Community briefs


Free Thanksgiving meals available

GREENFIELD – Two local opportunities are available for free Thanksgiving Day meals.

The Lisa Muegge Feast of Plenty is Nov. 23, The Thanksgiving Day celebration provides meal delivery and carry-out for the community, as well as bags of groceries. To request a meal or groceries, visit The website also provides ways to volunteer, donate or sponsor the event. Meal requests are preferred, but drive-up requests at the Hancock County Fairgrounds the day of the event will also be honored.

The Blazer 88 Foundation will host the meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Fortville Church of the Nazarene, 701 S. Maple St., Fortville. The event is open to anyone who wants to attend.

Founded in 2020 in memory of Chuck Theobald IV, the Blazer 88 Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps veterans with specific needs. Learn more at

EH hall of fame nominations open

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Nominations are now open for the Eastern Hancock High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

The award was founded to recognize and celebrate the positive accomplishments and contributions of Eastern Hancock High School alumni. Graduates of Eastern Hancock as well as Charlottesville, Westland and Wilkinson high schools are all eligible for consideration.

It is the purpose of the hall of fame to recognize such individuals who have through their performance, conduct and achievement, brought credit and honor to themselves and Eastern Hancock High School. Their public example will hopefully serve to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit.

Honorees will be recognized for outstanding achievement in their chosen field, leadership, the arts, and volunteer/community service. Nominees with outstanding records of achievement deserving of special recognition are eligible.

Nominations are due by Jan. 15, 2024. Visit for more information.

Cumberland holiday festival coming up

CUMBERLAND – The town of Cumberland has announced plans for its 12th annual Weihnachtsmarkt, the German word for Winter Market.

The festival, scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 2, pays homage to the town’s early German settlers. The free family-friendly event includes artisan vendors, traditional food and beer, live entertainment, kids activities, carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m., visits from Santa from noon to 5 p.m. and a tree lighting at 6 p.m. the entertainment lineup includes Oompapa’s Tuba Quartet, Fort Wayne Tanzer, Heidi and The Melchior Marionettes, Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Indianapolis Liederkranz and Hancock County Children’s Choir. The tree lighting will include fireworks and festival musical performance by Sadie Johnson.

The event will be in historic Cumberland on East Washington Street, from Muessing Street to Starter Street. Visit for more.

Fortville police shopping program soon

FORTVILLE – The Fortville Police Department is accepting applications for 2023 Shop with Public Safety.

Applications are accepted through 4 p.m. Dec. 1. The event will be Dec. 9. Visit Fortville Town Hall for an application, or find the link at Call 317-485-4044 for questions.

Light the Night tour coming up

NEW PALESTINE – Calling all Griswolds: New Palestine Main Street is looking for the “biggest, unique, creative, most beautiful light displays” in the town.

The annual Light the Night tour map will be released online, offering local residents a chance to showcase their decorations to the community. To register your home, fill out an application by Dec. 5 by following the link at The map will be released after the deadline; follow the website for updates.