Community briefs


Healthy Community Awards nominations open

GREENFIELD – Nominations are open now for the Hancock Health Foundation’s annual Healthy Community Awards.

Each year, the HHF recognizes a local organization and individual whose service efforts have created positive change in the health and wellness of local communities. The recipients will be notified and announced publicly before the end of the year.

The Bert Curry Health Community Award is named in honor of the foundation’s first executive director and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to helping others and improving the health and wellness of the community. The Bobby Keen Healthy Community Award is named in honor of the former HR president and CEO, recognizing a hospital program or local organization.

Nominations are due Nov. 30. Contact Allyson Smith with questions or for a form, [email protected] or 317-468-4106. Nomination forms should be mailed to Hancock Health Foundation, 801 N. State St., Greenfield or emailed to [email protected].

MV superintendent to meet with local residents

FORTVILLE – Dr. Jack Parker, superintendent of Mt. Vernon schools, will host two upcoming “traveling talks” this season.

Parker will be at Sero’s restaurant in Cumberland at noon Nov. 26; and he will host a virtual talk at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. No registration is needed for the in-person event. To sign up for the virtual talk, visit

Pets may have photos with Santa

GREENFIELD – Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa and support a local cause Dec. 4.

Partners for Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) and Greenfield Parks and Recreation are partnering for an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Shelter House in Riley Park Dec. 4. Friendly, vaccinated animals are welcome to come to the event for a photo that includes a digital image and a cardboard frame. Cost is $15, cash or card.