Local briefs

Thursday, December 21, 2006

College prep program set Jan. 4 at PCPL

A program on how to prepare for a college interview is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Putnam County Public Library.

Keith Sanford, associate director of admissions at DePauw University, and Rebecca Konowicz, senior assistant director of international recruitment, will walk listeners through the "do's and don'ts" of college interviewing.

All library programs are free to the public.

PCPL has eye-opener

Indiana University graduate student Marie Clapot will present "the art of seeing" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Putnam County Public Library.

Clapot specializes in multi-sensorial perception. She will guide listeners through a verbal description of an artwork using a method employed by museums for people who are visually impaired. Learn to "see" art in new ways using other senses.

The program is free and open to the public, and is recommended for those age 10 and older.

First baby animal of 2007 wanted for Ag contest

The Putnam County Ag Day Committee is conducting the inaugural First Baby Animal of 2007 contest.

The winning contestant will be recognized during Putnam County Ag Week, running Tuesday, March 20-Thursday, March 22.

The rules require the animal to be born in the county. The entry form with the time and date of birth, along with a photo of the animal, should be submitted by Jan. 13 to Farm Bureau, 1001 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, 46135.

The animal species should be indicated as beef, buffalo, dairy, elk, goat, rabbit, sheep or swine. Include the name if appropriate.

For more information, contact Heather Poynter at 739-6847.

Grant applications due Jan. 19 for food, shelter programs

A national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has chosen Putnam County to receive a $23,527 grant to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

The deadline for grant applications to be received from local agencies is Jan. 19, 2007.

The selection was made by the board, which consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities; National Council of the Churches of Christ; and United Way of America.

The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The local board consists of Greencastle Mayor Nancy Michael and representatives from the above agencies. It will determine how the funds awarded to Putnam County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

The local board will be responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

-- Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government,

-- Have an accounting system,

-- Practice nondiscrimination,

-- Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and

-- If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds should contact Debbie Zigler, Local Board Chair, 309 E. Franklin St., Greencastle, or call 653-9734 for an application.

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