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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

September 19, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Sept. 22-23. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org.




LOGANSPORT — This month marks 180 years since over 850 Potawatomi Native Americans were forcibly removed from their homeland in northern Indiana. Many walked the 660-mile, two-month journey. Over 40 died — mostly babies, children and elderly. It’s known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death. Every five years since 1988, a group of Potawatomi, historians and other interested persons take a week to travel the trail that starts south of Plymouth, Indiana, and ends in Kansas. By Mitchell Kirk. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.


WEST LAFAYETTE — Orlando Itin has been here before thumbing through an auction catalog, spotting a priceless piece of Purdue University memorabilia and knowing one thing. “There has to be a way to get that thing back where it belongs,” said Itin, owner of Bruno’s Swiss Inn, where a generous slice of his Purdue-related collection hangs in the foyer and dining section of the West Lafayette restaurant. Now, opening bids are weeks away at Heritage Auctions for more than 2,000 items from the family collection of astronaut Neil Armstrong, Purdue graduate and first man on the moon. Among the finds in the collection: A silk flag bearing the inscription, “Purdue Centennial Year, 1869-1969.” The banner’s distinction: It went with Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July 1969. By Dave Bangert. Journal & Courier. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.



BROWNSTOWN — As the Jackson-Washington State Forest’s museum shelter house was disassembled five years ago, a limestone etched with the year it was built was discovered embedded in sandstone covered in concrete. After the building was completed by a Civilian Conservation Corps group in 1934, it was used to house historical items of the county. Recently, when it was ready to be inserted in the fireplace of the new shelter house, a copper box was found in the limestone. What was determined to be a time capsule from 1934 had various items in it, including a copy of the Oct. 3, 1934, Seymour Daily Tribune, documents from local organizations and a coin from that year. By Zach Spicer. The (Seymour) Tribune. SENT: 750 words, photos requested.


INDIANAPOLIS — Bruce Bordelon, professor of viticulture at Purdue University, is fretting about the weather. The state is getting way too much rain, which plays havoc with maturing grapes. Just a couple of decades ago, Indiana had virtually no wine-grape crop to worry about. Today, the annual harvest (and the 2.4 million gallons of wine it makes) generates an economic impact of $600 million and sustains 4,000 full-time jobs. Much of the credit for the rise of Indiana’s wine industry belongs to a tiny Purdue University program that goes by the unlikely name of the Purdue Wine Grape Team. Over the last two decades, this four-person cadre of experts has been instrumental both in husbanding the local winemaking industry and in raising its profile nationwide. By Sam Stall. Indianapolis Business Journal. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.

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