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Zionsville in brief — December 18, 2018

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National Charity League offers $500 scholarship – The Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League is offering a $500 scholarship to a female high school senior who has shown consistent involvement in community service and leadership. The application begins Dec. 1 and is open to female high school seniors who reside in Boone or Hamilton counties and plan to pursue a post-secondary school education. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. The winner will be notified in April and will receive a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. For more, visit crossroads.nationalcharityleague.org/scholarship.

2018 Farm bill passes House H.R.2, the Agriculture Improvement Act or “Farm Bill” is the federal government’s primary tool for agriculture and food policy. Every five years, U.S. Congress must pass a Farm Bill to ensure critical agricultural and food programs are updated and reauthorized. The proposed 2018 Farm Bill protects crop insurance, supports investment in conservation practices, reauthorizes commodity programs, addresses foreign trading practices and more. It also includes minor changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Policy. The House passed the bill Dec. 12 with a 369-47 vote and it is headed to the desk of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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 storytellingministries@gmail.com or sara@youarecurrent.com.

David Weekley Homes gives back – David Weekley Homes recently held its fourth annual Giving Thanks, Giving Back Thanksgiving Drive. The drive was from Nov. 1 to 15, and David Weekley Homes collected more than 184,000 pounds of turkey and nonperishable items in 18 participating markets. The company’s efforts provided nearly 311,500 meals to local families. In Indianapolis, more than 1,100 pounds of nonperishable items were collected.

Letters to the editor encouraged – Current in Zionsville wants to hear from the community and values reader responses. Current will consider verifiable letters of up to 200 words. For guidelines, refer to our LTE Policy on page 20. Submit letters to info@youarecurrent.com.

Santa’s last stop – Before Santa heads back to the North Pole, he makes one last stop Dec. 23  in front of his hut on Main Street in Zionsville, to meet children and ensure his reindeer will be prepared. Children can visit with Santa and make reindeer food.

Campfire and Carols – Celebrate the official start of winter with carols and an evening stroll under the stars Dec. 21 from 7-8 p.m. at Zion Nature Center. After the hike warm up at a campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Register at zionsville-in.gov/activities.

FFA convention to stay in Indianapolis — On Dec. 11, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced the National FFA Convention & Expo will remain in Indianapolis through 2031. The annual convention and expo utilizes downtown venues, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and various hotels. It has been held in Indianapolis since 2016, hosts more than 67,000 attendees from across the country and has an estimated $39.8 million economic impact. For more, visit FFA.org

Zionsville Parks Dept. seeking technician – Zionsville Parks Dept. is seeking to hire a park maintenance technician. The position includes tasks related to maintenance of park facilities and property and requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to lift, walk, and climb in all field conditions, among other requirements. To view the application and requirements, visit zionsville-in.gov/jobs.

Free smoke alarms and tests – The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. People of all ages are vulnerable to home fires. The Red Cross encourages everyone to call 1-888-684-1441 to make an appointment to test existing smoke alarms and/or install free alarms in your home.


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