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February 1, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Feb. 1-2

CHEERS

... to the inaugural FAN Fair on sustainable living, to be held today [Saturday] at the Sternwheeler Ballroom/Robert E. Lee Center in New Albany.

The progressive event — to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — will focus on green initiatives, making cities more pedestrian friendly and simply educating the public about environmental issues.

There will be demonstrations, panel discussion and workshops.

The best part — it’s all free. Visit floydactionnetwork.org for more information.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

JEERS

... to the nonsensical substitution patterns of Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.

I realize that Crean knows more about coaching basketball than I ever will. Still, it’s hard for the average fan not to question when the coach plays 13 players in the first half of a Big Ten game.

The starters weren’t in foul trouble; there’s no way they were tired. Indiana has a good amount of young talent, but not enough to go eight deep into the bench — no college team does.

It could have made the difference in what became a close road loss against Nebraska.

Crean’s rebuilding of the IU program is admirable, he’s a great recruiter and he seems to be an all-around good guy. With that said, the Hoosier fans are restless about his in-game coaching, and that didn’t just start this season.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... to the news that Flat 12 Bierwerks will open a taproom on Jeffersonville’s riverfront.

The Indianapolis-based craft brewer has quickly earned a reputation in the state for tasty beers. Their brewing facility in Indianapolis is a cool warehouse space, one I hope is duplicated in the building Flat 12 plans to renovate along Riverside Drive.

In a brilliant form of advance marketing, Flat 12 last week began distributing its beers in the Louisville area — I had one Thursday night at Boombozz Taphouse in the Highlands. They’ll follow that up in late spring or early summer with the taproom. Hopefully, the Big Four pedestrian bridge is open by then to satisfy thirsty walkers.

All this is perfect timing. As someone who spends most of his work time in downtown Jeffersonville, it feels like big things are on the way.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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