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Spring Walking Wednesdays effort off to a hopping start

Monday, April 9, 2012

Health Coalition members, Troy Scott and Joy Marley talking with a Walking Wednesdays regular Penny Long of Fillmore.
Despite a rainy start to the day, last Wednesday, the spring series of Walking Wednesdays got off to a hopping good start. A number of the Putnam County Health Coalition members were on hand to greet and register walkers for the spring series of Walking Wednesdays at the People Pathways Gazebo at the start of the Greencastle Fillmore Trail.

In addition to the benefit of exercise, those who showed up for week one of the spring series of Walking Wednesdays were greeted by a sprinkling of crocheted Easter eggs along the path, provided by the mysterious Putnam County "Yarn Bombers." Walkers also received Easter eggs with coupons to the new frozen yogurt shop at the end of their walk courtesy of Green Frogurt and Joy Marley.

The purpose of Walking Wednesdays is to encourage residents of Putnam County to be more physically active and to become more familiar with some of the many trails and pathways available to the community. Each week the Coalition encourages people of all ages (and dogs on leashes) to join with others to walk or run on that week's selected trail.

To encourage participation, walkers and runners can register each week that they come for a drawing at the end of the eight-week program. There is no charge to participate. Walkers can go any distance they choose but paths of approximately one mile, two miles and a 5K are usually designated. While participants are encouraged to track their own progress the walks are noncompetitive and are not timed. For more information about Walking Wednesdays, call Jackie Baumann at the Extension Office at 653-8411 or contact Troy Scott at the Greencastle City Hall (653-3395 or tscott@cityofgreencastle.com).

Reminder: April 11 is the deadline to register for Extension Homemakers May 8, County Tour to the Propaylaeum and Naptown. The fee of $39 for the tour covers lunch and a three-hour, three-stop bus tour to some highlights and historic sites in Indianapolis. To register or for more information, call Marianne Novak at 386-2077.

Check the website www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to view the most up to date info. Contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding column topics or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee.

Upcoming Events

April 11- Deadline to register for the Extension Homemakers County Tour to Naptown.

April 11- Walking Wednesdays -- Big Walnut Sports Park -- Shelter on Southside 5-6 p.m.

April 18- Walking Wednesdays -- Putnam County Fairgrounds -- North Entry Gate 5-6 p.m.

April 21-- 4-H Dairy Steer Tagging and Weigh-in, Fairgrounds, 8-10 a.m.

April 25-- Walking Wednesday--People Pathways, Albin Pond Trail--start from Deer Meadow School.

May 3-- 4-H Camp Counselor Development Session #1, Fairgrounds, 5-8 p.m.

May 8-- Extension Homemakers County Tour --pre-registration necessary.

May 10-- 4-H Camp Counselor Development Session #2, Fairgrounds, 5-8 p.m.

May 12-- 4-H sheep and goat wether tagging and retinal scanning, Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. -- noon.

May 15-- All dairy, goat, horse and pony, sheep, swine, pure-bred heifer 4-H livestock enrollment forms due.

Registration is open for spring 2012 Dining with Diabetes classes, contact Extension Office.

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