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Rhubarb is an odd sort of produce. It is technically a vegetable, but much of the time it gets lumped in with fruit in a dessert-type recipe, and that’s OK. It has a sour taste, but as it ripens it turns from green to bright reddish/pink. The pinker it gets, the sweeter it becomes. Even then, people tend to dump a truckload of sugar in with it to make it more palatable, and that is when it becomes a problem.

There is a buzz in the air and conversations everywhere. From my vantage point at the Goshen Farmers Market, I can feel it. The sun is finally out and people are coming out of hibernation to see what’s new. Vendors are set up with their produce and wares and are still waking up from the early morning commute to the market.

For many people, “gluten-free” has become a lifestyle choice. Whether they have medical reasons or have found that avoiding gluten makes them feel better, people that have chosen to avoid gluten have probably not made that choice casually.

In popular music, a cover version, often referred to as simply a cover is a new presentation of a song that had been previously recorded. Sometimes the term is used in a derogatory way, implying that the original version is the preferred rendition. This weekend cover music takes center stage in Jeffersonville.

Soda is a prevalent beverage choice in our society, which is unfortunate. The amounts of sugar, or aspartame, the caffeine levels and the phosphoric acids all make sodas a terrible choice for refreshment. They can rot your teeth, make you fat, give you sugar rushes and crashes, give you headaches and a host of other problems. Thankfully, the public is beginning to catch on and make better choices. The flavored sparkling waters are becoming more popular, as are the soda machines that allow you to make healthier options at home. Things like green tea or kombucha are also making a dent in soda sales. This is all good progress health-wise, but there is another concerning drink trend and those are the so-called energy drinks. Oh wow, are these things terrible! And I know so many people who drink them as a matter of course, typically to “get through the workday.” That’s very concerning when you consider it probably means they are drinking several of them a day, each workday.

The tree branches outside the window are covered with green leaves. In just one week, the gaunt and bony treeline has filled in with soft, green growth. When the wind blows, the trees wave their new leaves like flags in a parade. At Ox Bow Park, the undergrowth takes over, and I can no longer see through the forest to the other side. The path seems more closed in, and poison ivy lines the edge as if nature has drawn a line where I can and cannot go.

Because of the infrequency in time and location of total solar eclipses, scientists historically have had difficulty studying broad, controlled data collections on eclipse-related animal behavior. But with the advent of smartphone technology, researchers are looping in citizen scientists to help record the effects of solar eclipses. 

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Pamelia "Pam" Ann Fiscus, 75, of Zionsville, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019. Pam was born in Warsaw, IN on November 14, 1943, a daughter of the late Zanna and Mary (Myers) Hammer. She married Dr. Clifford W. Fiscus on December 19, 1964. Pam graduated from Mentone High School in 1961, and…