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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:01 am
The Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence awarded Robin James the Batters' Intervention Facilitator for Indiana. James works for the Center for Nonviolence of Fort Wayne.Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) and The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with radio station WAJI, Majic 95.1-FM, will sponsor the 2012 “Home for the Holidays” contest. Two lucky winners currently in the armed services will be selected to fly home to Fort Wayne free of charge this holiday season to spend time with their families.Anyone with a loved one on active military duty may submit a story, in 300 words or less, explaining why their service person should come home for the holidays. Two winners will be selected to receive one free round-trip ticket to FWA, no matter where in the world they may be serving our country. Winners must be able to receive leave from duty to travel home between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31.

Visit www.waji.com to enter. Entries must be submitted by midnight Nov. 25. Winners will be announced live on WAJI Nov. 30.FireKeepers Casino Hotel donated 200 turkeys to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. The casino is located in Battle Creek, Mich., and also donated turkeys to other food banks.Home Instead Senior Care hosts the Be a Santa to a Senior program, which begins Thursday and ends Dec. 13. Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special trees at Allen County Walgreen's locations, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the cashier, along with the ornament attached. For more information call 485-2424 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, a Corunna-based, nonprofit organization, is asking farmers and hunters to donate surplus farm and large-game animals to feed the needy.

Hunters may take their field-dressed deer to any one of several participating butchers in the area to donate. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry will pay the processing costs. The meat will remain in the community in which it was donated.

For a statewide list of participating butchers, visit www.hoosiersfeedingthehungry.org or contact Deb Treesh at 1-260-541-0365.The Allen County 4-H program recognized its volunteers: First year: Angie Brown (Fort Wayne), Anita Collins (New Haven), Mariann McMahan (Fort Wayne), Dawn Parker (Fort Wayne), Marlene Redding (Fort Wayne) and Kim Smith (Grabill); fifth year: Roger Clark (Huntertown), David Fansler (Fort Wayne), Dawn Fansler (Fort Wayne), Shelvy Lewis (Fort Wayne), Sharon May-Hoffman (New Haven), Shawn Parker (Fort Wayne) and Regina Smith (New Haven); 10th year: Lee Bradtmueller (Hoagland), Peggy Nicola (Fort Wayne), Robert Nicola (Fort Wayne) and Kathy Palacios (Monroeville); 15th year: Deb Greer (Huntertown), Mark Perry (Fort Wayne) and Joyce Reider (Fort Wayne); 20th year: Lynne Bogardus (Columbia City), Heidi Hood (Hoagland), and Randy Lewis (Fort Wayne); 25th year: Frank Ebetino (Fort Wayne); 30th year: Dale Jackson (Fort Wayne) and Kristine McKay (Woodburn); and 40th year: Cindy Berning (Hoagland).Allen County 4-H Clubs announced these officers at its annual meeting: Trent Kleine, president; Roger Clark, vice president; Marlene Redding, secretary; and Lee Bradtmueller, treasurer. Elected to the board for a three-year term were Fred Hammond, Shawn Parker, Mike Shirey and Kim Smith.NIPSCO offers payment assistance options for this winter's heating bills. Visit www.NIPSCO.com/BillingPayment for more information regarding the available programs.The Arc of Indiana is now accepting applications for its winter heating assistance program. Low-income people with disabilities could qualify for up to $100 in assistance on their heating bills. To qualify, the individual or someone in the household must be an SSI or Medicaid Disability recipient. Download an application form at http://fifthfreedom.org/.The Franciscan Center needs 1,500 turkeys and hams for its annual Turkey Tuesday event for the needy. The center also will accept monetary donations to purchase turkeys and hams. Call 744-3977 for drop off/pickup information.The Knights of Columbus Council 451 will sponsor a senior citizen Thanksgiving Day dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22 at 601 Reed Road. A free will offering is accepted. Reservations required by Thursday: 493-1914.


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