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Ontario Systems Congratulates Local Finalists of ‘2016 College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards’

Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections will honor higher education, career focus, culture, diversity and community service February 25th. MUNCIE, Ind.  – Ontario Systems, a leading technology and services provider to the healthcare and accounts receivable management industries, congratulated Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington, along with friend and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections, on their finalist nominations for the College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards today. Pilkington’s nomination highlights his mentorship of Client…

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Unitarian Universalist Church to Dedicate New Solar Panels

By: Wayne Meyer— “When the environmental and right thing to do merges with the practical and economical thing to do, then it truly is the time to take action,” according to Wayne Meyer, Coordinator of the “Green Team” at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Muncie. That’s the hopeful message to be shared at A Special SUNday: Solar Panels Above Us, a dedication celebration at the church on Sunday, February 28, beginning at 1:30 pm. The object of this dedication…


Cats from ARF Settle Into New Home at Lynd House

By: Dee McKinsey— Former ARF residents have the run of the senior living facility Resident Linda Jones didn’t even know she liked cats, until one “picked me,” she said. The cat was a stray that stayed around Jones’ residence, and then was replaced by another. “God brought the cat to my doorstep, when I didn’t know I needed one.” When Jones, who has diabetes and lymphedema, moved into the Lynd House, 2410 E McGalliard Road, she was cat-less. But, she…


Dramatic Play to Be Presented at Grace Baptist Church

By: Greg Zirkle— Overshadowed Theatrical Productions (Medinah, Illinois) will be presenting “The Hiding Place” this Sunday, February 21, at 6:00pm at Grace Baptist Church in Muncie.  “The Hiding Place” is a dramatic play based on the bestselling memoir of Corrie ten Boom about the sheltering of Jews in Nazi Germany. Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned…


Shafer Leadership Academy Names Officers, Welcomes New Members

By: Mitch Isaacs— MUNCIE, Ind. —Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, is pleased to announce officers as well as new and returning members to its board of directors. These community leaders volunteer their time and expertise to provide the academy with policy direction and oversight. The board elected Steve Smith, CEO of Mid-West Metal Products, as president and Jill Lehman, vice president of Administration and chief people officer at Ontario Systems, as vice president. Eric Lindley,…


Delaware County Nonprofits Receive $617,750 From Community Foundation

By: Eunice Whitlock— Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. is awarding $617,750 to 17 nonprofit organizations during the first Quarterly Competitive Grant Cycle of 2016. The Community Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. To that end, Quarterly Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of…


Cornerstone to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Solar Energy Initiative

By: Jessie Irwin— Cornerstone Center for the Arts is celebrating Leap Day, and a leap into the future with a new solar power system, by hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, February 29, at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony, with light refreshments, will take place in the Colonnade Room on the first floor of Cornerstone. There will be brief remarks made from Cornerstone’s leadership, as well as National Energy Control and OJS Building Services. The ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate…


ARF to Hold Valentine Adoption Event at PetSmart®

By: Dee McKinsey— (Muncie) – ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) will hold an adoption event at PetSmart®, 3450 N Morrison Rd, Muncie, during the Valentine Weekend. Several ARF rescued cats and dogs will be available to PetSmart® during the three-day event, Feb. 12, 13 and 14. ARF will have a “Kissing Booth,” where adopters can have their picture taken for a small fee. Or those shopping at the store can have their pictures taken with their animals, or humans just with…


Whitely Community Council Introduces Improvement Initiatives

By: Isaac Reynoso— MUNCIE, Ind. – At the Whitely Community Council monthly meeting on Monday, goal committees introduced several exciting new initiatives for the Whitely neighborhood. Perhaps the most ambitious initiative is the “Year of Color” campaign introduced by Richard Ivy, co-chair of the Beautification committee. This project aims to extend the pastel color palette of the Centennial Place apartments throughout the Whitely community, creating a “language of color” for the neighborhood through a series of painting, planting, and beautification projects….


Project Leadership’s Ice League Kicks Off With Draft Day

By: Brenda Morehead— MUNCIE — The 2016 season of Project Leadership’s ICE League launched Saturday with a Draft Day for more than 100 middle school student athletes at Muncie Central High School. The day featured students taking part in skill drills showcasing their basketball talents, as well as motivational speeches by Muncie Central basketball coaches. The Project Leadership Inner City Educational (ICE) League, in its second season, is an innovative initiative that motivates participants to be strong student athletes as…