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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 12:01 am

Grant applications accepted

The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting letters of intent and grant applications from organizations interested in applying for the Arts Operating Support III/ Multi-Regional Arts Institutions grant program.

The grant program is available to those organizations who provide quality arts and cultural activities as part of the group's primary mission. Programming or services must reach a statewide or multiregional audience with special attention to underserved areas.

Visit to view a map of the IAC regions.

Organizations interested in applying for this grant program must submit a letter of intent to apply. Letters of intent may be submitted by email to Kristina Davis at

A letter of intent template can be found on the IAC website at: /AOSIII.htm. Scroll down to “How to Apply.” Letters of intent deadline is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Guidelines for the grant program are currently available on the IAC website at: Applications may only be completed after submission of a letter of intent and consultation with Davis.

Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. March 13.

Contact Davis at 1-317-232-1279 or email for more information.

Donations matched

Patterson Riegel Advertising held a challenge to match donations made to the Allen County SPCA, up to $1,001 since the nonprofit lost a $1,000 prize in another advertising contest.

Within 24 hours, the shelter received $2,114.50 in donations.

Hardee's gives to MDA

The Columbia City, Warsaw, Wabash and North Manchester Hardee's restaurants donated $3,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Energy savings rebates

Energizing Indiana presented more than $100,000 in energy savings rebates to Coastal Partners and its electrical partner, Havel.

The lighting improvements at the Coastal Partners' facility have earned one of the largest Energizing Indiana commercial rebates in the state.

BBBS receives $1,000

LaBov Marketing Communications and Training awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters $1,000 as part of its Give Beyond endowment.

Pages wanted

State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) wants local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program.

The program offers students ages 13-18 the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

Pages will visit the capitol building and tour the governor's office, the chambers of the Indiana House and Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court.

They will witness floor sessions and committee meetings and help staff members.

Students who serve as pages are excused from school for the day. Pages are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Statehouse.

Pages are asked to include two different dates when they can come to the Statehouse between the first week in January through April. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days to serve.

There are no pages on Fridays. To sign up, visit _republicans/off_cms/page or call 1-800-382-9841.

Carroll students collect money, canned goods

Carroll High School students collected $6,000 for Janelle Carpenter's medical bills. Carpenter is a technology specialist with Northwest Allen County Schools. Students also collected more than 2,800 canned-food items which will be used in the upcoming CANstruction competition and will eventually be donated to a food bank.

They also collected about two dozen items for the Parkview Oncology department.

Center receives minivan

The Joe Mertz Center at Huntington University received a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan to assist with its outreach ministry.

Recycling business receives certification

Ace Recycling Inc. has received R2 Responsible Recycling Certification, which makes the company the only R2-certified facility in northern Indiana.

Ace Recycling, 219 Murray St., accepts residential and commercial electronics at no charge to the customer.

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