Local News Headlines: September 25, 2023

Local United Way merges with South Central Indiana Branch
United Way of Monroe County and United Way of South Central Indiana announce exciting news today that these two organizations have united as one, joining forces to combine their unique abilities, partnerships, and histories to bring new opportunities to the region. Merging creates operational efficiencies, ensuring greater impact while maintaining a strong local presence within each distinct community that makes up the south central region. 

After several months of discussion, the two organizations are officially operating as United Way of South Central Indiana and will create impact in Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Orange, and Owen counties. The organization will retain offices in Bloomington at 431 S. College Avenue and an office within the Stonegate Arts & Education building in Bedford at 931 15th St. 

The newly broadened organization launched its 2023 giving season at the Blue Jean Ball on September 21, celebrating the expanded United Way of South Central Indiana service area. Those wishing to donate or get involved are encouraged to visit www.unitedwaysci.org.

United Way of South Central Indiana will work toward moving families out of poverty and into possibility by addressing the root causes of inequities in health, education, and financial stability across South Central Indiana. Bearly half of the families in the region are in, or one emergency away from, poverty – including 30% of families with children and 43% of seniors. It takes everyone, and United Way of South Central Indiana is rallying our communities to work hand-in-hand. 

As part of the unification, Randy Rogers, President & CEO of the former United Way of Monroe County, will retain the President & CEO role for United Way of South Central Indiana. Kim Burgess, Executive Director of the former United Way of South Central Indiana, remains on staff in the role of Director of Rural Engagement. She will remain active and visible in Lawrence and Orange counties while also providing outreach to additional rural counties in the new footprint.

To learn more about the unification of United Way of South Central Indiana and United Way of Monroe County, view the FAQ at www.unitedwaysci.org/merger.

Ivy Tech announces latest classes offered for Lifelong Learning
Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning offers non-credit, personal enrichment classes for youth and adults. Registration for in-person and virtual classes is open all year. With classes, workshops, and summer camps, beginners and beyond have the chance to learn something new in creative arts, humanities, STEM, and so much more.

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Green Valley Foods recalls Frozen Meat Pizza Products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens
Green Valley Foods, a Devils Lake, N.D. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,062 pounds of frozen meat pizza products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The frozen meat pizza items were produced from September 20, 2022, through September 20, 2023, and may contain the lot codes 2632 through 2633. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

Bloomington Open Studios Tour visual arts weekend
Sun Oct 15th 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Fifteen Bloomington artists in the Bloomington Open Studios collective will open their individual studios to the public. They are established artists who have been involved with developing and supporting a vibrant arts community in Bloomington for years. Work on display includes a variety of techniques, media, and subject matter.

More information Here

Indians pull out 5-1 victory to end season at 70-78
Nick Gonzales and Ryan Vilade drilled run-scoring doubles in a three-run fifth inning, Joe Perez launched a two-run home run in the eighth, and the Indianapolis Indians finished the season on a high note with a 5-1 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.

Indians Record: 70-78, 37-37
Rochester Record: 66-80, 32-41

WP: Chase De Jong (2-2) / LP: Lucas Knowles (0-2)

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