History of logging in Indiana – 2/3 (audio)

Audio excerpt from Episode #21 of the Brown County Hour, (December 2013). The second of a three-part extended interview with Charlie Cole and Linda Baden on the history of logging in Indiana.

Charlie and Linda, Dec 2013

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History of logging in Indiana – 1/3 (audio)

Audio excerpt from Episode #19 of the Brown County Hour, (November 2013). The first of a three-part extended interview with Charlie Cole and Linda Baden on the history of logging in Indiana.

Charlie and Linda, Nov 2013

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Charlie Cole & Linda Baden #1 – Overview of the Yellowwood Road project (audio)

Audio except from Episode #18 of the Brown County Hour (September 2013), where we introduce husband/wife Charlie Cole and Linda Baden, who have lived on Yellowwood Road for many years, and are thus personally impacted by the DNR’s proposed Yellowwood Road project. In their efforts to educate themselves on the issues confronting them, their neighbors and others who frequent Yellowwood State Forest, they have gathered an enormous amount of information on the history of logging in Brown County, and the detrimental aspects of the Yellowwood Road plan.

Charlie and Linda, Sep 2013

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BC Commissioners respond, modify Yellowwood Road project

I’m extremely heartened that the will of the people superseded the heavy hand of the State, and the Yellowwood Road project has been substantially changed to reflect the views of the people who actually live along the road, and here in the County.

Mind you now, this isn’t because the State listened, in fact they informed everyone back in July, at the so called ‘public input meeting’, that this was a done deal. But a funny thing happened on their “Road” to suppress democracy, the people got involved.

It turns out the final word rested with the County Commissioners, and when this was pointed out to them they began a series of meetings to address the concerns of folks who will be most impacted, the people who actually live on Yellowwood road.

In last weeks Brown County Democrat (the local paper) the head DNR fellow from Yellowwood Forest, Jim Allen, wrote a letter to the editor in which he played fast and loose with the facts, and he’s been called out on these untruths.

Somewhere in Indianapolis the DNR is meeting to discuss the fact that they just got their comeuppance, and frankly it’s high time.

The upper portion of Yellowwood road will not be paved, and the County completely rejected the State’s plan to use the inferior “chip and seal” on the lower portion of the road, and sent INDOT back to the drawing board.

There’s a lessen to be learned here, and it has huge implications on the up coming fight to save the Back Country Forest Preserve areas that are slated for destruction. If enough people care about an issue, even the mighty DNR can be made to bend to the will of the people.

This is our chance to make a difference, if you care about the future of our wild lands, please consider lending your hand and heart to the cause.

There are two bills before the legislature that would restore the three remaining Back Country areas to there former protected status: Senate Bill 398, and House Bill 1179. We urge any one who’s interested to contact their representative and share your feelings.

In a date yet to be announced, there will be a meet and greet for State Senator Brent Steel and Representative Eric Koch that the League of Women Voters will be hosting at the Brown County office building. It’s going to be held within a couple weeks.

We are hoping for a large turn out to support the Back Country. As soon as there’s a firm date I will post and send a letter to the Democrat.

~~ Dave Seastrom.

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BCH Episode #22 – Jan 2014

BCH Episode #22: 2014-01-05

Singer/songwriter Cari Ray

Singer/songwriter Cari Ray

Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Vera Grubbs. First aired Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels
  • a Brown County story from Tramp Starr
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • Brown County State Park naturalist Katie Kogler with some interesting facts about spiders
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • another audio essay from BCH co-producer Dave Seastrom
  • a conversation between Father Time and the New Year’s Baby by Rick Fettig, featuring the voice talents of Becky Stapf as the babe
  • and our musical guest, Brown County Music Awards Entertainer of the Year (2013), Cari Ray.
Father Time & the New Year’s Baby

Father Time & the New Year’s Baby

Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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BCH Episode #21 – Dec 2013

BCH Episode #21: 2013-12-01

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Mel Chance playing clarinet in his log cabin studio

Hosted by Dave Seastrom and Lee Edgren.

First aired Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Ian McCabe with a taste of It’s a Wonderful Life, being performed till December 16th at the Brown County Playhouse
  • Vera Grubbs’ interview with BC artist Anne Ryan Miller
  • an historical report of Hippies in Brown County
  • The Land & Lore of Brown County by Bill Land
  • poems by Chris Curtin and Gunther Flumm
  • live recording of the dedication of the Salt Creek Trail
  • more of our ongoing series about logging in Brown County, featuring Charlie Cole and Linda Baden
  • audio essays from BCH co-producers Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • and our musical guest, Brown County big band luminary (clarinet, sax, vocals) Mel Chance.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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BCH Episode #20 – Nov 2013

BCH Episode #20: 2013-11-03

The Reverend Josh Peyton and Dave Seastromin the BCH studio

The Reverend Josh Peyton and Dave Seastrom
in the BCH studio

Hosted by Vera Grubbs and Dave Seastrom.

First aired Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Interview #2 and music by the Reverend Peyton and the Big Damn Band
  • Jon Kay returns with a poem by Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley
  • Sally Ann Murphy discusses her book Moving To Brown County
  • Dave Seastrom returns with an essay on Autumn in Brown County
  • Mike Bube with a lesson in critical thinking
  • Vera Grubbs interviews Brown County renaissance woman Rachel Perry
  • Tramp Star with a poem called Oracle
  • Brown County State Park naturalists Katie Kogler and Cassie Norman discuss the bats of Indiana
  • The Land & Lore Of Brown County – Bill Land with a piece on BC prehistory
  • Charlie Cole and Linda Baden return with our ongoing series on the history of Yellowwood State Forest.
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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BCH Episode #19 – Fall Fund Drive Special

BCH Episode #19: 2013-10-06

BigDamnBandCabin400Hosted by Dave Seastrom.

First aired Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 9 AM on WFHB.

In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • This episode was specifically structured to fit in with WFHB’s 2013 Fall Fund Drive. While the show is a bit shorter in length than usual, it’s not short on exciting content, featuring four songs by Brown County’s own Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, plus the first of a two-part interview with the Rev by BCH co-producer Dave Seastrom (part 2 will air in November)
  • Brown County State Park Naturalist Katie Kogler shares some important info about stream ecology
  • BCH regular Tramp Star returns with a poem entitled Squire Lute Weens
  • Christian Freitag, Executive Director for Sycamore Land Trust, and Communications Director Katrina Folsom give us some background on the group’s activities protecting woodlands in south-central Indiana, particularly the new 600-acre Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill in Brown County
  • Pam Raider visits our local Bean Blossom Farmers Market
  • Dave Seastrom shares his memories from his days as a BC school bus driver
  • Lee Edgren interviews the BCH crew members involved in the 2013 BC Outhouse Race (we won an award!)
Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Also available for downloading/streaming at WFHB.org – Brown County Hour

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Brown County Outhouse Race Award 2013

We’re proud… mighty proud. With our 1st entry to the annual Brown County Outhouse Race last month we received the coveted Community Award! Pictured are Dave Seastrom (“Lt. Commander Commode”, designer and builder) and Rick Fettig (“Captain Crapper”, pilot and concept man), surrounded by “The Crapettes” (Vera Grubbs and Pam Raider). Missing from the crew was Jeff Foster, who had his own crap to deal with that day.

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BCH Website Overhaul

wordpress-logo-1With the Brown County Hour now on a monthly schedule (1st Sunday of every month at 9AM on WFHB), it seemed a good time to update our website. We’ve been using WordPress ever since we launched the show back in June of 2010, and have been quite happy with the tools it provided us. And so must a lot of other folks, apparently… it’s estimated that WordPress, a vibrant open-source content management system in existence now for several years, powers upwards of 20% of the web! So we saw no need to try reinventing the wheel, but instead dug in for a major and long-overdue upgrade of our WP installation.

The site has been bumped up to the latest version of WordPress (v 3.6), all our fancy little plugins have similarly been updated, our wood & leaf theme made the migration intact… and perhaps most importantly for our users, our old (and now obsolete) audio playback plugin has been replaced with a nifty new audio player that offers you, our listener, more flexibility in your streaming experience.

What this means for you is now, when you stream one of our shows, you can control the playback volume, skip back and forth in the program, mute, pause and (a new feature) download the show for your personal digital archives! Check out the graphic below for details on how the new audio player functions.

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Now if you decide to download one of our episodes, bear in mind that the show is an hour of stereo audio in MP3 format, with a file size hovering around 85 MBs or so. It’ll download fairly easily on any kind of broadband connection, but if you’re on a dial-up connection (as many still are in Brown County), be prepared for very long download times and possible ISP timeout. The BCH team is working on providing “alternative audio acquisition accommodation” for the bandwidth-impaired. We’ll keep y’all posted.

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