Community grants awarded – Boone County Solid Waste Management District has awarded 2018 Community Grants to Boone County Community Gardens ($4,000), Boone County Veteran’s Affairs ($3,500); Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club ($1,000); Lebanon High School Life Skills ($5,000); Thorntown Elementary PTO ($4,000).
Project Good – Current in Zionsville is looking to feature local residents doing good deeds in the community through the monthly Project Good photo column. If you have a suggestion or would like to be featured, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Park Programs – Winter Solstice Campfire, 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Zion Nature Center. December 21 marks the start of winter and the longest night of the year. Celebrate with an evening stroll under the stars, then warm up with a crackling campfire, hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Nature Treasure Boxes, 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 28, Zion Nature Center. We’re making our own nature treasure boxes for your nature collections. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $5 per person.
REMC Board seats available – At the spring annual meeting of Boone REMC, members will elect one director per district to represent districts 4, 5, and 6. Boone REMC members residing in districts 4, 5, and 6 who are interested in running must complete a petition packet. It can be downloaded at bremc.com/category/co-op-events/. Members may also pick up a packet at the REMC office, located at 1207 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon. Petitions must be signed by no less than three percent of the account holders of record in the district for which a candidate is seeking election and must be received in the co-op’s office by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 9.
Recycle Christmas trees – To recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays, residents have several options. Please bring only bare trees, not bagged. Trees are not to be dumped in any Zionsville parks.
1. Earth and Turf Partners – 317-733-6499
2. GreenCycle – 317-769-5668
3. Boone County Resource Recovery – 317-769-4223
Christmas lights recycling – Akard True Value will accept old Christmas lights whether they work or not through Jan. 15. Gathered lights will be recycled with C.A.R.S. (Child Adult Resource Services) to help build a cleaner environment and create opportunities for people with significant disabilities who want jobs and take pride in what they do.
Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. These monthly gatherings provide some father-son quality time while hearing great speakers at the same time. Meetings run from 7 to 8 a.m. at Zionsville Community High School on the following dates: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.
Reward offered – On Nov. 10, 2016, Boone County Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to the iron bridge that crosses Sugar Creek in northwestern Boone County. A CAT farm tractor towing a chisel plow had struck the bridge and caused significant damage to the structure, which had been recently renovated. Two local residents have now offered a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for causing the damage. If you have any information, contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at 765-482-1412 or email email@example.com
New VP named at Conner Prairie – Susana Suarez has been named Conner Prairie’s new vice president – chief marketing officer. Her role will be to build the museum’s global footprint and guide marketing, communications and community engagement initiatives. Suarez resides in Zionville.
Farm Bureau award – Indiana Farm Bureau recently recognized several county bureaus for their contributions to the communities they serve. Boone County Farm Bureau was honored for the Growing Hope program. Bureau volunteers farm a donated piece of land and give the harvest proceeds to Love INC. Boone County Farm Bureau has participated in this event for more than four years and has raised nearly $65,000 for Love INC to date.
Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The program offers online and in-person tax filing services in Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan and Boone Counties for taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017. To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer visit, indyfreetaxprep.com.