Community briefs


Shoe recycling competition this week

HANCOCK COUNTY – Local schools are participating in a shoe recycling competition this week.

The No Cold Feet Shoe Recycling Challenge is sponsored by Recycle Hancock County and benefits Changing Footprints. The challenge is Jan. 23-27.

The school bringing in the most pairs of shoes per enrollment wins a trophy. The class from each participating school that brings in the most pairs of shoes wins a prize for each student.

Any type, style, size and condition of shoes are accepted, and should have a rubber band or tie to keep the pairs together. All shoes will be taken to Changing Footprints to be distributed as needed; unusable shoes will be ground up into playground mulch.

HCPL offers programs in February

GREENFIELD – The Hancock County Public Library is offering several programs in February for all ages.

The Hedgehog Hannah family animal program will be at both the central branch and the Sugar Creek branch Feb. 4.

An adult Valentine paper quilling class will be at the Sugar Creek branch Feb. 7, while a beginner watercolor class will be at the main branch Feb. 23. Adults can also attend a book discussion Feb. 14 or a Writers Helping Writers session Feb. 16.

All ages can enjoy the Phelps Connection Jazz Concert Feb. 21 at the main branch.

The HCPL also offers several storytimes, crafts and family game events throughout the month. For a full list and registration, visit

Local communities invited to apply for grants

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the spring 2022 Call for Projects for the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The application window is open now through this Friday, Jan. 27.

Community Crossings grants are available to all local government units in Indiana. Since 2016, the state has awarded more than $1 billion in matching funds to support local road and bridge projects across the state. All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 27. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified in early spring.

Learn more at and click on “local public agency programs.”


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