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    Nashville musician encourages consumers to shop local

      NASHVILLE, Ind. — Brown County musician and software consultant Chuck Wills encourages consumers to shop local this holiday season and throughout the year. Wills says he shops at small businesses in his community all year round, but his family and friends have come to expect unique holiday gifts from the arts and crafts mecca of Brown County, Ind. Whether it’s for those gifts or just items he needs, he supports the local economy and encourages others to do the same by shopping local. Wills adds, though, that supporting small, local businesses doesn’t just mean purchasing an item. He says buying tickets to an event or planning an evening out together is not…

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    Non-profit focuses on harm reduction for IV drug users

      NOTE: This is Part 1 of a profile on Indiana Recovery Alliance. The second segment will be part of a larger special feature on the impact of heroin use on social and community services in Indiana. The full package will be published in upcoming months.   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Social worker Chris Abert started a non-profit outreach service to help those at risk for disease and death due to intravenous drug use. With heroin use and HIV diagnoses in Indiana reaching epidemic proportion, his agency has grown from three to more than 60 volunteers. The Indiana Recovery Alliance focuses on harm reduction in whatever manner the person deems necessary. Abert…

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    Daughter shares memory of mom at Alzheimer’s walk

      INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Fort Wayne resident Delana Etnyre joined 19 other family members Saturday, Oct. 10, to honor her mother, Verna Bates, at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It was the 14th anniversary of Bates’s death. After the event, Etnyre shared a memory about Hershey’s candy bars and how they became a shared private moment between her and her mother. She said the memory “is close to my heart, because it starts when I was very young and ends when she was very old.” Her niece, Loretta Fox, said she raises money and walks each year for the Alzheimer’s Association, “because [Granny] was my best friend, and I do it…

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    Habitat raises funds, and then walls, to get family in home by the holidays

      SEE ALSO: Volunteer works so partner families have homes   PEOGA, Ind. — After two fundraisers in the past few months, Brown County Habitat for Humanity is ready to raise the walls on this year’s partner family home. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, workers will frame the walls on this three-bedroom house for Nathaniel and Rachelle Nash and their three children, Desirea, Jordan and Nate. The plan is to have the family moved in by the end of November, so the Nashes’ home church, Church of the Lakes in Cordry-Sweetwater, plans to step in to provide labor and food for the volunteers, according to Rachelle Nash. Sandie Jones, a Habitat…

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    IU students march for climate change

      BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — More than 50 Indiana University students, faculty and staff joined Reinvest IU organizers for the March for Climate Action on IU’s campus Thursday, Sept. 17. With signs, windmills and music in tow, the marchers trekked into Bryan Hall and upstairs to President Michael McRobbie’s office where they read a letter calling for the IU Foundation to divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies within five years. Divestment means to pull funds from those companies, rather than investing in them. McRobbie wasn’t in the office, but that didn’t keep members of the core Reinvest IU group from voicing their platform. “Indiana University cannot claim to be proactively…