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People and places

Candy buyback

Dentists at Lima Road Dentistry, in the Empire Center, 9019 Lima Road, are buying back Halloween candy at $1 a pound ($10 maximum) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5. The candy will be shipped to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For information, call 489-4090.

Food donations

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana will host its Turkey Rally 2012 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. Donations of frozen turkeys, hams, holiday food items and money are needed to provide holiday meals to those in need. Items can be dropped off at 999 E. Tillman Road.

Giving back

Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton, will have a pancake and sausage breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. today. Proceeds will benefit the Boomerang Backpack program of the Hamilton Community Schools. Hamilton American Legion will donate freshly made doughnuts.

Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana Community No. 218 is having its annual Halloween for Hunger food drive Sunday. Girl Scouts and volunteers will go door to door in neighborhoods to collect food items for the Huntertown United Methodist Food Bank.

Christian Community Health Care will host its 15th anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Leo-Cedarville. The free event will include dinner and guest artists MIMEtime and Christian comedians Bruce Drayer and Dustin Hodel. For reservations, call 627-2242 or email

Socks for Seniors campaign will run today through Christmas. The program collects socks to donate to senior citizens. For information on donating or hosting a sock drive, go to

Emmaus Lutheran Church and School received a two-to-one $5,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.


Hannah Davis was awarded the Junior Hope Award from the YWCA Northeast Indiana.

Tracey Kukelhan of Decatur was the $1,000 winner of the Borden Cheese signature recipe contest for her Spicy Salsa Potatoes.

•The Early Childhood Alliance announced the winners of its Plank-A-Palooza block building team competition and fundraiser, which raised $10,500. The winners are: Trine University, best overall; IPFW, best engineering; and Turnstone, most creative.