Just two weeks ago, this blog was about a happy time for Terre Haute residents to be able to jump into the water of the re-opened Deming Park swimming pool. Although the parks department has since closed the pool due to mechanical issues, please remember there are other local parks to enjoy on a summer day.
In fact, I visited Dobbs Memorial Park yesterday for the first time in several years. My 17-year-old son agreed to come along and we both commented that it's just as we remembered it. That's the charm of the place.
The scenic wooded area with its pond is a timeless gem of this community. A childhood favorite, it remains high on my list of Terre Haute spots. The park includes a nature center, Native American museum, hiking trails and a 25-acre nature preserve.
The Dobbs Park Nature Center opened when I was about 5- years-old, in 1976. The Perry kids loved going there while growing up. Later on, when I became a mother, I took my own children on regular visits there when they were little, too.
There are various nature displays inside the center featuring animals from around the state and educational information on wildlife and plants. Aquariums that are home to fish, turtles, snakes and lizards are also available on-site.
My favorite thing to do there when I was a child was to watch the wildlife in its habitat outside from the large viewing window at the center. I also enjoyed hands-on learning at the touch table featuring many objects with different textures found in nature, such as animal furs, pine cones and snakeskin. Those traditions remain unchanged for the new batches of children coming in the doors today.
Dobbs and Deming continue to be my personal favorites. I also have always enjoyed Fowler Park.
Dobbs Park is located just east of Deming Park off Poplar Street. Click here for more information on the park.
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Those who know me the most, know my newspaper clips are my most prized possessions. I'm working to scan them all to a memory drive, because they haven't been well preserved with time and age.
These stacks of experiences in the field are reminders of various phases of my life and career. They are a reflection of who I am and all the work that I've done that has made me become good at what I do. I'm aspiring to become better at blogging ,as you see in the 'Terre Haute Times." I write the Sunday blog in first person on my website that is otherwise full of local news written objectively.
In flipping through the old articles last night, I came across the only column I wrote that is similar to my current blog: It goes back about 13 years ago and is filled full of key elements of my life, which "no one ever said would be easy," I wrote at the time. I reflect on my love for journalism, not getting hired by my hometown paper, my personal life and family.
So -- in reading that column I wrote back in 2003 -- I'm happy to report to the writer that your life is indeed "on solid ground" now in Terre Haute.
I can say for certain that working at small town papers in Brazil, Washington, Vincennes, Paris, Ill. and the former online paper for Sullivan and Greene counties taught me all I need to know in this field. All those lessons gave me the confidence to take on Terre Haute news with my own online newspaper.
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 47, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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