BCH Episode #37 – April 2015

BCH Episode #37: 2015-04-05
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guests the Rusted String Swindlers
  • Singer/songwriter Cari Ray returns with another “For a Song”
  • Poetry by Carol Marks and BCH Poet Laureate, Gunther Flumm
  • Essays by Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • Vera Grubbs delivers the April Brown County Community Calendar and an interview with the Reverend Rick Clayton about the unique labyrinth he constructed behind his church
  • Brown County jazz violinist Carolyn Dutton talking about the upcoming BC Playhouse film, “Lady Be Good”
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org

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BCH Episode #36 – March 2015

BCH Episode #36: 2015-03-01
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Celtica-Logo-Hi-Def-300Musical guest Tammera Lane of CELTICA — interview and songs from Labyrinth Walk.
  • Cari Ray returns with another For A Song, exploring the creative processes involved in songwriting. This month: Making the most of what you have.
  • Yellowwood Road resident Mark Cagle presents his views on the State’s controversial road project.
  • Eric Freeman of the National Maple Syrup Festival describes the history of the event and the many offerings to be presented during its Brown County debut.
  • Dave Seastrom tells the story of his own maple syrup experiences.
  • Rick Fettig with a Brown County News Update on the Shine-On 2-K Run, a somewhat mythical event coming soon.
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm: Leprechauned 
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

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BCH Episode #35 – February 2015

BCH Episode #35: 2015-02-01
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

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    Musical guests Hamilton Creek perform LIVE in BCH Studio B — interview and songs.

  • Cari Ray returns with another For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse… even with a broken leg.
  • Arborist Rick Patrick shares his take on IDNR logging practices in another WoodWatch segment.
  • BC entrepreneur Harry Hopkins of Brockwood Farm tells the stories of his Stall-sifter and Worm-sifter machines.
  • Don Crum with info on the BC Youth Music Showcase coming up Feb 28.
  • Rachel Perry shares a tall tale about love and moonshine.
  • Rick Fettig with an essay on squirrels.
  • Dave Seastrom delivers an update on construction progress with the new BCH studio.
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm: Voodoo voodoo. 
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

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WoodWatch: Hiking the wasteland

WoodWatch_update_bannerAnother beautiful day gave me the perfect excuse to work on my stay fit during winter plan. I’ve been wanting to hike the area next to us that was recently logged. It would’ve been smarter if I’d gone while the ground was still frozen, but I was filled with desire, and it was fifty degrees with sunshine.

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The state had a “do not enter” tape stretched across the trail head, so rather than violate the law, I took a different path to the trail. The trail we’ve been hiking and skiing on for thirty five years is obliterated, in its place is a new road bed that’s wide enough for heavy equipment to drive on. This new terrain road will serve as a corridor for the extensive logging the state will conduct until this area is completely logged out.

I wanted to walk the entire area where the recent logging took place, and it was impossibly muddy. The disturbed soil is in the process of eroding down the face of the ridge system where this new road is situated, and it was almost impossible to find firm ground to walk on.

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I was able to see an overview, and it looks like they’ve left a handful of older trees as seed stock and bulldozed the space in between to remove all of the “undesirable” species.

Poplar, iron wood, sassafras, maple, ash, and beach are reduced to the point of non existence, in favor of white and red oak. The money trees.

I also observed a modicum of erosion control on the wide road they’ve built. The steep hill sides, stripped of most trees, had none, and this soil is bleeding down into the creek beds at the bottom of the ravines.

This is what an industrial tree farm looks like. The new focus is to maximize profit at the expense of diversity.

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I laboriously picked my way along the edge of this new road until I came to the clearing they’re using to yard the logs. There are several huge piles of cutoffs where they trimmed the logs and loaded them onto the trucks we’re seeing everywhere on our county roads.

This area was logged at least once during my tenure, but that was using the old guide lines that were in place form the beginning.

There’s no mistaking what we’re seeing now is a complete sea change. The new plan is a radical departure from all of the management practices I’ve ever seen in our forests.

As part of my fitness plan I intend to hike this area and track the consequence of the IDNR’s new plan.

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I’ll also spend as much time as I can hiking the areas that haven’t been ruined, and breath in the last sight of what was once the greatest unspoiled expanse of state forest land in the Midwest.

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BCH Episode #34 – January 2015

BCH Episode #34: 2015-01-04
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

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    Musical guest David Bartlett talks about his recent CD, Lead Your Life By A Song, produced by Jeff Foster, and we hear several tunes from the project

  • Cari Ray returns with the second of her new BCH series, For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse
  • Rick Fettig with an original story, It’s A Boy, about growing up (and old) in a changing world, with background music by Barry Ginsbarg
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm
  • And music recorded live at our Nov 1 2014 BCH Studio Fundraiser held at the Brown County Inn, including tracks by Dave Sisson & Sam Herrin, Trish Rieke and Cole O’Day.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org

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BCH Episode #33 – December 2014

BCH Episode #33: 2014-12-07
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guest Kenan Rainwater talks about his recent CD, As The River Flows, produced by the Reverend Peyton, and we hear selected tunes from the project

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    Kenan Rainwater

  • Director of Mother’s Cupboard Sherry Houze discusses the Cupboard’s work to help feed Brown Countians in need
  • Brown County singer/songwriter extraordinaire Cari Ray launches the pilot segment of her new BCH series, For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse
  • Rick Fettig offers a heartfelt perspective on public assistance, and also some thoughts on a persimmon tree
  • Our old friend Pete Sebert returns to visit Brown County, and offers some uplifting thoughts in a freewheeling interview with Pam Raider
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay
  • FOSTER JONES perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in this archive recording from our December 2010 episode.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

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Let’s NOT allow this to happen

 

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loggingI’m beginning to find a whole new attraction to cold and rainy days. When the weather is inclement the loggers don’t work, and the forest is allowed one more day of existence.

This situation also bought me enough time to come up with a camcorder. Time is of the essence, and the delay of even a week or two would spell a lost opportunity to document the logging taking place right next to us.

All logging is unattractive. Over the last thirty eight years, I’ve been observing forest management practices, and it’s always a painful sight.

However under the old management system, that existed from the first managed timber sales in the sixties until 2004, the seventeen percent new growth cut rate was a selective cut, and the forest recovered quickly.

Then along came the new plan, instituted single-handedly by former governor Daniels.

What was once valued and protected by both republicans and democrats, for almost a century, became fodder for the bottom line.

When the spokespeople for the IDNR tell you “we’ve always cut trees” this is true. But what they are in fact doing, is skillfully leading Hoosiers down the garden path.

This is also part of the new plan.

It’s well understood in government circles that the overwhelming majority of Hoosiers are in favor of no logging in state forests. So it’s vital to the plan not to be forth coming or honest in their descriptions.

Actually, the success of the plan is dependent on keeping the public uninformed.

This is where the camcorder comes in.

The state can lie all they want. And they most certainly will. They stand in front of the cameras with big grins on their faces as they spin their false tales of proper management based on science.

But no one will be smiling when these images of the new plan are made public. The comparison between the old management system and the new plan will become completely obvious.

The IDNR publicly states the new plan is based on science. The problem with these assertions are, they’re simply not true.

The foresters and silviculturists working for the IDNR received the same education. Around here they all went to the same school, and many of them studied under the same professors.

If it was simply a matter of science there would be a general agreement, and this is not the case.

No less than James M. Ridenour, former director of the National Park Service, former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and currently professor emeritus at the I. U. school of Public Health, completely disagrees with the new plan and has stated so publicly.

As I mentioned he has the same education as the current managers of the IDNR, only he has a lot more experience.

The science didn’t change, the emphasis on the bottom line changed.

I run the risk of become annoying to my friends and readers when I constantly harp on this topic, but I tell you truly, if we don’t act now, it will be too late.

Let’s not allow this to happen.

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BCH Episode #32 – November 2014

BCH Episode #32: 2014-11-02
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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Pam Raider, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guest Lauren Robert with a discussion of living the big life in NYC, returning to Brown County, her experiences as a peace officer, and her new band Soul Medicine, plus four songs from her vast repertoire of great R&B tunes
  • Director of the Indiana Forest Alliance Jeff Stant discusses the current state of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ controversial forest management plan in an important extended interview

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    Lauren Robert

  • Poetry by Chris Curtin and Tramp Starr
  • Dave Seastrom delivers another pithy essay.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

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BCH Studio Fundraiser Event – Nov 1, 2014

 

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THE BACKSTORY: The Brown County Hour is well into its 5th year of production, and about to air our 32nd episode. The growth and development of the show has been greatly facilitated by our association with the Brown County History Center (BCHC), which has kindly provided our studio space since very early in the show.

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The new Brown County History Center under construction

As you may know, BCHC has been building a beautiful new facility on their property on Gould Street, and the space is almost ready to go. The History Center and the Brown County Hour have worked out an arrangement to continue our association, and the result is a large new studio space in the new building, more than twice the size of our current studio. The room we’re moving into will be finished (ie, electrical, drywall and drop-ceiling), but it’s up to the BCH crew to build the studio infrastructure itself.

Members of the BCH production crew, Dave Seastrom, Rick Fettig (both experienced carpenters and contractors) and Jeff Foster (a guitar player who can swing a hammer with a fair degree of aplomb) have drawn up plans to create a proper recording studio by building a soundproof control room separate from the larger sound room, hard-wiring the mic, audio and computer connections, applying sound treatments on the walls, and otherwise furnishing the studio to create a comfortable, professional recording environment. The BCH crew will be providing all the labor at no cost.

Of course, we will still require a good bit of cash for building materials. So with the kind support of our friends at the Brown County Inn, Pine Room Tavern, Muddy Boots Cafe, and the Hobnob Corner Restaurant, we’re planning a special, one-night-only fundraising event to be held Saturday evening, November 1 @ 7pm in BCI’s Town Hall, with 100% of the proceeds going into the BCH Studio Fund so we can create the studio we’d like to see.

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Our studio will be on the ground floor, tucked back and insulated from any street noise.

The event will be a 3-hour live version of the Brown County Hour (to be recorded for broadcast in future episodes of BCH), and will feature music performed by several of Brown County’s favorite local musicians:

  • Cari Ray & Chuck Wills
  • Rob Bowden & Dave Gore
  • Jeb Allen & Rich Morpurgo
  • Trish Rieke
  • Dave Sisson
  • Cole O’Day
  • and BCH’s own Rick Fettig

We also plan to hold a silent auction, and offer other attractions as well. It’ll be a fun night, for sure. And since BCH is affiliated with WFHB, a 501-c3 non-profit corporation, all donations to our fund are tax-deductible.

The best parts of the live recording will be heard on upcoming episode(s) of the Brown County Hour on WFHB. So come on out, support the show, and raise your voice to help us continue the important community service we love to do!

Want to help spread the word?
Here’s a PDF promotional flyer you can print out and pass around to friends.

Want to donate to the BCH Studio Fund right now?
Write a check made out to WFHB (include a note indicating
the money is a donation to the BCH Studio Fund), and mail to:

WFHB
Brown County Hour Studio Fund
108 W Fourth St
Bloomington, IN 47404

Thanks to all our supporters who have helped keep the Brown County Hour on the air over the years.
You are the community in community radio!


There are even rumors the famous BCH Outhouse will be making a special appearance!

There are even rumors the famous BCH Outhouse will be making a special appearance!

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BCH Studio Fundraiser Flyer

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