New Haven Parks and Recreation offices will be closed on Monday, December 12, 2016, so that the Park Department Offices can be moved from their current location of 1125 Hartzell Street, New Haven, to the New Haven Community Center, 7500 SR 930 E, Fort Wayne, IN. This move is the first phase in expanding new classes and facility offerings for the department. Staff offices and senior programming are expected to transition from their current location to the new location next week. Early spring, enrichment classes and youth activity classes will move to the new facility. At a future date, anticipated Spring 2017, the fitness facility will open and along with it expanded exercise classes and child-watch. In 2015, the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department, along with the City of New Haven, purchased the 16,000 square foot facility with the anticipation of fulfilling a long-time dream of creating a Community Center for the area. Once a drive in Movie Theater and Marine Corps league and most recently, an vehicle auction, this facility will now have a permanent home as a recreation facility for the community run by the Parks and Recreation Department. Facility improvements will continue on the property as money becomes available.
Contact: Mike Clendenen, Superintendent, New Haven Parks & Recreation (260)749-2212 or (260)750-0305
New Haven High School student Brianna Rhodes was rendered speechless today. She was an honored recipient of the coveted Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. She was given the news among her classmates, family, and mentors. Brianna intends to draw from life experiences to help her on her career path. It is her desire to study social work, and addictions counseling. She is excited to attend Indiana Wesleyan in the fall. Bri says, “I was really worried that college wasn’t going to be an option, this is such a blessing, I am overwhelmed.” This is New Haven High School’s second student in as many years to receive this prestigious award.
According to their website,” the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998. The Lilly Endowment Inc. awards full-tuition scholarships to selected students from each county in Indiana. Each scholarship must be used to pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. The Endowments hopes that this program will continue to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of Indiana’s fine higher education institution and after graduation consider pursuing occupations in Indiana.”
Brianna will receive, Full-tuition, required fees, and book stipend for four years. Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four year college or university.
Tis the season to start thinking of that special someone! Purchase $100 in Rack’s gift cards and receive a red envelope that contains a special gift just for you. You’ll have to be a good boy/girl in order to redeem the gift. You can not open the envelope until January and it must be opened at Rack’s. NO PEEKING!
Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) to Give $1.4 Million Back To Members
Paulding Putnam Electric Members will see a lower electric bill around the holidays. That’s because Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees recently approved to return $1.4 million to the Cooperative’s members. Members will be seeing a credit on their December bill. The money is being returned to members in the form of capital credits, also known as profits or margins.
PPEC is a not for profit co-op, and one of the 7 cooperative principles is Members’ Economic Participation, which means members contribute equitably to the capital of the co-op. “Simply put, this means that PPEC members contribute a portion of the capital necessary to grow the co-op. Eventually, as the co-op is financially able to do so, the board approves the capital be returned, or “retired” back to those members who contributed it originally,” stated Pres./CEO of PPEC, George Carter.
Including this year’s capital credit return, Paulding Putnam Electric has returned just over $20 million to its members. According to Carter, this process is what sets them apart from other utilities. “We’re not in business to make a profit for shareholders. If there is left over money, we give it back to members. We return the money to members around the holidays because that’s when many people need it the most.”
Paulding Putnam Electric is a member-owned electric utility serving over 12,900 member-owners in Paulding, Putnam, Defiance, Van Wert and Allen counties in Ohio, and Adams and Allen counties in Indiana. For more information visit us on the web at www.PPEC.coop or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Anyone with questions about their capital credit refund should call PPEC at 1-800-686-2357.
Creative Safety Products is proud to present their 2016-2017 Officer Phil Program to the New Haven area Elementary Schools. The Officer Phil Program’s topics this year are Respect, Bullying, and Stranger Awareness. With 41 years of experience and over one million students taught, we have learned that along with a little fun, like incorporating magic tricks and jokes into the educational lessons, comes a lot of learning! The students will enjoy a 30-minute safety assembly and get to meet Police Officers from the New Haven Police Department, as well as Officer Phil’s pal Lucky the Duck, who will join the performer to help teach the students some of the lessons.
One of the primary objectives of the Officer Phil Program is to help the New Haven Police Department establish a positive relationship with the youth in the community. It is very important for the children to know that the officers are friendly, approachable, and always available to help the children and their families, when in need. The program will begin with an introduction of the New Haven Police Officers in attendance.
The first lesson of our program is Respect. Officer Phil wants all the children in his “Safety Squad” to see his “bucket of respect”. The bucket gets filled every day by showing respect to others and following safety rules. The children will come up with ways that they are going to show respect for others. The bucket starts out empty, but when the children start “tossing” ideas into the bucket, bright foam stars magically appear in the bucket. The take away from this magic lesson is that if you want others to respect you than you need to show respect also. The children are reminded to respect yourself, others, and the school rules, which in turn will help to fill your bucket of respect every day.
The next lesson is Bullying. The performer will use three colored balls to talk about the different aspects of bullying. The Green ball will represent what does and does not constitute bullying. The Yellow ball will represent caution. The children are reminded to be careful when they are on the internet. Cyber Bullying can happen to anyone that is on the internet if they are not cautious. The Red ball reminds them of the word stop. If someone is bullying them, they should ask the bully to stop, and tell an adult. The takeaway here is that we can stop bullying by being a buddy, being cautious and working together.
The final lesson is Stranger Awareness. The performer will use our Magic Drawing Board, which is a favorite of the children. The face on the whiteboard comes to life with the help of our performer. When a child finds themselves in an unsafe situation, they are often asked to describe the person that caused the concern. Through the use of the drawing board, our performer will ask for a description of a made-up stranger. The children giggle when the “stranger” starts moving his eyes and talks to them. This is a great illustration to get the message across to the children that the details are important in identifying a stranger. We once had children escape a potential abduction situation, and because of our show and our lesson on Stranger Awareness, they were able to describe to police in full detail, exactly what the suspect looked like.
At the end of the assembly, the children will all receive a hands-on activity book to work on at home with their family, to reinforce the lessons taught at the program. There are also online resources that will give teachers and parents some tools to review the safety messages.
Creative Safety Products and the New Haven Police Department would like to thank all of the participating businesses in the community who made the program possible.
ALLEN COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS SPECIAL INTEREST LESSONS OFFERED
The Allen County Extension Homemakers will offer the following programs this winter and spring. The general public is invited to attend. Pre-registration is required as some class space is limited. Any and all lesson fees must be paid in advance to hold reservations. Registration forms are available at the Extension Office and on the web at www.extension.purdue.edu/allen. All programs are held at the Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW campus, 4001 Crescent Avenue Fort Wayne, IN.
Questions, contact Vickie Hadley at, 260-481-6826 or TDD -711
“OLIVE OIL 101” 1:00 P.M. JANUARY 17, 2017
Do you use olive oil in cooking? Learn from the owner of Olive Twist the benefits and uses of olive oil.
“TRACING FAMILY HISTORY” 1:00 P.M. FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Learn from the Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library the resources to trace your family history, searching cemetery records and the use of DNA.
“USING SOCIAL MEDIA” 7:00 P.M. MARCH 30, 2017
Are you on Facebook? Sending Tweets? Following LinkedIn? Don’t understand these terms? Come and learn.
“FAMOUS & NOT-SO-FAMOUS PEOPLE – PAST & PRESENT”
7:00 P.M. APRIL 27, 2017
Join Gen Dornbush, board member of Settler’s and The History Center of Fort Wayne to learn about famous and not-so-famous people, past and present from Allen County.
“DIFFERENT USES OF GLASS” 1:00 P.M. MAY 10, 2017
Learn many decorating and gift ideas for canning jars. Put your creativity to use by: “Painting On Glass” ($3.00) or “Decorating Votive Candles” ($2.00). One or both lessons can be taken. All supplies are included in the fees.