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December: Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!

Posted on Nov 28 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

As Indiana’s bicentennial celebration reaches the crescendo, Willie and friends take a final curtain call on our magical Hoosier history tour. President James Madison took his pen in hand, and with the stroke of his signature on Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state — as he signed an act of Congress admitting Indiana… Continue reading.

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Have yourself a techy little Christmas

Posted on Nov 30 2016 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Marc Rapport While there will probably always be a place for the traditional electric train set around the Christmas tree, here are some newer digital delights to make your holidays a little more techy for everyone on your gift list. PLAY AND LEARN Baby Talk Baby’s smartphone entertains the littlest device users with colorful… Continue reading.

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Did you know…?

Posted on Dec 01 2016 in Food

During the food rationing of World War II in the 1940s, bakers began to use beets to enhance the color of their cakes. In addition to creating a red color, the boiled beets, beet juice and even beet baby food allowed the cake to retain moisture. Using a natural alternative to red food coloring can… Continue reading.

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The season for sage

Posted on Dec 01 2016 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors, Rosie's Garden

By Rosie Lerner Holiday dinners filled with the fragrance of sage-dusted turkey and dressing may be an American tradition, so it may surprise you to know that the sage plant, Salvia officinalis, is native to the Mediterranean. Sage is actually a diverse group of herbs belonging to the genus Salvia, many species of which are… Continue reading.

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Let it snow

Posted on Dec 01 2016 in For Youth, Power Kids Projects

What you need: Light blue or white pipe cleaners Scissors Glass jar Pencil Boiling water Borax What to do: Twist pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. We made a very simple shape, but encourage older children to create a more complicated design. Wrap a pencil perpendicular to one of the extending pipe cleaners. Trim all pipe… Continue reading.

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