Positivity

Love Where You Live: An Evening with Peter Kageyama

By: Erin Moore— Muncie, IN—Several organizations in Muncie are working together to host a city-wide presentation on March 15 by Peter Kageyama, an internationally known author and speaker on grassroots engagement and community revitalization. Peter’s books, For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places, explore the powerful role of heart and emotion in community, social, and economic development. Peter speaks all over the world about…

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Muncie Mall Celebrates Mall Walker’s 100th Birthday

By: Rachel Leshinsky— Muncie, IN—Muncie Mall, East Central Indiana’s family-friendly shopping destination, celebrated the 100th birthday of Ernest “Ernie” Whaley, a long-time resident of Muncie and dedicated mall walker for more than 35 years. Friends and family, including his son Gene Whaley and daughter Pam Hartley, gathered at the mall to sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy cake and refreshments to commemorate Whaley’s milestone. Amanda Stickann, marketing director of Muncie Mall, presented Whaley with a special birthday gift which was a dedicated parking…


Muncie Police Department Delivers 3,000 Gifts Donated by the Indiana Pacers To Local Kids

By: Mike Rhodes— Since last Friday, the Muncie Police Department has been randomly showing up at homes across town with Santa Claus to deliver Christmas presents to local children. This afternoon, I had the opportunity to ride along with four officers, and investigators for a while as they delivered presents to the kids. This afternoon, presents were being delivered to children from the Muncie Boys & Girls Club, but a variety of kids are receiving gifts from MPD. The toys were donated by the…


Santa Comes to Downtown Muncie Fire Station This Saturday

By: Mike Rhodes— Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas! The Tiny Adams Memorial Christmas Event for local children will be held this Saturday, Christmas Eve, from 11am to 5pm at the downtown fire station at the corner of Madison and Jackson Streets. Eddie Bell, Chief of the Muncie Fire Department said, “We’ve done this for 22 years now. Every Christmas Eve from 11am-5pm, Santa stops by the fire station for FREE pictures with every child that wants to come.  The kids get a gift, some treats and hot chocolate. Every year, we have…


Al Holdren’s “Secret Families Christmas Charity” to Take Place December 3rd.

By: Al Holdren — Muncie, IN—In December of 2004, Chris (my wife) and I decided to not buy presents for each other for Christmas and use the money to provide a family in need with a tree and presents for the holiday. The story begins with two tables setup in the garage, Chris and my two daughters, Katie and Maddie, a few Santa hats and some wrapping paper and bows. As the presents were being wrapped, my brother-in law, arriving…


Downtown Muncie: Many Hands Tackle Heavy Work

By: Ty Morton— To many folks in Muncie, particularly those downtown, the past seventeen months may have seemed like an eternity; but they will have yielded decades of improvement in business development and quality of life. It all began with fulfilling a federally-mandated requirement from 1972 that our combined storm and sanitary sewer lines be separated, ending the result of sewage overflow being discharged into the White River, following rainstorms. Later, other federal requirements, such as public access under the ADA, were…


Opinion: Dorothy Douglass Investigates Why “Muncie Has So Much to Offer”

By: Dorothy Douglass— Muncie, Indiana, gets a bad rap every now and then. And as a former member of that tribe who said, as a young college student, “I can’t wait to get out of this town after I finish college,” I feel like I should retract that 35-year old statement. Anyone can choose to look at the bad, or look at the good. Muncie has a lot to offer, if you look for it. Ball State University has a…


Opinion: The Future is Now. Creating the “Next” Muncie

By: Charles Jamieson— If you’re like me, it has been exciting to watch our city, and in particular, the downtown core (defined as inside the border of Madison, Wysor, Liberty and Victor streets), change for the better over the past four years. At times, over the past few years, it has been difficult to keep up with everything happening; a new downtown hotel, Erskine Green, a post-secondary education training institute designed for individuals with disabilities, a new parking garage adjacent…


Former Muncie Woman, Seren Fryatt Helps Transform Liberian Youth

By: Brenda Mackey— Within four days, former Munsonian Seren Frost Fryatt earned two honors: She appeared on Beyond Sport’s list of 50 Most Inspiring People in Sports (along with David Beckham, Muhammed Ali and Billie Jean King) and also earned the organization’s Courageous Use of Sport Award. Seren today leads an organization that in only nine years has impacted thousands of children, hundreds of coaches and staff members – and even assisted the World Health Organization in taking on the…


Pope Francis Speaks of a Mission of Love, Hoping We Will Respond with Kindness

By: Jennifer DeSilva— In the evening of March 13, 2013, after the College of Cardinals elected Pope Francis, he appeared on the balcony to speak to the thousands collected in St. Peter’s Square, and millions watched and listened to broadcasts from afar. He spoke plainly and briefly, but his words prepared the world for his future actions, his political and social campaigns, and his arrival Tuesday (Sept. 22) in the United States as part of his Love is Our Mission…