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November 15, 2007

Valley Briefs: Nov. 18, 2007

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers

Habitat for Humanity welcomes prospective volunteers to spend a day or two helping the group finish a home for a family in need this year before the cold winter sets in.

Each volunteer hour helps Habitat get one step closer to providing a warm, safe, affordable home to a family in need in Terre Haute. Habitat offers many volunteer opportunities and is seeking a certified public accountant for a treasurer position on the board of directors.

Habitat for Humanity International’s mission is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat does not give these homes away.

The homes are sold to the family at a zero percent interest, no profit loan through Habitat. All mortgage payments are recycled into a “Fund for Humanity” account, which is used to build more houses. The Wabash Valley affiliate has housed 51 local families since its first land donation in 1989.

Call Habitat at (812) 235-5914;

Waterways program at Putnam Museum

Jim Gammon will present a program on the area’s streams and rivers at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 in the Putnam County Museum in Greencastle. Gammon taught ecology for 32 years at DePauw University. He will discuss the importance of water quality on our aquatic communities and the impact and influence that agricultural activities have on our waterways.

The program coincides with the Natural History Exhibit going on now in the museum.

For more details, visit the Putnam County Museum at 1105 N. Jackson St., e-mail or call (765) 653-8419.

Tanoos receives Hospice award

Dan Tanoos is the recipient of this year’s Chapman S. Root award, as determined by the board of directors for Hospice of the Wabash Valley.

Established in 1990 and named in honor of Root, the award is presented annually to a citizen whose generosity and leadership has enhanced the quality of life in the Wabash Valley. In choosing the recipient, the board considers such contributions as enhancing quality of life intellectually, educationally, culturally, physically and spiritually.

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