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Briefs: Some state parks to close for deer hunts; registration open for 2013 Fort4Fitness races

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:01 am

State parks closing for deer hunts

Chain O'Lakes State Park near Albion and Ouabache State Park near Bluffton will be closed Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 26-27 for deer-reduction hunts, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced.

Those two northeast Indiana parks are among 13 state parks where controlled deer-reduction hunts will take place, the news release said.

The parks will close to the public the evening before each of the two controlled hunts and reopen the morning after each two-day deer reduction, the news release said.

People familiar with the DNR's annual deer-reduction hunts should be aware the first round is on Tuesday and Wednesday this year because Nov. 12 is a state holiday, the news release said. The traditional Monday-Tuesday schedule returns for the second round on Nov. 26 and 27.

The other state parks affected are Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial.

Fort4Fitness registration open

Registration now is open for the 2013 Fort4Fitness races, which are scheduled for Sept. 27-28 next year at Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The event again will offer half marathon, 10K, and 4-mile run/walk events. People who register early receive discounted rates, a news release said. Race entrance fees will remain the same as this year.

To register or for more information, go to

A record number of people took part in the event this year, the news release said.

Photos of 2012 race participants also still are available for purchase at the Fort4Fitness website. To find photos, search by your name or bib number.

Help seniors at the holidays

The Be a Santa to a Senior program again this year will help provide Christmas gifts to local older adults who may live alone or in poverty. The program runs Nov.15-Dec. 13.

Ornaments containing the first names of seniors being helped and their gift requests will be placed on Christmas trees in Walgreens stores in Allen County. Shoppers are invited to pick an ornament from tree, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the cashier, with the ornament attached.

Volunteers from the local Home Instead Senior Care office and local senior-care businesses and nonprofits will collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.

For more information, go to or call 485-2424.