Positivity

Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

By: Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW— “The earth laughs in flowers,” said the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. I believe the earth not only laughs in flowers but also in trees, animals, fruits, and vegetables! Her generosity toward all of us is beyond compare. But can you remember the last time you connected with the joy, compassion, and abundance our planet gives us? Or the last time you invited your children to show appreciation as well? If the answer is no,…

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4 Benefits of Laughing Your Way Through The New Year

By: Lee Volpe— Like clockwork, people are composing their lists of New Year’s resolutions, and at the same time they’re ending this year with some of the same problems, frustrations or worries of past years.  They want to take a brighter outlook and ride those resolutions to a higher quality of life in the New Year – but inevitably, familiar issues get them down year after year. How can this New Year be different? How can you stay more positive…


24th Annual Tiny Adams Memorial Christmas Eve Event 

By: Mike Rhodes— Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas! The Muncie Fire Department is hosting the 24th Annual Tiny Adams Memorial Christmas Event for local children today, Christmas Eve, from 11am to 5pm at the downtown fire station training center directly behind fire station #1 at 421 East Jackson Street. Every child that attends will receive a FREE picture with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, a candy cane, and a gift. 40 bicycles that have been donated by the fire fighters will…


“Muncie Loves Teachers” Website Offers Help to MCS Faculty Struggling to Make Ends Meet

By: Matthew C. Bloom– Muncie, IN–A new website called http://www.muncielovesteachers.com allows friends of MCS teachers to support their families as retroactive insurance premiums are deducted from paychecks this academic year. Pat McCrory teaches 5th grade at Grissom Elementary. When his wife, Lezlie, saw how much the deficit reduction plan was hurting their family budget, she took to Facebook to share her shock. “… This week, MCS teachers got what amounts to a pay cut for the next nine months. Ours amounts…


Families Should Modify Holiday Celebrations to Accommodate Seniors

By: Marc Ransford— The holidays are usually a joyous time for families, but many functions should be modified for aging relatives, says Kathy Segrist, a Ball State gerontologist. As some people grow older, they may lose the physical or cognitive capacity to trim a tree, bake a cake or spend time outdoors singing carols. Others may find themselves spending their first holiday season away from home in an assisted living facility. Some may have recently lost a close friend or…


Work Experience Program Helps Create Jobs and Encourage Growth of Small Businesses in Delaware County

By: Russell Kischuk— Muncie, In—Alliance Construction and Property Management LLC (ACPM) would like to recognize the Eastern Indiana Workforce Development Board (Eastern Indiana Works) and its Employer Engagement Team, Denny Cochran (VP of Employer Engagement) and Jennifer Randall (Employer Engagement Recruiter), for providing an incredible program aimed to assist employers in the hiring of new employees: The Work Experience Program. Employers participating in the program can select an employee from the workforce pool maintained at IndianaCareerConnect.com or they can find…


Watch: ‘Project Poinsettia’ Delivers 1,000 Poinsettias to Local Nursing Home Residents

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—On December 7th and 8th, 1,000 poinsettias were delivered to local nursing home residents through Woof Boom Radio’s inaugural “Project Poinsettia.” Numerous community-minded organizations and local businesses participated in and helped sponsor the project. (See their names below.) Sponsoring businesses had their logos printed on the greeting card that was inserted into each poinsettia, so residents would know who the poinsettia was from. Liz Valpatic, administrative assistant and marketing coordinator for Woof Boom Radio, documented the…


Donna Corder Lost 185 Pounds And Gained Her Life Back

By: Dawn Brand Fluhler— Muncie, IN – December 15, 2016, was the beginning of a journey. A journey that, yet unfinished, would amount to losing nearly 200 pounds, walking easier, breathing easier, and looking toward a future filled with confidence and adventure. Donna Corder’s first visit to the IU Health Ball Memorial Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss Center last year was for a weight loss seminar. She had reached a point in her 400-pound life when she knew she needed to…


22 Children Adopted At Delaware County Justice Center on National Adoption Day

By: Rebecca Bruce— Muncie, IN—On Friday, November 17, 2017, a total of 22 children saw their adoptions finalized at the Delaware County Justice Center as part of National Adoption Day.  14 families left the event with smiles on their faces, balloons on the arms of children, and thankful hearts.  The hearings started at 1 p.m. in the Honorable John M. Feick’s courtroom and ended just before 4:30 p.m. in the Honorable Marianne L. Vorhees’ courtroom. The youngest child to be…


Muncie Comes Together Through Storm: Culminates in Saving Sunday’s Christmas Sing

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—For days prior to November 5th, area meteorologists were warning ECI residents that a significant weather event could take place here. In fact, The Weather Channel™ upgraded our area to a TORCON Level 5, meaning there was a 50 % chance a tornado could occur within 50 miles of your residence.  Waves of low pressure moved along a strong cold front on November 5th, generating strong to severe thunderstorms. And a tornado or two. Mayor Dennis Tyler was…