Author: Michelle Kaufman

Indianapolis torchbearers continue to affect the city

When two Marion County torchbearers carried the torch, they symbolized the work and impact that they have carried throughout the community.   Henry Leck founded the Indianapolis Children’s Choir 30 years ago, the same year he began teaching at Butler University. He has been watching the progress of the torch throughout Indiana before his time came to carry it through… Read more →

Fueling the Flame of Community

For one Delaware County torchbearer, the Bicentennial Torch Relay brought a deep sense of family and community.   Laura Williamson, executive director for Muncie Civic Theatre , felt as if she was representing the arts in East Central Indiana as well as the people involved in the theater. The relay provided her with a sense of community and being a part of… Read more →

Johnson County: A City of History and Community

Two Johnson County torchbearers brought their love of history and the county with them when they walked the streets of Franklin, Indiana on September 24.   Rich Gotshall has been doing historical reenactments for over 30 years. He portrays Elihu Stout, Indiana’s first newspaper publisher. In 1803, Stout started the paper in Vincennes, Indiana. Wearing his costume and surrounded by… Read more →

Torchbearer Tales

When the torch passed through Jennings and Scott counties September 17, 38 torchbearers brought their personal and state histories to the route. Here are four of their stories.   Raymond Jones of Scottsburg, IN, currently serves as the vice president of the Scott County council and is an EMS adviser who recently had the Raymond W. Jones Emergency Medical Services… Read more →