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Briefs: Special spay/neuter program for pit bull owners in 46806 zip code

Outstanding Catholic schools teachers, administrator to be honored

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:01 am

Pit bull spay, neutering offered

The H.O.P.E. for Animals program Snip-by-Zip 46806, which is sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will now offer pick up, spay or neuter, and return of pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs belonging to residents of the 46806 zip code.

Each Sunday from 4-6 p.m., H.O.P.E. for Animals will be at a different location in that zip code area to pick up the dogs, a news release said. The dogs will be dropped off to their owners at the pickup location between 4-6 p.m. Mondays.

Pit bull owners must live in the 46806 zip code. Cost is $5 for spay/neuter surgery, microchip, registration and vaccinations.

Pick up is on a first-come, first-served basis. To check for pickup locations, call 420-7729 or go to www.hope-for-animals.org.

Family fun planned at Eagle Marsh

Families are invited to two new monthly nature series being offered by Little River Wetlands Project at its Eagle Marsh preserve.

The events will begin at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road. LRWP naturalists will offer hands-on activities on a different nature topic, followed by a guided hike geared to the ages of the children present. Admission is free.

The “Family Fun Hike” 1-2:30 p.m. March 16 will be on “Nature Egg-stravaganza,” a look at amphibians and birds that lay eggs at Eagle Marsh. The hike will involve looking for real nests and eggs, as well as 'planted' eggs with fun nature facts inside.

“Short Hikes for Short Legs” is for parents and preschool children ages 3-5. It begins 9-10 a.m. March 20 with hands-on learning about seeds and then a short hike. Each child also will plant a native wildflower in a cup to take home.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or caretaker; to bring a group, call to schedule another time. For more information, contact Liz Hincks at l.hincks@lrwp.org or 478-2515, or go to www.lrwp.org.

Award winners honored

Twenty-two area Catholic educators will be honored for outstanding teaching at a luncheon today at the Fort Wayne Marriott Hotel, 305 E. Washington Center Road.

Light of Learning Award recipients and their schools are Jacob Bloom, Most Precious Blood; Kurtis Homan, Queen of Angels; Martha Berghoff, St Charles Borromeo; Holly Shonholz, St. John the Baptist-Fort Wayne; Leslye Yarde, St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth; Robert Spychalski, St. Jude; Angela Runion, St. Therese; Erin Rahrig, St. Vincent DePaul; Priscilla Harless, St. Aloysius, Yoder; Alice Rumschlag, St. John the Baptist-New Haven; Brett Rupright, St. Joseph, Hessen Cassel; Joan Bultemeier, St. Joseph, Monroeville; Sarah Carvey, St. Louis Academy, Besancon; Mary Yoder, St. Mary, Avilla; Beth Novy, St. Joseph, Garrett; Jessica Faurote, St. Joseph, Decatur; Michelle Kindle, Huntington Catholic; Michelle Story, St. Bernard, Wabash; Patricia Faroh, Sacred Heart, Warsaw; Carrie Bleeke, Bishop Dwenger; and Alicia Hostetler, Bishop Luers.

Chuck Grimm of St. Therese is the Light of Learning Award recipient for administrators.

The Monsignor J. William Lester Award will be given to Dr. Mike Mastrangelo and his late wife. The award honors Lester's spirit and legacy to the Catholic schools, a news release said.