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Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • The NRA Foundation has awarded the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the Need program a grant in the amount of $1,000.00.

    These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donated large game and livestock. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to their “Meat” the Need program. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them, by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. The donation will be processed, packaged, and frozen. Local hunger relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community in which it was donated.

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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches are closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, May 30.

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  • FISHERS - The Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission renewed grant funding for Smoke-free Hamilton County, a program of Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County. The grant will allow Smoke-free Hamilton County to continue and expand its current programming to prevent and decrease tobacco use among residents for the next two years.

    “We are both excited and honored that ITPC has renewed our funding,” said Holly Wheeler, SFHC program coordinator. “We’ve worked to establish a program that addresses a public health and economic priority for this county and state.”

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  • State medical personnel and responders are sounding the alarm on a continuing drug trend that could overdose, or potentially kill, Hoosiers and responders with minimal contact. Gray Death, a particularly dangerous mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opioids, made its way to Indiana this week, causing an overdose in central Indiana. Partners warning about the increased risk are State of Indiana Emergency Medical Services and the State Fire Marshal, part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security; Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Police.
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  • The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, a consortium of law enforcement agencies including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Carmel Police Department, Cicero Police Department, Fishers Police Department, Noblesville Police Department, and Westfield Police Department with assistance from the Indiana State Police, announced today its participation in the national and statewide 2017 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization occurring May 12- June 4, 2017. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.
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  • Zionsville Concert Band will inaugurate the outdoor concert season with a performance at the Alexandria Community Band Festival at 1 p.m. June 10 in Beulah Park, located on State Road 9 in Alexandria.

    2017 marks the second consecutive year that Zionsville Concert Band has been invited to the festival, which offers a full day of music from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The band will perform a varied program of favorite Broadway show stoppers and popular classic marches.

    The festival is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required for admission.

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  • This month, Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter is urging the public to get to KNOW LUPUS and join the nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds to create a future with NO LUPUS. Go here to learn more:

    According to Morgan E. McGill, CEO, Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, “May is filled with events and activities aimed at promoting awareness and outreach. Research on lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation. We look forward to Lupus Awareness Month each May to inform the public about the many ways our Chapter serves patients and caregivers in Indiana with critical education and support.”

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  • May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Indiana’s Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy are reminding all motorists to be extra alert as warmer weather means more motorcycles on our roadways.

    “In my role overseeing our Office of Tourism Development, I know that cruising Indiana’s scenic byways is a favorite rite of spring for many motorcycle riders,” said Lt. Governor Crouch. “While motorcyclists have to ride defensively, people behind the wheel in cars and trucks should do their part to help keep riders safe.”

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  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is partnering with all 92 counties in the state to distribute more than 2,200 all-hazard (weather) radios to Hoosiers. The radios will be distributed on the local level by each county’s emergency management agency.

    “Receiving early warnings is critical to safety during severe weather events,” John Erickson, IDHS Director of Public Affairs, said. “All-hazard radios, which provide a wide range of alerts, are a valuable tool that can help citizens make decisions to better protect themselves and their families.”

    The distribution focuses on citizens who are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of severe weather: economically disadvantaged citizens, residents of mobile and prefabricated homes and others who may not be able to receive weather alerts by traditional means.

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  • Everyone has heard “dos and don’ts” when it comes to severe weather. For Severe Weather Preparedness and Flood Awareness Week 2017, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is debunking a seven myths that may help protect Hoosiers this spring.
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  • INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana State Police, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the release of an impactful training video designed to educate and inform school leaders and staff about sexual abuse. The video will be distributed by the Indiana Department of Education to all Indiana school corporations, encouraging them to share with all members of their staff.
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  • The Lafayette Symphony continues their casual nightclub performance series on Thursday, March 9 with The B-Side: Track 2, LSO String Quartet. The group will present an easygoing evening of jazz, rock, and pop charts at Carnahan Hall (2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite A6) in Market Square, Lafayette. The newest addition to LSO’s annual programming line-up, the B-Side is a unique 3-concert series that gives the traditional Symphony concert a make-under with a relaxed, come-as-you-are vibe.
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  • Clinton Central Elementary is preparing for its Early Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup. Any child who will be age 4 on or before Aug. 1, 2017 will be eligible to enroll in CCE’s Early Kindergarten (comparable to educational pre-school) during Round-up on March 28, 2017. Any child who will be age 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2017 will be eligible to enroll in CCE’s Kindergarten during Roundup on March 30, 2017.

    To schedule an appointment, please call Clinton Central Elementary office at (765) 249-2244. During your appointment, you will need the child’s immunization records and birth certificate. The State of Indiana requires that all children have required immunizations and a valid birth certificate to be enrolled in public school. Transportation will also be discussed during Roundup along with the need for free and reduced lunch.

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  • Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA) is an organization affiliated with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and is interested in furthering education, leadership, and community volunteerism.
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  • Hamilton County seniors or college students, could you use $500 to help with college? Then the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association just might have a deal for you.

    The association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students.

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  • Franciscan nuns recall MLK's last day

    A screaming ambulance rushed a mortally wounded Dr. Martin Luther King through Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital – a Catholic hospital. King, a Baptist minister, had reportedly asked to be taken to a Catholic hospital should anything happen to him.

    He was in Memphis for the third time in 17 days because of protests involving striking sanitation workers. Only 24 hours earlier the well-known civil rights activist delivered his now-famous “mountaintop” speech at the Church of God in Christ headquarters located in the Mason Temple. King told the crowd that “something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world.”

    He went on to eerily conclude his speech with the now-legendary words: “Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop . . . Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now . . . But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

    And now, just a day later, he was clinging to life in an ambulance.

    The date was April 4, 1968.

    It was shortly after 6 p.m. and the temperature, which had topped out at 72 in Memphis that day, was still pleasantly hovering around 60.

    The sprawling campus of St

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  • The winter solstice is past us and we are back to months where we gain daylight instead of lose it. According to Mike Berry of, we will gain 44 minutes of daylight in January.

    As January unfolds, temperatures can vary greatly from the sub-zero temps this morning to an average high in the mid 30s. The record high for the area was 61 degrees on Jan. 7, 2008 and it got all the way down to -27 degrees on Jan. 19, 1907. The average high temp is 35.6 and the average low is 20.5 degrees.

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  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security reminds Hoosiers that weather can vary greatly in the midwest. So IDHS recommends planning ahead when traveling by car during cold temperatures. Consider putting together an emergency travel kit and checking supplies already stored in vehicles:

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  • In light of recent tragic house fires across the state, Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson, the Red Cross, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) are reaching out to Hoosiers in hopes of preventing more deadly house fires.Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season, and alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are involved in roughly one out of every six of those fires. Greeson is advising Hoosiers to strongly consider other options before using alternative equipment, but if it’s necessary, take precautions.
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  • Winter weather is finally here, and with the chance for parts of the state to see at least flurries this weekend, it is time for Hoosiers to consider preparing vehicles for travel during winter storms.

    “Hoosiers experience winter storms that produce snow, ice and cold that create dangerous travel hazards each year,” said John Erickson, director of public affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “Preparing vehicles ahead of these storms to ensure they are ready for any type of emergency can lessen and even prevent the risk of injury.”

    Being prepared to handle potential slide-offs, accidents or other car trouble in winter is a simple but crucial step to take while preparing for winter weather.

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