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Local Derby Volunteer Officiates, Teaches at the Highest Level

Bekka Potter, also known as Silken Tofu, has reached the highest level of officiating in the sport in which the local roller derby league, Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby, competes. Traveling abroad to officiate and certify other Non-Skating Officials helps her to stay connected with family and friends while pursuing her passion. Click here to read the full story.

Destination Small Town: Old World Germany in Oldenburg

In our newest series, Destination Small Town, adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford explores intriguing places in Indiana. His first trip is to "ludicrously pleasant” Oldenburg. With Germanic heritage, a historic convent, and two restaurants on the Southeastern Indiana Chicken Tour (yes, it's a real thing), Oldenburg is a fantastic weekend getaway. Click here to read the full story.

Montana Transplant’s First Hoosier Garden Turns Into ‘Tropical Rectangle of Chaos’

With so-so results and “a heavy blanket of defeat” from gardening in her native Montana, Jonna Mary Yost dug her thumbs in the dirt at her new Indiana home. The prime growing conditions of the Hoosier climate turned her backyard into a lush harvest. Click here to read the full story.

Service Dogs Are a Breed Apart

The range of skills and tasks that service dogs can accomplish is remarkable — almost human. At the very least, they provide a measure of confidence and independence to people with specific needs, but often the results are nothing short of life saving. In this article, writer Brian Hartz looks at the canine saviors. Click here to read the full story.

Fair, Open House on March 26 to Showcase Artisan Alley on S. Rogers St.

A collective of glassblowers, painters, welders, photographers, and more, Artisan Alley is on property slated to become part of Switchyard Park. For now, though, founder Adam Nahas is providing a home for artists with a variety of artistic needs. On Saturday, March 26, the collective hosts an art fair and open house. Click here to read the full story.

150 Species in Indiana Now Listed As Endangered or ‘Special Concern’

What would happen if the hellbender goes? More than 150 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mollusks that call Indiana home are now listed as “endangered” or “special concern” in the state. Susan M. Brackney shows who decides which animals make the cut — and how. Click here to read the full story.

Treasure Hunting at Goose Pond During Marsh Madness

The spring migration of sandhill cranes and countless other birds will be celebrated on March 4-5 during the 7th Annual Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours, gave Limestone Post a preview on a recent trip to the pond. Click here to read the full story.

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Jordan Greenhouses

A former quarry? Sunken Gardens? The Passion Pit? And you thought you were looking at greenhouses. Those glass buildings with steamy windows on East 3rd Street have quite the past. And their present is rather colorful, too. Jen Hockney Bratton reveals what you didn’t know about IU's Jordan Greenhouses. Look at some gorgeous photos, too! Click here to read the full story.

Finding Hope in South Sudan: Part 2 Persistent Violence, Unstable Peace

When fighting erupted last August in South Sudan, community-development workers Will and Theresa Reed had to evacuate. They returned to Bloomington to wait out the violence. Now, while the situation in South Sudan fluctuates between unstable and dangerous, the Reeds have returned to Africa, helping refugees in Uganda to find hope. Click here to read the full story.

Mentorship Program Tries to Break School-to-Prison Pipeline for Juvenile Girls

IU Professor Theresa Ochoa developed HOPE, a mentorship program at the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana’s only maximum-security detention center for girls. Each juvenile is paired with a college student to learn skills she’ll need to finish school or find a job after she leaves the facility. Click here to read the full story.

B-town Becoming a ‘Bootstraps Community’ of Unconventional Collaborations

Writer Jonna Mary Yost explores how a new brand of entrepreneurs in B-town are working outside the usual business model — and making it work. It isn’t about just baking the best pizza or brewing the best coffee. It’s about working with people you like and making your town a better place. Click here to read the full story.

From the B-Line Trail to the Pacific Ocean — Hiking the American Discovery Trail

Imagine hiking from the B-Line Trail to the Pacific Ocean (or the Atlantic) without ever leaving an official hiking trail. For years, hiking enthusiasts have been working on the American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast trail that passes through southern Indiana. Connecting it to the B-Line, via the Knobstone Trail, isn’t far-fetched. Click here to read the full story.