Based on an earlier treaty, in 1827, the U. S. government built a grist mill for the Potawatomi Indians to grind corn. To power the mill, a dam was constructed near the present-day dam on Mill Creek. The dam flooded the area and formed Lake Manitou — named from the Potawatomi for “spirit.” The Indians believed the waters held powerful serpents.

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After a hiatus due to the pandemic, a group of local artists has resumed its monthly creative meet-ups and invites people of all skill levels to join in an international art movement connecting communities from across the world.

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the staff at Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon State Recreation Area) will host an open house at the Historic Mansfield Roller Mill from 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 to offer tours and provide information regarding the removal of the deteriorating cypress water wheel next to the mill.

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CLARKSVILLE — With Memorial Day weekend just days away, the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department announced it has made the difficult decision to delay the opening of Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center.

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The beginning of August brings with it the most pleasant summer temperatures. Early mornings arrive with an almost chilly air and I throw on a long-sleeve shirt before I step out the door for my morning dog walk. The coolness sweeps through the open windows of our house and everything feels a little cleaner, fresher, sharper. As the sun rises and throws its rays, the temperature climbs along with it. But the air is dry and clear and remains comfortable.

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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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