Meyer, Coordinator of the “Green Team” at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Muncie. That’s the hopeful message to be shared at A Special SUNday: Solar Panels Above Us, a dedication celebration at the church on Sunday, February 28, beginning at 1:30 pm. The object of this dedication…


Cats from ARF Settle Into New Home at Lynd House

By: Dee McKinsey— Former ARF residents have the run of the senior living facility Resident Linda Jones didn’t even know she liked cats, until one “picked me,” she said. The cat was a stray that stayed around Jones’ residence, and then was replaced by another. “God brought the cat to my doorstep, when I didn’t know I needed one.” When Jones, who has diabetes and lymphedema, moved into the Lynd House, 2410 E McGalliard Road, she was cat-less. But, she…


Dramatic Play to Be Presented at Grace Baptist Church

By: Greg Zirkle— Overshadowed Theatrical Productions (Medinah, Illinois) will be presenting “The Hiding Place” this Sunday, February 21, at 6:00pm at Grace Baptist Church in Muncie.  “The Hiding Place” is a dramatic play based on the bestselling memoir of Corrie ten Boom about the sheltering of Jews in Nazi Germany. Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned…